NFL and CFL Audition Dates Updated

Now that the NFL season has come to a close, most of the NFL cheerleading squads have announced their audition dates.  Additionally, the CFL has announced their audition dates for their cheer/dance squads and we have updated our auditions page accordingly.

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NFL Cheerleaders (2016)
Arizona Cardinals Cheerleaders: TBD.  [Details]
Atlanta Falcons Cheerleaders: Sunday, April 24. [Details]
Baltimore Ravens: Saturday, March 5. [Details]
Carolina Panthers Top Cats: Saturday, March 26. [Details]
Cincinnati Bengals: Monday, April 18. [Details]
Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Saturday, May 14. [Details]
Dallas Cowboys Rhythm & Blue Dancers: TBD. [Details]
Denver Broncos: Sunday, April 1. [Details]
Detroit Pride: TBD. [Details] (unofficial cheerleaders of the Detroit Lions)
Gotham City Dancers/NY Unofficials: TBD. [Details] (unofficial dance team of the NY Giants)
Houston Texans Cheerleaders: Saturday, April 16. [Details]
Indianapolis Colts: Saturday, April 9. [Details]
Jacksonville Jaguars: TBD. [Details]
Kansas City Chiefs: Friday, March 18. [Details]
Los Angeles Rams Cheerleaders: TBD. [Details]
Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders: Saturday, April 23. [Details]
Minnesota Vikings Cheerleaders: Sunday, April 3. [Details]
New England Patriots Cheerleaders: Sunday, March 6. [Details]
New Orleans Saintsations: TBD. [Details]
New York Jets Flight Crew: Saturday, April 2. [Details]
Oakland Raiderettes: TBD. [Details]
Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleaders: Sunday, March 5. [Details]
San Diego Chargers: TBD. [Details]
San Francisco 49ers Gold Rush: TBD. [Details]
Seattle Seahawks Sea Gals: Saturday, April 16. [Details]
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Cheerleaders: TBD. [Details]
Tennessee Titans Cheerleaders: TBD. [Details]
Washington Redskins Cheerleaders: TBD. [Details]

CFL Cheerleaders (2016)
British Columbia Lions Felions: Sunday, February 28. [Details]
Calgary Stampeders Outriders: Saturday, February 20. [Details]
Edmonton Eskimos Cheer Team: Monday February 15. [Details]
Hamilton Tiger-Cats Cheerleaders: TBD. [Details]
Montreal Alouettes Cheerleaders: Sunday, February 21. [Details]
Saskatchewan Rough Riders Cheer Team: TBD. [Details]
Toronto Argonauts Cheerleaders: Sunday, March 13. [Details]
Winnipeg Blue Bombers Blue Lightning: TBD. [Details]

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Captains Meghan and Michelle combined 14 years of St Louis Rams Cheerleaders experience

Meghan's line during the last St Louis Rams home game

Meghan’s line during the last St Louis Rams home game

Michelle's line performs during the quarter break

Michelle’s line performs during the quarter break

On the last day of the NFL season, here is a final shout-out to the St Louis Rams Cheerleaders from their final home game at the Edward Jones Dome. Here our photos of the lines of some dedicated captains. Meghan was in her eighth season and Michelle in her sixth. Congratulations on all of your years cheering on your Rams!

We will see what the future holds for the Rams Cheerleaders. Who knows, they may be cheering on Peyton Manning if he and the Rams find mutual ground. And when the Raiders moved to Oakland, the Raiderettes from LA cheered for them the first season, so anythign can happen!

Meghan in her eighth Rams season

Meghan completed her eighth Rams season

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Michelle finished her sixth Rams season



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Cheer Journey: Jess Reveals The Key



Jess became a Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleader in 2012 when she was just 19 years old. Growing up, Jess was a cheerleader for six years and felt like something was missing when she went to college.

“One night I was out with my parents at a restaurant and I remember looking up at the TV and seeing an NFL game,” said Jess. “The camera flashed to one of the cheerleaders and I remember asking my parents ‘Do you think I could do that?’ They looked at me and said, ‘Absolutely!’”

With encouragement from her parents, Jess sought advice from her friend who was already an Eagles Cheerleader and decided to audition.

Did you know a lot of information before auditioning?

“Yes! I spent a lot of time on my laptop searching for information about tryouts and looking at the cheerleaders’ profiles on the Eagles’ website.”

Did you have previous cheer or dance experience?

