NE student cheers Cowboys when not in classroom

By Elaine Bonilla/se news editor
The Tarrant County College Collegian
April 30, 2013

Amelia Bren Smith is a typical college student who attends NE Campus when she’s not busy being a sweetheart, or rather one of America’s Sweethearts.

America’s Sweethearts is what the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders are called, and Smith has been one of 39 cheerleaders on the squad for the 2012 season.

The Louisiana native moved in 2009 to East Texas, where she attended Kilgore College. Smith auditioned for the famous Rangerette dance team at the college and became part of the 70th line.

After her two years at Kilgore, she moved to Dallas to audition for the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders along with 500-600 other women.

“I gave everything I had and moved to Dallas unknowing the outcome and auditioned,” Smith said. “I am completing my second year as a DCC as of now, and I will be auditioning in May for the opportunity to cheer a third season as one of America’s Sweethearts.”

Smith’s mom, Debbie Smith, said her daughter has been dancing since she was 5 years old, and she first started talking about trying out for the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders when she was in the eighth grade.

“She has always loved the DCC,” Amelia Smith’s aunt Sheri Kyle said. “She wanted to go and spread her wings in Dallas.”

The tryouts consisted of three rounds. The first was a freestyle round where the girls showed off their moves. The second round involved learning a jazz and kick routine, and the third round was a solo dance routine, panel interview and a jazz and kick routine.

“If you make it through all of this, you are invited into training camp, which lasts all summer with the possibility of being cut any night of the week,” Smith said. “It’s basically a time to learn the ins and outs of being a cheerleader and to become familiar with the 50-plus dance routines we learn for the year as well as the rules involved with the organization.”

Alexandra Gandara, a rookie alongside Smith, said the process was intimidating and takes a special young woman to show up at auditions.

“It’s scary to put yourself out there,” she said. “Showing up is half the battle.”

Game day is a long process that starts out arriving at Valley Ranch practice facility about four or five hours before kickoff.

“We travel as a team to Cowboys Stadium where we rehearse as if we were performing at the actual game. This means we go through each of our quarter dances,” she said. “We run pregame show, and we practice our entrances and exits.”

The practice takes almost two hours before they head back to the locker room and start getting ready, which takes about another two hours because of taking pictures and having fun, Smith said.

Football is just a small part of being America’s Sweethearts.

The majority of the time is spent making charity appearances. The appearances are on a volunteer basis, so it’s usually a small group at a time.

“We have worked with Make a Wish Foundation, Salvation Army, veterans hospitals of Dallas and Fort Worth,” she said. “We make appearances at local hospitals in the DFW as well as assisted-living facilities and elementary, middle and high schools.”

Smith said it can be difficult balancing school and the cheerleading squad, but cheerleaders are required to either attend school or have a career.

“I would consider myself a very focused person,” Smith said. “I take it one day at a time and do my best to accomplish each of my goals in my schooling and my cheerleading career.”

Smith said the charity events are the most rewarding part of being a cheerleader.

“Giving back to our community is the least we can do,” she said.

Gandara said Smith is kind and caring. She was the rookie who always volunteered most for community service.

Debbie Smith said her daughter likes her charity events.

“Being on the field is flamboyant and flashy, but the other moments are really what count,” Debbie Smith said.

Traveling around the country is also something the squad gets to do.

The cheerleaders recently came back from a swimsuit calendar photo shoot in Mexico.

“It’s definitely lots of fun to be there working and having fun with 38 of my best friends,” she said.

Smith has had the chance to march in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York, Kyle said.

Smith said being on the squad has helped her grow tremendously as a dancer and an individual.

“I have learned discipline, time management, life skills, and I have become more comfortable within myself and gained confidence in areas that I lacked it in,” She said. “I am very grateful for my experiences as a cheerleader because it’s shaped me into the person I am today.”

Smith plans to pursue a communications degree at the University of Texas at Arlington in the fall.

“She’s just your average, sweet, down-to-earth girl,” Kyle said.

“She’s still our Amelia even after she puts on her uniform.”

