Flashback Friday – Ladies of Ontario Fury

A few days ago, I learned that the Ontario Fury has decided not to field a dance team this year. With the passage of the cheerleader minimum wage law in California, the economics of offering a dance team did not work for the Ontario Fury and I would imagine several other minor league sports are also feeling the pinch. I know that the San Diego Sockers came to the same conclusion last year and the Socker Girls were eliminated.

Fact of the matter is that although professional cheerleaders were egregiously underpaid over the years, dance teams are a significant expense for most franchises and in an era of increasing costs, they have become, in many cases, expendable. And that is truly unfortunate because I know first hand the value of the Ladies of Ontario Fury and the goodwill that they fostered for the organization with their public appearances, community outreach efforts and junior cheerleader programs.

For me, this loss is devastating because I have covered the Ladies of Ontario Fury and their predecessor organization, the Anaheim Bolts Dance Team, for several years. And the most impressive thing is that under the direction of Lynae de Leon, these two programs have been a hot bed of dance talent and a breeding ground for major league cheerleaders. Lynae’s girls have gone on to perform with the Laker Girls, Charger Girls, Clippers Spirit, Sacramento Kings, 49ers Gold Rush, Denver Broncos and the Los Angeles Rams Cheerleaders.

In this Flashback Friday post, we recognize the Lynae’s efforts in developing dance talent to fulfill their potential and achieve higher level success. So here are a few of Lynae’s girls from the past few years that have made it to the next level. We present: McKenzie, Sativa-Skye, Kellie, Lizzie, Krista, Courtney, Diana, Alex, and Madison.

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I hope the Ontario Fury finds the resources to bring back the Ladies of Ontario Fury because they are an asset that cannot be described by mere dollars alone.

Snapshots – The Ladies of Ontario Fury in the MASL Playoffs

It’s playoff time in the MASL and this past Tuesday, I attended the Ontario Fury game against the San Diego Sockers.   The visiting Sockers won the first game of the series, making this a must win game for the Fury if they wanted to keep their playoff hopes alive.  If the Fury wins, then the two teams would play a 15 minute abbreviated mini game for the rights to move on in the playoffs.  So there was a palpable sense of urgency for the home team…win and they would continue on, lose…well…see you next year.

The game started off fast for the Fury as they scored three first quarter goals before the Sockers responded with two goals in the second period.  As the game tightened up, the play turned physical with several hard tackles and some hard feelings that carried over into the locker area during half time.  In the second half, the Fury outscored the Sockers 5-2 to win the game and force the 15 minute mini-game.

Final Score: Ontario Fury – 8, San Diego Sockers – 4

After a brief 15 minute break, the two teams returned to the field to play the decisive mini game.  Nine seconds into the rubber game of the match, the Sockers scored the lone goal of the mini-game.  With more than 14 minutes left to play, the Fury were unable to score an equalizer and the Sockers went onto prevail and move on to the next round of the playoffs.  And with that, the Fury’s season was over.

As it turned out, this was also the last game of the season for the Ladies of Ontario Fury and perhaps the last time this group of young women will perform together.  It’s audition season and Lynae de Leon, the director of the Ladies of Ontario Fury, has a knack of developing dance talent that go onto major league dance teams.  Last year alone, four members of her 2016 squad made it to NBA and NFL dance teams.  And on Sunday, the first of several local NFL and NBA auditions begin and I know that several of her current squad will be trying out.

So let’s take a final look at the 2017 Ladies of Ontario Fury.

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Snapshots: Ladies of Ontario Fury – 02/04/17

Another week, another Ontario Fury game.  This past Saturday, I watched the Ontario Fury battle the Turlock Express in another exciting MASL soccer game…exciting if you are a fan of the hometown team because this one was a blow out.  The MASL doesn’t have a 10 run mercy rule like they have in Little League Baseball, but maybe they should.  The Ontario Fury thoroughly dominated the boys from Stanislaus County, taking a 7-2 lead into halftime and never looked back.  Five third quarter goals put the Ontario Fury up 12-2 before the Express started playing some soccer, scoring three fourth quarter goals to keep the final margin of victory at 10.

Final Score: Ontario Fury – 15, Turlock Express – 5

Twenty goals in 60 minutes of game play.  That’s a goal every three minutes  And with each Fury goal…you get some dancing!  So let’s take a look at this week’s snapshots of the Ladies of Ontario Fury, the hottest dance team in the MASL.

