New Orleans Saintsation Taylor Honored to Represent New Orleans Saints at Pro Bowl

By Alex Restrepo
NewOrleansSaints.com

New Orleans Saintsation Taylor said she was stunned when it was announced at last Sunday’s New Orleans Saints game that she would be the team’s cheerleader at the Pro Bowl next month.

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“I felt that I had a really good chance of getting picked but I was still nervous about it and shocked when I heard,” said Taylor. “It took five seconds for it to register and I was like “wait…that’s me! (laughter)”

Every NFL team with a cheerleading squad sends one dance team member to represent their team at the league’s all-star game each year.

Taylor, a St. Amant native, is in her fourth year with the Saintsations. Typically, members can only spend a max of four seasons with the squad. As the team’s Pro Bowl representative, she will get a fifth year of eligibility.

“I am thrilled to come back for a fifth year,” said Taylor. “Being on this team has opened my eyes to a lot of things and I have learned a lot. I have met some of my best friends through being a Saintsation and I am grateful for the experience.”

The 2015 Pro Bowl will be played on Sunday, January 25 and televised live on ESPN (7 pm CT) from University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona, site of Super Bowl XLIX.

The Pro Bowl cheerleaders will practice Monday through Friday leading up the game while working league events each day.

“I am looking forward to making memories that will last a lifetime and meeting other cheerleaders around the league,” said Taylor. “I have never been to Arizona so this will be my first time and I only hear great things about visiting there!”

[Taylor at the Saints website]

Photo of the Day – December 15

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From Friday Night – Westchester Knicks Dancers Kristen and Brittany

Katelyn is the Pro Bowl Charger Girl

The votes have been counted and veteran Charger Girl Katelyn has been chosen to represent her team at the 2015 Pro Bowl. Congratulations Katelyn!

Michelle is the 2015 Pro Bowl Raiderette

The 2014 Raiderette Awards were announced at half time last weekend, and it was revealed that 3rd year veteran Michelle is Raiderette of the year. As such, she will represent her teammates at the Pro Bowl in Phoenix next month. Congrats Michelle!

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Local students learn their teacher is a Charger Girl

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San Diego 6
Dec 11, 2014

From pencils to pom poms, there are two sides to the stunning dancer and teacher, who proves with beauty comes brains. Her students had no idea of her career outside the classroom, until our San Diego 6 cameras were rolling. That’s when Dominique broke the news that she is a Charger girl, “now you know I’m also at those games and I’m on the sideline.”

She explained to her students some people may think of cheerleaders as ditzy but she knows firsthand that the San Diego squad squashes those sterotypes. A doctor, a lawyer, and a physical therapist have been on the team. And Dominique, who is the daughter of long-time local educators, earned her master’s in education. Assistant principal Melanie Brown said “as she is multi-talented, she wants her students to be multi-talented.”

Juggling both jobs, is a choreography of its own. For example , back to school night was on the same night as the Charger Girls’ calender unveiling party. “Who else can say I have to go and meet with parents and go and sign a swimsuit calender on the same night?”

They practice every Wednesday and perform at every home game, “we get their five hours before the game.” When I asked her her favorite part of game day she got emotional, “I’m going to start crying, I love game day.”

From the moment she runs out on the field, she’s living out a lifelong dream, “it’s been such a great year and I’m sad the seasons almost done.” Dominique made the team her first time trying out, showing passion prevails. She tells her students “no matter what people say it’s important to do what’s in your heart.” Real life lessons, from a real-life Charger girl.
Dominique will be performing with the squad on the sidelines at Qualcomm Stadium as the San Diego Chargers take on the Denver Broncos, 1pm Sunday.

Get to Know Rams Cheerleader Kate

By Sarah Bricker
StLouisrams.com

ramsHer promptness isn’t overlooked. And prompt she is. In fact, she’s early.

“I’m Kate,” she says extending her hand forward with a smile. Her blue infinity scarf and clear blue eyes offset her soft grey t-shirt and dark blue jeans.  In navy letters, “South City Prep” is printed across the front of her shirt, and on her hand is a sparkling ring in the shape of a Rams’ head.

Kate is a 23-year-old Quincy, Illinois native, who works as a reading and writing teacher at South City Preparatory Academy in St. Louis.  A dancer since second grade, she’s also a rookie Rams Cheerleader.

2014 was Kate’s fourth year trying out for the team. Her first year auditioning she made it through the first round, the second she missed, and the third she made it to the final round but not the final lineup.

“I didn’t know what to expect my first time trying out,” Kate said. “The pageant and the interviews, it was all new to me. I made it to the first round, but that was it. I came back the next year, but that year the tryouts were done all in one day instead of over three. I wrote the time down wrong and missed it.”

Missing the second year of tryouts devastated Kate, but she said it was a blessing in disguise. “Missing the second tryout time showed me how much more it takes than just dancing to be on this team. Being organized, knowing details and keeping track of time all plays into it,” Kate said. And missing the second tryout ended up working out for Kate. She came back for a third tryout more confident and comfortable after a year of professional interviews, changes to her diet and exercise routine and becoming more well-rounded.

“Before it was like I could just get up and be ready to dance… but with the Rams there is so much more that goes into it—diet, exercise, dancing, the mindset and being a professional. It’s all of it in one,” she said.

