Cheerleader Profile: Ladies of Ontario Fury Dancer Ashlynne

Introducing Ashlynne, a first year member of the Ladies of Ontario Fury. Let’s get to know her a little better.

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Why did you become a professional cheerleader?

I’ve been dancing for my whole life, but my experience on my college dance team at UCR was what made me realize I wanted to be on a professional dance team! In my senior year, I knew that I wasn’t ready to give up performing with a team, so that’s why I decided to audition for Fury. I wanted to be working with girls who have the same kind of dedication to dancing and a team as I do.

What was your favorite experience as a professional cheerleader?

Every time I run out onto that turf. Performing in front of a crowd gives me the best rush, and I live for that feeling! I also really enjoy meeting the fans and taking pictures with them; they’re always so excited and that makes me even more happy to be there.

What is your favorite dance style?

I think that contemporary and lyrical styles are so beautiful, and I love doing those and putting all of my emotion into it. But sassy jazz is the most fun for me, especially to perform!

What is your favorite dance move? What is your go to dance move?

Leaps are definitely my favorite. My go-to is always a hair flip! ?

What are the three words that describe you?

Passionate, because when I know what I want, I put everything I have into it. Talkative; whenever I’m with my friends, we can go on talking for hours and hours! And nocturnal haha. All of my energy comes out at night!

What is something that most people don’t know about you?

I’m an extremely competitive person and a perfectionist. I grew up as a serious figure skater for 11 years, competing regionally and nationally, and that mindset has carried out into my life after skating. Even things I do for fun, like dance, I always want to be my very best, and if I make any mistakes it bothers me a lot. Sometimes I have to remind myself to lighten up and not be too hard on myself because I’m doing this for the love of dance and performing, not to be perfect!

What is your guilty pleasure?

Netflix. I try not to start new shows as much as possible, because once I start, I can’t stop. I’m definitely a binge-watcher. I’ve watched an entire 24-episode season in a single weekend! ?

Facebook, Instagram or Twitter? Or some other app. What’s your favorite app?

It would probably be a tie between Instagram and Snapchat. With Instagram, I love being able to share pictures with my friends, and go back to see my favorite memories all in one place. But with Snapchat, it’s cool that I can keep up with what my friends are up to on a regular basis and share my fun moments instantly!

Who is the one person that inspires you the most?

My older brother. We used to fight a lot when we were younger, but now I really look up to him. He is always trying to better himself, whether it’s academically or just as a person, even though making changes in your life is one of the most difficult things to do. I aspire to be like that as well.

What is your motto to live by?

“Work hard, be yourself, and have fun!” That’s from Michelle Kwan, a legendary figure skater. I have always looked up to her, and that quote really resonates with me. Work hard for what you want, always stay true to yourself, and do what makes you happy to make the most out of your life!

What advice would you tell someone who aspires to become a professional cheerleader?

Never give up! If you know in your heart that it’s your passion, then go for it. Auditions can be really scary and intimidating, but just getting that experience is so beneficial. Just because one team doesn’t have a spot for you doesn’t mean that another team wouldn’t be honored to have you, or that the following year won’t be your year for your dream team. As long as you want it, keep trying! Don’t let yourself look back one day and wish you had tried to follow your dreams when you had the chance.

Where do you see yourself in ten years?

I hope I will have started a family, still be living in Southern California, and be working as an occupational therapist, with lots of memories of dancing and traveling to look back on!

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Arizona Cardinals Cheerleaders Audition Prep Classes

The Arizona Cardinals Cheerleaders are auditions holding prep classes every Tuesday in the month of March.  To register, click on the image below.

Cheerleader Profile: Ladies of Ontario Fury Dancer Krista

Say hello to Krista, a second year member of the Ladies of Ontario Fury.

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Why did you become a professional cheerleader?

When I was Younger I remember watching a Laker game and getting my first glimpse at the Laker girls. I was in awe of how talented and beautiful they were. As a young girl taking dance classes in my small town, it opened my eyes to the possibilities and just how far dance could take me. Since then it was always been a dream of mine to be a professional cheerleader.

