Just imagine a parade of gorgeous cheerleaders all wearing black spandex tights, black adidas sneakers, and black-and-white hoodies zipped to the same mid-chest height to show the tops of their sports bras, which are emblazoned with the Brooklynettes logo in graffiti-style writing.
Although it may not sound like the typical cheerleading outfit, it’s what you can expect when attending a Brooklyn Nets game. The cleverly named group of cheerleaders may be the NBA’s edgiest dance team, but their hard work has helped bring the Nets to their current standing of 8th place in the Eastern Conference. OK, maybe not, but they definitely look good during halftime.
The term “cheerleader” may be a bit of an understatement for this group of women that includes professionally trained dancers from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and the Ailey School at Fordham. The two captains, Jessica Goldstone and Siobhan St. John, are both in their seventh year with the Nets and the team as a whole is rumored to be the highest paid in the league. Not bad for people who dance for a living!
The dancers are legitimately pumped to be part of the first professional sports franchise Brooklyn has seen in over 50 years.
“The vibe is so different, just to walk around and see everyone rocking the gear. In New Jersey, you wouldn’t see that as much, but in Brooklyn, we’re the star team. This is our season. It’s really good to be a part of that first year” explained Adar Wellington, the Brooklynettes’ coach.
Take a look at a few shots of the Brooklynettes in the gallery above, but for the full story on the team of dancers for the Brooklyn Nets, you can head over to New York Magazine’s The Cut website.