New Orleans VooDoo Doll Tryouts Set For Saturday, November 19

The New Orleans VooDoo Dolls will hold tryouts for the 2012 VooDoo Doll Dance Team on Saturday, November 19 at Mardi Gras World. The tryout preliminary audition begins promptly at 10 a.m.

“We had a very talented team last season that was regarded as one of best in the AFL, and I’m looking to build on that this year. New Orleans is hosting ArenaBowl this year, and we look to showcase New Orleans’ best and most-beautiful dancers to the nation,” said Tamica Lee-Smith, VooDoo Doll Director.

The registration fee is $40, and all those participating are asked to bring a lunch or a snack, along with water or sports drink.

All performers must wear a black, solid two-piece outfit (trunks or shorts only, no skirts or pants), flesh colored tights and dance shoes. All performers will be evaluated on dance technique, and their ability to perform a dance routine taught that day.

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2012 Adrenaline Rush Dancer Auditions Set For November 27

The Chicago Rush is excited to announce that the audition process for the 2012 Adrenaline Rush Dance Team is set to begin on Sunday, November 27th. The Rush is looking for 16 multi-talented dancers to represent the team as members of the Adrenaline Rush Dance squad.

“We are extremely eager to begin our search for the 2012 Adrenaline Rush dancers,” said Dance Coordinator Gloria Esposito. “It is always exciting to see these women striving to achieve their dreams. There were so many talented women who auditioned last year, we are anxious to see what this year brings.”

There will be three rounds of auditions before the final squad is named. Dancers who wish to auditions for the 2012 team must be at least 18 years old by January 1, 2012.

Dancers are encouraged to attend the audition prep classes prior to the first round of auditions. The class will review technique and will provide the opportunity to learn a new routine as well as speak with the dance team’s personal trainer. Each class will cost $20 to attend. However, if the dancer attends both prep classes they will receive a $10 discount off the audition fee. The classes will be held on Tuesday, November 15th and Thursday, November 17th from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center. Applications for the prep class are due on Monday, November 14th and can be found at

The first round of auditions will take place on November 27th from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center. All choreography will be taught throughout the day of the audition. The audition fee is $50. Applications along with the audition fee, a completed waiver and release form and a recent photo are due by Friday, November 25th. The top 30 or 40 dancers will move on to participate in Mini Camp.

Mini Camp is mandatory and will be held on Tuesday, December 6th and Thursday, December 8th from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. This camp will prepare dancers for the final round of auditions.

The final round of auditions will be held on Saturday, December 10th from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The location will be announced at a later date and will be open to the public.

For questions regarding the 2012 Adrenaline Rush Dancer auditions please call 855-RUSH-WIN or email

Sidewinders Prep Classes Start this Week!

Hey Arizona girls! Auditions for the AFL Arizona Rattlers dance team, the Sidewinders, are coming up in January. Get ready to impress the judges by attending the team’s first audition prep class on Thursday, October 27th. Current Sidewinders Dancers will be teaching a game routine, across-the-floor combos, a brief warm-up and basic conditioning. Sidewinders Dancers will be available to ask questions and provide audition tips. Don’t miss out!

~Sidewinders Prep Class #1~
Date: Thursday, October 27th
Location: US Airways Center, Suns’ Practice Court
Parking: Free Parking available in the attached parking garage. Use the south/east doors on Jefferson to enter the building.
Registration: Begins at 6:30pm (all participants must sign a waiver and under 18 must have a parent’s signature to participate)
Class Time: 7:00 – 9:00pm
Cost: $20 (cash only)
Attire: Comfortable workout/dance attire, non-marking shoes

Registration 6:30-7:00
Warm-up 7:00-7:15
Across-the-floors 7:15-7:30
Learn routine 7:30-8:30
Conditioning/Abs 8:30-8:45
Audition Info (Q&A) 8:45- 9:00

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Deanna Clover Named New Orlando Prowler Dancers Director

Kissimmee native and Poinciana High School grad Deanna Clover has been named the new director of the Orlando Predators Prowler Dancers.

Clover began her dance career with the Predators (2002-03) before going on to spend five years with the NBA’s Orlando Magic (2004-09), where she served two years as team leader.

Clover recently launched dance teams in three different leagues as a dance director in the World Basketball Association, American Basketball Association and American Football Association.

She plans to use her experience to further broaden the appeal of the Prowler Dancers.

“The Orlando Predators was the first professional team that I danced for and I’m excited to be involved once again with such a great organization,” Clover said.

