Oklahoma City Thunder Girls Selected for the 2010-11 Season



OKLAHOMA CITY, July 16, 2010 – After an audition process that began July 10 with dance tryouts and interviews, the final selections are in for the 2010-11 Thunder Girls. Judges picked the 20 members from nearly 40 hopefuls who competed in the finals Thursday evening in Bricktown.

The new Thunder Girls team includes 11 veterans and nine new members.

“I am very excited about the caliber of the young women for this season’s Thunder Girls,” said Thunder Girls manager and choreographer Carmen Butler. “It was a difficult selection process for us to narrow it down to 20 members, since so many of the ladies who tried out were extremely talented.”

Butler, a former Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader and Dallas Mavs Dancer, is herself new to the squad.

“I am really enthusiastic about our new team,” she said.”This season’s Thunder Girls are talented, upbeat, beautiful, creative and eager to meet the fans and serve as ambassadors for the Thunder.”

Dance team hopefuls performed in pairs as well as individual freestyle Thursday during Thursday night’s auditions, which were open to public and drew hundreds of Thunder fans. A panel of judges included such celebrity guests as Wayne Coyne, lead singer of The Flaming Lips; Becky Switzer; Thunder basketball writer Chris Silva and new Thunder broadcaster Kelly Crull.

The Thunder Girls perform at all 41 home games, make more than 100 appearances throughout the region and are ambassadors for the Thunder at community and sponsorship events.

Auditions were open to females over the age of 18 who had some dance, cheer and/or POM experience and were interested in representing the Thunder organization in the community.

The 2010-11 Thunder Girls are as follows (* denotes a returning member)

Alexis *
Hometown: Edmond, Okla.
Occupation: University of Central Oklahoma student

Ashley *
Hometown: Norman, Okla.
Occupation: University of Oklahoma student

Bonnie *
Hometown: Norman, Okla.
Occupation: University of Central Oklahoma student

Brittany *
Hometown: Oklahoma City, Okla.
Occupation: administrative tech

Brooke
Hometown: Edmond, Okla.
Occupation: University of Central Oklahoma student

Hayley *
Hometown: Oklahoma City, Okla.
Occupation: University of Central Oklahoma student

Helen *
Hometown: Oklahoma City, Okla.
Occupation: medical clinics’ account executive; University of Phoenix student

Jessica
Hometown: Oklahoma City, Okla.
Occupation: legal assistant

Jada *
Hometown: Oklahoma City, Okla.
Occupation: chiropractic assistant

Kelsey Q.
Hometown: Norman, Okla.
Occupation: law student

Kelsey S.
Hometown: Moore, Okla.
Occupation: dance teacher; choreographer

Kodie *
Hometown: Moore, Okla.
Occupation: business sales

Krystal *
Hometown: Oklahoma City, Okla.
Occupation: University of Central Oklahoma student

Lateshia *
Hometown: Oklahoma City, Okla.
Occupation: University of Central Oklahoma student

Lil
Hometown: Oklahoma City, Okla.
Occupation: hairstylist; dance teacher

Marisa
Hometown: Yukon, Okla.
Occupation: bank sales associate

Riane *
Hometown: Oklahoma City, Okla.
Occupation: University of Oklahoma student

Shereka *
Hometown: Norman, Okla.
Occupation: University of Oklahoma student

Sheri *
Hometown: Oklahoma City, Okla.
Occupation: marketing representative

Shonna
Hometown: Oklahoma City, Okla.
Occupation: human resources representative