More Scenes from the 2009 Jaguars Auditions

Final auditions for the ROAR of the Jacksonville Jaguars include the choreography taught during the preliminary round, as well as a showcase for individual talent. New photos from finals have been posted on Jacksonville.com. Click here to see them.

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So Cal Dancers – Audition Alert!

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Be a part of the Hottest Dance Team in the West Coast Basketball League!

The Orange County Gladiators will hold open auditions for their professional 2009 Goddesses Dance Team on Saturday, April 4, 2009

Requirements:

    • Must be 18 years old or older. There is no maximum age limit.
    • Reside in the Orange County area.
    • Team members must have flexible schedules for weekly rehearsals and weekend games (April-June)
    • Team members must have a reliable means of transportation
    • There are no height or weight requirements

Audition Location:
Aliso Niguel High School Gym promptly @ 2:00 pm registration @1:30 pm
Address: 28000 Wolverine Way
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656

Audition Attire:
A one or two piece leotard with jazz pants is required. Jazz dance shoes are also mandatory

Application Fee:
$10 application fee. Make checks payable to OC Gladiators

Application Procedure:
All interested applicants should show up at 1:30pm to complete the audition application and include a non-returnable photograph of yourself (5X7 or larger, black & white or color, head shot of full body shot)
This audition will be treated as a professional audition with three sections. The first section will consist of technique across the floor. The second section will consist of a short stylized jazz and/or a hip-hop routine that will be taught to the applicants. The third section will include a short interview with the panelist team. Team to be announced that evening.

Rules and Regulations
Dance Team members are responsible for maintaining their uniforms, poms, etc. Official uniforms will be provided upon making the team. Dancer must be available for all Gladiator home games and squad practices from April to June.

Rehearsals
The team practices once a week on Monday evening; location TBD. Extra rehearsals are added as needed. Any dancer missing a rehearsal prior to a game will not be allowed to perform at the game. Any dancer missing multiple games is subject to dismissal from the squad. If you cannot attend the majority of rehearsals and games, please do not audition.

Compensation
This is a volunteer opportunity. Dancers are not paid for promotional appearances, rehearsals and home games but it’s definitely a great opportunity to build your professional resume. Dancers will receive other perks.

Time commitment
Dancer must be at home games 1 to 1.5 hours prior to tip-off for pre-game rehearsals. Dancers will participate in all home games. The Gladiators will be playing in 7 home games, all on either a Saturday or Sunday evening at Aliso Niguel High School in Aliso Viejo, CA.

Contact
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact OC Goddesses Dance Director, Marissa Domantay at MarissaDomantay@hotmail.com or Assistant Dance Director, Stephanie Manista at StephanieManista@yahoo.com
Check us out at www.ocgladiators.com

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Cowboys Cheerleaders Perform for Rampage Fans

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Last Saturday’s game was Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders Night for the American Hockey League’s San Antonio Rampage. The DCC Show Group signed autographs and performed on the ice during both intermissions. Earlier in the day, they hosted a dance clinic for the youngest Rampage fans. The kids learned a routine and then performed it for their friends and family before the game.

Click here to view photos of the DCC performance.

49ers Hold Gold Rush Auditions

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Kristin Swartzlander
49ers.com
March 31, 2009

For the nearly 400 young women who turned out on Sunday, March 29 for the annual San Francisco 49ers Gold Rush cheerleader auditions, the day brought the dream of joining one of the NFL’s premiere performance groups a few steps closer. The Gold Rush hopefuls gathered at Stanford University’s Maples Pavilion for a day-long tryout process. Despite the grueling schedule, the day was filled with hope, excitement and fun for the young women.

“It’s such a great experience and it’s so much fun,” said Sarah, who is a member of her college dance team. “I love performing in front of crowds. It’s something I love to do. So I always just go out there and do my best.”

For the first round of the audition process, professional choreographer Jeannine Sabo taught the young women a rigorous dance combination to Flo Rida’s ‘Right Round,’ which they performed in groups of three in front of a panel of judges. The routine, which emphasized technical dance, cheer movements and performance technique, also left room for personal style. The applicants were able to add their own flair to the routine with a freestyle dance opening to the combination.

“I’m glad that it was kind of funky and I loved the song,” said Antonia, who took part in the Gold Rush audition workshops held over the last month. “And they put a little hip-hop in the end, which I’m totally comfortable with and I rocked it out. I feel like I killed it, so I’m really excited.”

After the first round, the judging panel went through extensive deliberations to narrow the field down to 150 prospects. After adding to the dance routine, the remaining Gold Rush hopefuls were able to introduce themselves to the judges and perform the extended dance combination.

