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Wednesday March 28, 2007 4:32 PM


Dr. Guy M. Lewis DDS Presents:

Inside the Dancers Studio


RPD's Heidi chats with Rockets.com about being a big basketball fan

Name: Heidi
Age: 23
Hometown: Houston
Occupation: Student
College: University of Houston
Degree: Communications and Spanish
Seasons as RPD: Rookie

Rockets.com: Why did you want to become a Rockets Power Dancer?
Heidi: Becoming a Rockets Power Dancer is a natural evolution of who I am as a person. Words cannot begin to explain the emotion, excitement and rush of adrenaline I get each time performing in front of the Rockets and Toyota Center fans. I have always been a performer and basketball fanatic, and involved in the community. Being a Rockets Power Dancer provided the opportunity to engage in all three at once and continue to explore and find self development.

Rockets.com: Are you a big basketball fan?
Heidi: Big is an understatement! I respect all sports and those with natural-born talents, but especially those athletes who dedicate themselves to being at the top of their sport. Basketball is by far my favorite sport and I remember being a young girl juggling ballet classes and youth basketball league. My parents would drive me directly from Nutcracker performances to basketball games, in the car wiping stage makeup off as I put my game face on. In fact, I attended several basketball camps including one directed by John Lucas, Sr. with guest Houston Rockets star Clyde Drexler. Basketball didn't exactly workout for me, though ...but I still have dunking skills!

Rockets.com: What has been your favorite moment, so far, as a Rockets Power Dancer?
Heidi: I have two equally favorite moments. The first being my participation in a fundraiser where I was able to meet the mother of a 7 year old boy, who was diagnosed with leukemia at the age of 4. He was an aspiring basketball player and had his spirits lifted when he was able to meet his favorite Rockets player and hero, T- Mac. Through the efforts of the fundraiser and other help, he continues to receive medical treatment and his condition has dramatically improved. No matter how small my role, it was important for me to be part of that event. My second favorite moment was the actual Rockets Power Dancer tryouts. My grandmother has always been my biggest fan, attending each one of my dance recitals and performances as a child. She was extremely ill during the last week of her life, but happened to be awake and watching television at the exact moment I was interviewed by local news reporters at tryouts. My family said when she saw my face on the screen she sat up and started clapping, full of delight, and had a huge smile on her face. Everyone was surprised to see my grandmother full of so much life and excitement. I can picture it perfectly, and even now, I know she continues to watch me day after day, game after game.

Rockets.com: What was your experience like in the photo shoot for the RPD calendar?
Heidi: Please do not be deceived by my warm smile and pose in front of a hot tub (as pictured in the calendar) - that was the easy shot. I also took several pictures on that cold, rainy December morning lying in the ocean. I gained a great deal of respect for models as I tried to maintain a Houston Rockets Power Dancer smile while keeping my teeth from chattering and goose bumps from showing!

Rockets.com: Have you had any embarrassing moments as an RPD?
Heidi: No on-court moments, but leaving Europe from our Houston Rockets ArmedForces Entertainment tour, I experienced a sort of ... luggage malfunction, and actually had to abandon my suitcase. I repacked all my clothes and shoes in already overflowing shopping bags. Not exactly cool walking through an international airport with "plastic luggage" hanging up and down my arms.


Rockets.com:
What has been your favorite costume this season?
Heidi: I love Christmas so it has to be the Santa's little helper costume.


Rockets.com: Besides being a RPD, what do you do for a living?
Heidi: I am a student at the University of Houston.


Rockets.com: What do you do in your free time, if you have any?
Heidi: I spend time with family, have lunch dates with Dad and do a lot of studying. I also love going to the movies and anywhere that has music.

Rockets.com: Do you have a favorite activity?
Heidi: I love dancing at home, girls' nights out with mom, family events, and weddings (not my own). Also, anything fun that involves games. I love arcades and my free throw percentage is 97 percent at pop-a-shot.

Rockets.com: What is your favorite sports team?
Heidi: Come on, man!! The Houston Rockets, of course!! I'm old school. I was there in '94 and '95 for the back-to-back and we are about to start it again this year!

Rockets.com: What is the greatest movie ever?
Heidi: I have so many favorites but final answers are "Casino," "The Longest Yard," and "Blood Diamond."

Rockets.com: How about the best restaurant?
Heidi: P.F. Chang’s and Le Peep. I love breakfast.

Rockets.com: If you could have dinner with anyone on the planet, who would it beand why?
Heidi: Oprah Winfrey and Mary J. Blige. Both are incredible and strong women who have helped heal many souls, and continue to impact lives all over the world.

Rockets.com: Where do you want to travel and why?
Heidi: Barbados, I love the water.


Rockets.com: What do you expect to be doing 10 years from now?
Heidi: My answer is non-exact in the respect that I have no limits and am still evolving as a person, learning and discovering each day. I will be doing whatever I deem true and honest to myself, family, and community. What specifically that is I don't know, but I will tell you in 10 years.