Golden State Warrior Girl Auditions

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Auditions for the 2015-16 Warriors dance team began on Saturday, August 15, with many aspiring dancers trying out at Las Positas College in Livermore.

More photos here.

Philadelphia Soul Divisional Playoff Game

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With a victory over Cleveland last Saturday, the the Soul are just one win away from the Arena Bowl!

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The Soulmates wanted to show off their one of a kind individually named and numbered uniform jerseys.

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Dance Clinic Participants

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Lora

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Jenae and Danielle

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Former Soulmates Maurisa and Gabrielle

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Theresa

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Jenna in Pre-game rehearsal

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Soul Squad rehearsal

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[Soulmates Playoff Gallery]

Photo of the Day – August 21

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Washington Redskins Cheerleader Ambassador Chloe at last night’s game

LA Kings 2014-15 Ice Crew Calendar Shoot Bloopers

Check out the hilarious outtakes that come with hours of shooting during the 14-15 calendar shoot.

Stillwater resident named a member of the Thunder Girls

By David Bitton
Stillwater News Press
August 19, 2015

She has been shaking her hips and dancing to choreographed moves most of her life, and come this fall Addie Corley will be performing at Oklahoma City Thunder games as one of 19 Thunder Girls.

“I’m super excited to be cheering on the Thunder,” the 22-year-old lifelong Stillwater resident and Oklahoma State University Strategic Communications senior said.

The weeklong finals included interviews and dance rehearsals before the final audition.

“I was a nervous wreck,” Corley said. “I don’t think I slept for two weeks straight.”

Corley admits that the on-stage question-and-answer portion of the audition was the most challenging aspect. She remembers the question was something like, “If I made the team, what would I bring as a Thunder Girl,” but she doesn’t remember how she answered it.

“I got nervous,” she said.

Which makes it that much sweeter where her name was called on July 30.

She was one of seven rookies to make the 2015-16 Thunder Girls dance team.

“I had self confidence in my dancing,” said Corley, who has been twirling since she was 4-years-old. “I knew that if I danced how I’ve always danced, I’d feel okay.”

She attributes much of her success to Encore Dance Studios in Stillwater, where Corley has been both learning and teaching dance for many years.

“Addie is probably in the top three dancers I have ever taught,” said owner Holly Belford-Davis, who has been teaching dance for more than 30 years. “Her dedication, drive and hard work set her apart.”

Corley graduated from Stillwater High School in 2011, and cheered on the Pom Squad at Oklahoma State University for four years before auditioning for the Thunder Girls.

Paige Carter, dance team manager and choreographer for the Thunder Girls, is looking forward to having Corley on the team.

“I am excited to enter a new season with this outstanding group,” Carter said in a press release. “Thunder Girls engage with our fans on and off the court, and sometimes even across the globe. These ladies will add excitement and energy to the Thunder experience at Chesapeake Energy Arena, as well as being excellent community ambassadors.”

Right now, Corley is busy learning dance routines while practicing twice a week so she is ready when the Thunder take on the San Antonio Spurs on Oct. 28.

“Oklahoma City Thunder fans are like no other fans,” Corley said. “They are amazing and I’m ready to meet them, talk with them and cheer on the Thunder with them.”

Gateway grad set to sizzle as Miami Heat dancer

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By Gideon Bradshaw
Trib Live
August 19, 2015

Judy Rubino of Monroeville watched live online last year as her daughter was picked to dance for an NBA franchise in Miami.

It was a bittersweet moment for Rubino.

“It was intense and emotional. I wanted her to make it, but it means she was leaving me,” Rubino said.

Her daughter, Kristina Mazzenga, 22, a 2010 graduate of Gateway High School, earlier this month made it through the grueling tryouts for the Miami Heat’s dance team for the second year in a row.

Rubino said she was surprised her daughter made it through the cutthroat auditions.