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“We’re so excited to have these young women out here today,” said Gold Rush Director Erin Olmstead. “The dance routine is a fun challenge and they have to show the judges that they are able to engage the crowd. It’s important as a Director that I see their personalities shine through. They will be an important part of the 49ers community, and I want to see their genuine excitement for that.”

After the second round, the judges whittled the group down once again. The final group of 73 young women will move on to the last round of auditions, which consist of a professional interview and another dance combination, on Wednesday and Thursday.

For one revered Gold Rush member, Sunday’s practice marked the closing of her time with the squad. Jackie, a four-year veteran with the squad, has represented the Gold Rush at countless 49ers events including the 2009 Pro Bowl. Always invested in the squad, she had a few words of wisdom for the Gold Rush hopefuls as they move into their final auditions.

“Being a member of the Gold Rush is such an incredible opportunity,” Jackie described. “I hope they appreciate the gravity of what they will do. The squad represents the 49ers not just on Sunday afternoons but in the community as role models every day. I wouldn’t trade my experience here for anything.”

Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleaders Open Call Auditions

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Over 400 young ladies from all across the Delaware Valley converged on Lincoln Financial Field for the Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleaders Open Call Auditions on Saturday.

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You can see how packed the Club Level was. The dancers were broken into two groups of 200, as there was simply not enough room for everyone to learn the routine at once.

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Janelle helps teach the choreography.

Philadelphia Eagles cheerleaders have no job security

Paula Duffy
The Sports Examiner
March 30, 2009

eaglesidelineI came across a report on philly.com about the Eagles cheerleader try-outs and wondered why they had so many open positions for the upcoming season.

It turns out the ladies have to re-qualify each year. There are 38 spots available for the right blend of looks, talent and that extra special element that will separate the chosen from the disappointed. (see the slide-show tribute here)

Barbara Zaun, director of cheerleading for the Eagles said the average tenure on the squad is three years but making everyone earn a position each year sends the clear message that as she said, “No one gets a free pass.”

Four hundred women arrived at Lincoln Financial Field on Saturday to participate in the audition. The applicants have only a few minutes to learn a 30 second routine and one hour to practice. Then it’s Showtime.

The positions pay pretty well considering the part time nature of the work. Zaun said the pay scale runs from $400 per game up to a maximum of $1,000. She didn’t mention whether seniority helps you climb the ladder of pay grade.

[Note: I can pretty much guarantee you the pay scale information printed here is either grossly overinflated or just flat out wrong. I haven’t spoken with Barbara Zaun or the author of this piece, but I can say with all confidence that no NFL franchise pays their cheerleaders that kind of wage per game. — sasha]

As usual in these groups there are the applicants who think it’s glamorous and want to have a career in show biz. There are others who work in established professions such as nursing or teaching and who are hoping to fulfill an aspiration many of them had for a long time.

But no one better think this is a one way ticket to meeting and hooking up with players. Janet Harding, a ten year veteran of the squad who acted as a judge during the audition said the women are told in no uncertain terms that fraternization with the football players is not just frowned upon but forbidden. Wonder how often that is disregarded?

2009 Toronto Argos Cheerleaders

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On The Flipside with the Fly Khicks

Our good friend and former Raiderette, Cardinals Cheerleader and Sacramento Fast Break Dancer Aubrey Aquino is back with another edition of On The Flipside. This episode includes a look at the former Miami Heat Dancers that have joined together to join The Fly Khicks.

Flipside – The Bay Area from On The Flipside on Vimeo.

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Buffalo Jills Open Auditions

Phil reports on the Jills Open Call Auditions:

This time of year football fans are getting ready for the draft and in the cheerleading community, they’re also getting prepared for the upcoming season by restocking their rosters. In the case of the Buffalo Jills, they just started the tryout process with an Open Workshop for all interested young ladies at Fusion Dance Studio in Buffalo, the studio run by one of the finest choreographers in the business, Kelli Wagner, the Jills’ choreographer.

Like most squads, all veterans have to try out again with the exception of the 8 pre-selected captains and co-captains. Last year, 17 veterans, in addition to the 8 captains, returned to tryout and every one of them made the squad. This year, we see how many of the 41 vets return to make up the 2009 Buffalo Jills. A few have already decided not to return while some more may be on the fence. A couple of alumni are looking to return and a lot of prospective rookies are competing with many talented veterans looking to fill in the 37 or so empty spots on the squad.

Tryouts continue Tuesday night with another workshop, sort of a condensed version of today’s workshop for those who couldn’t make it today and to provide extra help for those who feel they might want it.

