The VooDoo Dolls are Back!
Preliminary Auditions are November 7th

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voodoo3The New Orleans VooDoo will be holding preliminary auditions for the 2011 New Orleans VooDoo Doll Dance Team on November 7th, 2010 at Mardi Gras World in New Orleans. The New Orleans VooDoo are returning to the New Orleans Arena for the 2011 Arena Football League (AFL) season and are seeking 16-20 young women to represent the team as its premier dance team, the VooDoo Dolls.

The VooDoo Dolls will be under the direction of Rachel Vicknair, who is a former VooDoo Doll and a former NBA cheerleader, and who was with the VooDoo from its inception in 2004 until its last year of play in 2008. “I am extremely excited to be a part of the VooDoo’s return to New Orleans and to bring back one of the most exciting elements of the game, the VooDoo Dolls,” says Vicknair. “The fans have shown so much support and enthusiasm since the announcement of the VooDoo’s return, and I am looking forward to putting together a group of beautiful, talented, outgoing young women to energize the crowd and give fans a game day experience like no other!”

The VooDoo Doll Audition process begins with optional Prep Classes being held on October 28th, November 2nd and 3rd from 7pm-9pm at the Galleria Fitness Center in Metairie. These optional prep classes are designed to give participants a sneak peak of the choreography as well give them an opportunity to ask any last minute questions in preparation for auditions. The Preliminary Auditions will be held Sunday, November 7th, 2010 with preliminary auditions at Mardi Gras World in New Orleans. By the end of preliminary auditions, approximately 30 finalists will be chosen and will be required to complete an interview with VooDoo staff members over the preceding two weeks.

The 30 finalists will then compete in front of a live audience at the VooDoo Doll Finals on Saturday, November 20th, 2010 from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. also at Mardi Gras World in the River City Ballroom. “We want to see how the ladies perform in front of a crowd as well as give fans a sneak peak of what to expect for the 2011 season,” Vicknair says. The VooDoo Dolls will consist of 16-20 members who will perform at the nine VooDoo home games as well as various promotional and community events throughout the season.

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The 2011 New Orleans VooDoo Doll Auditions are presented by Mardi Gras World. The VooDoo Dolls are sponsored by Keith Noonan Salon, City Beach Tanning Salon, and Romaguera Photography. For questions regarding the VooDoo Dolls and/or Corporate Sponsorships, contact Rachel Vicknair at rachel@aflvoodoo.com. To purchase season tickets, call 1-888-277-5526 or visit www.aflvoodoo.com.

2011 Chicago Adrenaline Rush Dancer Tryouts Set for November 21

The Chicago Rush is looking for 16 articulate, attractive, multi-talented performers to represent the team as members of the 2011 Adrenaline Rush Dancers. Those women will be selected when the Rush holds auditions for the squad beginning November 21, the team announced today.

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Dancers who meet the criteria who wish to audition for the 2011 team must be at least 18 years old by January 1, 2011. Tryouts will start Sunday, November 21, at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. and auditions will begin promptly at 9 a.m. Dancers should arrive early and expect to spend the entire day auditioning.

At the November 21 audition, the field of potential dancers will be narrowed to a group of 40 finalists who will then compete for the final 16 spots in front of a live audience of Rush fans on Saturday, December 4 (location TBA).

To be considered, all dancers must fill out an Adrenaline Rush Dancers’ Application and return it along with a completed waiver and release form, a recent photo and a $50 non-refundable registration fee (made payable to the Chicago Rush). Applications and waivers may be obtained by e-mailing the Rush at dancers@arenarush.com or calling the team at (847) 882-9400. The completed information should be mailed to:

Chicago Rush
920 W. Golf Road
Schaumburg, IL 60195

All applications must be received no later than Thursday, November 18.

For those dancers who would like help in preparing for the auditions, the Rush will be hosting audition prep classes on Tuesday, November 9 and Tuesday, November 16 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The cost of the class is $20 per session and those dancers who attend both sessions will receive a $10 discount off the audition registration fee.

Sharks Host Attack Dance Team Tryouts

The Jacksonville Sharks announce they will be hosting tryouts for the 2011 Jacksonville Sharks Attack Dance Team. Preliminary clinics begin October 15th, 2010 and culimate with the final auditions November 13, 2010 at the Jacksonville Landing.

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The preliminary and semi-final tryouts will be held at First Class Athletics located at 6026 Bowdendale Rd in Jacksonville, FL. The final round of auditions will take place at the Jacksonville Landing November 13, 2010. The finals will be free and open to the public.

To become a Jacksonville Shark Attack Dance Team member, bring a completed tryout packet – found at jaxsharks.com – to the tryout along with $60 cash or money order (no checks or credit cards will be accepted).

All interested dancers must submit an application packet (which can be found at jaxsharks.com), a photo, and $60 registration fee (cash or money order only) to: First Class Athletics c/o Sharks Attack Dance Team, 6026 Bowdendale Ave. Jacksonville, FL 32216.

For more information please contact Kimberly Newbern at Kimberly@jaxsharks.com. Full information regarding tryouts, attire, directions and requirements can be found at jaxsharks.com.

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AFL Arizona Rattlers Sidewinders Prep Classes

(Yes, the Arena Bowl was just a couple of weeks ago, but it’s never too early to start thinking about auditions)

The #1 way to prepare for Sidewinders Auditions!!!

