Jacksonville’s Dancing with the Stars

A Social Affair Dance Studios, Inc. is partnering with Tony and Angi Boselli and The Boselli Foundation for our next Jacksonville’s Dancing with the Stars event on Saturday, May 1, 2010 at Boleros Grand Ballroom in Jacksonville.

Two of the competitors are former NFL Cheerleaders:

lizapatsCreativity comes through many mediums for designer Liza Chung. Liza’s complete devotion to the ever-changing world of event décor has positioned her as an innovator among her peers. Not limiting her talents to a specific industry, Liza’s specialties include floral couture weddings, special event creation, interior and landscape design, editorial styling and holiday décor.

Professionally recognized as a design expert for more than 15 years, Liza founded her own firm in 2000 to answer the calling of clients ranging from brides, elite venues, professional athletes, celebrities and key media outlets. She is sought after for exceptional weddings at venues such as, TPC Sawgrass, Ritz Carlton Amelia Island, Ponte Vedra Inn & Club, The Plantation, Epping Forest, PV Lodge & Club, Casa Monica and many more.

Her décor savvy philosophy has been featured on television and her event work has been published in magazines throughout Florida. She has designed countless events for V.I.P.’s and has been given gracious praises from the likes of Vijay Singh, Elin Woods and Preston Bailey to name a few. Liza maintains a longstanding commitment to provide her professional and private clientele with limitless creativity, pure refinement and incomparable excellence.
Most recently, Liza has been spotlighted as a wedding expert by Style Me Pretty.com, a mainstay in the wedding industry, and consequently chosen by them alongside photographer, Agnes Lopez, for a bridal inspiration photo shoot that was featured on its coveted website.

Originally from New England, where she began her design career after studying physical therapy and cheering in the NFL for 5 years, Liza has made North Florida her home since 2000. She resides in Ponte Vedra Beach with her husband, former NFL Player, Eugene Chung, and her two sons, Kyle and Brandon.

Liza is passionate about giving back to her community and is a proud supporter and sponsor for many charity organizations which include The MaliVai Washington Kids Foundation, The Boselli Foundation, Franco Harris – Grid Iron Greats, Wolfson Art & Antiques Show, The Cummer Ball, Tom Coughlin’s Jay Fund, The Donna Foundation, Pink Ribbon Golf Classic and many other worthy causes.

johslynJoshlyn Davenport began her love for competition as a gymnast at the age of seven. She progressed from levels 2-9 and throughout her journey she was awarded various all-around titles. Joshlyn transitioned into competitive cheerleading and dancing at the age of fourteen. She also competed in the individual cheer division where she won two national championship titles. Joshlyn decided to further her cheerleading career and went on to be a member of the All-Girl Cheerleading squad at Florida State University. She was a member of votethe Jacksonville Jaguars Roar from 2007 to 2010. Joshlyn is currently a third semester nursing student at the University of North Florida where she is pursuing her dreams of becoming a pediatric nurse practitioner. She is also a newly added member of the Jacksonville Sharks Attack Dance Team.

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Former NBA, AFL Dancer Heather Zara Dances for Haiti Earthquake Relief

From The Oakland Press, :

zaraDancing with our Local Stars — a benefit for the American Red Cross Haiti Earthquake Relief — is 7 p.m. to midnight Saturday, March 13 at the San Marino Club, 1685 E. Big Beaver in Troy.

Local celebrity appearances include: Nicole Blaszczyk (Miss Michigan), Lila Lazarus (TV personality), Eric Hipple (ex-NFL quarterback), Heather Zara (WDIV traffic reporter, former Detroit Automotion Dancer and Detroit Fury Cheerleader), Natalie Sentz (WDIV reporter), Ryan Field (Fox Sports Detroit reporter), Jeannette Greco Pawlowski (Mrs. Michigan), Deena Centofanti (Fox 2 health reporter), Dr. Michael Gray (renowned cosmetic surgeon), Damara Anderson (WWJ producer and reporter), John Poppeo (WDIV photo journalist), Scott Lusader (former Detroit Tiger), and more.

The benefit will include a dance competition with local celebrities, a dance showcase by professional dancers, general dancing throughout the evening to live entertainment by the Steve King & the Dittilies, an hors d’oeuvre buffet with a cash bar, a silent auction and an opportunity for you to dance with a local star — 100 percent of proceeds from the auction and the dance with the celebrity will go to the American Red Cross to support its Disaster Relief Fund. Admission is $25 per person. Everyone is welcome, singles and married couples.

