2011 Dallas Vigilantes Dancers

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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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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.

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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.

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Orlando Predators Announce 2011 Prowler Dance Team Tryouts

Preliminary Tryouts Scheduled for Saturday, January 8, 2011

Orlando, Fla. – The Orlando Predators are looking for some Prowlers! The team is proud to announce the 2011 Prowler Dance Team tryouts, scheduled to take place on Saturday, January 8, 2011. The auditions will be held at the New Dimensions Dance Academy, located at 2462 W. State Rd. 426, Suite 1040 in Oviedo, Fla. Prowler tryout check-in and registration will open at 10:30am. Tryouts will begin promptly at 12:00pm.

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All female dancers who will be at least 18 years-old by January 18, 2011 are encouraged to tryout. Pre-registration is recommended and encouraged. To pre-register or for more information on the Prowler tryouts please email Jen Menzel at JMenzel@OrlandoPredators.com, Billie O’Hara at BOhara@OrlandoPredators.com or call 407-447-3333.

The requirements to become and Orlando Prowler are as follows:

* Participants must be 18 years-old by January 18, 2011.
* Participants must participate in all phases of the audition, including the finals on January 18, 2011.
* Participants must provide a headshot, full-body shot and resume – these items will not be returned.
* The will be a $25.00 non-refundable registration fee.

The final auditions will be held on Tuesday, January 18, 2010 at a TBD venue.

2011 Adrenaline Rush Dance Team Roster

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Chicago Rush (December 4, 2010) – Saturday marked the conclusion of the 2011 Adrenaline Rush Dancer auditions after four weeks of extensive training and preparation. Eighteen ladies were awarded a spot on the squad after a panel of judges determined that they best exemplified the skills, appearance and attitude of an Adrenaline Rush Dancer.

Several faces on the 2011 team will be familiar to Rush fans with seven veterans of the last season’s Adrenaline Rush Dancers returning this year; Mekial, Ashley F., Brittanie, Courtnie, Lindsay, Raquel and Vicky. Mekial is the Adrenaline Rush captain entering her sixth year with the squad. The other eleven members are entering their rookie campaign as Adrenaline Rush Dancers; Ashley M., Ashley C., Corina, Crystal, Nicole, Kara, Michelle, Amber, Kim, Emily, and Caitlin.

“The final audition was one of the most exciting and nerve-wracking experiences I’ve ever been through! Knowing I had just a few minutes to make a lasting impression on the judges was the most stressful part,” commented Adrenaline Rush Dancers rookie Michelle. “But the second I saw how many supporters and fans we had out there, it was totally exhilarating and reinforced how much I really wanted a place on the team. Being a rookie, I’m not quite sure what to expect this season but I know there will be a lot hard work and fun times. I’m thrilled to be a part of the awesome RUSH organization!”

”On top of the jitters the girls already were feeling, we had to throw in a potentially dangerous drive downtown in the midst of a snow storm, but despite all that pressure the girls performed extremely well,” Dance Coordinator Gloria Esposito said. “I couldn’t have been happier with the way they performed. We had a huge range of talent to choose from and the final decisions were hard, as each judge had their favorites. I think in the end we picked a great team of 18 ladies who will represent the Chicago Rush in every manner that is expected of us.”

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Bank teller auditions for Rush dance team

John Rice
The Forest Park Review
December 7, 2010

On a snowy Saturday morning, the Chief called with breaking news. Vicky Rosjana, a teller at Forest Park National Bank, was fighting to keep her spot on the Rush Adrenaline Dance Team. I had to get to the Tilted Kilt immediately to cover the audition.

vicky-rosjanaI had been hoping to interview one of the bobcat cowboys who plow our sidewalks. Instead, I had to endure another dance audition. Plus, I was warned that the waitresses at the Tilted Kilt wore Catholic school uniforms. After looking at those outfits for eight years, I had no desire to see knee socks ever again.

When I got to the packed pub, I noticed the waitresses wore very abbreviated red plaid skirts, tight white shirts tied in front and some sort of suspension bridge device on top. The dancers favored sports bras and shorts. Surrounded by all this pulchritude, I had only one thought – would the food be good?