“I cheered for six years and I took some hip-hop classes here and there, but I never had any formal dance training. Our choreographer is an amazing teacher and I cannot believe the progress I have made with some of the more technical dance moves in just two years.”

What is the most beneficial part of the audition workshops?

“Learning the Open Call Dance ahead of time, and getting helpful tips from members of the current squad.”

Do you have any advice for the contestants attending the Open Call?

“Confidence is key! Confidence is something that the judges will notice from across the room and it is the best thing you can bring to an audition.”

What was the final audition like for you?

“The Final Audition Show was such an incredible experience. It’s such an amazing feeling to be one of the 60 finalists chosen out of the hundreds of women who audition. You meet and get to perform on a stage with beautiful and talented women and everyone is so supportive not only backstage, but in the audience as well. You feel like a rock star when you go out on that stage.”

Do you have any advice for contestants who may not have much dance or cheer experience?

“Dance is only one aspect of the Auditions. They are also looking for women with showmanship, enthusiasm and confidence so let that shine through when you are in front of the judges.”

What is the best way to practice for the audition?

“I definitely recommend coming to the workshops. After that, practicing in front of a mirror and in front of friends and family is really helpful. If you’re sitting at work or in class, run through the dance in your head. Studies show that running through things mentally can increase your performance!”

What has been your favorite part about being a Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleader?

“I have so many amazing memories with women I am proud to call my friends. I would have to say my favorite part would be giving back to the community with the many community service projects we do such as: Play 60, Playground Builds, visiting CHOP (Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia), the Little Yellow School House (a school for children with special needs) and many more.”

Eagles Pride, Jersey Roots for Cheerleaders

By Carol Comegno

Wearing no makeup, hospital scrubs and a cap that hides long brown locks, Deonna Baquero spends much of her full-time job in hospital operating rooms away from the public eye.

She travels from hospital to hospital throughout the region as a sales representative for a medical device manufacturer, assisting hospital personnel in the use and monitoring of new technologies for heart catheterizations and other medical procedures.


A Marlton native and 2005 Cherokee High School graduate, Baquero leads a double life with two demanding careers that could not be more different. Her other job is only part-time, but it is glitzy and in the public spotlight.

She wears makeup, Vera Wang outfits and shakes pom-poms as one of 39 Philadelphia Eagles cheerleaders performing at regular season Eagles home games and two preseason games each season.

Part of that job also requires appearances at dozens of community and charity events every year to represent and promote the Eagles and to raise money for causes they support.

“I feel like I lead two lives and love both of my jobs,” Baquero said Monday between surgical procedures at Jersey Shore Medical Center in Neptune, Monmouth County.

“I don’t mind going to work in scrubs and without makeup because I love helping patients and educating physicians and nurses on new products and helping them stay on top of technology. And my life as a cheerleader is also fulfilling because there is no other job I have had that has the amount of charitable work we do.”

“Yes, we wear sexy outfits for Eagles cheerleading and wear them with pride in representing ourselves and the entire Eagles organization,” she continued, “but we also represent more than that. We are also women who hold full-time jobs or are going to college full-time. A lot of people don’t realize all we do and fans are really amazed when they find out.”


Barbara Zaun, Eagles cheerleading director, said many of the women have impressive careers while others are still pursuing degrees.

Within the group are a malpractice lawyer, several teachers, a forensic accountant, a business analyst, a physician assistant and a speech pathologist.

Nine of the cheerleaders hail from South Jersey — Baquero; Erica Dorsey and Rachel Swartz, both of Marlton; twins Sage and Gabriella Cifaloglio of Medford, Lauren Bidicof Vineland, Alycia Guzman of Glendora, Pilar Martin of Mullica Hill and Nicole Mazzatenta of Gibbstown.

Baquero, a Rutgers University graduate, and rookie Swartz won’t be participating in Super Bowl events this Sunday. They will be traveling with four other Eagles cheerleaders to Mexico City as NFL goodwill ambassadors.

The cheerleaders will greet fans, sign autographs and perform at NFL Mexico’s Super Bowl Experience 2016. Beginning Friday they will make appearances throughout the city in a country where NFL officials say football is the second most popular sport — after soccer.


“The Super Bowl is the most watched single sporting event in Mexico. Over 9 million people watched last year’s Super Bowl in Mexico,” said Jorge Loperana, NFL Mexico Director of Marketing and Media. “By having the Eagles cheerleaders participating at one of the most important viewing events in Mexico City helps to amplify the popularity of the sport and the growth of the local fan base.”

