Laker girl profile: Ashley hopes to later work as a counselor or teacher
This is the eleventh 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: Ashley
Hometown: Yorba Linda, CA
Area of Residence: Yorba Linda, CA
College/High School: Fullerton Community College
What prompted you to want to become a Laker Girl? I have wanted to be Laker Girl since I was in high school because one of my dance studio instructor was a former Laker Girl. She inspired me to audition.
What do you think stood out to the judging panel, about you, regarding your audition? I think I stood out to the judges because my performance showed my commitment and professionalism as a dancer. Also, I hope they saw my excitement and emotion that I possessed as a performer.
What do you think makes a good Laker Girl?I think a good Laker Girl loves to dance and perform. As well as be a dedicated representative for the Lakers organization……any Laker Girl should want to be a positive role model in our community.
What is your dance experience? I have danced since I was 7 years old. I started off with ballet tap combo classes, then began to do jazz and hip hop. When I was about 11 years of age, I moved into studio dancing and dance competitions. I made my high school dance team and danced all four years…..and now, here I am dancing my dream job as a Laker Girl!
Favorite dance routine, while being a Laker Girl? My favorite routine this year would have to be a dance called "Higher Ground". It's fun to perform and I think people in the audience really enjoy it.
Favorite uniform? My favorite uniform is a two piece uniform we call "Purple mesh uniform". The skirt has layers of purple/white mesh with rhinestones sprinkled on it and the top is a halter with purple mesh.
Favorite Lakers Player? My favorite Lakers player is Kobe Bryant. He is an amazing basketball player and always pulls through when we need it the most!
Favorite Laker Girl memory so far? My favorite memory so far was winning the 2009-2010 championship against the Boston Celtics. It was amazing to be there throughout the NBA playoffs and then to be at the game – there in the moment of winning the championship! It was an unbelievable experience that I will never forget!
What do you like most about being involved, as a Laker Girl, at local charity/community events? I enjoy going out into the community and getting to know people who work with the many charitable/non-profit organizations. Not to mention, meeting all the people who show up to support these events/organizations. It fills my heart with joy when we make someone's day. It is truly amazing how much of an impact, we (as Lakers Girls) can have on someone.
What would you say is your beauty secret? My best beauty secret would have to be always wash your face before you go to bed, no matter how tired you are. It's the best way to keep your skin clear and clean.
What diet/workout tips do you have? To maintain a good diet you need to drink lots of water and eat plenty of fruits/vegetables daily. I feel this will keep you healthy and make you feel more energized. I believe cardio is the best form of exercise because you build endurance, while keeping your muscles toned.
What are your hobbies? When I'm not busy with Lakers events…….I love to go on vacation with my friends/family and just spend quality time with them. I enjoy camping, laying out by the pool, hanging out at the beach and shopping.
Career aspirations? I would like to continue dancing professionally. As well as finish my education by graduating in Human Services. One day I would love to work with children, either as a counselor or a teacher.
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