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2010 Prowler Dance Team Announced

By Keith Recine
OrlandoPredators.com

ORLANDO- The 2010 Orlando Predator Prowler Dance Team was chosen Saturday night in front of an explosive crowd of 350 fans at Antigua Night Club on Church Street in Downtown Orlando. Despite other events going on Saturday including a Downtown Blues Festival and an event at the Amway Arena, Predators fans proved once again why they are the best fans in Central Florida coming out in large numbers to greet the new team and provide encouragement to the girls as they competed for a spot on this year’s team. Of the 25 girls who made it through the first round and interview process 16 were chosen to represent the Prowlers in 2010. Dance Director Billie O’Hara said she was pleased with the results but it was hard to let some of the girls go. “Some really great girls were cut by the judges tonight and that really is the hardest part. I wish I could keep them all, but unfortunately there are only sixteen spots and there has to be winners and losers. I hope the girls that did not make it will keep practicing and come tryout for the team again next year.”

The event was a complete success drawing the largest crowd to date for such an event. The 350 fans that attended provided a great deal of excitement and energy for the performances and showed that Orlando is still crazy for anything Predators. The girls chosen will perform at all home games during the 2010 Season and represent the Orlando Predators in the community as well.

A Special Thanks goes out to Doug Taylor of Church Street Entertainment who made the event such a great success and his staff, particularly Abe Taylor, Eric Isolica and Craig Rutherford. Also we would like to thank Cory Frost and DJ Stokes for their long hours in putting together the video packages that went into making this event such a great success.

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PHOTO (From L to R) First Row: Roxy, Cassie, Alexis, Megan, Courtney M, Courtney G, Jessie Second Row: Kelly M, Kelly D, Sophia, Nycole, Gizelle, Aly, Brittany, Rene, Abby

1st Round of Prowler Tryouts Bring out the Best

From OrlandoPredators.com

orlpredaudsIt was heartbreaking for some and exciting for others. Nonetheless, it was a long day full of action for all who came out. Saturday afternoon marked the beginning of a journey; a journey to find the 2010 Orlando Predator Prowlers. Over 40 women came in Saturday afternoon with dreams of being called a Prowler. They came from all over, each with a story and a dream. There were salsa champions and stuntwomen. They were mothers and there were ladies fresh out of high school. We even had a pearl diver from Sea World there trying out. Each of them had one end goal in mind: to make it to the finals. Each round began with the participants learning a routine that they performed in front of the judges. After the second round, the first set of cuts was made.

Once the cuts were finalized, the remaining contestants had to learn one more routine and perform that in front of the judges. Some had to dance two and even three times in that final period for the judges. Then, the waiting game began again. It was a nervous time for all involved. Some dancers stayed in the room while others sat outside to wait. When everyone was reassembled, the finalists were announced. To say it was a very emotional time would be a vast understatement. The day began at New Dimensions Dance Academy in Oviedo with gray clouds, cold conditions, and ladies full of optimism. It ended in a mixture of bittersweet darkness and sanguine brightness.

Now, we are drawing closer to the finals on Saturday night which should be full of butterflies, anxiousness, and emotion. It’s hard to put into words what these talented women will be feeling come Saturday evening. Think about how Jamie McMurray felt after he won the Daytona 500. When he spoke to the reporter moments after he achieved the biggest moment of his professional life, he wept openly. You saw how much it meant to him to be in victory lane at that point in time. Think back to a time when you achieved something you invested so much sweat, time, and tears in. A select few will experience that feeling on Saturday night at Antigua.

When the spotlight shines its brightest, who will step up and earn their place as a Predator Prowler? Only time will tell…

Former Pro Brings New Spirit to Cheer Squad

By Matthew Desousa
The Minaret

On a hot, end-of-summer Saturday afternoon, Hope Donnelly, the new Head Cheerleading Coach for The University of Tampa, completed the third and final day of tryouts with candidates in a chilly Cass Gymnasium.
Pleased with the strong turnout of almost 50 candidates for an approximately 18 member squad, Coach Donnelly was impressed with the core skill levels present in the candidates.

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Hope cheered for the Buccaneers the year they won the Super Bowl.


Many had been all-star cheerleaders, with a diverse background in dance, from high school and other colleges. Others brought technically advanced skills from gymnastics.
Also having to compete for the limited roster positions were 11 returning veterans.