“It’s a huge event and I am really excited about it. It is a great way to interact with fans there, most of whom have never been to a game or met an NFL cheerleader,” said Swartz, a 21-year-old student at the University of Delaware majoring in communications.

Two other Eagles cheerleaders have flown to Asia to entertain the armed forces and bring a part of the NFL to the troops while they watch the Denver Broncos battle the Carolina Panthers Sunday.

Other Eagles cheerleaders are spending time at military installations in Singapore, Diego Garcia, and South Korea.

Eagles spokesman Brett Strohsacker said the cheerleaders have the opportunity to perform for the troops and personally thank them for their bravery and sacrifices. They also will learn about military life while staying at the installations.

“My grandfather served in the Air Force and I’ve always had great respect for the brave men and women that serve for our country … and I am always in awe of their courage and heroism,” said Moffa, a kindergarten teacher who has visited with active duty and wounded service members as an Eagles cheerleader.

Moffa can’t wait to distribute handmade cards from her students to the servicemen.

Passion for the job

Baquero was a cheerleader all through her public school years and at college while Swartz had danced ballet and jazz since the age of 2 but was never a cheerleader.

Swartz said she always was interested in cheerleading but never thought being an Eagles cheerleader was a possibility. “But I went for it and was surprised I made the team.”

She called it a once-in-a-lifetime experience and an honor to be on the field during games.

“For someone like me who dreamed of doing something like this, I am willing to make the sacrifices. And if you find something that you truly love as I have, it does not seem like a job,” said the 2012 Cherokee High School graduate.

The cheerleaders say they appreciate the passion of Philly fans.

“Our fans are like no others; you feel energy when you walk into the stadium it is just booming,” Swartz said. “They respect us and I also feel really respected as an employee of the Eagles. They have given me so many opportunities for which I am ever grateful.”

But being an Eagles cheerleader involves more than glamour. There are job guidelines, rehearsals twice a week with their director, new dances to learn every year from choreographer Suzy Zucker of Voorhees, practices before games and fan visits during tailgating prior to home games.

As a group, the cheerleaders make more than 350 personal appearances a year with each member required to attend a minimum of three events monthly.

Every team member also must try out every year. The two-month tryout and interview process is lengthy and begins March 5 at Lincoln Financial Field.

“We are looking for talented performers who have ability, showmanship and enthusiasm and can engage with fans and also with the community at events like junior cheerleading clinics and autism fundraisers,” Zaun said.

“Being on the the NFL stage is a great accolade and the pinnacle of a cheerleading career.”

Alex Tsambos Takes the Helm of Newcastle Knights’ Cheerleading Team

By Matt TaylorCentral
Coast Gosford Express Advocate

Alex Tsambos is a superhero of sorts. By day she is a mild-mannered accountant. But by night she trades her business suit and calculator for tights and pompoms as she spreads her wings in charge of an NRL cheerleading team.

“Cheerleading lets me get my creative side out after being at a desk and immersed in numbers during the day,” Ms Tsambos said.


This week the 28-year-old Umina Beach resident realised a dancing dream when she started as director of the Newcastle Knights’ cheerleading team.

“I’ve just had eight years cheerleading for the Manly Sea Eagles, and I’m definitely ready to step up now,” she said.

“I have always wanted to be a director of an NRL cheerleading team, and I can’t wait for the season to start.”

Ms Tsambos, who graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Newcastle’s Ourimbah campus about five years ago, said many cheerleaders in the NRL were degree-qualified­ women.

“We all tend to do cheerleading as a hobby. And this stigma of the girls getting into it to date footballers is rubbish,” she said.

“The girls do it to entertain the children and the families. We all love to perform, and it gives us a chance to be part of the NRL.”
Asked what made a top-notch cheerleader, she said: “You have to train hard and a lot of it comes down to your personality.”

Her new role with the Knights, who finished with the wooden spoon in 2015, will see her work up to 20 hours a week on planning, choreography, uniforms, promotional work and game days.

Ms Tsambos is hoping her good friend Angela Nicotera, of the world-famous ­Dallas Cowboys NFL cheerleading team, will teach her Knights girls some new moves this year.

“Ang and I were cheerleaders together at Manly. The NRL will start introducing more of the American-style tumbling and acrobatics in the future, so she can hopefully help us with that.

“We are always looking to offer more great entertainment for the fans.”

