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Over 50 dancers turned out at auditions Thursday for the Heat's hip hop dance squad. Team member Rosanna Morantz, tryout participants Keith Buehner and Francisca Vargas, and dance instructor Shara Trice talked about the experience.
The Miami Heat are looking for the hippest, coolest and young at heart senior citizens to be a part of 2012-2013 senior citizens hip hop dance team – the Golden Oldies.
Keith Buehner thought it would be fun to try out for the squad as soon as he turned 60. He gave it a shot at the auditions in Pembroke Pines on Thursday.
“I’ve never done anything like this so I’m really nervous. I don’t know what to think,” Buehner said, laughing.
Rosanna Morantz is an original Heat Golden Oldie.
“I thought holding my firstborn child was amazing, and then I held my firstborn grandchild and that was amazing, but the first time I went on the court almost nine years ago that was amazing,” she said.
In 2006 the Golden Oldies performed at the NBA All-Star Game in Houston.
This is the biggest tryout the team has ever had – with over 50 participants age 60 and older.
“I want everybody to just enjoy, and just enjoy being silly and having a good time. That’s what we are and that’s what we’re all about – just having fun and doing what we love to do,” dance instructor Shara Trice said.
Some of the dancers realized that their bodies can’t move and groove like the good old days.
“I do have a little problem with my back, and when it starts hurting, it’s time for me to stop,” Francisca Vargas said with a laugh.
“Well, the dances that we do are physically demanding and it does require you be able to learn the choreography as well as perform it to the best of your ability,” Trice said. “I’m really surprised at how many people can keep up with the choreography.”