Jennelle Johnson has over 20 years of professional dance experience ranging from back-up dancing for recording artists Brian McKnight and Ludacris to her experience with the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Erie Freeze. She graduated from Penn State University with a double major in International Business and Operations Management and served as the Captain of the Penn State Dance Team, leading the girls to two national titles and several regional titles.
After graduation Jennelle took her leadership to the next level, serving as Captain to the Erie Freeze AIFL dance team The Chillers. Jennelle continued to climb the professional ranks when in 2006 she joined the Cleveland Cavaliers Dance Team and began traveling with the NBA USO TOUR, entertaining troops in Iraq and throughout the Middle East. In 2007, Jennelle returned to Pittsburgh and to teaching, serving as the head instructor at the North Pittsburgh Dance Academy until earning the position as head coach for the Duquesne University dance team. Jennelle has a myriad of experience in dance ranging from Jazz, Ballet & Tap to Street Funk, Lyrical, Hip Hop and Krump. She choreographed countless routines & recitals for all ages in her past positions as team captains, dance instructor and head coach.
Try Out for the Dance Team
The Pittsburgh High Voltage Dance Team is the premier dance team for the Pittsburgh Power arena football team. The SPARKS perform at each of the nine (9) POWER home games, in the brand new CONSOL Energy Center, as well as make appearances at various community events in and around Pittsburgh.
The SPARKS are paid per game and for various appearances as well as receive a gym membership, free tanning, discounted hair services and airbrush tanning, a photo shoot and calendar shoot, POWER gear as well as many other benefits and perks. The SPARKS dance team will be the perfect balance between technique, beauty, and entertainment!
Preliminary Audition – Closed to the public
Saturday, Nov. 6th or Sunday, Nov. 7th
Wilkinsburg High School, 718 Wallace Ave, Wilkinsburg, PA 15221
$35 at the door, $30 if you pre-register
Registration starts 10:00am
The Georgia Force Arena Football Team is back, and the Georgia Force announced today their call for talented and energetic ladies interested in joining the Georgia Force Cheerleaders for the 2011 season. Open auditions will be held on Sunday, November 21, 2011 at the Gwinnett Convention Center, Upper Ballroom #5ABC (located at 6400 Sugarloaf Pkwy Duluth GA 30097 – www.gwinnettcenter.com).
The Georgia Force Cheerleaders will perform at 9 home games. The team is seeking dynamic and talented young women who have the drive and passion to entertain and perform for the Georgia Force fans. The Georgia Force Cheerleaders perform at all Georgia Force home games and represent the Force at various community events throughout the season. GFC candidates must be 18 years or older by January 1st, 2011. Those candidates who are under 18 at the time of auditions must have a parent or legal guardian sign the audition application*. Registration will open at 9:00 a.m. with auditions beginning at 10:00 a.m. Candidates should expect to stay until 2pm at the very latest. Please bring a $25 non-refundable application fee, a recent photo/snapshot, valid government ID & optional resume. A snack & water are also recommended
A select number of GFC hopefuls will be chosen from the November 21st open auditions to take part in the GFC Fitness Evaluation and Finalist Interviews before competing in the Final Audition Show on Friday, December 3rd.
*Please visit http://georgiaforcecheerleaders.blogspot.com for prep class info & registration forms, complete audition information, program overview and an audition application. An audition application and prep class registration form are attached for your convenience.
The 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. To purchase season tickets, call 1-888-277-5526 or visit www.aflvoodoo.com.
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.
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 email@example.com or calling the team at (847) 882-9400. The completed information should be mailed to:
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.
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.
Shark Attack Dance Team
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.
(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!
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).
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.”
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.
Joining Amy Jo on the trip was two-year veteran and team officer Krista.
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.
Part two of my trip to Florida took me to Jacksonville to see the Sharks Attack Dance Team.
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.
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.
But exciting football wasn’t the purpose of my trip. The Predators Dance Team, The Prowlers were the reason I was there.
An actual stage was brought out for the pre-game performance.
Alexis and Giselle
Prowlers with the Orlando All-Stars. The All-Stars were part of the half-time entertainment.
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:
Creativity 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.
Joshlyn 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.