G’day mates! I was fortunate enough to spend Super Bowl XLIX weekend in the Outback of Australia with our U.S. Service men and women! While away for a week I kept a journal to bring back and share all of my favorite experiences with my fellow Rams fans. Enjoy!
After 27 hours of traveling I have finally arrived in Australia and in none other than the beautiful city of Sydney! Fortunately we had the entire day to ourselves to relax and do some sightseeing. Joining me on my Military ProTour are fellow NFL Cheerleaders and Players from around the league! Darrel Young #36, Shawn Lauvao #77, and cheerleader, Tiana are all here representing the Washington Redskins, Karen is here representing her hometown, Minnesota Vikings, and Heather is here for the Tennessee Titans. Together the 6 of us explored Sydney all day in the warm, summer weather Australia currently has to offer. Typical tourist we are, our first stop had to be the famous Sydney Opera House! After having lunch on the Sydney Harbour, we took a scenic ferry ride to the Taronga Zoo. I’ve only been Down Under for 12 hours and I can already say I’ve seen koala bears and kangaroos! (Fun fact: koala bears sleep 17-22 hours of the day.) I’ve had such an incredible experience already, and it’s only day 1. Wheels up again tomorrow, we’re headed to Alice Springs!
I have officially seen what Australians refer to as the Outback! Alice Springs is located in the very center of Australia, where the weather is about 20 degrees warmer and the flies here know no boundaries. We got to spend the day with the Australian Army, where they took us off-roading in their heavy duty vehicles and sightseeing at Anzac Hill Lookout. This city completely differs from Sydney, but scenic-wise it is just as beautiful, with mountains, hills, and desert covering every angle. Have I mentioned I’ve gotten the Aussie lingo just about down already? The Australian Army men were kind enough to give us some vocabulary to use while we’re here so we’re not completely lost during conversation and I’ve been dying to share with fellow Rams fans! Take a look below:
breakfast = brekky
hungry = peckish
photos = happy snaps
the bush = the Outback
maccas = McDonalds
‘straya = Australia
joey = a baby kangaroo
I know yesterday I said I had officially seen the Outback, well I OFFICIALLY saw it again today! Our U.S. Air Force showed us today what it’s really like to go off-roading in the bush. After about 20 minutes of nothing but bumpy rock roads we made it to the top of a plateau overlooking Alice Springs’ Outback. From that point, as far as the eye could see was desert from every corner. I even saw a full grown kangaroo hopping it’s way through the wild! After about ten minutes of taking in the incredible view the flies won and we got right back into off-roading and doing some more sightseeing of this quaint city. The Air Force men even showed us a little of the work they do and a gave us a tour of their base. While there, I felt home away from home after I found a signed football on display by our very own Marshall Faulk and Tory Holt! They had visited that same base this past summer!
We spent today doing what we love – interacting with fans! We made sure today was all about the 70 U.S. service men and women that are apart of the Australian base. Although no one was from St. Louis or even Missouri for that matter, I did end up meeting a man who had completed his basic training at Ft. Leonard Wood, a base that I had recently visited with the Rams and NFL’s Play 60 this past summer – what a coincidence! Later in the evening we had the chance to meet with our military’s families. It was a blast! Myself and the 3 other cheerleaders taught dance routines and cheers to girls ages 5 and up while the players ran drills and workouts with anyone else who wanted to participate. The kids all did so great! It was so much fun getting to know everyone, I also learned all about the different places these families have lived just to serve our country. The people there were the sweetest and made tonight one I’ll never forget! They even bought us all our own Tim Tams, a famous Australian cookie/biscuit brand that Americans are crazy about. Among Tim Tams, I can also say I’ve tried kangaroo steak during my time here in Aussie. (Another fun fact: Australia is the only country that eats and serves their national animal in just about every restaurant!) When in Australia…
Happy Super Bowl Monday! We made it to the Alice Springs Cinema at 9am to watch Super Bowl XLIX live along side our U.S. Military. After getting to know everyone yesterday, it made watching the big game fun and feel like I was back at home watching it with a big group of friends – only difference, it was Monday morning and I’m 9,000 miles away from home!
We ended our time in Alice Springs with a trip to the Kangaroo Sanctuary. A place where Brolga Barns created to raise orphaned baby kangaroos. He gave us all a personal tour of his grounds and we even got to meet some of his furry friends! It was the absolute perfect way to end our time in Australia, all thanks to Master Sgt. Dover, our personal history teacher and tour guide all in one for the last few days!
