Dancer's Dialogue

Dancer's Dialogue: 36 New Friends

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Dancer\'s Dialogue: 36 New Friends
Jenna begins her rookie season as a Lady Panther

On Saturday, July 27th, I heard the best four words I have ever heard in my life: “Number Five, Jenna Shore.” I laughed and cried tears of joy as I sprinted to the stage where all of the final Lady Panthers stood…what an unforgettable moment! I was granted the opportunity to fulfill my passion to dance at a professional level - a venture I have only dreamed would one day become a reality.

Walking into the first practice of the season as a rookie was definitely intimidating. I look at my rookie season as a chance to prove myself - a chance to prove my motivation and my trainability; I look at my rookie season as a chance to prove how much I love to dance and how grateful I am to call myself a Lady Panther.

As if making a team of 37 beautiful and talented girls wasn’t enough, we received an email on August 1st. We were told to leave the following weekend open, for the “Lady Panthers Retreat” for an entire weekend to bond with our new teammates. The Organization was even able to start our weekend off early with tickets to Cirque Du Soleil on Friday before we headed to Vacation Villages out in Weston for our relaxing weekend getaway!

Friday night was explained to be a spa night:
“We will be having a spa night, please bring a robe and slippers (Best robe and slippers will win a prize!)”
–Director, Kelli Russell

You better believe I put on my pinkest, silkiest robe and wore my fluffy, cheetah, grandma slippers! Turns out, jokes were on us… the vets were dressed in their beautiful, red Panther Robes with totally hot outfits underneath! All of the rookies were assigned a veteran for our “makeover.” I must say, Ashley H. really nailed my pigtail buns and accessorized me beautifully with gaudy barrettes that really complimented my…rookie-ness? Not to mention the slimy green facemask she generously smeared on my forehead and cheeks! (We did have team poster coming up so it was essential for my skin to be fabulous) And just when we think we’ve survived initiation, we learn about the scavenger hunt we will be doing…in a public shopping center! The tasks on the scavenger hunt were hilarious and really fun to do. We did things from directing traffic “like a diva” to choreography in front of regular patrons! And don’t forget, we were still rocking our super hot hair-do’s and green face masks, not to mention our robes and slippers… and oh yeah, it was raining (Thanks, Florida.) The laughs we had during the scavenger hunt are irreplaceable memories that I will never forget!

Saturday morning began with a team jog and then we were able to relax, talk, and get to know each other poolside! (My kind of day.) Everyone got the chance to mingle and talk in a stress-free, non-dance environment. I learned very quickly that I was surrounded by a group of genuine, compassionate girls. In such a short amount of time, friendships blossomed, and we became family… I have no doubt that my teammates are going to become some of my very best friends.

Saturday night we had an amazing team dinner at Kitchen 305 in Miami. We all reminisced on the shenanigans from the previous night’s scavenger hunt. We talked about the week’s audition process, and the anticipation and excitement for the upcoming season. Dinner ended with giant clouds of cotton candy served in over-sized martini glasses; hands down, the best part!

As I left the hotel on Sunday morning, my heart was happy. I think it finally hit me that I was actually a member of The Lady Panthers. I made 36 new friends that are living this journey as a Lady Panthers Dancer with me. As the surreal feeling of making an NHL dance team becomes real, I am more thankful and humbled everyday.

Can’t wait to meet all of the fans on opening night, October 11.

See you soon,

Jenna S.




1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69


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J. Jokinen 81 18 42 25 60
A. Barkov 66 28 31 18 59
J. Huberdeau 76 20 39 17 59
V. Trocheck 76 25 28 15 53
R. Smith 82 25 25 19 50
A. Ekblad 78 15 21 18 36
N. Bjugstad 67 15 19 -8 34
B. Campbell 82 6 25 31 31
B. Pirri 52 11 13 -4 24
R. Luongo 35 19 6 .922 2.35
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