Sasha already posted about prep classes and auditions for the 2014 Arizona Rattlers Sidewinders, but I would be remiss If I didn’t mention that the Sidewinders were named the 2013 AFL Dance Team of the Year. (They also earned this honor in 2011).
The Arizona Rattlers Sidewinders dance team has been named as the 2013 Arena Football League Dance Team of the Year.
The Sidewinders put together stellar performances throughout the 2013 season. Highlighting the season were memorable routines such as special Mother’s Day and Father’s Day dances with the dancers’ parents and of course the fan favorite “Football Player” routine.
The Sidewinders are led by Director Angie Baker, who has coached the team for four seasons. She cheered professionally for six years with both the Sidewinders and the Arizona Cardinals, making one Super Bowl appearance and three ArenaBowl appearances, including one as the Dream Team Director.
“This is a huge honor for the team and a testament to the hard work we put in outside of games. We have outstanding leadership within our captains and veterans and a very talented group of rookies that made it happen. It’s been a textbook season and being recognized for something you love to do is icing on the cake,” said Baker. “Thank you to the AFL for this honor and a special thank you to owner Ron Shurts, President Joe Windham, and Head Coach Kevin Guy for providing the opportunity for the dancers to be part of the best sports organization around.”
Not only an integral part of the Rattlers game experience, the Sidewinders also spend time in the community continuing the strong efforts put forth by the organization as a whole to give back to Phoenix and the rest of the Valley.
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
I just heard from the Arizona Rattlers Sidewinders that they’ve been nominated for the best Arizona Cheerleaders/Dance Team. They’re up against some tough competition, so Click here and cast your vote!
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
The Arizona Rattlers’ Sidewinders co-director, Angie Baker, was selected by the Arena Football League to direct the 2011 Arena Bowl XXIV dancers, the Aaron’s “Dream Team”.
The team will consist of one dancer from each AFL team that will perform in the pregame festivities, during the Arena Bowl and will assist in the presentation at the AFL awards banquet. Baker will be responsible for music and choreography for the dream team as well as coordinating its events in the host city.
The host location of the Arena Bowl is to be determined.
Angie has been involved in the cheerleading and dance industry for almost 20 years. She cheered professionally for 6 years, 4 of those with the Arizona Rattlers. During her time as a Sidewinder, Angie represented the Rattlers at the Arena Bowl in 2007 and at the Talladega International Speedway as part of the AFL’s Dream Team.
Angie was an Arizona Cardinals Cheerleader from 2008-10 and performed at the Super Bowl in Tampa FL. She was also a member of the Arizona Cardinals Show team and had the opportunity to travel to Ft. Hood and perform for the military and their families. She is a veteran Cheerleading Instructor and Judge for USA and stays busy with competitions and dance/cheer events year-round.