Audition dates for the 2012 Prowler Dancers will be announced soon. Clover said she’s in search of a talented group of dancers who will represent the team as good role models while remaining active in the local community.

Clover currently works as a dance instructor and choreographer at Central Florida Dance Studio and is also a consultant for Going Pro Entertainment and regional director for Just Gotta Dance Talent Competition.

While with the Magic, Clover appeared in the 2009 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.

Clover previously organized dance teams from scratch for the ABA’s Florida Thundercats (2008-09), AFA’s Florida Crusaders (2009-10) and WBA’s Florida Flight (2010-11). She has also worked in the entertainment department at Disney World and danced for Carnival Cruise Lines.

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Audition for the Pittsburgh Power Sparks Dance Team

The SPARKS are the premier Dance Team for the Pittsburgh Power Arena Football Team. We are back, and ready for another amazing season! 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 community events in and around Pittsburgh, and bring an undeniable energy to over 10,000 fans per game!!

The SPARKS are paid per game and for various appearances as well as receive a complimentary gym membership, free tanning, discounted hair services, airbrush tanning, photo shoots, POWER gear, as well as many other benefits and perks. The SPARKS dance team will be the perfect balance between technique, beauty, and entertainment!
Pre – Audition Workshops

Would you like to get a ‘leg up’ on the competition at this year’s tryouts? Receive instruction on 4 different routines (two per workshop), to ensure you’re ready for tryouts. Each workshop will give you an opportunity to get used to the style & technical requirements, and give you a little taste of what auditions and being a SPARK are going to be like! Attending each one of these workshops will also give you a discount on your tryout costs and an undeniable ‘leg up’ at auditions!

* Workshop attendance is not mandatory to audition, but strongly recommended!

Location – Club One Fitness in Shadyside
6325 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh
Dates – Wednesday, October 19th and Wednesday, October 26th
Times – 6 – 8 p.m.
Cost Per Workshop – $15 (each workshop contains separate dance instruction ; attend both to get a ‘leg up’)

* Save $20 towards tryouts – Get $10 off tryout registration for each workshop you attend!

On Tryout Day
• Must be 18 years of age by the start of the 2012 season. Valid ID is required
• Must submit a non-returnable individual photo (headshot preferred) at least 5×7 in size
• Must submit a non-returnable resume including professional and dance experience
• Being a SPARKS dancer is a commitment so you must have an accommodating schedule and be able to attend appearances, all home games, and practices and workouts
• Must have reliable means of transportation
• Must have some form of dance training

• Preliminary Audition – Half top or sports bra and shorts, form-fitting shorts or skirt, of any color or style
• Interview – Trendy pant suit, skirt suit, or business casual attire
• Finals – You will be required to wear black spandex shorts, your top will be provided by the POWER
• Footwear – Any sneakers or dance shoes of your choice
• Appearance – Hair and makeup should be sophisticated and glamorous. You are encouraged to bring touchup makeup and hair products. This is a professional audition, it is important to maintain a game day appearance! The SPARKS perform with their hair down and make-up is always performance ready!
* Visible tattoos should be covered with makeup and body piercings should be removed


* Preliminary Auditions – Closed to the public
* The first 30 minutes of the tryout will be for registration, walk-ins are welcome!

Dates –

Wednesday, November 9th from 6-11pm
Saturday, November 12th from 11am-5pm
Sunday, November 13th from 11am-5pm

Location – Club One Fitness in Shadyside
6325 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh
Fee – $40 ($10 refund per Dance Workshop you attend ; $20 savings!)
Attire – See above
Registration – The first 30 minutes will be for registration

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Third Annual Pro and Pro Alumni Cheer and Dance Convention

Last Saturday I had the pleasure of covering the 3rd annual Pro and Pro Alumni Cheer and Dance convention presented at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Tampa. The show was the presentation of Cheer Girl Entertainment, an impressive company providing a variety of services to the cheerleading/dance community. CGE director Carla C. Thomas-Johnson, a former team captain for the Tampa Bay Buccaneer Cheerleaders, has compiled quite a glowing resume working in the choreography industry.

Carla and Tiffany

Carla and Tiffany

Ongoing activities included classes for both the Junior and Pro levels and culminated in a precision showcase performance at day’s end. This joint is jumpin—it’s really jumpin!!!!

