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Alex’s Diary: Favorite Memories

Hi Jazz Fans! I hope you are enjoying this basketball season as much as I am. I can’t even believe there is only a few more months left, this season has flown by!!! The Jazz Dancers and I have been reminiscing on many of the memories we have made during this season. It’s crazy to think that in just a few months it will be over! Where did the time go? Sometimes I feel like it goes by so fast because we are constantly busy and always working our hardest! However, I can’t really call it “work” when I’m having the time of my life while doing it, especially when my co-workers are some of my best friends!

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Top: Krissy, Whitney H., Danica, Haley, and Bri

Middle: Chelsea, Whitney M., Alex (me), Alexia, Valerie, Kait, and Karlee

Bottom: Katy and Sam

I wanted to share with you some of the dancers and my favorite memories so far during this season. I think we’d all agree that this season has really gone by way too fast, however it’s nice to know that we will always have the memories that we made to look back on. These memories date back to the beginning of tryouts, through grueling summer workouts, appearances within the community, and recent eventful Jazz games that will go down in history!

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Here are the veterans at the first day of tryouts; Nicole, Alex (me), Malorie, Sam, Valerie, Karlie, Chelsea, Angie, and Danica. That’s right! Even the returning Jazz Dancers must tryout out every year to maintain a spot on the team. I still remember the unsettling nerves in my stomach and the huge adrenaline rush when performing the tryout routine in front of the judges. This try out, as a veteran was still just as nerve wrecking as my rookie year tryout. However, it is comforting having prior teammates there who are experiencing the exact same thing! I will be honest in saying… I do not look forward to tryouts… Although it is fun meeting all of the candidates and seeing your hard work pay off after making the team. I will forever remember each tryout process and the incredible feelings of making the team!

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 Bri, Whitney, Kait, Alex (me), Katy, Chelsea, Nicole and Erica

During the summer of 2013 we were asked to make an appearance at the Color Run in Salt Lake. The Dancers and I constantly bring this appearance up because it was a BLAST to say the least! (Picture me saying that with my eyes bulging out of my head and my hands up in the air) It was that good!!! They asked us to cheer on the runners at the starting line and then perform as the runners were coming back from the finish line. We performed on a huge stage where there was a live DJ and tons of goodies being thrown out. We were ecstatic!!! Full of energy and nonstop dancing for a good four or five hours. There were hundreds and hundreds of people in the crowd which made it for an even more fun filled event!

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Whitney and Alex (me)

Hahahaha… I can’t even find the words to describe this moment…hahahaha… This was back in the summer after Whitney and I…barley…made it through one of the many grueling summer workouts. On this day we ran the infamous “Millstreet” (dun dun dun)… Gives me chills just thinking about it. The “Millstreet” workout consists of an uphill street, yes that being Millstreet, next to Bountiful High school and by “uphill” I really mean a HUGE, INCLINED, LONG DISTANCE, MOUNTAIN that we run up and down. We do this every year, however you never know when our trainer Neil Anderson is going to surprise us with it… It’s a KILLER, for you folks at home that are interested in trying it, please be aware of the following side effects for the next day after running “Millstreet”: not able to sit, stand, walk or move. Your best bet is to recover from bed, but daaaaang it sure feels good to conquer it!!!

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Top: Haley, Jan (coach), Whitney M., Alexia, Whitney H.

Middle: Makenna, Karlie, Valerie, Nicole, Bri

Bottom: Sam, Angie, Krissy, Chelsea and Alex (me)

This picture is from our Christmas Party, which I might add was also a “game night” success! During our annual Christmas party, which I always look forward to a good time, we exchange gifts with our secret sisters over dinner. This year our captain, Nicole, decided to put a twist on things and we also brought a $5 favorite item to play white elephant with! After all of the gift exchanging was done and our bellies were full of taco soup, chips, salsa, diet coke and homemade treats we decided to split up into teams and play CATCH PHRASE! We agreed on whoever reached 5 points first would win…but then our competitiveness came out and we settled on whoever reached 10 points would be the WINNER! This game brought out chaos in us all!!! Hahaha… I loved every bit of it, we were all yelling over each other, attempting to guess the correct word that the other person was explaining. Let’s just say this game was a hit and we had the best group to play it with!

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Can anyone guess this all-time favorite memory? …Drumroll… That’s right! JERRY SLOAN night!!! This was a historical night in Jazz history when the Jazz paid tribute to Hall of Fame coach Jerry Sloan by raising a “1,223” banner to the Energy Solutions Arena rafters. It was such an amazing experience, standing on the court while Utah honored Jerry Sloan at halftime, first with a jersey and then the pull of a purple and white rope to reveal the banner. The crowd went wild!!! You could barely hear the congratulating speeches to Jerry Sloan from the familiar faces of John Stockton and Karl Malone. The dancers and I were so glad to be a part of the ceremony with thousands of other Jazz fans, it was truly an eventful night that we will always remember it.

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Top: Malorie, Bri, Angie, Erica, Makenna, Krissy, Kait, Katy, Nicole, and Jan (coach)

Bottom: Danica, Valerie, Alexia, Whitney M., Haley, and Chelsea

 THE JAZZ BEAT THE HEAT 94-89!!! Yes, of course this is included as a favorite memory this season! How could I forget the recent victory that the Jazz made over the Heat! The dancers were thrilled to witness this huge achievement for our Utah Jazz. I feel like it definitely shows the talent that our guys have and also gets the fans spirits up, which of course makes it much more enjoyable for the dancers. GO JAZZ GO!

As you can tell, we really have experienced some of the best events around! Which we would have only had the opportunity to experience as Jazz Dancers. That being said, I cannot express enough how grateful I am to be a part of such a wonderful professional dance team and be able to share all of these and many more memories with such amazing, talented, and genuine women! Stay tuned for more Dancer Diaries to come, and a huge thanks to our fans! We love you! #GOJAZZGO

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I wanted to give a shout out and congratulate the Jazz Dancer’s incredible captain, Nicole! She has been selected to represent our team at the 2014 NBA All-star Game, live on February 16th in the City of New Orleans. What an awesome opportunity!!! The dancers and I want to wish Nicole the best of luck, not that she will need it. Nicole is such a talented dancer and never disappoints. Not to mention she always puts her whole heart into what she is doing, while looking fierce and fabulous. We love you Nicole and are so proud of you! -Love your JD’s