Wings Angels and The Junior Angels

Last Sunday the Wings Angels taught their annual Dance Clinic to the Junior Angels who got a chance to perform on the field prior to the game.

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‘If It Seems Too Good To Be True, It Probably Is’: Ex-NFL Cheerleader Almost Became a Victim of Sex Trafficking at Sochi Through Bogus Reporting Job

By Luke Garrat
The Daily Mail

An ex-NFL cheerleader-turned-sports journalist almost became a victim of human sex trafficking at the Sochi Olympics when she was recruited for a reporting job that turned out to be bogus.

Brittney Cason from Charlotte, North Carolina, was approached by a talent agent hiring U.S. reporters to cover the Winter Olympics last September.

Writing on xojane.com, she explained how she became suspicious when – after a lengthy application process – the ‘agent’ asked her if she had any ‘girlfriends’ she could take with her, offering them visas with no interview process, eventually prompting action from the FBI.

Ms Cason was contacted in September 2013 via her website by a man claiming to be a talent acquisition agent.

‘Given my background in sports broadcasting… and working on sports talk radio, it made sense he was recruiting me,’ she wrote.

Ms Cason was asked to submit examples of her work, and audition several times, before she was told that she had got the job with the network as a host and beat reporter for the games.

In addition to Ms Cason, she was told that another legitimate sportscaster in North Carolina was hired to work alongside her.

Her suspicions were raised two weeks before she was set to leave for Sochi, when the ‘talent agent’ said he needed to expand the coverage team and asked if she had any ‘girlfriends’ in the industry she could recommend.

His assistant, who was actually just him, sent her documents for her friend to get a work visa.

Ms Cason said: ‘I spent four months applying and interviewing and he’s sending my friend a work visa without even seeing her work?

‘Now, my friend is really talented, but wanting her passport and social security number before her reel (reporting and presenting clips) just seemed fishy to me.’

Ms Cason contacted the other sportscaster who was supposed to be going to Sochi with her and they investigated the talent agency further.

She said: ‘She and I concocted a plan to contact the production company in LA directly to check his credentials without stepping on his toes in the event we were just being paranoid.’

Upon their investigation it turned out that the production company didn’t know who he was, and advised them not to travel to Russia, and instead contact lawyers, who eventually contacted the F.B.I.

Ms Cason remarked how she was shocked at the amount of effort the ‘talent agent’ had put in to the scheme.

She said: ‘The man exerted as much effort as a full time job to pose as legitimate – and never once crossed the line.

‘Rather, he posed as a devout family man – We got the results back and suddenly needed the F.B.I.’

On the day that she was set to leave, bags packed and flights booked, Cason was instead negotiating with her lawyers and the F.B.I, as it turned out that the ‘talent acquisition agency’ was most likely a front for a sex trafficking ring.

According to Jillian Mourning, founder of the non-profit All We Want is Love, a charity that attempts to help victims of human trafficking, it is common for men to pose as talent agents in order to lure and traffic women.

Ms Cason said: ‘So many of the stories I’ve heard from survivors start with “I was hired for a modelling job”.’

Mourning told her: ‘The Olympics is a huge draw for trafficking.

‘It’s a major sporting event in a foreign country, and American women are typically sold for more in foreign countries.’

Ms Cason added: ‘Either way, this wasn’t going to end well.

‘Unfortunately I am not the daughter of Liam Neeson, so I wouldn’t have had a happy ending had I gotten on a plane.

‘For any young girl wanting to get into the business the first step is to seek a credible agent.

‘If you have to pay money for an audition, that’s a red flag for a business scam.’

Photo of the Day – February 28


A Pair of New York Titans Sirens

Sneak Peek: LA Kiss Dancers

Here’s a shot of LAKDs Natllely, Kaley, Vanessa, Alexis, and Jules with team owner/Kiss guitarist Paul Stanley. This is the first time we’re seeing them in uniform. I hear through the grapevine that Paul designed some of the dance team costumes. I wonder if this is one of them?

Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader gets that feline feeling in ‘Cats’ at Casa Manana

By Nancy Churnin
Dallas News
February 27, 2014

Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader and former Rockette Olivia Carter plays Victoria in Cats, opening Saturday at Casa Manana Theatre in Fort Worth. We caught up with Olivia for an email Q and A on her journey from Lake Highlands to the Jellicle Ball.

Q: Where are you from? Was there any point growing up when you thought you would be a Dallas Cheerleader — or a ‘Cat’?

Olivia: I was born and raised here in Dallas. I grew up in the Lake Highlands area and attended Lake Highlands Junior High and High School. Dance was always my main passion and I trained extensively growing up at the Academy of Dance Arts in Allen, TX. My professional career started with concert work and slowly made its way to musical theatre roles. I toured with the Rockettes as a part of the ensemble and have been seen on the Casa stage in their productions of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Evita (as the lead tango dancer) and in Hairspray (as Lou Anne). [photos] The role of Victoria in Cats is an iconic and dream role for dancers. It is an absolute honor to be playing her! I never expected to be given the chance at such a dream role.

Q: What made you want to be a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader?

Olivia: I was inspired to become a cheerleader because of my mother-in-law, [former Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders] Kitty Carter. I wanted to continue her legacy with the organization.

Q: Why did you want to be in Cats?

Olivia: I wanted to be a part of the continuing legacy of Cats. It is one of the most well-known and loved musicals of all time. I feel like I will now have a tiny part of its history and that is such an honor!

Q: What’s the most challenging part of being a ‘Cat’? What’s the best part? Do you have a favorite moment in the show?

Olivia: Everything about being a ‘cat’ is challenging: the movement, the acting the singing. You really have to transform yourself. The physicality of the dancing in the show is probably the most demanding part. My favorite moment in the show is my moment with Grizabella in the closing scene.

Q: What do you like best about the cat that you play?

Olivia: I love Victoria because of the dancing she does. My background is primarily dance so it is nice be in a role that relies heavily on that!

Q: What’s next for you? Are you planning on doing any more singing, dancing or acting?

Olivia: Hopefully more roles and more dancing!! I plan on continuing my career as a professional performer.

Former Rams Cheerleader to Compete on Survivor

Jonathan Webb
StLouisRams,com

While tuning in to the season premier of the hit CBS reality show ‘Survivor’ this week, there will be at least one contestant with a familiar tie to the area. Former Rams Cheerleader Latasha Fox, a longtime fan of the show, finally got her opportunity to match wits and toughness with 15 other contestants.

“I always felt like I could play the game better than a lot of the contestants,” Fox said. “This time was actually my third time applying for the show, over the course of the 13 years it’s been on. I didn’t hear anything the first couple times, but the third time was the charm. I was just very persistent.”

Persistence is certainly a trait that could fare well in the made-for-TV competition, which has been one of the most successful reality shows since first airing in 2000. This year’s competition pits three tribes broken into categories of ‘brawn, brains and beauty.’ Equipped with nothing more than a bag of rice, a machete, and a pot, the three tribes negotiate alliances and rivalries until one ‘Final Survivor’ outlasts the competition. Fox, who currently works as an accountant in St. Louis, was one of six chosen among the ‘brains’ grouping.

Though not at liberty to divulge the details of this season’s show, Fox was rather pleased with her ability to successfully navigate the competition.

“The actual experience was better than I even imagined,” Fox said. “I thought my ability to really adjust my strategy depending on who I was playing the game with, or depending on various situations, being able to do that definitely helps out in the game. It’s something I always thought I could do, and I actually did it. I must say that it worked very well.”

Fox, whose career transitioned from the Rams Cheerleading squad to an accountant at Edward Jones, prepared for ‘Survivor’ by strategically cutting calories to competition levels weeks prior to the event. While she could prepare physically for the event in a matter of weeks, Fox looks to her time as a Rams cheerleader as beneficial in a competition that relies so heavily on the success of a group.

“The friendship and the great girls that I got to know really stuck out to me,” Fox said. “I think when you’re on any type of team, including the Rams cheerleaders, you really have to be a team player and it’s about the group as a whole. Building those relationships and sustaining them, that kind of ties into Survivor. In the game, you have to form relationships and be able to do it in a matter of hours. Weak relationships, those people will stab you in the back. Making connections will make you make you successful in your alliance, or in the case of the Rams, make you successful on your team.”

