Good Afternoon! I realize I am posting a bit later than normal, but I promise that there is a very good reason for it.
Last night not only marked the end of an NBA season for Scott and I, but also a closing to a chapter in our lives together.
(Also, linking this marvelous milestone up with Katie!)
Those of you who have been following the blog for a while already know that NBA Entertainment is what brought Scott and I together.
Back in the summer of 2007, I tried out for the Orlando Magic Dancers, and to this day we still have the professional sports entertainment itch in our bones. Last night marked six seasons performing in the league together, and today I am scratching my head at how in the world it all went by so fast.
My Last NBA Game
This year has proved to be a challenging one for me, both mentally and physically. Going into auditions this year, I had no idea what to expect and can without a doubt say that I was a part of a one of a kind experience.
Coming from another team, I did my best not to compare this to that, and took the opportunity to experience being a part of a different team in a different city. The 2013-14 season proved to be just that!
Without much time to reflect right now, I wanted to quickly highlight the game last night… but I will be sure to check back in the next couple of weeks with more posts and pictures.
Just like all games, I arrived at the arena hours before the doors opened for practice on the court with my team. We spent the next few hours getting ready in the locker room for Power Hour, appearances on the concourse to interact with fans before tip-off.
As I changed from my sequin dress and into our first half outfit, I couldn’t help but think that really was the last time I will be donning sequins, with the exception of the occasional fun birthday or New Years dress. The feeling of turning that along with the rest of my uniforms in was truly surreal.
Into our cut up tees, I made sure to snap a few photos with some of my teammates.
Unlike my closing game with Orlando, I knew ahead of time that this would be my last time dancing with these ladies on court and did my best to soak every little thing in.
Ready for intros, we grabbed our white hoodies and team chiropractor, Dr. Chad McKernan for a thank you photo.
As we made our way back stage, we spent a little more time getting to our spots, knowing that was the last time we would all be experiencing intros together.
With the dimming of the lights, we took the court for one last hurrah as the 2013-14 Detroit Pistons Dancers.
Even though we didn’t end up getting a win, we finished the season on a good note with an amazing and loud crowd cheering us on.
While changing out of our uniforms for the last time, the reality of turning in more than costumes set in. For a lot of us, we would also be turning a page and embarking into a completely new chapter in our lives.
After saying many goodbyes, we stopped for dinner at Trattoria Da Luigi in Royal Oak before arriving to our entertainment teams wrap up party.
(Unpictured spaghetti dishes as well as multiple baskets of bread!)
Everything was delicious, and Scott and I made a note to revisit more this summer.
One hundred percent content after a couple of glasses of celebratory wine and a good Italian meal, the group of us walked over to Fifth Avenue to say our goodbyes one last time.
There, we caught up with fellow entertainment teams and wrapped up the end of our season with lots of laughs and hugs.
After a full day of smiles and tears, we each parted our ways and only hope to see each other again over the summer.
It’s crazy going from seeing the same group of people multiple times a week (sometimes even every day!) for eight months to nothing. Each year, I take what I can from the experience and feel blessed to leave with a handful of friendships I know will last much longer than our time on the team together.
This morning, I woke up feeling good. A little sad, but overall happy with my decisions over the past few years. Through the good times and the bad, I made my way through six seasons getting the most I could out of every opportunity, and took in everything I possibly could without any regrets.
I am looking forward to sharing more about my time as a professional NBA dancer, but at the moment I must hurry out the door to my post-season treat to myself: a massage!
Thank you for following this journey with me, and I promise to have much more to share coming up!
Courtney @ http://www.harnessyourenergy.wordpress.com
Congratulations on six seasons doll! That’s a huge accomplishment. Endings are always a little sad for me, but you sound very optimistic! It’s like that quote says ” Every new beginning comes from some other beginnings end.” There’s new & exciting opportunities on the horizon for you 🙂
Thank you so much! Yes, the feeling is very bittersweet. I am very much looking forward to seeing what the rest of the year looks like for us! 🙂
Seems like a lot of seasons being a successful dancer. Enjoyed seeing you on the court in Orlando, and at FBC. And had a special place in my heart for Scott, although we never really met face to face. 😉 You two will always be successful, no matter what. Can’t wait to see and hear what’s next….you should be very proud. Is Scott staying?
Haha, six is definitely a good amount of time! Thank you so much for the support and for keeping up with us! Yes, Scott is staying. This just wraps up the two of us working together!
I love you! And thank you for being my teammate, best friend, twin, and big sister<3 I don't know what Id do without you!
Aw, love you too friend! 🙂
Ashley @ A Lady Goes West
You looked fabulous during your last game. You’re so lucky to have experienced not one, but two NBA teams. Congratulations on a successful dancing career.
What’s next for you and Scott? 🙂
Thank you Ashley!! To answer your question, we’re not quite sure. And we are completely okay with it. Scott is still planning on staying with the Pistons, so I hope that didn’t come across differently. As for what’s next for “us”, only time will tell! 🙂
Do you have plans to keep dancing? And congrats on 6 years! You look fabulous and your hard work and determination definitely shines through 🙂
Runner Girl Eats
I am excited to see what is next for you two! Congrats on a great 6 years 🙂
Michelle @ Its The New Twenty
What an exciting day for you! It’s a wonderful experience that you will surely treasure forever! I used to be an NFL cheerleader and while I am so glad that I did it for a few years when I was younger, I am also grateful for the time I now have to nurture my relationships with friends and family and to pursue other endeavors that never would have been possible had I still been at practice/games all the time. I hope that you have the same experience as you move on to the next chapter!
Congrats on 6 seasons! That sounds like such a cool experience. Now you have the next chapters of your life to look forward to ~ Very exciting!
Christa @ Sit-ups & Sequins
I’m know I’m a little late in commenting, but I wanted to make sure to tell you CONGRATS!!! It sounds like you had an incredible 6 seasons and although it is unbelievably bittersweet, I think you will enjoy this new chapter of your life! 🙂
Aw, thank you Christa! I’m sure you know the feeling just as well as I do. I really am looking forward to seeing what the future holds!