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Honeybee Dancer Diaries - Leah

Tuesday, February 27th, 2007

Hornets: So, over the past couple of months, I have been a little overwhelmed with all the games, practices, my other job, and school. I know sounds like a bunch, huh? But somehow I was able to manage it pretty well with not having a breakdown.

Looking back it all went over well. We got a nice little break from games with the All-Star break and a few away games so it is nice to enjoy my social life and focus more on school. The break actually worked out perfect because I had three tests in school! I am excited to get back with the dancing and games again. There are less than 15 games left so I really want to enjoy these last few times I get to dance and work for the Hornets.

The people are so much fun and so nice! I am really going to miss this atmosphere a lot! I have been thinking about next year a lot and what I am going to do. It is very stressful to think that I will not be dancing for a team! It will be my first time since middle school!

My plan so far is to take dance classes and continue focusing on school. I only have one year left and need to finish out strong. Next year, I will consider moving to another state and trying out for another pro team, whether it be basketball or football.

I hope everyone comes out to our last few games and supports the Hornets. We have to make the most of it while they are here!! Thanks to everyone for supporting us!

Now – come watch us Honeybees dance!!!

Honeybees Confidential: Karin’s All-Star Week

Saturday, February 24th, 2007

By: Karin
OKC Honeybee

Thank you again to everyone who voted for me and for all of your support. I will forever treasure these memories and be thankful for the opportunity.

What an amazing week! I left on Monday, Feb.12 for Las Vegas very excited for the week ahead. I arrived and got settled into my hotel room at The Orleans. The entire city was decked out in All-Star gear!!

There were giant advertising posters covering the entire face of some of the larger hotels. The lion at the MGM Grand was wearing a West jersey, while the Statue of Liberty at New York - New York was sporting the East jersey. It was so awesome!!

My roommate, Sarah from the New York Knicks, came in later that day and we immediately hit it off!! She was such a sweetheart. We talked a lot about her life in New York and about being a dancer and auditioning, which is her full time job. We then headed to a banquet held in our honor and I met the other 29 girls who made up the First Ever All-Star Dance Team. We were all introduced and then the presents started rolling in!! We received an All-Star bag that had tons of goodies inside! All-Star shirts, watches, hats, bracelets, pens, postcards. You name it, we got it!! It was so exciting to think that we were finally there and about to embark on a journey that would forever be held dear to our hearts. [photo gallery]

Tuesday - Thursday
The next day, we were up bright and early for rehearsal…and that’s about how the day went. Rehearse, eat, rehearse, eat, take pictures, eat and rehearse more. Our choreographer was Laurie Ann Gibson from Making the Band. She has worked with countless artists like Alicia Keys and Diddy just to name a few!!! Her style of teaching was “new” to say the least. Counting for the dance was not 1,2,3, and 4, it became boom, kack, boom, boom, kack!! She was talking a language all her own. Her terms of endearment for the girls became “muffs”, short for muffins. “Let’s go muffs.” “C’mon, live muffs.”

That was another new one for us. It was not dance bigger or harder, but “Liivveee muffs!” I can’t even say it without smiling to myself!! We learned three group routines, and then we were split up into Western and Eastern Conferences to learn another routine. Lots of stuff to learn in just a few days!! I think we lived on Red Bull, Gatorade, veggie trays, and chocolate for three days.

I met so many amazing girls during the week! Beautiful, intelligent, and they all loved to dance. Everyone gave 120% all the time, even in rehearsal. It made me want to try to push myself even harder. I even think Laurie Ann was surprised at how much talent she had to work with! I made so many friends and we have already been keeping in contact with each other. I will definitely be thinking about all the All-Star dancers each time we play those teams. Many fond memories of each and every one of them!!

And let me tell you, the team of stylists and pampering was fabulous….

Have you ever had a team of stylists working feverishly to make sure you looked hot? Well, now I have!! We had 3 stylists that came up with the concepts for our costumes and an additional 6 people sewing constantly!!! I don’t think we ever tried on the finished product until we put it on to go on the court, but we looked amazing!

We also had several appearances that we were split up to do while we were there. I had the honor of a 5am morning news appearance. We had to dress up in our home team costumes and shake it for the camera. I was interviewed on location and I had to wear one of those ear piece things to hear the anchor who was talking to me while in the studio. It was so hard! I felt like a true news reporter! You know the ones. They look silly because they are always holding their earpieces when they are listening to the anchor!

By Friday, it was time to perform!!! We got to the Jam Session at the Mandalay Bay where they were having the Celebrity Game and prepared for our debut! I, of course representing the West cheered for a team with James Denton (Desperate Housewives), Nick Cannon, Wayne Newton, Bow Wow, and many others. The East had the chief from Grey’s Anatomy, Nelly, Donald Faison, just to name a few. What an event!

