PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – To get ready for an 11-day, NBA-sponsored trip to China, two of the Philadelphia 76ers Dancers are learning how to sign autographs in Chinese and perform a traditional Chinese dance.

In the rotunda of the Penn Museum in West Philadelphia this afternoon, Erica and Danielle said are thrilled to be making their second trip to China.

“There’s a lot of great exhibits we got to go to, and dancing in front of our fans there was a great experience,” says Erica.  “The food was a little different there, and I had to get used to that, but now I know what to pick and what not to pick!”

Both learned a ribbon dance today from members of the the University of Pennsylvania Pan-Asian Dance Troupe, then sat with museum docent Rebecca Fu to practice signing their names in Chinese.

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(Danielle practices writing Chinese characters while Erica, left, observes.)


Erica and Danielle are among six dancers from their team being sent to China. They leave on Thursday.

Reported by Michelle Durham, KYW Newsradio 1060