Laker girl profile: Bria's experience as a Sparks dancer prepared her to become a Laker girl
This is the second post of a weekly series that helps you get to know the Laker Girls (who, by the way, officially go by one name only).
Laker Girl name: Bria
Years on squad: Five seasons
Hometown: Los Angeles
Resides in: Harbor City
College/high school: Graduated UC Irvine; St. Bernard High School in Playa del Rey
What prompted you to want to become a Laker Girl? I used to dance for the Los Angeles Sparks, as a SparKid when I was younger ... and looked forward to one day auditioning to become a Los Angeles Laker Girl. It seemed like the only, right next step up for me as a dancer.
At your audition, what do you think stood out about you to the judges? I feel that my positive energy showed through my performance. Also, I hope in my interview they could tell I was a team player.
What do you think makes a good Laker Girl? Definitely being a team player and a good role model for your teammates ... but, more importantly, for any Lakers fans and children that interact with us.
What is your dance experience? I started dancing when I was 7 years old. I am trained in ballet/pointe, modern, jazz, tap, hip-hop and other stylized genres (character, flamingo, etc.).
Favorite dance routine while a Laker Girl? There was a dance routine we did a couple years ago called “Ciara Mix” that was really fun to perform because it was fast and high energy -- like a lot of our routines!
Favorite uniform? My favorite uniform was one we called the “Mac 'n' Cheese” dress uniform. (We called it that because of the color.) Plus, it’s my favorite food! (ha ha)
Favorite Laker? Derek Fisher
Favorite Laker Girl memory so far? It would have to be walking down the stairs, while we entered the L.A. Coliseum for the 2008-09 NBA Championship Celebration! Not to mention performing in front of all those fans! It left me speechless, and it was an incredible experience.
What do you like most about being involved, as a Laker Girl, at local charity/community events? I love being able to meet the dedicated fans up close and personal. I especially enjoy meeting kids that we can impact and that look up to us for more than just our dancing. I guess I would say that I really feel appreciated by them all -- and that alone is priceless.
What would you say is your beauty secret? Being genuine and really caring about others -- that is beauty to me.
What diet/workout tips do you have? Take dance classes for exercise. It keeps you active in a fun way that you won’t become bored. You should try a zumba class, pilates or yoga.
What are your hobbies? Volleyball, swimming, running, and I enjoy doing hair and makeup.
Career aspirations? I would like to open an optimal performance training facility that offers rehabilitation and dance classes for athletes (especially dancers). I also plan on going to medical school.
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