Swampscott Resident Trades in Pats Pompoms for Barre

BY EthanForman
Salem News

Former New England Patriots cheerleader and budding entrepreneur Michelle Nigro of Swampscott felt firsthand the disappointment on the field when the Patriots lost Super Bowl XLVI to the New York Giants in February 2012.

She and other cheerleaders watched as the confetti was being rolled out in Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, but the squad had a gut feeling the game would not go the Patriots’ way. They lost, 21-17.


“It was heart breaking,” said Nigro, who cheered for the Pats from 2010 to 2015, with a year off in between.

Nigro did get to experience redemption with the Pats before she hung up her pompoms for good though.

At last year’s Super Bowl in Glendale, Arizona, she and the rest of the cheering squad anxiously watched as the clock wound down on the Patriots and Seattle Seahawks, battling back and forth, flashbacks of 2012 ever present on their minds.

“When that last play happened, it was so surreal,” said Nigro, referring to the goal line interception by rookie cornerback Malcolm Butler to give the Pats the victory.

A 2008 graduate of Swampscott High, Nigro has now turned her love of dance and her ability to juggle a hectic schedule into opening her own boutique fitness business called Town Barre and Fitness, which she started in October. At the same time, she works full time for a public relations firm called InkHouse in Waltham.

The grueling pace isn’t foreign to Nigro — an athlete, dancer and cheerleader in high school — she described being a Patriots cheerleader as akin to a full-time job — team practices twice a week, promotions to attend and practice outside of regular workouts. She cheered for the Patriots while in college, and still later while working a full-time job after graduating from Emerson College in 2012.

Now, she hopes her new workout will capitalize on the growing popularity of barre, which blends dance, pilates and yoga. Nigro said barre is also part of a craze in which boutique fitness classes are replacing standard gym workouts of weight lifting and elliptical machines.

Older clients like barre because it helps them build their balance, while younger clients like to push it, she said. And the classes have been getting crowded as Nigro has built her business through word of mouth.

“It’s not an intimidating workout, and you still see results,” she said.

Since the workout is a dance barre, Nigro is limited to which studios she can offer classes at. She currently offers classes at Studio 21 at 21 Elm St. in Swampscott, where she rents space, and at the Marblehead Fitness Center at 14 Bessom St. in Marblehead.

The Studio 21 connection was also a personal one. One of Nigro’s mentors, Danielle Beatrice, owns the studio and was an assistant coach of the Swampscott High Dance Team when Nigro was a member of the team. Coincidentally, Beatrice was also a Patriots cheerleader from 2007 to 2009.

Nigro noted that the commitment as a Patriots cheerleader was “so much more than game days” and in fact gave her some “crazy opportunities,” such as a trip to China in 2012 to attend the Nike Festival of Sports in Shanghai.

At 25, Nigro says she gets her entrepreneurial spirit from her mother, Maria Freni of Swampscott, who owns her own business, Essential Friends Spa on Tulip Street in Salem.

“I think she was both excited and happy for me, and she had her concerns,” said Nigro of her mother’s sentiments about her opening her own business, especially when it came to the hurdles one can face starting up.

Nigro said she’s not ready to open her own studio, just yet; she’s taking the barre workout classes one step at a time.

Denver Nuggets Dancer Sporlight: Sabrina


sabSabrina joined the team last year for her first season as a 2015-16 Denver Nuggets Dancer.

As the youngest of six children, she has a variety of nicknames; Sab, Sabs, Sabrinas, Sabe, Sabey, Sabre, Sabretooth, Brina, Sabribri, but to her Dad, she’s known as Orange.

The Temecula, California native made her way to the Rocky Mountains to attend Colorado State University in Fort Collins where she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies and a minor in Sociology.

“I have always been really adventurous and love going out of my comfort zone,” said Sabrina. “I am extremely close to my family and relied on them, but I knew I needed to grow as a person and be independent. After high school, I decided I wanted to go to college out of state, I ended up attending Colorado State University. After I visited the school, it automatically felt like home.”

Sabrina, or Orange, was a member of the CSU Golden Poms team for four years. As an undergraduate, her leadership and positive energy earned her the honorable “Mood Changer Award” her sophomore year and the team captain title her senior year.

