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Rookie Rant: These Boots Are Made For Walking

by Staff Writer / Florida Panthers
Following the huge success of last season's Kelli's Korner, would like to introduce this season's BOVA Panthers Ice Dancer blogger, Yendi. A rookie this season, Yendi will be sharing her thoughts on this upcoming season from what's going on with the dancers to what's going on and off the ice, as well as anything else that she cares to discuss in her blog known as ROOKIE RANT.

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Our season has officially started! That’s right we have been practicing and getting to know each other. This team is definitely colorful, beautiful, and radiant. Each of the girls on the 2009-2010 BOVA Panthers Ice Dancers squad for the Florida Panthers Hockey Club are bright, funny, friendly and full of personality.

I am Yendi, a rookie dancer. I will be taking pictures and summarizing our antics and camaraderie on a regular basis – so check back! You will have a rookie’s eye view of what our team is like and I will surely introduce you to my teammates as the season progresses. 

Alright. So far we have been measured, weighed, analyzed and gone through beauty boot camp and hours of practice. Our directors Nichole and Kelli have a great handle on the overall image of our group. Captain Judy and Co-Captain’s Lola and Jessica, lead our practices with great energy and useful feedback. The veterans have all been extremely supportive of the rookies, who make up the majority of the team this year. 

Our home gym, 24 Hour Fitness in Plantation, has been renovating our practice space this week so the Ice Dancers practiced at the Bank Atlantic Center all week. Among the things we went over, Nichole and Kelli set our opening night choreography – all I can say is that I feel extremely accomplished for nailing a split leap for the first time in my life! That would have not been possible without the positive encouragement by our team leaders.

We got our new boots, which are fabulous, and team photos are quickly approaching. Victoria Duke and the Glam Squad broke it down to us during our Beauty Boot Camp, we are now officially “juicy.” 

Here is a little clue as to the greatness and talent of this team – we will be dancing on the ice this year! All I have to say is that it takes a strong dancer to learn all that we have learned and then step it up on the ice, that’s just how we roll. The Ice Dancer Calendar will be shot this month in the Bahamas. Keep yourself informed on the blog as I give you the low down on our trip and our first Ice Dancer Social – Rookie Initiations underway! 


(Brian McGuire)
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