AllPro3 Photo of the Day – June 29

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Charlotte Honeybees Kirsten and Kristen

Timberwolves Dancers auditions

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Kylie Crull, Minnesota Timberwolves Corporate Communications Manager, let’s us know about the Timberwolves Dancers upcoming auditions on Saturday, July 18. It’s being held at the Timberwolves new training center in Mayo Clinic Square, 600 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403. Registration starts at 2:30 p.m. with the auditions at 3:30 p.m.

Here is a link to the flyer above, and registration and additional information can be found at www.timberwolves.com/dancers.

Tampa Bay Rays “Turn Back The Clock” Game

The attendance problems of the Rays are well documented but it’s not for lack of trying. The Tampa Bay Rays always field a competitive team and their fan promotions are second to none. This past weekend they beat the Red Sox in a “Turn Back The Clock” game including retro (but hideous) uniforms.

The Ray Team performers also went all in by finding outfits and music straight from the 1970’s. It always a good day when the Sox lose but the promotion added extra enjoyment to the game.

Good job to the Ray Team for a fun show.

Enjoy the following photos and album.

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[Ray Team Website]

Singing the praises of Richmond Lady Raiders Director Kelly Allen, an alumnus of ten years of pro cheer

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Kelly Allen embodies the term, “multi-talented.” Kelly spent ten years dancing for the NBA Wizards and NFL Redskins, and is also an accomplished singer, mathematics major, and now Director of the PIFL’s Richmond Lady Raiders Dance Team. A former captain for both the Wizard Dancers and Redskins Cheerleaders, Kelly choreographed many of their dance routines.

Kelly has donated her time to perform as a dancer, singer, actress and choreographer for musical productions presented by Cabaret for Life, Inc. for over fifteen years. Cabaret, as a non-profit organization, donates its show proceeds to organizations that provide support to groups or organizations whose mission is to ease the lives of those suffering from debilitating diseases. In addition, Kelly has been a member of the dance company The Capitol Movement Project. With this group, Kelly had the honor of dancing, singing, and choreographing in Capitol Movements Concerts at the Historic Lincoln Theater and the Kennedy Center, as well as the at the 25th Anniversary Radio One Gala. The organization’s mission is to build better lives through dance by partnering with community organizations to provide disadvantaged youth and underserved citizens the chance to participate in and patronize the arts in Washington, DC.

Kelly has been a singer with Kaleidoscope, a ten-piece band, based in Maryland, providing entertainment on a multi-state basis. She has been a feature singer with the band, and has performances ranging from NFL football games to the Inaugural Balls for Presidents George Bush and Barack Obama.

For seven years Kelly was the organizer, manager and producer of a major benefit event titled “Kelly and Friends” which featured a band, Kelly as the lead singer, along with other talented musicians. Proceeds from “Kelly and Friends,” which benefited Prince George’s County charities, exceeded $300,000 over the past seven years.

And now, Kelly is in her third season Director of the excellent Lady Raiders that support the PIFL’s Richmond Raiders. With the Raiders hosting a playoff game Monday night, it is a great time to learn more about, who shared with UltimateCheerleaders insights into her life. Kelly kindly was interviewed last before she added yet another facet to her life, being a mom of twins!

UC – Kelly, where you were born and raised, and what are your favorite childhood memories?

Kelly – I was born and raised in New Jersey, have six siblings. My favorite childhood memories are just being young and carefree without a worry in the world and being around my siblings.

UC – How old were you and how did you start dance? As a singer and dancer, were you always putting on shows when you were young?

Kelly – I started dancing at the age of five years old. Whatever activity my older sister was involved in, I always followed so at first my sister enrolled in gymnastics, so then I enrolled. Then my sister went into dance, and then I followed. I have never been nervous to perform in front of a crowd. I was always called a little “ham.” I always created little shows at home and whenever my parents came home from work, I would make them sit down to watch it. Of course the show would be extra-long, so my parents would set a time limit.

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UC – When did you start your singing training, and who were your singing influences as you developed?

Kelly – I always loved singing for as long as I can remember and took my first vocal lessons when I was twelve years old. My idol has been and always will be Whitney Houston and that is the style that I always tried to emulate. The song that would show my vocal range the best is “I Will Always Love You.”

UC – Tell me about your post high school education and dance/music training?

Kelly – I went to Howard University where I originally majored in dance. After a year, I changed my major to Pure and Applied Mathematics and minored in Secondary Education and Voice. I studied classical music, mostly Italian.

UC – If there was a dream lead role in a musical that you would love to perform on Broadway, what would it be?