My mom and my fiancé, Collin, both got to come, and they were so proud of me! Our first dance was actually televised Friday night on ESPN, in its entirety. They also announced us individually at halftime. It was an honor to know I was representing the entire Hornets organization and all of our fans. I had chills!! We also performed a second routine that night and I left happy because the West prevailed in the Celebrity game!

The day didn’t stop there though, as we were off to another late night rehearsal. It seemed like we rehearsed day and night, but I was thankful for the extra practice.

The next day, it was time for All-Star Saturday Night. We got up early for a tech rehearsal and spent the entire day at the Thomas and Mack arena. We wore our new jersey dresses, paired with hot black boots. We only performed once that night, but the trick was dancing in the boots. They weren’t made for dancing like the ones the Honeybees wear, but actual high heeled boots from Bakers! But it didn’t faze us! We had a great performance and we luckily got to relax and watch the festivities for the rest of the night.

As we went out to watch the Slam Dunk contest, I started looking around. Wow!!! Eva Longoria (gorgeous!), Queen Latifah, Diddy, Ciara. The stars were everywhere. I was just glad I didn’t notice them while we were dancing! LOL. Afterwards, we stayed late for our final on court rehearsal. We were also told that we were going to be the stand-ins in front of the stage for Christina Aguilera’s halftime performance so we needed to be there early for her tech rehearsal. I had absolutely no problem with that!

Sunday morning we got to the arena and waited for Christina…for two and a half hours! We watched her dancers perform, the camera guys got all the best angles. She had a stand-in, then with after waiting for what seemed like forever, she was there!

We had our own little private concert and she was amazing. I was two feet from her! She was beautiful and very gracious. Then it was time to start getting ready!!! Our costumes were even hotter for the last night! We had to wait in the tunnel for our performances, but what a thrill. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Nelly, Donald Faison, Zach Braff (Scrubs), Toni Braxton, David Hasselhoff, Jeremy Piven, and Prince and so many others walked right by us to get into the arena. (Well Prince kind of sauntered, but that’s another story!) It was so exciting and I tried not to be the dorky fan but Jeremy Piven said hi to me and I got a little giddy!

I performed twice, once with the West girls, then again with the entire group. It was surreal. I was in the front row with Adam Sandler, Prince, Jay Z, and Beyonce all in front of me!!! Talk about pressure. But I did a great job and had a blast. I hit that final pose and I didn’t want to leave the court. I think we all held that last pose extra long. All-Star Week was such an incredible opportunity. I really can’t say how honored I felt to represent my team. I had the time of my life and I had achieved something that only a handful of girls will ever experience.

Honeybees’ Karin Headed to All-Star Game

Saturday, February 17th, 2007

By: Jim Eichenhofer,
February 14, 2007

While Honeybees member Karin undoubtedly impressed fans with her dancing ability and engaging personality, she also had a secret weapon during the All-Star dance team voting process: An ambitious class of high school students from Medford, Okla., a town located near the Kansas border of about 1,000 citizens.

“I have a very good friend whose mother is a high school teacher in Medford,” the personable second-year Honeybee explained, smiling. “She had all of her students log on to the Internet every morning and vote for me, and she gave them extra credit if they went home after school, voted for me again and brought in the printout that (proved) they had done that.

“There were a lot of people who really care about me who went the extra mile to help me accomplish something that I really wanted to do.”

At this time two years ago, the Oklahoma City native never imagined that she’d be a member of ANY big-time professional dance team – Oklahoma’s capital city did not have a major sports franchise before the Hornets’ unexpected arrival in September 2005.

After receiving the most votes among three Honeybees candidates, Karin headed to Las Vegas on Monday to participate in the NBA’s first-ever All-Star dance team. Since Las Vegas does not have an NBA team of its own, the league decided to have each of the 30 clubs send one dancer apiece. Honeybees members Leah and Talor were also nominated.

“Dance was something that I’d always loved to do since I was very young, but I never thought I’d be able to dance professionally for a team, without moving somewhere like New York or L.A.,” Karin, a former University of Oklahoma pom squad member, described. “I never thought I’d have the opportunity to do this in Oklahoma City, so I decided to go for it. It was a lifelong goal that I was able to accomplish.”

Karin arrived in Las Vegas prepared for a week filled with activities. The NBA All-Star dance team is scheduled to perform at a celebrity basketball game, as well as during Sunday’s All-Star Game.

“The first day there are nine hours of practices,” Karin said. “There are also fittings, on-court rehearsals and appearances. It is a jam-packed week, but it’s going to be really exciting.