Last year, about 400 women competed for nine spots on the team, which dances at games and other events for the basketball franchise.

“There’s a lot of beautiful girls who go down there to try out,” Rubino said.

Rubino said dancing with the team isn’t a full-time job for her daughter, whose degree is in communications and is looking for work “with communication, social media — that type of thing.”

Mazzenga, who started taking dance lessons when she was 2 or 3, performed with the Golden Triangles when she was in high school.

She later danced competitively when she attended St. Vincent College in Unity.

Before she started dancing in Miami, she danced at games for the Pittsburgh Power, a now-defunct indoor football team that played in the Consol Energy Center.

“I had previously danced in the (Arena Football League) for two years, and I wanted to challenge myself and take on a different style of dance,” Mazzenga said.

Pittsburgh doesn’t have a professional basketball team.

Living in a region that’s fiercely loyal to its hockey, baseball and football teams, Rubino said she never had followed basketball closely — let alone been a Miami fan — until her daughter made the team.

Now she follows the Heat.

“They don’t show the girls, though,” Rubino said.

“Now I watch the games because I want to see what she’s seeing.”

Macy is Miss March in the Dolphins Cheerleaders New Swimsuit Calendar

Macy is a fourth year veteran and team captain. This marks her 3rd year on the calendar shoot, as she was Miss December 2014 and Miss December 2015. Macy currently resides in Palm Beach Gardens. She is featured here in DESPI Swimwear and Lavish Jewelry.

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Photo courtesy of the Miami Dolphins

 

[Macy at DolphinsCheerleaders.com]

Photo of the Day – August 20

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A trio of Boston Cannons Dancers

Roll Call: 2015 Minnesota Vikings Cheerleaders

The MVC are now online! The Vikings website has been updated with individual bios, photos, and video profiles for each member of this year’s team. Click here to learn all about the ladies on the squad.

Veteran MVCs Elyssa, Kaitlyn, and Jacqui

Veteran MVCs Elyssa, Kaitlyn, and Jacqui

Photo of the Day – August 19

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Minnesota Vikings Cheerleader at 2011 Pro Bowl Cheerleader Poster Photoshoot

SI.com: NFL Cheerleaders Preseason Week 1

The first Sports Illustrated NFL Cheerleader game day gallery of the 2015 season! Click here to check it out.

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The ROAR of The Jacksonville Jaguars

It is only the preseason but the Jaguar comeback victory over Pittsburgh is a good start that the loyal Jacksonville fan base needed. On a refreshing low humidity Florida night, the Jaguars started the NFL 2015 season off with an 23-21 victory over the Steelers. Hooray!!!

Some people call it the”It” factor but my first adjective for the ROAR is “Wow”. They have it. I’ve been waiting since my coverage of the auditions to see these beautiful young women perform on the field. Dressed in their colorful Jaguar designed tops, ultra bright white shorts, and dancing boots these entertainers are impressive to meet and photograph.

The ROAR are out on the plaza two hours before kickoff greeting fans, posing for photos and signing autographs. They are very popular with the crowd, especially the Electric Slide interactive dance lesson with the youngsters.

The ROAR consists of 34 cheerleaders of which 28 perform on the playing field during game time. The other six, on a rotating basis, visit with the suite season ticket holders. The entire squad is on the field for player introductions. Dance routines on Friday included the opening center field salute and 1st and 4th quarter performances at the end zones.

These leading ladies are an integral part of the game day entertainment for the Jaguars. Our thanks go out to Christy Stechman Zynda, Associate Director, for allowing Ultimate Cheerleaders the opportunity to present these talented young professionals.

Tickets are available, come out and meet the ROAR and see some exciting NFL football. Cheers.

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Lindsay, Jessica Lynne and Caitlin

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Jaxson and Kendall

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Katie and Cynthia

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[ROAR Pre-season Gallery]

[The ROAR of Jacksonville]

Ladies of Ontario Fury Dance Team Auditions This Saturday!

