Congratulations 2014 Pittsburgh Power Dancers!

2014 Sparks Dance Team Announced
The 13-Member Sparks Squad Consisting of 10 Veteran Dancers is Set
PittsburghPowerFootball.com

PITTSBURGH, PA (January 28, 2014) – The Pittsburgh Power and the Sparks are pleased to announce the members of the official 2014 Sparks Dance Team.

“With all the positive off-season production in the football operations side, and now the Sparks, I couldn’t be more excited for the 2014 Power season to begin!” exclaimed Sparks Dance Team Director Jennelle Johnson. “We will be sure to light up the arena on games days for our amazing fan base and, of course, our Pittsburgh Power Football Team.”

The 13-member squad is made up of ten veterans and three newcomers. The Sparks Dance Team performs at all nine of the Power home games at CONSOL Energy Center. The dance team also has a strong involvement in the Pittsburgh community, making appearances at many local events throughout the season.

The Pittsburgh Power and the Sparks Dance Team will kickoff their 2014 season on Saturday, March 15, at CONSOL Energy Center when the Power host East division rival Cleveland Gladiators.

2014 SPARKS DANCE TEAM

Veterans:
Asia, Captain
Kim, Captain
Alisha
Brianna
Brittany
Caitlin
Cydney
Krissy
Melissa
Nikki

Rookies:
Katie
Rebecca
Victoria

LA KISS – Second Audition

They’ve got 11 dancers and they need 8 more. If you missed (or flubbed) the first audition, this is a second chance to make the squad!

And here’s another look at their choreography/style:

Congrats again to the ladies already selected to the team! (Pictured below with KISS guitarist/LA KISS co-owner Paul Stanley.)

Back Row: Tanya, Vanessa, Caroline, Alexis, Paul, Natllely, Jules, Angela
Front Row: Kaley, Lizzy, Brynn, Jessica

Sideline Prep DMV Workshop

Last weekend Sideline Prep held its DMV Workshop…

and as you can see the turnout was tremendous.

Sideline Prep co-founder GeNienne with coaches Suzanne, Jeanette and Kristie.

GeNienne with the day’s instructors: Jamilla (Redskins), Derric (Wizards), Kelly (Richmond Raiders) and Liz (Baltimore Blast)

Washington Wizard Girls

Bay Area Shuckers Dance Team

Richmond Lady Raiders

Metropolitan Lady All-Stars

Washington Redskins Cheerleaders

Chesapeake Bayhawks Hawkettes

Washington Redskins Cheerleader Ambassadors

Beltway Bombers Dance Team

Baltimore Blast Cheerleaders

[Make Up By Chaz]

[Island Glow Spray Tanning]

[It Works]

[J Keene Designs]

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SunDanz Dancers

Based in Fort Lauderdale, the SunDanz Dancers support many sports teams that do not have in-house teams, and perform at charity and promotional events

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Denver Bronco Cheerleaders Reveal Exercise And Diet Routine: How They Prepare For Super Bowl XLVIII

By Amethyst Tate
International Business Times

The Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks are not the only ones training ahead of Super Bowl Sunday. The 26 Broncos cheerleaders are also working hard to make sure they’re in tip-top shape for the big day. There’s no question that it takes ultimate confidence to show off their dance moves in sexy outfits, especially in front of millions of audience viewers. And they get that sexy confidence by being super-fit. Here’s how they work out:

Lelanna

Lelanna, a benefits & HRIS administrator when she’s not cheering, is getting game-ready with fitness classes. “I’m a member of 24-Hour Fitness, so I go to classes like boxing, I do high interval workouts, or I run on the treadmill — I’m basically just making sure I’m physically fit,” she tells Cosmopolitan. “Especially because when we get to the game, we’re there hours before and then we’re dancing four or more hours once the game starts. Plus, one of our outfits consists of leather chaps that are heavy, so when you’re dancing around in them, you can get tired easily if you’re not fit.”

Emily M

Marine project engineer Emily M is going for less physically grueling exercises, sticking to yoga and strength training ahead of the Super Bowl. “My goal for this game is be toned, so I’ve been taking a lot of yoga classes at Core Power and going to the gym a lot to work my booty and abs.

I like going with friends to stay focused because you push each other more that way. We’ll be bundled up on game day since it’s in New York, but if we need to be in a half-top, I’ll be ready. We have four-hour-long practices twice a week, and since I have a full-time job, I try to fit in 30 minutes a day twice a week, or take a walk around my neighborhood, at the very least,” she says.