Thursday night, the next level of tryouts continue with the 1st cuts for the Ambassador Squad at Fusion Dance Studio in which young ladies looking to escort Billy Buffalo on Sundays in the fall get their first chance to prove they’re up to the task of being an Ambassador Jill.

On Sunday, April 5, Jills tryouts move downtown to the Town Ballroom from 1-4pm in front of the public when they make the 1st dance cuts and the 2nd Ambassador cuts. Dancers will demonstrate the routine they learned in today’s Open Workshop in front of judges while Ambassadors will introduce themselves to the judges and show whether they have the qualities required of a Buffalo Jill. Admission to the event is $5 a person and the participants, all putting a lot of hard work into trying to make the squad, would do well with a lot of positive reinforcement from friends, family, and fans.

A few restrictions are in place for this that will be brought up again at the start of the event. While the young ladies are out on stage to try out, no flash photography will be permitted. Cameras are allowed but the lighting will be bright enough that no flash will be needed and it would distract the participants. Also, quiet will be asked for during the routines so as to allow the young ladies to concentrate on what they need to do.

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Vets And Rookies Alike Tryout For Bucs Cheerleading Squad

By Dan Lucas and Anthony Allred
News Channel 8

It doesn’t matter if you’re a rookie or a three-year veteran.

It doesn’t matter if you were on the squad last season and you were selected to participate in the NFL’s Pro Bowl in Hawaii.

If you want to be a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Cheerleaders, you have to try out.

“They have a little more to lose if when they’ve already been on the team,” Bucs cheerleading coach Sandy Charboneau said. “There’s a lot of competition.”

More than 300 women attended try-outs today and Saturday at the University of South Florida Sun Dome for one of about 30 spots for the 2009-10 squad, Charboneau said. “They’re vying for a small percentage of women that can be in the NFL.”

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Even six-year veteran Jennifer Summers auditioned. Her resume includes a selection as a Pro Bowl cheerleader last year.

“I’m back. I love this,” Summers said. “This is my hobby. This is my passion and my outlet.”

Summers said auditioning every year evens the playing field. From rookies to veterans, everybody’s got a shot at making the squad, she said.

Sahara Sears agrees.

“I don’t think any athlete anywhere should get comfortable with their position,” Sears, a three-year veteran said. “I like it. It inspires us.”

Thirty-one women made the 2008-09 squad.

Charboneau, the coach, said she believes the Bucs cheerleaders are one of the most recognizable squads among all NFL cheerleaders. Charboneau said Bucs cheerleaders are often asked to appear in photo shoots for major magazines and to travel overseas to represent the organization.

“We are an elite team,” she said. “Our girls are beautiful and successful.”

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Buffalo Bandettes

Busy weekend for Phil. Not content to cover the Jills Auditions, he was at the Titans-Bandits game covering the Bandettes.

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Hundreds Attend Eagles Cheerleader Tryouts

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Mar 29, 2009
PHILADELPHIA (CBS 3)

The Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleaders hosted their open call audition Saturday morning and nearly 400 women attended.

In hopes of becoming one of the 38 elite cheer squad members, prospective cheerleaders were taught a short dance routine which they then preformed in front of a panel of judges.

The contestants were judged based on their dancing ability, physical fitness, beauty and showmanship, not to mention Eagles pride.

The demanding audition process went on for nearly four hours as the field of hopeful ladies was cut in half after the first round of judging and again to only 100.

The remaining 100 cheerleaders will participate in the final audition which is open to the public, held April 21, 2009 at the Prince Theater in Philadelphia.

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Nashville Predators Dancers Unveil Their New Uniforms

The Nashville Predators Dancers unveiled their new uniforms at the Thursday night game against the San Jose Sharks. (Which the Predators won 3-2!) The Dancers also got to meet country music star, Kenny Chesney, while he was rehearsing at the arena!

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Meet the Ducks’ Power Play girls

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They are key component to the hockey-game experience and Honda Center entertainment.
Marcia C. Smith
Columnist
The Orange County Register

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ANAHEIM– The Ducks have their own version official cheerleaders – or chill leaders – and they don’t carry much in the way of pom-poms or even the weather-appropriate parkas.

Much like the cheer and dance teams of other professional sports teams, you can probably guess that the Ducks’ Power Players are young women, most in their early 20s, who are pleasantly perky, tastefully coiffed, minimally clothed, thin but healthy and, OK, hot enough to melt the ice.

Perhaps merely mentioning the attractive, man-catching qualities of the Power Players puts me in a faceoff with an ardent feminist. But their beauty – as well as their ability to ice skate, be kind to strangers and charm crowds – is part of how they landed this $13-an-hour seasonal job. (They get free parking too.)

