The Sparks Ole Skool Crew is the premier dance group for our experienced dancers. The Ole Skool Crew performs at home games and select Sparks events bringing a unique energy and showmanship to our organization. Check out our members and video below and look out for more dance events and workshops hosted by our Entertainment Team.

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In Alphabetical Order

Name: Syreeta Brown
Nickname: Queen B…given by Erika Kane aka Hype Girl
Instagram Name: syreeta.shaketolife
How many years have you been dancing for the LA Sparks? 1st Season 2017/2018 Season
Favorite player on the Sparks? I love watching Alana Beard but I don’t have a favorite player. I am extremely proud of all of the ladies.
Who is your dance idol? I love me some Parris Goebel.
What is your favorite dance show? So You Think You Can Dance/Soul Train
How did you start dancing? I started training in Ballet and teaching when I was 15 years. The studio owner gave me an amazing opportunity to teach and in return I took unlimited dance classes.
Tell us an interesting fact about yourself. I am writing a romance novel and inspirational book on love letters.
 

Name: Leslie Edwards
Nickname: Big Les
Instagram Name: leslie_nicole0401
How many years have you been dancing for the LA Sparks? 1year
Favorite player on the Sparks? Alana Beard
Who is your dance idol? Gregory Hines & Judith Jamison
What is your favorite dance show? So You Think You Can Dance
How did you start dancing? My mom danced as a child, so she enrolled me at the age of 7, and I haven’t stopped yet.
Tell us an interesting fact about yourself.  I’m a former Radio City Rockettes
 

Name: Marie Fujita
Nickname: Marie
Instagram Name: mariefujita2taa
How many years have you been dancing for the LA Sparks? 3 years
Favorite player on the Sparks? Jantel Lavender
Who is your dance idol? Debbie Allen
What is your favorite dance show? Fame (Original TV Show)
How did you start dancing? At age 3, I started dancing and performing Japanese traditional dancing and ballet. Then I got into Performing Arts school at age 11. And I always knew that “Dance” is my first language.Tell us an interesting fact about yourself. Even my close friends don’t believe it but I actually left Japan in ’88 (age 22) to the US with one suitcase and $700 to continue to study dance in the well known studios.

Name: Erika Suzanne Humphries
Nickname: Hype Girl – The  LA Sparks Dance Crews have honored me with this nickname because you will always hear me pumping up my fellow dancers.
Instagram Name: erikausc
How many years have you been dancing for the LA Sparks? 5 consecutive years
Favorite player on the Sparks? Soooo an unfair question (lol); therefore, I’ll give my top 5 – one for every year I’ve been dancing for the Sparks – Alana, Essence, Chelsea, Nneka, Riquna.
Who is your dance idol? Gregory Hines, Josephine Baker, The Nicholas Brothers, Chloe Arnold, MC Hammer, G Madison IV, Reina Hildago and pretty much any B-Girl!
What is your favorite dance show? I don’t watch television and I’m not much of a ‘trendy’ person but I love a good impromptu dance circle!
How did you start dancing? Originally from Bronx, New York I began my academic career and dance training in 2006 at the University of Southern California (USC).
Tell us an interesting fact about yourself.
I pass out survival kits to the homeless population on all federal holidays and I pass out gifts on my birthday – just like Shirley Temple in The Little Princess (1939).cx

Name: Michelle Riggs
Nickname: Meesh or Chelle
Instagram Name: michelleriggs
How many years have you been dancing for the LA Sparks? 6 seasons
Favorite player on the Sparks? Alana Beard
Who is your dance idol? Modern = Alvin Ailey Contemporary = Min Michaels
What is your favorite dance show? America’s Best Dance Crew
How did you start dancing? My mom put me in a ballet/tap combo class
when I was 3 years old and I never looked back.
Tell us an interesting fact about yourself.
I am known for my facial expressions specifically my eyes. They truly are the windows to my soul.

Name: Virgina Watson
Nickname: Ginnie G
Instagram Name: jonysbabygirl
How many years have you been dancing for the LA Sparks? 4 seasons
Favorite player on the Sparks? Nneka Ogwumike
Who is your dance idol? Modern Jlo & Janet Jackson
What is your favorite dance show? America’s Best Dance Crew
How did you start dancing? I became a cheerleader in the 9th grade. From there, I cheered at SDSU and USC. One of my biggest accomplishments is being a part of the first Laker Girl squad in 1979.
Tell us an interesting fact about yourself.  I am the daughter of the late great Johnny “Guitar” Watson and I own his music catalog.

Name: Candis Yamamoto
Nickname: Candi or CandiCane or CandiYam
Instagram Name: candiyamxoxox
How many years have you been dancing for the LA Sparks? 1 year (2017 season)
Favorite player on the Sparks? Riquna Williams
Who is your dance idol? Janet Jackson
What is your favorite dance show? So You Think You Can Dance
How did you start dancing? I was on a dance team in elementary school, but my love for dance started in high school.
Tell us an interesting fact about yourself. I have 5 godkids (2 different besties) and with two of them I co-godparent with Eddie Murphy.

Name: Arlene Yoshida
Nickname: Anuhea, Ar, Yosh
Instagram Name: anuhea109
How many years have you been dancing for the LA Sparks? 2
Favorite player on the Sparks? Alana Beard (Defense!)
Who is your dance idol? Gene Kelly – He brought athletics to dance!
What is your favorite dance show? Dancing With The Stars
How did you start dancing? I have a lot of cousins who are much older than me. One Christmas when I was around 7, they taught me how to “Do The Hustle”. I love to dance that is probably why.
Tell us an interesting fact about yourself.
I love Broadway shows and when I love something, I love the heck out of it! I’ve seen Jersey Boys two times and Hamilton four times (so far!).