Sam

Sam, who’s been on the team for four years, focuses on both her diet and exercise regimen. “For a workout, first and foremost, I go to four-hour practices twice a week. That counts for my cardio. But aside from that, I go running about two times a week and then I coach a youth cheerleading team twice a week as well, so I dance with them while I’m there. A lot of the girls also go to yoga sculpt at Core Power, but I haven’t had time since the New Year.” But luckily, she also eats quite well.

“I’m a vegetarian, so I don’t eat a hefty amount of protein, but I’ll usually have two eggs for breakfast with sautéed vegetables (spinach with mushrooms or peppers), a glass of juice, and two cups of coffee. For lunch, I try to make my own meal… always try to snack on nuts if I need a pick-me-up. And then for dinner, I’ll typically eat a pasta with red sauce and legumes to add fiber and protein. I’ll also have a small salad on the side with some vegetables,” she says.

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Olympia Sea Gal, Stephanie Hemphill, Looks Ahead to Super Bowl

By Tom Rohrer
ThurstonTalk.com

Amidst the chaos that was present following the Seattle Seahawks 23-17 victory over the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship Game, Stephanie Hemphill tried her hardest to take in the moment.

Hemphill, now in her fourth year as a member of the professional cheerleading team, Sea Gals, has seen first-hand the franchise’s latest transformation into a championship contender.

“I really savored every moment. I knew it was the last time this season I would be performing (at CenturyLink Field) so I wanted to take everything in,” said Hemphill. “There was just a different level of excitement around the game. It was something I’ve never felt before.”

Over the course of her four seasons of performance at CenturyLink Field, Hemphill has been able to form a bond with the season ticket holders and die-hard Seahawks fans that make up one of the NFL’s most famous fan bases.

“We’re there every game. We see the same ticket holders and just seeing them erupt after (Seahawks cornerback Richard) Sherman tipped the ball, that was the most memorable thing,” said Hemphill, the newly appointed Executive Director of the Lacey Chamber of Commerce. “The city needed that, and the fans deserved that. Our fans put so much into this team and to see them smile like that is something I’ll never forget.”

Hemphill and the rest of the Sea Gals will be heading to New York City on Thursday, three days in advance of Super Bowl XLVIII, which will pit Seattle against the Denver Broncos on Sunday, Feb. 2, at MetLife stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

The fact that Hemphill will be performing on the world’s biggest sporting stage has not quite resonated at a personal level.

“It’s something that I won’t feel the enormity of until I’m actually there. I’ve done this for four years now and I know what to expect when I perform and I’m just going to prepare the same way I do for every other game,” Hemphill said. “I don’t know if I will realize the impact of this game until I’m there. I think it will hit me right when I step out onto the field.”
seattle sea gals

“Our fans put so much into this team and to see them smile like that is something I’ll never forget,” says Hemphill when reflecting on the NFC Championship win.

Over a week has passed since Seattle’s big victory in the NFC championship game, giving Hemphill a buffer to come down from the victorious high. However, after speaking with Hemphill, it’s clear the excitement is still coursing through her veins.

“Right after the game, I was driving from the stadium and my ears were still ringing,” said Hemphill. “I went to my parents for a celebratory dinner. They recorded the game, so I watched it and cried all over again. Even now, I’m getting butterflies talking to you about everything.”

Staying in the heart of downtown Manhattan, Hemphill and the rest of the Sea Gals will be exposed first-hand to the excitement and build up for the big game. While the Sea Gals perform at every home game, they do not travel for road contests.

“It’s a new experience for us, and we are, like the football team, looking at the Super Bowl as a business trip,” said Hemphill. “It’s the first time for me traveling to the area, but we’re going to be so busy with appearances leading up to the game that there isn’t really time for sightseeing.”

Unlike their performances at Century Link, the Sea Gals will be dancing in front of a mostly neutral crowd. Still, Hemphill believes the 12th Man fans will be represented in New Jersey, and that the expected cold temperatures will not phase her and the rest of the squads’ performance.
seattle sea gals

“Our performance level won’t change, but the energy on the field will be different. All we know is Seahawks fans are everywhere and it may surprise people how many are in the stands,” Hemphill said.

