Some people go to Stealth games to see incredible goals. Some go to see big hits. And judging by the amount of traffic on the their page on www.stealthlax.com, a lot of people go to see the Bombshells. So in order to please the masses, this will be the first installment of a new weekly segment entitled, “Get to Know the Bombshells”. We start with second-year Bombshell, Monae.
Monae is originally a mid-westerner, born in Davenport, Iowa. She regularly visits her family back in the Hawkeye State, but if there’s one thing she’s learned since moving to Washington, it’s that she’s a city girl at heart.
“Going back can be a bit nerve racking because Davenport doesn't have the hustle and bustle that the city holds, but I remind myself that it’s about family,” she says.
Monae’s dancing career is a bit different than most professional dancers. A self-proclaimed “late bloomer”, she didn’t get her start as a dancer until senior year of high school. Her cheer team was entered into a dance competition, and the results were less than stellar. “We absolutely bombed,” she said, claiming the pun was not intended.
But that sour first experience wasn’t enough to deter her from pursuing a dancing career. After graduation from high school, she and a few friends decided to try out for the dance team of the Seattle Seahawks, the Seagals. Though she failed to make the squad in her first attempt, she was determined to succeed. In her fourth tryout, she became a Seagal.
For two years, she braved the winter weather to dance for the NFL. She moved on to the warmer confines of an NBA arena, dancing for the Seattle Supersonics for four seasons.
After the Sonics left town, Monae put her dancing on hold until a good friend and former Sonics dancer gave her a call. It was Bombshells Director Sheena Shive, alerting Monae of a new professional team in town that was looking to put together a top-notch dance team. After doing some research on the Stealth, Monae was excited to be a part of a new team and sport in Washington.
“My first season with the Washington Stealth was BOMB,” she said, once again claiming that the pun was not intended (although two references certainly seems like the intent was there). “The entire organization is amazing; from players, to staff and even the owners are the most down to earth people I have come across. The fact that we went all the way to winning the Championships was just icing on the cake.”
Monae is extremely excited to get the Stealth’s second season underway at the Comcast Arena; to see the boys in Red & Black dish out some more hits, score more goals and engage in more chest-bump celebrations. That all takes place starting this January, but in the meantime here are a few more questions to help you “Get to Know” Bombshell Monae.
Who is your favorite Stealth player and why?
Monae: Rhys Duch is one of my favorite players. He's an amazing lacrosse player and has such a stellar personality on and off the field.
If you were stranded on a deserted island, what 3 items would you bring with you and why?
Monae: Only 3?? It’s obvious a woman did not write this question. I'll take one for the team and narrow it down though. My survival instinct tells me to bring water, a knife Crocodile Dundee style, and rope. The girl in me says my lap top, peanut butter and my Seinfeld DVD's.
Who would you ask out on your dream date and what would you do?
Monae: At this point, anyone. But if I had to be picky I would choose Wile E. Coyote. We would go to that strange desert that seems to have a lot of boulders lying around, and we would catch that pesky roadrunner once and for all.
What is the one thing you own that you couldn't live without?
Monae: Chap stick. My life seems to come to a screeching halt if I can't find my chap stick. I'm not talking about sticky lip gloss or sugary shiners. I love lip balm. On average I have about 7 of them strategically placed around the house so I don't really have to go looking for any.
Three favorite movies of all time?
Monae: Never-ending Story, numero uno. I'd have to say my number two pick would be How to Tame your Dragon, which is a newly found favorite of mine. Third is Forest Gump. Funny how these movies have no correlation between them what so ever.
If you could have any super power, what would it be and why?
Monae: This is seriously a tough question. When I was a kid I would dream about being able to fly all the time. I was a wild sleeper and every time I would dream about flying, either around my school, at home, my neighborhood, where ever, I would wake up on my floor! I would wake up the second I hit the floor and my mom would come rushing in wondering what’s the matter. I'd have to tell her I had no idea what happened and it got to the point where she would put pillows on the floor. Even though it was so embarrassing to have my mom come into my room over and over, I would still love the ability to fly as my super power.
What's playing on your iPod right now?
Monae: My iPod broke!! Can you believe that??? It had a small run in with my washing machine and lost the battle. Someone, I don't know who, forgot to take it out of my workout pants prior to starting the washing cycle. I don't need no stinkin' iPod!