NEW YORK (PIX11) – This week on “It’s a G Thing”, Mr. G meets the Knicks City Kids, the NBA’s original kid’s dance team.
The group of talented dancers are from all over New York City.
“The kids can range in age from six to 14,” Jaclyn Alterwein, the director of entertainment, said.
The team performs during timeouts and halftime at all home weekend Knicks games.
The KCK is currently in its 14th season and shows no signs of slowing down.
“This group is very talented, I’ve worked with these kids for the past two years,” Sarahbeth Cook, coach, explained. “I think they get better and better each year.”
Talent that takes dedication, practice and a lot of time.
“It’s like almost basically a full-time job,” Criscia Richardson, coach, described. “They’re here all the time, with rehearsals and games.”
I jokingly asked Nassim, one of the Knicks City Kids dancers “You get a lot of money for this job?”
He replied, “It’s decent for kids” and everyone in the room laughed!
Job or not, they have a lot of fun.
And while they might be dropping it on the dance floor, they’re still keeping it up where it matters most.
“They’re really, really, smart,” Richardson said. “They do amazing at school, they’re always reading and sharing things about homework.”
I decided to get in on the action and learn some of the routine.
I definitely would not have made the team but I did get a decent grade from Eliana, one of the Knicks City Kids dancers.
“The truth? I would give you a 7!”
“They’re all different,” Richardson explained. “They all have different strengths.”
Just like the great city they represent.
“You have people off all diversities, all ages, all backgrounds,” Alterwein said. “So when anybody is watching at a Knicks game they can find somebody they relate to”
These kids are such a joy to watch because they are already doing what they love at such a young age.
“I think the sky is the limit with them,” Richardson described. “Once they get older, I can only imagine what the next step is”
If you or your child is interested in being part of the team, check out their website for information about the next audition.
PRODUCED BY: KIM PESTALOZZI
Here is the roster:
Coaches: Criscia and Sarahbeth