Dance and basketball are arguably two Filipino-favorite pastimes. Steve Angeles takes a timeout with Kyla, the lone Filipina Dancer with blue hair on the LA Clippers Spirit.
“My job isn’t really a job for me. I love to dance so much no matter how many hours I put in, it’s fun. It’s a fun job for me. I don’t get tired,” Kyla says.
Born in Malolos, Bulacan, she’s been a basketball fan ever since her family migrated to Southern California when she was a child.
“I’ve been dancing since I was 12 years old, and dancing has always been a passion for me — and going to the Clipper games and seeing the women out here dancing. it just made me want to do it. So as soon as I was able to, I tried out and I made the team.”
While the Spirit practice is year-round, off the court the 18-year-old is a nursing student, and also works as dance instructor.
“I’m living every dancer’s dream, and this is what I grew up trying to do. And the fact that I get to do it every night it’s amazing.”
And even when the players get days off, she’s still working by participating in community and charity events.