Audition Tips From The Minnesota Vikings Cheerleaders

Audition season is underway and we have some tips from the Minnesota Vikings Cheerleaders Captains.

From MVC Captain Jeanne:

Be open, approachable, and kind. You never know if you are meeting your future teammate, captain, or a lifelong friend. Be present in the day and make it count!! Enjoy the process, you will never forget this experience.

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From MVC Captain Lauryn:

Stay calm, and don’t let stress get to you! You will be learning a ton of material on the day of Open Auditions and will continue to learn something new every day during Training Camp. Remember that everyone is in the same position at you – you are not alone! Reach out to your peers if you have any questions, and don’t let yourself get overwhelmed during the process!

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From MVC Captain Karen:

Drink lots of water this week. Keep your body hydrated all week for this Sunday! Your bod with thank you!

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Reminder: auditions for the 2016 Minnesota Vikings Cheerleaders and Ambassadors begin this Sunday, April 3rd.

New York Jets Flight Crew Auditions This Saturday

Auditions for the 2016 New York Jet Flight Crew are this Saturday, April 2.  For more information, click on the image below.

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SI.com’s Coverage of the Atlanta Hawks Cheerleaders

Sports Illustrated has a nice gallery of the Atlanta Hawks Cheerleaders on SI.com.  Click on the image below to view the gallery.

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Philadephia Eagles Cheerleaders Finals Audition Show Open to the Public

The Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleaders Final Auditions are open to the public and will be held on Tuesday, April 5th at the Merriam Theater.  Sixty finalists will compete in a physical fitness, dance and interview segments.  For more information or to purchase tickets to the event, please click on the image below.

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P-R-O Convention Now Open For Reservations

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Reservations are now open for the premiere professional cheerleading and dance convention, the P-R-O Convention in Atlanta.  This year, the convention will be held at the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel Downtown on June 18th & 19th.  Learn from professional sports leading dance instructors.  Guest instructors for this year include:

  • Tracy Rutledge – Former NBA Atlanta Hawks, AFL2 Georgia Wildcats
  • Tara Battiato – NFL Tampa Bay Buccaneers Cheerleaders
  • Coach Alto Gary – NFL Houston Texans Cheerleaders, WCW Nitrogirls, Former NBA Atlanta Hawks & Charlotte Hornets Choreographer
  • Jakene Ashford – NFL Atlanta Falcons Cheerleaders
  • Derric Whitfield – NBA Washington Wizards, Wizard Girls
  • Stephanie Jojokian – NFL Washington Redskins Cheerleaders
  • Katie Gibbons – NBA San Antonio-Spurs Silver Dancers and AHL Rampage
  • Tami Krause – NFL Minnesota Vikings Cheerleaders
  • Stacie Kinder – NFL Nashville Tennessee Titans Cheerleaders
  • Brandii McCoy – NBA Charlotte Hornets Honeybees and AHL Charlotte Checkers CheckMates
  • Courtney Moore – NFL Seattle Seahawks Sea Gals
  • Denise Garvey – NFL New York Jets Flight Crew
  • Kristina Ferdig – NFL Arizona Cardinals Cheerleaders

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If you want to experience an exciting weekend of dance, team building and networking, click on the logo below to register for the 2016 P-R-O Convention.
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2016 Baltimore Ravens Cheerleader Tryout Photos

The Baltimore Ravens posted some photos from their 2016 auditions.  Click on the photo below to see them.

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2016 Kansas City Chiefs Cheerleaders Announced!

Meet the 2016 Kansas City Chiefs Cheerleaders!  Click on the image below to see the new squad.

