Congratulations to former Ladies of Ontario Fury Dancer Michelle C. for being selected to the 2015 – 2016 Laker Girls.
For the past several years, I have been fortunate to photograph this lovely dancer, first as a Anaheim Bolts Dance Team Member and for the past two years as a member of the Ladies of Ontario Fury Dance Team. I first saw her at tryouts for the Anaheim Bolts Dance Team and I knew she would be special. More recently, Michelle has been delighting fans while cheering on the Ontario Fury at the Citizens Business Bank Arena.
Under the direction of Dance Team Director Lynae de Leon, Michelle and several other members of both dance teams have blossomed and gone on to greater challenges with such squads as the Clippers Spirit, Charger Girls and now the Laker Girls. For your shot at dance greatness, auditions for the Ladies of Ontario Fury are on August 22, 2015.
On Saturday, August 29, 2015, the Pearls Dance Team for the Bay Area Shuckers basketball team held their auditions in Lansdowne, MD. The audition started with a warm-up led by former Pearls dancers. Veteran Pearl Brittani showed the ladies the dance routine for the audition. After learning the routine, the ladies performed in pairs, and each answered questions from the judges. This process was repeated in one more round. The Pearls will have one more audition before the announcement of the final team. The Bay Area Shuckers basketball team is part of the American Professional Basketball League and is celebrating their Fifth Year.
The Judges: Former Pearl Ebony, Pearl Director Jennifer, Pearl Director Larissa, Shuckers Co-Owner Dante, Former Pearl Director Shay
[Pearls Dance Team]
By Andrew Koob
New Castle News
August 29, 2015
Constance Richards took her time to try out for the Cleveland Cavaliers dance team.
It always was a dream of the Neshannock High graduate to be a Cavalier girl, but her work as a student and cheerleader at Kent State University took top priority.
It wasn’t until after Richards graduated in May from Kent State with a bachelor’s degree in marketing that she finally pushed herself to audition.
“I had thought about it for years to audition,” Richards said. “I kept putting it back, saying ‘maybe I’ll do it.’ After graduation, I didn’t know what I was doing yet and Cleveland was definitely on my top places of where I’d like to move. This was a dream of mine, I just went for it and tried it out.
“I’m really happy that I did.”
That dream was finally realized as Richards officially was named to the 2015-2016 Cavaliers dance team. She joins 19 other dance team members that not only entertain on the court, but serve as ambassadors of the organization off the court.
“When I first found out, I was definitely in shock,” Richards said. “I started screaming, I think I woke up everyone in my house. It was honestly just the greatest feeling. To just know that there were a lot of girls, a lot of obstacles and that they picked me, it was just a dream. To make that dream come true was truly amazing and it’s an big honor that I can call myself a Cleveland Cavalier girl.”
The elation of making the team continues to stay with the 22-year-old, but now the real work begins. The team already has started practicing for the upcoming season, including training camp this weekend, and continues to make public appearances.
A hectic schedule is perfect for someone as active as Richards, especially since a whirlwind summer that started when she received her degree.
“We’ve had a couple of practices already and had the opportunity to do an appearance in Canton, Ohio,” Richards said. “The season hasn’t started, but we have, and every week we have something different, which is cool.
“As a dancer, I don’t really believe in days off. Every day I like to do something, even if it isn’t with the team in Cleveland, I like to try to work out or something like that. We have a little bit of time before it starts, but I’m ready for it.”
After growing up in Neshannock Township and spending four years at Kent State, which has an enrollment was just under 30,000, Richards is looking to make a new life in a city with a population of almost 400,000.
It will be an adjustment, especially as she searches for a full-time job, but the allure of a big city adds a bonus to a dream position.
“Growing up in such a small town, then going to a big university and now to such a big city is really exciting,” Richards said. “I think it’s fun to come down to where you grew up, you get to see everyone and everything, but I love the feeling of a big city. There’s always something different and I love meeting new people. That’s why, to me, it’s a great job. I love to meet different people and socialize. Cleveland will be a good city for me.”
Richards, who started dancing and was a teacher at Ludovici Dance Academy, is a part of the family that has become well-known through Zambelli fireworks. And, while she’s appreciative of a name well-known throughout New Castle, Richards is ready to make her own mark.