What was your favorite experience as a professional cheerleader?

Throughout my time time on the Fury I have met some truly inspiring fans. People who I will never forget and memories that I will cherish forever. Getting to connect with our awesome fans are always my favorite experiences.

What is your favorite dance style?

I have always enjoyed ballet. I love the amount of dedication it takes to master the technique of the style. Jazz is my favorite style to perform. When I’m on the field I feel right at home with a sassy jazz combination!

What is your favorite dance move? What is your go to dance move?

You can never go wrong with a hair whip but I also love showing off some big leaps!

What are the three words that describe you?

Energetic, confident, and ambitious

What is something that most people don’t know about you?

When I was younger I was mistaken for the long lost Olsen triplet! People would always come up to my parents telling them I looked like the twins from Full House.

What is your favorite music genre? Who is your favorite musical artist?

Country is my favorite and is always turned up loud in my car! It’s so hard to pick just one artist. My top favorites are probably Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Chris Young, and Lee Brice.

What is the one thing you can’t live without?

Yoga pants, Oreos, and my favorite book.

Who is the one person that inspires you the most?

Can I cheat and say both my parents?! They are the hardest workers I know and have instilled that same work ethic in me. They have taught me to pursue my dreams and to keep striving for success. I don’t know where I would be without their constant support.

What is your motto to live by?

“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t slow down once in awhile, you might just miss it.” This is one of my favorite quotes and it’s from the movie Ferris Bueller’s Day off. A lot of the time I think we get caught up in the future and where we think we have to be at certain points of our life. When we are focused too much on that we forget to enjoy the journey.

What advice would you tell someone who aspires to become a professional cheerleader?

Be persistent! It may not happen right away but keep trying and keep taking dance classes. If you are consistently working towards your dreams you can make them a reality!

Where do you see yourself in ten years?

I see myself owning my own company and married with kids. I want to be living in Southern California while still traveling the world every chance I get!

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Chicago Blitz audition countdown!

Are you ready for the field? Have you registered for Auditions?
February 25 8:30-11:00pm
Dovetail Studios
Auditions are $15 if you pre-register and $20 at the door
To register email: chicagoblitzdancers@gmail.com

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Buccaneer Cheerleaders Out And About

A Tampa Bay big social event every year (since 1904) is the Gasparilla Pirate Festival celebration. The annual parade and mardi gras type parties start in January and most activities culminate with the Gasparilla Distance Classic races in February. On Friday I “ran” into a couple Buccaneer Cheerleaders appearing at the Health and Fitness Expo preceding the weekend races.

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Ingrid, Buccaneer wide receiver Louis Murphy and Lindsey.

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Ingrid is a three year veteran and Lindsey was a rookie this year.

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Here’s hoping these fan favorite beauties will be “back” for another year of cheering.

Snapshots: The 2016 Ladies of Ontario Fury

I consider the period after the holidays to be a time of relaxation and rejuvenation. And January and February are the months that I spend with the Ontario Fury. It’s a fun experience, more laid back and less stressful that other events because the Fury staff is so welcoming and the shooting environment is more chill. And the Ladies of Ontario Fury are really fun to shoot…its all good.

So here are some snapshots I took last Sunday as the Ontario Fury defeated the Soles de Sonora 7-4 to stay in the playoff race.

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Cheerleader Profile: Ladies of Ontario Fury Dancer Nikki

Meet Nikki, a second year member of the Ladies of Ontario Fury.

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Why did you become a professional cheerleader?

Growing up I’ve always been passionate about dancing, and now that I am older I am able to not only do what I love, but receive all the perks and benefits that come with being a professional dancer.

What was your favorite experience as a professional cheerleader?

Performing in front of a big crowd is one of my favorite experience as a professional dancer, but being able to inspire and encourage future dancers would have to be my favorite experience of all.

What is your favorite dance style?

