Meet Miami Dolphins Cheerleader Jodi, Miss May 2016

Jodi is a third-year veteran and team captain. She is originally from Miami but currently resides in Pembroke Pines. Jodi also is of Caribbean descent. Jodi is currently studying broadcast media, and last year was Miss March 2015. She has had the privilege of going on military tours to Afghanistan, Kuwait, Djibouti, UAE, Ethiopia and Bahrain. Jodi is featured here in DESPI Swimwear.

Miss May Jodi
Photo courtesy of the Miami Dolphins

The Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders will host their annual Swimsuit Calendar Unveiling and Fashion Show on Friday September 18th. Get your tickets here.

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Buccaneer Cheerleaders Enjoy Home Victory Over Bengals

Walk before you run and the pre-season victory by the Buccaneers over the Bengals is a small but important first step toward a successful 2015.

Hot, Hotter, and Hottest. On a hot Florida humid night, the buccaneers played hotter, but the hottest title goes to the 2015 TBBC squad in their debut on Monday Night Football. I’ll let the photos tell the story. Use the slide-show mode in Flickr to view the attached album full screen. Enjoy.





3-Antasia-Line Captain

Antasia–Line Captain

4-Kymberli-Line Captain

Kymberli–Line Captain







8-TBBC End Zone Dance

TBBC—End Zone Dance

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Photo of the Day – August 27


A pair of Orlando Predators Prowlers

Audrea is Phoenix-bound!

I have met a lot of great people through this blog. One of my favorites is Audrea Harris. I met Audrea through the Los Angeles Clippers years ago. She immediately struck me as such a class act and she became a wonderful friend. I was so incredibly jazzed a year or so after we met, when she took over direction of the Clippers entertainment teams and really put her stamp on the organization.

Audrea (at right) with her mom and sister Adrianne

Last month Audrea decided it was time to move on to new challenges and part ways with the Clippers.


sunsI will admit to being totally gutted by the news at first. It was bittersweet. You know how it is when you know your friend is making an important and right decision for herself, but your inner 7 year old is all “But whyyyyyyyy?????”

It is the end of an era, that’s for sure. Audrea had been with the Clippers organization for 16 years, including four as a member of the Spirit Dance Team. (Cue the vintage awesomeness.) It is difficult to imagine the Clippers in general, and the Spirit in particular, without her.

Well, c’est la vie! Off with the old and on with the new! I am pleased and proud to announce that the Clippers’ loss is the Phoenix Suns’ gain. Audrea is packing her bags and next month, will start her new job as Game Entertainment Coordinator for the Suns! It’s a big promotion, a big step up, and a very exciting new opportunity. I cannot wait to see the creativity, professionalism, and fun she will bring that that new role.

Game on, Suns fans! Please join me in saying congratulations!

BTW, I already checked Google Flights and I can get from Burbank to Phoenix in 90 minutes. Don’t think I won’t do it. Mwahahahahahaha….

Roll Call: 2015 Bengals Cheerleaders

The Cincinnati Bengals website has been updated with individual headshots and profiles for this year’s team of Ben-Gals. (Fingers crossed that uniform shots will follow, although it’s been 2 or 3 years since they’ve done those.) Click here for more!

Bengals 2015 group

Auditions for the Buffalo Lady 716ers are Fast Approaching


Photo of the Day – August 26


Taylor of the Washington Redskins Cheerleaders at last Thursday’s game.

Roll Call: 2015 New England Patriots Cheerleaders has been updated with individual profiles, uniform photos and headshots for this year’s team of cheerleaders. Click here for more!

Mary Ann, Bridget, and Zoe

Mary Ann, Bridget, and Zoe

The 2015 Ladies of Ontario Fury Dance Team Auditions

The Ladies of Ontario Fury held their auditions for the 2015 dance team this past Saturday and I was very interested in the outcome. You see, the Ladies of Ontario Fury have become one of my most beloved squads to shoot and under the direction of Lynae de Leon, they always seem to have some girls that are “next level” cheerleaders. This past season, two girls made NBA squads (the Laker Girls and the Golden State Warriors) and another Fury dancer was a finalist for the Phoenix Suns.

