OKLAHOMA CITY - Thundergirl hopefuls travel from across the country and around the world to win a place on Oklahoma City's NBA dance team.
The auditions are high stress workouts lasting for several days.
Paige Carter, the manager and choreographer of the Thundergirls, says the biggest mistake some girls make is "not realizing the level of talent they're going to be against."
Former Thundegirls have to try out side-by-side with rookies as they vie for he 16-20 spots available each year.
Two-year Thundergirl veteran, Molly, says having been on the team puts more pressure on her "Because you know how bad you want it because you've been on the team before and you know you want this just as bad as everyone else there."
This year twelve former Thundergirls made the team along with eight rookies.
They'll spend hundreds of hours in boot camps, practices, special events and game performances--an experience they say helps them become a team.
Thundergirl Manager Paige Carter says, "These girls really are best friends. We really are a family. Those ties never end even when your time on the court does."
NewsChannel 4's Linda Cavanaugh and photojournalist Vi Diaz chronicled the three month journey from auditions to the first home game performance.
You'll see not only what the girls love about their job, but what Manager Carter says is the one thing they'd likely all agree is a serious downside.