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Kelsey: Happy Holidays

I hope everyone’s Holidays were happy and safe! Us Jazz girls had an amazing Holiday season!

As a team we celebrated the Holidays by going to dinner for one of our practices before Christmas. We went to El Matador in Bountiful, which is a Mexican restaurant with some delicious food. We were definitely the loudest group there! We started off by eating and then got into the gift exchanging. For the gifts we each had to bring a white elephant (gag gift), and a present for our secret sister.

Our “secret sister” is a girl on the team, whose name we drew at the beginning of the season, that we secretly give gifts to, mainly their favorite treats, clothes, etc. My secret sister got me the perfect gift! It was a homemade diet coke “Christmas tree” with different earrings as the “ornaments”! It was my two favorite things, diet coke and jewelry in one! Fun fact: I drink at least 5 cans of Diet coke a day. :) We then did our white elephant gifts. We started youngest to oldest and had to go pick a present from the pile. There were the funniest gifts! I got these light foam sticks, which lit up in different colors. Some of the best ones were a “white trash” beauty kit that had Doritos for tanning, fake hair and some other hilarious things to go along with it. Some girls gave some old antiques that you wonder how they made, or purchased. There was a fake stuffed duck that looked so real it was scary! I gave a big cane that that was filled with bubble gum. We had some pretty good laughs at the gifts but mostly at the girl who was opening the gift’s reaction! After that we were given our presents from our coach, Jan. She gave us a Jazz jersey and a Jazz tee shirt- that we are now wearing to practice in before the games! It was such a fun party and a great way to start the Holidays.

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Over the Holidays I spent time with my family and caught up on some much needed sleep and relaxing! Christmas time is the biggest time of the year in my family, as I am sure for many of you as well! We have some pretty cool traditions in my family! My parents do 12 days of Christmas for my brothers and sisters and my nieces and nephews. So the 12 days before Christmas we get a present, or go to dinner as a family. It’s the perfect way to countdown to Christmas! I wish everyone had an exciting Christmas and I hope that everyone has a happy and prosperous New Years! And I hope that the Jazz have a successful rest of the season! Happy New Years!!!

P.S. The very last picture in the post is from a couple weeks ago from the Jazz- Spurs game when Mo Williams scored the last second deep three pointer shot! Sam, one of the other dancers, just found it for us! I thought it was HILARIOUS because our faces capture the emotions right before Mo was about to shoot perfectly!

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Chenelle: Jazz Dancer Video Diary Ep. 2

Kelsey: Charity Appearances

Practices and games have been so much fun! We have been learning new dances each practice and have some very fun themed dances coming up! The whole experience has been very rewarding. But, the most rewarding part of being a Jazz dancer has been the charity appearances. I have had the most amazing experiences with the charity functions I have been able to attend. The Jazz puts a huge focus on giving back and reaching out to the community.

The first appearance was The Taste of Utah at The Grand America Hotel at down town Salt Lake. This charity gala was for Cystic Fibrosis, a disease that affects almost 30,000 children in the United States. It was our job to sell raffle tickets for prizes that were being auctioned off! It was so cool because the Jazz had donated so many things to be auctioned off. There were shoes signed by the players, jerseys and tickets for the games! One of the most coveted items was a signed basketball by legendary Jazz coach Jerry Sloan. It was so amazing to be apart of such an amazing event representing the Jazz and raising money for a disease that affects so many.

The next charity appearance was at Primary Children’s hospital. This appearnce has been a tradition for the past 30 years for the dancers, players, bear and coaches to go and visit the children and had out toys. I was.paired up with another dancer and the Bear to go around and visit room to room. We handed out small basketballs and posters to the kids. It was so much fun going with the bear because the kids LOVED him. He was getting on the beds with them, running around and scaring the hospital staff! Every child kept on saying “that silly bear! He’s crazy!” The kids were so excited to see some of their favorite players. And kept saying “Go Jazz!” It was such a rewarding way to spend my afternoon and help those kids feel a little bit better.

Chenelle: Jazz Dancer Video Diary

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!