Philadelphia Soulmates Home Opener

The Philadelphia Soulmates made their regular season debut on April 20th with a new look and a new choreographer.

Sam shows off the new uniform top.

Captains Christina and Wendy

2013 Philadelphia Soulmates

Choreographer Michelle Sulpizio (right) with game day assistant and long-time Soulmate Stephanie

Soul Squad

Pre-game rehearsal

Kayla is a former member of the NY Jets Flight Crew

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TV Show Casting: The Perfect Human

Producers are casting the best of the best and seeking individuals with stunning intellect and impressive athletic prowess for a competition television show where candidates will compete in intense, thought-provoking challenges that will test their minds and bodies. This will be a prime time show on one of the top networks (ABC, NBC or CBS) and the challengers will compete for a large cash prize.

They are looking for male and female competitors in their 20’s and 30’s. These competitors need to be the best of the best, achievement-oriented people who have an impressive resume of accomplishments that can hit on such things as:

•Astounding philanthropic accomplishments
•Superior intellect or impressive academic pedigree
•Super-human athletic skill

You can be anywhere in the nation but must be able to work as a US resident. And yes, they’d love to have a current or former professional cheerleader in the competition.

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Photo of the Day – April 30


A San Diego Charger Girl

Dissed by the Sea Gals? Well…no.

Last night, we had a little “incident” here at UltimateCheerleaders.com. It’s over now, but some of you may have logged on during the drama and, as a person who hates to be left hanging, I feel it’s important to provide a little closure. Those of you who know “how I am” know that I tend to go on and on, so I’m afraid this is going to take a while. Get a cup of coffee or a Snapple or whatever and get comfortable.

For those who have no idea what I’m talking about, keep it moving. There’s nothing to see here.
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Last night, around 7:30, I was in a crappy mood, because I’d completely forgotten about Sea Gal finals, and tuned in almost two hours late. At the same time, I was grumpy because I was trying to finish up a project for work today, and it’s just not fun working for The Man during one’s personal time. So I had one eyeball on the Sea Gal finals, and one eyeball on my project, and when I heard something that translated roughly into “UltimateCheerleaders.com is, like, the creepiest website ever,” I sat right up and took notice.

It was a very middle school moment: I thought I heard somebody say that she heard somebody else say something bad about this website. Instead of being rational about it, and considering the source of the information, I bought into it hook, line, and sinker. You know how it is when you get an idea in your head, and there’s no one around to tell you to snap out of it, and you just work yourself up into a real mad-on for whoever done you wrong?

It was like that.

Basically, this year, sisters Jessica and Krystal were in Sea Gal finals together. And if you’ve been with us for a while, you know I’m all “Hooray for sisters!” I just think it’s cool when you can share a rare opportunity like this with a close member of your family. So I was watching the webcast when the host said something about Jessica/Krystal mentioning some creepy website that talks about all the sisters who’ve cheered together in the NFL.

(For the record, I do think J and K are the first pair of relatives to cheer for the Sea Gals, either separately or together. I could be wrong about that, but I’ve never heard otherwise.)

For those who may not be aware, we have a sisters/twins/relatives page on our site. It was my idea. I did the research. I do the updates. That page is my baby. It is mineminemineminemine, and the word “creepy” brought out all of my mama bear instincts.

My first mistake was assuming they were talking about UC. I will fully admit to a little professional narcissism here. Whenever I hear anything about a website about pro cheerleaders, I immediately assume they’re talking about us.

My second mistake was forgetting everything I know about cheerleaders. I’ve met a lot of pro cheerleaders through this site. And none of them have been mean and nasty like that. While I’m sure it’s possible to be truly evil and be a pro cheerleader, it’s probably very difficult. Not does the Director bend over backwards to weed out that kind of thing at auditions, but the nature of the position requires you to be a pretty decent human being. And finally, outside of the mafia, foreign drug cartels, and the entertainment industry, evil isn’t much of a team activity.