The instructors for the Pro side, Boot Camp Dance, included the following:



Dancer/Model (professional makeup artist) April Ross is a former NBA dancer for the Orlando Magic. April is impressively edgy in style and choreography technique.

Candice Robinson is a former NFL (Bucs), AFL (Storm), ABA, NIFL alumnus and is currently the Director of the XFC-MMA Cage Dolls entertainment team.

Kim and Candice

Kim and Candice

Amanda Beauchaine’s resume includes AFL, NIFL stints and she will be receiving her political science degree this year from USF where she performed step dance for 4 years.



Hope Donnelly is a former NBA, NFL and AFL alumnus as well as previous director for the Tampa Lightning Hockey Girls. Hope is presently the cheerleader/dance coach at the University of Tampa.

Pro Bowl cheerleader Tiffany Jimenez has mesmerized my camera lens for the last 5 years as an energetic side line Buccaneer. Her cuteness has actually blinded me to just how multi-talented this young lady is. She’s branching out as a game day host, dancer, spokesperson and high school cheerleading coach. Keep an eye on her.

April, Tiffany & Carla

April, Tiffany & Carla

Although my only job was to take a few pictures I got tired just through osmosis being in a “Boot Camp” environment. Ha Ha. Carla and her assistants Kristin and Kim were very hospitable, enjoyed the day, hope I get invited back.

Kristin and Kim

Kristin and Kim

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Audition for the Georgia Force Cheerleaders!

The Georgia Force Arena Football Team will be holding open auditions for their professional cheerleading team, The Georgia Force Cheerleaders on Sunday, November 20th. This is your chance to join one of the most exciting dance teams in the league!

The Cheerleaders will perform at all nine 2012 home games. The team is seeking dynamic and talented young women who have thee drive and passion to entertain and perform for Georgia Force fans. The Force Cheerleaders also represent the Force at various community events throughout the season.

“Throughout the audition process, we will be looking for ‘The Total Package’ and not necessarily the best dancer or the most beautiful girl in Atlanta,” said Joie Ashworth, Director of the Georgia Force Cheerleaders. “A Georgia Force Cheerleader should be fun yet intelligent. She should be beautiful but have a great work ethic as a team member. The idea GFC will be able to dance and entertain the Georgia Force fans on game day, but also be able to make a positive impact on her community every day. We are looking for ambassadors that can stand side by side with our fans, team owners, and community leaders and represent the Georgia Force in the most positive light.”

Open Call Audition
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Sunday, November 20th, 2011
Registration will open at 9:00 a.m. and will run until 10:00 a.m.
Gwinnett Convention Center – Exhibit Hall, Lower Level
6400 Sugarloaf Pkwy, Duluth GA 30097

Prep Class Info
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Prep Class Session #1 – Monday, October 24, 2011
8:00pm – 9:30pm
LA Fitness Midtown II

Session #2 – Thursday, October 27, 2011
8:00pm – 9:30pm
Atlanta Dance Factory

Session #3 – Wednesday, November 2, 2011
8:00pm – 9:30pm
Atlanta Dance Factory

Session #4 – Saturday, November 5, 2011
2:00pm – 3:30pm
LA Fitness Midtown II

Session #5 – Saturday, November 12, 2011
2:00pm – 4:00pm
LA Fitness Midtown II

Get Ready for Philadelphia SoulMate Auditions!

The Philadelphia Soul organization will be auditioning dancers for the 2012 SoulMate dance team in November. A great way to make sure you’re ready is to attend the prep class offered next weekend. The clinic will include stretching, jazz technique, sample choreography, and useful audition tips. Check out the details below:

Soulmates Pre-Audition Clinic
Date: Saturday, October 15, 2011
Time: 9:30am – 12:30 pm
Core Fitness and Dance
The Waterview Lounge
1020 North Delaware Ave., 3rd Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19125
(Directly across from the Sugar House Casino)

Fee: $25. Pre-register at or pay cash on the day of!
(Sign up for the clinic and receive $5 off 2012 dance team open call registration fee!)