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L.A. Rams Cheerleaders Auditions Next Week

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“We are seeking professional, glamorous, talented candidates to be part of our return to Los Angeles. Our Cheerleaders will represent the Rams organization not only on the field, but also throughout the community, nationally and abroad.” Keely Fimbres-Bledsoe, Director of Special Events and Cheerleaders

Preliminary Audition:

  • April 2 – Round 1
  • April 3 – Round 2

Final Auditions (The Forum)

  • April 17

Preliminary auditions begin April 2. Candidates must be at least 18 years of age and a high school graduate by April 2, 2016. In order to audition, you must complete the application online and upload a resume. Resumes should outline your educational and occupational background, community service, public speaking and any dance/cheer/modeling or commercial experience you may have.

For more information about the L.A. Rams Cheerleaders auditions, click here.

Patriots Cheerleaders: Where Are They Now? Sloane Heffernan

From Patriots.com

We are excited to announce an exciting new feature that will highlight the lives and accomplishments of our alumnae cheerleaders. “Where Are They Now?” will give #PatsNation a chance to see what their favorite former cheerleaders have been up to since retiring their uniform. First to be featured is Sloane Heffernan:

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Sloane Heffernan, born and raised in New Bedford, MA, was a New England Patriots Cheerleader in the early 90s. Her years with the Patriots set the stage for the rest of her professional life. At just 18 years old, she was the youngest woman to make the team. She had just graduated from high school and didn’t have any immediate plans to continue her education. “The intelligent, ambitious, and confident women that I met on the squad empowered me to go back to college and become a journalist”, said Sloane.

She attended Emerson College in Boston and had her first internship in the sports department at WBZ with Steve Burton. She later went on to cover local news at NBC affiliates in Fort Myers, FL, Albany, GA, and, currently, Raleigh, NC. Sloane recently won an Emmy Award for breaking news coverage in North Carolina! In addition to enjoying incredible professional success, Sloane is happily married to the man she was dating back when she made the squad in 1990! They have three beautiful children together, as well as an English Bulldog named Rosie-Belle.

Become a Redskins Cheerleader!

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Be a Washington Redskins Cheerleader and be a part of the most exciting cheerleading team in the NFL! Travel to exotic locations on the annual calendar shoot. See the world as a member of the Redskins Cheerleaders Variety Show. Perform for one of the largest audiences in the NFL. Support hundreds of charity and community groups in the Washington, D.C. area.

Auditions Schedule

• Preliminary Auditions: Saturday, April 2 from 8:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m. at FedExField
• Photo Shoot Round: Monday, April 4 at 6:30 p.m. at FedExField
• Final Auditions Show: Friday, April 8

For auditions FAQs, please click here.

Requirements
• All finalists must have a medical release statement from a doctor by April 1, 2016, stating you are in excellent physical condition and able to participate in strenuous activity at least four to five times a week.
• Applicants must be at least 18 years old, on or before April 1, 2016.
• Applicants must have a High School diploma or G.E.D by June 2016.
• If you become a Washington Redskins Cheerleader, you must have a full/part-time job, be a full-time college student or have a family.
• Washington Redskins Cheerleaders must have their own transportation.

For more information, click here.

Cheerleader Profile: Ladies of Ontario Fury Dancer Madison

Our next featured cheerleader is the tallest member of the Ladies of Ontario Fury…introducing Madison.

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Why did you become a professional cheerleader?

Dance has always been an important and special part of my life. I grew up dancing in a studio, which is where I developed my love for being a part of a team. There is no better feeling than the energy and encouragement you get when you go out and perform with a group of people who all share the same passion as you. I am about to graduate from college, so I am wrapping up my last few months on a college dance team. I wanted to take that next step from amateur to professional so I can continue to pursue my passion for dance.

What was your favorite experience as a professional cheerleader?

Performing at our last home game with the whole team. The only other time we had performed all together was at our first game of the season, so it was exciting to be with everyone again and to see how much we have grown since the last time we stepped out on the field all together. We even got to perform with our mascot, Stryker, which was definitely a moment to remember!

What is your favorite dance style?

While I love a good sassy jazz number, my strong suits are definitely in contemporary and lyrical. I love being able to express myself through dance and I feel like those two styles allow me to be the most genuine.