So every year, I eagerly await auditions to see who are the returning veterans and who are the potential newcomers to this squad. And this year, there are several openings for newcomers as only nine veterans were trying out again. With nearly 50 girls trying out, the competition for one of the 16 spots would be the most competitive in the three year history of the team








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Photo of the Day – August 25



Philadalphia Soulmate Crystal at the AFL American Conference Championship Game on Sunday NFL Cheerleaders Preseason Week 2

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Ascension Parish cheerleader joins NFL cheer squad

Jax TisdaleBy Leslie D. Rose
Gonzalez Weekly Citizen
August 24, 2015

It is May 2015, hundreds of women arrive at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas for the preliminary round of Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders’ auditions. Among them is Ascension Parish’s own, 23-year-old Jaclyn (Jax) Tisdale. In just a matter of months, Tisdale would excitedly call home to tell everyone she loved that she had made the team.

It is May 2015, hundreds of women arrive at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas for the preliminary round of Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders’ auditions. Among them is Ascension Parish’s own, 23-year-old Jaclyn (Jax) Tisdale. In just a matter of months, Tisdale would excitedly call home to tell everyone she loved that she had made the team.

A graduate of East Ascension High School (2010) and LSU elementary and special education degree holder (May 2015), Tisdale spent her extracurricular time setting herself up for her current career.

Her extensive experience includes four years as an EA Spartanette where she also served as captain; dancer at All About Dance for 18 years, where she earned a teaching certificate and taught for four years; four years as an LSU Golden Girl where she spent two year as captain/choreographer.

So when she attended the first audition for her current squad, Tisdale channeled all of her experience for the extensive process, which includes everyone being placed in groups of five, presentating intrductions and 45 seconds of improv choreography to randomly selected music. Additional audition rounds include learning and performing a short routineraphy and kickline sequence and a 100 question test on football, Dallas, current events and dance knowledge.

Okay Saints fans, we all know what you’re thinking, but while Tisdale maintains her loyalty to her squad, she said referred to the age-old saying – You can take the girl out of Louisiana but not Louisiana out of the girl.

What did Ascension Parish instill in you that helped you to excel?

Unity. Whether it was through Spartanettes or through my dance family at All About Dance, I always had a unit of dancers I could go to for encouragement and support. To this day, so many people that I have danced with in the past from Gonzales have reached out to congratulate me through the years. It truly makes me happy and helps me to continue to chase my dreams knowing when there are so many people always in support of my achievements.

How did your time as a Golden Girl prepare you for your career?

The Tigerband is without a doubt the most prestigious and recognizable college marching band in the world. Being a part of the band taught me how to be the best ambassador of my university as possible. As an LSU Golden Girl, I did my best to uphold the highest reputation in and out of practice/performances. This is something Kelli Finglass stressed at our very first meeting. She expects us to maintain a “World Class” reputation at all times and be the best ambassadors of the Dallas Cowboys that we can be.

What are practices like?

Practices are scheduled at 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. Every practice begins with stretching, conditioning and kicks across the floor. The rest of the night could be spent learning choreography, practicing routines, individual/whole group critiques on performances, and/or putting on the boots to practice outside on the mini-field.

What are you most looking forward to in your first season game?

The first preseason game is Aug. 29 against the Minnesota Vikings, and that will be my very first game day experience as a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader! From Spartan Stadium, to Death Valley, and now AT&T Stadium – I am most excited to continue to perform on my favorite stage, a football field. I cannot wait to step onto the field as “Thunderstruck” booms from the speakers. Something about a pregame performance brings chills up my spine and so much happiness in my heart.

There are people who don’t consider cheering a sport, but some do consider cheerleaders athletes, what’s your take on this?

The amount of conditioning and rehearsing it takes to be a professional cheerleader definitely exemplifies that of an athlete. Although we may not “compete” against others there are specific qualities and skills to be perfected for every football game.

