Sun Kings Dancer Leads "Two Different Lives"
YAKIMA, Wash. - Erica Davis' two jobs sit on opposite ends of the spectrum. Alpha and Omega. Yin and Yang. East and West. Erica's a hardware store clerk by day and a Sun Kings dancer by night.
"Two different lives" is how Erica Davis describes it. Erica works as a full-time employee at Helms Hardware in Selah and then moonlights as a Sun Kings dancer. She also holds a part-time job as a waitress at Magic's Pizza Shack. That load creates a busy schedule.
"I work three jobs and get one day off every two weeks," says Erica.
In December when the Sun Kings set a franchise record for home games in a month, the days grew even more hectic for Erica.
"There were a lot of stressful days in December. We had three or four games a week sometimes. I'd go from work to practice or to the game and get dolled up. Sometimes I would even have to leave work early"
Erica admits her job as a hardware store clerk lacks the glamour of being a Sun Kings dancer. But her job actually benefited her team recently.
"We had to paint folding chairs, and we didn't really know how to go about it, but she (Erica) showed us what paint we needed," says fellow dancer Dani Bigby.
Despite the busy schedule, Erica continues to dance. She says it's a way for her to stay in shape and that dancing offers a release. Money is not a motivating factor. Sun Kings dancers make $10 per game. They also practice on their own time and raised money for uniforms through fundraisers.
Erica, 22, says she's been dancing since Kindergarten. She graduated from Selah HS in 2003 and attended Washington State University for a year. Erica's been a member of the dance team for two years and she's worked in some capacity for Helms Hardware since she was in high school.