What do Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas and a Suffolk University student named Victoria have in common?
Both will be representing the Boston Celtics during the NBA All-Star game on Feb. 14 – Thomas as a player and Victoria as a dancer.
Victoria (her last name is withheld in accordance with Celtics privacy guidelines) is thrilled to be joining all-star dancers from the 29 other NBA teams for the annual basketball showcase, to be held this year in Toronto.
“To be selected as a member of the Celtics dance team is such an honor, and to be chosen for the all-star team is just indescribable,” said Victoria, a Suffolk senior majoring in communication and journalism. “I’ve been dancing since I was five years old, and I’ve worked hard to get where I am now.”
Victoria, 21, has been a member of the Celtics dance team for three years. She will arrive in Toronto Feb. 9 to begin rehearsals and to attend promotional events.
“I’m looking forward to the opportunity to perform with all of the other NBA dancers,” said Victoria. “I’ve been working every day on getting myself ready, both mentally and physically, to be at my best.”
Performing as a dancer for local professional sports teams at the highest level seems to run in Victoria’s family. Her sister, Alexandria, 23, was the captain of the New England Patriots cheerleading team this past season, and she represented the Pats in the 2016 NFL Pro Bowl game in Honolulu.
“I owe a lot to my sister,” said Victoria, who aspires to become an event planner one day. “She is the one who encouraged me to try out for the Celtics dance team a few years ago.”