This is the first 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: Katie.
Hometown: Diamond Bar.
Area of residence: Diamond Bar.
College/high school: Cal State Los Angeles.
Number of seasons as a Laker Girl: Four.
What prompted you to want to become a Laker Girl? I grew up as a young dancer and sports fan, and always considered the Laker Girls to be the pinnacle of one’s career. I have always had a passion for dance and hoped to achieve my childhood dream of becoming a professional NBA dancer -- a Laker Girl.
What do you think stood out to the judging panel, about you, regarding your most recent audition? Being that this was my fourth year auditioning and possibly returning to the 2010-2011 squad, I felt that I needed to step up my game! I really tried to shine, not to mention prove my love and passion for this position. I believe that the judges were able to see how deeply I wanted to return -- I felt I had high energy throughout the process. Also, I tried to be precise in all my movements while performing the various routines.
What do you think makes a good Laker Girl? In my eyes, a good Laker Girl is someone who loves to dance, has a passion for serving our community, always has a smile on her face and a positive word to share.
What is your dance experience? I started dancing when I was 5 years old and instantly fell in love with it! I continued my education in dance while attending a performing arts high school for two years, concentrating in classical ballet. I then became employed by Mickey Mouse himself, dancing in various parades at the Disneyland Resort.
Favorite dance routine as a Laker Girl? My favorite routine from this year is called All Night. It is sung by Michael Jackson and is high-energy, fun and upbeat.
Favorite uniform? This particular uniform is a two-piece, halter top with a skirt. It is all purple with white and rhinestone accents. We call this uniform the “Purple Mesh” uniform.
Favorite Lakers player? Derek Fisher.
Favorite Laker Girl memory so far? I am a lucky girl! I was not only a part of the 2008-2009 championship, but I was lucky enough to be at Game 7 for the 2009-2010 championship win against Boston! There was no greater feeling than being on the court and a part of the celebration while knowing that the Lakers were back-to-back champions!
What do you like most about being involved, as a Laker Girl, at local charity/community events? I think it is vital that we show our support in the community. I love that we get to meet the Lakers fans face-to-face at these various events. At times, going out in the community feels like anything but normal “work.” I enjoy myself thoroughly and the company that surrounds me when I am doing so!
What would you say is your beauty secret? Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize!!! I always take my makeup off before going to bed and put moisturizer on my face and hands to keep my skin hydrated.
What diet/workout tips do you have? Diet and exercise is a vital part of healthy living. The best advice I can give is to stay consistent. I try to include protein and some type of vegetable in every meal while limiting my sugar intake. As for workouts, I try and hit the gym three or four times a week. In my workouts I incorporate isometrics, strength training with my own body weight and some type of cardio. The pain is worth the gain (or loss).
What are your hobbies? I LOVE the outdoors! Hiking, camping, fishing and backpacking are all things I love to do in my spare time because it allows me to admire the surrounding beauty (while getting in some time for exercise). Because I fulfilled my hopes of becoming a Laker Girl, my next goal is to climb Mt. Whitney!
Career aspirations? I have various career aspirations but the one I hold closest to my heart would be nursing. I have a real passion for serving others. I hope to one day either become a labor and delivery nurse, or an oncology nurse. There is no better feeling than knowing you are doing something to better someone else’s life and make a difference in our world.
-- Mark Medina
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