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Laker Girl profile: Angel's mother encouraged her to become a Laker Girl

April 7, 2011 |  1:30 pm

Lg Laker Girl name: Angel

Hometown: Deltona, Fla.

Area of residence: Hollywood

College/high school: I went to Deltona High School in Florida and graduated in 2005. I continued my schooling for my passion in the fine arts in New York City at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA). Then proceeded to move to L.A., where I graduated [from AMDA Los Angeles] in 2007.

What prompted you to want to become a Laker Girl? It was actually my mother who told me about the Laker Girls audition. I had just recently graduated from AMDA in April and was planning on moving back to New York to start my career. (hopefully on Broadway! musicals, theatre, etc.) But once she told me the auditions were in July, I opted to stay and audition because I knew it would be a great experience if I were to make the team. I've always wanted to be on a pro dance team since I was a little girl, so it was like a dream come true when I was picked to be on the squad.

What do you think stood out to the judging panel, about you, regarding your audition? I think my sense of "foreignism" to Los Angeles stood out to the judging panel. Going to school in New York and being trained to go to auditions very clean slated is not the trend in Los Angeles. In L.A., you dress to stand out with bright colors, you come hair and makeup ready as if you were going on a film shoot….whereas in New York, it’s usually a slicked back bun/ponytail with very little makeup and a black leotard. So I believe the judging panel appreciated that I was a little naïve.

What do you think makes a good Laker Girl? I truly think a well-rounded person makes a good Laker Girl. Someone who not only our youth can look up to, but even adults can strive to be. Staying healthy and fit, doing charitable functions and giving back to the community -- mainly just setting a good example for everyone. If you can impress or change one person, they have the freedom to change another. Oh, and having a love for the art of dance, of course!

What is your dance experience? I started the way most little girls do in ballet and jazz class. I have also taken hip hop, lyrical, contemporary, jazz funk, tap and many other forms of dance to stay versatile so I can perform anything that is thrown my way.

Favorite dance routine while being a Laker Girl? Ciara Mix. I learned it my first year and I loved it because it was funky and technical at the same time.

Favorite uniform? My favorite uniform is our "Black Baby Short" uniform. It is so comfortable and everyone looks great in it!

Favorite Lakers player? My favorite Lakers player of today would definitely have to be Pau Gasol. He always has his teammates' back in the most dire time of need! And I feel he is a great role model for young kids. But I do have to say that Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is my favorite Lakers legend.

Favorite Laker Girl memory so far? My favorite Lakers Girl memory is being apart of the 2011 NBA All-Star Games and getting the chance to perform with Rihanna!! It was great to work with so many amazing artists and choreographers during that event that I never thought I would work with before.

What do you like most about being involved, as a Laker Girl, at local charity/community events? If anyone knows me, they know I adore children. Getting the chance to meet so many beautiful budding young kids is such a honor and pleasure. Knowing that I go out and support so many foundations/groups, just meeting people who want to make a difference in other people's lives is very humbling for me.

What would you say is your beauty secret? Drinking water. It helps with literally everything. It makes your skin better, keeps you hydrated, and of course keeps your body healthy. Try drinking water with a pH value of 7.5 or higher. It is organically better for you with no added chemicals!

What diet/workout tips do you have? Your metabolism is so important to your body's health and daily functions. I try eating small portions about four to five times a day. I feel more energized throughout the day and I never get that dreaded hunger pain. Since I'm so active in my everyday life, my meals are a must to keep my metabolism up.

What are your hobbies?I love to draw and go hiking in the canyons with my little puppy. Both seem to be a great way to relax for me.

Career aspirations? I would love to have a one-woman show on Broadway. It would also be nice to be a well respected and successful actress in Hollywood!

--Mark Medina

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