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Snapshots: Ladies of Ontario Fury – 01/26/17

A little known secret in professional sports is the MASL, an indoor soccer league composed of 17 teams that play a brand of soccer that can only be described as up tempo, fast break soccer.  It’s fast paced, high scoring and very exciting to watch.  It’s physical too! I saw a player get checked into the dasher boards and he was horizontal as he crashed into the corner.  He had to take a minute or two to compose himself…I bet he thought MASL soccer was non-contact.  Not hardly.

Many of the MASL squads have dance teams.  Of course, being from Los Angeles, my team is the Ontario Fury and they have a very special dance team…the Ladies of Ontario Fury.  When January and February come around, I like to spend some quality time with the Ladies of Ontario Fury.  This past Friday, I attended the Ontario Fury game against the Dallas Sidekicks game.  And let me tell you, that game was an exciting, back and forth affair that only ended with an overtime goal by the home team.

Final Score: Ontario Fury – 11, Dallas Sidekicks – 10 OT

What I like about going to a Fury game is that you can get up close and personal to watch the game and get up close and personal with the Ladies of Ontario Fury.  Indoor soccer is an intimate game…wink! wink!

So let’s take a look at some snapshots that I took at the game.

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Holidays With The Ladies of Ontario Fury

The Major Arena Soccer League season is underway and the Ontario Fury hosted the Turlock Express this past Friday at the Citizens Business Bank Arena. Fortunately for me, I was able to spend the day after Thanksgiving with the hottest dance team in the MASL, the Ladies of Ontario Fury for game day.

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My game days with the Ladies of Ontario Fury are filled with photographic opportunities and I started my day or more properly my evening (it was a night game) off with some posed photographs. The girls greet incoming fans one hour prior to game time and they are available to mingle and take photographs with the fans. You can get up close and personal with the Ladies of Ontario Fury and I did just that, snapping a few photos with the girls in front of a large Christmas Tree.

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Ladies of Ontario Fury Announce Dance Team Auditions

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Click Here to Pre-Register Today!

Date: Sunday, October 2, 2016

Time: Registration Starts at 9:30am (Auditions begin promptly at 10:00am)

Location: Anthony Munoz Community Center (1240 W. Fourth St, Ontario, CA 91762)

The Ladies of Fury uphold a high standard of quality dance performance and community involvement to represent the Ontario Fury with professionalism on and off the field.  During the audition process, applicants will be judged on dance ability, showmanship, physical fitness, crowd appeal, and individual applications. Final round dancers will participate in a group interview and display their own choreography highlighting strengths and specialties (music will be provided).

To ensure a professional and relaxed atmosphere for all participants, the auditions will be closed. No guests or spectators allowed.

Highlights

  • Perform at Ontario Fury home games at Citizens Business Bank Arena
  • Participate in the annual team photo shoot
  • Serve as ambassadors for the Fury organization as well as the Inland Empire Community
  • Be a role model to young dancers and children in the community through Jr. Dance Clinics and various appearances
  • Media exposure
  • Possible travel opportunities
  • Give back to the community through the Fury Foundation and other charity events
  • Invaluable friendships and memories with fellow teammates

Requirements

  • You must be at least 18 years old by date of audition
  • All dancers must have flexible schedules for rehearsals, games, and appearances starting immediately
  • A total commitment is required to the Ontario Fury for 1 year
  • Must be able to attend all Ontario Fury home games
  • Must be available for mandatory mini-camp on Saturday, October 8 – Sunday, October 9
  • Rehearsals every Sunday from 3:30pm-6:00pm

Application Procedure

  • All interested applicants should complete an application
  • REGISTRATION FEE: $20 Pre-Registered Online or $25 Walk-Up Applicant (cash only)
  • A 5×7 or larger (head shot or full body shot) photo is required (photo will not be returned)

What to wear

  • 2-piece attire (crop top w/ athletic shorts or briefs)
  • Skin colored nylons
  • Jazz, dance or athletic shoes
  • Hair worn down; Full hair and make-up
  • All tattoos must be covered up

For further information, contact Dance Team Director, Lynae de Leon at Ldeleon@ontariofury.com.  We look forward to seeing you there!

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Editor’s Note: I have been covering the Ontario Fury and their predecessor organization, the Anaheim Bolts for several years now and Lynae de Leon has a knack of developing dance talent that make it onto major league dance teams in the NFL and NBA.  This past season, four of her 2015-2016 Ladies of Ontario Fury dancers (Sativa-Skye, McKenzie, Lizzie and Kellie) made it to the Rams Cheerleaders, 49ers Gold Rush, Clippers Spirit and Sacramento Kings Dancers.  And several others on that squad were finalists.

