Fourteen ladies from the San Antonio, Texas area were selected on September 22nd at the Josephine Theatre Dance & Fitness Studio to be the dance/cheer/promotion squad for San Antonio’s football team the MPFL San Antonio Warriors of the Minor Professional Football League.
Contestants attended an orientation meeting and attended two prep audition classes prior to auditions and three hopefuls and the director helped promote the auditions beforehand by making and appearance and performing on the local KSAT 12 SA Live TV show.
The San Antonio Warrior Football Organization established since 2004 is proud to announce that after 4 years they were able to recruit Cynthia Trinidad back as their Dance director who was the Warrior Cheerleader director from 2006-2011 she is also a former NBA Spurs Dancer and former NFL Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader.
Former Warrior Cheerleader Melinda Tapia was named Assistant Director and former Warrior Cheerleader Erynn Moore was named choreographer and the Warrior Maidens are looking forward to their first pre-season charity football game this December for the Warriors annual “Toy Bowl “that collects toys for charity organizations.
Congratulations ladies!! From left to right Front row: Kristen, Christina, Mikayla, Taylor, Gabrielle, Daniela and Jacqueline. Second row: Alexis, Felica, Director Cynthia Trinidad, Niqwa and Ana. Back row: Dominique, Angela and Cassie.
In the history of the National Football League, only one team – the 1972 Miami Dolphins – had a completely perfect season, undefeated from their opening game until their Super Bowl victory. Die-hard fan and Boca Raton native Teresa Vignau is one of the few people who can say they were on the field for the entire season.
But she didn’t actually tell anybody for almost 30 years.
“With the feminist movement, I didn’t even let anyone know I was a Dolphins cheerleader until my 40s,” admits Vignau, now a retired teacher and Boynton Beach resident. “I was not really on the cheerleader wavelength. But when as I got older I realized how really special it was. It led to the Super Bowl. It didn’t get better than that!”
This Sunday, Vignau, 64, along with a few other Palm Beach County residents and former cheerleaders, will be there when the Dolphins take on the Buffalo Bills at Sun Life Stadium as part of a celebration of those cheerleaders, “Past, Present and Future.”
“They used to do it every year, but now it’s every three years,” says the retired St. Andrews Academy drama teacher, who hearkens back to the Fins’ days at the Orange Bowl, where the cheerleaders had to buy pillows to go under their go-go boots lest the heels sink into the hot, hot AstroTurf. She’s participated nearly every year since the alumni have appeared since around 2000, because “I thought ‘I wanna do that! I wanna go on the field where Dan Marino walked!’”
Coming off a winning but non-championship 1971 season, the Dolphins held cheerleader tryouts at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, where Vignau, then a student, says she decided it would be fun to “get season tickets for dancing. That seemed like a cool deal.” At the time, the team trained at St. Andrews, where her father was a teacher at the time, and where she eventually would work, so it seemed like a good idea.
So for a year, she got paid $15 a game, from the season opener until she found herself “flying on an old National Airlines 747, with the coaches’ wives and trainers” to the Super Bowl. In those days, the squad was “very collegiate in moves. “Now they have all these pelvic lifts,” she says. “They’re great athletes, fabulously talented dancers. I love that they’re so graceful. I just wish they’d wear a little more clothing.”
After that perfect season, Vignau realized that continuing as a cheerleader would be an incredible time commitment, and with school and a serious boyfriend who would become her husband, she thought ‘How do you do better than that?’”
Now she looks forward to getting with alumni cheerleaders, including locals like Angel Wrona of Lake Worth and Danielle O’Connell Murphy of Delray Beach. It’s become a great memory, she says, of her part of “an unbelievably cool thing. Not quite as cool as walking on the moon, but cool.”
The Miami Dolphins take on the Buffalo Bills at Sun Life Stadium on Sunday at 4:25 p.m. on CBS, featuring a performance by alumni Dolphins cheerleaders, current squadmembers and young dancers, some of whom are daughters of alumni members.
The Endicott College junior is one of the newest members of the New England Patriots Cheerleaders. Manelas is one of 11 rookies who made the 28-member squad, chosen from a field of 250 hopefuls who attended open auditions over the summer.
The Pelham, N.H., native will now be spending her Sundays on the sidelines, cheering on Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski and the rest of the defending Super Bowl champions in front a packed house of 68,000 at Gillette Stadium.
“It feels absolutely amazing,” said Manelas, 20. “It’s been a dream of mine since I was a little girl, so to be able to dance for the four-time Super Bowl champs on the field is absolutely amazing.”
Manelas first introduced herself to the Foxborough faithful during a pair of exhibition games against the Green Bay Packers (Aug. 13) and the New York Giants (Aug. 27).