“It’s great and I love that my family have such a great name in New Castle. But it’s exciting for me that I just graduated and I’m making a name for myself,” Richards said. “My family worked hard, but now it’s my time to work hard and make a name for myself. I’m really excited about it.”
The newest edition of the Cavs dance team will debut on Oct. 13 when the Cavaliers host the Milwaukee Bucks for the first home preseason game.
Until then, all Richards can do is dream about performing in front of thousands of Cleveland fans.
“When we had the preliminary auditions, they were in the arena. I kept thinking to myself that this could be where I’m performing. It was the most unreal feeling, that’s all you hope for as a dancer, to have that chance to perform in front of all of those people,” Richards said. “I feel like I’ll definitely have some nerves, but you have to be a little bit nervous. It’s a normal thing, but I think I’ll just be too excited. I picture it every day, performing in front of all of those people.”
Auditions for the Baltimore Blast Cheerleaders began last Saturday. Training camp and interviews took place this week. Look for the new squad on the field in November.
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The Ladies of Ontario Fury held their auditions for the 2015 dance team this past Saturday and I was very interested in the outcome. You see, the Ladies of Ontario Fury have become one of my most beloved squads to shoot and under the direction of Lynae de Leon, they always seem to have some girls that are “next level” cheerleaders. This past season, two girls made NBA squads (the Laker Girls and the Golden State Warriors) and another Fury dancer was a finalist for the Phoenix Suns.
So every year, I eagerly await auditions to see who are the returning veterans and who are the potential newcomers to this squad. And this year, there are several openings for newcomers as only nine veterans were trying out again. With nearly 50 girls trying out, the competition for one of the 16 spots would be the most competitive in the three year history of the team
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Amanda at Blast Cheerleader Tryouts on Saturday. Yes, she made it to training camp.
After a long day of auditions, twenty-nine young ladies are headed for training camp, starting on Monday night. Best of luck!
Brittany, Candice, Charlotte
Ellie, Erika, Jackie
Jasmine, JennaLea, Jennifer
Jenny, Kate, Lindsay D.
Lindsey J., Royesha, Sharnelle
By David Bitton
Stillwater News Press
August 19, 2015
She has been shaking her hips and dancing to choreographed moves most of her life, and come this fall Addie Corley will be performing at Oklahoma City Thunder games as one of 19 Thunder Girls.
“I’m super excited to be cheering on the Thunder,” the 22-year-old lifelong Stillwater resident and Oklahoma State University Strategic Communications senior said.
The weeklong finals included interviews and dance rehearsals before the final audition.
“I was a nervous wreck,” Corley said. “I don’t think I slept for two weeks straight.”
Corley admits that the on-stage question-and-answer portion of the audition was the most challenging aspect. She remembers the question was something like, “If I made the team, what would I bring as a Thunder Girl,” but she doesn’t remember how she answered it.
“I got nervous,” she said.
Which makes it that much sweeter where her name was called on July 30.
She was one of seven rookies to make the 2015-16 Thunder Girls dance team.
“I had self confidence in my dancing,” said Corley, who has been twirling since she was 4-years-old. “I knew that if I danced how I’ve always danced, I’d feel okay.”
She attributes much of her success to Encore Dance Studios in Stillwater, where Corley has been both learning and teaching dance for many years.
“Addie is probably in the top three dancers I have ever taught,” said owner Holly Belford-Davis, who has been teaching dance for more than 30 years. “Her dedication, drive and hard work set her apart.”
Corley graduated from Stillwater High School in 2011, and cheered on the Pom Squad at Oklahoma State University for four years before auditioning for the Thunder Girls.
Paige Carter, dance team manager and choreographer for the Thunder Girls, is looking forward to having Corley on the team.
“I am excited to enter a new season with this outstanding group,” Carter said in a press release. “Thunder Girls engage with our fans on and off the court, and sometimes even across the globe. These ladies will add excitement and energy to the Thunder experience at Chesapeake Energy Arena, as well as being excellent community ambassadors.”
Right now, Corley is busy learning dance routines while practicing twice a week so she is ready when the Thunder take on the San Antonio Spurs on Oct. 28.
