As I review and post process the thousands images from the 2015 P-R-O Convention, I wanted to kick off our convention coverage by paying homage to some of the more memorable professional cheerleaders in attendance. We refer the these beautiful and talented women as P-R-O Convention All Stars.
We begin this year’s tribute with a cheerleader that I first saw a couple of years ago at the St. Louis Rams Cheerleaders Final Auditions. With a distinctive hair style and a beautiful smile, you could say she is an attention grabber. This year the Rams Cheerleaders brought their game day uniforms (thumbs up!) to P-R-O and it was my destiny to snap a few photos of Autumn for this series.
So without further ado, introducing Autumn of the St. Louis Rams Cheerleaders…our first P-R-O Convention All Star of 2015.
Autumn is the first of many special cheerleaders to be honored here at UltimateCheerleaders.com. Our next P-R-O Convention All Star is the definition of All American. So as we celebrate Independence Day, you will definitely want to check back on the Fourth of July!
A Milwaukee Bucks Dancer
On Friday, July 24, the Indianapolis Colts Cheerleaders are teaming up with Latitude 360 to unveil their 2015-16 Swimsuit Calendar during a special launch party. The event will run from 5:30-9 p.m. and will include the unveiling of the calendar, an autograph session with the Colts Cheerleaders, and a bowling tournament. Beginning today, fans can purchase tickets to the event online at www.colts.com/cheerparty.
General admission tickets are $20 and include an appetizer buffet, a 2015-16 Colts Cheerleaders Calendar ($15 value), access to the autograph session and the chance to win two (2) tickets to the Colts home opener on Monday, September 21. Fans who would like to participate in the bowling tournament can purchase tickets for $40. These include food, a calendar, an autograph session and a spot on a bowling team captained by a Colts Cheerleader. Each member of the winning bowling team will receive a ticket to the Colts home opener on September 21. A bowling team of 5 can also be purchased for $175. General admission tickets will be available for purchase at the door on July 24.
WHAT:2015 Colts Cheerleader Calendar Launch Party and Bowling Tournament
Unveiling of 2015-16 Colts Cheerleader Swimsuit Calendar
Autograph Session with Colts Cheerleaders
Food and Drink
WHEN: July 24, 2015
5:30 p.m. – Doors Open
7:00 p.m. – Bowling Tournament
4016 E. 82nd St.
Indianapolis, IN 46250
$20 – General Admission Ticket
$40 – Admission and Bowling Tournament Ticket
$175 – Bowling Team (5 Tickets)
The Philadelphia Sixers Dancers preliminary auditions are over and now it’s down to the Finalists.
Cast you ballot for your favorite hopefuls here.
A Charlotte KnightinGal
Seven months ago, former Indianapolis Colts Cheerleader and Allen American Ice Angel Tessa experienced a debilitating stroke in her sleep. At age 28, Tessa could not speak and her right side was completely paralyzed.
We cheer on Tessa’s great progress so far, and will continue to cheer on Tessa as long as she needs it! Here is an update from a “GoFundMe” set up to help Tessa.
First and foremost, Tessa wants to thank everyone for all the support you have shown these past few months. Whether it has been financial or in spirit, she has been beyond blessed to have received them all.
Tessa, as we have been blessed enough to witness, has made unbelievable progress. She finished her in-patient therapy in Bloomington IN, began treatment with world renowned Anat Baniel in California, and is continuing the neuromovement therapy back in Dallas.
With all these blessings being counted, it is with a humble and grateful heart that we are asking for your help. With this type of treatment we know comes great financial stress. This is a stress we can carry FOR Tessa. This is how we can all be Tessa Strong too.
Tessa is fighting (and kicking butt) at a battle that would break even the strongest of us. I ask we continue to rally together for this beautiful soul by giving $1, $5, $10, $20. You can make a difference & continue to follow her journey! THANK YOU!
Photo Credit: Jerome Miron
Prep Classes will start on July 8th at the Dr Pepper StarCenter in Frisco (2601 Avenue of the Stars, Frisco, Texas 75034). There will be 4 total classes before auditions and all of these classes will fall on either a Monday or a Wednesday. (dates are below) Registration will begin 20 minutes before each class. Cost per individual prep class is $35. Ladies may also pay in advance which reserves their spot in the class. Walk-ups are welcome until the class is full. All prep classes are non-refundable.
What to expect:
1½ hours of dance instruction (includes stylized combination similar to audition routine)
1 hour of ice skating (includes drills, tool work, proper on-ice technique)
Different dance routines and skating drills will be taught each class.
