Oklahoma City, Friday, Aug. 8, 2014 – The Oklahoma City Thunder selected 20 women for its 2014-15 Thunder Girls dance team on Thursday night, the team announced today. Final auditions took place in front of a full house at the Showplace Theatre in Riverwind Casino.
Of the 20 ladies, 12 return from last year’s squad, joined by eight rookies.
“The Thunder Girls represent our team on and off the court. They’re not just great dancers, they’re also community ambassadors,” said Paige Carter, who enters her fourth season as the Thunder Girls dance team manager and choreographer. “We’re excited to see our new team on the court and in the community, interacting with our fans.”
Judges for final auditions included Joleen Chaney from News 9, Joe “Blower” Garvey and Cody Hanson of Hinder, and Daneka Allen, who was named Miss Oklahoma in 1999. The panel assisted Thunder staff in making the final selections.
The final audition process consisted of three rounds: a choreographed jazz/hip-hop routine, a question-and-answer session and a solo dance.
Following last Saturday’s open auditions, 35 women advanced to Thursday’s final round. During the week, finalists took part in formal interviews and rehearsals to prepare for the finals.
The Thunder Girls are presented by Riverwind Casino. Members of the team make more than 200 appearances each year throughout the community and have served as ambassadors for the team at home and overseas. More information about the team is available at THUNDER.NBA.COM. Fans can also get updates on Facebook (facebook.com/thundergirls), Twitter (@thundergirls) and Instagram (@okcthundergirls).