“Oklahoma City Thunder fans are like no other fans,” Corley said. “They are amazing and I’m ready to meet them, talk with them and cheer on the Thunder with them.”
By Gideon Bradshaw
August 19, 2015
Judy Rubino of Monroeville watched live online last year as her daughter was picked to dance for an NBA franchise in Miami.
It was a bittersweet moment for Rubino.
“It was intense and emotional. I wanted her to make it, but it means she was leaving me,” Rubino said.
Her daughter, Kristina Mazzenga, 22, a 2010 graduate of Gateway High School, earlier this month made it through the grueling tryouts for the Miami Heat’s dance team for the second year in a row.
Rubino said she was surprised her daughter made it through the cutthroat auditions.
Last year, about 400 women competed for nine spots on the team, which dances at games and other events for the basketball franchise.
“There’s a lot of beautiful girls who go down there to try out,” Rubino said.
Rubino said dancing with the team isn’t a full-time job for her daughter, whose degree is in communications and is looking for work “with communication, social media — that type of thing.”
Mazzenga, who started taking dance lessons when she was 2 or 3, performed with the Golden Triangles when she was in high school.
She later danced competitively when she attended St. Vincent College in Unity.
Before she started dancing in Miami, she danced at games for the Pittsburgh Power, a now-defunct indoor football team that played in the Consol Energy Center.
“I had previously danced in the (Arena Football League) for two years, and I wanted to challenge myself and take on a different style of dance,” Mazzenga said.
Pittsburgh doesn’t have a professional basketball team.
Living in a region that’s fiercely loyal to its hockey, baseball and football teams, Rubino said she never had followed basketball closely — let alone been a Miami fan — until her daughter made the team.
Now she follows the Heat.
“They don’t show the girls, though,” Rubino said.
“Now I watch the games because I want to see what she’s seeing.”
If you are an aspiring dancer in the Southern California area, The Ladies of Ontario Fury dance team is holding auditions for their 2015-2016 squad this Saturday. The Ladies of Ontario Fury perform at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in support of the Ontario Fury and under the tutelage of Director Lynae de Leon, former dancers have gone on to cheer for the San Diego Chargers, Clippers Spirit, and the Laker Girls.
So for your chance at dance greatness, check out The Ladies of Ontario Fury dance team auditions this Saturday.
The Ladies of Fury uphold a high standard of quality dance performance and community involvement to represent the Ontario Fury with professionalism on and off the field. During the audition process, applicants will be judged on dance ability, showmanship, physical fitness, crowd appeal, and individual applications. Finalists will participate in a group interview and display their own choreography highlighting strengths and specialties (music will be provided).
Date: Saturday, August 22, 2015
Time: Registration Starts at 9am (Auditions begin promptly at 9:30am)
Location: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Claremont (555 W. Foothill Blvd, Claremont CA 91711)
- You must be at least 18 years old by October 1, 2015. Applicants under the age of 18 at the time of auditions must have a parent or guardian sign the waiver form
- All dancers must have flexible schedules for rehearsals, games, and appearances starting immediately
- A total commitment is required to the Ontario Fury for 1 year
- Must be available for mandatory mini-camp on Saturday, August 29 – Sunday, August 30
What to wear
- 2-piece attire (crop top w/ athletic shorts or briefs)
- Skin colored nylons
- Jazz, dance or athletic shoes
- Hair must be worn down; Full hair and make-up
- All tattoos must be covered up
For further information, contact Dance Team Director, Lynae de Leon at Ldeleon@ontariofury.com.
Auditions for 2015-16 Fuel Pit Crew will take place on August 26.
The Indy Fuel professional hockey team is now accepting applications for the 2015-16 Pit Crew! Auditions will be held Wednesday, August 26 from 6-10 p.m. at Community Healthplex (3660 Guion Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46222). We are looking for energetic cheerleaders/dancers who want to give our fans the ultimate hockey experience. This team will be made up of individuals who are 18 years of age or older, comfortable on camera and able to motivate fans in a high-energy entertainment environment. Pit Crew members must be able to stand on their feet for long periods of time and perform dance routines. Pit Crew members must also be available for ALL Fuel home games, and able to adjust their schedules to accommodate practices and promotional appearances, as these are booked throughout the season.