Soulmates Open Call Audition
Date: November 6, 2011
Time:Registration begins at 9am, Audition begins at 10 am
Wyndham Mt. Laurel
1111 Rte 73 North | Mount Laurel, New Jersey 08054

Fee: $20 in advance at or $25 cash at the door

– You must be a high school graduate
– You must 18 or older by 11/16/2012
– Bring valid photo ID
– Wear 2-piece dance attire (midriff top, hot pant/boy shorts and appropriate footwear)
– Provide a non-returnable headshot and full body shot
– You must be available to attend games, rehearsals, performances, and the key audition dates below
– Dependable transportation for SoulMate events and activities

Other important dates:
Boot Camp: November 7th, 8th, 10th & 11th, Philadelphia Airport Hilton
Semi-Finals: November 12th, Philadelphia Airport Hilton
Interviews: November 13th, Philadelphia Airport Hilton
Finals: November 16th, Chickie’s & Pete’s, South Philly

Arena Bowl Dream Team Photo Shoot

The Arizona Rattlers Sidewinders are the AFL Dance Team of the Year

The AFL End of the Year Awards were announced last month. Included in the categories for which teams are honored is the “Best Dance Team.” Congratulations to Director Brandy Daimwood-Bouchy, Co-Director Angie Baker and her Arizona Rattlers Sidewinders for earning this honor.

Arizona Rattlers Sidewinders - AFL Best Dance Team for 2011

Arizona Rattlers Sidewinders - AFL Best Dance Team for 2011

Spokane Shock Dance Team - 2nd Place

Spokane Shock Dance Team - 2nd Place

Philadelphia Soulmates - 3rd Place

Philadelphia Soulmates - 3rd Place

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[Spokane Shock Dance Team]

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Six Year Veteran Mekial Feels the Actual Adrenaline Rush of Dancing for Chicago’s AFL Team

Mekial, left, performs during the 10-year Adrenaline Rush re-union

Mekial has been a member of the Adrenaline Rush Dancers for six seasons, but it only took one game for her to understand the true meaning of the squad’s name. “My first memorable moment dancing with the Adrenaline Rush Dancers was my very first game,” Mekial explains. “No matter how many games I perform and participate in, nothing can replace the feeling or experience of your first performance. During the opener, the lights were turned off, there were fireworks, sparks, flashing lights, and smoke. To hear the announcer introduce us over the speaker, and to hear the fans cheer for our team was the best feeling I have ever had. When I first became a member of this dance team, I couldn’t understand why we were called the Adrenaline Rush Dancers. It became apparent during the opener of my first game when my adrenaline literally rushed throughout my entire body.”

And luckily for Chicago Rush fans, Mekial has not been in a rush to leave, having the longest tenure on the squad that just completed their 2011 AFL season. UltimateCheerleaders had the wonderful opportunity to learn about multi-talented dancer Mekial, who also plays four musical instruments and wrote a Master’s thesis on the terrorism threat. And once a year, Mekial leaves her mark on the Mall of America’s inventory.

Mekial was born and raised in the Chicago area, within a close-knit family. Mekial’s parents and brother played an influential role. “Some of my favorite childhood memories definitely revolve around my family,” Mekial shares. “My family means the world to me and I don’t know what I would do without them.”

Mekial’s father taught her to stretch her boundaries. “During my childhood, my father always took me fishing or I would sit in the garage on the ground and watch him work on cars,” Mekial recalls. “My father would teach me the difference between a screwdriver and a wrench. As a child, I would fetch his tools whenever he needed them. My daddy always taught me that even though I am a girl, I still needed to become familiar with certain activities that were male dominant.”

Mekial’s mom created special memories during the important seasons of the year. “My mother always made my holidays special,” Mekial describes. “If it was Easter, she ordered a life-size Easter Bunny to visit my house for an hour, and if it was Christmas, she always taught me how to make gingerbread houses. No matter what kind of group or function I was a part of, cheerleading, school plays, dancing, graduations, piano recitals, et cetera, my mother made my childhood special and unique because of one contribution: support.”

Mekial’s brother provided an example path for her to follow as needed. “Having an older brother always had its perks during my childhood, “Mekial recounts. “No matter what my brother did, I wanted to be just like him. I would follow everything he did. As I got older, I continued in my brother’s footsteps in life, and he is the main reason why I earned my Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in the field of sociology and criminology.”

Mekial (right) during pre-game

Mekial’s academic path lead her to a degree in MALS Futuristic Methods. “MALS was my major for my graduate degree,” Mekial explains. “It stands for Master of Arts in Leadership Studies with an emphasis on Futuristic Methods. Futuristic Methods concentrates on the driving forces, factors, and variables of the past and present to determine and forecast the most logical outcome in the future. I completed a 60-page thesis dealing with ‘The Alternative Futures of Fighting Terrorism in the United States.’ Since the interest has heightened at an alarming rate in the past several years, as the result of the 2001 terrorist attacks on our U.S. Soil, our United States Government has been implementing a short term view on the war of terror. This thesis forecasted three alternative future scenarios of the role the United States and Homeland Security could possibly utilize to help fight terrorism. Some futurists foresee that America must field its own counter-terrorist army of trained, experienced, and open-minded personnel who can understand terrorist groups, such as al-Qaeda. In this thesis, I felt that there was a slim chance of terrorist attacks decreasing over the next seven years’ my forecast covered and focused on the future up till the year 2015.”

