A local youth dance team which can often be found performing at area basketball games has been called up to the pros.
The Dance Konnection, a 55-member dance group based in Marshalltown, will perform prior to the Feb. 12 Minnesota Timberwolves NBA game against the Philadelphia 76ers at the Target Center in downtown Minneapolis. The dancers will perform at 6:30 p.m. prior to the 7 p.m. game.
The Timberwolves office called dance team coach Kimi Benson after doing some research on The Dance Konnection after finding its name on a dance association listing.
Benson was caught off guard but once she found out the request was legitimate she was excited to be able to share it with the dancers, who immediately got on their cell phones to notify their parents.
"They've been really excited and are working really hard," Benson said. "This is a big deal."
The team includes 54 girls and one boy and spans ages 7 to 18.
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Members of The Dance Konnection group practice a routine Saturday at the Y Cultural Center. The group will perform prior to a Minnesota Timberwolves game Feb. 12.
The group's 5-minute routine for the Timberwolves game will be to the song "Hot and Fun" by N.E.R.D. They have been practicing their routine every Saturday morning since October.
"With all the time they have spent in the studio this is a great reward for them," Benson said.
The Target Center attracts roughly 15,000 fans to home games of the Timberwolves, so a big Saturday night crowd is expected to be on hand for the group's performance.
"I'm going to be really nervous but we are all just really excited," said Abigail Beadle, a dancer and a senior at East Marshall High School.
The Dance Konnection is part of the Community Y School of Dance and has a studio in the Y Cultural Center.
Contact Andrew Potter at 641-753-6611 or firstname.lastname@example.org