If you are an aspiring dancer in the Southern California area, The Ladies of Ontario Fury dance team is holding auditions for their 2015-2016 squad this Saturday. The Ladies of Ontario Fury perform at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in support of the Ontario Fury and under the tutelage of Director Lynae de Leon, former dancers have gone on to cheer for the San Diego Chargers, Clippers Spirit, and the Laker Girls.

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So for your chance at dance greatness, check out The Ladies of Ontario Fury dance team auditions this Saturday.

2015 tryouts

The Ladies of Fury uphold a high standard of quality dance performance and community involvement to represent the Ontario Fury with professionalism on and off the field. During the audition process, applicants will be judged on dance ability, showmanship, physical fitness, crowd appeal, and individual applications. Finalists will participate in a group interview and display their own choreography highlighting strengths and specialties (music will be provided).

Date: Saturday, August 22, 2015

Time: Registration Starts at 9am (Auditions begin promptly at 9:30am)

Location: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Claremont (555 W. Foothill Blvd, Claremont CA 91711)

Requirements

  • You must be at least 18 years old by October 1, 2015. Applicants under the age of 18 at the time of auditions must have a parent or guardian sign the waiver form
  • All dancers must have flexible schedules for rehearsals, games, and appearances starting immediately
  • A total commitment is required to the Ontario Fury for 1 year
  • Must be available for mandatory mini-camp on Saturday, August 29 – Sunday, August 30

What to wear

  • 2-piece attire (crop top w/ athletic shorts or briefs)
  • Skin colored nylons
  • Jazz, dance or athletic shoes
  • Hair must be worn down; Full hair and make-up
  • All tattoos must be covered up

For further information, contact Dance Team Director, Lynae de Leon at Ldeleon@ontariofury.com.

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Eagles cheerleaders perform during game against the Indianapolis Colts (PHOTOS)

By Lori M. Nichols
NJ.com
August 17, 2015

PHILADELPHIA — The 2015 Philadelphia Eagles cheerleading squad took the field for the first time Sunday afternoon. The cheerleaders performed throughout the preseason game against the Indianapolis Colts.

Click here to view the gallery.

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Chiefs cheerleaders hard at work for Friday’s home debut

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by Chris Oberholtz
KCTV 5
August 17, 2015

KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) –

The Kansas City Chiefs cheerleaders have been working hard for months, gearing up for the first home preseason game.

And after practicing for hours, multiple days a week, they’re ready to take the field Friday at Arrowhead Stadium.

“We cheer really long games, it is multiple hours,” cheerleading coach Stephanie Judah said. “So, to be able to physically do it, they have to train like an athlete.”

chiefs rehearsalThe 33 women who make up the Chiefs cheerleading squad have been training like athletes every week since auditioning back in March.

“We have practice for 4 hours, twice a week and games on Sunday,” said Chiefs cheerleader, Hannah. “Outside of that, we have personal trainers. So they’ve given us our own individualized plans we follow on our off days.”

Outside of the training and practices, these women also have full-time careers.

“I have nurses, I have teachers, we’ve had lawyers before,” Judah said. “When you have a job, when you have a full-time student schedule on top of practices and appearances, you have to learn to be organized, learn how to be responsible, but also, learn to be the best you can.”

It is a balancing act for most of the women, who say the hectic lifestyle pays off when their boots hit the turf on game days.

“My favorite thing is interacting with the fans on Sunday their energy is so high it feels like a family, you feel like you’re home and it’s so cool to be a part of something so major in this city,” Hannah said.

For these women, it is not just about connecting with fans on the field but creating a lasting impression in the community.

“The main role of being a cheerleader is being a role model for young girls, women of all ages,” Hannah said.

You can see the Chiefs’ cheerleaders in action on Friday when the Chiefs take on the Seattle Seahawks at Arrowhead Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. You can also watch the game on KCTV5.