Raptors Dance Pak Blog - October
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October 31, 2010
Happy Halloween from your Raptors Dance Pak! Hope your day is a "Thriller"!
Our Visit To Montreal...
October 30, 2010
First Preseason Game..
October 28, 2010
October 27, 2010
RDP vs. Leafs Girls
October 21, 2010
From The Country To The Court
October 20, 2010
It is 8:00 p.m., on a Sunday evening and I don’t think I could be more tired! We had our third preseason home game today against the Suns, and we won! I am new to the Dance Pak team this year and thought I would share with you some of my thoughts during my first week on court.
First of all, I would like to say that I could not be more proud to be apart of the Raptors Dance Pak. This whole experience is showing me why I have chosen this as my career; the thrill of being in front of a huge crowd, the excitement of the game, and the support given by everyone involved.
Video From The West Coast
October 18, 2010
We've got video from our trip to Vancouver below...
Season Five Is Off And Running
October 15, 2010
I feel like I'm showing my age here, but hello, I'm Kat and this is my fifth season with the Toronto Raptors Dance Pak. Last night was our first time taking our hard work from the rehearsal studio to the court during the first preseason game. As the years have gone by and I've climbed the seniority ladder it's been interesting to observe the changes in emotions, urgency, teamwork and focus as I've viewed the Dance Pak from different heights. Girls have come and gone, responsibilities have grown, choreography has transformed through a variety of styles but through it all the love for the game, in this case performing, is the one thing that has stayed consistent.
I was a little surprised at my game day jitters. I hear it all the time, "You're an old pro, there is no way you get nervous anymore." Sure the nerves of the unfamiliar fade slowly with time but I always like to keep a healthy dose of anxious adrenaline somewhere inside.
It's like my secret ingredient to a successful show. It keeps the excitement meter steady from day one to the present.
Hard Work Is Not An Option... It's A Necessity!
October 15, 2010
After a double overtime win against the 76ers in this season's very first preseason home game, I arrived home at 11:00 p.m., only to finish typing up a 10-page essay on Women's Ski Jumping in the Vancouver 2010 Olympics. It is now 4:00 a.m., and I'm finally done! I'm exhausted, my eyes are dry, and even my computer screen seems a little blurry.
I ask myself, why do I put myself through this? Why do I fill my schedule with tons of work, that I force myself to stay awake and in order to get things done? Why do I commit to being a Toronto Raptors Dance Pak member when I'm already drowning in school work?
Today's game made me realize how much I love what I do. No matter how tired, sick, upset, or hungry I am, it all seems to disappear the second I walk into ACC. The moment I stepped on the court for our pre-game rehearsal, I gazed around at the empty seats and felt a chill of excitement, just knowing that I get to be apart of something amazing. Everybody, the ushers, game crew, security, our MAC makeup artists, and especially the fans, bring in a contagiously unique and positive energy, that it's hard to see how any of the girls on Dance Pak could ever complain about our job! Dancing in front of thousands of the best fans in the world is one of the greatest feelings. So if I find myself drowning in assignments, falling asleep on the subway, or eating every meal on the go; so be it. It's worth it.
In the words of Steve Pavlina "When you live for a strong purpose, then hard work isn't an option. It's a necessity"
Excited to be Back!
October 14, 2010
As I sat in class today, all I could think about was Wednesday's game. It felt so great to experience a game again. I almost forgot how much fun it is to perform and do what I love to do in front of thousands of people. I can’t believe a new season has snuck up on us so quickly. Last season feels as if it were just yesterday. I can vividly recall some of us “freestyling raps” or at least trying to rap in the tunnels before intro. I am really excited for this season and I know we are going to have a great year. This season we have a group of amazing young ladies who are extremely talented, beautiful, hardworking, and have great personalities.
Aside from showing up for every game and rehearsal, as most of you are probably aware of, we all juggle a number of different activities such as school and jobs. Now is it just me, or do find that your schedules seem to get extremely busy all at once? Even last night during our first home game, a few of the ladies (myself included) already had their school books out before the game in an attempt to study. In the next few weeks we have a couple of games and rehearsals coming up and of course I also have a number of midterms and assignments to do within the next week or two.
But please don’t get me wrong. I am not complaining or even trying to make anyone feel badly that I barely get any sleep once September/October hits. I actually love having a busy schedule – games, rehearsals, school, and teaching – it can get crazy! I kind of missed going to school on game days, then coming home for 20 minutes only to change and grab my bags, before heading out to the game. I missed attempting to study or read in the change room but then getting distracted by stories or jokes that the other ladies are sharing. I also kind of missed going home after a game or rehearsal, trying to stay up late to study and occasionally falling asleep on my books.
You may wonder, when life gets really busy and hectic, do I regret being on the Pak? Not at all. I love my job and am so fortunate to have been given this opportunity. From October to April I may lack sleep and may spend my days out or on the road, but I get to do what I love which is dance. I also get the chance to work with a remarkable group of ladies who can help me grow, not only as a dancer but as a person. I think all the ladies would agree when I say, we love being on the Pak and we cherish every minute of it.
Just A Thought...
October 13, 2010
I am currently sitting at home, listening to some music, studying, and for those of you that know me, I have moved into one of my deep thoughts (one of those stop and stare into nothing kind of deep thoughts). It’s game day today, first home turf preseason game and my deep thought stemmed from, "why do I love it so much? Why do I love dance? What is about getting into that rehearsal 3 days a week, then stepping out on that court that makes me feel better about myself when I go home?"
For all those people out there that love something that inspires you, I have come to the conclusion that we share a very special gift. We have found something that can escape us from our harsh, or beautiful realities. For the two or three hours that I stand in rehearsal everything stops as I let the music and movement take over every thought going on in my head. I can escape.
Fake It 'Til You Make It!
October 13, 2010
I just got back from our last rehearsal before preseason starts and it didn’t go so well. It’s not that we aren’t prepared or that we didn’t dance well, it’s just that the buzz of energy and excitement that is usually in the studio during rehearsal was missing. Maybe it was because we were all tired, mid-terms are starting for the students and new jobs for some others, or it could be the weather, or just plain nerves.
I think for most people it is a little nerve-wracking to perform in front of a crowd. Now imagine that this crowd is more than 20, 000 people plus whoever is watching on TV. Add a half top and wow my nerves are buzzing! For some people it’s a nightmare, for us, it’s pure joy-- at least once we get comfortable on court again. The first time is always the hardest! Needless to say we have a reason to be nervous and really it shouldn’t be surprising that everyone at practice was a bit tense.
Final Rehearsal Before The Preseason!
October 13, 2010
Check out highlights from our final rehearsal before the preseason opener and we make a trip to MAC Cosmetics on Queen Street.
Behind The Scenes Of Our Photo Shoot...
October 10, 2010
We've got a three-part, behind-the-scenes look at our recent photo shoot...
Dance Pak Member And...
October 10, 2010
Recently, Ashley and I had an appearance at a local university campus. We spent the better part of an hour chatting with students, professors and just people who were cutting through. As per usual, people were interested about the nature of our job. Do you love it? Do you meet the players? How many games do you go to? Are you on the ACTUAL dance pak? (To the best of my knowledge, there is no fake Dance Pak).
But there was also another question asked that we weren’t used to answering: Are you students here? I can say we were both proud to answer yes!
And people weren't surprised.