“The coach recognizes a team member who brightens the mood of the team when times can get stressful, or discouraging. I love being positive and encouraging my teammates, it’s always been normal for me to do, so when I received the award it was a sweet surprise,” Sabrina said. “Knowing that my coach and teammates saw me as a leader on the team meant a lot to me.”
Her ambitious spirit has been dancing since she was barely able to walk (even dancing down grocery store aisles with her Mom!), but performing in front of a large crowd wasn’t always as seamless as it is now.

“I have been dancing since the age of two. All my older sisters did it so my mom stuck me in it, too! My earliest memory of dance is actually my first dance recital when I was three.” Sabrina jokingly recalled, “I cried for my mom the entire time I was on stage.”

Sabrina is an incredibly well-rounded dancer. She is not only trained in hip-hop and tap, but also in jazz, contemporary, modern, ballet, lyrical and even musical theater. Her diverse set of footwork matched by her adept leadership skills makes this performer an integral member of the DND.

“I love so many things about being a DND!” She exclaims. “I love the opportunity to learn from my teammates and to have the ability to push myself to not only be a better dancer, but to be a better person. I also love that I am able to fulfill my dreams of becoming a professional dancer and the opportunity to dance for the best fans in the NBA! Lastly, I love the friendships and individual relationships I’ve built with each one of my beautiful teammates!”

Although she has been dancing for nearly her entire life, she will never forget performing in front of the Denver Nuggets fans for the first time.

“My favorite memory thus far being a DND is without a doubt the Home Opener, which was my first game representing the Denver Nuggets. I just remember standing there with my hand over my heart during the National Anthem thinking, I can’t believe I’m here, my dream has come true. I felt very emotional, but was in front of thousands of fans so I had to keep it together!”

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Step up to the plate! The Houston Astros Shooting Stars Auditions are THIS weekend!

Talkin’ baseball? I’m all for it! Spring training, pitchers and catchers, cactus and grapefruit leagues, bring them on!

The Houston Astros Shooting Stars Auditions are here! More info at this link…




Local Woman Remembers Performing for Los Angeles Rams


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Many are counting down to Super Bowl 50 this Sunday.

One local woman is gearing up for the big game by remembering her days on the field performing for the Los Angeles Rams.

Neva Sjuts was one of the first majorettes for the Los Angeles Rams.

This was before teams had cheerleaders we think of today.

For those of you who might not know, a majorette dances with the band and twirls a baton.

While some sequins might be missing and the fabric on her costume has faded, her memories on the field remain clear as ever.

“It was very popular, so there was a lot of interest. It was a big deal knowing the Rams were in the coliseum,” said Sjuts.

The team chose Sjuts to be one of four majorettes to perform during the Los Angeles Rams games starting in 1949.

She was just 15 years old.

“Half-time we’d get out and twirl and during the game we would try to keep the fans interested in the game. But it was exciting,” Sjuts said.

Back then the games were just starting to be televised, but the pictures of her doing what she loves stand the test of time.

One of her favorite memories on the field were during one rainy game.

“The mud was all over my boots and we started our routine, and the first thing I did was my high kick and the mud hit me right on the top of the head,” Sjuts said.

She was on the team when the Rams won the NFL title in 1951.

And when she heard the news the Rams were coming home to California?

“I think it’s wonderful because L.A. has needed a pro team, period. But to have the Los Angeles Rams with the history which they have had here, and the fans love them they hated to see them go,” Sjuts said.

And when I asked her what she thought about NFL cheerleaders now?

“It’s come a long way; I wish I could be a part of it now because I think I would thoroughly enjoy it


KCD Gallery: “Dear Future Husband”


The Knicks City Dancers wow the crowd with performances of “Dear Future Husband” and “Manhattan Dolls” at MSG.

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Game Day With The Ladies of Ontario Fury

This past weekend, I spent some quality time with the Ladies of Ontario Fury. Game day is always special because at the Citizens Business Bank Arena, you can get up close and personal with the girls and because of the intimate setting, I always get some great photos of the girls in action.








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Two Jacksonville Natives to Head to Super Bowl 50 with the Panthers TopCats Dance Team

By Jacqueline Matter

Two Jacksonville natives are headed to the Super Bowl, but they’ll be cheering on the Panthers from the sidelines.
WNCT’s Jacqueline Matter spoke to their mothers on the exciting journey.

Friends since elementary school, Aliscia Taplin and Annalise Coleman are both first-year dancers for the Carolina Panthers Cheerleading Team, the TopCats.

While the girls didn’t always desire to be NFL cheerleaders, they both had a gift from a very young age.

