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Dancers Dialogue: Wrapping Up The Season

Wednesday, 05.25.2011 / 10:13 AM / Blogs
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Dancers Dialogue: Wrapping Up The Season
A new feature for floridapanthers.com, the Panthers Ice Dancers will be posting their thoughts throughout the year in their blog Dancers Dialogue. A different girl will fill everyone in on what's going on with the hottest dance team on the Ice.



Hello again Panthers Fans. It’s me, Lola, back again for my third season to give you a sneak peak into what it’s really like being a Panthers Ice Dancer. 

Have you ever wondered how much work goes into making our on-ice performances seem effortless? Well, I’m here to tell you it takes a lot of practice, practice, practice! Every year we work hard to make the last dance of the season memorable for all of the fans and this year was no exception. We even added extra elements including leaps, turns, and a moving kick line that rotated 180 degrees…on ICE!

In preparation for this year’s final performance we practiced Tuesday through Friday, sometimes not leaving the arena until 11:00pm! Practicing on ice can at times be very difficult and believe me, there are times when we fall… and fall hard! One of the questions I hear most often from the fans is “How do you girls dance on the ice without falling?” Well, first of all we do fall (but ONLY during practice). The reason we are able to dance on the ice is because we wear special footwear enhanced with an extra thick rubber sole to prevent slipping on the ice. Before going onto the ice we disguise our footwear with white boot covers. (Trust me, the ice shoes are not pretty - We have to cover them.)

Although practice in itself is completely exhausting, you have to remember that for most of us, being a Panthers Ice Dancer is not our only occupation. After a long night of practice I still have to wake up at 6:30am to work my day job as a teacher for students with special needs. We are all willing to work hard for you, the fans, and we do whatever it takes to make sure our performances are as close to perfection as they can be. 

The last dance of the season is always full of surprises. No one knows this quite as well as I do. If you remember, last season is when I got the BIGGEST surprise of my entire life when my fiancé strolled out onto the ice after our last dance to ask for my hand in marriage.  As I danced on the ice this year I couldn’t help but think about all the special memories and life changing moments I have experienced while being apart of the Panthers Organization. In a few months I will be getting married and my life will change forever. I am so fortunate that I have been able to share so many special moments with you, the fans. Hope you all enjoyed watching us perform this season because I know that I enjoyed performing.

Lola

Cheers-ing to a memorable season!

UPCOMING EVENTS

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 76 16 22 -14 38
S. Upshall 76 15 22 1 37
B. Campbell 82 7 30 -6 37
B. Boyes 78 21 15 -6 36
S. Bergenheim 62 16 13 -16 29
J. Huberdeau 69 9 19 -5 28
T. Fleischmann 80 8 20 -18 28
T. Gilbert 73 3 25 -5 28
B. Pirri 49 13 12 6 25
A. Barkov 54 8 16 -3 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 25 23 7 .919 2.40
S. Clemmensen 6 7 1 .896 3.09
 
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