A Coon Rapids woman has been a member of the Minnesota Timberwolves Dancers for the past three seasons.
Now Mayem (the Timberwolves has a policy of not releasing last names of dancers for privacy and security reasons) is preparing to audition for selection to her fourth year on the dance line that performs during all Timberwolves home games.
The open auditions for the 2013-2014 roster take place 3:30 p.m. Saturday, July 20, at the Wolves’ practice facility in Life Time Fitness Target Center.
According to a press release from the Timberwolves, the auditions are open to all aspiring dancers at least 18 years old as of July 30 and no previous dance team or cheer experience is required.
But the auditioning process continues. Finalists will be chosen July 30, and they will take part in interviews and training camp prior to the final auditions at Treasure Island Resort and Casino at a date to be announced.
“Mayem and the other young women auditioning for the team will go through a rigorous process, including a week-long boot camp, to make the 2013-2014 team,” said Kylie Crull, corporate communications manager, Minnesota Timberwolves/Lynx.
Mayem is a lifelong Coon Rapids resident who graduated from Coon Rapids High School in 2009.
During her years at the high school, Mayem was a member of the dance team for two years as well as a being part of the Link Crew, which comprises students who mentor ninth-graders, for three years.
She graduated earlier this year from the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, with a degree in psychology and is now working at the Fraser Child and Family Center in the Twin Cities in its development program for children with autism.
“This is the career I wanted to do,”Mayem said. “I am very happy with my work.”
According to Mayem, she originally auditioned to be a member of the Minnesota Timberwolves Dancers four years ago after encouragement from a member of the dance team that she knew.
“The auditioning was a long and time-consuming process,” Mayem said.
That was the first time that Mayem had tried out for the Timberwolves Dancers and it turned out well, she said.
As a member of the team, Mayem not only performs with her fellow dancers at every home game – more than 40 of them – during timeouts and quarter breaks, but she also makes a lot of appearances at community charity events year-round on behalf of the organization.
“One of my favorites is the Relay for Life events to benefit the cancer society,” Mayem.
And this past season, Mayem had the opportunity to travel to Japan, China and Canada to perform with the team.
Mayem has enjoyed her three years as a Minnesota Timberwolves Dancer, so she is trying out for a fourth year.
There is the camaraderie with the other dance team members, she said.
“I also like the role the dance team plays in the community and the interaction with the fans at the games,” Mayem said.
But she has also benefited from the fact that the public appearances have made her more confident in speaking in public and she has grown as a person, according to Mayem.
As for preparing for the auditions this month, she is making sure that she stays in shape and “keeps doing what has been successful before,” Mayem said.
“I feel pretty confident that I will be in the zone,” she said.
Being a member of the Minnesota Timberwolves Dancers is a paid position, but how long she will continue to try out for that role “depends where life takes me,” Mayem said.
“I am happy that I can continue to be a Minnesota Timberwolves dancer along with my full-time job,” she said.
Mayem has three older sisters – her parents continue to live in Coon Rapids – and she lists exercising and baking as what she likes to do in her spare time.
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