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Wednesday November 8, 2006 2:44 PM


Inside the Dancers Studio


RPD rookie Nadia visits with Rockets.com

Nadia
Age: 25
Hometown: Houston
Occupation: Teacher
Alma Mater: Sam Houston State University
Degree: Bachelor of Business Administration and Marketing
Seasons as RPD: Rookie

Rockets.com: Why did you become a Rockets Power Dancer?
Nadia: I became a Rockets Power Dancer because I have a true passion for performing. When the music starts and the crowd is cheering, I can feel their energy and I thrive on it! The invigorating feeling I get during a performance is indescribable. It’s a rush and I can’t get enough!

Rockets.com: How was your experience on opening night? Was it your first regular season game as an RPD member?
Nadia: The recent opening night game was my first regular season game and extremely exciting. The fans were pumped and the stands were filled with excitement. I think the most exciting part was when the players were introduced and the lights went out. All the Rockets fans were rushing to their seats and you just knew it was going to be a fantastic game. Did I mention we won?!!

Rockets.com: What's the hard part about being a rookie?
Nadia: The hard part about being a rookie is getting used to the practice and game schedule. All of the women on the team, including myself, have regular jobs and/or obligations to tend to during the day. Practices and games take up most evenings throughout the week, leaving little time for anything else. It definitely requires time management skills. Luckily for me, organization and time management are my strong points!

Rockets:com: What has been your favorite moment, so far, as a Rockets Power Dancer?
Nadia: It has to be opening night without a doubt. Not only was it exciting, but we beat the Mavericks by 30 points!

Rockets.com: What is one misconception about being a Rockets Power Dancer?
Nadia: I think most people don’t realize that the Rockets Power Dancers have full-time jobs or are full-time students as well as dancers. All the women that dance on RPD have outside commitments such as their careers, families, and education. It is with honor that we dance for the Houston Rockets and make time for the busy season that has finally arrived!

Rockets.com: Besides being a RPD, what do you do for a living?
Nadia: I teach Social Studies to seventh graders. My job takes a lot of energy and enthusiasm, but I enjoy it very much. The best part of my job is getting sweet letters from my students at the end of the year telling me what a difference I have made and how much they enjoyed my class. Occasionally, my old students will stop by and visit me, and that’s always nice.

Rockets.com: Are people surprised at the office that you're a RPD? 
Nadia: I think some are a bit surprised, but many of them knew that I used to dance professionally for the Houston Texans prior to becoming a Rockets Power Dancer and are just excited to see me out there again.

Rockets.com: What is your typical day like during the season?
Nadia: Usually, I get up and go to work until 3:30 p.m. or so. More often than not, I pack a bag with practice clothes the night before and take them with me. This allows me to run around and take care of any personal errands – think dry cleaning, appointments and shopping -- that I need to get done before practice. The evening ends with RPD practice that starts at 6:30 p.m. and ends around 10 p.m. My days are jam packed, but I like them that way. I don’t think I would know what to do with myself if I didn’t have a fully scheduled day!

Rockets.com: What are you looking forward to seeing this season?
Nadia: Gosh, I am looking forward to it all! This is my first year as a member of RPD and so far I LOVE working for the Houston Rockets! The season has just begun and I know there is much more to come. I know it’s going to be a great season and I plan on taking it all in!

Rockets.com: What do you do in your free time, if you have any?
Nadia: I enjoy spending time with my family and friends whenever I have free time. I am blessed with an amazing family and wonderful friends that always make me laugh when I need it. I also enjoy road trips, shopping, cooking, and movies.

Rockets.com: Do you have a favorite activity?
Nadia: I have several hobbies that I try to make time for; cooking, reading, and photography. Lately, the only one I have really had time for is reading. I am totally into Nora Roberts’ “Born In” Trilogy. She’s an excellent author. Cooking and photography have been on the backburner, but I may get to do a little baking this Thanksgiving holiday and that should be a lot of fun! 

Rockets.com: What is your favorite sports team?
Nadia: Well the Houston Rockets of course! I am totally a home team fan, so I still hold out for the Astros and the Texans as well.

Rockets.com: What is the greatest movie ever?
Nadia: I have TONS of favorites! Typically, I like romantic comedies, or any comedy for that matter. However, I fell in love (literally) with the movie, The Notebook. I know it’s a sappy love story, but how can you not love that movie!?! That was true love, and maybe one day I can find that kind of love myself.

Rockets.com: Who is your favorite Rockets player?
Nadia: That’s a tough one, but I’m going to have to go with Yao Ming. Did you see him at the opening game? I don’t think he missed one free throw! What a guy!

Rocket.com: Do you have an interesting fact about yourself that few people know?
Nadia: I went sky-diving for my 23 rd birthday and now I have a secret love for it. After my first jump, I vowed to become a professional. I plan on going again for my 26 th birthday! It is absolutely too much fun!

Rockets.com: If you could have dinner with anyone on the planet, who would it be and why? 
Nadia: I’d love to have dinner with my Algerian grandmother, Mouni. She passed away two years ago and I hadn’t seen her in many years. I wish I had the opportunity to speak with her just once more. She was a wonderful woman.

Rockets.com: Where do you want to travel and why?
Nadia: I have always wanted to visit Thailand. I absolutely love the beach and I have heard amazing things about Thailand’s beautiful beaches. I also love Thai food! Hopefully, someday I will find myself lounging on some tropical beach in Thailand, sipping on a cold beverage, and toasting in the sun. Nice!

Rockets.com: What do you expect to be doing 10 years from now?
Nadia: Truly, I don’t know what to expect and I like it that way. In the past, I have been a “planner” knowing exactly what to expect every step of the way. Over the years I have learned that it is much more fun to live and enjoy life without restricting myself to any certain path. Life has so much to offer and I think it is important to take advantage of the time we have. I must say that I would like to have a family someday and perhaps that chapter of my life is some where down the road.