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BlazerDancers In Manila: NBA Madness Ensues

By sarahhecht Posted in: blazerdancers, clydedrexler, nbamadness
The BlazerDancers are in the midst of a whirlwind NBA Madness tour of the Philippines with NBA Legend Clyde Drexler . As one of two NBA dance teams—the other being the Magic Dancers—representing the league, they’re sharing hoops with the people of Manila on a non-stop adventure.

Sunday afternoon six BlazerDancers—Eri, Rea, Michelle, Stephanie, Kimberly and CaMicha—accompanied by Performance Teams Manager Michelle Woodard began their journey and hopped a 16-hour flight bound for the Philippines.

Day one saw the tour grind to a halt before even starting. What was supposed to be a well-oiled itinerary was thrown asunder by a visit from Typhoon Nesat. Racing winds coupled with drenching rains resulted in the cancellation of NBA Madness plans for the day.

A day later, after the storm cleared, activities resumed at a break-neck pace. St. Dominic College of Asia played host to the opening events of day two. Drexler instructed eager students at a hoops clinic and the BlazerDancers taught a routine during their time on stage.

Woodard called the enthusiasm at St. Dominic’s the highlight of the day. “It was the most incredible, overwhelmingly fun experience I think for any of us,” Woodard said. “We were shocked at how enthusiastic the kids were. It was insanity. They were excited before people got there and then they sustained that energy for two hours.”

With NBA mania in full swing in Manila the BlazerDancers moved into a third day jam-packed with events. BlazerDancer Eri engaged in a very special experience. Of Japanese descent, and fluent in the language, she held an interview with TV WOWOW of Tokyo and graciously posed for a small photo shoot—sure to result with her being marketed in Japan. The media session was followed by another school assembly and the NBA Madness crew rounded out the day at a pop-a-shot challenge hosted by Coors Light.



Check out photos from NBA Madness.

Reception for the NBA ambassadors has been through the roof. “They’re just excited about the NBA period. There have been some really good emcees so they get the crowd going and really amped up and we’ve been told everywhere that the Philippines, surprisingly, are huge basketball fans overall,” said Woodard.

As the NBA Madness marquee event draws nearer Drexler, the BlazerDancers and the Magic Dance team continue to promote the sport to an enthusiastic fan base halfway around the world.

Stay tuned for more from Clyde Drexler and the BlazerDancers at NBA Madness!

3 Comments

  1. Sounds like Clyde is having fun.

    by mbmurr1 on 10/3/2011 8:48 AM
  2. I had a BLAST with the Blazer Dancers especially with their coach Michele Woodard... Working with them up close and personal is an amazing experience. The picture above ( which i personally took) outside of Jollibee, the no.1 fast food chain in the country was EPIC... the staff and their manager was hospitable and kind enough to give them special treatment and provided them with party items... in a nut shell, blazer dancers' charisma and appeal made the Filipino spectators happy and will sure leave a lasting impression. hope to see you guys back here in Manila...

    by Raffy Castillo on 10/3/2011 11:42 PM
  3. i think it's great how the dancers help spread the word about the blazers in places like the Philippines. it just goes to show how wonderful those associated with our team truly are.

    by Kassandra on 10/9/2011 4:23 PM
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