Dwyane Wade and LeBron James may no longer be in Miami but that doesn’t mean that American Airlines Arena won’t be on fire this season. And no, not just because of the max contract signing of Hassan Whiteside. We’re talking about the Miami Heat Dancers.
As those of you with NBA League Pass probably know, The Heat Dancers are one of the hottest dance troupes in the Association. And this year, you can watch how the team is put together as the Heat will be live streaming the final auditions Friday at 7/6c.
According to the SB Nation Heat blog, Hot Hot Hoops, you’ll want to tune in to heat.com as well as the official social media accounts of the dancers: @MiamiHEATDancers on Instagram and @HEATDancers on Twitter and Snapchat throughout the evening. But first, here are a few fun facts about—and photos of—the squad.
HEAT Dancer auditions attract hundreds of women from as far away as Japan. But only 25 ladies make the team every year.
Most famous alum: Probably ABC’s original Bachelorette, Trista Rehn.
The Heat Dancers took center court at the 2006 NBA All-Star Game in Houston—the first time the league extended such an invitation to an individual NBA dance team.
And they’re not only popular with fans. After all, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra married art dealer and former Heat Dancer Nikki Sapp last month in Miami.