Becomes third Rambler in recent history to join professional ranks Loyola Ramblers
Feb. 28, 2013
CHICAGO – Katrina Badowski, who has been a member of the Loyola University Chicago Dance Team for the last four years, has been selected to the Kansas City Chiefs Cheerleading Team, it was announced earlier this week. She was one of over 200 rookie candidates to audition for a roster spot for the 2013 season.
Badowski joined other aspiring cheerleaders in Kansas City, Mo., on February 23 for the first day of a grueling weekend tryout. Beginning with preliminary round screening, candidates participated in public speaking and performed a routine for the judges. From there, the candidate pool was trimmed down to 90 individuals who would then compete against the returning veterans for a spot on the team.
The extensive opening day of activities concluded with on-camera interviews with a former Chiefs cheerleader, an evening audition, which was open to the public at Arrowhead Stadium, and a walk down the runway. A total of 65 finalists were then selected to compete in more tryouts on Sunday, February 24.
On the final day of tryouts, candidates participated in five different stations: public speaking, football knowledge, photo shoots, fitness evaluation, and dance skill evaluation. The 2013 Kansas City Chiefs Cheerleaders were named on Tuesday evening.
“I am excited and blessed to begin the next chapter in my life doing something that I love,” Badowski said. “I want to thank everyone who has supported me along the way. Go Chiefs!”
Badowski is the third former Loyola Dance Team member to join the professional ranks, following in the footsteps of Catherine Slack and Chelsea Troutman, who both danced for the Luvabulls, the dance team of the Chicago Bulls.
Catherine Slack was a Luvabull 2007 - 2012
Chelsea Troutman was a Luvabull during the 2001-07 season
All Participants must be 18 years or older by June 1, 2013. (No Exceptions). You must be able to attend all home games, rehearsals on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:00-10:00PM immediately following the final announcement of the 2013 Squad on Thursday, April 16th. You must attend a minimum of 20 public relations and charity events within a 12 month period. You must be available for appearances on Thursday, April 25th, from 6-10. You must be able to attend a mandatory training camp scheduled for another weekend in June – date TBD and a week long calendar shoot – date TBD. Participants may not cheer for Rams and another professional or college team concurrently.
Crop Top or Sports Bra of your Choice (Sleeves or Sleeveless is fine)
Boy-Style Shorts, Trunks or briefs (these look like the lower half of a leotard or bikini bottoms)
Neutral colored panty hose
Tennis Shoes or Jazz Shoes
No Bike shorts, dance pants, thongs or colored hose!
St. Louis Rams Cheerleader Benefits:
Perform in front of 66,000 fans for all home games
$100.00 per home game
Uniforms and apparel provided
Opportunities to travel nationally and abroad
Exposure through media events and community promotions
For more information:
Keely Fimbres, Director, St. Louis Rams Cheerleaders 314-516-8848. Click here for detailed information.
Only 50 to 60 coveted spots available
By Andrea K. Walker The Baltimore Sun
March 02, 2013
Alyssa Jones felt numb Saturday as she gathered with dozens of other girls on the basketball court of the Downtown Athletic Club.
Dressed in teeny shorts and bedazzled bra tops, the 220 ladies, and some guys as well, were all there pursuing the same dream: to become a Ravens cheerleader.
Tryout weekend is an annual event that is as important to some women as getting into college or becoming mothers. It is something they have worked toward for years.
Competition is fierce for just 50 to 60 spots on the team, either on the stunt team or the dance team. All the ladies know many of them will go home disappointed.
“I want this so bad,” Jones said. “I have been cheering my whole life to get to this point.”
Participants practice for weeks, but have just a few minutes to impress a panel of judges that includes current and former cheer coaches and staff from the Ravens front office. And that’s just to advance through the first round.
Winners are announced at the end of the month. Another round of tryouts is scheduled for Sunday to weed out even more girls. There is also an interview portion in coming days.
The team is looking for well-rounded members, coaches said.
They need to have the image. During tryouts the girls were told their hair should have curl and volume. Red lipstick is best because it stands out on the lips. Cover up tattoos, they were advised.
Then there’s skill, including sharp and precise dance moves. The ladies all learned a routine they had to perform for the judges.
The job of a cheerleader includes charity work and community appearances. So the team is also looking for ladies who are well-spoken and engaging.
