She was thrilled to get the job — but then had to secure a visa. She now has one, given on the basis of “extraordinary talent”. After being unable to join the first month of training, Watts said she faced a big catch-up before the season starts next month.
After being unable to join the first month of training, Watts said she faced a big catch-up before the season starts next month.
“I’ve been on the outside —— I wasn’t allowed in just because of the legalities,” she said.
But it is set to be a glam life for the former Mackellar student, who has just got an apartment in West Hollywood, close to Sunset Blvd and the Hollywood Hills.
The squad has a reality TV show on channel E! and she will be involved if another series is commissioned.
“I’ve never thought about myself going on reality TV — when the time comes I’ll have to deal with it,” she said.
“The girls all had fun last year and they’re hoping that there is a season two.”
The only overseas dancer in the squad, Watts said her teammates were still getting used to her lingo. Pictured at Dee Why.
Watts, also a former Cronulla Sharks and Sydney Kings cheerleader, has already been on a trip to Las Vegas, where everything was free.
The only overseas dancer in the squad, Watts said her teammates were still getting used to her lingo.
“I said something about a rig and they were like, ‘What’s a rig?’ and I said, ‘Your body!’ ” she said. “They find it hilarious.”
Watts, whose parents Jan, 56, and John, 61, live in Dee Why, began dancing at aged four at Dance North Academy in Narraweena, where she also recently taught.
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She also worked as a personal trainer.
She said she was not earning a Hollywood wage.
“I wouldn’t say it’s well paid,” she said. “We do it for the love and not the money.”
Time: Registration Starts at 9:30am (Auditions begin promptly at 10:00am)
Location: Anthony Munoz Community Center (1240 W. Fourth St, Ontario, CA 91762)
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. Final round dancers will participate in a group interview and display their own choreography highlighting strengths and specialties (music will be provided).
To ensure a professional and relaxed atmosphere for all participants, the auditions will be closed. No guests or spectators allowed.
Perform at Ontario Fury home games at Citizens Business Bank Arena
Participate in the annual team photo shoot
Serve as ambassadors for the Fury organization as well as the Inland Empire Community
Be a role model to young dancers and children in the community through Jr. Dance Clinics and various appearances
Possible travel opportunities
Give back to the community through the Fury Foundation and other charity events
Invaluable friendships and memories with fellow teammates
You must be at least 18 years old by date of audition
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 able to attend all Ontario Fury home games
Must be available for mandatory mini-camp on Saturday, October 8 – Sunday, October 9
Rehearsals every Sunday from 3:30pm-6:00pm
All interested applicants should complete an application
A 5×7 or larger (head shot or full body shot) photo is required (photo will not be returned)
What to wear
2-piece attire (crop top w/ athletic shorts or briefs)
Skin colored nylons
Jazz, dance or athletic shoes
Hair 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. We look forward to seeing you there!
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Editor’s Note: I have been covering the Ontario Fury and their predecessor organization, the Anaheim Bolts for several years now and Lynae de Leon has a knack of developing dance talent that make it onto major league dance teams in the NFL and NBA. This past season, four of her 2015-2016 Ladies of Ontario Fury dancers (Sativa-Skye, McKenzie, Lizzie and Kellie) made it to the Rams Cheerleaders, 49ers Gold Rush, Clippers Spirit and Sacramento Kings Dancers. And several others on that squad were finalists.
So if you are an aspiring professional cheerleader, you might want to hone your skills with Lynae de Leon and the Ladies of Ontario Fury.
The Ladies of Ontario Fury, the premiere dance team in the MASL, have announced their pre-audition workshops, presented by Fresh Peaches Custom Swimwear. Click here for more information and to register.
Workshop #1 (Pro Dancer Workout & Audition Prep)
Date: Sunday, September 18, 2016
Time: Registration 12:45pm | Workshop 1pm-3pm
Location: The Look Fitness (2125 San Joaquin Hills Rd, Newport Beach, CA 92660)
Receive a full body workout and fitness/nutrition tips from Pro Dance Trainer, Bryan Green from The Look Fitness
Plus, learn previous choreography and get audition prep!
Limited Availability – Must pre-register to save your spot!
Location: The Talent Factory (13613 12th St #A, Chino, CA 91710)
Receive overall audition/game-day make-up/hair tips from current dance team member, Brittany with a full make-up tutorial
Plus, learn previous choreography and get audition prep!
How to Register
You must reserve your spot ahead of time by submitting your information to the right and submitting payment. We will have limited availability for each session to ensure personalized time for each attendee.
