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Best Entertainment Group:
Performance Group whose work was fresh, creative and interesting, serving as a valuable tool for their team and in their community. Providing quality entertainment and additional value for fans. All sports team performance groups are eligible. Consider quality, uniqueness, and marketplace value.
Winner: Knick City Dancers
The Knick City Dancers (KCD) have been setting a high bar at Madison Square Garden for a quarter-century. With a focus on production value, versatility, and unparalleled talent their lofty goals are to stand out in New York City...and they do. Their on-court performances are crisp and often include high-level stylized costuming.
Here is a sample, notice the polish and precision of the team and the production values that really set them apart from other NBA teams.
When a team can build their entertainment around a performance team like this it helps build their brand and adds an extraordinary amount of value to the fan experience. In recent years the KCD have become the class of the NBA.
One panelist summarized: "When you stay at the top of the heap in terms of attendance, ticket price, and prestige while your team absolutely stinks on the court... there's obviously SOMETHING going on at the games that works. The Knick City Dancers are bigger than just being the "Knicks' Dance Team". Impeccable choreography, beautiful and talented girls, and the glitz and glamour of the Big Apple and the Garden."
Honorable Mention: Knick City Kids
For the second time in as many years the Knick City Kids pull in an Honorable Mention from our panel for Best Entertainment Group. Perhaps overshadowed by the Knick City Dancers, these kids do more than hold their own at MSG. Their crisp and playful choreographed routines are always a favorite among fans at the Garden. While many teams simply sneak by with the "cute" factor of kids dancing the Knicks are producing high-value costumed numbers that would make many NBA Dance teams blush.
As one NBA executive explained: "The Knick City Kids are head and shoulders above some of the adult dance teams in the league."
Alsoo receiving praise from our panel include the Q Stix (Cleveland Cavaliers), NBA Dance Teams in Boston and Portland and the dancing Grounds Keepers for the Tampa Rays.
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