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George Corchia

Brooklynettes Debut at Brooklyn Bowl

BY George Corchia

The Brooklyn Nets cheerleaders, dubbed the Brooklynettes, chose the Northside for their first official appearance.

Brooklyn Bowl hosted the squad’s final auditions in front of several hundred fans on June 13th. Later that same evening, the final line-up of 20 dancers was announced.

Brooklynite India Bolds, 26, was one of those who made the cut. The Athens, Georgia native is looking forward to being a member of the Brooklynettes.

“We’re really excited that Brooklyn finally has a basketball team,” Bolds said. “We’re excited to represent [the Nets].”

The crowd at Brooklyn Bowl for the final Brooklynettes audition / Photo: George Corchia

The audition process began on June 2nd with more than 400 hopefuls from across the country trying out at Long Island University’s Brooklyn campus. While a large percentage of the team is composed of New Jersey residents; others represent California, North Carolina, Maryland and Pennsylvania. Two of the cheerleaders reside in Brooklyn.

“’Brooklynette’ exemplifies a strong feminine name with a creative connection to the borough,” said Petra Pope, Senior Vice President of Event Marketing and Community Relations with the Nets. “The 20 talented dancers selected tonight are diverse in their interests, global in their backgrounds, and cutting-edge in their style, just like Brooklyn.”

! (Nets cheerleader hopefuls strut their stuff during final auditions. Brooklynite India Bolds (right) would make the final cut / Photo: George Corchia)!

The Brooklyn Bowl bash was one of the Nets’ biggest community events since their move from New Jersey. Proceeds from the event are earmarked for the Brooklyn Nets Foundation, an outreach organization offering scholarships to students in need.

The Brooklynettes will perform at the Nets’ 41 home games at the new Barclays Center in Prospect Heights and represent the team at events throughout the metropolitan area.

While the NBA has yet to announce their schedule for 2012-13, the Nets will tip off their inaugural season in Brooklyn in late October.


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