I am in between jazz and hip hop, as my favorite dance style, because I can easily put my own style by being sharp and clean.

What is your favorite dance move? What is your go to dance move?

My favorite dance move would be anything that has pirouettes in it, but my go to dance move would be anything that involves a booty pop!

What are the three words that describe you?

If I had to pick three words to describe myself would be active, daring, and awesome. In all, I am a very easy going person who lives in the moment.

What is your favorite music genre? Who is your favorite musical artist?

Any type of music I can dance to would be my favorite music genre, but I do prefer to listen to country and pop. As of right now, my favorite music artist is SAM HUNT… not just because of his looks, but his voice of course.

What is your guilty pleasure?

Definitely my guilty pleasure would be going to the movies, because I get to sit back with a bucket of popcorn and no interruptions.

What is the one thing you can’t live without?

I wouldn’t say one thing I can’t live without, but two. My two cats are something I cannot live without.

Facebook, Instagram or Twitter? Or some other app. What’s your favorite app?

Snapchat! I get curious to see what people are doing and it is an easy way to communicate to people through pictures or videos in the moment.

Who is the one person that inspires you the most?

The one person who inspires me would be my eldest sister, because I would not be so open-minded to everything that life has to offer me.

What advice would you tell someone who aspires to become a professional cheerleader?

My advice to future professional dancers would be to just get up and do it! Dancing is about constructive criticism and it is something dancers will just have to learn to accept to make their dreams happen.

Where do you see yourself in ten years?

In ten years, I see myself being a homeowner near the beach and working as a flight attendant.

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Come and meet Nikki and the rest of the Ladies of Ontario Fury at their last home game of the season on February 24th at the Citizens Business Bank Arena. For more information about the Ontario Fury, please visit their website here.

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers Cheerleader Auditions Announced!

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Cheerleader Profile: Ladies of Ontario Fury Dancer Alex

This is Alex, a first year member of the Ladies of Ontario Fury. Let’s get to know a little more about her.

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Why did you become a professional cheerleader?

I auditioned for the Ladies of Ontario Fury for a variety of reasons. I have a huge passion for dance. I have been dancing since I was three and have loved it ever since. After my years of high school dance teams and college dance teams, I was looking for more. I wanted to become a professional dancer because it seemed like the next step in my dancing career. I’m always pushing myself to grow not only as a dancer, but as a person as well, and Fury has helped me do that.

What was your favorite experience as a professional cheerleader?

My favorite experience so far has been when I got the opportunity to give back to the community during the 8th Annual Colonies Holiday Miracle Event. This program gives back to families in need and helps spread some holiday cheer. I had the pleasure of taking a little boy shopping around just in time for Christmas. We went to three different stores and he got a lot of cool gifts for his mom and brothers; and of course we were able to cross off a couple of his Christmas list items as well! The whole day was such a rewarding and fun experience! I’m thankful for Ontario Fury for not only giving me three privilege to dance and perform; but also do work like this and with the Fury Foundation!

What is your favorite dance style?

My favorite dance style is fast jazz. I love being sassy and dancing to upbeat fast songs. I grew up in competitive dance, so I love anything that allows me to show off my technique!

What is your favorite dance move? What is your go to dance move?

My favorite dance moves are definitely turns! Fun fact: growing up I competed and often won best turner at competitions!

What are the three words that describe you?

Three words that describe me are sassy, optimistic, and energetic.

What is your favorite music genre? Who is your favorite musical artist?

My favorite music genre is electric dance music. My favorite artist is Yellow Claw.

What is the one thing you can’t live without?

One thing I can’t live without is my family and friends. I’m very fortunate to have the best support system around me and would go crazy without them!

Facebook, Instagram or Twitter? Or some other app. What’s your favorite app?

Instagram! I love editing pictures and sharing them with all of my friends.

Who is the one person that inspires you the most?