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

I’m a “leggy” all the way! Kicks, tilts, and leg hold turns are my go-to’s.

What are the three words that describe you?

Funny, ambitious, creative.

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

I love school! As nerdy as that sounds, I genuinely love learning, my major, and getting good grades. Even after I get my Bachelor’s degree this spring, I want to keep going to school. Fun fact: I spend about 7 hours a day at school.

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

Hip hop – Atmosphere is one of my all-time favorite artists.

What is your guilty pleasure?

I am addicted to Reality TV. Real Housewives, Vanderpump Rules, The Bachelor… I love it all!

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

Snapchat! It’s so fun! You can take the most embarrassing photos of yourself and not worry because they disappear in seconds!

Who is the one person that inspires you the most?

My little brother. Even though he is younger than me, he motivates me to be the best person I can be because I want to be someone that he can look up to.

What is your motto to live by?

YOLO! Haha, but really… it’s true! You only get one chance at life and I believe that life is what you make of it. You get what you give, so you should give it your all.

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

Never stop taking classes! Every dancer can learn something valuable from watching others. Taking class is the best way to keep improving on your technique, performance quality, and ability pick up choreography. All of those things are so important, especially on the professional level.

 

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For more information about the Ontario Fury, please visit their website here.

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Baltimore Blast Cheerleaders in the Playoffs

The Baltimore Blast had their first playoff game on Friday, March 11, at the Royal Farms Arena. It was a thrilling night as the Blast beat the Syracuse Knights 6-5 in triple OT. Here are some photos of the Blast Cheerleaders from the game.

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Titans Host NFL Cheerleading Meetings in Nashville

From TitansOnline.com

The Tennessee Titans recently hosted the NFL Cheerleading and Entertainment Directors meetings for their annual three-day League Conference.

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For the second time over their nearly two decade history, the Tennessee Titans hosted the NFL Cheerleading and Entertainment Directors for their annual three-day League Conference from February 22nd to February 24th.

“I was thrilled and proud to showcase our incredible town and our team to the rest of the league,” said Kinder. “It was an honor to be nominated as the 2016 host, and the city of Nashville proved again why we are the hottest place in the country right now!”

The conference began with the Vendors Showcase in the West Club at Nissan Stadium. The evening included presentations from 19 different companies, with products ranging from apparel to jewelry to photography. The night also included a surprise Writers in the Round with performances by multi-platinum recording artist Tracy Lawrence, ABC “Nashville’s” Charles Esten and Titans Cheerleader/country music artist Heidi West. Additional dance performances by the Tennessee Titans Cheerleaders and DC Dance Factory took place throughout the evening.

The second day of the conference was held at the Hilton Downtown Nashville. The day included a number of guest speakers discussing topics ranging from dermatology to the psychology of coaching. Additional breakout sessions included sponsorships, social media and junior cheerleading programs. The night concluded with a fantastic dinner in The Gulch at Sambuca and a visit to Broadway’s famous honky tonks.

After conference meetings concluded the morning of the 24th, attendees boarded the Big Pink Bus for an unforgettable tour of Nashville by the Jugg Sisters on their Original NashTrash Tour. The final day ended with Directors enjoying a memorable performance by songwriter Lance Carpenter at The Listening Room.

More photos here.

A Passion For Dance Leads To Business Opportunity

Professional cheerleader, world traveler and small business owner. Erika Salazar, third year member of the Ladies of Ontario Fury, tells us how her passion for dance led to a business opportunity.

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“Andiamo” when translated from Italian means “let’s go”. My business was born out of my passion for beauty, fitness, fashion, dance and travel. Andiamo Tanning is a mobile spray tanning business that provides our clients with custom airbrush tanning to create the perfect long lasting tone of glow on the go for every body and skin type. As a mobile tanning service, we come to you and provide our tanning services in the privacy and convenience of your own home or business. All of products are 100% natural and filled with anti-oxidants, perfect for all skin types!