My French Dip sandwich was excellent and I finished just in time to see Vicky and her partner Racquel take the floor for the last audition routine. First they answered questions from the judges. Vicky spoke of how the Rush football players, dancers and fans were like a big family. In fact, Vicky’s mom and dad were there, along with members of her fiancé’s family.

Their eyes were on Vicky, as the hip-hop strains of “Hey Baby” started and the two veterans began whipping through their moves. They broke the laws of physics several times and moved muscles that most humans don’t have. There was an edge to their dancing that set them above the competition.

Vicky later told me they had drilled those dance moves for six hours that week. Their work paid off because their twists and twirls were as identical as their outfits. After they finished to huge applause, the judges deliberated. This was tense. Thirty girls had tried out and only 18 would make the squad. If Vicky was cut, the Chief might kill the story.

Then I saw him: my personal hero of Chicago journalism. Elliott Harris, author of the Chicago Sun-Times “Quick Hits” section, was one of the judges. If you’re not familiar with “Quick Hits,” it features large photographs of assorted cheerleaders, dancers and well-toned female athletes accompanied by very few words.

After the results were announced and Vicky was safely on the squad, I told the great man that I was covering Vicky for the Review. I’ll never forget his reply, “So, you call this work, too.”

Work it had been and now I had to get my picture taken with Vicky, painfully uncertain about where I should place my left hand. I smiled for the camera but inside I was worried – would the bobcats be finished plowing before I got back to Forest Park?

Meet The 2011 VooDoo Dolls Dance Team!

2011 New Orleans VooDoo Dolls

2011 New Orleans VooDoo Dolls

The 2011 VooDoo Dolls participated in their very first photo shoot sponsored by Romaguera Photography, the official photographer of the New Orleans VooDoo, immediately following the announcement at Finals on November 20th at Mardi Gras World.

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Adrenaline Rush Dancers Spend Thanksgiving with Navy

Final Auditions are this Saturday and Open to the Public

The Mt. Prospect American Legion proudly hosted members of the U.S. Navy on Thursday, November 25, to celebrate Thanksgiving.  Many service men and women are unable to enjoy Thanksgiving with their families during their short break; fortunately the American Legion honors the service of these men and women by doing all they can to make them feel at home.  As part of this year’s holiday excitement the troops were treated to an appearance by the lovely Adrenaline Rush Dancers.  This is the fourth year that the Adrenaline Rush Dancers have participated in the annual event.

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“I’m thankful for spending Thanksgiving with real life brave heroes, it really touched my heart,” effused Adrenaline Rush Dancer Brittanie Matug.  “It really made me realize how much we take for granted in our life.  It truly makes me proud to be an American.”

The Adrenaline Rush Dance Team will be making their next appearance at the Tilted Kilt located at 17 N. Wabash in Chicago this Saturday, December 4th, from 12 to 3 pm where the final auditions to decide the 2011 squad will occur.  All are welcome to attend the event and get the first glance at the official 2011 Adrenaline Rush Dance Team.

Come Watch the Final Auditions for Georgia Force Cheerleaders

On Sunday November 23rd, the Georgia Force Cheerleaders held their preliminary auditions at the Gwinnett Center. Cheerleader Director, Joie Ashworth, put together a panel of 10 judges for the auditions. The judges were comprised of Dietre Ffrench, Candi Williams, Angeline Butler, Terri Humphlett, Ericka Whitaker, Nicky Buggs, Michele Crawford-Carnegie, Kelli Williams, CJ Simpson, and Andy Haskell. The judges saw 74 ladies perform for their chance to be a Georgia Force Cheerleader.

To begin the day, all of the dancers were taught a new routine by Joie and given time to practice in a large group setting. They then performed the routine, in groups of five, for the judges. After all of the scores were in, the top 50 moved on to the next round of the auditions. They repeated that process until the final 31 remain.

The finalist will compete on December 3 at The Gold Room Atlanta. The show will begin at 8:30 p.m.; it is free and open to the public (21 years and older).

