What does being a member of the Luvabulls mean to you?
Being a member of the Luvabulls means so much more than being a great dancer. It means being a role model. It means being a devoted team member, a good friend, and a community advocate. A Luvabull is a woman who displays passion in everything she does and takes pride in her intelligence. This truly is a group of multi-talented, well-rounded women.
How has your dancing experience led you to this point?
I was fortunate enough to have classical training while growing up, and more so in college while also dancing for my university’s dance team. It was then that I realized how amazing it is to dance for an athletic team in front of thousands of sports fans, while also being part of a team. It didn’t take me long to realize I wanted to take it to the professional level and even less time to realize just what team I wanted to dance for.
What is your claim to fame—besides being a Luvabull?
It’s pretty goofy and by most peoples’ standards, does not warrant fame, but I think it’s pretty good. My college dance team discovered my love for impersonating Tina Turner and couldn’t believe how well I pulled it off. So, at the senior night game after I took part in the senior ceremony, “Rolling on The River” begins playing overhead, the lights go down and, boom, spotlight is on me! Only one thing to do in that situation: give ‘em what you got. It was certainly a crowd-pleaser, however, I’m certainly happy that any footage of the spectacle never made its way to YouTube.
What do you do for a living?
I am a legal assistant for a law firm downtown. Basically, I’m part of a crew that handles all the behind the scenes aspects of a law firm.
Describe the feeling of performing at a Bulls playoff game.
Well the first thing I tell people about performing at a Bulls playoff game is how loud it is!! The noise and the energy are unmatched by anything I have ever experienced before. Being on the floor with both my teammates and players, knowing how hard everyone has worked to get there is such a proud moment. Every time I step on the United Center court is as exciting as the first time, but playoffs are a completely different ball game.
What people do you admire the most and how have they supported or inspired you as a dancer?
Hands down I admire my parents the most. I can’t imagine two people having more love in their hearts than my parents do for their children. Since my first dance class, my parents encouraged me to take it as far as I could despite the more hours it would demand of them. More trips to the dance studio, more costumes to make, more dance competitions to sit through. They did it all, just so I could have it all. Throughout college and now today, they frequently make the trip to come see me perform. I couldn’t ask for better cheerleaders.
What is your proudest accomplishment to date and where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Honestly my proudest accomplishment to date was just trying out for Luvabulls. I absolutely dreaded auditions, and therefore passed on countless things I was interested in out of fear. I was no longer going to let things pass me by and that meant putting myself out there no matter how scared I was. The best way to learn what you’re capable of is to throw yourself in the fire. Oh the famous, “Where do you see yourself in ten years” question. I am always reevaluating and questioning what I want to do with my future, yet the one constant is dance. I don’t know what role it will have it my life at that point, but it will have a role none the less. As much as I love dance and establishing a successful career, I hope I am fortunate enough to share my life with a family of my own.