Don’t hate them because their easy on the eyes in a sport in which the players have crooked noses, missing teeth and a scar where a left eyebrow use to be.

The Power Players have become part of the hockey-game experience, arena entertainment and the Ducks extended family. They have their own uniforms, their own dressing room (which they share with Wild Wing and the National Anthem singer), their own fans and fan mail, and their own page on the Ducks Web site.

“We’re part of the team,” said Lindsey, 22, a fifth-grade teacher in Orange County. “Probably the biggest misconception about us is that a lot of people think being a Power Player is our only job.”

Being a Power Player is a part-time job, whose shifts average about five hours every night the Ducks play a home game at the Honda Center. Ten “girls” – that’s their preferred label over the more workplace-neutral “ladies,” “women,” “females” or “Xena: Warrior Princesses” – work each game, with six helping maintain the ice and four roaming the bowl to interact with fans for in-game trivia contests and corporate promotions that are seen on the arena’s Diamond Vision scoreboard television.

The best skaters of each night’s crew are the ones fans see skate onto the ice during each timeout. While players are gliding back to the their benches, the Power Players stream from the Zamboni’s tunnel and scatter across the rink. One girl pushes an orange cart and five hold the shovels they’ll use to sweep and scoop up the ice that piles up around the goals, along the red lines and in front of the benches.

“We’ve got 90 seconds to get on and off the ice,” said Lindsey, in her third season with the 14-member squad. “I feel comfortable on skates because I grew up figure skating. But the first time I was out there, I was nervous in front of 15,000 people and worried that I would fall or drop the shovel or something.”

This is basically house/igloo cleaning, while wearing snug, black, low-cut halter tops with half-sleeves, thin black pants glittered by rhinestones and their own hockey skates. Even though they’re shoveling, they don’t get gloves.

But it’s not like they’re digging ditches, so nobody complains about sore backs from heavy lifting or callused palm. And not one of them feels like a sex kitten on skates.

“We’re all hockey fans, so it’s fun work, not labor, even though are uniforms are kind of, uh, form fitting,” said Jenn, 22, an Orange County physical therapist who pursuing a master’s degree in her field. “I played hockey for 11 years and four years in college (St. Mary’s University of Minnesota) and sometimes, I just want to get out there on the ice, grab a stick and try to score a goal.”

Jenn had no problem with last summer’s tryout at Anaheim ICE. About 30 turned out to compete for 14 spots to be ice candy. There was an application, an interview and a skating test in which judges rated each prospect on speed, balance, starting and stopping and on-ice personality.

“We couldn’t have them get on the ice if they looked like Bambi in tryouts,” said Sarah Montecinos, the Ducks’ entertainment coordinator who sets the Power Players schedule for games and community appearances. “All the girls can skate, but we put the best skaters on the ice.”

Though the Power Players aren’t using this gig to launch careers into acting, modeling or becoming a Laker or Charger Girl, they get more than navel exposure during games. The arena’s in-house TV cameras go to shots of the Power Players cheering and clapping after the Ducks’ goals or big plays. They also get some face time when, during timeouts and intermissions, they ask fans trivia questions to win prizes.

“Some fans know us by name,” said Lindsey. “They’re really sweet. We talk but we never get personal. It’s all professional.”

The Power Players have non-fraternization clauses in their contracts, limiting their personal interaction with Ducks players. They also use only their first names and give limited details about their off-ice lives for privacy reasons. For example, Lindsey can say she’s a schoolteacher and that she lives on Earth.

There’s more to these girls than their manicured outsides. They’ve got insides and non-hockey goals that aren’t all about rainbows and ponies. Nearly all the Power Players have a bachelor’s degree.

Alex wants a Ph.D. in art history and a career as a museum curator. Treana aspires to go into sports medicine. Tara wants to become a broadcast journalist. Amanda, a former figure skater, works as a phlebotomy technician, which means she draws blood with needles not high sticks. Laura has a master’s in history. Daniella, who is studying psychology, loves watching fights in hockey and wants to be a marriage counselor.

“This is one of the best jobs you can have if you’re a hockey fan,” said first-season Power Player Jenn, who holds a degree in biology. “I get to watch the game up close.”

Standing in the Zamboni tunnel awaiting the next timeout during the Ducks game last week against Vancouver, the Power Players embraced themselves and huddled close to keep themselves warm before their next shift.Then the door swung open and out the Power Players skated, legs gliding, shovels swinging and smiles frozen.

DCC USO Tour

Back in December, the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders Show Group toured with the USO in Korea. One fan in the audience took a few photos during the DCC visit. View the pictures RIGHT HERE2008decuso_6sm