The one person who inspires me the most is my mom. She gives the best advice, the warmest hugs, and constantly pushes me to strive to be my best. She leads by example and always has her head held high, even in the toughest of situations. She has overcome so much, yet does everything she can, along with my dad to support and provide for my family.

What is your motto to live by?

My motto to live by is “Carpe Diem” which means “seize the moment”. I always try to remind myself to take full advantage of the opportunities that are given to me and to live everyday like it’s my last.

What advice would you tell someone who aspires to become a professional cheerleader?

Some advice that I would give is to first find confidence in yourself. It’s very hard to go out and in front of thousands of spectators when you aren’t confident. In addition to that I would take as many dance classes as possible. You can never take too many technique classes!

Where do you see yourself in ten years?

In ten years my only wish is to look back and have no regrets. I want to be happy with a degree, maybe my masters, and have a successful job and be a devoted and loving wife, and maybe even a mom!

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You can see Alex and the rest of the Ladies of Ontario Fury at their next home game on February 21st at the Citizens Business Bank Arena. For more information about the Ontario Fury, please visit their website here.

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Cheerleader Profile: Ladies of Ontario Fury Dancer McKenzie

This is McKenzie, a second year member of the Ladies of Ontario Fury. Let’s take a moment to get to know her.

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Why did you become a professional cheerleader?

Performing has always been a huge passion of mine ever since I started dancing when I was 3 years old. As I grew older I began competing on my dance studios team, then moved onto cheerleading through high school, and then continued onto the collegiate level for two years. When the opportunity to audition for a professional team came across my path there was no doubt in my mind that I had to jump on the opportunity. Being a professional cheerleader for the past two years has been one of my biggest accomplishments. Being able to perform on the field and to be able give back to my community has been more than a dream come true.

What was your favorite experience as a professional cheerleader?

My favorite experience, hands down, has to be the very first time I stepped onto that turf, looked out into the crowd, and took a deep breath in. I remembering being able to hear my heart beating so loudly I could hear it in my ears. Seeing all of the fans, including my family, and hearing the roar of the crowd and our music still to this day gives me chills. That moment is something I will forever cherish.

What is your favorite dance move? What is your go to dance move?

Just one!? That’s not fair, I have so many! For me, my favorite dance move is anything that I can do a hair flip, shimmy, and shake. My go to dance move, technically speaking is a left high kick, but I can also do a pretty mean hand jive! ;D Ha ha.

What are the three words that describe you?

Adventurous, supportive, and courageous.

What is something that most people don’t know about you?

Something most people don’t know about me is that I am a huge gym junkie. I go to the gym 5-6 times a week. If I don’t go, I legit get sad. Lifting, cardio, yoga, I love it all! Challenging and pushing myself is definitely a hobby of mine. Before I go to bed I plan my workouts and it makes me excited to wake up in the morning.

What is your guilty pleasure?

Donuts and those cheesy wedding videos on Vimeo. They definitely make me cry but that’s when the donuts come to the rescue! Haha.

What is the one thing you can’t live without?

My family and friends! They’re my support system! They let my dreams run wild yet they keep me grounded. Without them I’d be lost. Oh and coffee! Without that I’m a grumpy zombie.

Facebook, Instagram or Twitter? Or some other app. What’s your favorite app?

Instagram, Instagram, INSTAGRAM! I love taking pictures, sharing pictures, and seeing other peoples pictures! I’m definitely that annoying girl that constantly asks to take pictures!

Who is the one person that inspires you the most?

My Grandpa. He is by far the most kind hearted person I have ever met. He would do anything to see his loved ones healthy, happy, and successful. I truly admire that and hope to by like him one day. Quite literally, if it weren’t for him I wouldn’t be able to be doing the things I’m doing today. Everything I do, I do for him, and to make him proud.

What is your motto to live by?

“Those who don’t jump will never fly.” I’m a huge believer in taking the risk, even if it scares you, you never know unless you try. It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting. Sometimes you have to trust the unknown and take the chance.

What advice would you tell someone who aspires to become a professional cheerleader?

