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Dances with Frances: Laker Girls

The Laker Girls have more than just beauty and talent.

You may have seen them on the court, but the Laker Girls are more than just performers. The dancers represent the entire Lakers organization through involvement with the community, charity events, and promotional appearances all over Southern California.

The girls love to dance, but they also have other interests and career aspirations. Former Trojan Dance Force member Julie Dragicevich graduated from USC in 2010 with a degree in Health Promotion & Disease Prevention. She works as a oral surgical assistant in addition to dancing with the Laker Girls.

"Luckily my job is so flexible with my schedule because the Laker Girls takes up a lot of time. That's what I get to do, to pursue my career and my passion of dance", she says.

Auditions take place every year, and newcomers have just as equal of a chance as veterans.

4-year Laker Girl, Jennifer Hill, says, "People would think that the more you audition, the easier it gets. But that's not the case. Every year you come back, you almost want it that much more and you know what you stand to lose."

The Laker Girls made an appearance in USC's Campus Center last month for their Carl's Jr. tour around Southern California.

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