Spark In Brooklyn
As the newly relocated Brooklyn Nets finalize free agency moves for the 2012-2013 season, there is another aspect of their organization that has been finalized. When the Brooklyn franchise hits the hardwood to tip off this upcoming season, a familiar face can be found cheering on the Nets as a member of the franchise’s dance team.
Veronica Buccilli has been a member of the Sparks for the entirety of the Pittsburgh Power’s existence. In early June, she traveled to Long Island University in Brooklyn to try out for the new-look Nets dance team “The Brooklynettes.”
“Tryouts were amazing,” she said. “Some aspects were just as I had pictured, such as how many girls would be there trying out. Other things however were way more than what I had anticipated, in a good way, such as the final show at Brooklyn Bowl.
After three days of challenging and competitive tryouts at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in Manhattan, Bucilli found out all of her hard work had paid off. Next season she will trade in here black and gold for black and white as a member of the Brooklynettes.
Buccilli says the moment she was informed she made the team was a surreal moment.
“I was in shock,” she said. “It still has not really hit me. I was so overwhelmed and so excited.”
“I felt like I could finally tell myself that I did it,” she added.
Buccilli has been dancing since she was three years old when she began training in tap, jazz, ballet and gymnastics. She attended Plum High School where she danced competitively with a studio and continued her dancing career at California University of Pennsylvania where she was a member of the Vulcanettes.
“Dancing with the Sparks helped me learn to pick up choreography quickly and perform for an arena full of people,” she said. “I now know how to dance for the fan sitting in the furthest seat from the court.”
Not only did dancing with the Sparks help her prepare for her future in Brooklyn, it also has provided her with many wonderful memories.
“My experience with the Sparks was incredible and it’s something I will always be grateful for,” she said. “I have made amazing, lifelong friends that I will miss so much, but will take the memories with me for sure.
The Power organization wishes the best for Veronica as she pursues her dreams in Brooklyn and hopes she can provide a “spark” of spirit and energy for the Brooklynettes.
“One of my many dreams has come true and I am anxious and excited to start off this season with my teammates.”