- February 4, 2016
Get to know America First Jazz Dancer Krissy.
Get to know America First Jazz Dancer Krissy.
Bailee gives you a look inside what it’s like to be an America First Jazz Dancer
Hey Jazz fans!!!
Kait here coming to you with my very first Jazz Dancer Diary.
As an America First Jazz Dancer I get asked so many questions, the most frequent question people ask me is, “Do you love dancing for the Jazz?” my answer is always the same, “Yes!! I LOVE IT!!!”
There are many factors that contribute to my love of being a Jazz Dancer. First, I have the best job and I actually get paid to do the thing that I love the most, dance. I also get to spend nearly everyday
dancing with 20 of my closest friends – life just doesn’t get much better than that!
I have been blessed with many lifelong friendships during my time with the Jazz. The women I work with are truly inspirational. They are smart, motivated and, not gonna lie, some of the most beautiful women inside and out. Many people may not realize that we are friends on and off the court.
We love to plan date nights, spend weekends together, and sometimes travel together. When I turned 21 last summer some of us took the most memorable road trip to my home town of Las Vegas. There is absolutely no better place or no better ladies to spend your 21st birthday with. The fact that I got to spend it with these special friends in my home town, and was able to celebrate by dancing the entire weekend made my 21st birthday one of the best memories of my life. These girls were down to drop everything and make my birthday special. That is why I love each of my Jazz girls so much.
It’s rare to come by two or three true blue friends in a lifetime, but Ive been blessed to have many loyal, fun,and extremely talented friends.
Through all kinds of happy and sad experiences that life brings, it is a comfort to know that we all have each others backs. We genuinely want the best for each other. I don’t think I would be who I am, or where I am for that matter, without the love and support from my Jazz “Sisters”. I will be forever grateful to the Jazz for giving me so many incredible friends and opportunities!!
As always… GO JAZZ!!
I can’t believe the season is almost over you guys!!! This year has absolutely flown by! And it’s been the funnest year of my life! I couldn’t have asked for a better experience. I just want to thank you all for being the greatest fans ever! Games would not be the same without you and your wonderful enthusiasm. I just want to share some pictures of my favorite moments from this year…
First of all the girls on this team are incredible. Not only are they stunningly beautiful on the outside, but they have the kindest hearts and are so loving. I feel so blessed to have met every single one of them, and they’re some of the most inspiring women I know. I made friendships to last a lifetime and am so lucky to call these girls my best friends.
I got to be a part of some amazing appearances this year that were so cool to get to participate in. From attending a little boy’s birthday party that is our biggest fan; supporting breast cancer awareness; providing children with shoes and socks who were so grateful to be getting them for Christmas; attending a fundraiser for a girl who had recently been diagnosed with cancer, and my hair stylist skills came in handy and I was able to help put in pink hair extensions for all those who came out to support; doing an appearance at the airport with our awesome basketball players; dancing at a high school to support a wonderful anti-bullying program the Bear has started, and getting to hear Chris Hollyfield speak on his experiences with bullying and that we all need to help put an end to it; and helping at the Leapin’ Leaners and Low Tops event at the arena. Countless memories that I feel honored to be a part of.
I think you get the idea that I love my job right? Haha I hope you’ve enjoyed me being your dancer diary blogger, and that you got to see a little bit of what life is like for a Jazz Dancer. Thank you to everyone for all the support, I have the greatest family and friends a girl could ask for. I’ve met some amazing people through Jazz that have become my closest friends, and I’m so grateful for them in my life. We’ve had the funnest times already and I can’t wait for many more. I’m so blessed to have had this opportunity, and I’m so bummed this year is over! It’s one I’ll never forget 🙂 Go Jazz!!!
Back in January I had the amazing opportunity to do a dance with the incredible Jazz Bear! It was honestly one of the highlights of the year for me. I had so much fun doing it so wanted to share some of the pictures with you…
At the beginning of the season the Bear came up to me and told me he did dances with a couple of the dancers every year, and asked if I would be one of them. I felt so honored that he asked me! But had no idea what to expect. He told me I would need choose the music, choreograph it, and pick costumes and everything! Not gonna lie I was a little nervous, but also very excited about the opportunity!
I was having a hard time deciding what kind of dance to do, because I wanted to make it simple enough for him to remember, but also fun to watch. It was actually my mom who suggested doing a 50’s dance. When I ran this idea by the Bear he was so awesome and began coming up with a bunch of his own ideas for it too, which helped a lot! I had chosen to do the song “You’re the one that I want” from Grease because it’s such a well known, fun song. I wanted to do a whole Grease theme, so he would be Danny and I would be Sandy 🙂 He then had the idea to bring in a few other dancers and a few guys from the Dunk Team and Bear Crew to make it a little group dance and have a little more going on, which I absolutely loved!!!
I choreographed the dance, then met with him a few times to teach it to him and also to see what sort of tricks he could do, like all the fun moves they do in 50’s style dances, which were no problem at all for him. I was really impressed by how well he remembered it each time as well! We’d just practice on game days a little before the game so that we could get it down the best we could. Then as it got closer to when we’d actually perform it, we practiced with everyone a few times to teach them the dance and try out all the tricks in it. I can’t thank all the people enough that helped us with this dance! They all were so willing to help and spend they’re time on it and I really appreciated it! I have some really awesome friends 🙂 Anyways we’d planned on doing the dance in December, but things just kept happening and it kept getting pushed back haha so we ended up not doing it until January 2nd at the game vs. the Bucks.
That night, I was actually really nervous for it – I’m not gonna lie. I just wanted it to go well and for everyone to love it 🙂 We did it during the 3rd quarter break and my heart was pounding right before we went on, but luckily I had my girls there with me so it wasn’t quite as scary as I thought it’d be. As soon as the music started I immediately loosened up and felt so comfortable. The Bear totally rocked it!!!! Seriously! He remembered the dance perfectly, and did every trick the best we ever had! And it was soooo much freakin fun! I had such a blast and that’s a memory I’ll never forget. By far one of my favorite games of the year because all our hard work had paid off and it went so well, I couldn’t have asked for more. Especially from that crazy Bear, he did amazing and I’m sure people had no idea he could dance so well! Thanks again to those who helped me with this dance, I couldn’t have done it without you and you made it so much more fun to watch! And thank you Bear for such a wonderful experience!!!