Last week, the Cleveland Cavaliers announced plans to replace their beloved Cavs Girls with a new co-ed group to be called the Cavs PowerHouse Dance Team. Cavs management also announced the addition of in-game entertainment from groups called the Cavs Dancing Dads, the all-kids Cavs Star Squad, and the acrobatic Pogoliers. Katie Gibbons, Senior Manager of Dance & Entertainment for the Cavaliers says, "Our dance and entertainment teams are always evolving, and we want them to reflect the most contemporary and innovative approach to crowd engagement and entertainment we can provide." Dakota Samberg, a longtime Cavs GIrl, disagrees saying on Instagram, "There are now multiple male dance teams ... The only opportunity for a woman to dance for the Cavs is in a co-ed group. I am disheartened that, once again, the women who have worked so hard to be the face of an organization were not given avoice in this decision."
The Cavs aren't alone. Friday, the Dallas Mavericks announced their dance team is being disbanded following an investigative report last year detailing a culture of sexual harassment inside the organization's front office, although the dance team or performers were not implicated. Mavs CEO Cynt Marshall said last year she wanted to tone down the sexualized performances of Mavs dancers and have them wear less revealing costumes - now they're gone.
We talked with Amanda Durbin, a professional dancer and business consultant in Dallas, about the elimination of dance squads in professional sports -- click here to listen on our free iHeartRadio app to The Scott Sands Show On Demand.