“They are an ambassador for the organization,” said Keren Kreitzer, the team’s dance coach.
Kreitzer said the team is not looking for perfection. If a girl messes up during tryouts, how well she recovers is important. If a girl doesn’t know the most advanced dance moves and has other qualities, she may still make the team.
Even current cheerleaders have to try out.
“I hate to do it, but I have cut girls who just don’t have what it takes this time around,” said Tina Galdieri, the Ravens cheerleader coach for 15 years.
Leslie A., who is retiring from the team after 11 years, said tryouts are sometimes more intense for current cheerleaders than newbies.
“You’re a veteran so they expect more from you,” she said. “You can’t really make little mistakes.”
The cheerleader hopefuls come from all walks of life. The gig is part-time so everyone is required to have a fulltime job, enroll as a fulltime student or be a stay-at-home mom.
Kasie Bey-Keys, 21, is from Cockeysville but is studying at Norfolk State University in Virginia. She’s willing to make the trip every weekend from campus if it means getting a spot on the team. She was eyeing the competition Saturday and admitted she was nervous.
“All the girls have skills,” she said.
Current cheerleaders helped the girls with their routines and passed on tips. For instance, make sure your performance has energy.
Whitney J. made the team last year and gave this advice:
“You have to act like you’re already a Ravens cheerleader,” she said. “You have to have that kind of mentality and confidence.”
By Cassidy Blackwell Natural Selection
(A blog for ethnic women embracing and loving the natural texture of their hair)
Feb 28, 2013
You ever have that experience where you think you know somebody and then they say something that completely blows you away? Well that happened with me and Danetha! For the past year I’ve known Danetha as an accountant who specialized in beauty industry clients, but then I get this email, being all like “Yea, so when I was cheerleading for the Indianapolis Colts I wore my hair straight, but now I’m going natural!”
:::stops the car and pulls over on the side of the highway:::
“When I used to be an NFL cheerleader” is not usually something you hear in casual conversation, right!? Anywho, I got the scoop from Miss Danetha about her hair-story as an NFL Cheerleader and how this next time around she’s going to be rocking her natural hair! Read on for a truly inspirational story!
Cassidy: When you were a cheerleader before, was there a pressure to wear your hair a certain way? What other beauty standards were you expected to uphold?
Danetha: Yes! There weren’t any other natural hair girls in the league (that I knew of) and long, flowy hair was the norm. We had routines with “hairography” and you had to be able to flip your hair in order to look sexy. Our squad was sponsored by one of Indianapolis’ top salons, and the stylists were awesome! But, they didn’t know how to work with ethnic relaxed hair, much less natural hair. At the time, my hair was relaxed and they suggested that I wear a weave. I worked with a stylist to determine my look and we settled on a long, straight weave. I was fine with it because that’s what I considered beautiful and I wanted to fit in with the other girls. As far as other beauty standards…there weren’t really any. I guess, we were all expected to be physically fit, but I think that comes with territory of being a dancer and athlete.
Danetha in 2007, her rookie season with the Colts.
C: When and why did you decide to go natural?
D: My last relaxer was in 2008, but I wore a weave until mid 2009 so I didn’t have to do the big chop I cut off my relaxed ends at the end of 2009. I decided to go natural because my hair was falling out. I had HUGE bald spots all over my head and my hair was in bad shape. I went to the best stylists, so I knew that the reason for this was because my hair could not handle a relaxer (I had been relaxing my hair for 16+ years). It was time for a change and time for me to learn how to take care of myself, and not have to depend on a stylist.
C: What has changed and inspired you to rock your natural hair texture for auditions?
D: I really feel that there is power when someone sees their image on the big screen. As a natural girl, who loves to follow celebrities, I crave for a figure that looks like me and has “made it” and considered “beautiful” by the main stream. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but it is reassuring to see your image reflected on TV or in magazines. I hope that I can help push that image in mainstream media. Also, I’m at a point in my life where I’m comfortable with me and I don’t want to conform to anyone’s idea of me. So, take me natural or don’t. Whatever. I did audition last year for the Gold Rush as a natural, but it wasn’t the right timing. I moved to the Bay Area (literally!) a week before auditions and I had wayyy too much going on to focus. I made the finals (from 300 girls to 80) and then I was cut. I think everything happens for reason. Although I was super bummed, I had a chance to explore Bay Area, fall in love with it, and start my company which was another passion of mine. I’ve had a year to find my place in this area and now I feel like I’m ready to represent the 49ers.