“A year and a half ago, (Oklahoma City) didn’t even have an NBA team. This is a dream come true and a tremendous opportunity. To be a part of the first-ever NBA All-Star dance team is an incredible honor, especially to be able to represent not only the entire Hornets organization, but New Orleans and Oklahoma City as well. I feel like I’ve been a part of history.”

Win-A-Date with a Honeybee

Thursday, February 8th, 2007

Come enjoy Valentine’s Day, February 14 with the Hornets as they take on the Sacramento Kings. Single guys between the ages 18 to 25 have a chance to win-a-date with a Honeybee, as well as receive a:

* Valentine’s Day Jersey signed by CP3
* Pair of courtside seats to a future Hornets game
* Limo ride and Dinner for two at Mickey Mantle’s

Enter to win on the Concourse at the Ford Center before the end of the first quarter against the Sacramento Kings on February 14, 2007. Limit one (1) entry per individual. Open to single men between the ages of 18 and 25. See offical rules below. [here]

Three finalists will be selected at random to compete in a contest on the court during the February 14th game. Good luck!

SI Gallery Update - NBA

Saturday, January 6th, 2007

This week, Sports Illustrated brings us the Mavs Dancers, Suns
Dancers, and - for the first time this season - the OKC Honeybees.

SI Gallery Update - NBA

Saturday, January 6th, 2007

This week, Sports Illustrated brings us the Mavs Dancers, Suns
Dancers, and - for the first time this season - the OKC Honeybees.

Very Sad News

Saturday, December 23rd, 2006

Brittanie Montgomery, a member of the Oklahoma City Hornets Honeybees dance team passed away during a fatal car crash last night. The Associated Press reports that the accident happened around 6 pm on Oklahoma State Highway 3. Brittanie was 19 years old and an incrediby talented dancer. This was her first year on an NBA dance team. Our condolences and prayers go out to Brittanie’s family and friends, her fellow Honeybees, and her former teammates on the AF2 Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz Dance team.

Here Come the Honeybees!

Thursday, November 16th, 2006

The Hornets have posted team photos for both versions of the Honeybees, the OKC girls and the NO girls. I’m sure bios are coming soon, so stay tuned for that!

The 2006-07 NO/OKC Hornets Dance Team

Wednesday, July 19th, 2006

Congratulations to the new Honeybees!

Visit the Hornets website for individual headshots
and a larger version of the team photo.

OKLAHOMA CITY – An Oklahoma City resident, new Honeybees dance team member Cristhian’s experience at the 2005 Honeybees tryouts could not have turned out much worse. While performing during the final round of auditions, Cristhian tore the ACL in her knee, ending her hopes of qualifying for the squad in the Honeybees’ inaugural campaign in her hometown.

A year later, Cristhian completed a comeback by earning her place among 13 newcomers selected to join the 21-member Honeybees team for 2006-07.

“I just started dancing again about a month ago,” Cristhian related on Monday evening. “I have a great doctor who helped me out tremendously, and I promised him I would come back and try out for the Honeybees.

“(The Hornets are) the first time Oklahoma has had something this big, so it’s just amazing to be a part of it.”

The former Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz dance team member and 30 other prospective Honeybees performed at Bricktown Brewery during Monday’s final round of tryouts. The event was attended by several hundred fans, an even larger crowd than the one on hand for the extremely popular Hornets draft lottery party held May 22 at the same location.

“It was jam-packed,” described another new Honeybees member Courtney, a Grapevine, Texas native and University of Oklahoma student.

Despite the huge crowd, many of the tryout participants showed no signs of nerves while on stage. A large portion of the prospective Honeybees had extensive previous experience performing in front of large audiences.

“I was nervous when I got here at 6 o’clock (an hour before the event began),” said new Honeybee member Lindsey, of nearby Edmond, Okla. “But I’ve been dancing my whole life and performing since I was 8 years old. Once I thought about how I’d been working at this and practicing so hard to prepare for it, the nerves kind of went away.” –

Tonight’s Honeybee Finals Open to the Public

Monday, July 17th, 2006

NO/OKC Hornets: The final round of your 2006-2007 Honeybees Dance Team auditions is Monday, July 17th at the Bricktown Brewery on 1 N. Oklahoma Avenue. The Final Auditions begin at 7:00 pm and Bricktown Brewery is offering $1.50 hand-crafted beer and a $5 appetizer buffet all night long! Our judges have narrowed down the competition to 33 beautiful and talented finalists who are ready to take the stage and show you why they deserve to be a Honeybee. Will your favorite make the cut? Your voice may help determine who makes it to the show, so make sure you are heard in Bricktown!

We wish extra special luck to our friends from the Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz (AF2) Dance Team: Brittany, Emily, Jessica, Nicole C, Nicole D, and Whitney. All six have made it to finals for the Honeybees. Good luck girls. Go out there and knock ‘em dead!

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