From Sydney to Alice Springs I got a true, once in a lifetime, incredible Australian experience and I am so honored have represented the St. Louis Rams along the way!
If you went to the Miami Heat vs. L.A. Lakers game Wednesday night, there’s a good chance you’ll came home with a cool souvenir. Team reps distributed 20,000 posters featuring the entire squad of Heat dancers, inspired by Broadway classics All That Jazz and Cabaret, shot by the team’s photographer David Alvarez.
“We are always brainstorming ways to give fans something fresh and new, so this year we decided to go with a more classic beauty/old Hollywood look,” Alvarez says. “We wanted to remain true to who these ladies are: performers. This was the biggest, most intricate group shot we’ve ever done. A lot of thought and planning went into every aspect of this project — from the lighting to the poses to the wardrobe.”
Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/entertainment/celebrities/article12284459.html#storylink=cpy
Code Red is an energetic dance squad that ignites the crowd at any event with elements of street jazz, two-step, Funk,hip hop dance, and gymnastics. The talented men and women of Code Red Cheer & Dance Team work hard to keep the crowd pumped up and to make sure you feel the action and excitement of the game at your seat to give the team that extra “push” during key on-Field action.
* Open auditions are closed to the public, family, and friends
* This round will consists of a series of 2-3 eliminations that will include, freestyle, stylized choreography and Mix choreography
* Finalists will be chosen and announced at the end of the day
* We recommend that you bring snacks, water and any items to freshen up between rounds
* Candidates will be judged on appearance, dance ability, style, strength and completion of choreography, energy, projection and potential
* Must be 17 years or older and (valid photo I.D. required)
* Must be a full/Part time college student or hold a full/Part time job
* Completed Application, release form and professional/dance resume
* Must be able to attend Energy home games & all evening rehearsals two times a week
* Must be able to attend a certain number of appearances & other related Code Red activities
* If selected to the team, a one year contract and commitment are required
* Must provide one non-returnable head-shot color photo & full body photo
* Drug test screening for finalists & back ground checks
* Walk ups day of auditions are also welcomed
*$10 non refundable Registration Fee Cash Or Money order Please day of Audition
What to wear: Wear what you look the best in at all times!!!!!!!!!!
* Dance or athletic half-top
* Girls Hot pants, booty shorts, boy shorts, skirts – two piece dance ensemble (must be fitted, no full length pants or capri pants) Boys Dance or athletic wear
* Sneakers or danceable shoe of preference with non-marking soles (please no black soles)
* Flesh tone hose or tights
* Performance ready hair and make-up
What we’re looking for:
* Confidence, personality, showmanship, energy and enthusiasm
* Professionalism and maturity
* Dancers who are well spoken and can represent the Houston Energy and Code Red in a professional manner at all times
* Ability to pick up dance choreography quickly
* Consistent positive attitude
* Strong teamwork skills
* Personal appearance
* Ability and desire to commit for one full year
;More than 300 women jumped, kicked and danced their hearts out at the Patriots Cheerleader Auditions on Saturday at Ahern Middle School in Foxboro.
It was the first round of the annual tryouts to earn a spot as a cheerleader for the four-time Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots, who just won their fourth title Feb. 1 in Super Bowl XLIX, beating the Seattle Seahawks 28-24 on an interception in the end zone by Malcolm Butler with 20 seconds left.
Candidates were taught choreographed dance routines and given an opportunity to perform a freestyle combination.
They were judged on dance ability, showmanship and level of physical fitness.
“I’m really excited to see what talent is in the room today. I see a lot of faces that have been here before. Hopefully they’ll do a great job this year,” cheerleading Director Tracy Sormanti said.
There are 28 Patriots cheerleaders on the team and 28 spots to fill.
“Even the current cheerleaders have to re-audition. They are here to assist today and in the final round (of auditions) they will join the process,” Sormanti said.
Being a cheerleader is considered a part-time job, but in addition to rehearsals and attending all the Patriots games, they also make hundreds of community appearances.
Most of the girls are either still in school or are recent college graduates, Sormanti said.
“It’s a very busy part-time job for these cheerleaders as they juggle school, work and their personal lives along with cheerleading. But it’s a very fun job to have,” Sormanti said.