“For the weather, we’re totally prepared. We’re an outdoor team in the northwest and have a snow forecast from time to time,” said Hemphill. “If it snows, we will be prepared. If it’s cold, we will be ready. That’s part of the job.”

While Hemphill could not go into detail regarding the Sea Gals itinerary leading up to the game, she noted the squad will be making both local and national television appearances. Following the Super Bowl, regardless if the Seahawks win or lose, Hemphill and all other Seahawk employees will be attending a party organized and hosted by franchise owner Paul Allen.

Being a part of a Super Bowl season has been special for Hemphill, but it’s the development of Seahawks fever throughout the entire state that has been most memorable for the self-proclaimed die-hard fan.

“Four year ago, you would see a few people wearing in Seahawks gear on Blue Friday. The year after, a little more, and last year it got way bigger,” said Hemphill. “Now, you see everyone buying in. I love it, I’m a true passionate fan, and I think the more the merrier. That’s what makes this team so, so special. It’s the people who support it.”

[Stephanie at Sehawks.com]

Photo of the Day – January 31


Lana of the Gotham City Cheerleaders

MLT Elementary teacher has a reason to be on Super Bowl sidelines: She’s a Sea Gal

MLT.com
January 30, 2014

While the 12th man will be firmly focused on what is happening on the gridiron of MetLife Stadium this Sunday, many young Seahawk fans in Mountlake Terrace will be hoping that the television broadcast of Super Bowl XLVIII include many looks at the action on the sidelines.

Students of Mountlake Terrace Elementary will be looking for the school’s physical education teacher, Carli Brockman, who is a member of the Sea Gals, the Seahawk cheer squad.

“We have Super Bowl fever at Mountlake Terrace Elementary,” exclaimed the school’s office manager Cathy Fiorillo. “We are proud of you, Mrs. Brockman.”

Brockman and the rest of the 33-member Sea Gals cheer team were scheduled to leave Seattle Thursday morning for the New York/New Jersey area, where the squad will make a number of appearances prior to the game on Sunday.

The excitement of having one of their own at the Super Bowl only adds to the celebratory mood at MLT Elementary this week. “Friday, students and staff are welcome to wear their favorite Seahawk gear if they have it, or blue and/or green,” Fiorillo said.

Kent, Auburn Sea Gals Super Bowl bound

by Steve Hunter
The Kent Reporter
January 30, 2013

“That last play when Richard Sherman tipped the ball, that was the moment when all of the Sea Gals looked at each other and starting tearing and crying, and we were like ‘this is happening, we’re going to the Super Bowl,'” says Jacqueline, a 2012 Kentridge High School graduate and one of 33 members of the Seahawks NFL cheerleading squad.

“I looked in the eyes of our fans and saw their faces all lit up and that just set my heart on fire,” says Geraldine, a 2007 Kentwood graduate about the tip heard around the world.

The Sea Gals, including four women who graduated from Kentridge, Kentwood or Auburn Riverside high schools, flew out Thursday to New York. They will make several promotional appearances before they perform on the sideline Sunday of Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey between the Seahawks and the Denver Broncos.

Off to the big game: from left, Jacqueline, Laura, Zoe and Geraldine are four Sea Gals from the Kent and Auburn area who will cheer on the Seahawks from the sideline at Super Bowl XLVIII in East Rutherford, N.J., on Sunday. — Image Credit: Ross Coyle/Kent Reporter

The Sea Gals are only known in public by their first names for security reasons. But sit down for a short conversation with the cheerleaders and the outgoing personalities makes it easy to know them on a first-name basis.

“Being from Kent it means a lot to me that I get to represent the city of Kent at the Super Bowl,” says Geraldine, in her third year on the team. “A small town girl makes it out to the biggest stage in the world.”

As many as 300 women try out each year for the Sea Gals. A spot on the current squad doesn’t guarantee another season as everyone must audition each year in the spring.

All have dance backgrounds. Some are college students as well as work part-time jobs. Others work full-time jobs. They practice two evenings a week at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center in Renton, the training facility for the Seahawks. The Sea Gals perform at every home game at CenturyLink Field and do a variety of promotional appearances.

Zoe, an Auburn Riverside graduate and a Portland State University student, is one of a dozen rookies on the team. She commutes from Oregon for practices and games. She says it’s worth the drive.