Kelly – If I could have any role in a Broadway play, it would be Velma in Chicago, or basically anything Fosse.

UC – What was dance/cheer squads background before you tried out for the Redskins? What prompted you to try-out for the Skins the first time?

Kelly – While attending Howard University, I was a captain for the Bisonettes. After college, I was a Washington Wizards Dancer for three years and held the position of captain and was with the Washington Redskins Cheerleaders for seven years and was also a captain. My coach Stephanie Gross, who was previously with the Wizards and moved over to the Redskins, was my motivation to try out. I loved dancing under her. I was lucky enough to know a few current and alumni redskins cheerleaders at the time that I decided to tryout and through their great advice and guidance, was able to make the team on my first try.

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UC – What were you favorite memories of being part of the pro cheer, and what experiences did it add to your life?

Kelly – My favorite memories of being a Wizards Dancers and a Washington Redskins was making made several trips to the Middle East, Europe, the Balkans, Central America, and Greenland to entertain and boost the morale of our troops before and after the 9/11 tragedy; serenading the troops vocally as well as dancing. My most memorable moments as a Redskins Cheerleader is running out the tunnel for the first time to thousands of screaming fans, and singing the National Anthem at multiple games. Cheering professionally resulted in me growing more as a person and a professional, meeting so many people that I was able to network with and learn from, and fostering lifelong friendships that I cherish.

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Meet the 2015 Sideline Distraction Cover Model

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Congratulations to Baranese of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Cheerleaders on being the cover model for the 12th anniversary edition of the P-R-O Convention’s Sideline Distraction Magazine.

Meet The 2015 AllPro3 Hostess – Melanie Snare

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Melanie Snare was an Atlanta Falcons Cheerleader and represented her squad at the 2006 Pro Bowl.

Since retiring from cheerleading, she has gone on to act, model, host and produce, include appearances on ESPN and HLN. Learn more about Melanie at her website.

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Vicksburg Native Makes 2015 NBA Dance Team

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For Vicksburg native Molleigh Wallace achieving her dream of being a professional dancer has exceeded her expectations.

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Wallace is now a member of the 2015-16 Orlando Magic dance team of the NBA. She was thrilled about making the final cuts and being named a member of the team.

Wallace found out about the audition through word of mouth. She had friends already going to the audition and they talked her in to trying out.

“The process was pretty difficult. They had a boot camp week with 90 girls and later in the week they had the actual audition,” Wallace said.

The audition consisted of multiple cuts, dance routines and a sponsored trip to the Bahamas.

The girls went through an across the floor combination and the first cuts were made. Then the group of girls learned a jazz and hip-hop combination routine before a cut to the final 30 was made.

Baha Mar, the official sponsor of the Orland Magic, flew the girls to the Bahamas where the heat of the auditions picked up. The group shot a swimsuit calendar, instructed dance classes, participated in community events and learned the final routines for the audition.

“Auditions were open to the public and streamed live,” Wallace said.

The new team was announced and consists of 20 dancers. Wallace is excited be working for an organization like the Magic and said the fans have a really good connection with everyone in the organization.

Wallace danced for the Orlando Predators of the Arena Football League before auditioning for the Magic. She also danced for Royal Caribbean Cruises and spent three years in Europe, Universal Studios and Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando and on the infamous strip of Las Vegas.

She really enjoys dancing and has fun doing it and couldn’t ask for anything else. For her it’s a great stress reliever and a great way to stay in shape.

Wallace is from a family with an art and dance background. She is the daughter of Debra Franco, who owns a dance studio in Vicksburg and her father is into theatre. Franco said Wallace is a well-rounded dancer and has been dancing since the age of three.

“She’s always wanted to dance but I don’t think we ever really discussed it,” Franco said. “She just assumed she would dance.”

Wallace began doing competitions at the age of eight and when competing, Franco made her daughter do a ballet solo and a lyrical piece, she would win top honors for her performance.

“When you see her do the lyrical and jazz, you’d see much more of the passion, life and enjoyment of it. It’s really her field,” Franco said.

Every summer in high school Wallace attended a camp in Los Angeles. One part of the camp taught dancers how to audition and when she turned 16 she auditioned for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and was hired when she was 17-years-old.

Wallace was on dance teams in high school and college and said the teams helped her prepare for bigger auditions. She had great instructors and it helped her know what to expect moving forward in this career.

Franco and Wallace are excited for the new path of being a professional NBA dancer and they both believe it is a wonderful opportunity.