So if you are an aspiring professional cheerleader, you might want to hone your skills with Lynae de Leon and the Ladies of Ontario Fury.

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Ladies of Ontario Fury Announce Pre-Audition Workshops!

The Ladies of Ontario Fury, the premiere dance team in the MASL, have announced their pre-audition workshops, presented by Fresh Peaches Custom Swimwear.  Click here for more information and to register.

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Workshop #1 (Pro Dancer Workout & Audition Prep)

  • Date:  Sunday, September 18, 2016
  • Time:  Registration 12:45pm  |  Workshop 1pm-3pm
  • Location:  The Look Fitness (2125 San Joaquin Hills Rd, Newport Beach, CA 92660)
  • Receive a full body workout and fitness/nutrition tips from Pro Dance Trainer, Bryan Green from The Look Fitness
  • Plus, learn previous choreography and get audition prep!
  • Limited Availability – Must pre-register to save your spot!

Workshop #2 (Audition Ready Make-Up/Hair & Audition Prep)

  • Date:  Sunday, September 25, 2016
  • Time:  Registration 12:45pm  |  Workshop 1pm-3pm
  • Location:  The Talent Factory (13613 12th St #A, Chino, CA 91710)
  • Receive overall audition/game-day make-up/hair tips from current dance team member, Brittany with a full make-up tutorial
  • Plus, learn previous choreography and get audition prep!

How to Register

You must reserve your spot ahead of time by submitting your information to the right and submitting payment. We will have limited availability for each session to ensure personalized time for each attendee.
Registration Fee

  • 1 Workshop = $25 Fee
  • 2 Workshops = $40 Fee (Save $10 when signing up for both!)

What To Wear

  • Comfortable dance tire. Jazz shoes, athletic shoes or dance sneaker

What To Bring

  • Water and towel
  • Optional: Audition outfit, Application/Head Shot to pre-register for auditions

What To Expect

  • Learn a short routine in the style of dance we perform during the season (different routine taught at each workshop)
  • Receive personal feedback after workshop
  • Go through a mock-audition, so you know what to expect on the day of auditions
  • Workshop #1: Receive fitness and tips from Pro Dance Trainer, Bryan Green from The Look Fitness
  • Workshop #2: Receive overall audition/game-day make-up/hair tips from current dance team member, Brittany with a full make-up tutorial
  • Different routine will be taught at each workshop
  • Receive audition tips from Dance Team Director, Lynae de Leon
  • Question & Answer session
  • Meet new people and have fun in a comfortable and safe environment!

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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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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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Cheerleader Profile: Ladies of Ontario Fury Dancer Vivian

Vivian is our next featured cheerleader. She’s a second year member of the Ladies of Ontario Fury dance team.

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Why did you become a professional cheerleader?

I honestly never thought I would become a professional cheerleader. Growing up I was always in a sport or doing gymnastics but it wasn’t until I started high school; that is when I first started dancing. Eventually I joined the high school dance team & fell in love with performing. I just HAD to continue and it easily became a passion of mine.

What was your favorite experience as a professional cheerleader?

It would have to be the 1st performance of our 1st home game. Stepping out on the field and doing what I love in front of all the fans was just such a special moment for me. I still get those butterflies EVERY TIME I’m about to go on & perform.

What is your favorite dance style?

I love love love sassy and sexy style of dancing. I always enjoy hip hop as well but definitely like to add a little sass to my dancing.

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

My favorite dance move would have to be lots of hair flips & hip movement. Free styling is very important to me and I’m always trying to find new favorite moves:)

What are the three words that describe you?

Three words would be : competitive, passionate, determined

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

One thing that people don’t know about me is that I was never studio trained. Once I started dancing I just picked up as I went and mostly self-taught

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

Picking a favorite music genre is always a hard one for me! I love music in general but it really depends on the mood I’m in at the moment. I can go from pop and hip hop one second then to hard rock next. And as of favorite musical artist, right now would have to be Chris Brown !

What is your guilty pleasure?

A guilty pleasure of mine would have to be MOVIES. I can sit and watch movies all day every day and it doesn’t matter which genre; although, my top five genres would have to be horror, history, drama, thriller and romance 🙂

Who is the one person that inspires you the most?

