Warrior Girl Blog: Abounding Excitement For The Season
WARRIOR GIRL BLOG
Throughout the course of the year, different members of the Warrior Girls, the ultra-talented 18-member dance team of the Golden State Warriors, will blog about their experiences with the team. From international trips to community service events to practices to the games themselves, the Warrior Girls will provide fans with a unique and inside look at the dance team.
Warrior Girl Lacy has plenty to look forward to this upcoming season, starting with Opening Night. (photo: Rocky Widner/NBAE/Getty)
Everybody in the Bay Area is talking about the Golden State Warriors this year, and for good reason. We’ve got some absolutely stellar new players, new colors, a new court and a new coach who – if his name is any indicator – will out-smart the competition this year in pursuit of some long overdue postseason glory. Our new logo is the best in the NBA and our fans have always been the best in the NBA. This is going to be a great season – I smile just thinking about it.
Despite all the changes around here lately, a lot remains the same: We will still gather together on Wednesday and watch an explosive Opening Night at Oracle Arena. We will still watch Monta Ellis burst past the league’s best defenders and we will still see Stephen Curry feather the ball into the basket through rush-hour traffic. And as you probably expected, the Warrior Girls will still be on the court with all new uniforms, routines and talented dancers. Indeed, it’s truly an exciting time for the fans and the entire Warriors franchise. So I’d like to share with you how this year’s excitement began for me and the other 17 young women who will make up the Warrior Girls this season.
My experience with the new team began this summer at tryouts, when girls from all over the country showed up in full dance attire with aspirations of landing one of the 18 spots on the dance squad. During our warm-ups, all of the conversations were about the new look of the team. Everyone was excited about the Warriors’ prospects, both on and off the court. We all wanted to be part of the team, but we knew it was not going to be easy. This year almost 200 girls came out and boy did they bring their A-game! Honestly, I have never been to a more competitive dance audition in my life. It was obvious every girl wanted a spot on this year’s squad and even the veterans had to step up their game to prove they deserved a spot on the new team.
When auditions were all said and done and the new team was announced it was time to for the final 18 girls to take a deep breath … and celebrate! We had made the team, and were awfully relieved because like I said the competition was fierce this year. But the tough competition paid off and the squad ended up with 18 beautiful, intelligent and very talented young women who were ready to dance! I have no doubt our squad’s amazing chemistry will shine on the court – so trust me when I say you don’t want to miss our performances this year!
Once the excitement of making the dance squad had set in, it was time to get to work. Our first assignment as Warrior Girls was to shoot our annual Warrior Girls Swim Suit Calendar, which will go on sale in December. Get a sneak peek at the calendar in the video below:
During the calendar shoot, we all had the opportunity to spend the evening at the resort and bond with one another while anxiously awaiting our individual turn in front of the camera. As we walked the Cache Creek Casino Resort's grounds, we were in awe at the plentiful amenities and elegant architecture, which would be the backdrop for the swimsuit calendar. The entire experience was a blast. It was so fun getting dolled up with all the girls and supporting each other throughout the day of the shoot. At the end of it all, our coach commended us on how supportive we were and how much love she could feel within our team. After our first team event I could tell we were already starting to become a family.
After the swimsuit calendar was complete, it was time for the hard work to begin. The season is quickly approaching and it’s now time to kick our dance practices into high gear. We just finished our annual dance camp where we learn all of our routines for the upcoming season in one long weekend! The best part about of dance camp is when it's OVER because then we have a set out game plan for the season.
Now as I sit here in Oracle Arena writing this blog, I can't help but get butterflies in my stomach just thinking about our season and performing in front of greatest fans in professional sports. And once the lights go out in Oracle Arena on Opening Night for pregame introductions, – well words can’t describe the feeling of excitement! To the rookies on the team this year and newcomers to Oracle Arena, get ready because it is unlike anything you will ever experience at a sporting event! And to all the faithful Warrior fans out there, I know you know exactly what I'm talking about, so I’ll see you there on Opening Night!
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