* Learn a “game-style” routine
* Have a “q&a” with Sidewinders Directors
* Get audition tips
* Learn what being a Sidewinder Dancer is all about
* Classes are strongly recommended, but not mandatory to audition
* Auditions will be held in late January/early February and we strongly recommend that you attend prep-classes (although, they are not mandatory to audition), so that you have time to prepare and be “Game Day Ready” at auditions!

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Prep-Class Dates:
Tuesday, September 14th
Wednesday, September 22nd
*More dates to be announced

* Both Classes will be held at US Airways Center (www.usairwayscenter.com) and will run from 7:00pm-8:30pm. They will be held on the Suns Practice Court. Security will direct you where to go once you enter the building. Please enter through the employee entrance/door in the parking garage, go down the stairs, and check in with security. Parking is available in the structure on Jefferson or metered parking.
* Wear comfortable attire and shoes with a non-marking sole.
* Cost: $15/single class fee or $30/3-pack pre-pay option. (You can apply your pre-paid packages to any future dates, October-January).

*Please sign up online to reserve your spot. Payment will be collected at the door, along with the Release Waiver (Dancers under 18 require a parent’s signature).

[Complete Sidewinders Prep Class Info]

Dance studio mixes art with athleticism

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Spokane Elite is holding open house today
Juli Bergstrom-Wasson
The Spokesman-Review
July 10, 2010

A longtime competitive dancer, cheer coach and choreographer recently opened Spokane Elite Dance Studio in Spokane Valley, where the artistic elements combine with athleticism and high energy.

“The atmosphere of our studio is all about high energy and fun, but it also is structured and purposeful so that every dancer at every level is getting the instruction that is appropriate for them,” said lifelong West Valley resident and studio owner Maggie Cahalan-Kazemba, who hopes to improve the competitive dance world in Spokane for individuals and dance teams.

Her studio also serves as the practice home for the Spokane Shock Dance Team, as the 24-year-old Cahalan-Kazemba is the director/choreographer for the 18-member group. She continues to choreograph for her alma maters: the West Valley High School award-winning dance team and the Washington State University dance team. She also serves in the same capacity for the Mt. Spokane High School dance team.

Cahalan-Kazemba has been a ballerina since she was 4 years old. She found hip-hop at age 10, which led her to the high school dance team, the Eastern Washington High School Competitive Dance Team, and the WSU team.

Now, as well as working full time as an intern architect with a local firm, she and several other instructors will teach beginner to advanced tap, jazz, hip-hop and cheer and some exercise classes, including Pilates. The various classes are for age 4 to adults.

The studio is located at a shopping plaza near the corner of Sprague Avenue and University Road.

“All of the instructors at Spokane Elite Dance Studio have a background in competitive dance, and we have all been part of more than one competitive or professional dance/cheer program,” said Cahalan-Kazemba. “Our mission statement is to provide dancers of all ages with the competitive edge they need to both begin and further their personal careers in dance.

“What competitive dance style means to me is that I am training athletes as well as artists,” she said. “It’s marrying the athlete with the artist.”

P-R-O 2010: The Denver Nuggets Dancers

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First visit to the P-R-O Convention Denver Nuggets Dancers. On the left is Nuggets Dancers Director Amy Jo Wagner. I didn’t recognize her at first. She looks like she should still be dancing at USA Airways Center for the Phoenix Suns, Arizona Rattlers and Phoenix Mercury.

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Joining Amy Jo on the trip was two-year veteran and team officer Krista.

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The Nuggets Dancers are offering the widest and most comprehensive set of audition prep classes that I’ve come across. Nutrition, make-up, choreography, even resume writing. The classes run to mid-August and then auditions begin Saturday, August 14th.

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Jacksonville Sharks Attack Dance Team

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Part two of my trip to Florida took me to Jacksonville to see the Sharks Attack Dance Team.

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The Attack Dance Team is under the the direction of Kimberly Newbern. Kimberly was a competitive cheerleader for 10 years and won over thirty State and National titles in partner stunting, individuals and quads. She was a member of the Jacksonville Jaguars ROAR from 2003-2006 where she was honored to tour Greenland and perform for our troops. Kimberly was also featured in the ROAR Calendar in 2004 and 2005. She was cast in the movie Bring It On: In It To Win It as a Shark and Shet dancer. She also owns and is the head coach for the First Class Athletics All-Stars and enjoys developing young talent each day.

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Whadya Think? Orlando Predators Prowlers Uniform Poll

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Here’s what the Prowlers wore for their pre-game performance.

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The uniform for the first half.

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And the uniform for the second half.

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Which is your favorite Prowlers Uniform?
Pre-game Uniform
1st Half Uniform
2nd Half Uniform
Love them all!
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Results from our last poll:

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Orlando Predators Prowlers

Last Friday I was in Orlando for the where the Orlando Predators hosted the Milwaukee Iron. It was a real nail-biter with three touchdowns scored in the last minute of play, including the game winner for Orlando with just three seconds left to play.

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But exciting football wasn’t the purpose of my trip. The Predators Dance Team, The Prowlers were the reason I was there.

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An actual stage was brought out for the pre-game performance.

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Sophia

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Alexis and Giselle

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Co-captain Roxanne

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Prowlers with the Orlando All-Stars. The All-Stars were part of the half-time entertainment.

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Renee

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Cassie

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Iowa Barnstormers Storm Chasers

The Arena Football League is back. Which is very good. It means 15 more dance teams, we’ve got a chance to cover.

We want to thank reader Drew for sending us photos and video of the Iowa Barnstormers dance team, the Stormchasers, from last night’s game.

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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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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.