My third mistake was overlooking the fact that I know good and well that there are a lot of creepy pro cheer fans out there. Well, maybe not a LOT, but I’ve run across all kinds of weird cheer-related shizzle over the past years. I know it exists. I know there are sites with all manner of trashy things to say, sites that dig into and publish cheerleaders’ personal information and photos, sites for people with creepy cheerleader fetishes. There’s a healthy amount of eeeeeyyyyyyew out there.

But I wasn’t thinking about that. I was thinking “Somebody out there is talking smack about us, I have no way of proving what was actually said, no way of addressing it, no way to defend myself, and I’m royally pissed off.” Next thing I know, I’m firing off a post about the unfairness of it all.

We’re not about bashing people on this site. We’re about the opposite of that. I wasn’t planning to post anything about this. But I also knew that posting about it was the only way I was going to (a) get any sleep that night, and (b) get any clarity on the issue. Not that I expected to hear from any of the people directly involved, but I wanted to know if we have somehow developed a rep for creepiness. If that’s the case, I need to know about it. STAT. (Anyone know what STAT means? I don’t. just like to say it.)

That word just keep going around and around in my head. Creepycreepycreepycreepy.

I posted and deleted. Posted again. Deleted it again. Posted it, edited it, edited it some more, watered it down, and deleted it again. Finally, I posted it and left it. It wasn’t a furious, threatening, ranty, obnoxious post (I don’t think so, anyway), but it was clearly a “what the HELL is going on here???” post. I emailed James to let him know I’ve completely lost my sense of perspective and I needed him to read it and take it down if he thought I was out of line. I might have said something to him along the lines of “The Sea Gals are dead to me. As God is my Witness, I will never post another thing about them on this website. EVER.”

(Hey, I’m female, ok? I have the Drama Gene just like everyone else with two X chromosomes.)

Then I shut down my computer for the night and took a few doses of televised prozac, in the form of back-to-back episodes of “Too Cute” on Animal Planet.

By the time I hit the sack last night, I wasn’t angry anymore. Just sad. I really thought we were doing a good thing here. It sucks to be so misunderstood. (Helllooooo “victim” mode.)

When I woke up this morning, my first thought was – I’m not even kidding – “Ooooh! Let me go check and see who made Sea Gals!”

And then I remembered I had resolved to shun the Sea Gals until The Very End of Time.

So much for seeing things differently after a good night’s sleep.

Got up. Got dressed. Went to work. Considered looking into therapy for all of this.

Come lunch time, I checked my email. First message was from James. He had taken my post down, he said. He understood where I was coming from, but pointed out that we really don’t need the drama. And he is right. That’s not how we handle things here. It’s not our style. Over the past 9 years (today is our 9 year anniversary – huzzah!) we have had a very small number of incidents with particular individuals who were cold, rude, offensive, or downright crazy. When that kind of thing happens, we don’t engage. We just move on. This is a hobby. We do this for fun. Anything that makes it NOT FUN is a waste of our time.

The next email I received was from Sister Jessica. Ha. That makes her sound like a nun. Sister Jessica of Our Lad y of Perpetual Cheer. Heh heh. But what I mean is Jessica of the “sisters Jessica and Krystal” who unwittingly lit the match on my temper last night.

I didn’t read her email. I thought to myself “No. We are not friends anymore. I don’t care to hear anything you have to say.”

And then I thought well technically, we’ve never actually met. Never had any contact whatsoever. You can’t really Unfriend someone you never Friended in the first place. Now, if we’d ever met and exhanged brownie recipes or Xmas gifts or whatever, then this would be a legit Girlfriend Breakup. But obviously that is not the case. So I guess it’s only fair to hear her out.

(Honest to God, this is what goes on inside my head. Fully formed conversations, with logical arguments and visual aids.)

Then I saw the timestamp on Jessica’s email. Hella Early o’clock this morning.

Uh oh. I have a feeling I’m about to feel really bad about all of this.

Um. YEP. Because I behaved badly. I jumped to conclusions. I made assumptions. I did the thing that annoys the crap out of me about every single cast member on every variation of the “Real Housewives” franchise: I created an enormous amount drama out of nothing that anyone cares about.

So Jessica apologized for the misunderstanding. Which she shouldn’t have had to do because – in case I haven’t been entirely clear about this – NONE OF THIS WAS HER FAULT.

