2011 VooDoo Dolls Season Preview Party!

Come out and meet all 20 of your 2011 New Orleans VooDoo Dolls as they celebrate the return of the VooDoo to the Graveyard on March 11th.

2011 New Orleans Voo Doo Dolls

Be the first to see the new uniforms as the Dolls unveil them in a Fashion Show sponsored by Monogram Express.

Watch a sneak peak performance of the entertainment the VooDoo Dolls will be bringing to the fans beginning March 11th.

Get an autograph from all 20 VooDoo Dolls and get photos with all of the Dolls!

FREE and open to the public!

When: Thursday, February 24 · 7:30pm – 10:00pm

Where: Crowne Plaza Hotel, New Orleans-Airport, 2829 Williams Blvd., Kenner, LA

More here.

Philadelphia Soul Squad Open Tryouts to be Held Sunday, March 6

soulsquadsmallThe Philadelphia Soul will have an open tryout for the 2011 Soul Squad to be held on Sunday, March 6 at the Montgomery County Sports Performance Center, located at 110 Christopher Lane, Harleysville, PA 19438, starting at 1 p.m. Pre-registration can be done by going to http://www.philadelphiasoul.com/home.cfm’go=team&show=soulsquad. The fee will be $10 if done in advance and $20 for registration on the day of the event.

The open tryout registration will take place between 1-1:30 p.m. with the audition beginning promptly at 1:30 p.m. Participants must be a high school graduate, at least 18 years of age by March 6, 2011 with a valid photo ID. Girls should wear a form-fitting midriff top, lycra shorts and appropriate footwear. Men should wear a tight fitting t-shirt and appropriate footwear. Tryouts will be judged on stunting and tumbling ability, personality, and appearance.

The Soul Squad is a unique and exciting co-ed stunt/promotions team that executes all on-field promotions. The Squad performs college cheerleading style stunts designed to fire up the best fans for the most exciting team in the Arena Football League. A cheerleading or gymnastic background is preferred but is not required.

The Soul Squad has practice one day a week and performs at every home game.

Those seeking additional information about the auditions or pre-registration should visit the official team website at www.philadelphiasoul.com.

Rattlers Announce New Dance Team

Rattlers Announce New Dance Team: MyFoxPHOENIX.com

My Fox Phoenix
1/29/2011

PHOENIX – They keep the crowd energized during the games. The Arizona Rattlers have just announced their new dance team.

On Sunday, the 2011 Arizona Rattlers Sidewinders were chosen at Casino Arizona. The Sidewinders are the official dancers for the arena football team.

Auditions were held, and 18 of the best dancers were selected. Fans of the Rattlers and the women’s families came out to support them.

The Arizona Rattlers Sidewinders is one of the longest running dance teams in the arena football league.

Introducing the 2011 Rockstar Spokane Shock Dance Team

By Kevin Maloney
SpokaneShock.com

It’s only January, but the Spokane Shock fans who attended last night’s Dance Team Finals at the Knitting Factory were in mid-season form.

In front of a standing room only crowd, 27 talented finalists performed three routines under the watchful eye of judges and adoring fans. The finalists were divided into nine groups of three to perform a hip-hop routine, a jazz routine and a pom-routine.

“We changed the format a little bit to allow the audience to see more performances from the dancers,” Dance Team Director Maggie Kazemba explained. “The audience really seemed to enjoy and it allowed the judges to evaluate the contestants on three primary forms of dance that we use in our choreography.”

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KREM-2’s Jane McCarthy hosted the event and also interviewed the women to show their personalities.
After all the performances and interviews, the panel of four judges – led by Kazemba – had the difficult task of narrowing the field down.

“That’s always the hard part,” Kazemba said. “We saw a lot of dramatic improvement from people who made it from the first round. It was clear that they worked really hard to perfect the routines.”

After the results were tallied 18 women, including 13 returners, made the 2011 Shock Dance Team.

“I think this year’s team is one of the most talented we have ever assembled. I’m really going to push them this year so that we can continue to raise the bar.”

So, what’s next for Kazemba and her new team?

“Practice. We have our first practice on Sunday,” Kazemba said. “Now that the team is assembled, we need to get to work!”

The defending ArenaBowl Champion Shock open the season on the road in San Jose on March 11th against the SaberCats. The following weekend the Shock will host the Cleveland Gladiators on March 19th with the Dance Team and Shock fans ready to cheer them on.

Click here for some pictures from the first round and the Finals as captured by Gary Peterson and Randy Cahalan. More pictures will be added soon!

