More than 100 applicants vied for coveted spots
SUNRISE, Fla. – Sunrise Sports & Entertainment announced today the 19-person roster for the inaugural Panthers Ice Dancers by Sziro Jewelry. Ice Dancers directors Laura Davis and Cassandra Hall hand-picked the team from over 100 candidates who attended tryouts on Saturday, August 12 at the BankAtlantic Center.
"We are excited to have the Panthers Ice Dancers roster finalized and look forward to making them a huge part of the Panthers game presentation this season," said SSE chief operating officer Michael Yormark. "I am confident the Panthers Ice Dancers will rival any dance team in South Florida and the National Hockey League."
"Sziro Jewelry is both proud and excited for the new Panthers Ice Dancers by Sziro Jewelry," said John Szirovatka, owner of Sziro Jewelry. "Having met the team, I know they will represent Sziro Jewelry and the Panthers very positively in South Florida."
Gina Francis from Dance FX Studio handled the choreography for the tryouts, while some of the hottest personalities in South Florida acted as judges including: 'J' & Dave from 93 Rock, Dimas Martinez from Mega 94, Michael Yo from Y-100, Mike Goldstein and Russ Evans from ESPN 760, Florida Panthers Captain Olli Jokinen and his lovely wife Katerina, Supanic, Doug Melville, and former Miami Dolphins Cheerleader and Heat Dancer Jackie Vilarino.
Laura, Cassandra and members of the Panthers executive staff held a final round of interviews held on Sunday, August 13 before the final cuts were made.
The Panthers Ice Dancers by Sziro Jewelry will be an athletic, spirited and outgoing squad that will entertain the crowd at all home games. They will help distribute give-a-ways, assist with intermission activities and be on hand at player autograph sessions. Additionally, the Ice Dancers' impact will not be limited to the BankAtlantic Center, as they will be available for charitable and community appearances, and take part in the team's marketing efforts in South Florida.
The Florida Panthers Ice Dancers for 2006-2007 are: Nicole (Captain), Shanelle, Sophia, Kelly, Erica, Desiree, Michelle, Ciara, Megan, Michele, Alessandra, Amy, Jennifer, Kelli, Andrea, Jen, Alexandra, Victoria, and Judy.
For more information or inquiries about appearances with the all-new Panthers Ice Dancers by Sziro Jewelry please log onto www.floridapanthers.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.