Photo of the Day – February 27


A Golden State Warrior Girl

It’s a Small World Afterall: Former Pro Cheerleaders on Current TV Shows

Over the years, I have photographed many professional cheerleaders and as luck would have it, three of them were cast on current television shows.  Morgan, a former 49ers Gold Rush member, is currently on the latest edition of Survivor, Survivor: Cagayan, and is featured on the premiere episode entitled, Hot Girl With A Grudge.

And earlier this season on The Bachelor, former Detroit Pride Cheerleader Cassandra and former Phoenix Suns Dancer Kat were featured prominently on the show.

Unfortunately for them, they were eliminated in episode 6. But they’ll be back on the reunion show on Monday.

Tomorrow is the Deadline Apply for the 2014 AKD Model Search

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2014 Charlotte KnightinGals

Top Row (L-R) Heather – Lyndsee – Staisha – Ashley W – Rebecca

Bottom Row (L-R) Danyelle – Maya – Jackie – Ashley F – Brett

The Charlotte Knights are pleased to announce the 2014 KnightinGals — the team’s official Dance Team. The KnightinGals are presented by Hickory Tavern and will perform before and during all 10 Saturday home games in 2014 at BB&T Ballpark.

2014 Schedule:

April 12
May 10
May 24
June 7
June 21
July 5
July 12
July 19
August 9
August 23

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Get to Know Dallas Stars Ice Girl Jessica

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Photo of the Day – February 26


From Saturday Evening – A Baltimore Blast Cheerleader

Former NFL Cheerleader Shares Keys to ‘Vibrant Living’

From 9News.com

 

Molly Shattuck was a 38-year-old mother of three when she picked up her poms for the Baltimore Ravens, making her the oldest cheerleader in NFL history. Her “Vibrant Living” offers a 21-day plan to “transform your body, burst with energy and live your life with purpose.”

The rules she created are based on decades of careful study – of herself.

“My experience comes from my years of living,” says Shattuck.

When she retired a few years back, she took everything she learned from her time in training and created a program for wellness. She now crisscrosses the country leading workshops and teaching people how to live better. Her book is based on the premise that we are all a product of our decisions, not just our DNA.

One fundamental: water.

“Water is the wonder drug,” says Shattuck, who realized the power of hydration after the birth of her first child. The more water she drank, the more milk she produced and the faster she lost the 50 pounds she’d gained during the pregnancy.

Her recommendation for people trying her program? Drink at least 90 ounces a day. The first 30 should come within 40 minutes of waking up, and before eating breakfast. Finish the second 30 before lunch, and the final 30 before dinner.

“You’ll be so much more awake, and it keeps you from overeating,” Shattuck says.

That’ll help you stick with her 21-day meal plan, which limits processed foods and loads up on fruits and veggies. And when you want to splurge? Just have a little.

“Put seven french fries on the plate, chew them slowly and enjoy it,” Shattuck says. Then, “walk away, drink water, brush your teeth and be done with it.”

You can balance out any extra calories by embracing Shattuck’s strategy of exercising daily. When it comes to what to do, Shattuck is open to any activity – and the more you can mix it up, the better.

She recommends copying her every-other-day pushup routine, which she credits for keeping her stomach taut. (“I’d heard of an NFL player who didn’t lift any weights and became muscular from push-ups. I decided, ‘I’m going to try that.’ Now I’m 100 percent convinced,” Shattuck says.)

In her book, she offers 21 days of workouts. On top of that, she tacks on an additional daily “knockout move,” such as leg lifts and lunges. Get up during commercial breaks when you’re watching TV to check those off your list, Shattuck suggests.

Besides the many other reasons why sitting is bad for you, Shattuck is convinced that pressure on your rear end can make it get wider.

The last piece of her plan: “living for others” – by volunteering in a soup kitchen, reading books to the elderly or finding another way to help out in your community. Shattuck says it has a real impact on how you feel.

“I know it doesn’t sound as important as exercise, but it elevates your spirit and mood,” says Shattuck.


