A member of the ROAR of Jacksonville
By Kelly Killoren Bensimon
Who’s ready to be a New York Jets cheerleader?
Program Director Denise Garvey has worked with the New York Jets in starting the Flight Crew Cheerleading Squad since its inception in 2007. Garvey has been in professional cheerleading since 1998.
She was a member of the New Jersey Nets Dance Team, and she even cheered with the renowned Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders. Garvey also spent four years dancing at Madison Square Garden, as a member of the Knicks City Dancers.
Says Garvey, “We have the greatest dancers and the most beautiful women. The stakes are high and the competition is higher.”
She clued us into what it takes to be on the New York Jets Flight Crew.
When are tryouts for the New York Jets Flight Crew?
Our open call is April 11. You have to be 18 and a high school graduate.
What makes someone a good candidate?
There is no guarantee a veteran will make it from year to year. They have to have a lot of dance experience. The uniforms are demanding so they have to be fit and fit the uniform. We want girls who can be our brand ambassadors. They have to be talented entertainers and have great personalities.
How do you register?
We have an online registration. Everything is submitted online: registration and head shots. The cost is $30; $40 if you show up on April 11.
This sounds like a reality show to me.
We did a web series which took the girls throughout the process. Women who try out have the opportunity to take it to the next level. They want to be on the field. It’s the biggest stage they will ever perform on. These girls want it, and emotions run high.
How difficult is the elimination process?
The audition is a three-week process. There is an interview process, a final round, which is a solo competition, and then they are invited into the training camp, which lasts all summer. It’s not all glamour, autographs, and uniforms. It’s really about perfecting routines and making it on the field. The hard work is just beginning.
Any major success stories?
One of our cheerleaders from 2007 became a Radio City Rockette.
How can you prepare for auditions?
We offer eight prep classes. They can sign up. We get everyone in front of the director and me. They learn choreography we will do on the field. They can train in Long Island, New York, or at the Jets training facility.
How many audition?
What do they wear to auditions?
A sports bra, dance shorts, dance tights and jazz shoes or sneakers.
What about hair and makeup?
We go for a natural beauty look.
Any last minute advice?
Come and audition. The benefit from the experience is rewarding.
This upcoming season, we will be expanding the team to include team members both on and off the ice! The girls off-ice will perform short dance routines and cheer on fans during the game, meet & greet ticket holders, and participate in promotional media hits throughout the season. The Flyers are looking for charismatic, energetic, and physically fit individuals to be a part of the Flyers organization. Skating NOT required!
[Flyers Ice Tam Auditions]
A New Orleans VooDoo Doll
Out friend Phil from the Buffalo Pro Cheer Blog has photos and video from of the Bandettes from their latest game.
[Bandettes Photos and Video]
By Annie Hills
Saintsation Kriste was a guest speaker at the Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) Foundation’s Leadership Conference in Kansas City, Mo., from Feb. 20-22. There were more than 100 people in attendance; two representatives from each state and some representatives from Canada. Attendees were chapter coordinators and leaders across the country with goals of updating each other on ongoing kidney research and continuing to raise awareness of PKD.
Kriste wants people to know that kidney disease kills more than 90,000 Americans per year, which is more than prostate cancer and breast cancer combined. Kriste, 41, has been diagnosed with PKD for 15 years. After having PKD for 10 years, she believed she was guilty of not spreading awareness of the disease when she still had friends that did not know she was living with PKD. After talking to fellow Saintsations, one of the other Saintsations learned that her grandmother was diagnosed with PKD. Starting the conversation and spreading awareness of the disease are what matter most to Kriste during her involvement with the PKD Foundation.
“It was my first time speaking at anything like that and I was nervous. I spoke for about 30 minutes and told my personal story,” Kriste said. “Once my mom had the disease and had the kidney transplant, that’s when I changed the way I live. I now drink two liters of water per day and it has been shown that drinking a lot of water actually helps.”
Kriste was asked at the leadership conference to emcee during the National Convention in June 2016 in Orlando where there will also be patients, doctors and people looking to help spread awareness about PKD. She has been participating in the PKD Foundation’s 31 Days of PKD Challenges in honor of March’s National Kidney Month. Today Kriste plans to complete the sign “I’m taking the PKD Challenge for _____” and take a selfie with her two sons before posting it on social media.