“I’ve transformed as a dancer and a person,” Zoe says. “It teaches you more than dance. It teaches you how to model, how to pose, how to speak well and how to represent a community. It makes you a well-rounded super woman.”

Laura, a 2006 Kentridge graduate and 2010 Washington State University graduate, returns as a veteran Sea Gal.

“It’s my fourth season so I’ve kind of watched as (coach) Pete Carroll has come in and made this what it is,” Laura says. “I’m just so happy to be a small part of this organization.”

The Sea Gals aren’t allowed to talk about how much they get paid, but they are paid. Each also receives two season tickets to give to family or friends. They aren’t allowed to fraternize with players.

Thrill of a lifetime

But there’s no doubt these women are having the time of their lives.

“Nothing beats the type of thrill and adrenaline you get on game day especially getting the chance to do it with some of the most amazing women I’ve ever met,” Jacqueline says. “My teammates are very beautiful, very intelligent and kind. We’ve become really close friends so on game days I look at my teammates and it makes the experience that much more exciting because I experience it with them.”

They make their family and friends proud as well.

“I talked to my grandma and she started crying and she’s not an emotional person,” Zoe says about reaction of relatives to her Super Bowl trip. “For her to be, ‘I’m so proud of you,’ just felt really good.”

In addition to beauty and dance skills, it takes a certain kind of woman to make the Sea Gals.

“Everyone’s very humble, has a good sense of humor yet works very, very hard,” Laura says. “We all have that in common.”

They also know which team will win.

“We’re going to win for sure,” Jacqueline says. “I have a very good feeling about this game and this team. It’s kind of been a very magical season. A lot of great things have happened. I feel it’s finally our year to bring home that Lombardi trophy.”

Paula Abdul’s Laker Girl Confession

Victory! She made it, and the rest is history.

Raiderette wages lawsuit prompts Labor Dept. investigation

Bob Egelko
SFGate.com
January 30, 2014

The U.S. Department of Labor says it is investigating the Oakland Raiders’ treatment of the Raiderettes, after one of its cheerleaders accused the team in a lawsuit of failing to pay minimum wages and illegally saddling the squad with fines and travel expenses.

Jose Carnevali, spokesman for the Labor Department’s regional office in San Francisco, confirmed the investigation Wednesday and said it concerned “the team’s cheerleader squad,” and not merely the individual who filed the suit last week.

“Because this is currently an open case, the department cannot provide further information about the case at this moment,” he said.

The cheerleader, Lacy T., filed her suit in Alameda County Superior Court as a proposed class action on behalf of the 40 Raiderettes and other members of the squad over the past four years. Her lawyer, Sharon Vinick, said Thursday that she was encouraged by the federal government’s prompt action.

“I would hope that the Department of Labor would be looking at teams across the NFL,” Vinick said. Similar allegations of low wages and unpaid expenses have been made against several other National Football League teams, but Lacy T. is the first to file suit.

The Raiders did not respond to a request for comment.

The Labor Department has the authority to assess penalties against employers for violating the federal government’s $7.25-an-hour minimum wage law and other labor laws. It can order an employer to pay its workers twice the amount of wages that were illegally withheld.

In August, the San Francisco Giants paid $544,000 in back wages to 74 employees after a Labor Department investigation found wage violations over a three-year period. The department has also announced an investigation into the use of unpaid interns by the Giants and a second major league baseball team, the Miami Marlins.

Employers facing a Labor Department investigation have a strong incentive to reach a settlement for back-wage payments, particularly an image-conscious employer like a pro sports team, said Ken Jacobs, chairman of the Center for Labor Research and Education at UC Berkeley.

“This doesn’t reflect well,” he said. “I can imagine that this would be something (the Raiders) would want to resolve. … If this practice is common for the other teams, you might very well see other investigations.”

The Raiders pay their cheerleaders $1,250 for a season of 10 home games. Lacy T.’s lawsuit said their wages amount to less than $5 an hour – below the state’s $8 minimum wage – counting the hours of unpaid work they are required to perform at rehearsals, 10 charity events per season and the team’s annual swimsuit calendar photo session.

The suit also accused the Raiders of violating California law by requiring the Raiderettes to pay all costs of travel, team-mandated cosmetics and other items; by fining them for such offenses as bringing the wrong pom-poms to practice; by withholding their pay until the end of the season instead of paying them at least twice a month; and by prohibiting them, in their work contracts, from discussing their pay with each other.