C: What is the audition process like?
D: Haha. I could write a novel on the process You know, its similar to the Dallas Cowboys series but not that long. Each squad is different. The 49ers Gold Rush complete the process in one week. On the first day, you learn a dance and perform it. There are two cuts that day. If you make it past the first day, you are in the finals. During finals, you have one group practice with the head choreographer. There is an interview day with a panel. You are asked any question you can think of- from who is your favorite player, to what are your career goals to what you like to do for fun. They really want to see that you are able to engage with strangers and relate to the fans. The last day is the final performance. You perform a dance choreographed by their Director or Head Choreographer and a solo piece. This is open to the public. Overall, the process is a lot of fun. But it is SO NERVE WRACKING. There are so many beautiful, talented, intelligent women in the process and you just hope that you stand out.
C: What sorts of styles can we expect from watching your audition journey?
D: As far as hair, I will be rocking a lot of protective styles. I’ll be working out a lot, so it’ll be important to maintain my hair. I’ll also be trying out different products to see which one I should use for audition days. My hair doesn’t hold styles very well and I plan on wearing a twist out while performing. So, expect some product reviews while I try to find the “perfect” product for my hair for the big day. I will also test one or two professional stylists in the Bay Area (Cassidy, if you have any suggestions please let me know) Editors Note: I always do! Hit me up and we’ll talk! to see if they can get my hair ready for auditions. As far as clothes, I will be shopping for my interview outfit (fingers crossed, I make it to finals again) and my audition outfit. Check me out as I shop for the most flattering ‘fits
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I don’t know about you, but I am hella excited to watch Danetha as a natural go through the audition process! Let’s all share some words of encouragement in the comments to support our fellow naturalista as she takes this big personal leap! I personally believe that the more authentic one is, the more they are accepted, so I’m proud that Danetha is showing and auditioning with her true texture!
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BALTIMORE (WJZ) — When the Baltimore Ravens take the field this coming season, expect to see a few new faces on the cheerleading squad. The team is auditioning for its 2013 members and it takes more than just a pretty face.
Tim Williams has more.
A $120 million contract may get you the starting quarterback spot but a million dollar smile could land you a starting spot with the 2013 Ravens cheerleaders.
“Doesn’t feel like we had an off season but for good reasons. And all the men and women behind me are trying out to be part of the World Champion Baltimore Ravens cheerleading squad this year,” said event manager Heather Harness.
This weekend, the Baltimore Ravens are hosting auditions for the upcoming season. At the Downtown Athletic Club, approximately 250 male and female hopefuls and returning veterans are trying out.
“You have to audition every year. We get a bye round this first day of tryouts but then everyone is back in the mix,” said veteran cheerleader Sammi Jo.
Men, women and time are all essential. The Ravens have the only co-ed squad in the NFL.
“Between the practice, the games and the volunteer work, it’s almost like another 30 hour a week job,” said veteran squad member James.
So what do these candidates bring to the table?
“What we’re looking for in candidates are men and women who are well-spoken, athletic, talented dancers and acrobats,” Harness said.
There are also tryouts for the organization’s Elite Promotions team. The playmakers squad makes appearances throughout the Baltimore area and while they do not perform on game day, they promote fan interaction and fun at home games.
Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 12pm
Dancation Studio of Dance and Theatre
3101 US Highway 9
Old Bridge Township, NJ 08857
Pre-registration is required- go to http://bearfootdancers.com/3.html
Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
-18 years or older
-Have collegiate or professional dance experience
-Personable and committed
-Is versatile in hip hop, jazz, and some contemporary
-Practices are either Monday/Thursday weekly at 8pm
-Games are held Aug- Dec in the Fall 2013 on Saturday evenings
Expectations for the Team:
-Embody and demonstrate the following values: Respect, Teamwork, Pride, Perseverance, and Leadership
-To attend practices, games, and other events
-To fundraise and participate in community service events
-Participate in social activities with both dance and football teams (fundraising, charity events, prayer at the end of the game, after party, etc.)
-Maintain physical well-being by eating healthy and exercising
-Three unexcused absences from games, events, and/or practices will result in removal from the team
-Responsible for assisting with fundraising opportunities
-Provide ideas for various social opportunities with both teams
-Responsible for assisting with some choreography