“It’s a part-time job with a full-time commitment,” cheerleader Mary Babbitt said. Babbitt, 24, of North Attleboro, joined the team last year.
Babbitt said going to the Super Bowl this year was “incredible”.
“I wanted to do this so badly and going to the Super Bowl was icing on the cake. I couldn’t have asked for a better first year,” she said.
The participants came from near and far for a chance to audition. There were girls from Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey and farther.
Excitement and nerves ran high throughout the crowded gym.
Stephanie Wallace, 23, of North Attleboro has a lot of experience with dance and cheerleading. She’s been dancing for 13 years and cheerleading for five years, including as a member of the North Attleboro Varsity Team.
“I’m so nervous. This is my first time. I’ve wanted to do it for years,” Wallace said.
Kelsey Plaisted, 23, drove two hours from Keene, N.H. for the audition.
“I’ve been a Patriots fan since I was born,” Plaisted said.
Erin Hamilton, 21, traveled more than three hours from Windham, N.Y..
“I’m a little intimidated, but very excited,” Hamilton said.
Few people probably came as far as Delaney Burns, 22, of Beaverton, Ore. Burns was born in Maine, but has lived in Oregon since she was 5 years old. She flew in on Thursday and is staying with family in Newton.
Burns said she’s always wanted to try out for a professional cheerleading team and she and her father and brother have been fans a long time.
“It’s definitely a fun team to follow because they’ve been so successful over the past 15 years,” Burns said.
After everyone warmed up, Sormanti, who was a Patriots cheerleader herself, gave the girls some last-minute advice.
“Try really hard. Work really hard. And just do your best,” Sormanti said.
As cheerleading director for 22 seasons, Sormanti has been to seven Super Bowls.
“They are all great. Some are better than others. But this last one was magical,” Sormanti said.
At the end of the audition, judges will narrow the field to about 40 participants who will be invited back for final auditions on Saturday, March 14.
The 2014-2015 Minnesota Vikings Cheerleader season came to an end on Friday, February 20th as the end of the year banquet went underway. Held at the beautiful Bearpath Golf and Country Club, the evening was nothing short of amazing. As the girls arrived, we reminisced about the incredible season we had, and caught up on what we had missed in each other’s lives over the past month. It was comforting to be with the MVC family once again.
The evening began with a wonderful video created by Ted Kopacek and Chad Ryburn, showing clips of dances, appearances, gameday, Probowl footage and even some funny outtakes throughout the year. It was amusing to see our costumes quickly change from two pieces to snowsuits and see our adaption to the outdoor stadium. We then continued the night by honoring each captain and the memories we will never forget about them. In return, the captains reminded us of humorous moments and heartfelt memories about each person on their small teams. There was laughter, tears, musical talent and evening some unforgettable impressions.
Next, Probowl Cheerleader Kaylee spoke of her experiences in Arizona and the excitement of performing on Probowl gameday. This was followed by an awards presentation from head coach Tami Krause. Our awards are special because they are voted on by our fellow teammates. The evening wrapped up with speeches from Tami, and assistant coaches Theresa Baugus and Brianna Stepanek. They shared inspirational words about the team, the season, memories they would never forget and lifelong lessons that we will keep with us forever.
The banquet may have been an end to the 2014-2015 season, but the memories we shared and bonds we created will last a LIFETIME!!
“Most Calendar Sales Award” – Kayla C
“Most Appearances Award” – Jeanne
“Taking One for the Team Award” – Brooke
“Shining Star Award” – Kaylee
“Team Pride Award” – Saral and Kaitlyn
“Best Turns Award” – Lauryn
“Best Kicks Award” – Molly
“Best Energy Award” – Rhea
“Best Crowd Interaction Award” – Blair
“Best Fitness Award” – Karen
“Rookie of the Year Award” – Elyssa
“Thunder Award” – Mollie
“Best Snap/Sharpness Award” – Rhea
“Most Improved Dancer Award” – Taylor
“Best Glamour Award”- Kristy
“Most Improved Performer Award” – Kelsey
“Angel Award” – Lauryn
“Fight, Row, Charge Award”- Jacqui
“Total Package Award” – Kaylee
“Best Overall Dancer Award” – Lauryn
“Most Valuable Cheerleader Award” – Kristin and Kaylee