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Aug 01

Meet The BlazerDancers: Amanda

By sarahhecht Posted in: Amanda, blazerdancers



The tale of BlazerDancer Amanda is one of passion and perseverance.

Born and raised in Vancouver, Amanda began her dancing career at Heritage High School on the Wolf Pack Dance Team. Four years of dedication developed her ardor of the art, pushing her to continue after graduation.

Experiencing BlazerDancer auditions for the first time right after high school, Amanda didn’t quite make the cut. But that didn’t deter her devotion to dance. Raised by her grandparents, Amanda was taught from a young age never to give up, a lesson that stayed with her through four attempts at an elusive spot with the squad.

“They said I can do anything,” Amanda said. “And keep trying.”

As Amanda worked toward her goal of dancing on the center court pinwheel, she capitalized on the opportunity to improve her skills and prepare herself for the rigorous BlazerDancer audition process. She danced for three local semi-professional teams—the Vancouver Volcanoes, the Portland LumberJax and the Portland Winterhawks.

To further cultivate her confidence as her dancing progressed, Amanda hired a personal trainer to stay in shape. Little did she know she would find a combination of her two strongest character traits—dedication and perseverance—in one career.

Amanda returned to auditions for a fifth year further motivated to succeed by Michelle—her close friend, roommate and a BlazerDancer. And this time she achieved her goal.

She was a BlazerDancer. Looking back on her rookie season and forward to her sophomore year, Amanda is thankful for every second she spends decked out in her Blazer rhinestones.

“It’s everything I expected and more.”

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7 Comments

  1. FIRST!! Welcome back Amanda!

    by J-Roy on 8/2/2011 10:38 AM
  2. Great to have you back. Although I don't see much of the dancers, WOW! you are all good for 70 year olds eye sight LOL.

    by Hg on 8/2/2011 1:32 PM
  3. hey Amanda! welcome back. it's got to be satisfying making a return trip!

    by Kassandra on 8/2/2011 6:17 PM
  4. @Kassandra:

    How did you figure I would read all the Blazer Dancer articles. They are nothing more then time-outs and half-time entertainment to me LMAO. Actually I am having the days of my life.

    by Hg on 8/2/2011 6:34 PM
  5. I am happy to be back for my second year :)

    by dancer.amanda on 8/2/2011 7:33 PM
  6. I can't imagine the team without Amanda! She's so completely genuine and uplifting EVERY day!!!

    by Cristi on 8/4/2011 9:39 AM
  7. Cant wait to come to a Blazer game this year and watch you dance. Excited for you and your second year as a blazerdancer. You are amazing!

    by viewbig2 on 8/9/2011 6:13 AM
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