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Girl of the Week

02/10/2011, 7:14pm CST
By Jessica Baltes

Q&A with Kelly from the SPT!

Kelly is a two-year veteran of the Swarm Performance Team. She first joined the team in 2008 and has returned for the 2011 season. She previously performed for the Minnesota Vikings Cheerleaders.

She is a graduate of St. Cloud State University and has both elementary education and esthetician degrees. Kelly currently works as a medical esthetician. She also teaches dance.

 

You joined the team back in 2008 and are now back for your second season. What brought you back…what do you like about being on the team?

I love to dance, and being a part of a team is always a great experience. When I was a member in 2008, I made a lot of great friends and memories. Plus, Interacting with the fans is a blast—Swarm fans are so dedicated and exhilarating to be around. I cannot wait to experience more this 2011 season!


The Swarm has had two very exciting wins at the last two home games. What’s it like for the SPT?

It is always fun for us if the Swarm wins! The energy of the fans is contagious, and it’s always a great way to leave the arena.
 

You started dancing at your aunt’s studio as a little kid. Did your aunt instill in you your love of performing?

Yes, she did. I think it’s important to have a good coach growing up, and she was awesome. She got me performing in front of big audiences when I was very young, and I still love performing in front of people. My parents have been very important too. They have always been my biggest fans and have enabled me to enjoy so many opportunities to perform!
 

You were a Minnesota Vikings Cheerleader for four years. How do the experiences compare?

I loved being a Minnesota Vikings Cheerleader, and I love being a part of the Swarm Performance Team. I had a ton of amazing experiences when I was a MVC. I was able to travel overseas to perform for our troops, participate in raising money for the Vikings Children’s Fund and had the opportunity to sing the National Anthem in front of 60,000 plus. The SPT is smaller, so I feel I have been able to really get to know all of my teammates—our coach does an amazing job of picking girls that will get along, work hard and have fun. Also, with the SPT I have had the chance to interact more closely with the fans, and Swarm fans are AMAZING! Overall Vikings and Swarm are very different, but BOTH have made a huge impact in my life and have made memories that will last a lifetime.


What are game days like for the SPT? What kind of preparations do you go through?

So much fun! We have a blast getting ready on game day. We arrive at the arena about three hours before the game starts. First, we stretch and mark our dances on field. Then we get ready in locker room, listen to some music and do some appearances. Before we run out onto the field, we practice sling-shooting t-shirts and we have dramatically improved from game one! None of us could get a t-shirt over the glass at our first game—it was pretty funny! Now we are pros!


What are some of your favorite Swarm appearances to participate in?

I like the post-game appearances when we are celebrating a win! I also enjoy doing appearances out in the community and getting to know our fans.


What’s it like to perform in front of the crowd at Xcel Energy Center on the weekends after a normal work week?

Amazing and Energizing!


The Swarm is heading to Rochester to take on the Knighthawks for the second time this season on Saturday. Any predictions…do you feel a win coming on this time?

I’m sure it will be another great game, but the Swarm is coming out on top this time!


The next home game is coming up on Feb. 19. What do fans have to look forward to?

Obviously, a big win from the Swarm! But also, two GREAT DANCES from the SPT, and a chance to talk with the SPT girls throughout the game while we cheer on our team. We are more than happy to take pictures and sign autographs!
 

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