By Ethan Stacks
New York Daily News
Time nearly ran out before the Brooklynettes’ captain could capture that timeless sunset photo that is one of the stunning highlights in the first swimsuit calendar from the Nets’ official dance squad.
Amanda, the captain of the Brooklynettes, and her photographer were forced to race into the Barbadian surf to get the picture-perfect moment with just seconds to spare.
“Because hair and makeup ran very late, our shot that we had planned for 30 minutes was down suddenly down to six minutes,” recalled Amanda, 26.
“But within that six minutes we got it. And I felt like an out of body experience, it was so surreal to be in the midst of this tropical environment. It was just such a different feeling from being in Brooklyn.”
It’s a different feeling all around for the squad, which partnered with the official tourism company of Barbados for the 2016 calendar. They traveled together as a whole team abroad for the first time for the photo shoot.
Proceeds for the $10 calendar will go to the Nets’ philanthropic arm, the Nets Foundation.
Brooklynette Anna improvised her photo on horseback after a chance encounter with a man and his horse.
The NYU graduate student, who competed in equestrian events during her teenage years in Poland, got the chance to improvise a photo on horseback.
“A man walked down the beach with a horse and asked if we wanted to take a picture with him,” said the dancer. “It’s a funny coincidence because on the plane ride earlier I had said, ‘Wouldn’t it be great to take a photo on a horse?’
By Jay Betsill
Special to DFW.com
The Dallas Mavericks Dancers held their 2016 Swimsuit Calendar Release Party at The Owner’s Box sports bar inside the massive Omni Hotel in downtown Dallas.
A capacity crowd estimated between 375-400 fans packed the place for the opportunity to meet the dancers. All 20 of the Mavs Dancers were on hand to sign copies of the calendar and pose for pictures with the fans during the event that ran from 6-8 p.m.
The swimsuit calendar, which was shot on location at the luxurious Branded T Ranch in Kendalia, TX with swimsuits provided by Bask Boutique, is 28 pages and features all 20 of the Mavs Dancers. The calendars were sold for half price as a special for those who attended the party.
“I was so excited when I saw the final calendar,” said rookie Mavs Dancer Sydney. “It was revealed to us and I had no idea that I was January, so when I opened it up and it was the first thing I saw, it was very special.
“Everybody’s pictures look amazing,” she continued. “They’re flawless, the way the photographers captured the images and when you see the final product, there is so much thought and creativity that went into it that it really is an honor to be a part of it.”
There was food and drink specials going on during the party and they raffled off prizes including tickets to Mavs home games at American Airlines Center, team merchandise at The Hangar and workout packages from D1 Sports Training and Therapy in Dallas. Entertainment for the party was provided by DJ EJ.
“I am taking care of several Christmas presents tonight,” said 32-year old Mavs fan Jake, who purchased eight copies of the calendar. “I had planned on getting four calendars, but after I posted on Facebook that I was here at the party, several texts came in and I ended up having to go back and buy a few more.”
As the evening was about the wrap up, the Mavs Dancers all took the stage in front of the huge crowd to present the owner of Branded T Ranch with a framed No. 16 Dallas Mavericks jersey as a special thank you for hosting their calendar photo shoot.
“Tonight was a very special night,” said third year veteran Mavs Dancer Kathryn. “It was really cool that we had such a great turnout of Mavericks fans that care about the dancers. They wanted to meet us and get our autographs and we feel very loved tonight.”
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By Michael Kinney
Even though Brooke Watkins has been part of the Thunder Girls dance team, it was still a surprise to her. When she arrived at the annual calendar release party Saturday at Riverwind Casino and saw she was this year’s cover girl, the Prague native was overjoyed.
“I was shocked,” Watkins said. “I had no idea. It’s such an honor to represent on the cover. A lot of hard work and dedication that we put in before we take those photos.”
Every season the calendar seems to get bigger and bigger and more anticipated. According to Westmoore alum, Kayle Marshall, the Thunder sold more calendars this year than in any season in the past. That was evident by the amount of people who attended the release party.
“We don’t get to see the calendar until right before we go out and sign it,” said Marshall, who is featured in the November issue. “When Paige, our coach, showed us, we were all screaming, clapping. Just seeing the turnout and how many people come. So many fans came out there.”
The event ran from 5 to 7 p.m. as the team members autographed calendars and took photos with fans.
“It’s such an honor to be part of that calendar,” Moore native Sarah Jackson said. “The legacy that the Thunder girls have and to be part of that is just incredible. I am really honored to be a part of it. And to be part of it for the last three years. I actually thought I was done dancing after high school. I tried out for the Thunder girls on a whim and it ended up being the best blessing I ever had. Never imagined this would happen to me.”
As Watkins signed her autograph on various calendars and saw herself on the cover, she still couldn’t believe the position she was in.
“It is so special and such an honor that I just value so much,” Watkins said. “I just, thinking about it (Saturday) that, I never pictured myself on the cover of any type of calendar. So, to see where I’ve started and where I’ve come, it’s such an honor.
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The Mavs Dancers Calendar is a 28-page, Americana-themed swimsuit calendar featuring the newest dance team for the 2015-16 season. The 11X11 calendar highlights a different dancer each month, and was shot over two days at the Branded T Ranch.
