Let's be honest here. There are some nights the Heat and/or their opponent aren't bringing it on the court and the flow of the game is leaving a lot to be desired. A quick timeout by Spoelstra is needed for the team to take a break and recharge. But what about the fans who are paying good money to see some entertainment. That's when the Heat dancers fly in from out of nowhere and suddenly your focus is squarely back on the court and your spirits are lifted. The dance number is so enthralling you don't even notice (or mind) the dirty look your girlfriend is giving you. With the fans back into the game, the Heat players can then respond to the energy the hometown crowd are feeding them and get the job done.
Unfortunately the lockout has prevented these beautiful and talented ladies from doing what they do best but they're forging ahead regardless and filtering through hopefuls for a coveted spot on the four-time "Most Popular Dance Team in the NBA," the Miami HEAT Dancers. Over the past weekend, the decision makers at the organization have whittled down a pool of around 200 applicants to just 50 finalists that have been invited to HEAT Dancers Boot Camp during this week. Then, the dancers will compete to be the lucky ones selected to the team on Friday, November 4th in an event that is free and open to the public at 7:00 at the AmericanAirlines Arena. Fans can also visit HEAT.com to watch a live stream of the event.
In the meantime, enjoy the pictures below from the opening day of tryouts. What can I say, this is a tough job but someone's got to do it...