“When I saw her amongst the other 5-year-olds and 6-year-olds, her hands were straight out, her legs were high, and I thought wow she’s a natural,” said Valerie Taplin of her daughter Aliscia.

“Annalise started dancing since she was about four years old, her preschool teacher told me she was gifted in rhythm,” said Vanessa Coleman, Annalise’s mother.

The goal of being a TopCat has been a passion of Annalise’s for years.

“She decided when she was 17, we went to the Panther’s game, and she said mom I’m going to dance with the cheerleaders, and she watched them the whole time and so when she turned 21 she tried out.”

But making the team wasn’t easy. Annalise and Aliscia competed among 160 other girls vying for a spot on the TopCats squad.

“Every day for about a month, ‘mom I’m still in, I’m still in’, so it was really a nerve-wrecking thing for us,” said Vanessa Coleman.

“She’d call me and tell me ‘oh I think I did okay, I think I did alright’ which was good to hear but I said don’t get excited don’t get nervous for her just let everything be calm,” said Valerie Taplin.

After countless hours of training and chasing a lifelong dream, the dancing duo made the 28 member squad.

Now, both girls will soon have a Super Bowl experience.

“To dance, just to dance and dance for the Panthers, but God’s plan was you can dance for the Panthers but you’re going to the Super Bowl with that,” said Valerie Taplin about their excitement.

Each year the girls must re-try out for the TopCats dance squad, but both girls say they have every intention of returning to the sidelines next year to cheer on the Panthers.

While the Panthers have already landed in Santa Clara for Super Bowl 50, the TopCats Cheerleaders will be headed to California on Friday.

Special Olympics Brevard Cheerleaders Needed

By Jennifer Sangalang
Florida Today

There’s a cheerleading group in town — and they need a little L-O-V-E.

The Special Olympics Brevard cheerleading team seeks members, volunteer coaches and community support. So says Joanna Kiel, head cheerleading coach.

The 28-year-old former Baltimore Ravens cheerleader coached a Special Olympics cheerleading team in Maryland. One of her favorite cheerleaders was her youngest sister and biggest fan, 23-year-old Lexi Tippett, who has Down syndrome.


“With my experience with Special Olympics, performing is their favorite thing to do,” she said. “They love practice, but when the team can get out at a huge venue, they are beyond excited. It makes them feel included. Just like they’ve watched their family members perform — now it’s their turn.”

Sign-ups begin Feb. 2 at the Special Olympics Brevard office in Rockledge. For the 2015 season, there were eight girls on the team. Currently, there’s almost 20, and many more are welcome. Kiel’s Maryland team had more than 60 cheerleaders.

“Special Olympics Brevard has many, many sports that I don’t think people are aware of,” Kiel said. In addition to growing the cheer program, though, she hopes the team will make it to the ESPN Wide World of Sports in Orlando for the state championships in the fall.

“We condition, we train, we learn new skills,” she added. “We’re working with the local high schools so that our cheerleading team can perform at some of their games.”


Boys and girls are needed for the Special Olympics cheerleading team — any age, any skill level, any ability.

“As far as Special Olympics go, it’s any person in the special needs community,” Kiel said. “We’re not afraid of any severe disabilities. Anybody that wants to be a part of it can be a part of it.”

Ways to help

• Transportation: Travel could be an issue for someone with special needs. “If we were able to help get the funds to help transport (children with special needs to) the competition, that would be amazing,” Kiel said.

• Donations: Funds raised will go toward cheerleading uniforms, hair bows and tennis shoes.

• Volunteers: With Special Olympics, usually four or six coaches are needed per team — a cheer and dance background isn’t required. Also, students who need service hours could volunteer.

Thanks to her NFL cheerleading days, Kiel knows all about the adrenaline that comes with performing for large crowds. But nothing beats the experience of seeing her sister, Lexi, put on a cheerleading outfit and perform.

“At the end it’s just pure waterworks,” she said. “When it’s over, you’re unbelievably proud.”

The first full practice for the Special Olympics Brevard cheerleading team is set for Feb. 16 at Freedom Athletics in Rockledge.

Cheerleader Profile: Ladies of Ontario Fury Dancer Brittany

Meet Brittany, third year member of the Ladies of Ontario Fury.


Why did you become a professional cheerleader?

I’ve cheered and danced all my life so once it was time to make the transition from an adolescent all-star team, to the professional world, I was very excited and honored to be a part of such a great team in a very elite field!  Being a professional dancer is one of my greatest accomplishments and deepest passions!