“At games people who are on dialysis or are donors, come up to me and hug my neck and say, ‘thank you for telling people about it.’ I’m just excited to work with the PKD Foundation. It has been amazing and Kansas City was fun. I also really enjoyed meeting all of the volunteers. In the past, kidney disease has not had a voice. It’s National Kidney Disease Month and nobody knows it, even though it affects many people.”
Kriste hopes that many Saints fans will make it to this year’s New Orleans Walk for PKD on Saturday, May 30. For more information on the walk and to register, please visit here.
Under the direction of Amanda Cammuso the ‘Lady Knights’ Dance and Promotional Team support the Syracuse Silver Knights of the MASL. The ladies perform at every home soccer game played at the War Memorial in downtown Syracuse. They dance, cheer, participate in multiple community events on and off season, work hard and continue to strive to be positive role models in the Syracuse community.
[Syracuse Lady Knights Dance Team]
[Lady Knights Dance Team on Facebook]
See the whole squad here.
by Margaret Fuhrer
The first clue that the Brooklynettes aren’t your average dance team is what they’re wearing. They’re more likely to strut onto the Barclays Center court in wedge sneakers than heels; their graphic black-and-white uniforms are urban chic, not girly-girl cute (though, to be fair, they’re known to sport a sequin or two).
But then the dancers start to move. And as they blaze through high-octane, hard-edged choreography by an industry A-lister, you realize that this isn’t just the best-dressed dance team you’ve ever seen. It’s the best dance team you’ve ever seen, period.
In fact, the Brooklynettes—who’ve been entertaining Brooklyn Nets fans since the team’s move from New Jersey to Brooklyn, NY, in 2012—are changing what it means to dance for the NBA. Their top-notch dancers are attracting big-name choreographers, artists who aren’t otherwise associated with the dance team world. And their every move reflects the diversity, creativity and grit of the borough they call home.
(Photo by Erin Baiano)
That Brooklyn Feel
When it was first announced that the New Jersey Nets would become the Brooklyn Nets, Adar Wellington—coach of the team then known as the New Jersey Nets Dancers—knew some major changes were in order. “We wanted to reimagine the dance team so it truly represented the city,” says Wellington, whose own impressive dance career includes
several seasons with the NJ Nets Dancers and tours with Rihanna and Ashanti. “Brooklyn is so cool and effortless, and it has this edgy, rough feel to it.”
To Brooklyn-ify the renamed Brooklynettes, the artistic crew made hip hop the team’s new foundation. “When you think Brooklyn, you automatically think hip hop,” says current Brooklynettes captain Amanda Robinson. “In keeping with that, our choreography is very street, very gritty.” But the team also wanted to incorporate the borough’s myriad other musical influences. “Around here, there’s everything as far as
music goes,” Wellington says. “We’ve got jazz, we’ve got Latin, we’ve got swing. And it was important to us to recognize that diversity in our routines.”
The resulting melting-pot-with-an-edge style not only separates the Brooklynettes from other pro dance teams—it actually puts them right in line with commercial industry trends. “What the Brooklynettes are giving you is what people are seeing in television, film and music videos right now,” says frequent Brooklynettes choreographer Tanisha Scott, who’s worked with Rihanna and Beyoncé.
Read the rest here.
A Boston Cetlics Dancer
TLC’s new Online Dating Makeover Show!
Do you have a friend that has the worst experiences while online dating? Does she never meet the right guy?
TLC is looking for women between 30-40 who want to revamp their profile and refresh their look in order to get paired with better matches online.
All applicants need to be within driving distance of NYC.
[Online Dating Help]
ABC is looking for a GREAT family for a new cooking competition!
Do you ever go round and round with your Mother in Law in the kitchen? Are family gatherings always stressful for you when it comes to preparing meals? Do you think it’s time for your husband to really decide if his mom or you is the better cook?
If you are interested in applying for a new ABC family cooking show – and fit the above description, please email a family photo, contact info, and your best family kitchen story to firstname.lastname@example.org
Family members can be located anywhere in the US.