Never give up! It’s definitely a long and tricky road but it is 110% worth every bit of it. Set a goal, work hard every day, stay true to yourself, and just have fun! Pay no mind to the fear of failure, just keep doing your thing. Keep an open heart and a strong spirit. You’ve got to go out and fight for it. Nobody knows what you want except you, and nobody will be as sorry as you if you don’t get it. So don’t ever give up on your dreams.

Where do you see yourself in ten years?

Ten years? Oh man! I don’t even know what I want for dinner! Haha. In ten years I’ll hope to have my Bachelors and Masters in Communications. Maybe be working as an entertainment news anchor for E! News. I hope to be traveling the world or living in Dublin with my two future dogs. I hope to still be happy and healthy and I could never ask for more!

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You can see McKenzie and the rest of the Ladies of Ontario Fury at their next home game on February 21st at the Citizens Business Bank Arena. For more information about the Ontario Fury, please visit their website here.

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Bri and Kellee exemplify the winning Titans Cheerleaders team attitude

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What makes a winning team? When a team member speaks glowingly about their squad in terms that there is no competition within it, and a strong camaraderie of friendship, saying of each of their members, “You want to see everyone succeed, and get opportunities, not just necessarily yourself or your friends, you want to see everyone do well.”

That description of the Tennessee Titans Cheerleaders came from second-year member Bri as she joyfully described her team last October. And this winning attitude may be also derived from Titans Cheerleaders being part of winning college programs in the past. Bri was danced at University of Alabama, as did another Titans Cheerleader Julia, and Hannah and Pro Bowler Heather also attended Bama, the team consistently at the top of the college football world over the last decade. Her hometown is in Texas, but Bri is an Alabama fanatic with all her heart.

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Rookie Kellee also brought a winning history to the Titans Cheerleaders, as she danced for the Oklahoma State football teams that achieved great success with QB Brandon Weeden and wide receiver Justin Blackmon. “I was there those years so that was really fun,” Kellee recounted. “My last year we went to the Fiesta Bowl. It was the year we almost went to the national championship; I would have loved to have cheered at the national championship.”

“That was the year we kicked you out of the national championship,” Bri, playfully chimed in, remembering 2011-2012 one-loss Bama was BCS #2 and the 11-1 Cowboys were #3. With deadpan comic perfection, Kellee replied, “I don’t want to talk to you.”

But Bri and Kellee were not only TTC teammates, but both proudly on captain Jessi’s line. “We’re the best line and everyone knows it,” they joked. “We only have six members, so we’re the short line and the small line, but I like our small line.”

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Jocelyn, Kellee, Jessi, Bri, and Hannah

At the Halloween home game, Bri was happy with her costume, but a bit perplexed. “I’m a Greek goddess, but I think the people that made the costume are a little confused about their history and culture though, because it came with a snake headband. That’s Egyptian, not Greek. So it’s like a combo of the two I guess. My mom said, ‘I don’t think that’s right,’ and I said, It’s not.”

Kellee’s costume channeled Where’s Waldo? “I really like it. It is comfy, a cotton shirt and cotton shorts. Kellee joked, “I thought, why I don’t just go hide during the game?”

In the tradition of the Titans Cheerleaders representing the US from coast to coast, Kellee moved from Oklahoma, originally from the Tulsa area, to Nashville. “I love Nashville, it’s a really easy transition from Oklahoma. People are really nice, and it’s not too big.” Kellee was working for an insurance agency in Nashville, with a dream job to own her own event planning company.

Bri works as a human resources analyst for a company that does onsite wellness and healthcare for larger businesses. Her dream job is to be Director of Human Resources and a dance coach. Bri coached at one point of her life and would like to go back to coaching.