I’ve been dancing for over 16 years and beauty is a must in our industry! We all know how washed out we can look on the field when those stadium lights come on or how pasty our skin may look during an appearance. I understand how busy our schedules can get and that many of us don’t have time to lay out and get that summertime bronze. Fortunately, I am here to provide that golden look in under 5 minutes, year round! Audition season is here and we want to look our best in front of the judges and have that perfect glow on our big day!

Andiamo Tanning will be providing services to those in the West Coast region this season! If you are auditioning in Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle or Phoenix, Andiamo will come to you and provide that special tan you desire. For 2016, we are offering a special starting group rate of $35 per person with the following minimum persons:

  • Los Angeles/Orange County – no minimum
  • San Diego – minimum of five girls
  • Oakland/San Francisco – minimum of 10 girls
  • Phoenix – minimum of 10 girls
  • Seattle/Washington state – minimum of 15 girls

Gather your gals and let’s achieve that flawless audition tan! Book me for your tanning appointment!

Please visit my facebook page for more information: https://www.facebook.com/Andiamotanning and check out my instagram page at: https://www.instagram.com/andiamo_tanning/

Erika Salazar
Certified Spray Tanning Technician
(562) 447-4969

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Cheerleader Profile: Ladies of Ontario Fury Dancer Kellie

Our next featured cheerleader is Kellie, 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 grew up in sports. I grew up in elite sports camps, and excelled well above average in mainly basketball and track and field. In elementary I got a small glimpse of performing when I was on a community competition hip hop and drill team but again was always pushed towards other sports. In high school I decided to make my own choice & tryout for the cheer team and dance team . I then went on to college and was apart of the competitive spirit line as well. Although I started what is considered “late” in the cheer/dance world I have found my passion & after college I told myself I was just not ready to stop yet! I love everything about professional cheer.

What was your favorite experience as a professional cheerleader?

Definitely has to be appearances. One of my favorite hobbies is volunteering and community service so the fact that it’s apart of the job is awesome! My favorite experience was the Colonies Holiday Miracle appearance where we got to take underprivileged kids on a Christmas shopping spree! Seeing their grins from ear to ear was the best!

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

I love hip hop tricks! Head springs, freezes, Kip ups, and rubber bands! My go to dance move is probably battements and all jumps and leaps!

What are the three words that describe you?

Fresh – I love traditions but I love contributing fresh new ideas and I feel fresh describes my personality!
Self-driven – I push myself and always try to give a perfect effort.
Reliable – You can always rely on me to be punctual, work hard, make people laugh and a friend to anyone!

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

I have a fear of chicken with bones. I cannot eat chicken if it is not boneless or chicken strips. I have forced myself a few times and I just cry on the inside. Haha I don’t even know where this came from!


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

I love hip hop, r&b and rap. I feel like there is a song for every mood and situation in life!
My 2 favorite artists are Chris Brown and T.I.

What is your guilty pleasure?

Fried foods! I love food in general but fried foods are just so delicious! My favorite is French Fries! I can eat those with literally anything and I love to make them all different types of ways! Skinny fries, curly fries, seasoned fries, cheese fries, bacon and cheese fries. . . Oh man now I want some fries!

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

The genuine support of family and friends! Having people around you who mean well and with positivity goes a very long way!

Who is the one person that inspires you the most?

Definitely my Mom! She is the strongest person I know for many reasons. I appreciate how she has been a great example and raised me to be a responsible and respectable young lady!

What is your motto to live by?

“If it makes you happy do it, if it doesn’t then don’t!”

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

Faith, consistency & hard work. You definitely have to believe in yourself and work at your craft! Training is everything and confidence is everything! Be consistent with technique training and your physical health! If you really want it you have to go for it 100%!


Where do you see yourself in ten years?

In ten years I see myself having done everything that I wanted to do in my youth; especially traveling and fulfilling my dance goals and finally settled into my career and have started a family!

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For more information about the Ontario Fury, please visit their website here.

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