Just one!? Both of my parents would have to be the ones that inspire me the most. They have been my personal example of starting from the bottom and working your butt off to achieve better. They are constantly showing me to always work hard, be humble and never give up.

What is your motto to live by?

“Happiness depends upon ourselves.”- Aristotle . Life itself is so messy and it’s one big roller coaster of ups and downs but we always have to remember that it’s up to us to make things better. We have the power to change anything at any time.


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

Always do your best & keep working hard. Never give up on whatever you’re trying to achieve. Every opportunity that comes your way, take it and if something wasn’t meant to be, that is because something better is coming. 🙂

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

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Cheerleader Profile: Ladies of Ontario Fury Dancer Diana

Our latest featured cheerleader is Diana, a first year member of the Ladies of Ontario Fury.

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Why did you become a professional cheerleader?

The reason why I became a professional dancer is because I never stop pushing myself. I started dancing when I was six years old and I was that little girl that would cry when I had to leave the dance room. Growing up I always had the urge to dance and once collegiate dance was coming to an end I didn’t want it to be over. But I knew what the next step was and that was the Ontario Fury dance team. Although I was very nervous, I knew that I wanted to call this team my next family. I am filled with joy that I pursued my dream to become a professional dancer because I have inspired so many young dancers that want to do the same and I could not be any happier.

What was your favorite experience as a professional cheerleader?

My favorite experience as a professional dancer were all the rehearsals that we had. Having weekly rehearsals with the whole team was a great way to bond with my wonderful teammates and director. Being on a dance team is great but dancing with girls who give it their all and have passion is the reason why I loved this team. Another experience that I really enjoyed with the Fury were the fans. The second the fans would enter the arena they were delighted to see us and I am beyond blessed that we were able to get to know our fans because it completes the whole experience as a professional dancer.

What is your favorite dance style?

My favorite dance style is jazz. I love to express my sassy side through this style of dance because it shows my confidence!

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

My favorite dance move is definitely just a simple hip roll. I love to dance to latin music on my free time so I definitely have to use my hips. My go to dance move when I’m having fun is the classic sprinkler!

What are the three words that describe you?

Charismatic: “Never judge a book by its cover”. This quote always encourages me to meet new people and learn more. I am the kind of person that is very welcoming and will make an effort to get to know you. I never hold back on anyone because you never know what tomorrow might bring!

Courageous: If there is an obstacle, I will overcome it. If there is an issue, will solve it. When I have a goal, I will accomplish it.

Selfless: I have a huge heart for the people that I love and I always consider everyone’s best interest!

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

A fun fact that a lot of people do not know about me is that I have watched every single movie that Leonardo DiCaprio has acted in.

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

I have a very versatile music genre but two of my favorite musical artists are Beyonce and Red Hot Chili Peppers.

What is your guilty pleasure?
Anyone who knows me can answer this question off the bat and that is ice cream. My currently favorite flavor is chunky monkey.

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

One thing I can’t live without is Netflix. I always enjoy watching documentaries and movies with friends.

Who is the one person that inspires you the most?

My sister has made a huge impact in my life ever since I was born. We are twelve years a part but we share a bond that is inseparable. Growing up she attend every game, competition and assembly that I was in involved. I hope to be just like her because she is the definition of all of which women is capable. Nothing can stop her and that is why she is a successful business woman.

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

To those who want to become a professional dancer all I have to say is that work hard and enjoy every moment. It is very important to keep up with your fitness and your dance technique, but don’t forget about spending time with your teammates because the season goes by very fast!

Where do you see yourself in ten years?

In ten years I hope to become a successful entrepreneur in the fashion industry. I want to complete everything on my bucket list and make a new one. Lastly, I want to share my happiness with my very own family one day and close friends.

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

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Cheerleader Profile: Ladies of Ontario Fury Dancer Courtney

Our next featured cheerleader is Courtney, a first year member of the Ladies of Ontario Fury.

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Why did you become a professional cheerleader?

Dance has always been a huge part of my life. I started at the age of 5 and have been a part of competition and high school dance teams. I was a student in my college dance program and missed being a member of a team. I wanted to continue to further my passion for dance and expand my horizons.

What was your favorite experience as a professional cheerleader?

The rush of running out to set for a routine at my first game! Performing in front of a huge crowd is always a favorite experience.

What is your favorite dance style?

I would definitely admit that jazz is my favorite dance style. I love a fast paced and fiery routine to pump me up! It also gives me a chance to show my technique.

