By Luis Gomez
4:24 PM CDT, August 28, 2011
Whoever says tall people shouldn’t dance has never seen Dwyane Wade get down.
The 6-foot-4 Miami Heat star impressed the crowd on hand at his fourth annual Wade’s World Weekend kickoff party at Enclave Thursday when he danced his way on stage during Estelle’s performance of “American Boy.”
Choreographer and “So You Think You Can Dance” personality Tyce Diorio said on his Twitter page that he has tutored Wade for his role in the star-studded movie based on the book “What to Expect When You’re Expecting.” It should be noted, however, that Wade, the former NBA Finals MVP, has been showing off his moves — during player intros at the NBA All-Star game or dance-offs at charity basketball games — for years.
“He can dance,” Estelle said of Wade’s impromptu display afterward. “I think it was great.”
In addition to his brief role as a back-up dancer, Wade served as the night’s host and addressed the audience, which included the Heat’s Udonis Haslem, the Dallas Mavericks’ Shawn Marion (who dyed his hair orange), former NBA All-Star Michael Finley and the Bears’ Israel Idonije: “I’m not playing here, but I’m from here,” said Wade, a Robbins native. “I always got love for here.”
The event-filled weekend raised money for the youth-focused Wade’s World Foundation, which benefits charities in Chicago, Miami and Milwaukee (where Wade attended Marquette University). After an audience member booed Wade’s mention of Miami and Milwaukee, Wade responded, “Boo during the season. Don’t boo during the summer.”
Wade also took a moment to congratulate Marion, whose Mavs defeated Wade’s Heat in the NBA Finals in June. Marion told me earlier in the night that Wade has been doing a lot of that since the Mavs won the series. “He’s congratulated the hell out of me,” Marion said. “We show a lot of love for each other.”
And why did Marion — a Waukegan native and Wade’s World Weekend regular — decide to dye his hair?
“Why not?” he said. “I can do anything I want to do right now. I’m a champion.”
Like father, like son: New to Wade’s World Weekend this year was the father-son mentor camp held on Thursday. Wade hosted it with his father, Dwyane Wade Sr., who has his own charity, the Pro Pops Foundation.
“We wanted to get fathers and sons together and talk to them about the importance of father-son relationships,” Wade said before his Bowling Classic at 10Pin Bowling Lounge Thursday. “We thought that, through basketball, we could do that. A lot of things in basketball translate into real life.”
Asked what he thought about his father’s cameo in local ads for Moo & Oink grocery stores, Wade joked: “He was terrible — awful. But he had some fun with it, and did something he wanted to do. It was funny seeing him on TV.”
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