Kate didn’t give up either, saying that’s partly because she is stubborn and determined. “Once I set my mind to something I want, I’m going to achieve it. A lot of my accomplishments in life are because I don’t give up. I push until I get what I am going for. After that second tryout, it became less about being known as a Rams cheerleader and more about proving to myself that I could do it, that I belonged there.”

And belong she does.

“There is nothing like dancing on the field,” Kate said. “The home opener—my first game—was breathtaking, exhilarating and emotionally incredible. It was unlike anything I’ve ever experienced. I get to be around an amazing group of women, do something I love (dance) and get to know the St. Louis community. These are experiences I wouldn’t have had without the Rams, so it’s pretty amazing.”

During the day, Kate works as a reading and writing teacher at South City Preparatory Academy (SCP). She works at the school year round to help prepare students to be successful in high school and college and has been at SCP for almost two years, landing the job in April 2013 while finishing school at Greenville College where she graduated with her bachelor’s degree in elementary education.

“Mostly I teach sixth grade, but the majority of students at our school are not reading on grade level,” Kate said. “The purpose of the school is to help get students prepared for and on a path to be successful in high school and college. A huge part of that is getting them to the right academic level.”

SCP adds a grade each year, and with the upcoming addition of opening a high school, Kate has started thinking about what that means for her long-term. “We are going to have older students reading below grade level, so I need to prepare and educate myself to teach remedial reading for those upper grades,” she said. For Kate, this means starting an education master’s program at Webster University in January 2015, with a focus on reading.

Her master’s degree will also play into her long-term goal. “I want to open an after school community center,” Kate said. “It should be a place to go where they can learn, play and have opportunities to grow that they might not have had otherwise. It could be here in St. Louis, but right now my dream is to be in Chicago. No matter what, it will be somewhere inner-city.”

[Video: Cheerleader Spotlight Kate]

Poolside with the New York Jets Flight Crew

More never before seen photos from the P-R-O Convention! On Sunday morning members of the Jets Flight Crew were gracious enough to get up early and meet me at the hotel pool for a quick photoshoot.

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Charlotte Honey Bee Alyssa

I have a bunch of photos from the P-R-O Convention that I never got around to posting. Here’s the delightfully charming Alyssa:

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Photo of the Day – December 12

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The ROAR of The Jacksonville Jaguars

Last Sunday I spent the afternoon following around the beautiful and talented cheerleaders of the Jacksonville Jaguars. Things got a little “photography problematic” when a nasty cold drizzle invaded during the second quarter. No problem to these young ladies as they quickly broke out their rain gear. Does dancing in the rain make cheerleaders prettier? Yes it does!

The Jags theme at the Texans game was “Salute to Service” and the ROAR worn their camouflage tops to honor all U.S. Service members. Military veterans were introduced to the crowd in acknowledgement of the December 7th Pearl Harbor anniversary. Bless them.

The ROAR roster has 34 cheerleaders and 28 gals performed on the field for this game. Most members are students but many other professional occupations are also represented. The ladies perform at nine games at EverBank field and also travel to London for the NFL International Series. Cheer routines on Sunday’s game against the Texans included pre-game midfield and two additional end zone dances during the quarter breaks.

The Jags at EverBank Field are very spectator friendly and the ROAR are out on the fan entertainment plaza two hours before kickoff signing autographs and posing with their fans. Besides game day activities, the ROAR also make over 300 combined performances out in the community during the year.

Each season some 250 young girls participate in the Junior ROAR program The cheerleaders teach dance skills and team building which culminate in a halftime production at a game. Very popular program.

Final home game will be a Thursday Night Football contest against the rival Titans. Tickets are available, come on out and meet the ROAR. Pick up the sexy swimsuit calendar photographed in the British Virgin Islands. Beautiful cover shot of Jenna.

Much appreciation to Director Christy Stechman Zynda and her staff for the hospitality given so Ultimate Cheerleaders could present these classy Jacksonville goodwill ambassador ladies.

Enjoy the photos.

 

1 Rachel

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2 Shari, Cheerleader of the Game

Shari, Cheerleader of the Game

3 Jenna--calendar cover model

Jenna, calendar cover model

4 Chloe

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5 Jessica Lynne, Brandy, Danielle

Jessica Lynne, Brandy and Danielle

6 Jessica

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7 Whitley and line captain La'Farrah

Whitley and line captain La’Farrah

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9 Brittany

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[ROAR Gallery]

[ROAR Website]

Photo of the Day – December 11

Gotham City Cheerleader BriAnna

 

More from the Warrior Girls Calendar Release Party

Warriors.com: On December 8, the Golden State Warriors Dance Team hosted their second-annual calendar release party for the 2015 Warriors Dance Team Swimsuit Calendar at Blu 42 Sports Lounge and Grill in Walnut Creek.

Click here to check out the photo gallery.

Liz is the Texans 2015 Pro Bowl Cheerleader

The Texans Cheerleaders have selected Liz to represent their squad at the 2015 Pro Bowl. Congrats!

Click here for photos and click here for video.

NFL.com Week 14

Click here to check out the latest NFL cheerleader gallery on NFL.com!

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Amanda is the Cardinals Pro Bowl Cheerleader

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Congratulations to 5-year veteran Amanda, who also is a former Phoenix Suns Dancer.

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[Amanda at AZCardinals.com]