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Soccer in the Village

Picking up where it left off last season, Dynamo Zone returns this week on HCCTV. We recorded the first show of the year at the store Soccer 4 All in Rice Village. Soccer 4 All is run by Jen Cooper from the show Keeper Notes on Yahoo Sports Radio 1560.

On Dynamo Zone, I write and record the teases and also do packages, interviews and demonstrations. This week’s show is about the new roster additions to the Houston Dynamo and updates on the National Women’s Soccer League team, the Houston Dash, which is owned and operated by the Dynamo, plus Brendan Keyes – owner and head coach of the Houston Hurricanes stopped by for an interview and English Premier League talk.

The Houston Hurricanes is a semi-professional soccer team that plays in the Texas Premier Soccer League (TPSL). Keyes brought everyone Hurricanes gear including the green and white striped scarf I’m sporting around my neck during my stand-up! Learn more about the Houston Hurricanes here: http://www.houstonhurricanesfc.com/

You’ll probably see more of Dynamo Zone from Soccer 4 All in the coming weeks. We’re taking a break from recording at BBVA Compass Stadium for now until the season kicks off in March.

See more from Soccer 4 All here: http://soccer4all.com/

Pics from the shoot are below!

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Dynamo Girl Auditions

Over 100 women tried out for the opportunity to join the Dynamo Girls, the only dance team in the MLS.

Led by director Marilu Amador-Harman, the Dynamo Girls held their 8th annual auditions on Sunday, January 26 at the Jesse H. Jones student life center on the University of Houston’s downtown campus from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Women with all levels of experience tried out. I talked to one who used to dance for the Houston Aeros before the team moved to Iowa, another who was returning to try out for a third time, and one man (well, actually the only man) who came back to audition a second time. He advanced to the second round the first time he auditioned before being eliminated.

Judges included Sarah Pepper, Ivan Trujillo and PK from HOT 95.7 and Comcast Sportsnet Houston’s Sara Eckert.

I decided to get involved just to see what it’s like trying to keep up with the eight counts while dancing to Pitbull’s “Timber.” Check out my attempt at learning the moves with one of the DG hopefuls (she ended up making it to the second round of auditions, by the way!) in the pics above!

The next round of auditions is this weekend where the finalists have one more chance to show they belong on the squad.

To learn more about the Dynamo Girls, visit their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/HoustonDynamoGirls or go to http://www.houstondynamo.com/dynamogirls.

Here’s the package on the tryouts:

 

 

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Changes for the New Year

Happy New Year! Albeit, a few weeks late. I’m excited for the new year and hoping it ends where 2013 left off. For starters, I’m officially a University of Houston alum, graduating Summa Cum Laude in December. It was a tough semester working and going to school full-time, but I’m thankful to say I finally made it. Now, the next step is finding an opportunity where I can continue to grow and learn in my TV career. I’ve made a few changes to the site, including adding my demo reel to the Video menu. You can also see it just below.

Also under the videos page is a tab called Packages where you can find my story from Fashion Houston, a premier fashion event (think New York Fashion Week meets southern hospitality) held downtown at the Wortham Theater last November. I spotlighted Jo’se Reyes – a designer who ended up selling several pieces from the collection he showcased at FH. The next story I’ve added is about Paper Floral Artistry, a company run by Khrystyna Balushka. The Russian native has been featured in the Houston Chronicle and literally makes paper flowers for all types of events. I went to her warehouse to see how she does it.

The next change is the resume page. The biggest adjustment there is, of course, graduation! Woohoo!

I’ll be updating more regularly, so stay tuned!