Photo of the Day – April 17

A Denver Outlaws Dancer

Tampa Bay Lightning Girls At Start Of NHL Playoffs

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Simply Saintsational: Coast dance veterans again make the roster

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By JUSTIN MITCHELL
SunHerald.com
April 15, 2015

The reigning Biloxi Queen of Neptune, an Ocean Springs woman and a Moss Point graduate who made headlines in 2014 have all earned their spot again on the 2015 New Orleans Saintsations dance team.

Brandy Jarvis of Ocean Springs will enter her third season as a Saintsation. A marketing graduate from the University of Southern Mississippi, she was inspired to first tryout by her father, Kevin Jarvis, who has been a Saints season ticket holder for more than 3 decades.

Jarvis was a cheerleader at St. Patrick High School and a member of the USM Dixie Darlings dance team. She was the queen of the 2014 Krewe of Neptune in Biloxi.

Kriste Lewis, a Moss Point High graduate and Hattiesburg resident, made national news headlines in 2014 as becoming one of the NFL’s oldest dance team members. At the time of her 2014 audition, she was 40. She made the squad again this year.

Lewis told the Hattiesburg American last year that she had been battling kidney disease for more than 14 years.

Lewis said last year she was proud to be a Saintsation.

“It goes back to a definition of what a 40-year-old woman could be or should be, and they forget that you can be beautiful and smart,” she said to the Hattiesburg American. “I think my generation especially is redefining (that image).”

Sarah Friday, an Ocean Springs native, was also on the Saintsations in 2014 and made the squad again this year.

The Saintsations released the 2015 lineup on Wednesday.

Stough auditions for New York Jets Flight Crew

New York Jet Flight Crew auditioners from left to right: Jalyn Stough, Christina Miller and Ali Difiore pose for a picture at the Metlife Stadium in New York Sunday at semifinals.

New York Jet Flight Crew auditioners from left to right: Jalyn Stough, Christina Miller and Ali Difiore pose for a picture at the Metlife Stadium in New York Sunday at semifinals.

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April 15, 2015

PRINCETON—Princeton native Jalyn Stough, 19, could soon be on the sidelines cheering for the NFL’s New York Jets.

Stough has an interview today with judges and next Thursday is the final round where all those remaining will dance for judges a final time and find out if she made the cut.

Out of the 200 women who started only 67 remain and only 40 will be chosen.

After the 40 women are chosen they’ll go to summer training and cheer at all 10 home games along with other charity or public events.

For auditions they had to do improv, kick lines, dances by the flight crew, interviews and more.

Stough said this has always been something she wanted to try, but being “on the field made it more real.”

She said the hardest part was the preparation and not knowing what to expect.

Stough had watched TV show “Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team” and it gave her a little insight into auditioning.

She thought the Dallas Cowboys’ cheerleaders auditions were intense and hers were also “that intense.”

Her college classes at Marymount Manhattan College, a liberal arts college in Manhattan, New York also helped her with the improv portion of try-outs.

As a part of applying auditioners must be a full-time student or worker since they’re ambassadors of the team.

Stough said school won’t interfere with the flight crew as she scheduled her classes for in the morning giving her time later in the day to practice and cheer at games at night.

“I think I can handle it,” she said.

The opportunity came about when she was surfing the web she came across auditions for the New York Jets Flight Crew after some thought she decided to send in her resume.

Her resume highlighted that she was a cheerleader at Princeton Community Middle and High School and a co-captain for two years.

While Stough had applied for the opportunity a month before auditioning some girls had been preparing for auditions for a year or so.

Half of the girls had auditioned before and were on the flight crew previously.

Former flight crew members have to tryout every year.

Stough said she’s one of the youngest of those auditioning majority of the girls are ages 22-28, but she feels pretty good that she’s made it this far for her first time applying.

When it comes to goals Stough has a lot of different things in mind no matter the outcome of auditioning.

She wants to minor in business management or public speaking, open her own studio and more.

“It will all fall together,” she said.

Stough said she’s doing things that make her happy and is going from there.

“It’s a different experience,” she said. “When I think about it I’m still in shock I made it this far.”

