Kelsey: Life as a Rookie Jazz Dancer

Hi, I’m Kelsey, I’m 20 years old and from Salt Lake City.  This is my first season as a Jazz Dancer and I’m so excited to blog about my experiences.  Follow my Dancer Diary all season to see what me and the other Jazz Dancers are up to!

Being in Jazz dancer has been such an amazing experience so far and I’m really lucky to have this opportunity! We recently had our pictures taken that will be used for the season. It was somuch fun going and getting our pictures taken and being pampered with hair and makeup. But let me tell you, it was a LONG day. I know what you are thinking, how could it possibly be at all hard?! Well when you have twenty different girls with 4 outfits each, plus hair and makeup and changing locations, it can add up to be a long day! I was there from 8:30 am to 9pm! We had a couple of different themes going on with the pictures. The first was of us dancing and striking poses with the photographer trying to capture us in action. Next, we had our individual headshots and a shot of us in an outfit of our choice to show our personality. We then had our group shots. The first was an old Hollywood Broadway theme. Which was my personal favorite. We had Broadway themed props that were incorporated into the picture to make it seem like we were from the movie Chorus Line. Our last and final picture was taken at Energy SolutionsArena, on the basketball court. It was fun because we were posed with basketball and our pom poms to give it that classic NBA basketball feeling.

All the hard work paid off when I was able to perform at my first Jazz games! My first game was the Jazz vs. Portland game. I was so nervous and excited for that night! We are able to space and practice on the court 3 hours before the game. So when I arrived at the arena I went to go meet the other girls on the court to start running our dances. While we are doing that the Jazz players are on one side practicing and their opponents on the other side! Its crazy! But it got me excited and in the competitive mode to cheer on the Jazz! When it was time to perform for the opening of the game it was like an outer body experience. The music was playing and it came for us to start and all of a sudden my body just started doing the dance! It was so much fun to look into the audience and cheer on the Jazz. During halftime while we were getting ready for our next dance Ty Burrell walked by… AKA Phil Dunphy from MODREN FAMILY!!! He is from Utah and a Jazz fan, just a fun fact 😉 I was able to get a picture with him and some of the other girls. He was so nice and so humble! The game was so much fun and the Jazz won! My next game was our season opener against Dallas. It was on Halloween so our dances were Halloween theme. It was really fun because we had the opportunity to dress up in our own costumes. I was a cowgirl! For our other dance we had these long white tee shirts that we wrapped around us to seem like we were asylum patients. And in the middle of the dance we untied our shirts to make the extra fabric fly around. It was so cool! We had a mix of songs with a “crazy” theme. The best part of the night was the Jazz played awesome! And we won!!! The games have been so awesome and it has been so fun!