[Mavs Dancers Calendar]
By Ben Crandell
It’s been 20 years since Marcy Crowe quickened the pulse of the men of South Florida with something they had never seen before: a Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders swimsuit calendar.
Crowe, then Marcy Kislia, a Florida State graduate from Boca Raton, was the first cover model for the publication that has become a much-anticipated rite of the season.
Such is the interest in the calendar now that the team has created an event around the unveiling, which for this year’s 20th calendar takes place on Friday at the remodeled Sun Life Stadium. Highlighted by a swimsuit fashion show, proceeds from the evening will help fund the high-profile charity work of the Miami Dolphins Foundation.
Marcy Crowe in a photo taken for the first Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders calendar, which debuted 20 years ago.
“Everything is so much bigger and better and brighter since I was there,” Crowe, 42, says.
There was no calendar when Dorie Grogan, who now carries the title of senior director of entertainment and brand impact for the squad, arrived after five years as a cheerleader with the Dallas Cowboys. The calendar was her idea, and she organized the photo shoots around Miami, but no one was sure anything would come of it, Crowe says.
One day Grogan walked into the cheerleaders’ stadium studio with an armful of calendars and handed them out to the women seated on the floor, Crowe says. If that unveiling lacked the pomp and glamour of this weekend’s affair, the cheerleaders then were no less happy.
“We weren’t sure if it was going to happen, and she made it happen. The quality is not at all what they are now, but it was just exciting that we even had one,” says Crowe, also “very excited” to be attending Friday night’s event.
Crowe, later a choreographer with the squad, went on to get a master’s degree in education from Florida Atlantic University and is now a stay-at-home mother of three boys, ages 11, 9 and 6. She doesn’t talk much about her cheerleading days, in the same way her husband, Andy, doesn’t wear the 1993 national championship ring he received as an FSU football player (a center and long snapper, he later played in the NFL with the Chicago Bears).
But she’s not shy about pointing out the hard work the cheerleaders are putting in on the sidelines when the family is watching Dolphins and FSU games. It’s a tough crowd.
“The boys will say, “We know, Mom,” Crowe says, imitating their exasperation. “And they sure don’t like to see me dancing around the kitchen, I can tell you that.”
When you’re good you’re good. Believe this eye witness that the MDC organization is good. Kudos out to Dorie Grogan and Jamie Quadrozzi for presenting another great Swimsuit Calendar Unveiling and Fashion Show. The North Club at the newly renovated Sun Life Stadium was turned into a LIV look-alike nightclub for the annual runway showcase. The high energy show was styled by Dolphin’s Pro Bowl alum, and present Cheerleader Coordinator, Ariana Aubert. Current and alumni cheerleaders were the stars of the evening’s outstanding entertainment.
The night showcased swimsuit designs by Miss Fanatic x Montce, Lila Nikole, Luli Fama, Meg Liz Swimwear, DollStreet Swimwear, and DESPI as well as jewelry from Brooke & Arrow Boutique, Dune Jewelry and Tiffany Lee Jewelry.
The fashion show opened with swimwear designs by Miss Fanatic x Montce Swimsuits, showcasing the cheerleaders in aqua, orange and gold in honor of the Dolphins 50th season. That followed with an artistic Wynwood section, where cheerleaders wore attire and accessories that were hand painted by local Miami artists. Next was the sexy all black Dark Angel segment. The final element of the fashion show was the Garden of Eden theme which opened with a samba routine by professional Ivan Mulyavka and ballroom trained cheerleader Britt. This was followed by the MDC covered in flowers head to toe. Beautiful.
Following the conclusion of the fashion show, the 2016 calendar ladies again walked the runway. The past cover girls then strolled out in honor of celebrating 20 years of swimsuit calendars.
Cheerleaders Monica, Jessica and Andrianna were unveiled to loud applause as the cover ladies for the 2016 calendar. Monica is a 3rd year veteran, born and raised in Kendall, FL with a Cuban background. Jessica is a fourth year veteran, born and raised in Doral, FL. Jessica is of Puerto Rican and Venezuelan descent and enjoyed the privilege of going on military tours with the MDC. Andrianna is a second year veteran, born and raised in Parkland, FL. She comes from Italian heritage.
Monica is a business and marketing major. This marks the second year Monica is featured in the Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders Swimsuit Calendar, as she was the cover girl on the 2015 edition. Jessica is currently studying psychology and this marks Jessica’s third appearance in the MDC Swimsuit Calendar. Adrianna is interested in pursuing a career in interior design.
Courtney and Paige, sisterly love and adoration
Buccaneer alums Meagan and Tiffany were in the house. Tiffany tells me “It was an honor to design custom jewelry for the Dolphins Swimsuit Calendar. The girls looked amazing on the runway! Great night with my fellow NFL sisters.”
The 2016 calendar was shot on-board Miami’s Ultimate Ship, Norwegian Getaway.
The calendar can be ordered here.