Let’s recap:
* Did Jessica say that UltimateCheerleaders.com sucks? No.
* Did she say UltimateCheerleaders.com is creepy? No.
* Did she say anything whatsoever about UltimateCheerleaders.com? No.
* Prior to yesterday, did she even know UltimateCheerleaders.com exists? Well, she does now, obviously. But I expect that’s a relatively new development.
* Did Jessica’s sister Krystal say, imply, hint, or ever spend two seconds of her time pondering the existence and/or creepiness of UltimateCheerleaders.com? Probably not.

Jessica is up there in Seattle, trying to audition, trying to get chosen for the team, and have her sister with her. They both make the team, they’re all happy. Their friends and family are happy. They’re celebrating. And somehow, in the wee hours of the morning, Jessica gets wind of my little hissy fit. And now I have effectively ruined her good time. Rained on her parade. Peed in her cornflakes. And probably her sister’s cornflakes. And several of her teammates’ cornflakes.

Jessica didn’t say any of this, of course. She was busy saying it was a misunderstanding (which of course it was) and she feels awful about it. And now I feel even worse, because she’s being nice about it. Gracious. Sincere, even. Crap. I’m sorry.

This is so typical of my life. Somehow, I have gone from being “righteously” angry at the entire Sea Gals team, to being righteously hated by the entire Sea Gals team, I’m sure.

Crap. I hate being wrong.

On the one hand, my overblown sense of importance assures me that all of the Sea Gals veterans, newbies, and probably a few alumni are busily emailing each other about what a total bee-atch I am. On the other hand, reality tells me the vast majority of women who are (or ever were) Sea Gals have probably never heard of me or this website.

So now I feel awful. Really awful. Major League Awful. What if this has damaged Jessica and Krystal’s standing on the team? NFL/NBA dance team directors are real sensitive about the stuff that gets written about their team. Sometimes the dancers themselves are held responsible. Should I contact the Sea Gals’ Director?


(Um…Negative, Ghost Rider, the pattern is full.
I doubt Sherri has heard about any of this, and I am
for sure not going to be the one to bring it to her attention.)

And I can’t even be all “Woohoo, congrats!” to Jessica and Krystal. Or to their teammate Shelly, who I’m almost positive joined the Decade of Dance club last night, because I’ve kind of been a jackass and I know it.

Times like this, I really wish I could be one of those women like you see on “Bridezillas,” one of those “the world revolves around me and everyone else is WRONG” kind of women. One of those “I am never wrong, but even when I am wrong, I am still right, and YOU are wrong for even suggesting I’m wrong” kind of women. You know what I’m talking about.

So, I’m very sorry for starting all of this, and I think maybe I need to go sit somewhere and think about what I did. As a matter of fact, I am officially grounding myself. No UC for a week. Maybe two weeks. (And that really blows, seeing as how the Titans and Jets haven’t announced their teams, and Cowboys Cheerleader auditions haven’t even started yet.)

(However, one thing I am NOT sorry about is the Wonder Woman graphic I used last night. It is awesome, and I am going to post it as often as I can fit it into the conversation.)

You may now return to your regularly scheduled programming. See ya in a couple weeks.

Redskins Cheerleaders: Beyond the Poms

By Skylar Korby
Northern Virginia Magazine

Dubbed by CNBC.com as one of the Top 10 Best Cheerleading Squads in the NFL for 2013, the Washington Redskins Cheerleaders have a commitment to performance excellence that brings excitement to thousands of fans on and off the field. Aside from cheering on the team during the season, the First Ladies of Football are also known for showing support for our troops and honoring our veterans through various charity appearances and overseas tours.

Practices, appearances, games, worldwide travel–these ladies are busy! They couldn’t possibly have time to be behavioral neuroscientists, psychotherapists, Johns Hopkins University graduates or investment bankers, too, could they? Oh yes they could.

Auditions for the 2013-2014 season were a few weeks ago, and for the 38 new and returning members of the team, being a cheerleader is more like a fun, stress-relieving hobby that they participate in a few times a week. Many do it for the love of dance and a desire to find an outlet for their passion that they don’t necessarily find behind a desk.

