Thursday, November 30, 2006
82 year old woman made the Nets Dance team
Two women are now officially the oldest members of the Nets’ new senior citizen dance squad. Margaret Dellavalle, 82, made the cut. So did Fanny Militar, 80.
“We’re living much longer today, and we’re capable of competing,” said Dellavalle. “I’m happy to have made it at my age.”
Auditions for the squad were held last week at the NBA team’s practice facility in East Rutherford, N.J., and the winners were chosen Monday.
Originally, Nets management planned to select 12 dancers age 60 and over, but the final roster numbers 15 - and they bent the age requirements by a few months.
“The turnout was great, and the talent was great,” said Nets spokesman Barry Baum. “It was better than we expected.”
Six dancers are from Manhattan, including Deanna Schwartz and Jeri Kadison, and one is from Bronxville in Westchester County. The rest hail from New Jersey. All are women except one: Joe Bianco, 62, of Ramsey.