The Oklahoma Thunder Girls have a new foreign exchange student, In fact, the dancer traveled all the way from Japan to cheer on the wood for the big playoff game, two years running.
Born in Tokyo, Japan, and raised in Chiba, Kei Hirata began taking dance lessons when she was only three years old.
“My mom took me to classic ballet classes. And I continued to dance until I was 17.”
Kei has been a professional dancer for about eight years. Before she joined the Thunder Girls, Kei danced for a professional baseball team, soccer team, and a football team in Japan. source
To realize this dream, three years ago, Kei traveled from Japan to the U.S. to search for her favorite NBA team. After meeting some Thunder fans at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Kei decided that she wanted to cheer for the Thunder.
“At the Thunder game, I met some Thunder fans. They are amazing. They told me about the team and how much they loved the team.” Kei said.
The Thunder Girls was the first team Kei auditioned for in the U.S. Even though she made it on the team.
“I’m living my dream,” she said.