The Longest 90 Seconds of Your Life – New York Jets Flight Crew Auditions (Day One)

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So here’s the deal: At the first day of Flight Crew Auditions you have 90 seconds to impress the judges.

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You freestyle to some random song, and the 90 seconds seems as if it will last forever.

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Hopefuls check in at MetLife Stadium.

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A little stretching before the auditions begin.

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Close to 200 dancers from across the tri-state area and beyond (Florida, Washington state, California!) tried out.

Continue reading The Longest 90 Seconds of Your Life – New York Jets Flight Crew Auditions (Day One)

2015 New Orleans Saintsations Team Announced

The members of the 2015-16 New Orleans Saintsations were announced Wednesday afternoon. The group will have 36 members. The squad is divided into a 14 member appearance team and a 22 member field team.

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See the rest of the new squad here.

Photo of the Day – April 16

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2015 St. Louis Rams Cheerleaders Finalists Announced

50 dancers have been selected to advance to the final round of this year’s audition. The ladies will spend the next week or so attending interviews and rehearsals to prepare for the big finals event on Thursday, April 23. Click here to see who is still in the running!

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Bearfoot Dancer Auditions are Sunday, April 19

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Register Today for the 2015 Bearfoot Dancers Auditions!
Registration begins at 10:30am
Auditions to follow at 11am

In order to audition you must:

– Be at least 18 years of age or older
– Be available to attend all practices
– Be available to attend all games and events

On the day of Auditions:

– Please bring headshot and dance resume
– Please bring proof of age
– Come with hair and make-up performance ready
– Wear appropriate dance attire and shoes
– Bring water, a sweat towel, and a light snack to keep you energized!
– Be prepared to learn dance routines (you do not need to prepare one)
– No friends or family will be allowed to observe auditions
– There is NO audition fee!!

Please fill out and submit the registration form along with a headshot and resume by April 18th.

Any questions please email: bearfootdancers@gmail.com or visit www.bearfootdancers.com to register!

Photo of the Day – April 15

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2014 Cincinnati Bengals Cheerleaders Rookies Sarah H. & Sara C.
Photo credits to Steve France

Who Is Marco Rubio’s Wife? Jeanette Dousdebes, Former Miami Dolphins Cheerleader, Shies Away From Media Attention

By Howard Koplowitz
International Business Times

Jeanette Dousdebes Rubio, the wife of Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, was a Miami Dolphins cheerleader, but she isn’t so rah-rah on campaigning. Dousdebes Rubio, who describes herself as shy and dedicated to her four children with Marco, will have to grow more at ease with making political appearances, now that her husband is expected to get into the 2016 presidential race on Monday.

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After meeting as teenagers at the West Miami Recreation Center, where Jeanette caught Marco’s eye while playing volleyball, the couple wed in 1998. While Dousdebes Rubio was involved in her husband’s 2010 Senate campaign, she played a behind-the-scenes role, shying away from media attention.

With Marco in Washington, Jeanette, the daughter of Colombian immigrants, takes care of their four children in their modest Miami home while working part time at the family foundation of Miami billionaire Norman Braman, according to the Washington Post.

“I’m not pushing myself out there. I need to be with [the] kids just to give them that balance,” she told Politico in 2012, her most extensive interview to date. “If he’s out there, I feel like I have to be here for them, to give them that reality.”

In the interview, Jeanette Rubio said she disdains the mudslinging of political campaigns. “You meet a lot of different people and you hear their stories. The part that’s difficult, I think, in campaigning is the part where you have to deal with the negativity that comes,” she said. “It puts a lot of strain on the family.”

But she also hinted at an increased role in Marco’s political life. “In the future, if I have to do it, of course I’ll do it,” she said. “But in general, I am shy.”

Her first date with Marco was to the movies to see “Robin Hood.” She told Politico that her future husband talked to her during the Kevin Costner flick, “which I thought was a little annoying,” but she was able to overlook his rudeness. The date had a lasting effect on Marco, as he wrote in his recently released memoir, “An American Son.” “The movie’s theme song was by Bryan Adams. To this day, whenever I hear the song, I remember the night I started to fall in love with Jeanette Dousdebes,” he said.

