LOS ANGELES — Victorville native Lizzie Mason was recently selected as a member of the 2018-2019 Los Angeles Clippers Spirit dance team for the third year in a row.
“Being on Clippers Spirit is definitely a dream come true,” Mason said. “Growing up, I’ve always wanted to be a professional dancer and be able to be on the stage.”
Mason, who currently lives in Los Angeles, attended Serrano High School and still has family in the High Desert. As she tells it, her love for dancing started at a very young age.
“I’m the youngest out of three sisters, so both of my older sisters were in dance classes,” Mason said. “My mom used to be a dancer back in her hay day, so it was only right for me to follow along in their footsteps.”
After she graduated college, Mason became a semi-pro dancer for the Ontario Fury’s dance team. The coach was a former Clippers Spirit member and helped prepare Mason for her future with the Clippers.
“She definitely helped show me the way towards Clippers Spirit and helped me prepare and really gave me a lot of the training and tools that I needed and the resources to get there,” Mason said.
Having already earned a spot on the Clippers Spirit the previous two years, Mason said she felt calmer and more prepared heading into tryouts.
“I’m definitely ready to do this,” Mason said. “I know what to expect. I know what’s coming. I know how to handle things and how to react in certain situations.
“It’s just easier to now take a leadership role within the team, to be a veteran and help further the legacy that is Clippers Spirit.”
However, her experience did not prevent challenges from coming her way. Mason said that the new people trying out served as a reminder that she had to give her best performance.
“We’re all fighting for the same spot, so that’s always the biggest challenge, making sure you’re ready and you’re putting your best foot forward,” Mason said. “(The management and coaches) don’t have to take you back, so you really still have to put 100 percent and show them why you’re a valuable member of the team.”
Mason plans on continuing with Clippers Spirit for the foreseeable future. She hopes to eventually expand her portfolio by dancing in music videos, tours and experiencing the dance life in New York. She values Los Angeles as fantastic place for a dancer to get their start, but she still wants to see what else the world has to offer.
Mason also offered advice to young dancers looking to get their start in the industry. She emphasized the need for “thick skin” and how dancers will likely face more rejection than acceptance in their careers.
“Keep taking classes. Listen to everything that your teacher tells you and never give up,” Mason said. “You really have to believe in yourself and believe in your dreams.
“Even though that sounds very corny, but you really do have to believe in what you want to accomplish and that’s the only way that you’ll get there, through hard work and preparation.”