“The first time hitting that field was surreal,” Manelas said. “I used to be a fan coming to this stadium and now I was seeing it from a different perspective. It was just crazy. I used to watch the cheerleaders, now I’m one of them.”
“I thought it would be a lot scarier then it was,” she added. “But you get right into it.”
But the real fun came a little later, when the team kicked off it regular season opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Thursday, Sept. 10 at Gillette Stadium. The pregame festivities were a top-notch affair, as Patriots Hall of Famers Ty Law, Troy Brown, Willie McGinist and team owner Robert Kraft, each took the field holding all four Vince Lombardi Super Bowl championship trophies.
“The opening ceremonies were really special,” said Manelas, who danced as T-Pain performed his hit ‘All I Do is Win.’ “The crowd was so excited, and there was just this amazing energy filling the stadium. Then the banner was revealed and chills ran through my body. Being able to be apart of that was an experience of a lifetime.”
Manelas and her squad also got a great workout, performing after each touchdown in thrilling 28-21 opening night victory
”Being able to cheer on the New England Patriots from the sidelines is the best,” Manelas said. “I’m doing what I love for my favorite team.”
Manelas first picked up the pom-poms at Bishop Guertin High School in Nashua, N.H., where she was a cheerleader through her sophomore year. But her biggest love has always been in dance.
“I’ve just been drawn to it since I was little,” Manelas said. “It was always been something that I loved to do. It was an outlet to express myself and to get out some emotions. That’s pretty much what dance has been for me, and it’s just a lot of fun.”
Manelas is currently majoring in Business Entrepreneurship at Endicott, with minor in dance. She was a member of the Gulls Dance team both her freshman and sophomore year, before trying out for the Patriots Cheerleaders during the offseason.
“I really didn’t expect to make the team the first time,” she admitted. ”Although I didn’t get to finish out my four years dancing for Endicott, I still love the program and I will support it the rest of the time I’m here.”
She is the latest Gulls Dancer to hit the big time. Returning Patriots Cheerleader Karen Link also danced at Endicott two years ago.
“Karen actually helped me a lot through the audition process,” Manelas said. “When we got to finals at boot camp I actually got to audition with her, which was funny. I got to know her when she’d come by to visit the team and was a huge help. It’s cool that she came from the same school.”
Link’s college roommate, Cara Desjarlais, is also a member of Boston Celtics Dancers. Manelas is thrilled to be continuing the program’s rich tradition.
“Endicott has a great dance program here,” Manelas said. “They’re a very competitive team, it’s not just a hobby or just for fun, it’s really a sport. It teaches you discipline and time management. If I hadn’t had that before jumping right into something as involved as the New England Patriots Cheerleaders, it wouldn’t have happened.”
Making the move
Auditioning for the Patriots Cheerleaders was a grueling month-long process for the aspiring dancer. She initially had to learn a few short routines, before the first wave of cuts.
“There were a lot of girls,” Manelas recalled. “Everyone is beautiful, and everyone is there for the same reason, to earn a spot on the team. It can be intimidating, but I kept my eye on the prize.”
Over the next few weeks, the cheerleaders were put through the paces. They learned several new routines, before having an interview session with New England Patriots Cheerleading Coach Tracy Sormanti, as well going through a swimsuit competition.
“As a dancer that wasn’t necessarily in my comfort zone, but it went well,” said Manelas, who was also tested with a round of football trivia, before performing two full routines with another cheerleader followed by a solo spot.
After surviving another round of cuts, Manelas embarked on cheerleader boot camp, which marked the final round of the audition process.
“That was when the personal trainer come in, and it is hardcore workouts,” Manelas said. “I think we learned five new dance routines at boot camp. Then it was knocked down to 40 girls.”
“By this time, you make friends with all the others girls, and now you really, really want to make the team because you’ve already built relationships,” she added. “That (process can be) pretty brutal, just because you’ve made it for so long.”
Manelas and the rest of the finalist found out if they made the team via a posting on the team’s website at the end of March.
“I didn’t eve want to look,” she admitted. “You put your heart and soul into it for a month and spend your whole life training, it was really nerve-wracking. I was very anxious, but the feeling is like no other when you see your name on that list. It’s the beginning of a whole new journey.”
As she gears up for Sunday’s tilt against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Sept. 27 (1 p.m. kickoff), the rookie feels this may be the start of something big.
“I’m just ready for a super exiting season with the Patriots,” Manelas said. “Tom Brady is back, so I think it’s going to be awesome and maybe even lead to a fifth (Super Bowl) ring.”
And the Pats can count on Manelas to be cheering them on every step of the way.