1 Workshop = $25 Fee
2 Workshops = $40 Fee (Save $10 when signing up for both!)
What To Wear
Comfortable dance tire. Jazz shoes, athletic shoes or dance sneaker
What To Bring
Water and towel
Optional: Audition outfit, Application/Head Shot to pre-register for auditions
What To Expect
Learn a short routine in the style of dance we perform during the season (different routine taught at each workshop)
Receive personal feedback after workshop
Go through a mock-audition, so you know what to expect on the day of auditions
Workshop #1: Receive fitness and tips from Pro Dance Trainer, Bryan Green from The Look Fitness
Workshop #2: Receive overall audition/game-day make-up/hair tips from current dance team member, Brittany with a full make-up tutorial
Different routine will be taught at each workshop
Receive audition tips from Dance Team Director, Lynae de Leon
Question & Answer session
Meet new people and have fun in a comfortable and safe environment!
UPDATE: An astute reader has emailed me to let me know that there was another cheerleader from Britain who preceded Holly in cheering for the NFL. Her name is Angela G. who cheered for the San Diego Charger Girls in 2014. As luck would happen, I photographed Angela and here’s a photo of her as proof.
I was referencing information from the Daily Mail article linked below and it was erroneous. My apologies to Angela and Holly for the error.
The NFL is going international. No, not the football teams. The cheerleaders. We have had dancers who came from Japan and Australia make NFL cheerleading squads, but we have another first. The first cheerleader from Britain to make a NFL cheerleading squad.
So who is the first ever British cheerleader in the NFL? That would be Holly Warden, 25, from Bristol, who auditioned in Mexico earlier this year and beat out hundreds of hopefuls to become one of the 2016-2017 Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders.
Holly was the subject of an article in the UK’s Daily Mail. You can read about Holly and her journey here.
Davie, Fla. – The Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders have selected 36 women for their 2016 Squad. These ladies represent eight countries, 28 cities and speak a combined five languages.
These 36 ladies were selected from the largest turnout for Miami Dolphins Cheerleader Auditions. More than 800 ladies registered to be the next Miami Dolphins Cheerleader. The organization became the first NFL team to host auditions internationally, searching for enthusiastic, charismatic and talented women in Bogota, Colombia; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Mexico City, Mexico; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and South Florida to represent one of the most prestigious teams in the NFL.
One of the most visible entertainment groups in all of professional sports, the Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders have traveled to more than 30 countries on five continents over the past decade and continue to be an iconic and international face of NFL Cheerleaders. The cheerleaders are on the sidelines for all home games and are extremely active in the community; visiting schools and hospitals, as well as charity and corporate events.
The full squad is below, with their hometowns listed:
Abril (Acapulco, Mexico)
Adrianna (Parkland, FL)
Agustina (Capital Federal, Argentina)
Alexandra (Lighthouse Point, FL)
Alison (Lighthouse Point, FL)
Allison (Boynton Beach, FL)
Ally (Coral Springs, FL)
Amanda (Boca Raton, FL)
Amina (Port-Au-Prince, Haiti)
Ana (Sao Paulo, Brazil)
Breann (Cooper City, FL)
Britt (Miami, FL)
Chelsea (Port St. Lucie, FL)
Érica (Sao Paulo, Brazil)
Etta (Winter Park, FL)
Felicia (Hollywood, FL)
Holly (Westbury, England)
Jennifer (Havana, Cuba)
Jess (Miami, FL)
Jessica (Miami, FL)
Jessica Anna (Staten Island, NY)
Jodi (Miami, FL)
Kiana (Dallas, Texas)
Kristan (Sumter, South Carolina)
Monica (Miami, FL)
Morgan (Chicago, IL)
Nidia (Jalisco, Mexico)
Paige (Jupiter, FL)
Rachael (Wichita Falls, Texas)
Rebecca (Miami, FL)
Romina (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
Stephanie (Miami, FL)
Tamara (Posadas Misiones, Argentina)
Terra (Lincoln, Nebraska)
Vera (Brasilia, Brazil)
Yosy (Caracas, Venezuela)
This past Saturday, I made the trek to the Valley of the Sun to cover the 2016 Phoenix Suns Dancers Auditions. The Suns have a new coach, Earl Watson a former standout at U.C.L.A. whose NBA playing career spanned over a decade, and there is a tangible sense of excitement over the team’s future prospects. And this excitement extended over to the Suns Dancers auditions, which drew over 80 hopefuls to the Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are looking for the hottest, most exciting, fun loving, talented, energetic, outgoing Cleveland Cavalier fan ever… is that you? THEN YOU COULD BE THE NEXT CAVALIER GIRL! The Cavalier Girls Dance Team is a group of phenomenal women who uphold a high standard of professionalism and top notch entertainment on and off the basketball court. The Cavalier Girls also serve as ambassadors of the Cleveland Cavaliers organization spreading our culture of pure determination, passion, fun and excitement throughout the community.