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!
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.
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.
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Entertaining U.S. military personnel in Qatar, Oman, Kuwait and Afghanistan.
By Sharon Allen Gilder Connection Newspapers
Potomac resident and Washington Redskins cheerleader Christa Aiken took her talents to far away fields when she traveled out of the country on Jan. 21 with four fellow “First Ladies of Football” to participate in the 49th Armed Forces Entertainment Southwest Asia Redskins Tour. Their mission was to entertain the troops, join them to catch a glimpse of the Super Bowl game, and experience the routines of daily life on several military bases.
#Aiken, who just finished her third season on the Redskins’ cheerleading squad said, “It’s just a huge honor to be chosen because they don’t send just anyone overseas, so veteran status on our team really matters. I’ve cheered for three years, and I never had the right opportunity, the right timing, to go on a tour before, so this was a huge honor, and I was so excited to be picked … I’ve always wanted to go.”
#The 28-year-old Aiken is a graduate of Connelly School of the Holy Child in Potomac and Roanoke College in Virginia with a degree in exercise science. When she is not performing with the Redskins cheerleaders, she is an assistant fitness manager at Vida Fitness in Washington, D.C.
#HER INTERNATIONAL journey began in Qatar with sojourns to Kuwait, Oman, and Afghanistan. “People always ask me what the cheerleaders do in the off season. This is what they do … they go fly on Black Hawk helicopters in dangerous areas to bring a little hometown happiness to the troops,” said Aiken’s mother, Nancy. She said she was very comfortable with the group her daughter was traveling with, but she counted every day she was away. “Christa will tell you she was away for two weeks, but it was 17 days with travel.”
#“The NFL cheerleaders are primarily dance teams because you can’t really cheer to 90,000 people because they can’t hear you. So, that’s what we did abroad … we did some of our field routines from the past season, and we have a special military performance where we all wear a different military branch and have a song representing them. I was representing the Navy,” said Christa Aiken.
#Two alumni NFL players, Matthew Hatchette, a former wide receiver with the Minnesota Vikings and New York Jets, and Isaac Keys, a former linebacker with the Arizona Cardinals, Vikings and Green Bay Packers, accompanied the cheerleaders. “They were like our big brothers, and they were kind of like the hosts of the show, and would introduce us and answer questions in between our dances,” said Aiken. At the conclusion of performances, in addition to photo opportunities, the squad members had a signing table with team photos. They also signed t-shirts, footballs, and “all the random stuff all over the place.”
#She said she felt secure and more excited than nervous during the trip. Air travel was with commercial airlines except for the flight into Afghanistan on a cargo plane. “That’s when the safety precautions really went up more than the other countries. In Afghanistan we flew right into the base and it was just a little more intense than the other three areas.”
#IN QATAR, Oman, and Afghanistan, she said they mingled during breakfast, lunch, and dinner with the soldiers and service members in the DFAC, the dining facility, to talk, “hang out” and take pictures. “If they were Redskins fans, they were so excited, and even if they weren’t, they still were really happy to see us and give us a hard time if they were Dallas fans, of course … but you could tell it was making their deployment a little bit brighter.”
#She said the food was “kind of like cafeteria food like you would find at college … they had like cereal and Pop-Tarts everywhere, fried chicken or whatever … it wasn’t cuisine from the area.”
#Lodging provided a variety of experiences. She said when they stayed in Kuwait, they were in Kuwait City at the Radisson Blu hotel and dined at The Cheesecake Factory. In Qatar and Afghanistan they slept in “kind of like dorm rooms.” In Oman, because a large group of deployed troops had just arrived, space was limited requiring the girls to sleep in tents. “Oh, it was really hot in the tents … it felt like a beach town in Oman because there was a volleyball court and we performed outside … it just felt like summer.”
#Aiken said it snowed in Afghanistan while they were there, but elsewhere temperatures were in the 80s. “They were saying that in the summer it gets up to like 130 degrees.” Though each base had its differences, she said the base at Qatar had fewer people walking around and was very quiet because work was being conducted underground.
#SHE OBSERVED the differences in the landscapes of the four regions, “The other three countries were like the desert. When we got to Afghanistan, it was so crazy because there were these huge mountains — bigger than the Rockies, and also it has the desert sort of terrain, so it was an interesting kind of geographical experience … I like Afghanistan a lot.”
#Aiken boarded flights on Black Hawk helicopters to travel to four different bases in Afghanistan. The day before one flight, she said she was honored to meet a two-star general. “I’m sitting in the Black Hawk, we’re kind of waiting to go, and then he comes in and sits right across from me, so it was like, oh my gosh, what is going on right now. So … it was really cool to feel like I was on a mission or something.”
#She said at first, she was a little nervous because she had never been in a helicopter, but once she was buckled in, it felt natural. “Oh, man, there’s nothing like it. It’s kind of like riding a rollercoaster for the first time … you’re riding up to that drop, that little hill … it’s incredible that first lift off because it’s not like an airplane … it’s more encompassing and kind of a weird feeling to describe … you know you’re being lifted off the ground … helicopters dip a little more, so every movement is really noticeable.”
#On the last day in Afghanistan, where the cheerleaders watched the Super Bowl game with the troops, they were invited to the shooting range with some of the service members. Aiken said, “There are these crazy guns like AK-47’s, and handguns, and machine guns … I was a little nervous at first, but once I got into it, and I saw how comfortable they are with shooting, it became really fun. At first, I thought, oh, I’m definitely not shooting those big guns, and then, by the end, I’m on the ground shooting a machine gun. They paired us with a service member to help us kind of balance ourselves.”
#“It was a lot of fun performing and seeing people and, you know, hanging out, and making their day. It’s definitely a great experience, very professional, and I would do it again,” said Aiken.