Dance Finalists Respond to Key Question

Josh Cohen caught up with all of the finalists in this year's Orlando Magic Dancer Auditions and asked each of them why they think they would be a great asset to the 2011-12 Orlando Magic Dance Team.

Here is what each finalist said:

FINALIST
RESPONSE

Katie
"I think I would be a great asset to the 2011-12 Orlando Magic Dance Team because of my extreme passion and dedication! I've been dancing since I was 3 years old and already enjoyed dancing for the NBA for three seasons! My experience and love for EVERY aspect of the job would make a great fit for the best dance team in the NBA!"

Marissa
"I think I would be a great asset to the 2011-12 Orlando Magic Dance Team because I consider myself to be a hard worker and determined. The Magic Dancers are great role models in the community and I am excited to be given the opportunity."

Krystle
"I think I would be a great asset to the 2011-12 Orlando Magic Dance Team because I can bring passion, energy and dedication to the team. I work hard at everything that I do and I love to perform as well as work with other dancers who are just as passionate as I am!"

Morgan
"I think I would be a great asset to the 2011-12 Orlando Magic Dance Team because I am extremely passionate about dancing, the Orlando Magic organization and the Orlando community."

Lyndsay
"I think I would be a great asset to the 2011-12 Orlando Magic Dance Team because I can bring energy and spark to the team. I am outgoing and can help everyone get through long rehearsals and make them laugh. I love being on a team and can keep everyone energized."

Alexa
"I think I would be a great asset to the 2011-12 Orlando Magic Dance Team because being a member of a team like the Orlando Magic is an opportunity to strive as a dancer and I have the passion and determination to be a role model as the veterans and alumni have done in the past."

Jessica
"I think I would be a great asset to the 2011-12 Orlando Magic Dance Team because I absolutely love the organization and would be honored to be able to represent the Magic. I am a very dedicated individual and would put my heart and soul completely onto this team."

Tya
"I think I would be a great asset to the 2011-12 Orlando Magic Dance Team because I am passionate about everything I do and I am so excited to possibly be a part of this. I am a team player at heart and a great person to have around!"

Bri
"I think I would be a great asset to the 2011-12 Orlando Magic Dance Team because I am always very supportive of my team members and I'm passionate about dancing and I am a very hard worker. I'm also a "motivator!"

Erinmarie
"I think I would be a great asset to the 2011-12 Orlando Magic Dance Team because I have been dancing for so long and I have the passion for it. I have also been on a dance team before and I want to carry on what I learned there to this team."

Tara O.
"I think I would be a great asset to the 2011-12 Orlando Magic Dance Team because I am a four-year veteran and team leader for the Orlando Magic Dancers! I just can't get enough of it! I truly love being on the court and performing for our dedicated Magic fans night after night!"

India
"I think I would be a great asset to the 2011-12 Orlando Magic Dance Team because I am a well-rounded dancer, I love to perform and I am passionate about community service!"

Emmy
"I think I would be a great asset to the 2011-12 Orlando Magic Dance Team because I love to dance and love being a part of a wonderful team even more. Also, my dad does a mean pencil sharpener and can really shine as a dancing dad."

Melissa
"I think I would be a great asset to the 2011-12 Orlando Magic Dance Team because I will be a good role model and I want to keep pursuing my dream of dance. I want to be part of the Magic family and to give back to the community of Orlando!"

Gizelle
"I think I would be a great asset to the 2011-12 Orlando Magic Dance Team because my passion is dance and I will be committed as being an ambassador for the Orlando Magic. I will be professional and a great role model!"

Shalize
"I think I would be a great asset to the 2011-12 Orlando Magic Dance Team because I share an extreme passion for dance and basketball. My first season as an Orlando Magic Dancer was without a doubt the best year of my life and my dream came true. Being on the team for a second time would mean the world to me and I would treat every game and every practice like it were my first. I'm a team player and I am so committed! Go Magic! I would love to continue to live my dream and make everyone in the arena smile!"

Katherine
"I think I would be a great asset to the 2011-12 Orlando Magic Dance Team because dancing is my #1 passion and I'm a great team player. I'm also very passionate about the Orlando community and would love to be a role model."

Victoria
"I think I would be a great asset to the 2011-12 Orlando Magic Dance Team because God can give you 1,000 "No's" just to make room for you to receive your One Big Yes; Never stop working towards your dream!"

Amanda
"I think I would be a great asset to the 2011-12 Orlando Magic Dance Team because I'm passionate about the Orlando community and Magic organization and feel my passion will pass on to all Magic fans!"

Casey
"I think I would be a great asset to the 2011-12 Orlando Magic Dance Team because I am a fun loving person who loves to be around talented, driven people and I hope I add to that! I'm committed and determined I'll do whatever it takes to better the team!"

Paloma
"I think I would be a great asset to the 2011-12 Orlando Magic Dance Team because I love to put a smile on a person's face. I'm an entertainer at heart and I have a passion for dance. I would be a good asset to the Magic organization because I would take every chance to put a smile on a fan's face."

Tara S.
"I think I would be a great asset to the 2011-12 Orlando Magic Dance Team because I enjoy being part of an organization that plays an active role in the community. Also, I love being a member of a team; it's my home away from home."

Abby
"I think I would be a great asset to the 2011-12 Orlando Magic Dance Team because I'm passionate about dancing as well as the Orlando Magic basketball team. I support every girl and dream participating on this team as well as being an ambassador for such an amazing, giving and talented organization."

Laine
"I think I would be a great asset to the 2011-12 Orlando Magic Dance Team because I live to entertain and I love making people around me happy. I also enjoy being part of a team that makes each other stronger while also uniting our amazing community!"

Jazmin
"I think I would be a great asset to the 2011-12 Orlando Magic Dance Team because I'm positive and driven! I'll add Dominican spice! I can speak German and Spanish! I love the Magic and everything the organization represents and I have a passion for dance that I want to share with our great community. Go Magic!!"

Heather
"I think I would be a great asset to the 2011-12 Orlando Magic Dance Team because I love to entertain and be involved in the community. My sister and dad both have danced for the organization so Magic is in my blood!"

Virgilia
"I think I would be a great asset to the 2011-12 Orlando Magic Dance Team because I'm the definition of ENTERTAINMENT!!! I keep the crowd wanting more with my high flying dunks, my crazy power tumbling, my outgoing bubbly personality, and of course my drive to want to DANCE! It's been a huge honor to represent this organization for four awesome years and now I'm pursuing for a great fifth!!!"

Ashley
"I think I would be a great asset to the 2011-12 Orlando Magic Dance Team because I have spent three amazing seasons on this team and want to continue living my dream. I love every aspect of the job from games to community events to, most importantly, entertaining the fans. I have a passion for dance and the Orlando Magic. Being a part of this team and organization has been a life changing experience and some of the most amazing experiences!"

Priya
"I think I would be a great asset to the 2011-12 Orlando Magic Dance Team because I am an outgoing, energetic dancer who was made to entertain. I also love working for my community which this organization does a great deal of."

Shaunte
"I think I would be a great asset to the 2011-12 Orlando Magic Dance Team because I am a very outgoing, charismatic person. I enjoy conversing and meeting new people. I enjoy giving back and taking an active role in making my community a better place to live!!"

Kendra
"I think I would be a great asset to the 2011-12 Orlando Magic Dance Team because I am a huge advocate of inspiring others, and being inspired in return. Being a member of this team for the past two years has driven me to be the best I can and push myself to new limits. I hope to provide the support and leadership for new rookies to reach their goals and provide inspiration for each other and the community."