When a person loves to dance, it’s the cherry on top when you get to perform for one of the top NBA teams in the country.
That is the exciting news that Bay Area native Jekailah recently shared with her friends: she will be dancing with the Warriors Dance team for the 2014-2015 season.
A graduate of San Lorenzo High School, she has been a dancer since she was a little girl. She says she wanted to try out for the team last season but did not feel she was prepared.
So Jekailah did what was needed to get ready, and after grueling auditions at the Warriors practice facility in Downtown Oakland this summer, she was one of the 19 finalists selected to join the team.
“It was a dream-come true,” she said, remembering the video on the Warriors website announcing the 2014-2015 dance team.
Dance has always been her passion and, now as a Warriors girl, she gets to do what she loves on a professional level.
Along with game-related performances, she says she also gets to make many appearances and meet different people. She recently participated in Stephen Curry’s and Klay Thompson’s “Splash Brothers” Basketball clinic, a private event including 100 parent and child participants interacting with the duo and their fathers, former NBA stars Dell Curry and Mychal Thompson
“We’re able to do a lot in the community that people don’t see,” she said.
And while they do meet the players, she emphasized that they are only there to support them. “We see them as coworkers,” she added.
Like many of her teammates, Jekailah is a full time student. She currently attends Delta College in Stockton and is working to become an accountant. She is also minoring in dance.
She hopes to dance for the Warriors for the entire five-year team limit but says she has to re-audition each year because no one has a guaranteed spot. For now, however, that is not one of her worries. She just wants to just enjoy her first year as a Warrior girl.
Jekailah says she hopes her opportunity with the Warriors will inspire other young women to dream just as big.
“Never give up,” she said. “I would never have been able to try out for a professional team if I did not have confidence in myself.”