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Posted: Monday, July 1, 2019 4:00 am

Former Odessa High School Showgirl Alexandra “Tiny B” Benavides has formed a dance team for Texas Live!, a huge Arlington entertainment venue and eatery, that will be right next to the new $1.1 billion Globe Life Field, home of the Texas Rangers.

Benavides just recently chose the dance team for Texas Live! based on an idea from the Miami Marlins. Judges for the 11-member squad were Aquile, a contestant on The Voice, Mark Caffey, managing partner of the Fort Worth Cats baseball team and a member of the Dallas Stars Owners Advisory Board, Anthony Taye, MisFit Dance Camp, and Kevin Harris, an instructor and choreographer with Debbie Allen Dance Academy.

Benavides has been dancing since she was 3, but said she really got started with Showgirls. She earned a bachelor’s degree in dance and marketing from Texas Woman’s University. She now lives in Arlington.

“I just always liked to perform even if it was in sports. I just liked being in front of a crowd,’ Benavides said.

She added that she enjoyed every minute of being in showgirls and now is a choreographer for herself and other acts. She recently competed in World of Dance with a Filipino crew called Lot 49.

The auditions for the Texas Live! dance team were a big deal, she said, because every organization in Dallas has a dance team, including the Rangers baseball team eventually.

For now, the team will be dancing at Texas Live! during game days, tail gate events, concerts and meets and greets with ballplayers.

The plan is to have the dance team around through football season because people come to Texas Live! to watch the Cowboys games.

She said it was tough to select the dancers because, “I have such a big heart” and many teams had already had auditions. Recently, the Mavericks cut their dance team, so there were even more dancers to choose from, she said.

Benavides said she hopes to have a second round of auditions Aug. 9 for the first anniversary of Texas Live!

Anytime she’s home, Benavides said she tries to teach classes and give girls some insight into how the dance industry works and tips on how to network because she didn’t have that.

Welton Blaylock, owner-operator of Shout Cheerleading, in Odessa said Benavides always makes it a point to stop at his studio. He taught her when she was just a toddler and could already tell she had something special.

“Alex has always been very small … but she was on those little firecrackers,” Blaylock said.

She always stood out performance-wise and always had a smile, but she also had a little extra something.

Blaylock added that he’s not surprised at her success and is impressed that she has stayed humble.

“… She definitely does not forget her roots and that’s what I love about her the most,” he said.

Benavides said she’s always been persistent.

“I never would take no for an answer. I would figure things out. I would never let anybody know I didn’t know what I was doing,” Benavides said. “I’ve never been afraid of being told no, but I think that’s kind of what kept me going because I had no idea what I was doing.”

The 27-year-old has three brothers who all played, or play baseball.

Her parents are Tina Herrera and Ryan Martinez and her grandmother is Lupe Herrera.

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