Truly Gil, a second-year veteran of the team and a marketing specialist at Northern Virginia Magazine, moved to the area last year and wanted to get involved in the community. After spending three years as a cheerleader for the Miami Dolphins, she knew she would find the camaraderie she was looking for with the Redskins cheerleaders. She was even more gratified by the chance to do a six-country tour to support our troops.

“It’s an honor to get to support the brave men and women who work so hard to protect our freedoms. Because of them, I get to do what I love on a daily basis, which is cheerleading,” Gil says.

Third-year veteran Maigan Torre is constantly inspired by the sisterhood of the group. Knowing that they’re all there for their passion for dance and the love of the Redskins make the long after-work practices something to look forward to instead of a chore.

“I’m a dance teacher in Ashburn,” Torre says, “and when I see the leadership exhibited by our ladies during practice, I use that to find other ways for me to lead in my classroom. I learn from the team and try to broaden what I can bring to my students.”

Susan Hammond agrees. As a third-year veteran and captain of the new team, she enjoys her job at a management consulting firm, but says, “My day becomes happy when I get to practice.” Starting her day at 8 a.m. and not being done until 11 p.m. can be a little much at times, but she can’t imagine her life any other way. She gets just as excited about being on the field and hyping up the crowd as the crowd does watching her cheer!

Football season will be here before we know it, so when you see these ladies on the sidelines, be sure to hail to those who do double duty as PhD candidates, social workers and nutritionists. And they can do the splits too? You go, girls.

TopCats Final Audition Live, Tonight!

Monday Night Football may be a few months off, but Monday Night Auditions are here! Watch the TopCats Final Audition tonight on panthers.com beginning at 7:00 p.m!

After a whirlwind 2012, Going Pro founder Laura Eilers Clark continues her multi-dimensional cheer-ful life

If you know parents with young ones that are a bit behind in their coordination, take a listen to Laura Eilers Clark. “I was about three years old when I was ‘prescribed’ to attend dance classes by my pediatrician,” explains Laura. “Apparently I was quite clumsy, tripping and running into walls. He thought it would be good for me to learn some coordination, so advised my parents that I take dance.” That little girl would go on to win the crown of Ms. America 2011. And if you know someone who started off by not making their life’s first big try-out, also take a listen to Laura. “Junior high was my first chance to audition for the cheerleading squad and I did not make it but my very best friend did make it,” Laura recalls. “I cried for weeks and weeks, I was so jealous and sad.” That pre-teen would go on to a life that included cheering for two NFL teams, the Chiefs and the Rams, over six seasons.

Plus, in the world of pro cheer, there are still lots of reasons to still listen to Laura because she is Founder and Executive Director of Going Pro Entertainment, a leading resource for professional cheerleading and dance services, and also Sales Director for Angela King Designs, Inc and Go Wild! Wear, leading outfitters in the world of pro dance and cheer. In addition, Laura is Director for the Maryland, District of Columbia, and Delaware Miss United States Organization. And after a whirlwind 2012, when Laura finished her reign as Ms. United States, married her husband Matt, and moved to a new city, things are picking up again as the 2013 spring/summer Pro Cheer All Stars Convention and Workshop Tour is underway, including Going Pro Expo – Atlanta, this Sunday, May 5th. Last summer at Chicago’s event, I asked Laura if she thought that pro cheer would become such a big part of her life when she started as a Chiefs Cheerleader, and she laughed, “No, but I am very, very happy.” Laura recently shared with UltimateCheerleaders the details of her cheerful life, both on the sidelines and off, including entering the first pageant of her life and winning its state and then a national title.