[MollyShattuck.com]

LA Kings Ice Crew Profile – Chelsea

Kings Vision was on hand for the 13-14 Ice Crew calendar photo shoot presented by Zerorez! Check out this profile featuring Ms. March 2014, Chelsea!

St. Louis Rams Cheerleader Auditions Begin March 8th

The St. Louis Rams are searching for enthusiastic, talented and energetic young women to be members of the renowned entertainment and public relations team – the St. Louis Rams Cheerleaders!

Early Registration Fee: $55.00 (credit card only online)

Registration Deadline: Thursday, March 6, at End of Business – 5PM

Late Registration Fee: $75.00 (cash or credit card only, no checks please) will be accepted at the door, 
on Saturday, March 8th from 10:00AM to 3:00PM at Rams Park – Prior to rehearsal starting. Please bring your resume, references, headshot and completed registration. DOWNLOAD REGISTRATION FORM HERE.

Dates of Interest:
Saturday, March 8th
• Walk-Up Registration and Photo Session
• 10AM-3PM 

•  If your last name begins with A-G: 10AM-12PM
•  If your last name begins with H-L: 11AM-1PM
•  If your last name begins with M-R:  12PM-2PM
•  If your last name begins with S-Z: 1PM-3PM
•  Mandatory Rehearsal/Workshop
•  4PM-7PM

Sunday, March 9th
•  Preliminary Auditions
• 2PM
Monday, March 10th
•  Finalists posted to www.stlouisrams.com by 5PM
Tuesday, March 11th
• Finalists Interviews
• 12PM-6PM
Tuesday, March 11th
• Finalists Rehearsal #1
• 6:30PM-10:30PM
Wednesday, March 12th
•  Finalists Interviews
•  12PM-7PM
Thursday, March 13th
•  Finalists Interviews
•  12PM-6PM
Thursday, March 13th
•  Finalists Rehearsal #2
•  6:30-10:30PM
Sunday, March 16th
•  Finalists Rehearsal #3
•  2-6PM
Events listed above will be held at Rams Park and are closed to the general public.

Tuesday, March 18th

In order to attend this event, register online here to purchase a general admission $15, or VIP event ticket for a $25.00 donation. All proceeds raised will benefit a local Breast Cancer Awareness through our Cheer for A Cure Program. The squad will be announced live at the Pageant on the evening of Tuesday, March 18th 2014 immediately following the competition.
•  Rams Cheerleader Final Auditions*
•  6:30 to 10PM
• The Pageant
*This event is open to the general public, and will incorporate a question and answer segment, a swimsuit category and a dance audition for a final opportunity at becoming a member of the 2014 St. Louis Rams Cheerleaders.

Who is eligible:

All Participants must be 18 years or older by June 1, 2014. (No Exceptions). You must be able to attend all home games, rehearsals on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:30-10:30PM immediately following the final announcement of the 2014 Squad on Tuesday, March 18th. You must attend a minimum of 20 public relations and charity events within a 12 month period. You must be available for appearances on Thursday, May 8th, from 6-10. You must be able to attend a mandatory training camp scheduled for another weekend in June – date TBD and a week long calendar shoot – date TBD. Participants may not cheer for Rams and another professional or college team concurrently.

Audition attire:

•  Crop top or sports bra of your choice (sleeves or sleeveless is fine)
•  Boy-Style Shorts, No longer than a 3” inseam – trunks or briefs (these look like the lower half of a leotard or bikini bottoms)
•  Neutral colored panty hose
•  Tennis Shoes: black or white, jazz shoes
•  No Bike shorts, dance pants, thongs or colored hose

Dance preparation:

A dance team precision style is emphasized. Various styles of dance are used by the St. Louis Rams Cheerleaders. Turns, kicks and leaps are incorporated into routines.

Application process:

•  Each participant must submit or include a completed audition application online and a current photo of you individually
•  Photos may be in color or black & white, full body or headshot
•  NO SMALLER than an 8×10, 2M maximum
•  Resume (Professional and/or Dance)
•  Three Professional references
•  Complete the application process below and submit your information

For more information:

Keely Fimbres, Director, St. Louis Rams Cheerleaders, 314-516-8848