These days, there is only a millisecond of off-season for the cheer directors of the NHL and NBA teams that are still in the playoffs. For instance, tonight, the Dallas Stars play in game six of their series against the Blues. But even with the Stars still playing, Christina Swanson, Ice Girls Director, is also in the midst of planning prep classes and auditions for next season’s skaters and dancers. Christina let’s us know the schedule for July, and kindly sends along some excellent photos take by Jerome Miron.
Prep Classes will start on July 6th at the Dr Pepper StarCenter in McKinney (6993 Stars Ave, McKinney, Texas 75070). There will be four 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:
1 ½ 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 6th 7:30-10PM
Monday, July 11th 7:30-10PM
Wednesday July 13th 7:30-10PM
Monday, July 20th 6:30-9:45PM
Click here for the Prep Class Application and the Prep Class Waiver.
Preliminary and semifinal auditions will be held on Sunday, July 24th at the Dr Pepper Arena in Frisco, TX (2601 Avenue of the Stars) from 9:30AM – 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 head-shot 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 5:30PM on Friday, July 22nd, 2016. 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 three 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 eight 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.
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.
Finals will be held at the Dr Pepper StarCenter in McKinney, TX July 25-29, 6:30-10:30PM, August 1-5, 6:30-10:30PM and August 6th 9am-2pm. Final squad will be announced Saturday, August 6th, 2016.
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 24, 2016
– 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 2016 – July 2017)
For more information regarding prep classes or auditions, please visit DallasStars.com/IceGirls
Click here for an Audition Application and Audition Waiver
The Miami Dolphins Cheerleading squad for the 2016 season is closer to being finalized after 40 women were selected to advance at the annual “Finals” audition show. Hopefully you saw David Tyau’s splendid photo portfolio on Friday. The ladies will now move on as Training Camp Candidates. The process is described as a seven-week boot camp; Whoa, that seems new this year?
The Dolphins, under Dorie Grogan, Senior Director of Entertainment & Brand Impact, always seem to be near the NFL top in creative innovative thinking with their iconic cheer squads. Remember the “Call Me Maybe Parody”, a skillion web hits!
The Dolphins have again moved outside the box to become the first NFL squad to expand its cheer auditions outward south from the Florida Peninsula. “Miami is the gateway to Latin America and the Miami Dolphins are a global brand. We are excited to combine the beauty we have in South Florida with the ladies we met in Latin America in hopes of forming a truly international squad,” said Grogan. Twelve of the selected forty are from the international candidates.
The Dolphins have everything in place to make the international women transition to a new life in Miami as smooth as possible. “Ladies selected to be a part of the final team will be required to relocate to the Miami area for nine months. As we do for players, employees and cheerleaders who are not local to the area, we have a process to get them settled.” Grogan explained.
One of the most prestigious entertainment groups in all of professional sports, Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders have traveled to more than 30 countries on five continents over the past decade and continue to be the international face of NFL Cheerleaders.
Our thanks goes out to Jamie Quadrozzi, Senior Manager Game Entertainment and Cheerleaders, for inviting Ultimate Cheerleaders to cover the auditions. Looking forward to gameday.
Jodi and Allison
Photo album from the Finals is here
May 1, 2016
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee Titans selected their 2016 cheerleaders in front of a near capacity crowd Sunday evening at Wildhorse Saloon.
View Gallery: 2016 Titans Cheerleaders Final Auditions | 270 Photos
Video from 2016 Titans Cheerleaders Auditions
Titans Director of Cheerleaders called Sunday night’s competition, sponsored by Price’s Collision Centers, “extremely close” among the finalists.
“We had a really great pool of talent this year, and frankly, all 47 of our final candidates were well qualified to be Titans cheerleaders,” Kinder said.
The squad had been trimmed from nearly 200 to 47 ladies during preliminary auditions held last month at Nissan Stadium.
The finalists spent the last few weeks rehearsing, while undergoing formal business interviews with Kinder.
A panel of celebrity judges that included Dianna Williams (from the hit Lifetime series “Bring It”), singer/song writer Michael Tyler, WKRN’s Dawn Davenport, and award-winning producer Michael Knox helped narrow the field to 27 ladies on Sunday night.
The Titans cheerleaders will next conduct their own training camp later this off-season, photo shoots for their 2016-17 calendar and game prep for the upcoming season.