What is your advice for younger girls who someday may want to be where you are?

My biggest piece of advice is very simple – never give up! Even if you come from a small town, there is no excuse to not make it big. You just have to put in the work, time and dedication. Oh, and don’t forget to thank all the people that helped you get there!

What is the career span of an NFL cheerleader, and what are your way in the future plans?

The average cheerleader may cheer anywhere between two to four years. Having professional cheerleading experience can lead to many opportunities to spread your knowledge and expertise with other future cheerleaders/dancers. That is how I hope to use my experience in the future. After I am done cheering, I plan to move back to Louisiana, preferably Ascension Parish, and become a special education teacher. I would love to coach a dance team while working and help privately coach young ladies to improve their dance talents. One important long term goal of mine is to teach a dance class for students with special needs.

Former Philadelphia Soulmate Maurisa was the AFL American Conference Championship Trophy Presenter


The AFL American Conference Championship was played in Philadelphia on Sunday. And in a real nail-biter the Sharks defeated the Soul 61-56 with the game in doubt until the final play.


Mauria would have been much happier to present the trophy to the Soul, but alas it was not to be.



But she smiled like a professional as the trophy was given to the visiting Jacksonville Sharks.


Former Highlander Joins NBA Dance Team

By Nora Olabi

As recent Woodlands High graduates prepare to start their college careers, one former High Stepper has turned an extracurricular activity into her dream job.

Kara Robinson started competitive dancing as a fifth grader at Mitchell Intermediate in The Woodlands. She kept dancing all the way through high school, when as a senior at The Woodlands High School she became captain of The Woodlands High Steppers.

octhAfter graduating, she took her dance skills on the road, attending college with acclaimed dance teams. She danced with the Kilgore College Rangerettes, the first women’s precision drill team in the country, and, a few years later, danced for the Dallas Cowboys for three years.

Earlier this month, Robinson signed her second season contract with the NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder to dance as a Thunder Girl.

“Performing for a crowd is one of my passions in life. I know that there’s only a short amount of time that I’m going to be able to do this, and I’m coming up on that time where I have to start focusing on a career,” Robinson said. “But for now, I have the most supportive parents in the world that have always wanted me to follow my dreams, and I was lucky enough to do that.”

The Thunder Girl auditions are rigorous. Before the auditions started, dance coaches held boot camps and prep classes for anyone interested in being a dancer.

On the big day, 60 new and returning dancers went through three audition phases over five days this summer. The prospective dancers learn three routines – pom, hip hop and jazz – go through a fitness bootcamp, and undergo business interviews all in full makeup. Those who make the first two rounds perform a final show at the Riverwind Casino in front of an audience of TV and radio personalities, some season ticket holders and the entertainment department of the OKC Thunder. In the end, seven new girls joined the Thunder Girls, and 12 returned, including Robinson, to dance in the upcoming season.

“She’s great; she’s made for this,” said Paige Carter, manager and dance choreographer for the Thunder. “She’s a wonderful person, and her big talent is how remarkable she is at learning choreography and retaining it.”

Once brought on, all 19 dancers train two to three nights a week, perform several dance routines during the games, and make about 200 public appearances throughout the season. And although it sounds like a full-time job, most of the women have part- or full-time jobs outside of the Thunder Girls.

When Robinson is not performing as a Thunder Girl, she works as a brand ambassador for the Austin-based designer jewelry store Kendra Scott. After transferring from Kilgore College, Robinson graduated from the University of North Texas with a bachelor’s in merchandising. Although she’s learned and grown as a professional dancer, she hopes to one day blaze her own trail in the fashion industry.

“There are a lot of different options I can take with fashion. Being in the fashion industry, I’ve always wanted to open my own store and sell my own merchandise there. That’s definitely in the far away future,” Robinson said.

In the meantime, Robinson will wield her pompoms and entertain fans for the 2015-16 NBA season.

Photo of the Day – August 24


Amanda at Blast Cheerleader Tryouts on Saturday. Yes, she made it to training camp.