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Shining Fame teams to be part of Harlem Globetrotters’ pre-show

WORTHINGTON -- Three Shining Fame Performance dance teams will be performing at the pre-show for the globally known Harlem Globetrotters basketball team Wednesday at the Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls, S.D.

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A Shining Fame Performance dance team performing a pom routine that will be presented in the pre-show of the Harlem Globetrotters Wednesday. (Special to the Daily Globe)

WORTHINGTON  - Three Shining Fame Performance dance teams will be performing at the pre-show for the globally known Harlem Globetrotters basketball team Wednesday at the Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls, S.D.  

 

Robyn Murphy, owner and instructor at Shining Fame Performance, received an unexpected call about two months ago from a representative of the Globetrotters. She said she was surprised to hear the reason why they reached out.  

 

“They just called the studio and asked if we would be interested in performing,”  Murphy said. “I was kind of shocked and excited because I didn’t even know that they knew who we were, so I’m excited for our girls to get the opportunity to do that.”

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The Harlem Globetrotters entertain their audiences with comedy and theater while showcasing their hoops skills. They have not only performed around the U.S., but have reached audiences from 122 countries.

 

The Silver Pom, Gold Pom and Platinum Pom teams will have two minutes each to impress the public with their routines. The first dance is scheduled to start at 6:20 p.m.

 

Murphy noted that the show is an ideal opportunity for her dancers to be exposed to a bigger group of people in a completely different environment than their regular competitions.

 

“I think it’s a great chance for our girls to get a new experience - just to get out there to perform to a crowd that wouldn't normally see them,” Murphy said.

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With the big event approaching soon, some of the dancers are starting to feel the nerves.

 

“It’s always nerve-wracking when we are going to perform for a lot of people because you want to give your best - you don't want to screw up and you want to be on your best game,” said Tatiana Garcia, one of the dancers attending the show. “So yes, you get nervous, but we just have to be confident.”

 

Garcia noted that although dancing in front of a big crowd can be intimidating, the show doesn’t put much pressure on dancing technique. As a product of that, the dancers will be able to be more focused on having a good time.  

 

“It makes me more relax just because we don’t have to compete against other people,” Garcia said. “We are just there to make other people happy and show people what dance is all about.”

 

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Murphy explained that although her dancers aren’t going to be judged, the performance comes with its unique challenges.

“One of the challenges of performing when you are not at a dance competition is to engage the audience because they are not there specifically for the dance,” Murphy said.

 

The most important piece of advice Murphy has for her students is for them to enjoy the performance.

 

“I just reminded them that they can let go and have fun,” Murphy said. “I mean, they have to try their best, but they don’t have to worry about every little turn … because that doesn't matter as much as the overall performance.”

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