NBA Dancers Are More Than A Pretty Face – 1:1 with BlazerDancer Lisa

By Miriam Ludlow
SeattlePI.com

lisaI am a major NBA follower. I appreciate the players on the court, coaches on the sidelines, the fans, and the cheerleaders!

Even though most of the cheerleading performances last a couple of minutes or so, there is a lot behind each one of those. To give OSN’s readers an inside look, I sat down with BlazerDancer Lisa.

Lisa has been with the Portland Trail Blazers for four years. A dancer and gymnast since the age of four, Lisa has an extensive resume as a cheerleader, dancer and instructor. Born and raised in Portland, Lisa has been a Blazers fan all of her life. Having been exposed to the team’s dynamics through her older sister being a former BlazerDancer is no accident.

After hard work and preparation, not only did Lisa join the team when the time was right, she also got to experience dancing side by side with her sister for two years. To tell us about this journey, Lisa in her own words describes it all from day one in an audition to game night.

OSN: Where does one start to become a BlazerDancer?

Lisa: You have to audition.

OSN: What is an audition like?

Lisa: It’s intense. It’s usually in July. It’s a three-day event. The first day usually falls on a Saturday. You go and dance all day. From there the judges make their cuts. The second day the veterans join you and you get to learn three dances. On the final day the Blazers rent out the Newark Performing arts where friends and family join in to support you. Hundreds try out. They have you dance in groups of three and you also do a free style solo that you choreograph. After those they narrow it down to 35 for the finals and the final reveal takes place two days later.

OSN: How do you find out if you made the cut?

Lisa: We all meet at the Moda Center as a big event. You know you made it if your picture comes up on the screen. It’s a very emotional moment for all of us. We all cheer in support to those that made it.

OSN: Ok, your picture is up on the screen, you’ve made it. What happens next?

Lisa: It’s a major commitment for anyone selected. It’s a busy and fast pace job. We practice twice a week for three to four hours. In addition to practices if there is a game we attend and perform that night as well.

OSN: That does sound like a major commitment. Who are these women taking such a commitment on?

Lisa: We come from all backgrounds. We have dental school students, dance teachers anyone that loves to cheer and dance. Most work full time but some are still attending school. They have families, friends, etc.

OSN: What drives someone to become a BlazerDancer?

Lisa: Most of us have a busy and fast pace lifestyle and we enjoy being a BlazerDancer because is a way for us to break away from everyday stuff and get to do something that we enjoy that happens to be completely different than what we do in our every day life.

OSN: What do you do in your daily life?

Lisa: I am in the health insurance industry. It’s a stressful field! For me it’s nice to leave work and be part of the game when we arrive.

OSN: Do you guys dance at all games?

Lisa: Only the home games. But we do a lot of promotional activities on game night. They are very fun. Specially the ones that are for a good cause. Is nice to do something that is community oriented. We work with a lot of charities and support them in their efforts. We have raffles, take pictures, pass out posters, etc.

OSN: What is the time expectancy of a BlazerDancer? Is there an age limit?

Lisa: There isn’t an age limit, however as with any sport and athletic activity there is the risk of injuries that can make a dancer retire early. It’s a very demanding job on the body.

OSN: I imagine so. Do dancers get monetary compensation?

Lisa: Yes we do. It’s a commitment and the team takes care of us. But this really isn’t about the money. We all truly enjoy what we do. The compensation of course is good and a bonus. Getting it is important especially because you are getting paid to do something you love.

OSN: You’ve been a BlazerDancer for four years. What does the future hold for you?

Lisa: My family is local and I will probably be in Portland for a while. I do want to see other places but for now I will continue being a BlazerDancer for as long as I can, but I have to admit it is starting to catch up.

OSN: What do you mean? How so?

Lisa: I used to dance every day of the week for hours and hours. I now dance 2-3 hours and it’s not the same as it was years ago. My technique has improved with time, but is no longer the same.

OSN: Sounds like a major physical and time commitment.

