Orlando Magic Dancers get cut! 😭
Bonjour a tous!
A little bit of a different topic today!
Some of you might or might not know that before I became “MisstoMadame” and moved my entire life across the world… Starting my first season at just 19 years old, I spent some of my best years as an NBA dancer for the Orlando Magic (in my hometown Orlando FL).
The Orlando Magic has just recently announced that the “Orlando Magic Dancers” are being replaced by a coed hip hop team called “The 407” and the Magic Dancers will no longer exist.
Like, what??? No more Magic Dancers?
It’s so sad!
*If you are subscribed to my youtube channel, I just recently poured my heart out about experience with my PCOS (poly cystic ovarian syndrome) symptoms during my 3 years dancing for the team.
In that video I spoke mostly about my negative experiences with my PCOS struggles at that time which are unfortunate, embarrassing and ya know, just awkward… BUT what I neglected to highlight is that in spite of those struggles, my experiences as a dancer and the opportunity that I had being apart of an amazing group of 20 of the most smart, beautiful, strong and talented women in my city was an experience that gave me something that I don’t think anything else could have, especially having experienced it at such a young age.
Some of you might be wondering what the big deal is considering there will still be a dance opportunity for now men AND women to dance at the games…Which is great! Of course I think that’s amazing and I’m all about hip hop dance teams and opportunities for male dancers AND I also get it, brands change, things evolve… etc…
It’s just unfortunate that these changes had to come with a price.. The price of getting rid of a 30 year legacy of women and a very unique and special opportunity for young girls and female dancers in the city of Orlando trained in ALL styles of dance.
What being a Magic Dancer meant to me…
I had been dreaming of being a magic dancer for literally as long as I can remember…
I envied, not only the great dance moves and routines they executed on the court but most importantly the poise, beauty, confidence and positive image of a woman that they portrayed… I wanted to be just like them.
I grew up in a small dance studio, I wasn’t really sure what I could get out of dance in the future or if dancing could even be a career… especially in what seemed like a small city like during that time. I thought, it was either a theme park… or Magic. The Magic dancers gave me something to aspire to from a young age. I spent a lot of time looking forward to auditioning once I turned 18.
I knew getting a spot on the team would give me an opportunity to do what I love, and perform for an arena packed with thousands of sports fans while supporting my city and Orlando Magic basketball.
but not only that… I knew that getting a chance to be apart of the Orlando Magic dancer legacy and being one of those amazing women that inspired young girls like me and the community in a positive way was going to be great… and when I finally got my chance, it exceeded my expectations!
I can probably go on forever about why it is important to me… or why it was important to me… and I feel for a lot of women who are heartbroken by this news, especially the Magic dancers who’s journey was just getting started and got cut short… and for the girls who never even got the chance.
All I can say is, nothing will ever compare to my experience on the team. There is something very special about being apart of a group of women from all different walks of life that gave all of us former magic dancers an opportunity to learn, grow and empower one another while doing what we love. I’ll be forever grateful for the lessons and most importantly the sisterhood and friendships that I gained from my experiences as an OMD.
Of course… There are always going to be negative aspects to things. I’m pretty sure a lot of us ex NBA dancers have had our fair share of challenges while being on a professional dance team…Like me and my PCOS struggle…but it takes nothing away from the amount of positives that outweigh all of that.
So when you see articles like these..just know that there’s a lot more to it than what was written…
Cheers to the 30 year legacy of the Orlando Magic Dancers!
Thanks for reading!