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.