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Girl of the Week

01/27/2011, 10:15am CST
By Jessica Baltes

Q&A with SPT Co-Captain, Ginger!

Ginger is a two-year veteran of the Swarm Performance Team (SPT) and first-year co-captain. She graduated from Minnesota State University-Mankato with a degree in exercise physiology and a minor in dance. She currently works on the Procter & Gamble account at a local corporation, and is pursuing her M.B.A. at the University of St. Thomas. She was a member of the dance team in both high school and college, and also performed for the Timberwolves dance team before joining the SPT.

It was an exciting game for the Swarm last Saturday night! The first win at home this season! How was it for the SPT?

This past game was so exciting! All of the new girls had one game under their belt, so this game I could tell they were a little more outgoing and were able to enjoy themselves more since they weren’t having to pay attention to so many finite details of the arena, where to be, etc. It was so exciting to dance for such an excited crowd too!

This is your second season with the team. What has been your favorite part of being on the SPT?

My favorite part so far has been helping the rookies see all of the wonderful opportunities and experiences Swarm has to offer. I just want them to love Swarm as much as I do!

I feel more connected to the organization this year as well. I can better acknowledge individuals in the front office, and I am able to recognize more of our season ticket holders as well, which makes the games and appearances so much fun!

How has the new team come together thus far? How has it been getting to know the new girls?

The new team has molded well together so far. We have a team of beautiful girls who are very talented and it makes practice fun to be able to dance next to someone who challenges you. It’s a great feeling to know that I can still improve my dancing after 20+ years of dancing!

You are currently pursuing your M.B.A. What are you studying?

This semester I will be taking marketing management and economics of organization and management. My program is based around general business acumen, but I will take some of my elective courses within supply chain management.

You work on the Procter & Gamble account at a local corporation. What do you do?

I work within our Supply Chain and Operations function but my role is unique to the team. To put it simply, I am an event manager, and I work specifically with our health and beauty brands (Pantene, Herbal Essences, Olay, to name a few) to create special packs for endcap displays. I manage the process from beginning to end to get our special packs created and to shelf. If you’d like to learn more, find me at one of the Swarm post game parties. ;)

You danced for the Timberwolves before performing for the Swarm. Two very different organizations…how do the two experiences compare?

Yes, two very different organizations in many ways. The first main difference is the number of games! I used to dance at roughly 42 home games as a Wolves dancer. With having so few Swarm home games, it makes each one feel so special, and I am sad after each game because I know that there are only a few left. The in-arena experiences are very different, one wasn’t better than the other, just different. Also, dancing on turf is very different than dancing on a hardwood floor. We were able to be pretty technical with our dancing on Wolves because of the surface we were dancing on, and I was a little nervous that the turf would limit that. I have been very impressed with the choreography and level of technical ability we have been able to bring to our Swarm fans!

So you’ve been performing for a long time. Is it still just as exciting to get in front of the crowd as when you first started?

My passion in life is to perform. I’m not only a dancer, I am a performer. I get a rush of adrenaline every time I get out in front of the crowd and it is the most invigorating feeling in the world. I will keep doing it until the day my body tells me in time to throw in the poms.

Have you had some memorable dance instructors or mentors?

I will always remember my college dance professor who introduced me to Modern dance. It will always be one of my favorite forms of dance. Her passion for dance and the ways she helped me internalize movement into my own body will be something I will never forget.

You seem to have a very busy schedule! When you have some free time from performing for the SPT, studying and working, what do you enjoy doing?

I like to consider myself active, not busy. When I am not performing, working, studying or going to class, I enjoy working out! I am slightly obsessed with Yoga Sculpt classes at Core Power Yoga, and I love the days when I get to actually take a class. I also like to go to dinner with girlfriends, go to movies or just relax and read a book that isn’t school-related.

Are there any SPT dances coming up that you are really looking forward to?

I really love the new dance we are going to show our fans this Saturday! We are dancing to Rihanna’s “Rockstar” and the dance has so much attitude!

What do Swarm fans have to look forward to from the SPT this Saturday?

We are going to perform two fabulous routines and we hope to continue to make a positive presence in the arena! We are also still selling our Swarm Performance Team 2011 Calendars, so if you haven’t purchased yours, find an SPT member at the game!

Go Swarm!

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