In Laura’s pro cheer enterprise, part of the mission of Going Pro is providing an opportunity for those with a pro cheer dream to get the information they need to maximize their potential. Laura knows the importance first-hand from her own experiences during her initial NFL try-out. “It’s funny because the first time I auditioned for Chiefs, it was because I was graduating college and wanted to continue performing,” Laura explains. “And when you live in an NFL market, that’s just what you do! I had no idea everything that went into auditions or the job itself. I was NOT ready. My first year I attended some prep classes, but I really took for granted the responsibility behind becoming an NFL cheerleader. I did make finals, but I did not make the team. I actually fell during my audition. I’m pretty certain I wore a very generic black top and black short, and not nearly enough makeup. I learned so much before going back to audition again, and luckily I had some friends on the team to guide me and provide some feedback. Dance always came easily to me. I had to work more on the look and knowledge. I adopted a new hair color and style, a little more glam, more body tone, a better understanding of the attitude needed to represent the NFL. I’m really blessed to have made the team. There are many very deserving women who don’t get that chance.”

Laura cheered for both Missouri NFL teams

Laura started her NFL career where she born and raised. “I was born near Kansas City in 1979,” says Laura. “I’m actually quite thankful I was born in that year; a child of the seventies! I lived in the same house my entire childhood until I left for college. I’m an only child so life was very different from most of my friends. I became very independent and learned to occupy my time with projects and discovery.”

“I always did well in school,” Laura continues. “My ‘thing’ was spelling bees. I would study spelling books for hours, and in sixth grade I won the school spelling bee, then the county spelling bee, then placed very high in the district spelling bee. I won an encyclopedia set!”

Laura always has spelled out fitness as a key to her life. “I was always involved in the dance studio, gymnastics, volleyball, and track,” explains Laura. “I remember quite clearly the first jog I took with my mom I think we went about four blocks and I was in tears. It became one of my favorite things over time to run, and in high school I competed in sprints, relays, and hurdles.”

After her pediatrician prescribed a bit of dance for little Laura, dance became a central part of her life. “I loved it; all of the tap and jazz classes,” Laura recalls. “I hated ballet. I think I was kicked out. It moved too slowly for me. That is one of my biggest regrets is that, even though I continued to absorb technique, ballet is the foundation of dance and I envy those who find technical skills and form much easier.”

And although she was so disappointed that she did not make her first junior high cheerleading team, Laura reflects, “But I’m happy for that now, because it allowed me to dive into some other opportunities like track, volleyball, and student council. I became my class vice president, giving a speech in front of the whole school. I think that more than anything increased my confidence. So a year later I auditioned again and actually made the Junior Varsity High School cheerleading squad. My jumps were getting better, and I was not so awkward.”

But the next steps put Laura on the course towards NFL sidelines. “We could not be on the ‘Drill Team,’ aka the dance team, until junior year, and I auditioned and made the team,” remembers Laura. “Things changed from there! I loved being on a team, learning new routines, going to camp, supporting my school. Cheerleading was fun, but dance for me was my creative outlet. It was a challenge and my absolute favorite thing. I knew I wanted dance to remain in my life forever. I received a dance scholarship to William Jewell College, a small private liberal arts college in Liberty, Missouri, where I was a Public Communication major.”

“It was at that time, I learned about the process of auditioning for the NFL,” Laura says. “Many of our dancers auditioned each year for the Kansas City Chiefs Cheerleaders, and many of them made it each year. I was incredibly blessed to be offered a job working with Universal Dance Association teaching summer camps, and our college team was very successful competing at nationals, so I decided to concentrate on school and take my time before entering the NFL. My college team placed sixth at nationals while I was there, and I became the team captain. I also was promoted to the UDA head instructor for Kansas and Missouri, where I remained for four summers. It was through UDA that I continued improving my technique and made some great team contacts for judging and choreography.”

“But Chiefs was always a goal,” Laura explains. “My parents had season tickets, and when I was a college senior I went to a Monday night Chiefs game. I remember looking down from the top level of the stadium at the player intro tunnel, lined with sparkling sequins and pom poms. Wow! I knew I would be there one day. I guess I have never feared a challenge, and while everything in life does not come easily to me, I am willing to work for it.”

