Senior Pelicans dance team makes appearance

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Monday, November 11, 2013 - 8:04pm

When you imagine an NBA dance team, you might imagine women in their 20's and 30's with years of dance experience. Of course the New Orleans Pelicans team has those kinds of dancers, but there are 2 other dance teams as well.

These aren't your typical dancers. Everyone on the court is 55 and up. "Life doesn't end after 50. It begins at 50," said dancer Sharon McCoy. This is her fifth season entertaining fans from center court. "When my last child left to go to college, it was like, what now?" Then she heard about the team. "I was not the type of person who would do something like that," she said. "I was just somebody who had taken some dance classes at the gym."

But Sharon figured, why not? "It fulfills that emptiness that came after they were all gone," she said. "It brought out things in me I didn't know I had!" The team's coach, Ashley Deaton, says that is exactly what the team is all about. "It's really kind of inspiring and encouraging that these seniors are so active...so energetic...so happy, loving life. I think they are great role models for our community and for our team."

Make no mistake, it's a lot of work and a lot of practice. The dancers' first thought as they step out onto the court is that they "don't mess up," according to Sharon. But once those jitters are gone, Sharon advised to "make sure to have fun with it. It is about entertaining. It is about letting the crowd in, letting them see that you enjoy what you're doing."

She said performing means more to her than just the cheering crowd. "It's a joy just seeing how it touches the people that are in our age category. Women will come up to us and say, 'I wish I could do that' and you say, 'You can do it. You can do it.' It brings us back to where we were as youngsters."

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