Although no minimum requirements existed for entrance to the tryouts, each of the three mandatory days became progressively advanced for student evaluations.
Performances in basic spirit displays and entertainment of chants and jumping began each day, with additional tests of tumbling and stunting introduced in the second and third days.
No matter what skills an individual begins the squad with, Donnelly noted that a set goal for each member would be to perform a standing backhand spring.
“They’ve all worked really hard and showed their commitment to the team, so we’re really going to have a great group,” said Donnelly of the candidates she has evaluated.
At the time of the interview 36 students were remaining in contention, with the final team roster to be determined by Sept. 21.
Donnelly is the only UT staff member instructing the team, but has the aid of three student leaders on the team.
Two are returning veterans and the third to be determined at a later time.

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Swimsuit Photo from the Tampa Bay Lightning

After a respectable professional background in performance, Donnelly returns to collegiate cheerleading in her first season as a coach.
A dancer since the age of three, the Panama City Beach native started organized cheerleading at seven and continued throughout high school and college.
As a co-captain of the Eckerd College cheerleading team, a fellow member of UT’s conference, she went semi-professional in her last year in attendance and performed as a captain of the Tampa Bay Storm’s cheering squad.
After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and visual art, she expanded her professional career with seasons cheering for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Orlando Magic and the Tampa Bay Lightning.
With the Lightning, she achieved the position of Entertainment Manager for the St. Petersburg Times Forum and spent the past four years improving the fan experience. Some of which are noted in her UT Athletics web site profile.

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Hope with the Orlando Magic Dancers

Gil Swalls, UT’s Associate Athletic Director, said that Donnelly possesses “an excellent combination of previous cheerleading experience, both in our [Sunshine State] conference and as a professional; she had the best experience for our needs.”
For her future plans Donnelly said, “fans at games are going to notice an increased level of interaction and the entertainment value the team brings.”
She also expressed an interest in possibly having the team formally compete in the upcoming spring season of cheering events.

Former MVC Founds Internet Startup

splayback200Josan Crawford made the dance team for the Arena Football League’s Minnesota Fighting Pike, while still a senior in high school. That was just the start of her professional cheerleading career that saw her dance for Minnesota Arctic Blast Professional Roller Hockey Team and perform as a member of the WNBA Minnesota Lynx Stunt Team.

Josan spent four seasons as a Minnesota Vikings Cheerleaders over a ten-year span, and this past NBA season was an assistant coach for the Timberwolves Dancers.

She may have finally hung up her poms, but Josan is still keeping busy. She’s mother of twin girls (Adrienne and Isabella). She’s also the owner and co-founder of Splayback.com, a start-up founded by Josan, her husband Wes, and Josan’s brother Billy Hengen, that went live a couple of months ago.

The idea behind Splayback.com was to simplify the process of looking up sports video highlights so that people didn’t have to sort through all of the clutter just to see a short video clip.

And when they say all sports they mean ALL SPORTS. Everything from traditionally popular sports like and football and basketball, to less mainstream sports like squash and badminton are featured. There are instructional and training videos, and even cheerleading and dance.

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Splayback.com gives users the very best experience in not only finding and watching sports highlight video clips but it also allows amateur athletes and the parents of youths in all sports to upload their very own videos. And with privacy controls users can share the videos with as few or as many viewers as they like.

So far Josan says they’ve been most successful with high school sports. She’s gotten great feedback how Splayback.com boosts morale by allowing students to watch highlights of events they never got to attend.

Splayback.com has also developed unique partnership deals with high schools, allowing the schools to earn revenues from site advertising.

And it’s really important to Josan that users can be assured that all the videos family friendly. Before any video goes online, it’s screened by Splayback’s staff to ensure it’s appropriate.

Splayback.com has the ability to bring people together when they are miles apart. The goal was to create a safe place where people of all ages could go to watch, enjoy, interact and most importantly share this amazing thing that we all call sport. So no matter what kind, what age, or what level, if it is a sport…it has a home…. And that home is Splayback.com.

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SaberKitten Joins the Warrior Girls

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New Golden State Warrior Girl Christi was previously a two-year veteran of the AFL San Jose SaberKittens.

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Lady Cats Named SIFL’s Best Cheerleader/Dance Team

The Southern Indoor Football League have announced their post season awards and the Austin Turfcats Dance Team were named the league’s Best Cheerleader/Dance Team.

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The Lady Cats, in their inaugural season, are under the direction of Michelle Guidry (front row, second from left)

Michelle spent two years at Kilgore College where she was a member of the world famous Kilgore College Rangerettes. While with the Rangerettes her performances include the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, the second inauguration of President George W. Bush in Washington D.C., several halftime performances at Dallas Cowboys games and halftime performances at the Cotton Bowl.

After attending Kilgore College, Michelle went on to finish her college career at Texas State University where she earned her degree in Psychology.

