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Seniors dance across the NBA

The Heat is holding auditions for its beloved Golden Oldies senior dance team on Friday. You must be "at least 60-years young” to try out for the 2008-09 squad.

Typically this item would go unnoticed, but another NBA team’s audition release popped into my email this afternoon: The New Jersey Nets will hold auditions Sept. 25 for this season’s NETSational Seniors dance team.

And that got me wondering about the popularity of these teams. The Heat was the NBA’s first team with a senior dance squad. The Golden Oldies first performed in the 2004-05 season and will mark their fifth season this year. The co-ed troupe of energetic seniors performed at the NBA All-Star Game in Houston in 2006.

Nets owner Bruce Ratner happened to see the Golden Oldies perform at a Heat-Nets game in Miami a few years ago and asked Nets CEO Brett Yormark to look into creating a Nets senior dance team, Nets spokesman Barry Baum said.

And yes, the NBA encourages teams to share their “best practices” across the league.

The NETSational team launched in 2006-07 and has attracted national attention on television's Good Morning America and Today show and documentary filmmaker Dori Berinstein followed the squad for a year and made it the subject of her film, Gotta Dance.

If you’re interested, the Golden Oldies auditions are scheduled at noon Sept. 19 at SW Focal Point Senior Center, 301 NW 103rd Ave., Pembroke Pines.

Categories: Miami Heat (174), NBA (139)

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CRAIG DAVIS In more than 33 years at the Sun Sentinel, Craig Davis has written about a wide variety of sports topics from baseball to yachting, fishing to triathlons, and also worked as a copy editor and page designer. Recently he reported on local sports, including running, swimming, cycling, equestrian and beach volleyball. He enjoys sports as a participant as well as a spectator, is active in the South Florida running scene plays in the curling club at Saveology Iceplex. This blog offers a glimpse at the business side of sports in the interest of enhancing enjoyment of the games and sporting options as a spectator as well as a participant.
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