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Sacramento Kings announce a new, gender inclusive dance team

Posted: 12:05 PM, May 15, 2019
Updated: 2019-05-15 19:05:10Z
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (ABC 10) — The Sacramento Kings are making major changes to the makeup of the longtime official dance team, the Kings Dancers. In the 2019-2020 season, the all-female dance team will evolve to become a gender inclusive hip-hop group called "916 Crew" that will perform at Sacramento Kings games.

Additionally, the Sacramento Kings G-League affiliate, the Stockton Kings, will expand its all-female dance team, becoming a gender inclusive street team called "209 Hype" beginning next season.

A source with the Sacramento Kings told ABC10 the new hip-hop dance teams will work with a local dance studio to manage and prepare 916 Crew for game day performances. Like the Kings Dancers, 916 Crew will aim to be an 18-person dance team with an even split of male and female hip-hop dancers.

In an official press release, Sacramento Kings President of Business Operations John Rinehart said:

"We are excited to see the entertainment team evolve as we work to broaden our reach and ensure an inclusive environment for all."

This story was originally published by ABC10.