So the Titans Cheerleaders know how to cheer for winners from their college days, so they’ll be ready when the Titans ascend in the NFL hierarchy. So the Titans are not in the Super Bowl yet, but that does not mean they stood still on Super Bowl Sunday. The TTC covered the world, spreading cheer to those who could not be in the US for the game. TCC’s Anne was at Camp Zama, a United States Army post located in the cities of Zama and Sagamihara, southwest of Tokyo. Jocelyn was at Andersen Air Force Base in Guam, Brooke visiting troops in Australia, Monica doing the same in Korea.

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After a stop in Singapore, Bri went to be part of the troops Super Bowl festivities in Diego Garcia. Where in the world is Diego Garcia? It is an atoll located south of the equator in the central Indian Ocean. Like her Titans Cheerleaders teammates, Bri took her winning smile and winning attitude to support the troops stationed a long way from home for the big game.

And with the Super Bowl in the books, it is time to think about next season’s NFL cheerleading auditions! Starting with the Titans Cheerleaders’ VIP Training Workshop on February 28th to Pre-Audition Clinics on April 3rd to preliminary auditions on April 9th, Director Stacie Kinder’s 2016 squad will be named before you know it. Audition info is at this link.

More photos of the wonderful Bri and Kellee from back in October are below, and a few more at this link.

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Denver Outlaws Dancers Workshops and Auditions coming soon!

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Valley View Woman Vying for Spot as Eagles Cheerleader

By Vicki Terwilliger
The Repubic-Herald

A Valley View woman’s hoping the view from the sidelines at Philadelphia Eagles football games is one she’ll bring into focus.

vikciAmanda Lyn Gerber will soon try out for a spot on the team’s cheerleading squad at Lincoln Financial Field, home stadium of the National Football League’s Eagles.

It’s a position she’s been in before — just one of 400 hopefuls vying for the opportunity.

“Last year when I was cut after the third audition round, I immediately knew I would be trying out again this year because it was truly one of the most exhilarating experiences in my life to date,” Gerber, 20, said. “I was given the opportunity to meet so many amazing people, and I learned so much about my own skills and abilities, as well as confidence in myself.”

Gerber spent the last year preparing for a few short moments in front of the judges. Boosting her dancing abilities was something she was committed to do in order to become a professional cheerleader.

She’s currently a student at Penn State Berks Campus, Reading, studying communication sciences and disorders, and will further her education in State College this fall.

“I immediately began looking for studios that I could take classes at once my fall semester started up. I actually found an amazing coach through a mutual friend of my mother, and she was just beginning to teach at Dance Fusion Studios in Reading. I started taking private lessons towards the end of August, and in September I joined a jazz class at the studio.”

Gerber has her own fan base of family members who’ll be rooting for her again this year.

She resides with her mother, Ruthann Harner; stepfather, Chad Harner; and two younger brothers, Brenton and Kaden Harner. She’s also the daughter of Gary Gerber, Shamokin, and has an older brother, Jonathon Gerber, who resides in Florida. Gerber is the granddaughter of Ruth Riley, Valley View, Bruce and Penny Johnson, Gratz, Sandy Gerber, Quakake, and Kim and Janice Harner, Sacramento.

This year’s tryouts will begin with a dance prep workshop and mock audition on Feb. 16 and 17, respectively. Gerber said that’s the time when she’ll learn the audition dance two weeks prior to the open call audition, which is March 5.

“I will definitely be accompanied by my mother and my older brother, Jonathon, and hopefully more members of my family as well. However, the open call audition is not open to the public so they cannot watch my audition. If I advance past the open call auditions on March 5, I will likely have a second audition that same day that determines if I make it to semifinals.”

Gerber’s unsure of the exact number of cheerleaders they are looking for, but recalled last year they were seeking about 40 people.

“The tryout process is pretty simple,” she said. “You are taught choreography very similar to what the Eagles dance style is. At the open call audition, you are given a number, and you perform in groups of around 10 girls. The judges are looking for girls who can memorize and perform choreography correctly, have skills in dance, and who just generally look happy while doing it.”