“I’ve been a professional dancers for a few years and it’s still surreal that I can achieve many goals,” Wallace said. “I’ve been very fortunate and I hope it opens many more doors for me.”

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The Minnesota Vikings Cheerleaders Are Ready For PRO

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At registration this morning

Former Colts Cheerleader Ashli’s Wedding in the Turks and Caicos

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Ashli cheered for the Indianapolis Colts for six consecutive years (2006-2012) and at three Super Bowls bringing home a Win (Colts vs Bears in 2006) and a beautiful shiny Super Bowl Championship ring!

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She was the team Fitness Captain and a Squad Captain and  a member of the Colts AFE/USO Show Troop and traveled the world to entertain troops and their families. Japan, Hawaii, Egypt, Greece, Turkey and Jordan were a few of her favorite stops!

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Ashli just got married in Turks and Caicos last month and each one of her bridesmaids also cheered with her!

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With Maid of Honor, current Colts Cheerleader and Super Bowl Teammate Lauren M. They met in dance class at age 3.

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She made friends with each girl at different points throughout her life and lucky enough for them, they each made the team and got to cheer together!

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Bride and Bridesmaids, Colts Cheerleaders all

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More Super Bowl Rings!

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Bonus! Courtesy of our own David Tyau, here’s Ashli at the 2011 P-R-O Convention:

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Falcons Cheerleader Up For Miss South Carolina

From AltantaFalcons.com

suziAtlanta Falcons Cheerleaders rookie Suzi R. is getting ready for her first NFL season, but first, she’s got her eye on another big event

In addition to preparing for the upcoming football season, Atlanta Falcons Cheerleaders rookie Suzi R. is competing in the Miss South Carolina Pageant as the representative from Hartsville County, SC.

“It’s very hectic,” she said. “It’s been a week-long (event). We get up every morning at 7:30 and go all the way into the afternoon and have a competition, get home at midnight and get started again the next day.

“It’s been pretty crazy, but it’s awesome. I feel like every single day I’m growing so much and learning a lot.”

Suzi and the other competitors have faced a wide-range of challenges — including interviews about politics and leadership, talent competitions and on-stage questions. For her performance, Suzi did a classical ballet routine; her platform, which she presented earlier this week, focuses on arts education in elementary schools.

If she makes it through the finals, she’ll have an opportunity to participate in the Miss America Pageant.

“I feel pretty good right now,” she said. “I feel really good about how I danced and feel like I was on the top of my group. So we’ll see. As a first year competitor, I feel like I’ve done well.

Countdown to PRO: 1 Day – Photo of the Day: Tennessee Titans Cheerleader Elizabeth

Elizabeth of the Tennessee Titans Cheerleaders

2015-16 Brooklynettes Open Call Auditions Are July 12th

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Sunday, July 12 at LIU Brooklyn

The Arnold and Marie Schwartz Center – 1 University Plaza, Brooklyn, NY

Doors open at 10:00am; Audition begins promptly at 11:00am
AUDITION REQUIREMENTS:

Must be 18 or older and have extensive training in hip hop and jazz styles. Tumbling skills are a plus, but not required
Wear two-piece attire and non-marking sneakers. Midriff and legs must be exposed; no tights
Arrive in glamorous, performance-ready hair and makeup
Select dancers from the open call will be invited to attend callback auditions on Monday, July 13 at Barclays Center
Finalists must be available in the evening of July 14
Special Guest Judges will be in attendance throughout the week, including celebrity Choreographer Luam & Bloc Talent Agency’s Fatima Wilson

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WANT AN EDGE?

Brooklynettes Audition Intensives
LIU Brooklyn, 1 University Plaza, Brooklyn, NY
Session I – Hip Hop, Tuesday, July 7, 6:00-9:00pm
Session II – Street Jazz, Thursday, July 9, 6:00-9:00pm

Open to dancers ages 18 and older
First round audition choreography will be taught at both sessions
Learn a different Brooklynettes routine straight from the court at each session
Receive professional insight from members of the team and audition tips from Brooklynettes Coach/Choreographer Adar Wellington
Receive an exclusive Brooklynettes tank top
$50 per session

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Jacksonville Sharks Attack Dancer of the Week: Morgan Y.

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[Jacksonville Sharks Attack Dance Team]

Chesapeake Hawkettes

Thanks to Mid-Atlantic Video & Photography Productions for sharing these photos of the MLL Chesapeake Hawkettes form their May 30th game:

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Countdown to PRO 2 Days: Photo of the Day – June 25

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Maigan of the Washington Redskins Cheerleaders