Michelle spent two years cheering and dancing for the Austin Wranglers of the Arena Football League. Her second year she was honored to also direct the team and choreograph routines for the cheerleaders.

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Former Soulmate Needs Your Vote

courtneysoulThe website goac.com is hosting the Bally’s Bikini Beach Bar Server Contest and Former Phialdelphia Soulmate, and good friend of the Blog, Courtney is one of the competitors.

The Bally’s Bikini Beach Bar Server with the most votes at the end of the summer will receive a $1000 gift card to The Walk!

Cast your vote for Courtney here.

Heather Zara Gets Dream Job at Ch. 4

By Terry Foster
The Detroit News

Heather Zara loves sports so much, she still has pieces of confetti from the night the Pistons won the 2004 NBA title.

And when her alarm rings at 2:30 every morning, the television is usually tuned to “SportsCenter” or a replay of the previous night’s Tigers game.

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Zara, WDIV’s morning traffic reporter, is a passionate sports fan who used to scramble around the Lions dressing room looking for stories.

This weekend, Zara moves to the sports desk, anchoring Channel 4’s weekend show.

“I feel like I have my dream job, but I am not the kind of person to stand still,” said Zara, who grew up in Warren and attended Mott High.

“Down the road I would like to get a job in sports. Right now, I work with some amazing people. If my career ended at Channel 4, I would be very happy. I love working in the city, and you have some of the best sports teams around whether you are a fan or a reporter.”

Zara is a risk taker.

She left a full scholarship at Wayne State and transferred to Michigan State so she could study broadcast journalism.

“I don’t think I’d be here if I didn’t do that,” said Zara, who won an Emmy her junior year and appeared headed toward her career in sports.

But WDIV held a contest for a traffic person in December 2007, and she decided to take a shot at coming home. She had just left a small Maryland station for a behind-the-scenes job in Chicago. The audition was a hit. The day after Super Bowl XL, Zara was on WDIV doing afternoon traffic.

Not bad for someone who played volleyball and softball, but was cut from nearly every basketball team she tried out for. What she coulddo was dance, and she landed gigs with the Detroit Fury, the now-defunct arena football team, and Automotion, the Pistons’ dance group. That’s how she celebrated the Pistons’ title — confetti and all.

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Desperados Dancers Reinvented?

This is one of those “can you help a sista’ out?” kind of posts.

The Dallas Cowboys introduced a new dance team during this year’s draft day festivities. The team is called the Dallas Cowboys Rhythm & Blue Dance Team, presented by Miller Lite. Most of the R&B Dancers appear to be former Dallas Desperados Dancers. Their performance indicates that they will have a much more urban hip-hop vibe than either the Desperados Dancers, or the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders (who also performed during the festivities.)

That’s about all we know about them at this point. Who they are, where they will perform, and their overall role as part of the Cowboys organization is a bit of a mystery, so if anyone has the scoop, please let us know.

In the meantime, you can watch two different videos of their recent performance

Michelle Guidry Named Turfcats Cheerleader Director

From <a href=”http://www.turfcats.com/news/2009-03-14/guidry-named-cheerleader-director.html” target=”_blank”>Turfcats.com</a>
<blockquote>The Austin Turfcats were pleased today to announce that Michelle Guidry has been named the Director of Cheerleading and Dance for the team.

Guidry is originally from League City, Texas, south of Houston. She grew up dancing from the age of three. She attended Clear Creek High school where she was a member of the Cavaliers Dance team and was honored to be an officer for two years and serve as Captain of the dance team her senior year.

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After graduation Michelle spent two years at Kilgore College where she was a member of the world famous Kilgore College Rangerettes. While with the Rangerettes her performances include the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, the second inauguration of President George W. Bush in Washington D.C., several halftime performances at Dallas Cowboys games and halftime performances at the Cotton Bowl.
After attending Kilgore College, Michelle went on to finish her college career at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. She majored in Psychology and minored in Sociology. Michelle attained a degree from Texas State University this past year in Psychology.

Guidry spent two years cheering and dancing for the Austin Wranglers of the Arena Football League. Her second year she was honored to also direct the team and choreograph routines for the cheerleaders.

She is looking forward to a great season with the Turfcats! The team cheerleaders are currently seeking a title sponsor. Having your company’s name on our team can reach approximately 250,000 sports fans each year. More importantly, a title sponsorship can help establish a scholarship fund for members of our team. With rising tuition, and increased demands on our team, we desperately need a scholarship fund to ensure our program’s success.</blockquote>