View Full Version : The Celtics have decided to conform, add dance team

05-13-2006, 04:44 PM
I wasn't aware the Celtics were the last NBA team not to have dancers. Wonder why it took them so long.


Celtics announce addition of dance team

May 13, 2006

The Celtics may or may not put a winning team on the parquet next season, but they will have a dance team on the floor at TD Banknorth Garden. Looking to improve the peripheral entertainment on game nights, the team announced the formation of the Celtics Dancers.

According to Rich Gotham, the team's executive vice president of sales and marketing, ''The Celtics Dancers will contribute to the exciting in-game experience for our fans."

In the past, basketball purists, team president Red Auerbach among them, took considerable pride in the fact the Celtics were the only NBA team without dancers. The addition of cheerleaders a couple of seasons ago was met with mixed reviews from fans.

Applications can be found on Celtics.com. The first round of auditions will take place at the team's practice facility in Waltham June 10 at 10 a.m. Marina Ortega, director of the Celtics Dancers, hopes to put together a team that is ''fit, glamorous, and has a strong commitment to the community, while embodying the pride associated with the Celtics mystique." Ortega wants women who are ''professional and well rounded in their dance background."

Hoping for some luck at the draft lottery, the Celtics will send two-time NBA champion and current director of special projects JoJo White to the draw May 23 in Secaucus, N.J.

05-13-2006, 04:52 PM
They've had pseudo cheerleaders for a little while now, I'm sure someone has the details. That alone was pretty controversial.

05-13-2006, 05:03 PM
They need to hire 12 Red Auerbach look-a-likes to be the dance squad.

05-13-2006, 05:13 PM
They need to hire 12 Red Auerbach look-a-likes to be the dance squad.


Or 12 Tommy Heinsohns. :uhoh2:

05-13-2006, 05:15 PM
This reaminds me of when the Bears dropped their "cheerleaders".