Lisa: Yes it is. It’s a bigger commitment than what people think. Is tough because you have to train really hard as with any other sport. It takes a lot of practice to get better. Time management is key. You need to be organized and prepared. One thing I wasn’t used to was interviews. But I’ve gained the experience and enjoy being part of it all. It’s fun!

OSN: What are the rewards of being a BlazerDancer?

Lisa: That you get to be part of the game. We all have different backgrounds but at game night we all share the same passion, to be able to see our team win.

OSN: What is a game night like for a BlazerDancer?

Lisa: We perform twice during the game. It’s an amazing experience to be able to connect with people who are fans and with those who work with the organization as well. We get to greet those attending and also interact with the Blazers’ operations guest services and security team.

OSN: What drives a BlazerDancer?

Lisa: I think a big part is that you can be a different person. For example: I’m an introvert. Not a super outgoing person. But when I’m on the court dancing I’m someone else. I put it all out there and become a different person. But it really is part of my identity.

OSN: Do you fear not dancing anymore?

Lisa: I don’t fear it. But it would be weird to stop.

OSN: Having been a Blazer’s dancer is a major accomplishment. With that said. What is next for you and other dancers like yourself?

Lisa: To continue dancing. Get better. Now that I am older I am more comfortable with myself. It’s important to know your body. You know how it moves and as you get older you improve in technique. There are many things we learn not only to perform but that can be applied to other areas of your life as well.

OSN: Where do you see yourself in the future?

Lisa: Coaching or teaching. One day I would like to make the transition from athlete to business owner. One of the great things of being a BlazerDancer is that you learn a lot of choreography and you learn it fast. Is not always easy because everyone’s brain is different but I am so used to dancing and learning in a fast pace that I am thankful I have acquired that skill.

OSN: What would you tell all those young athletes/dancers who would like to become a NBA Dancer?

Lisa: To work hard, have discipline and to prepare yourself. There are great ways to learn and get better. And if you can’t make it to look at other options. There are great teams to be part of like the Portland Thunder. The Winterhawks etc.

Personally I found Lisa’s insight to be one of the most amazing learning experiences when it comes to sports.

There is no doubt that NBA cheerleaders/dancers (and in other sports as well) are often seen as just a pretty face. It is my hope that after having read this, our readers will be able to see that these are amazing athletes who have been working for this from a very early age.

The commitment and dedication from each one of them is an example for all of us who have a dream and want to follow it. Persistence, hard work, discipline and commitment are all keys to becoming part of the grand NBA dancing teams.

Lisa recommends that anyone interested on becoming one should check out their local public announcement sources for information.

Auditions are open to anyone over 18 and as per their website their requirements are as follow:

BlazerDancers must attend all practices, games, training camps and mandatory Portland Trail Blazers events. BlazerDancer duties include community service events, appearances and photo shoots.

Must be able to attend practices every Thursday and Sunday evening (beginning in mid-August; times TBD). Additional practices may be added throughout the season.

Must have reliable transportation to practices, games, appearances, etc.

Must meet and maintain personal appearance, fitness level, and dancing skill requirements throughout the season.

Must abide by the other Terms and Conditions included with application materials.

If you are a NBA follower, especially a Blazers one, don’t forget to cheer along with Lisa on the next game night!

[Lisa at the Blazers website]

Scenes from Flight Crew auditions

NewYorkJets.com has a terrific gallery of photos from last weekend’s open call audition. Click here to check it out!

That looks like 4-time New England Pats Cheerleader Stephanie Sanchez. She must not be ready to hang up her boots. Good luck Stephanie!

That looks like 4-time New England Pats Cheerleader Stephanie Sanchez. She’s maxed out her tenure with the NEPC, but must not be ready to hang up her boots. Good luck Stephanie!

Photo of the Day – April 14

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Philadelphia Soulmate at the Home Opener on Sunday

More from MVC auditions

Vikings.com has lots of great photos from this year’s auditions. As always, the MVC candidates are best dressed group of auditionees in the league. Purple and gold as far as the eye can see!Lucky girls, having The Line Up right in their back yard! Click here to check it out.

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