Danielle Demski can do it all. She is a model, TV host, a former Miss USA finalist and was even a cheerleader for the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals. Now she’s co-hosting the Tennis Channel’s “Fit to Hit” series, which aims to inform viewers about sports nutrition and fitness while revealing the tenis secrets that can give any weekend player an edge.
Demski brings her love of the game to the show and has even picked up a few new skills of her own.
“I implement [new techniques] into my game with friends. I was just playing with my friend the other day and she was like, ‘Wow, great backhand!’ ” Demski told Headlines and Global News in an exclusive interview.
The Arizona State graduate spoke to HNGN about her passion for the sport, how she stays fit and healthy and reveals the one tennis player she’d be terrified to go up against!
You recently started a new job at the Tennis Channel hosting a show called “Fit to Hit.” How is that going?
It’s good, it’s great! It first started airing on August 16th and it airs every Sunday on the Tennis Channel. It is a really fun show to work on, really interesting! I am not a professional tennis player, and I am not somebody who has toured. But for your average tennis player or your weekend warrior, it is a great way to improve your game. It is also for people who just picked up a racket for the first time. Honestly, even if you are not that into tennis, there is a lot of fitness and nutrition information that is really interesting.
How did you get involved with the show?
Well, I grew up playing tennis and I am very into fitness and nutrition, and I have been hosting for a long time now. The Tennis Channel got in touch with my agent and I came in and I met with them, and it ended up being a really good fit. From there, it was an awesome first season, so hopefully there is a second one.
Have you already finished filming for the first season?
Yes, we just finished up so we are all done with the first season. It was fun!
HGTV seeks young families, with parents under 50, that have just moved from city/suburbia life to country life! Family can be located anywhere in the United States.
If you or someone you know fits this description and is interested in featuring their story and recent real estate purchase of a farm, country home, antique farmhouse or new farmhouse on HGTV’s Farmhouse Life, please email email@example.com or apply at kirschnercasting.com
When the 27th season of “Amazing Race” takes off Friday on CBS, Richmond resident Krista DeBono will be atop a water bike with teammate Tiffany Chantell Torres, peddling and paddling from Marina del Rey to Burton Chase Park in Los Angeles for the first leg of a 21-day race around the world.
Former NFL cheerleaders, they will be one of 11 teams starting out on the Emmy-winning series’ premiere at 8 p.m., Sept. 25, striving to avoid being eliminated while heading for unknown destinations that include China, India, Zimbabwe and Netherlands.
The goal with each challenge is to avoid coming in last and face elimination. The ultimate goal is to win $1 million.
The prize was a big motivation. It would enable DeBono to repay college loans that include a masters in speech pathology. But regardless of whether she achieved the ultimate goal, DeBono set her sights an equally valuable one.
“We only wanted to make our hometown and family proud,” said the 29-year-old. “People already have stereotypes from ‘Mob Wives’ and ‘Jersey Shore.’ That’s what they expect from you when they hear you’re from Staten Island.”
Working the role as “The Cheerleaders,” she relished being underestimated and revealing there is “so much more to us than cheerleading.” Her day job is at a private school in Brooklyn as a speech pathologist. Torres, who lives in Hoboken, N.J., is a consultant with Physicians in Healthcare.
Not that cheerleading isn’t important to them. On the New York Jets Flight Crew Cheerleading Squad, the two became best friends. And they say in their introductory video, the preparation and discipline getting ready for the season was rigorous.
Still, when it came to the “Amazing Race,” they both hired personal trainers to work on cardio and strength training three of four times a week to take their fitness up a few notches. DeBono says she did a lot of mental gymnastics too – puzzles and brain teasers. It was the combination of challenges, both mental and physical, that made this particular reality show right for her, she said.
“It had to be a family show. I would not have done anything that was not right,” she said.
Completion of the first challenge got you a plane ticket to the next one in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
“When you watch, it looks so easy. But when you have no sleep or food, you’re just exhausted; it’s a whole different ballgame,” said DeBono.
That is as much as she could reveal. Although she knows the outcome (which she is under contract not to reveal), she is as anxious as anyone to see the final edit of hours and hours of taping.
She discovered that there is an extra interest for some – they are betting on an Amazing Race Fantasy League.
“You can see on the threads [comments]: These two will be the first ones out,” she said. “Hopefully we will inspire other women, and teach you should not judge a book by its cover.”
“I’m just really excited for people to see us travel around the world and for them to get a glimpse into other places. It was amazing to see them first hand,” she said.
DeBono is not the first Staten Islander to compete in the “Amazing Race.” One of the most successful Islander competitors was fellow St. Joseph-by-the-Sea almuna Danielle Turner who competed in 2006 with her classmate Danielle (Dani) Torchio. Turner returned in 2007 to win with Floridian Eric Sanchez, who she met her first time competing.