[MDC Calendar Reveal Gallery]
[Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders]
The Eagles Cheerleaders Swimsuit Calendar, which was unveiled last week at a fashion show to kick off the NFL season, is now available and can be purchased at www.PhiladelphiaEagles.com, Eagles Pro Shops and bookstores nationwide. A portion of the calendar’s proceeds will be donated to the Elmwood Park Zoo in support of their mission to promote wildlife and environmental conservation. Elmwood Park Zoo is the home to Noah, a live bald eagle that makes special appearances throughout the year at various Eagles events, including home games.
Gracing the cover of this year’s calendar is Casey Baldwin, a sixth-year veteran of the squad. In 2013, she represented the Eagles Cheerleaders at the Pro Bowl in Hawaii and the NFL Tour of China while also traveling to Kuwait in 2011 as part of the Eagles Cheerleaders Goodwill Military Tour to the Middle East. A graduate of West Chester University, Casey is a fit model for top fashion designer, Lilly Pulitzer.
The Eagles Cheerleaders partnered with Apple Vacations and Iberostar Resorts for the 2016 calendar photoshoot in Riviera Maya, Mexico. As part of the trip, the squad dedicated time to the surrounding community by focusing their efforts on local youth and wildlife conservation. The cheerleaders spent a day at the Little Yellow School House in Isla Mujeres, Mexico, a school for special needs children completely funded by donations, where they surprised the students with suitcases full of school supplies and Eagles gifts. The squad also visited Tortugranja, a hatchery for endangered sea turtles, as a way to bring awareness to the farm’s preservation endeavors.
The Eagles Cheerleaders also traveled to Xel-Ha in Solidaridad, Quintana Roo, Mexico, where they participated in a team-building exercise which included zip lining, cliff jumping, rope swinging and balance coordination on the trepachanga.
[Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleaders]
[Eagles Cheerleaders Swimsuit Calendar]
MDC Monica, Jessica and Adrianna 2016 calendar cover models.
SouthFlorida.com (September 18, 2015): The Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders hosted their 20th annual Swimsuit Calendar Unveiling and Fashion Show at the North Club at newly renovated Sun Life Stadium. The fashion show showcased a variety of swimsuit designers and local artists. Former calendar cover girls were also honored during the event. Jim Rassol, Sun Sentinel.
Click here for photos from the event. (Warning: there are quite a few repeats in the gallery.)
Brittany is a fourth-year veteran and team captain. She was born and raised in Lake Worth, Fla and a proud FAU graduated with a degree in education.
Brittany is featured here in DEPSI Swimwear and Lavish Jewelry. Photo Credit: Miami Dolphins
[Brittany at DolphinsCheerleaders.com]
Kristan is a second-year veteran, making her debut on the calendar. She was born on Sheppard Air Field Base in Wichita Falls, TX and currently resides in Davie, FL. Kristan has had the privilege of going on a Super Bowl military tour earlier this year to UAE, Ethiopia and Bahrain.
Kristan is featured here in DEPSI Swimwear and jewelry from Brooke and Arrow Boutique. Photo Credit: Miami Dolphins
[Kristan at DolphinsCheerleaders.com]
Paige is a fourth-year veteran, born and raised in Sunrise, Fla. She studied business at Broward College.
Paige is featured here in Luli Fama Swimwear with Tiffany Lee Jewelry. Photo Credit: Miami Dolphins
The Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders will host their annual Swimsuit Calendar Unveiling and Fashion Show on Friday September 18th. Get your tickets here.
[Paige at DolphinsCheerleaders.com]
Kasey is a fourth-year veteran, born and raised in Delray Beach. She is currently studying cosmetology.
Kasey is featured here in Lila Nikole Swimwear with jewelry from Brooke and Arrow Boutique. Photo Credit: Miami Dolphins
The Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders will host their annual Swimsuit Calendar Unveiling and Fashion Show on Friday September 18th. Get your tickets here.
[Kasey at DolphinsCheerleaders.com]
Kick off the football season with the coolest party in town! Back To Football Bash & THE ROAR Calendar Launch presented by FanDuel will feature some happenings you don’t want to miss:
– Special appearances by Head Coach Gus Bradley, General Manager David Caldwell and Jaguars players
– Get the first look at the 2016 ROAR Swimsuit Calendar presented by VENUS
– Mingle with Jaxson de Ville and the beautiful ROAR cheerleaders
When: Thursday, September 10 at 6:30 p.m.
Where: the all-new FanDuelVille at EverBank Field (located in the North End Zone)
Cover Charge: A $5 cover charge will be collected at entrance
Epic Happy Hour (1st hour): $2 draft beers, $3 cocktails, all food $5, so you don’t want to be late
Special service for you and 20 of your friends*: bottle service at $500 (choice of Pinnacle Vodka or Cruzan Rum) + exclusive access to the Smart Pharmacy Spas, soda, water, wings and snack mix. Reserve by contacting Mianne Williams at email@example.com.
You must be 18 years or older to attend. A $5 cover charge will be collected upon entrance to the event. *Service available only for guests 21 and older. Valid government-issued ID required upon entry. By reserving bottle service or submitting a registration below, you agree to comply with any applicable policies and stadium standards established by the Jaguars and EverBank Field