The Atlanta Hawks recently unveiled its new 20-member “Hawks ATL Dancers” as the official new dance squad of the NBA team. Formerly known as Atlanta Hawks Cheerleaders, the Hawks ATL Dancers were chosen after a rigorous 10-day audition. This year’s tryouts were comprised of mini boot camps, public interviews and a focus on more technical dance acumen. To tip off the audition process, famed choreographer Jamaica Craft of the hit FOX TV show, Empire, joined the VIP clinic and led the way with her choreography. Throughout the rest of the selection process, the panel of judges included special guests: American animation dancer Marquese Scott, founder of Xcel Talent Agency, Aris Golemi and the club’s Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Nzinga Shaw.
25 Dec 17
Jessenia: This past May at our MHD End of Season Celebration I was awarded the “2016-17 Most Improved Dancer.” It was an absolute honor and privilege. It was so fulfilling to be acknowledged and recognized for my hard work. I plan to continue to grow as a dancer and as an individual through the experiences and opportunities given to me by this extraordinary organization both on the court and in the community. I would not have been able to do this without the motivation and advice from my coach, manager, teammates and mentors.