Vancouver woman earns spot on Blazer Dancers
She hired a personal trainer at 24 Hour Fitness in January. When he asked her about her fitness goals, she nike basketball shorts got straight to the point: want to be a BlazerDancer. wasn huge, she said. nike clearance just wasn toned. The trainer term was started lifting weights. She replaced the cereal she was eating for nearly every meal with oatmeal, chicken, veggies and protein shakes. In July, 15 pounds lighter and toned, she returned to audition yet again.
Greger traces her passion for dancing to her freshman year at Heritage High School, when she tried out for the dance team.
don know how I made it, she said with a laugh. was really bad. she stuck with it. After graduating in 2006, she attended the International Air nike internship Academy and scored a job based in Seattle with Continental Airlines. She was hit by a car when she was in Cleveland for training. The accident injured her shoulder, and she came home to Vancouver.
Then she got a job with a bank, and decided to return to dancing in her spare time. She joined Groove Nation Academy. She landed a gig dancing for the Vancouver Volcanoes in 2007, and the Portland Winterhawks in 2009.
But she always had her sights set on becoming a BlazerDancer.
It not uncommon for aspirants to try out for the team several times, said Michelle Woodard, the Blazers performance teams manager, adding that she thinks Greger may have set a record.
think coming back five times is pretty unique, Woodard said. audition process is very grueling. You have to be very physically fit. preliminaries include three rounds of cuts in two days. Aspirants learn a new routine for each round.
stressful, Woodard said. have to learn quickly. seek strong dance skills, but not a cookie cutter look, Woodard said. In fact, the team strives to have dancers look different from each other, but they all have a certain presence, she said.
all have an factor, a factor, she said.
Greger is thrilled judges decided she has what it takes to be a BlazerDancer. In her struggle to make the team, she has drawn inspiration from her roommate, 23 year old Michelle Johnson, who became a BlazerDancer last year.
with her and knowing she made it was so motivating for me, she said.
Greger plans to continue taking classes at Clark College and working part time. BlazerDancers earn minimum wage for two 5 hour practices a week and games, and $75 an hour for publicity appearances.