NBA teams respond to dancers' claims
NBA cheerleaders are always a welcomed diversion from a fast-paced basketball game. But just how much do the most elite squads pull down. Meet the new Knicks City Dancers! Plus, being a Knicks City Dancer provides a “competitive” five-figure salary, full benefits and perks. The Denver Outlaws Dancers provide three separate audition workshops to help . Paula spent two seasons with the New York Knicks as a Knicks City Dancer.
They have the full support of our organization and we encourage them to engage in all opportunities that will further their desired career goals. Our dance team is comprised of diverse, strong, and smart women who are a part of the Mavs family.
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While in the past we followed a few less progressive industry practices, over the last few years we have established new practices that have redefined what it means to be a professional dancer in the NBA.
Dancers are now paid for all of the time that they work.
Previously, dancers may not have received compensation for voluntary game appearances or rehearsals, but today we pay our dancers for all mandatory rehearsals, preparation time and getting dressed for each assigned appearance, game appearances, non-game appearances including charitable eventsapproved interviews and certain travel outside of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex.
Also, the dancers are offered free food before the game. We now either meet or exceed the NBA standard for dancer compensation.
Our dancers are athletes and performers. They represent most ethnicities, backgrounds, sizes, and physiques.
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For example, a previous version of our contract contained a single clause that mentioned a weight policy. This policy provided that dancers were to remain within 5 pounds of their determined performance weight.
Image concepts like this were prevalent and previously accepted in the industry; however, not anymore at the Mavs. Such policy is inconsistent with our core values, and we removed it from our agreements.
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We recognize that dancing in the NBA is extremely competitive and a highly sought-after position. The women who tryout are asked to perform professional routines that require a high level of skill, and a strong time commitment to perfecting their craft and performing their duties as a Mavs dancer; but everyone is not able to give this type of commitment.
Despite the very competitive nature of this industry, all women who try out for the squad, whether they make the team or not, are treated with respect.
All physical and mental health conditions are handled with care, privacy, and sensitivity.
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The incident you mentioned was never brought to the attention of our dance directors. The dancers perform before the game and during breaks in the action.
To her and her family, dancing has been a lifelong commitment and to be chosen by the Celtics is both an honor and a dream come true. She trained and competed with Charlotte Klein Dance Centers, where she now gives back. She teaches children ages on Saturdays and enjoys seeing her students progress.
Pisa, a graduate of Wachusett Regional High School and Worcester State University, tried out for the Celtics Dance team a year ago and did not make the cut, something that was disappointing at the time, but may have helped her in the long run. She says the experience gave her more motivation this year and raised her feeling of comfort, knowing what to expect in the auditions.
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The audition consisted of a one-day dance intensive session with competitive segments featuring technical dance combinations, choreographed dance routines, group performances and interviews as well as solo performances where candidates creates their own choreography. On Saturday, June 30, finalists were selected to participate in the final show on the following Monday.
And after that, they decided who they wanted to come into the solo rounds.Knicks City Dancers 2/25/17
So we all stood in line and went up one at a time and did improvisation dancing and after that they decided upon the 30 girls they wanted to take to the finals. We came in the next Sunday and rehearsed all day long in preparation for the finals and then we rehearsed all day Monday and then we had a show at the Pavilion in Boston and that was really fun. We were able to have guests come in and watch. We did a jazz and hiphop combination and solos.