Philadelphia Soulmates Finals

Last-minute rehearsal

Last-minute rehearsal

Brett is pursuing her Masters at Drexel University

Brett is pursuing her Masters at Drexel University

Alex flies

Alex flies

Christina poses

Christina poses

Jillian is on the Temple Owls Dance Team

Jillian is on the Temple Owls Dance Team

The Finalists

The Finalists

The Scoresheet

The Scoresheet

Andrea Mychaels: Choreographer, Lou Jacobs: Director, BJ Spencer: Part owner of the Soul

Andrea Mychaels: Choreographer, Lou Jacobs: Director, BJ Spencer: Part owner of the Soul

[Soulmates Finals Gallery]

Philadelphia Soulmates Semi-Finals

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Back on January 5th at the Airport Hilton, and after nearly a month-long bootcamp, the Semi-Finals for the Philadelphia Soulmates were held.

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AJ and Kristina

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Notice everyone is wearing black. That’s the color for the night. The blue, reds, greens and sparkles would come out at finals.

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Hopefuls had two chances to perform the routine they’d been learning the past month. The same routine they’d perform again at the Finals.

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Of the sixty semi-finalists, twenty were cut and forty went on to compete at the Finals at Chickie’s & Pete’s. Those photos are coming soon.

[Soulmates Semi-Final Gallery]

The Road is Getting Longer for Ayers

By Brom Hoban
Austin American-Statesman

ayersMeg Ayers came to long distance running, as she describes it, on a whim.

In 2004, while she was a Lady Wrangler cheerleader for the Austin Wranglers arena football team, she entered the lottery for the ING New York City Marathon in 2004.

“I had hardly run at all before that, maybe a few miles now and then, but I got picked, so I started running,” she says.

Ayers, who is a business development consultant for the MMC Group, followed a 16-week marathon training program, which included one 20-mile long run, and then ran in New York.

“It was so painful running that far. I slept the whole day after finishing. Now, I can run 20 miles and go work afterwards,” says Ayers.

In October 2006, Ayers ran, and won, the Marathon 2 Marathon in West Texas — a race from Alpine to the town of Marathon. Her time: 3:33:51. In 2008, she improved her marathon time at the Rock ‘n’ Roll San Antonio Marathon: 3:08:44.

Some runners start at the shorter distances and work their way up. Ayers started at the longer distances and has been working her way up.

She became interested in ultra races after pacing her boyfriend, Josh Hare, for the last 15 miles of the Jemez Mountain Trail Run 50K in May 2009. Pacing Hare at that event in Los Alamos, New Mexico, was Ayers’ first taste of what it might be like to run an ultra, and her first taste of trails.

“It was fun. Jemez Mountain is a hard race, but I loved it,” says Ayers. “I think it’s good to find a balance between the trails and road. I like that you can get lost on the trails. It’s a great place to think and reflect. And I like the variety of the terrain.”

After Jemez Mountain, Ayers decided to compete in the Palo Duro Trail Run 50K in Palo Duro Canyon near Amarillo. To prepare, she spent time in Boulder, Colorado, running mountain trails. In Austin she trained with Teammac, a group coached by Mac Allen.

Ayers didn’t just finish at her first ultra in Palo Duro. She won the event in five hours, eight minutes and 16 seconds.

“Obviously, she has a certain level of natural ability, but Meg’s work ethic is off the charts. Her success is a direct result of how hard she hits her workouts — every single time. She’s got the competitive heart of a lioness,” says Phil McDuffee, a longtime training buddy.

Last weekend, Ayers went to Big Bend National Park, intending to run her second 50K. The Big Bend Ultra starts at 3,200 feet and drops steadily to 1,900 feet on packed dirt park roads.

Ayers changed her plans and ran, instead, the 25K race that is staged at the same time.

“I woke up Sunday morning at 5 a.m. feeling sick to my stomach, and decided to run the 25K instead,” says Ayers. “I had planned on running the 50K, but I’m really glad I didn’t because my stomach was so bad I just couldn’t eat anything.

“I won the 25K race in 2:11:11. Other than my stomach problems, it was a great experience — gorgeous, with spectacular views.”

Audition Alert: 2011 Arizona Rattlers Dance Team

The Arena Football League is back and the Arizona Rattlers are looking for a few good women…for their dance team, the Sidewinders.

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Audition Information:

  • Auditions for the 2011 Arizona Rattlers Dance Team will be Saturday, January 22nd, 2011.
  • Location: Gold’s Gym 2156 E. Baseline Mesa 85204.
  • Time: Registration starts at 9:30am
  • Fee: $10 if you attended audition prep classes. $20 audition fee – no prep classes.
  • Finalist will be required to attend a rehearsal on Tuesday, January 25th as well as an interview during the week. Finals will be held on Saturday, January 29th.

Audition Requirements:

  • Female Dancers who are 18 years of age or older by the audition date.
  • Must be available for all phases of the audition process and be prepared to stay as long as necessary (no exceptions!)
  • Must provide one non-returnable headshot and one non-returnable full-body shot (5″x7″ or larger preferred). Photos are used for identification purposes.
  • Professional photo is not mandatory. Photos should be a current representation of what you look like or will look like at the audition.
  • Must provide a current dance and professional resume (if applicable).
  • Must be of good moral character and successfully complete all pre-employment screening. The Arizona Rattlers are a drug-free workplace.
  • Must live in Phoenix or be willing to relocate.
  • Must have dependable transportation to rehearsals, games, and appearances.
  • Must have a flexible schedule (with an emphasis on flexible evenings) and the ability to commit to the Arizona Rattlers Sidewinders schedule.

