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Laker girl profile: Veronica sees benefits in not stressing the little things

February 27, 2011 |  6:30 pm

Laker Girl Veronica

Laker Girl name: Veronica

Hometown: Covina, CA

Area of Residence: Covina, CA

High School: Temple City High School, CA

College: Graduate of California State University, Fullerton. Majored in Public Relations with a minor in Human Communications.

What prompted you to want to become a Laker Girl? In my opinion, the Laker Girls are an elite, prestigious and most recognizable dance team. Since I've been dancing from age 5, it has always been a goal of mine to be part of this dance team. In addition to dance, I started playing basketball at a young age. I love playing and watching the sport! It is fair to say I grew up being a "girly-girl and tomboy."

What do you think stood out to the judging panel, about you, regarding your audition? I hope that it was my showmanship and passion for performing. In addition, I hope the enthusiasm I possess for this position stood out to the judging panel.

What do you think makes a good Laker Girl? Aside from being a good dancer, I think being professional, dedicated, responsible, having charisma, being able to time manage and being a Lakers fan are all good qualities to have as a Laker Girl. Also, the drive to volunteer your time to give back to the community and meet the fans. Not only do we dance, but we are are ambassadors of the Lakers organization and it is extremely important to represent a positive image for this organization.

What is your dance experience? As I’ve mentioned before I have been dancing since I was 5 years old. I started with ballet, tap and jazz training at a performing arts studio. I quickly added hip-hop classes. . . and more recently contemporary, jazz funk styles of dance.

Favorite dance routine, while being a Laker Girl? My favorite routine as a Laker Girl is "Show Me How You Burlesque" by Christina Aguilera, because we had the opportunity to choreograph the dance as a team. It is a fusion of musical theater, jazz and jazz funk dance moves.

Favorite uniform? My favorite uniform is the Purple "Ruffle" uniform, because it is a cute, sparkely two-piece skirt outfit.

Favorite Lakers Player? Current: Pau Gasol Legend: Kareem Abdul Jabbar.

Favorite Laker Girl memory so far? I am so fortunate! I have a three-way tie between being in the 2010 Back-to-Back Championship Parade, traveling to London & Barcelona for preseason and participating in the 2011 L.A. All-Star Game/Festivities!

What do you like most about being involved, as a Laker Girl, at local charity/community events? To be given the chance to be involved in charity and community events is such a rewarding experience. I have so much fun meeting fellow die-hard Lakers fans and thanking them for their support.

What would you say is your beauty secret? Make sure to get a good night rest, moisturize, apply sunscreen, use carmex for your lips, wash your face every night and take daily vitamins. Most importantly, don't sweat/stress the small stuff!

What diet/workout tips do you have? Do not deprive yourself from eating all day and then eat one big meal to compensate. Eat regular meals and healthy snacks (fruits, veggies, peanuts, almonds, granola bars). Stay hydrated, work out and stretch regularly.

What are your hobbies? Spending time with my family and friends, any activities you can do at the beach, hiking, watching movies, arts/crafts and photography.

Career aspirations? Prior to graduating college I had my heart set solely on working in the event planning field but that has changed a bit. At the moment, I also have an interest in entertainment broadcasting and working with children.

--Mark Medina

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