2016 TENNESSEE TITANS CHEERLEADERS
Abbey M. – Huntsville, AL
Andrea H. – Mobile, AL
Anne P. – New York, NY
Brandi H. – Nashville, TN
Brittani S. – Little Rock, AK
Brittni W. – Nashville, TN
Brenna O. – Nashville, TN
Bri B. – Houston, TX
Brooke G. – Lebanon, TN
Courtney B. – Oxford, MS
Elizabeth F. – Dickson, TN
Evony T. – Clarksville, TN
Hannah M. – Tuscaloosa, AL
Heidi W. – San Diego, CA
Jamie Lynn L. – Augusta, GA
Jennifer M. – Cincinnati, OH
Johnsie H. – Pleasant View, TN
Jocelyn W. – Detroit, MI
Kaitlin K. – Roanoke, VA
Kaylee M. – Chicago, IL
Kellee C. – Bristow, OK
Kelsey P. – Baltimore, MD
Kiara Y. – Birmingham, AL
Kristen S. – Houston, TX
Loren B. – Dayton, OH
Sheree H. – Florence, AL
Travona N. – Boston, MA
Thank you Max for this visual roster of the 2016 team!
Check out 2016 Buccaneer Cheerleaders here.
On May 1st, the Miami Dolphins held their final auditions for their 2016 cheerleader squad at the Rose and Alfred Miniaci Performing Arts Center on the campus of Nova Southeastern University. Over 800 dancers started the process, which included international auditions in Bogota, Colombia; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Mexico City, Mexico; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and local auditions in South Florida, and climaxed with 77 finalists in a pageant style final that was open to the public.
And regarding the 77 finalists…it was a cavalcade of beauty and talent worthy of one of the most visible entertainment groups in all of professional sports, the Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders.
This is the second year that I have covered the Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders Final Auditions with our Florida Correspondent, Jackson M. It is a wonderful event to shoot with the sheer numbers of absolutely gorgeous girls trying out and the unprecedented support we receive from the Dolphins organization, it makes for a magical experience and it is reflected in the shots we get.
Continue reading May Day Parade – The 2016 Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders Final Auditions
Inglewood, CA – Three time adult minor league national champions, the Inglewood Blackhawks are pleased to announce MAKE UP AUDITIONS for the LadyHawks Dance Team on MONDAY MAY 9, 2016 starting at 8 pm at Rancho Cienega Complex.
Patterned behind West Coast NBA and NFL pro dance teams (with some of the same choreography sources), the LadyHawks are celebrating their 8th season and will host a one day tryout session to recruit new talent for the upcoming 2016 season. Our goal is to increase the size of the team, so several spots are available.
Be a part of one of the best dance teams in the minor league supporting one of best direct feeders to the NFL.
Davie, Fla. – The Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders today at the Miniaci Theater at Nova Southeastern University selected 40 women to advance as Training Camp Candidates. These ladies will participate in a seven-week boot camp that consists of workouts, etiquette training, team building, uniform fittings, look development and performance training. Cuts are possible during the training camp period.
These 40 ladies were selected from the largest turnout for Miami Dolphins Cheerleader Auditions. More than 800 ladies registered to be the next Miami Dolphins Cheerleader, as the organization became the first NFL team to host auditions internationally, searching for enthusiastic, charismatic and talented women in Bogota, Colombia; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Mexico City, Mexico; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and South Florida to represent one of the most prestigious teams in the NFL.
[Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders]
[Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders Facebook Page]
The Los Angeles Rams have posted headshots of their 2016 cheerleaders. (I devoutly hope that this year we will also get to see some uniform shots online. They didn’t post them last year, so I’m hoping this year they will.)
This team of 28 comes with quite the resume. of the 28 member team, at least 22 have experience on other pro or semi-pro teams. Several of them on multiple teams. A few others came directly from college dance teams.
Let me show you what the Rams are working with this year:
Ally: former Cal State Fullerton dancer (college)
Amanda: former Denver Broncos Cheerleader (NFL)
Andi: former Chivas USA Chiva Girl (MLS), Los Angeles Clippers Spirit Dancer (NBA), and Los Angeles Laker Girl (NBA)
Ariel: former Chivas USA Chiva Girl (MLS), Los Angeles Clippers Spirit Dancer (NBA), Los Angeles Laker Girl (NBA), and San Diego Charger Girl (NFL)
Aubrey: former Los Angeles Laker Girl (NBA)
Bianca: former Los Angeles Clippers Spirit Dancer (NBA)
Brandi R.: former Baltimore Ravens Cheerleader (NFL)
Brandi W: former Los Angeles Laker Girl (NBA)
Brittany: former Los Angeles Clippers Spirit Dancer (NBA) EIGHT seasons on the team – holy cow!