Click here for more information on the audition process and requirements.
Click here to check out photos from this year’s auditions on the AAIA Facebook page.
Top row (L-R): Brooklyn*, Jamie, Haley, Director Stephanie DiBiase-Wheat, alumnus Sasha Sessums, Jessica, Cassie, Kayla
Middle row: Kelli, Amy A., Vivian*, Elise, Stashia
Bottom row: Britnai, Amy K.*, Laura, Somer, Kelsey*
There were 25 hopefuls at San Diego Ice Arena vying to be part of AHL team’s inaugural season
By Kirk Kenney
August 15, 2015
With temperatures in the 90s around the county, the San Diego Ice Arena was a pretty cool place to be on Saturday afternoon.
And, what do you know, it just happened to coincide with the San Diego Gulls’ audition for ice girls.
There are a number of tasks to tackle as the Gulls ramp up for their inaugural season in the American Hockey League.
Identifying ice girls was on Saturday’s agenda, and 25 hopefuls gathered on the ice in Mira Mesa, each vying for one of the eight to 12 spots to be filled.
So what are the Gulls looking for in ice girls?
“We’re looking for the bubbly personality and ones that are passionate about hockey as well,” said Lacey O’Connor, who is Gulls marketing and social media producer.
O’Connor said it’s important that they are good ambassadors for the team.
“They do a lot with the fans and a lot of community events as well, so we just want people who are interested in being the face of the brand,” she said.
Ice girls will be a significant presence at home games, engaging with fans on ice and around the arena.
Part of their on-ice responsibilities include ice maintenance, so the audition included two cone drills — one to show skating ability and another to demonstrate ice-shoveling dexterity.
Most of those who attended the audition were college-age women. Before the on-ice portion of the audition, each was asked to introduce herself and provide a fun fact.
One woman said she had worked on Carnival Cruises, where, during a magic show, she was turned into a white tiger (she was in human form again for the audition). One was a bio chemistry major. One was an endurance skater from France. One said her last name means “family of wolves.” And on and on.
There were several San Diego natives, while others’ origins were Maine, Minnesota and points in between.
There was a wide range of skating skills, from those with wobbly ankles on the verge of losing their balance — one woman fell on her backside while trying to shovel, hurting her pride more than anything else — to those who had been skating for more than a decade. Several had hockey and/or figure skating backgrounds.
Kelsey Hannah displayed the best skating skills. In fact, it looked like she was tempted to knock a Gulls official into the boards as she finished the cone drill.
“I started skating when I was 5 years old at the rink in UTC,” said Hannah, who grew up playing hockey on boys teams. She went away to boarding school in Indiana and played in a girls league before coming back home.
“Now I’m in men’s beer leagues again where I started,” she said.
Hannah grew up in Clairemont and attended Cal State San Marcos. She works now for a mediation firm. Asked what interested here about being an ice girl, Hannah said: “Why wouldn’t I want to do this? Ice skating. I love ice hockey. When I go to games and see the girls getting the crowd excited, it just looks so fun.”
Panda Wilson, a Granite Hills graduate who teaches figuring skating at the Kroc Center, grew up watching a earlier incarnation of the Gulls.
“I’ve been a figure skater forever and when we had the Gulls before I did halftime entertainment,” Wilson said. “I’ve been a fan of the Gulls for a long time. I saw a flyer about the audition yesterday, and my mom was like, ‘You have to do it.’ So here I am.”
Wilson was among those who have the bubbly personality the Gulls are looking for. And she has the ultimate ice-breaker — her first name.
“I was supposed to be a boy,” Wilson explained. “When my parents found out I was a girl, they didn’t have a name ready. I was a really big baby and all my relatives described me as a bear cub. My parents were thinking Amanda, then thought ‘Oh, Panda!’ ”
Pandas have proven pretty popular in San Diego, so you have to like her chances.
O’Connor expects a final decision to be made within a week on the ice girls squad.
The Gulls plan to announce the 2015-16 schedule in late-August. The home opener is October 10.