Top: Half Top
Bottoms: Pants (dance or yoga) and shorts (with tights)
Dance Shoes: dances sneakers or jazz shoes
Hockey Skates: if you own them if you do not have hockey skates we will provide them for you.
Be sure to bring a jacket, tall socks, and water
Prep Class Dates:
Wednesday, July 8th 6:30-9PM
Monday, July 13th 7-9:30PM
Wednesday July 15th 6:30-9PM
Monday, July 20th 7-9:30PM
Photo Credit: Jerome Miron
Preliminary and semifinal auditions will be held on Saturday, July 25th at the Dr Pepper Arena in Frisco, TX (2601 Avenue of the Stars) from 10AM – 8PM.. Interested applicants should complete the application and waiver and return them to the Dallas Stars office in person or via mail. They must include their application fee ($35 cash or check) and a recent photograph. Professional headshot style photos are preferred, but not necessary. These photographs will be used for identification purposes and will not be returned. Applications must be received by 5PM on Thursday, July 23rd, 2015. Auditions are closed to the public. Ladies that tryout can be a skater OR a dancer but do not have to do both.
Upon arrival ladies will check in and receive and audition number and will be divided into 3 groups Skaters, Dancers, and Both. During the preliminary round of auditions the ladies that are registered as skaters will show the judges a freestyle skate and basic drills. The ladies that are registered as dancers will show a freestyle dance with a short tag that is compiled of a few 8 counts. After all the ladies have gone thru the first round the judges will deliberate and come back with the ladies who will progress to the semifinals.
Photo Credit: Jerome Miron
This round the selected rookie candidates will be joined by the veteran candidates. During this round the ladies who are registered as skaters will show executive skating drills, freestyle lap, along with doing a mock run thru of how we clean the ice at Dallas Stars Home Games. The ladies that are registered as dancers will learn a dance combination and perform in small groups. After all the ladies have completed the semifinal round the judges will deliberate and come back with the ladies who will be advancing to finals.
Photo Credit: Jerome Miron
Finals will be held at the Dr Pepper StarCenter in Mckinney, TX July 27-30, 6:30-10:30PM, July 31, 6-10PM, and August 3-7, 6:30-10:30PM. Final squad will be announced Thursday, August 7, 2015.
Attire for Auditions:
Top: Half Top
Skating Bottoms: Pants (dance or Yoga)
Dancing Bottoms: Shorts (with tights)
Dance Shoes: Sneakers or Jazz Shoes
Hockey Skates if you own them, if not we will provide a pair for you
Be sure to bring a jacket, tall socks, water and snacks
– Must be 18 years of age on or before July 25, 2015
– Must have previous skating OR dance experience
– Have a High School diploma or GED
– If selected, must reside in the Dallas/Fort Worth area
– Have reliable means of transportation to practices, game, and appearances
– Hold a job or be enrolled in college
– Must commit to the Dallas Stars Ice Girls Schedule, which includes but is not limited to attendance at all practice and home games, for one full year (August 2015 – July 2016)
Photo Credit: Jerome Miron
For more information regarding prep classes or auditions you may visit DallasStars.com/IceGirls
Autumn of the St. Louis Rams Cheerleaders
WSMV Channel 4
Kiara Young has been a Tennessee Titans cheerleader for the past three years, but she also happens to be this year’s reigning Miss Tennessee.
Young will compete in the Miss USA pageant next month, but there’s much more to the talented young woman.
“I’m a science nerd in my other life,” Young said.
Young’s undergraduate work was in biology. She now has a master’s degree in public health with the ultimate goal of being a pediatrician.
Even as a little girl, Young said she loved to watch pageants.
“I always wanted to compete,” she said.
At 16, she found out the pageants could lead to college scholarships. She competed for Miss Tennessee four times before she was crowned.
“I’m very determined,” Young said. “And once I set my mind on something, I always accomplish it.”
Young said being a Titans cheerleader fits her personality perfectly.
“I like to think that we’re the highlight of the game,” she said.
“I pride myself on being a role model,” Young added. “I strive to be an example to young girls and women in general that you can be pretty and smart as well.”
The Miss USA pageant is scheduled for July 12.
Annie of the Washington Redskins Cheerleaders
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.
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.
Rachel, Khrystle and Kiana
Zoe, Lacey, Brittany and Tyra
Eli, Lorenza, Zoe, Amanda, Brittany and Lacey
Valerie, Kiana, Khrystle, Lorenza, Rachel, Eli, Tyra
[Ray Team Gallery]
[Ray Team Website]
Charlotte Honeybees Kirsten and Kristen
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.
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.
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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