Oklahoma City Thunder Girls Selected for 2011-12 Season

OKLAHOMA CITY, Thursday, Aug. 11 – A live audience of more than 1,000 fans watched as 12 veterans and eight new members were selected as the 2011-12 Thunder Girls. After an audition process that began on Aug. 6 with dance tryouts, interviews and practices, the final selections were announced on Thursday evening at Riverwind Casino. The finals were also streamed live via thunder.nba.com.

“The energy tonight at Riverwind Casino tonight was amazing,” said Thunder Girls manager and choreographer Paige Carter. “We had very talented candidates this year and it was a difficult selection process for us.”

Dance team hopefuls performed in pairs as well as individual freestyle during Thursday night’s auditions, which were open to public and featured celebrity guest judges including Barry Switzer and Miss Oklahoma 2011 Betty Thompson.

As ambassadors of the Thunder, the Thunder Girls make more than 200 appearances each year throughout the region. The Thunder Girls are proudly presented by Riverwind Casino.

The 2011-12 Thunder Girls are as follows (last names are not used so as to protect privacy):

Alexis
Hometown: McAlester, Okla.

Ashley H
Hometown: Edmond, Okla.

Ashley L.
Hometown: Norman, Okla.

Bailee
Hometown: Moore, Okla.

Hayle
Hometown: Choctaw, Okla.

Hayley
Hometown: Springdale, Ark.

Helen
Hometown: Oklahoma City, Okla.

Jada
Hometown: Oklahoma City, Okla.

Jessica
Hometown: Madison, Wis.

Kaci
Hometown: Hays, Kan.

Kelsey
Hometown: Oklahoma City, Okla.

Kimberly
Hometown: Norman, Okla.

LaTeshia
Hometown: Moore, Okla.

Marisa
Hometown: Dowagiac, Mich.

Riane
Hometown: Oklahoma City, Okla.

Sarah
Hometown: Cyril, Okla.

Shereka
Hometown: Muskogee, Okla.

Sheri
Hometown: Dallas, Texas

Shonna
Hometown: Moore, Okla.

Tina
Hometown: Mustang, Okla.