Audition Attire:

  • Dance or athletic half-top (stomach must be showing).
  • Hot pants, dance trunks, or shorts (no full or capri length pants).
  • Shoes with non-marking soles.
  • Performance ready hair and make-up.

For more information, please visit the Arizona Rattlers website.

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2011 Dallas Vigilantes Dancers

New uniform photos are now online on the DVD Facebook page. Click here to check ‘em out!

2011 Philadelphia Soulmates Selected

2011 Philadelphia Soulmates Finalists (Click to enlarge)

2011 Philadelphia Soulmates Finalists (Click to enlarge)

Forty finalists competed at Chickie’s & Pete’s in South Philadelphia last night for a spot on the 2011 Philadelphia Soulmates.

See who made the squad here.

And yes, I am way behind. Still have photos from Semi-Finals to process, let alone the Finals.

Spokane Shock Dance Team Tryouts – Round 1

To dance like no one is watching is a lot easier said than done. Just ask the more than 30 women who tried out this past weekend to be a part of the Spokane Shock Dance Team under the watchful eye of a panel of four judges.

“I’ve been dancing for a long time but I still get anxious and nervous,” Dance Team hopeful Casandra said. “Dancing is what I love and so it makes it all worth it.”

Casandra, a fourth-year veteran, is one of eleven members of the 2010 team who hopes to earn a spot on the 2011 team.

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“We had a lot of talented girls come out,” Dance Team Director Maggie Kazemba said. “Each year, we want the team to continue to improve and I think we have been able to do that. We still have some tough decisions to make for the final cuts.”

27 girls advanced to the finals, including all 12 returning members.

The Dance Team Finals will be held on January 20th downtown at the Knitting Factory, 919 W. Sprague Ave., for an all-ages show. The doors will open at 6 PM and the show will start at 7 PM. Tickets are $5 in advance or $7 the night of the event through the Knitting Factory.

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At the end of the night, the Shock will announce the 2011 Rockstar Shock Dance Team.

“It’s a fun event every year,” Kazemba added. “The team enjoys it and our fans do also. We really want to pack the house to give our team a taste of what it’s like at the Shock games.”

To purchase tickets, follow this link.

To take a look at some pictures from the first round of tryouts click here.

Soulmate Final Auditions Postponed until Thursday

Due to the impending snowstorm, the Philadelphia Soulmates Final Auditions have been postponed from tonight to Thursday night. The location is still Chickie’s & Pete’s in South Philadelphia. The auditions are closed, but once the squad is selected, they will be unveiled to the public for the first time that evening.

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This is Deonna at last week’s semi-finals. She’s danced the the NJ Prancers last season, and her tryout uniform is the same one that Natalie, the Prancers coach, wore when Natalie made the NY Jets Flight Crew.

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Soulmates Finalists (click to enlarge)

Soulmates Finalists (click to enlarge)

Soulmate bootcamp has been going on for close to a month, and last night the finalists were selected. Today (Thursday) the hopefuls will interview with team management. And then next Tuesday the forty dancers will compete for a spot on the squad at Chickie’s & Pete’s in South Philadelphia. While the finals are closed, fans should still stop by. After the squad is selected, they will be introduced to the public for the first time.

Video: Chicago Rush Dance Team

 

Philadelphia Soulmates Open Call Auditions

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The Philadelphia Soul have been gone for two seasons, but the team has returned for the 2011 AFL season. And so has their dance team, the Soulmates. Open Call auditions were held this past Sunday and more than 100 dancers from across the tri-state area tried out.

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Since we last saw former Soulmate Justina she graduated from Rowan University and is now looking to go to graduate school and study speech pathology.

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The Soulmates new choreographer Andrea Mychaels taught a high-energy routine that had exhausted just watching it.

Check out Andrea’s website here.

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Dana and Sam were member of the NJ Prancers Dance Team this past season.

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Assisting Andrea with teaching the choreography was Brett, who majored in Dance at Arizona State University.

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Yasmeen is a former Soulmate; she also cheered for the Philadlphia Eagles and the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Pioneers. She’s finishing up her Masters in Elementary Education at St. Joseph’s University. And if that weren’t enough she’s the current Miss Pennsylvania Galaxy.

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Yes, there were plenty of leaps on Sunday.

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Alex earned a spot on the 2010-11 Philadelphia KiXX Dance Team, before the club suspended operations for the season.

At the end of the day the 100+ hopefuls were narrowed to 60. The sixty semi-finalists will now go on to Soulmates Bootcamp. After bootcamp there will be one more cut. The remaining dancers will compete for a spot on the squad at finals to be held at Chickie’s & Pete’s in early January.

[Soulmates Auditions Gallery]