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If Pistons 'Mob Squad' Young Dancers Look Familiar, This is Why

Premier performance at Pistons home opening game scheduled Oct. 31 for Shayla Salisbury, 12, Andrenee Foster, 12, and Lauryn Herron, 9.

A former choreographer for the NBA Detroit Pistons dance team Automotion, Jenna Williams relishes her current work teaching dance to children at My Dance Studio Inc. in Keego Harbor, which she opened in 2009. 

That's why she is especially proud to see three students; Shayla Salisbury, 12, of Waterford, Andrenee Foster, 12, of Pontiac, and Lauryn Herron, 9, of Oxford; chosen to dance this basketball season as part of the Mob Squad youth dance team.

"Over the summer, we spent a lot of time preparing and studying how to train for auditions and just to be young professionals," Williams said after her and the girls received plaques at the Oakland County Commission meeting in Pontiac Wednesday night. "I'm very proud of them."

The three honorees and several others at the studio put in 3-7 days of practicing dance per week, Williams said, paying off at an audition last month from which this year's team was put together.

The Mob Squad, featuring children between 6-16 years, is now in its second season. The new team will dance for the first time at The Palace of Auburn Hills in the Pistons' season-opening game at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 31.

My Dance Studio Inc. (mydancestudioinc.com) is located at 3184 Summers Rd., Keego Harbor.

Ed October 05, 2012 at 05:50 PM
It is great to see young people be so inspired to follow their dreams. These young ladies are very talented and truly have a gift which allows them to dance. Keep up the great work!
Timothy Rath (Editor) October 05, 2012 at 06:31 PM
Thanks for the comment, Ed! When I was writing this story I found a video, by the Detroit Pistons from the Mob Squad auditions. It seems to be a nice preview of what we can expect: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KXJm8I9nURE
Ida October 06, 2012 at 02:26 AM
Great story Timothy your article is very informative, these girls are great I would like to send a shout out to all of them and Ms. Jenna, I've seen all of them dance.....thanks for sharing such a great article.... Ida
Tamica Clark October 15, 2012 at 12:17 AM
Im so proud of my niece Lauryn and the other girls. Ms. Jenna, you have done such an awesome job with all of your students. Thank you so much. Tamica Clark
Tamica Clark October 15, 2012 at 10:20 AM
I cant way to see you perform October 31st at the Palace of Auburn Hills.
Abby October 18, 2012 at 09:26 PM
Lauryn is my friend and I'm so happy for her to have made it on the mob squad
LaBrea Fort January 03, 2013 at 03:22 AM
I am so proud of my little sister Andrenee! You all have came so far already. It makes me so proud to see young girls follow and pursue their dreams. Go girls and keep it up!!

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