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2011-12 Laker Girls: Deanna

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  • Laker Girls Blog 01/30/12 - Deanna

  • Your Favorites?

    Color? Yellow
    Movie? Fight Club
    Book? A Million Little Pieces by James Frey
    Food? Chips and Salsa
    Candy? Starbursts
    NBA Player? Derek Fisher
    Lakers Player? Derek Fisher
    TV Show? Dexter
    Cartoon Character? Dee Dee from Dexter's Laboratory
    Car? Dodge Challenger
    Animal? Any kind of dog
    Super Hero? Captain America
    Amusement Park? Disneyland
    Band? Kings of Leon
    Group? Pussycat Dolls
    Song? Taper Jean Girl by Kings of Leon
    Dessert Berries and Cream
    Actor? Edward Norton
    Video game? Left For Dead (1 and 2)
    Quote? "You must find the place inside yourself where nothing is impossible." - Deepak Chopra
    Vacation destination? Yosemite
    Holiday? Christmas
    Brand of jeans? Hudson
    Clothing brand? Anthropologie
    Article of clothing? In particular? –Rhinestoned vintage Nirvana band tee.  In general? –sun dresses.

    Questions for you:

    What is a secret about yourself?
    I was named after a Star Trek character. Deanna Troi of the Starship Enterprise.

    What are your hobbies?
    I love cooking, reading, shopping, meeting friends for coffee, hiking, working out, watching movies, going to the farmer’s market.

    If you could be a celebrity/athlete/actor/singer, who would it be and why?
    I would be Natalie Portman, she’s been in movies since she was a little girl and seems to still be able to maintain a normal personal life. She’s won an Oscar but also rapped in an SNL skit – and her husband is a handsome ballet dancer. What more could you want?!

    Which famous person would you like to have dinner with? Why?
    I’d want to have dinner with Sacha Baron Cohen because it’d most likely be outrageous and I would laugh the whole time.

    Describe yourself…..or your personality.
    I feel I am easy going, but can be a perfectionist at times. I’m hard working and really driven. I’ve got a super dry sense of humor with dashes of “goofiness” sprinkled in, here and there.

    Sum up yourself w/one word.
    Tenacious

    What are you looking forward to this Lakers season?
    So many things, but I’m most excited to see how the new staff meshes with the athletes on our Lakers team……and how it will differ from previous seasons.

    Why did you decide to audition to be a Laker Girl?
    My whole life has really been built on a foundation of dance and I love it with all my heart. So, the opportunity to dance as a profession is a dream come true. That paired with the fact that the Los Angeles Laker Girls place a lot of importance on being positive role models throughout the community, made me definitely want to be a part of this dance team!

    Name the most inspirational person in your life?
    The most inspirational person in my life is definitely my mom. She was there for every dance recital, school project, doctors appointment and even stubbed toe. I don’t know how she managed to do it all, especially with total handfuls like my sister and I. She’s definitely a super mom.

    Fondest memory as a Laker Girl?
    My fondest memory as a Laker Girl was when the Lakers won the championship the 2009-2010 season. The entire last 45 seconds of that championship game were a total haze and when the clock finally ran out it took us all a couple of seconds to actually register that we had won! The confetti began to fall and we all jumped up and just started hugging, cheering and doing mini victory dances, (which probably consisted of more jumping and skipping as opposed to real dancing.) It was an amazing end to a whirlwind of a season that I am so happy to have been a part of!

    What do you like most about being a part of the Laker Girls dance team?
    Being a part of the Laker Girls team is like entering a little family. It’s great to get to meet girls from so many different backgrounds, who all have a love of dance and performing. It seems we go through so many different experiences throughout a season together and grow. I think we grow as individuals and as a team!

    What do you think people like most about you?
    I have a bit of an off-beat sense of humor. I’ve had some teammates tell me before that I need to start writing down the weird little one liners I say throughout the day and make a book out of it. I just love getting chuckles out of people.

    Dislikes…..Vegetable? Food?
    I dislike zucchini and ham. A lot.

    If you could play an instrument – which one would it be?
    I’d love to be able to play the piano. I think my fingers are too short though, they even seem to get tangled up when I try to type too fast.

    If you could be in the Olympics – which sport would you like to compete in?
    I’ve always been obsessed with watching the gymnastics portion of the Olympics. So, it would be Gymnastics. The tricks blow my mind!

    What is your scariest memory?
    The scariest memory I have was being in Tokyo for the earthquake that hit Sendai Japan in March 2011. It was the longest and largest earthquake I’ve ever experienced. I’m so thankful I was with my good friend when it happened, so we were able to keep each other calm.

    Embarrassing moment as a Laker Girl?
    My most embarrassing moment as a Laker Girl was during a time out when we were out on the court pumping up the crowd. I must’ve been off in my own little world because after a while I did a turn and I realized none of the other girls were on the court! I was so embarrassed. I don’t think I’ve ever ran back to the sidelines quicker.

    Embarrassing moment a dancer?
    My most embarrassing moment as a dancer was at a dance competition when I was 13 years old. We did a dance where halfway through half of the dancers ran off stage and changed from tap shoes to jazz shoes for the rest of the routine. I was one of the dancers who had to change their shoes but I was so nervous I couldn’t get my tap shoes untied! So I had to do the jazz portion of the dance in tap shoes. It was so loud and I was slipping everywhere!

    Your Horoscope Sign?
    Gemini

    If you can say anything to the Lakers fans in L.A. – what would you say?
    I would thank them for always being so supportive of the team. Also, I would just ask that they continue to show their support by cheering as loud as they can during games and to really get involved! I am sure the players can definitely feel that energy and it really does help them play their best game.

    Who is the best dancer you've ever seen, or been taught by?
    The best dancer I’ve ever seen was actually an assistant in a class I took at a dance convention. His name is Teddy Forance and he moves like nothing I’ve ever seen before! It wasn’t even the turns, kicks or leaps that were so impressive it was just the pure joy and passion that he put into each move.

    What is the key to staying in dancing shape?
    The best way to stay in dancing shape is to go back to the basics. Taking a basic ballet technique class really transforms the body from the stretching to the work that’s done at the barre. Ballet barre targets every muscle in the body no matter how small!

    How many free throws could you hit out of 10 attempts?
    I’d like to think I could make all ten! But in reality I could probably make about five out of ten free throws. (I’ve still got to perfect my form I suppose)