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“Given the better-than-expected turnout, and the caliber of women in the finalist pool, I’m extremely excited about the potential of this years team. We always announce that we are looking for The Total Package in a dance team member. I believe we may end up with a team full of Total Packages!” Joie invites everyone to come out and cheer on your favorite ladies.

The Gold Room Atlanta is located at 2416 Piedmont Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30324.

And there’s still time to vote for your favorite finalist here.

Meet the 2011 New Orleans VooDoo Dolls Dance Team

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By: Brandon Rizzuto
New Orleans VooDoo
November 23, 2010

The New Orleans VooDoo held its final audition for the 2011 VooDoo Doll Dance Team on Saturday at Mardi Gras World in front of over 300 spectators, and the field was narrowed down from 27-to-20 young ladies to represent the VooDoo this upcoming season.

“We have selected an amazing group of young women to represent the VooDoo, and we were thrilled to see so many VooDoo fans in attendance,” said Rachel Vicknair, Director of Corporate Sponsorships and the VooDoo Dolls. “We have already received several appearance requests and can’t wait to get the Dolls out and about in the community.”

The 20 ladies to make the team are: Jenna from Boutte, Jasmine from Kenner, Danielle from Metairie, Tia from New Orleans, Amanda from Meraux, Rayne from Mereaux, Nia from Baton Rouge, Brittanie from Marrero, Megan from Luling, Sabrina from Kenner, Ashley from Metairie, TaylorAnne from Los Angeles, Victoria from Montz, Shelley from Metairie, Abby from Des Allemands, Nicole from New Orleans, Jamie from Harvey, Brittney from Destrehan, Brittany from Thibodaux, and Brooke from Lafitte.

Of the 2011 VooDoo Doll Dance Team, five were former VooDoo Dolls: Jenna from Boutte, Jasmine from Kenner, Danielle from Metairie, Tia from New Orleans, and Amanda from Meraux.

“I’m very excited to be a VooDoo Doll again. There are a lot of things to look forward to this upcoming season, both on and off the field. The excitement is back,” said Jenna from Boutte.

“It just means everything to be a VooDoo Doll and to represent the New Orleans VooDoo this season. I’m so passionate about dancing and also the VooDoo being back! I’m very honored to be able to represent the team,” said Ashley from Metairie.

“I’m so happy to be able to dance for the VooDoo. The opportunity is awesome, and I’m very thankful to be selected. The season cannot begin soon enough,” said Nia of Baton Rouge.

Stay tuned to the official New Orleans VooDoo website: www.aflvoodoo.com for photos from the first official VooDoo Doll photo shoot, courtesy of Romaguera Photography, and bio information on the 2011 New Orleans VooDoo Doll Dance Team.

San Jose SaberKittens Auditions set for December 11th

The San Jose SaberCats will be holding open tryouts for the 2011 SaberKitten Dance Team on Saturday, December 11, 2010 with callbacks taking place the following day. The tryout will take place at the Fry’s Electronics Gym located at 380 Portage Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94306.

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Auditions will begin promptly at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, December 11, 2010. A choreographer will teach a short dance combination for each phase of the audition. Dancers will be required to learn and perform these dance combinations in small groups in front of a panel of judges with a cut after each phase. Throughout the day, dancers will be judged on dance/cheer ability, showmanship and crowd appeal. Participants are required to wear a two-piece leotard with flesh colored nylons as well as jazz or athletic shoes with a non-marking sole.

Dancers wishing to tryout must fill out a registration form posted at www.thesanjosesabercats.com. Applications may also be printed out and mailed to the San Jose SaberCats office at 600 East Brokaw Rd, San Jose, CA, 95112. Those wishing to participate may also contact the SaberCats office at (408) 673-3400 to have an application mailed out. Photos are not required, but recommended for identification purposes and may only be submitted on the day of the audition.

The SaberKittens practice one or two nights during the week and on weekends. All home games are mandatory and the 2011 schedule can be found on the SaberCats website.

For more information in regards to the tryout please email saberkittens@thesanjosesabercats.com.

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