Chelsea: former Utah Jazz Dancer (NBA)
Cherise: for San Francisco 49ers Gold Rush Cheerleader (NFL)
Jennifer: former Boston Celtics Dancer and Los Angeles Laker Girl (both NBA)
JoJo (Giordana): former University of Michigan dance team member (college)
Justine: former Los Angeles Clippers Spirit Dancer (NBA)
Linette: former Chivas USA Chiva Girl (MLS), and Los Angeles Laker Girl (NBA)
MaCall: former UCLA dance team member (college)
Mandi: former Chivas USA Chiva Girl (MLS) and Los Angeles Clippers Spirit Dancer (NBA)
Melissa: former Los Angeles Clippers Spirit Dancer and Los Angeles Laker Girl (both NBA)
Micki: former Atlanta Falcons Cheerleader (NFL)
Sammy: former USC Trojan Dance Force member (college)
Sativa-Skye: former Ontario Fury dancer (MASL)
Shardia: former Charlotte Bobcats LadyCat (NBA)
Shelbie: former Los Angeles Laker Girl (NBA)
Stephanie: former Anaheim Bolts dancer (MASL), Los Angeles Kings Crew member (NHL), and Ontario Fury dancer (MASL)
Valerie: former Los Angeles Laker Girl (NBA)
Zandra: former San Diego Sockers Socker Girl (MASL)
Note: photos above don’t include all of the ladies on the team. That does not mean that the ones not listed above aren’t awesome and talented, with a dance resume as long as my arm. It probably just means their background is centered on studio/industry dance as opposed to sports entertainment. It could also mean they just value their privacy online and it was harder to get info on them. There ain’t nothing wrong with that.
If I missed anyone’s major credits, let me know. I’m happy to edit this list. ~ sasha.
The Chicago Tribune has posted a collection of vintage photos of the Chicago HoneyBears, cheerleaders for the Chicago Bears. Oh how I love this vintage stuff. I used to think getting the Rams (and the Rams Cheerleaders) back in LA was a lost cause. But if that can happen, maybe one day the HoneyBears will be back. I really think that – aside from those insane collars – they could totally make those uniforms work today.
Click here to view the gallery
Officially called the Bears’ Song and Dance Group, the 28 Honey Bears made their debut on July 25, 1977.
The Honey Bears show off their new uniforms, modeled here by Patti DiAndrea, left, and Mary Kay Kriese, right, on Aug. 22, 1980.
Another year of AFC auditions is in the books. Final auditions took place on Wednesday night, and 36 ladies were selected for the team. 26 of those are veterans, so it was a tough year for rookies. Congratulations ladies!
[Video: 2016 Final Audition Highlights]
[Photos: 2016 Final Audition Highlights]
Crazy night last evening at Ray Jay Stadium as the Buccaneer faithful welcomed the selection of Tampa Bay native Vernon Hargreaves to the team.
The TBBC were represented by line captains Kymberli, Chelsea, Tessa and Ali. The full squad is expected to be announced next Tuesday—can’t wait.
Tessa Ali Kymberli Chelsea
The Minnesota Vikings Cheerleaders, one of the classiest squads in the league, wrapped up their 2016 auditions with the selection of 42 dancers. As they head into preparations for the upcoming season, let’s take a look back into how they got there.
Open auditions were a crush. More than 100 dancers arrived at Winter Park on April 3, ready to strut their stuff for the judges. As usual, the candidates were the best dressed crew in the NFL. Many of the ladies showed out in fabulous purple, gold, black, and white designs from our friends The Line Up, which luckily for them, is locally based. The dancers went through several rounds of cuts, at and the end of it all, 60 were still in the running.
[Photo Gallery: 2016 MVC Open Call]
A couple of days later, the finalists participated in panel interviews and a photo shoot. During the shoot they posed in white outfits of their own choosing, which would be used for the finalist vote. They also posed in one of the newer MVC uniforms, the purple vest and shorts. Those photos would be used for the team announcement.
[Photo Gallery: Interviews and Photo Shoots]
On the evening of April 10th, the finalists participated in a semi-final show, which was open to the public. The event included a pre-show, swimsuit strut, onstage interview, solo and group dances, and a post-show. That evening, director Tami also announced the top 10 scorers. Every year, the lady who fronts the cover the team’s calendar is of those the ladies with the ten (or so) highest scores, so doing well at auditions has other benefits besides making the team. The high scorers aren’t guaranteed to make the team, but it’s certainly a leg up!
The 2016 audition process wrapped up with the traditional finals show at Rotunda in the Mall of America. The candidates participated in a vigorous bootcamp to prepare for the show. On April 19, they took the stage in groups of four for the group dance, and each also had a chance to do a solo performance for almost two dozen judges. It was a jam packed audience, with admiring viewers watching from all four levels in the mall.
