NEW ORLEANS—The dance club known as Tillys in the New York City borough of Brooklyn is a hub for the city’s burgeoning dance scene, but it’s also the place where dancers get their start.
The New Orleans Pelicans announced Wednesday night that they have signed New York dancer and New York University graduate Tressa Jones to a one-year, $1 million contract.
The 27-year-old Jones has been performing for over a decade in the NYC area, including for the New Jersey-based Hip Hop Collective.
She was named one of the “30 Most Influential Dance Actresses in the World” by the New Yorker.
Jones was a finalist for the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards.
New Orleans is known for its hip-hop scene, with many artists and artists performing in the city.
A slew of local and national stars, including Kendrick Lamar, Dua Lipa, Drake, Justin Bieber, and Justin Timberlake, have all performed in the borough over the past year.
The Pelicans will have Jones working with them at Tillys, according to a press release from the team.
The club has more than 100 dancers, most of whom hail from New York.
It is one of New Orleans’ most popular dance venues, with dance parties held on the weekends and the clubs regularly attracting a large crowd.
Tillys has been a fixture in the community since 2010.
The dance company started as a community event, and the dancers have worked with the city to keep it going.
“The community is our family,” a member of Tillys said in a statement.
“Tillies is a place where our community can come together and meet and connect, and dance.”
Tilly’s Facebook page boasts more than 30,000 likes and 1,000 followers.
The New Orleans chapter is currently seeking a permanent location.