Our Daily Dread: We only wish the Sparks kickin’ it ‘Ole Skool Crew’ was an April Fool’s joke


The WNBA Sparks’ “Ole Skool Crew,” a dance team of women 40-and-older who perform at the team’s Staples Center games whenever there’s a lull in the action (insert your own punchline here), will have tryouts Saturday at L.A. Trade Tech College Gym (off 23rd Street in L.A. between Flower and Grand) from noon to 4 p.m.

Wheelchairs, walkers and Lady Gaga makeup optional.

Last year, this “Fabulous and Over Forty” (their description) dance team brought “smooth moves and high energy to the Sparks timeouts, quarter breaks and halftime shows,” according to the team’s press release.

“The women entertain the crowd by strutting their stuff, raising the roof and inspiring the crowd to ‘jump up out of their seats’ during home games,” it continues. They also represented the team at community fairs, trade shows, non-profit fundraising and college athletic programs. They also somehow had an appearance on The E! Channel’s “Keeping Up With The Kardashians.”

(We now have a vision of Tyler Perry guest starring on “Cougar Town” that we can’t get out of our heads.)

As for the tryouts, you have to bring proof of age — again, under 40, you cheetas. Registration takes place between 10 and 11:30 a.m.. Pre-register if you have access and knowledge of how to use a computer at www.LASparks.com under the FanZone by clicking “Ole Skool Crew” … aw, heck, it’s at this link (linked here).

On the site, you’ll learn more about how, “from jamming with James Brown or bustin a move to MC Hammer, these hot ladies bring an energetic, sassy, confident and entertaining super show” and have been doing so since 2004, when men were then included.

Last year’s team included a former “Soul Train” dancer and a former Tampa Bay Bandit cheerleader — yes, the team from the USFL, back in the mid-’80s.


More information contact director Traci Doran Hawkins (pictured here) at (909) 534-5951 or e-mail dorihamad@aol.com. And here’s a flyer with more info and an application (linked here) that explains the need of a $25 entry fee (cash or check), plus the need for a head shot and resume. Park on the F-lot roof off Flower near 22nd Street.

Seriously, if we were in town this weekend, we’d so be there. If not to try out, then to see if there’s a need for someone who knows CPR.

The Sparks one of the five original teams from the WNBA that began 14 years ago, start the 2010 season on May 28 against the Washington Mystics at Staples Center.


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