[Photo Gallery: Finals at the Mall of America]
It was an extremely competitive audition, and when the dust settled, 28 ladies were chosen for the dance team, and 14 chosen for the new ambassador group. Congratulations to those who made the team. Now the hard work really begins. We look forward to seeing more of you this year, starting with the Vikings annual draft party TONIGHT!
April 26, 2016
AUBURN — A three-year veteran and line captain as a Patriots cheerleader, 22-year-old Hannah LeBeau is prepping for her final season with the squad while looking back on some amazing memories.
“We don’t travel to away games, but when the Patriots went to the Super Bowl we got to go and be a part of so many great things,” LeBeau said. “In Arizona (in 2015), it was about 80 percent Seahawks fans and only 20 percent Patriots fans, and the best appearance we had was an all-Patriots fans event.
“We walked in and they were so happy to see us — I have never felt more loved in a roomful of strangers,” she said.
“When Butler caught that interception, we were all amazed — nobody really knew who he was then,” she said, of Patriots rookie Malcolm Butler’s catch with seconds left in the game. “I knew that it was for real when I saw them switching out the confetti cannons, taking out the ones for Seattle and setting up the red ones for the Patriots.
“When they won and everyone was storming the field, our coach said we could, too. It was incredible,” LeBeau said.
LeBeau, the daughter of Laurie and Joseph LeBeau, lives in Auburn with her mother. She’s been dancing since she was 4 years old and trained at a dance school in Easthampton from the age of 12 through high school.
“My mom drove me there every day, and I did my homework in the car,” she said.
She graduated from Auburn High School in 2011, and went on to get her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Dean College in 2015.
She works as a brand ambassador for Quest Nutrition, a job she says gives her the flexibility to keep her commitments to the Patriots. And she choreographs competitive dance routines, most frequently for the Paula Zawalich Dance Academy in Worcester, where she is also a substitute teacher.
Unlike the players, the cheerleaders do not have an off-season. Auditions for the next year’s team start each year in February, with an all-day preliminary audition that begins the six-week process.
“You have to audition every year, and there are no guarantees,” LeBeau said. “But as veterans, you do get to skip the preliminaries.”
Cheerleaders are only permitted to be on the team for four years, although those years do not have to be consecutive.
“There are about 300 people at the preliminaries, and anyone can come,” LeBeau said. “There are three cuts that day, and if you make it through that, you are invited to the finals.”
The final audition consists of two group dances, one solo dance, walking in a bathing suit and an interview question from the panel of judges.
Candidates who pass final audition are invited to a two-week boot camp at Gillette Stadium, where they work on media training, fitness, and a lot of dancing.
“And after boot camp, the team is posted on the website,” LeBeau said.
This year’s squad has 33 members — 20 rookies and 13 veterans. As one of four line captains, LeBeau said she plans to help her new teammates and lead by example.
“This is the largest team yet,” LeBeau said. “Usually we are about 24, so it’s really four line captains and a team of rookies. There are a lot of things they will need to learn, and I will do my best to help them out along the way.”
Official team practices started last week; in the off-season the team practices for three hours on Tuesday and six hours on Saturday. “Once the season starts, we will practice for three hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays.”
“I do my practicing in my kitchen, which is what I’ve done my whole life,” she said. “When I go to practice, I view that as my next performance, and I always make sure that I know what we have already learned, so that I can focus on what we are working on at practice.”
On game days, the cheerleading team gets to Gillette Stadium five hours before kickoff. “We spend two hours rehearsing and going over the dance and cheers we are going to do,” LeBeau said.
During the game, some of the cheerleaders will make appearances in the season ticket holders’ boxes and sign autographs.
As for the money, LeBeau said that the cheerleaders do not make the kind of money the players do.
“It’s a part-time job, with full-time commitment,” she said. “We get paid every time we work, whether it’s for appearances, practices or games, and I make a little more because I’m a line captain.
“When I first tried out, I didn’t even know we got paid,” she said. “I was just so excited to be doing it.”
As she enters her last year with the team, LeBeau said that she would like to stay on with the Kraft organization, perhaps in its human resources department.
And to all the young dancers who aspire to become a Patriots cheerleader one day, she has this advice:
“You’re going to hear a lot of no’s before you get that yes. And sometimes, it’s just not your year,” she said. “You have to trust the process.”
The judges have selected 87 ladies to participate in the final auditions for the 2016-17 Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders. Click here to cast your vote for your top five to make the team!