“I recall a member of the crew saying last year, ‘We aren’t just looking for dancers, we’re looking for models.’ So, fitting the part is pretty cut and dry,” said Gerber, who has participated in cheering since she was young, in high school, and now as a cheerleader for the Penn State Berks men’s basketball team.

The preparation has been an entertaining part of the journey, she said.

“The most exciting and fun part of this process, though a little stressful, is the preparation — getting my hair done, ordering the perfect, flashy and bold audition outfit, getting photographs taken for my portfolio and so much more. The most challenging part has been completely dedicating myself to being prepared for this year. It was very difficult with work and school, but I’ve really focused on being in shape and eating clean to prepare for this year’s audition. I’ve worked hard in my dance classes, and improved my flexibility and dance skills tremendously, although there is still always room for improvement.”

She’s planning on using her past audition experience this time around.

“Right before my audition last year, all I kept telling myself was that I should be happy no matter what the outcome is, because I was so proud of myself for even having the guts to audition in the first place considering there were over 400 girls at the audition. I almost felt a little in over my head, but excited at the same time. I was not surprised when I was cut after the first round, and I was still so thankful for the experience. So, a few days after the open call audition where I was originally cut, I received a phone call from the director asking if I would be interesting in coming back for the semifinal audition. I’m sure you can only imagine how excited I was, and of course I said ‘Yes!’ I think I was already dialing my mother’s phone number before I even hung up with the director because I was so anxious to share the news.”

She took another trip to Lincoln Financial Field to learn the choreography for the semifinal audition, and a few short weeks after that was faced with yet another “nerve-wracking” audition, she said.

“This time I was dancing along side just one other girl, and the audience was not only the judges, but also 50 to 100 Philadelphia Eagles season ticket holders. I barely even remember auditioning. It was so quick and I had so much adrenaline. But, again I was happy with whatever the outcome was. Unfortunately, only about 75 girls made it through the semifinal round and I was not one of them, but the amazing feeling I had after auditioning that day still plays through my head,” Gerber said.

She added, “I’ve dreamed about cheering for them since I was young.”

Former HC Bronco Cheering on Denver’s Broncos

By Shay Burk
The Hastings Tribune
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When Super Bowl 50 kicks off Sunday, some Hastings residents won’t be looking for Peyton Manning to yell “Omaha” or for “Superman” quarterback Cam Newton’s moves on the field.

Instead, they’ll be looking for a familiar face.

Among the 26 members of the Denver Broncos cheer squad is Hastings College alum Jozie LaViolette, who is in her first year with the squad.

And to say that she is excited for the game is an understatement.

“The fact that the Broncos are going to the Super Bowl alone is absolutely incredible. The fact that we get to join them … no words,” LaViolette told the Tribune.

“We know how blessed we are that Mr. Bowlen (Mr. B) has made it a point to include us in every aspect of the DB experience and organization.”

LaViolette, a 2013 Hastings College graduate, may have danced on the field at the college but she admits her cheer and dance career started at an older age than some.

Growing up in Omaha, LaViolette started out as a player on the field, not a cheerleader.

“I was an extremely competitive soccer and softball player before dance took over my life,” she said.

Then a friend invited a 13-year-old LaViolette to a visitor’s day at her dance studio and, just like that, she was hooked.

“I asked my parents to take me to a few more classes, and I fell in love with it,” LaViolette said. “I tried to do soccer, softball and dance but there wasn’t enough time for all three. I chose to concentrate on dance and the rest is history.”

In high school, LaViolette was on the pom squad at Papillion-LaVista High School and competed with Mary Lorraine’s Dance Center in Omaha.

At Hastings College, she served as technique coordinator and captain of the Crimson Spirit Dance Team. She doubled up by also serving as a Danger Doll for the first year of the Nebraska Danger arena football team in Grand Island.

“With each team and season, my love and passion for dance and cheer and working on a team grew,” LaViolette said. “I knew I wasn’t done after graduating from HC.”

That’s when LaViolette moved to Colorado where she started working in web communication design, the major she pursued at Hastings College.