Mekial’s well-balanced canvas of diverse interests also includes a lifelong devotion to music, as both a performer of music and dancer. “I play four musical instruments,” describes Mekial, whose musical heroes include Jackie Wilson, Michael Jackson, Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, Lena Horne, Ray Charles, and Elton John. “I started playing the piano at the age of four. I was enrolled in the Wheaton College Suzuki Prep Program for the piano. This is where my classical music training began. I graduated from the Suzuki prep program at the age of seventeen. I started the saxophone at the age of eight and became first chair in my junior high and high school bands. I began playing the flute at the age of twelve. And I became intrigued with the violin at the age of thirteen at the Suzuki Prep Program.”

Mekial leads the way on to the field

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Businesswoman by trade, cheerleader by passion

Barnstormers’ Emily Collins picked to perform tonight at ArenaBowl XXIV
Kristin Danley-Greiner
Des Moines Register
Aug. 10, 2011

During the day, Emily Collins sports business attire and a professional demeanor.

At night, she can be found dancing on a football field and cheering from the sidelines as a Barnstormers cheerleader.

The one thing Collins carries over from cheerleader to her position in the Des Moines city manager’s office is a beaming smile and optimistic attitude.

“Emily is always upbeat, positive and encouraging to others. She is a ray of sunshine in the office,” said Amelia Hamilton Morris, chief communications officer for the city of Des Moines. “However, she is also a professional, educated female who is very serious about her career and climbing the ladder of success both in City Hall and in the Barnstormers operations.”

Collins, 28, of Des Moines is a Lincoln High School graduate who started dancing at age 4. Her passion for entertaining a crowd carried over to her high school drill team. She later danced with the Central College pom squad. As a transfer student at Iowa State University, she coached and choreographed the Ballard High School dance team and choreographed for the squad at Collins-Maxwell schools.

Collins has a bachelor’s degree from Iowa State in mass communications and is pursuing her master’s degree in public administration at Drake University. Four years ago, she was selected to be a Barnstormers cheerleader and became a co-captain her second year with the squad, a position she still holds.

She said she tried out for the team because she missed performing. The schedule pairs well with a daytime job at City Hall.

“We practice Wednesday evenings and Sunday mornings and most of our games are on Saturdays — unless it’s an NFL Network game, then that’s on Friday nights,” she said.

Previously, Collins choreographed more of the routines for the squad, but has since relinquished most of that duty to her “talented and very artistic” co-captain. She fulfills administrative-type duties, such as handling promotions and costumes.

“The promos are a lot of fun, because we get to be out in the community,” she said. “We’ve been with the Girl Scouts, the Marshalltown Farmers Market, lots of parades and we had our kids’ clinic at the July 9 game, which was really fun. Those little kids are just adorable and you don’t realize how much they look up to you.”

This season Collins was selected to be part of the Arena Football League’s AFL Dream Team. Each franchise’s management submitted two cheerleaders’ names to the league. In an online voting process, one girl from each team was selected to perform in ArenaBowl XXIV. That game is tonight.

“This is the second year they’ve done this and I’m really excited,” Collins said.

“I’ll get to meet other girls from all across the country. It’s the Superbowl of the AFL. There’ll be a commissioner’s awards dinner, photo shoots and more.”

Jacksonville Sharks Attack Dance Team – Part Two

Seems like it was a long time, but just three weeks ago I had the great pleasure of visiting Jacksonville and seeing the Sharks Attack Dance Team. That was the last game of the regular season. And tonight the Sharks are playing the Arizona Rattlers. Some technical difficulties prevented me from getting this post online until now. But I just wanted to say what a great time I had in Jacksonville. Kimberly Newbern and her dance team were absolutely wonderful: great team, hot uniforms, and genuinely nice people.

Rachel - The new gray uniforms - designed by Director Kimberly Newbern, just might be my new favorite uniform.

Rachel - The new gray uniforms - designed by Director Kimberly Newbern, just might be my new favorite uniform.





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