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

My favorite dance move would be pirouettes because I’m a fast turner and my go to dance move would be anything with a massive hair flip!

What are the three words that describe you?

Three words to describe me would be spontaneous, active, and genuine

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

I know the lyrics to almost every song, (mainstream radio, oldies) but I’m a terrible singer. I don’t let that stop me! I also love going to the movies. I particularly enjoy scary movies, but I am open to seeing anything.

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

I love all types of music, but my favorite genres are country and electronic dance music. For country, my favorite music artist is Rascal Flatts and my favorite EDM artist is Skrillex.

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

My favorite app is Facebook because I can keep in contact with distant family members and friends.

Who is the one person that inspires you the most?

My mom inspires me the most. She worked hard for my family and taught me to live passionately for my dreams and goals. My mom lost an 8 month battle against lung cancer and her fight and drive to beat it inspires me greatly. She shared the same love for dance as I did and I will continue to dance in her spirit.

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

Focus on yourself as an athlete and dancer, your lifestyle will change dramatically for the better. Hit the gym and take as many dance classes as possible. You are your own cheerleader-confidence is everything! Attend as many auditions as possible and go for the experience. Don’t become discouraged and show those judges what you’re made of! Dance your heart out and leave nothing on that audition floor.

Where do you see yourself in ten years?

Hopefully in ten years, I will still be working as a Recreation Therapist and a dance teacher/coach. I will be married with a family and a pug. I also aspire to open my own competitive dance studio and offer classes for dancers with disabilities.

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

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Cheerleader Profile: Ladies of Ontario Fury Dancer Jessica

This is Jessica, a first year member of the Ladies of Ontario Fury.

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Why did you become a professional cheerleader?

I’ve been a technically trained studio dancer my whole life. It wasn’t until I started college that I even considered dancing on a team. After auditioning for my school’s team at the beginning of my freshman year, I was immediately hooked. Dancing for a crowd of fans cheering you on is such a different thrill than performing on a stage in a theater, and so much more exciting! I’m doing what I love for a living, and putting my dance degree to good use!

What was your favorite experience as a professional cheerleader?

After auditions were over, we had a weekend boot camp where us rookies got to learn the ropes of being on a professional team. That was the first time it really hit me that my job is so much more than having rehearsals and performing at games. We represent such an amazing foundation and inspire so many of our fans to pursue their own dreams and I’m so grateful to have been given the opportunity to experience something like this.

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

I’ve always been a leaper instead of a turner, so I’m always throwing leaps into my choreography or freestyle. Tilt jumps, single stag leaps, surprise leaps…just to name a few. But you always gotta throw on a big smile and some hair-ography for extra style!

What are the three words that describe you?

Optimistic, energetic, and easygoing.

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

I was a HUGE choir/drama nerd growing up. I sang in choir for 8 years and in high school I started participating in my school’s musical productions. I would love to get back into singing and acting one of these days! Some of my favorite musicals are West Side Story, Chicago, Avenue Q, Spring Awakening, and Wicked.

What is your favorite music genre?

I like just about all genres of music! I prefer music that makes me want to move, so I usually stick to more upbeat genres like dance, pop, and hip-hop. But I also listen to reggae pretty often, mostly when I’m driving to and from work because it keeps me calm in all that traffic. J

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

The beach! I grew up right next to it, and sometimes I wonder why I even left. I’m always happiest when I’m around warm sand, sunshine, and the sound of the ocean.

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

Snapchat! I like seeing little pieces of everyone’s day and what they’re up to. And of course sending ugly selfies and pictures with all those cool filters to my closest friends is always fun!

Who is the one person that inspires you the most?

I know this isn’t one person, but both of my parents have been such strong influences in my life. They’ve never once discouraged me from following my heart and doing what I love and always believed in me. They will forever be my biggest support group and my number one fans. I love you both and I don’t know what I’d do or where I’d be without you!

What is your motto to live by?

There’s both good and bad in life, and you can’t have one without the other.

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

Just TRY, and don’t give up! I know that’s a very generic piece of advice, but if I ever let any of the rejection I’ve ever gotten in my life stop me from achieving my goals, I wouldn’t be where I am today. Just smile, stand tall, and rock what you’ve got! All your talent is bound to be noticed.

Where do you see yourself in ten years?

Ten years!? I don’t even know where I see myself next week! Ha ha! But I do know that at some point in my future, I’d like to have a family of my own and hopefully be in charge of my own dance studio.

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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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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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