Average Joes performance group set to make Pepsi Center debut

by Eric Spyropoulos
Staff Writer

For the first time ever, not all of the performers during a Nuggets game will be trained professionals. From the Denver Nuggets Dancers to the Sky-line Drumline, fans are accustomed to watching highly trained professionals perform their craft during quarter and timeout breaks.

However, when the Nuggets host the Philadelphia 76ers Friday, a new group will make its debut: The Average Joes.

Yes, the name says it all. The group will be made up of ordinary Nuggets fans that have taken the time to learn dance sequences and the art of performing in front of a crowd of over 18,000.

"The Nuggets have a bunch of extraordinarily talented groups,” said Denver Nuggets Dancers manager Amy Jo Wagner, who is choreographing the dances for the Average Joes. “We've got our musicians on the drumline and dancers that have been in classes since they were two years old. So we thought, let's just have some average people (perform) that our fans can relate to."

The group will focus on performing hip hop and novelty dance routines (i.e. “Bye Bye Bye”, “Can’t Touch This” and Beach Boys) and are scheduled to perform during 8-to-10 Nuggets games throughout the season.

The group is simply looking for everyday guys who just want to have fun and entertain Nuggets fans through dance. There is no prior dance experience required to join and participate in the group, but commitment to perform in at least five games is asked of anyone interested in joining the Average Joes.

Participants come from all walks of life, from teachers and job recruiters to information technology workers.

“I’ve always wanted to dance on an NBA court since I was five years old,” said participant Jeffrey Nickel. “I figured this would be the best opportunity to do so without needing all the experience.”

The group will perform on the following dates: 11/8, 11/24, 12/3, 12/29, 1/26, 2/3, 3/3, 3/27, 4/7, with potential playoff performances to follow.

"We're really excited for this new group,” said Wagner. “It will be really cool for our average fan to see them perform and say 'hey, I could do that!'"


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