While she had a full-time job, LaViolette was still hunting down that dream of making it onto a professional dance team.

LaViolette spent two seasons as a member of The Wild Bunch, the squad cheering for the Colorado Mammoth, the state’s indoor lacrosse team. During that time, she also tried out for the Denver Bronco cheerleaders for the first time and was rejected.

That rejection only fueled her fire to work harder to prepare for the auditions and, hopefully, make the squad.

“Auditions are long and rigorous but they are a wonderful opportunity to meet people and it’s overall such a positive and inspiring environment,” she said.

Each time LaViolette tried out for the Denver Bronco cheerleaders, she was competing with more than 200 other women who all had to learn combos and routines to perform in both the preliminary and semifinal rounds before even making it to training camp.

In training camp, LaViolette was up against 49 other candidates who were expected to learn three more routines, self-choreograph a solo, showcase technique across the floor, take a 100-plus question football exam, and be interviewed by a panel of unique judges.

That all comes before the final test when the last cuts are made and members of the squad are named.

As a Denver Broncos cheerleader, LaViolette performs at all home games. They are required to know the game of football, know the Broncos team history, understand referee signals and know what other teams in the league are doing, as well.

“We pride ourselves on our knowledge and love for the game of football,” she said. “We can’t lead a crowd if we don’t know what’s happening on the field.”

The women practice two evenings a week and attend all home games. In terms of exercise, the women don’t have a set fitness schedule. Instead, most take yoga classes, visit the gym or participate in other workout programs on their off days.

Along with their cheering duties, the women also give of their time racking up 400-plus hours of community service time in the Denver area each season.

LaViolette said her favorite outside activity is working with the Dare to Cheer program, which works with the Global Down Syndrome Foundation.

Dare to Cheer is comprised of young girls, boys, men, and women with Downs Syndrome who love to cheer and love the Denver Broncos.

“Having a brother with special needs makes this program especially close to my heart,” LaViolette said.

While those commitments keep LaViolette and the other cheerleaders busy, this isn’t their lives.

In fact, it is just a part-time job.

Among the cheerleaders are law students, master’s program students, mothers and those who have a full-time job. LaViolette has had several jobs in her time in Colorado and is currently serving as co-director of marketing and social media at The Sawaya Law Firm in Denver.

As for going to California for the Super Bowl, LaViolette said she’s ecstatic not only for the game but the connections she will make.

“Something that is specifically special to the DBC is the chance to meet the Panthers Cheerleaders and to share the field with them,” LaViolette said. “We love getting to meet women who love football just as much as we do and care for the hometown and state communities on the same level.”

Former Cheerleader Talks About Being on the Sidelines for the Broncos’ First Super Bowl

By Lindsay Watts
TheDenverChannel.com

It was nearly four decades ago when the Denver Broncos made their first Super Bowl appearance, and a Boulder woman got to see that game right from the field.

Pat Mansfield went by ‘Pat Chance’ back when she was selected to be a cheerleader on the newly formed Pony Express.

“It was a once in a lifetime thing,” Mansfield said. “It was magical. It was a time when the Broncos had just started becoming a winning team. There was a new coach coming in, there was a new quarterback.”

Mansfield said the excitement in Colorado in 1978 remains unmatched.

“To go to the Super Bowl was beyond anybody’s dreams,” she said. “And because it was the first time, the whole community was euphoric.”

Mansfield showed off her collection of photographs as well as her ‘Orange Crush’ t-shirt she has kept all these years.

“Throughout the nation, throughout NFL, they were known as the Orange Crush defense,” Mansfield said.

The Pony Express was disbanded after just a few years due to cheerleaders posing for Playboy Magazine. The Broncos then went without a squad for more than a decade.

“I was really excited when I saw they were bringing cheerleaders back because I really think they add something to the ambiance of the game,” said Mansfield.

She said she’ll still be cheering for her team on Sunday, though this time, from her couch.

“I’m just so grateful I have the privilege of being part of that very first time,” she said.