“I auditioned for the first time as I was graduating college, made finals and did not get selected. That was back when auditions were one weekend, closed to the public, no rhinestoned audition attire needed,” laughs Laura. “Things have sure changed! Now I know that I was not ready to take on that job. I thought, ‘Well if I made it to finals my first year, I must not be far off!’ I sought out more advice on hair, makeup, fitness, and performance style, and two years later, I returned to auditions and did make the team. I was one of seven rookies selected. I was on the team for five years, was captain for two years, performed in seven countries while supporting our troops. I appeared in the swimsuit calendar, choreographed many field routines and junior routines; it was an amazing experience. I made so many great friends and was guided by amazing leadership.”

"Where's Laura" is infinitely funner than "Where's Waldo"

Laura’s first game as a Kansas City Chiefs Cheerleader was memorable in so many ways: its location, special preparation, famous people, and extreme weather. “I very clearly remember my first game cheering for the Chiefs,” remembers Laura. “It was the 2003 Hall of Fame Game versus the Packers in Canton, Ohio. We had to perform seven routines; which for a rookie is intense because there is so much new material. The whole week was very memorable because I met Hank Stram, the original football coach for the Chiefs who won Super Bowl IV. He is a Kansas City legend.”

“When we were cheering at the game, it started to rain during halftime, so we headed to the locker room, which was underneath the stadium with an outdoor entrance,” continues Laura. “Halftime continued to be delayed because of lightning, and then just a few minutes later, water came rushing into the locker room under the door. I don’t know where all that water came from, but it was like a flood. All the cheerleaders jumped up in uniform on the locker room benches to avoid the water. The game ended up getting called for rain and lightning, so my very first ‘half game’ was in the books.”

Continue reading After a whirlwind 2012, Going Pro founder Laura Eilers Clark continues her multi-dimensional cheer-ful life

Photo of the Day – April 29


Lindsey of the Washington Redskins Cheerleaders at Saturday’s Draft Day Party

Congratulations 2013-14 Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders!

(Click to enlarge)

Check back later in the week for our comprehensive photo coverage of the Final Auditions.

Congratulations Dallas Cowboys Rhythm & Blue Training Campers!

Wow, that’s a mouthful! Final auditions for the 2013 Rhythm & Blue took place last week during Draft Day festivities at Cowboys Stadium. (Check out the team’s facebook page for pics). The field of candidates has been narrowed to 22 dancers, who will participate in training camp over the next several weeks. The 2013-14 team will be announced in about a month.



Top Row: Kara, Maya, Danielle, Stevee, Mateya, Jessica S, Angelise, Callie, Brittani, Arianna
Middle Row: Antonese, Kendra, Ani, Melody
Bottom Row: Miranda, Bianca, Masayo, Brittani, Amy, Christen, Jessica T
Sammi (not pictured)

R&B Director Jenny Durbin Smth has her work cut out for her. It won’t be easy to cut this team down to size. Between them, they have a great deal of experience at the pro level.


Amy, Arianna, Christen, Jessica S, Jessica T, Kara, Kendra, Mateya, and Stevee are R&B veterans


Danielle and Maya are alumni of the Allen Americans Ice Angels


Callie and Angelise are alumni of the FC Dallas Girls


Ani is an alum of the San Antonio Spurs Silver Dancers


Miranda is an alum of the Seattle Sea Gals


Brittani is an alumni of the Florida Panthers Lady Panthers

Dolphins Unveil New Uniforms

I reported a few weeks back that the Miami Dolphins have a new logo and new uniforms for 2013. The Dolphins’ new look was unveiled at Thursday night’s draft party. Past and present Dolphins greats, escorted by cheerleaders in vintage MDC costumes, showed off the team’s new uniforms.

The cheerleaders also showed off their new costumes for 2013. The new MDC styles mirror the new football uniforms, showcasing a new, brighter shade of teal. Click here for a closer look!

LA Kings Ice Crew Profile – Eilene

Kings Vision was on hand for the 12-13 Ice Crew calendar photo shoot! Check out this profile featuring Ms. September, Eilene.

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Introducing The 2013 Minnesota Vikings Cheerleaders

See the entire new squad here.

Gotham City Cheerleaders Announce Audition Dates

Big year ahead for the GCC, including their first ever calendar shoot!

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