Three-year Honeybees veteran Martine will be checking in periodically on our blog to answer questions about life as a member of New Orleans’ favorite dance team. The Norco, Louisiana, native will be participating in 2008-09 Honeybees auditions later this summer. For more information about auditions and how to register, visit Hornets.com throughout the summer.
You can ask Martine a question by leaving a comment under this blog entry, or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include “Ask the Honeybees” in the subject of your e-mail. As always, creativity in your questions is encouraged.
Hornets.com: This was the most successful season in Hornets history. What were a few of the most memorable Hornets moments for you from 2007-08?
Martine: Let me just start out by saying this year was totally amazing! The games at the Hive were incredible, appearances, helping out in the community, childrens’ smiling faces, and the fans’ excitement this year was unforgettable! What stands out to me the most about this year was the playoffs! I will never forget the feeling of running out the tunnel onto the court surrounded by screaming Hornets fans. It definitely sent chills down my body!
Hornets.com: Among all of the appearances you made in the community or at events, what were some of the ones you most enjoyed?
Martine: I love doing appearances, and being around in the community, so this is a hard question for me. I really enjoy going to elementary schools to read to the children and talk to them about the importance of staying in school. But, one of my most enjoyable would have to be my visit to Touro hospital. The people there were so heart warming, and so excited to visit with us and talk about the Hornets. Appearances like that really make me realize how lucky I am to be a part of the Hornets organization.
Hornets.com: What were some of your best memories from the NBA All-Star week being held in New Orleans in February?
Martine: The whole weekend was definitely something I will never forget. I had a lot of fun at the celebrity All-Star game. It was so funny watching huge football players, and even a comedian trying to make a hoop! I think the time spent with my teammates, meeting new people, and of course getting the opportunity to be on stage for player introductions would have to be my best memories! It was a weekend I will never forget!
Hornets.com: Did you get to meet any cool celebrities during All-Star 2008?
Martine: There were definitely LOTS of celebrities around us at all times! It was really cool just being in the moment!! But, to tell you the truth we were sooooo busy practicing and trying to make our performances perfect it was hard to talk to anyone! Although while getting food I got to snap a picture with Chris Tucker!
Hornets.com: The Honeybees were featured prominently on national television during the player introductions at the All-Star Game. Did you have anyone calling you or e-mailing you to say, “I saw you on TV!”?
Martine: OH YESSS! I don’t think I have ever had so many missed calls in my life! My mom and grandmother were in tears at home watching. I don’t think I can put into words how amazing it was to be a part of this event. I will never forget being on stage for player introductions and being a part of that moment in history.
Hornets.com: Honeybees auditions are being held later this summer in New Orleans. What’s the toughest part of tryouts?
Martine: I would have to say the hardest part is probably just showing up. Just show up! It only gets better from there! Once you get in there and start the process it’s really fun. Ashley’s relaxed attitude and high spirits help out a lot! [Editor’s Note: Ashley Deaton is the Honeybees’ manager and choreographer]
Hornets.com: What’s the most fun aspect of tryouts?
Martine: Meeting all the new girls was a lot of fun for me. Everyone was really sweet.
Hornets.com: You have been through three years of tryouts. How nervous were you before your first tryouts in 2005?
Martine: WOW! Let me just tell you this, I had no idea what I was getting into walking into tryouts. I had been to a few Hornets games before and I loved the “style” of the Honeybees! I loved the high-energy dances and how much the girls really pumped up the crowd! I was just graduating high school, only 18, and I didn’t know a soul there! All I know is that I really, really wanted it.
Hornets.com: What made you decide to try out for the first time?
Martine: Well, I never wanted to stop dancing. I have been dancing since I was two. I didn’t want to stop after high school. I got a chance to go to a few Hornets games, and after the first one I knew I wanted to be a Honeybee!
Hornets.com: Tryouts consist of being able to perform dance routines and there is also an interview night after the finalists have been selected. What is the most important element of tryouts for a candidate to improve their chances of being chosen?
Martine: I think both are equally important. To give a little advice on both I would say: Just dance your hardest, have fun, and show the judges what YOU’VE got! Try and stand out! For interviews just be yourself, show your personality, and be truthful!