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Turkish All-star Game

A Rookie Adventure

January 21, 2013

Hey Nets fans! It’s Jessie coming to you from Istanbul. What a dance-filled weekend this has been! After getting to perform for all of you over in Brooklyn at Barclays on Friday for the Nets vs. Atlanta game, I quickly packed up my bags to join some of my Nets family in Istanbul for the Turkish All-Star game. After taking a full-day flight, I arrived in Turkey around 5:30am this morning. I immediately went to the arena where the game was being held for a quick rehearsal. Even though everything seemed to be happening so fast, I couldn’t help but take in every single second of this amazing experience. I feel so blessed and honored to be a rookie performing with all of these wonderful and talented young ladies, all while going on my very first international trip!

The fans at the game were incredible, which fed my adrenaline rush that much more! Performing nine routines in one game is sort of unheard of for any NBA dance team. However if there’s one thing I’ve learned in the short time I’ve been with these women, it’s that we’re extraordinary! We definitely brought some Brooklyn over to Istanbul!

Even though I’ve only been in Turkey for two days, I didn’t let that stop me from soaking in every ounce of culture and beauty surrounding this city. While most of the group went back home this afternoon, I got to stay an extra day to go sightseeing. My favorite part of the day was going on an impromptu boat tour and seeing all of the beautiful architecture that this city has to offer, especially the Bosphorus Bridge that lights up in all different colors at night.

As sad as I am to be leaving tomorrow, I wouldn’t have traded this experience for anything. And I want to give a special “Tesekkur” (thank you) to all of our fans over in Istanbul for creating such a memorable trip for me. I’m going to stay up and watch the sunrise and soak in every last ounce of this city before I leave – that’s what sleep on the plane is for right?

See you back in Brooklyn!

Game Day in Istanbul

January 20, 2013

Hi Brooklyn fans, it’s Siobhan from Istanbul. Today was the Turkish All-Star game, and it was an exciting day! The day started off bright and early with court rehearsal at the Ulker Sports Arena.

Once the game began, it was off and running! We performed a total of ten times throughout the game – nine dances and one dunk show. The fans loved our performances, and we put on a great show. The fans in Turkey are incredible and have been very receptive to our dancing and dunking.

Before our performances I always take a moment to remember how fortunate I am to be doing what I love. Dancing beside these amazing ladies was an exhilarating feeling and one I will never forget.


Rehearsals & Turkish TV

January 19, 2013

Hey everyone! We just completed day three in Istanbul, and we are having such an amazing time. We started the day with a three-hour rehearsal at Ulker Sports Arena. We practiced nine of our routines plus our dunk show that we'll be performing tomorrow at the Turkish All-Star Game.

After rehearsal, we quickly got into full hair and makeup to look fabulous for our TV appearance at Lig TV. After we arrived, we had a live interview, performed one of our routines, and then taught part of our dance to one of the hosts.

When the segment was over we headed over to a welcome reception where the All-Star team was introduced to the media. We kicked off the event by performing on stage followed by some mingling with guests. Everyone was so friendly and welcoming. We love it here!

We are so excited for the big game tomorrow. It's such a privilege to be here in Istanbul. We can't wait to entertain everyone and to gain some new international Brooklyn Nets fans!

Sightseeing & Shopping

January 18, 2013

Hi Brooklyn fans, it’s Angelica! This afternoon we continued to explore the beautiful city of Istanbul. One amazing sight was the Basilica Cistern, also known as the Sunken Palace. Here we saw the stone Medusas and learned about the history of this underground world that dates back to the 6th century. Next we toured the breathtaking Hagia Sophia. The details of the complex architecture and the intricate paintings were mesmerizing.

My favorite part of the day was when we shopped at the Grand Bazaar and bargained for our treasures. I always love finding interesting pieces that will remind me of my amazing journeys with the Brooklynettes.

After shopping we had an incredible team dinner. The assortment of kebabs was absolutely delicious, and we somehow had enough room for traditional Turkish desserts such as kunefe and a delicious pumpkin purée with vanilla ice cream.

Today was a day I will never forget, and I can't wait to see what tomorrow brings us!

Until next time,

Sightseeing in Istanbul

January 18, 2013

Hi Brooklyn fans! It’s Jennifer, and I'm coming to you from Turkey! We started off our first full day in Istanbul with some sightseeing. Our wonderful tour guide brought us to the Hippodrome, the Blue Mosque, and Topkapi Palace, and he explained the historical importance of each place we visited. Viewing the Blue Mosque was a humbling experience, because we were asked to remove our shoes before entering the spiritual center as a sign of respect. Next we experienced Topkapi Palace, which was memorable due to its picturesque gardens, especially the Sultan's Pavilion with a breathtaking view of the city. Here we also got to see antique attire, weaponry, and the beautiful 86 carat Spoonmaker's diamond. It was found and traded for three wooden spoons in 1669 by a man who wasn't aware of its value.

For lunch we dined at an authentic Turkish restaurant. We ate Turkish meatballs, along with other traditional dishes. It's only been half a day of exploring the city, and I've already learned, seen, and experienced so many new things. I can't wait to see what the rest of the week has in store for us!