What was your favorite experience as a professional cheerleader?

There’s no other adrenaline rush that can beat running onto the field with all of the fans cheering for you as you line up for the music to start, I love that of course!  But, I really enjoy our post game autograph sessions where I get to meet with our fans and connect on a personal level!

What is your favorite dance style?

I am the most trained and technically best at ballet, but I enjoy hip hop the most and it’s the most common in my industry!

What are the three words that describe you?

Passionate- I am consumed in doing the things I love with the utmost passion.
Dedicated- I am 100% committed and involved in everything I do to the end.
Playful- I am a girly girl and a tom boy all wrapped into one. I’m goofy and love adventure!

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

Most people don’t know that I was painfully shy growing up and I was bullied.  Only because of pageants was I able to overcome these obstacles, helping me develop into an outgoing, brave woman today who is proud to be your Miss California United States 2015-2016!

What is your guilty pleasure?

I LOVE frozen yogurt, you can call me a yogurt snob! 😉  I know the best spots and I have a rewards card at all of them.

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

I can’t live without WAZE!  With my very hectic lifestyle in LA, I rely on Waze to help me navigate my life on a timely schedule.

What is your motto to live by?

“She is clothed with dignity and strength, and laughs without fear of the future.”  Proverbs 31:25  I am a strong woman with integrity and have faith in God to take care of my life.

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

It takes a lot of hard work and dedication.  It may not happen your first try, but a passionate person never gives up for what they truly want.  Stay in dance class and become knowledgeable in the industry.

Where do you see yourself in ten years?

In ten years I see myself living in Malibu, married with 2-3 children.  I hope to have starred in a few major motion picture films and owning my own pageant system!


You can see Brittany and the rest of the Ladies of Ontario Fury at their next home game on February 13th 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 Erika

Let’s get to know Erika, a third year member of the Ladies of Ontario Fury.


Why did you become a professional cheerleader?

I was given the opportunity to start cheering/dancing at the age of 9, and ever since then I have been fully captivated by the sport!  Inspired by a former Clippers Spirit Dancer, it was my dream to perform in front of thousands of people someday & that someday finally is here!

What was your favorite experience as a professional cheerleader?

My favorite experience as a professional cheerleader was being selected to perform on a live television show in India called, “Extraaa Innings” for the Indian Premier Cricket League.  It was incredible to be able to take my profession overseas and to perform in front of millions of viewers!

What is your favorite dance style?

I have many different dance styles, but it’s a close tie between hip hop and bachata.

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

When in doubt, Pop Lock & Drop it!  The drop split is my go to dance move, and really gets the crowd pumped!

What are the three words that describe you?

Inspirational, Innovative, Adventurous

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

Anything I can dance to is my favorite kind of music!  Lately I have been listening to a lot of Bollywood & Bachata music.  My favorite music artist is Jennifer Lopez, she is incredible!

What is your guilty pleasure?

Sweeeeeeeeeeeets! Cookies & Milk are my ultimate guilty pleasure snack.

Facebook, Instagram or Twitter? Or some other app.

I’m a very active instagram user, although I don’t like to be on my phone all the time.  My favorite app has to be shazam because when I listen to a new song & want to save it to my phone I immediately press the button and SHAZAM the song is saved!  It’s also great to see what kind of music is trending in other countries around the world!

Who is the one person that inspires you the most?

The one person who truly inspires me is my mother.  My mom is hard working, determined and lets no one bring her down.  I often catch myself doing things my mom would do and I am proud to say I am my mothers daughter.

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

Keep focused.  Especially when it comes down to audition day, go in with a positive attitude and show the judges everything you have worked for all year!  There are hundreds of other girls who want that spot on the team, so make it known that you are hungry for it.

Where do you see yourself in ten years?

10 years from now I see myself starting new goals, and helping others achieve theirs!  I see my current business growing and would love to open more locations overseas in europe!  With a great support system, I would love to start a family of my own & be a supermom!  I plan on investing in a prestigious dance studio and prep future professional dancers/cheerleaders worldwide!  I want to inspire and volunteer my time by hosting students abroad into our community.  My ultimate goal is to receive the opportunity to be featured on Tedx or Forbes!


You can meet Erika and the rest of the Ladies of Ontario Fury at their next home game on February 13th at the Citizens Business Bank Arena.  For more information about the Ontario Fury, please visit their website here.

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