Lacy T., 28, of Alameda said she is a “stay-at-home mom” who joined the Raiderettes in 2013 after two years with the Golden State Warriors’ dance team, which paid its members for all work hours and expenses. The lawsuit withholds her last name in accord with a Raiders’ security policy.

Woburn Woman Goes From Field to Studio

By Christine M. Quirk
The Beacon-Villager

There is a long-standing debate in the athletic community as to whether cheerleading is a sport or an activity. Cheerleaders will say there is nothing to discuss – the physical demands, specialized training and practicing involved makes participants athletes, not hobbyists. Tricia Marshall would go a step further and say not only are cheerleaders athletes, they are dancers, too.

“Dance plays a big role in any type of performance,” she said. “I think a lot of the professional cheerleaders are dancers. [The skills] are all stuff you learn at dance.”

Marshall is the owner of Miss Tricia’s Dance Studio in Maynard, and is a former New England Patriots Cheerleader. A native of Woburn, she has been dancing for more than three decades.

“My mother put me in dance when I was 3, and I always danced,” she said. “I always wanted to own my own dance studio. I used to make my friends at recess learn dances and perform.”

Marshall, now 38, first tried out to be a Patriots Cheerleader in 1995, and though she made it to the final round, she was not selected.

“But then I was hooked,” she said. “I tried out again in 1996 and made the team.”

Marshall was a Patriots Cheerleader for four seasons, from 1996 to 2000. Her first season, the team went to the Super Bowl.

“I was so excited to be on the ride,” she said. “They just kept winning, and then we went to the AFC championship, and we won!”

With the team, Marshall cheered at the 1997 Super Bowl in New Orleans, where the Patriots played the Green Bay Packers, and performed in the half-time show along with the new Blues Brothers Dan Aykroyd, James Belushi and John Goodman. The show also featured performances by ZZ Top and James Brown. In 1998, the cheerleaders appeared in the American Bowl in Mexico City with singer Ricky Martin, who was just then starting to build his career.

Though the cheerleading uniforms don’t appear to offer much protection against the winter weather, Marshall said it wasn’t really an issue.

“I used to stand outside, but we would have hand and feet warmers and keep dancing,” she said. “Yeah, it was cold, but it was so exciting I was never thinking, ‘Oh, I’m freezing, this is terrible.’”

From Foxboro Stadium, where the Patriots played in the late 90s, it was an easy jump to dancing full-time. Marshall left the team in 2000 to pursue her dream of owning a dance studio and has operated Miss Tricia’s Dance Studio for the last 10 years.

“I’d been teaching dance in college and wanted to share my love of dance with kids,” she said. “There’s so much I love about dance. It makes you feel good. It’s good exercise. I love performing – it’s an overall feeling.”

In addition, to annual performances, recitals and dance competitions, the studio participates in community events, such as the Relay for Life.

“I like the charitable part,” she said. “I like being part of the community.”

That was an aspect Marshall also enjoyed about being a Patriots cheerleader. Though the team cheered only at the home games and practiced twice a week, Marshall said they were busy most of the time.

“There were lots of promotional events for different charities,” she said. “I really liked that. … Cheerleading was more than performing, and dance is more than that too. It’s doing what you love to do, being active and being involved in the community.”

Marshall said her studio allows her to live her dream, and though she remembers her time with the Patriots fondly, she doesn’t aspire to be back on the field.

“I am more content to be in the background now and teaching the next Patriots cheerleaders,” she said.

Eagles Cheerleaders Around Town

Thanks to reader Mike for these photos of the Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleaders braving the elements at the infamous Snow Bowl game last month.

We’ll hope the Broncos Cheerleaders and Seattle Sea Gals have better weather on Sunday.

Eagles Cheerleaders in West Chester

No date set yet for the 2014 Auditions, but keep checking back for more info.

[Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleaders Auditions]

Toronto Rock Cheerleaders

The Toronto Rock Cheerleaders are the 16 member dance team of the National Lacrosse League Toronto Rock. We’d like to thank the Rock Cheerleaders for sending us a few photos of their squad.

 

 

 

 

 

Next chance to catch the Rock Cheerleaders in action is tomorrow at the Air Canada Centre when the Rock host the Vancouver Stealth.

[Toronto Rock Cheerleaders]

Photo of the Day – January 30


From Saturday morning at the Sideline Prep Workshop – Amber of the Washington Wizard Girls