Stocking stuffer alert! The Allen Americans Ice Angels raised the bar with their 2015 Calendar release on November 22nd. This year, their photo shoot took place in the Playa del Carmen area, south of Cancun. It was a fun filled three-day stay that brought the ECHL dance team even closer together. Known for their beauty, fitness, and over the top dance talent, Ice Angels Director Stephanie Di-Biase Wheat again put together a phenomenal team for this season. Photographer James Higgins and crew handled the photography and a video was done by DJP productions.
Check out the hilarious outtakes that come with hours of shooting during the 13-14 calendar shoot. WHAMMY!
By Briana Palma
Last week, the Patriots Cheerleaders launched their 2015 Swimsuit Calendar and for Leigha Marie, there were plenty of reasons to celebrate. Fourteen to be exact.
A year ago, the second-season cheerleader, who designs custom bikinis, set the goal of getting five of her swimsuits in the calendar. Thanks, though, to hard work, determination and even a little intuition, she exceeded her own expectations, with 14 of her suits making the cut for 2015.
“It feels like a dream,” she says. “I’ve been a New England Patriots Cheerleader fan since I was a little girl. I would go to the games and be mesmerized by the cheerleaders. Now I open up the calendar and see my bikinis in there, and it’s even better with my friends wearing them.”
Leigha Marie started designing swimwear in 2010, making custom suits for women in fitness competitions. As the business took off, friends started asking for handmade bikinis to wear to the beach and soon after, Leigha Marie’s brand Tush Bikinis was born.
So last year, when the cheerleaders got together to select their swimwear for the calendar shoot, she brought some of her designs along. In the end, three were chosen. But when it came to the 2015 edition, Leigha Marie left nothing up to chance. She started researching ideas and sketching designs a year before the photo shoot, and continually checked in with her fellow cheerleaders for feedback.
“It’s fun, because when I make something they’re so supportive,” she explains. “They’re like my sisters –they’re so proud of me.”
In her 27 “sisters,” Leigha Marie found inspiration for some of the swimsuits that appear in the new calendar. For example, when she decided to make a pink bikini, she immediately thought of Karen.
“I knew it was going to be Karen’s suit,” she says. “She’s a rookie, so I really didn’t even know her then, but I’ll just have a vision and think it’ll be perfect for someone.”
She adds, laughing, “I can tell what color would look good on you just by talking to you.”
Not only has Leigha Marie’s role as a cheerleader provided a platform for her designs, but it also led her to pursue her dream of being a designer full time.
When the squad traveled to China last year, they participated in an event with female cancer survivors who encouraged them to spend every day doing what they love. That message stayed with Leigha Marie long after the trip ended.
“I literally got home from China and quit my job [working in retail],” she recalls. “I didn’t know what I was going to do or how I was going to pay my bills, but I just needed to do it.”
These days, she continues to build Tush Bikinis, with her designs showing up in many new places, ranging from the Celtics Dancers Swimsuit Calendar to fitness competitions around the world. She’s even busy working on special Halloween costumes for some of the cheerleaders, so be sure to keep one eye on the sidelines when the Patriots play the Bears on October 26.
See a gallery of Leigha Marie’s work here.
Hotter than hot! The Cincinnati Ben-Gals released their 2014-15 Calendar last week, and it was quite the event.
The Tennessee Titans Cheerleaders had their annual calendar release party last weekend at the Rosewall in downtown Nashville. The party included a cocktail attire and swimwear fashion show, as well as a food drive to benefit Feed America First. Click here for tons of photos from the event!
Ricky Henne, Managing Editor
September 4, 2014
The hottest dance team in the NFL debuted their calendar Wednesday night.
For the Charger Girls, nothing beats cheering on the Bolts from the sidelines of Qualcomm Stadium each and every home game.
However, their annual swimsuit calendar is an awfully close second.
“This is definitely second to game day, and at this moment right now it may even be first,” said Natalie, a team captain and longest tenured member of the squad. “It’s just a different experience when they unveil the photos because you don’t know what to expect. You were there and wore the outfits but you don’t know what it looks like until tonight. So this is a really nice surprise for all of us and it came out great.”
The Charger Girls honored San Diego by shooting against the backdrop of the iconic Hotel Del Coronado. Team photographer Mike Nowak has shot the calendar since 1999, and this year’s ranks among the most proud finished products of his tenure.
“We went back to the beach this year, but we had the opportunity to shoot at the Hotel Del,” he said. “You can’t beat that because it’s iconic San Diego with the hottest dance team in the NFL! The girls are amazing to work with. They’re all professional women, amazing dancers and are very easy to work with. They make every day fun to go shoot on location, and the calendar came out great.”
Overall, Charger Girls Director Lisa Simmons is particularly proud of the 2014-15 calendar because of this iconic tie to America’s Finest City.
“This year’s calendar is extremely special because it represents San Diego in a way we’ve never been able to capture it,” she said. “Shooting at the iconic Hotel Del Coronado, we were able to get the beautiful surrounding beaches and the unique parts of the hotel that truly represent San Diego and what a beautiful city it is.”
The shoot occurred over a four-day stretch earlier this summer, and the finished product was held tightly under wraps until Wednesday night at Moonshine Flats in the Gaslamp Quarter. With the entire team in attendance, Simmons unveiled each photo to loud cheers and a standing ovation. The girls also learned who would grace the cover, which was especially moving for veteran Tawnie who was selected to be on it for the first time.
“Seeing my photo on the cover, I just couldn’t believe it!” she said. “When they showed it my view was kind of blocked, but then all the girls starting shouting ‘Congratulations’ and then it kind of hit me. It’s an incredible honor to be on this team, so it’s incredible to even be on the cover.”
Be the first to showcase the 2014 Charger Girls Cheerleaders to your home or office! The 2014-15 Charger Girls Swimsuit Calendar is now on sale for $17 or get an Autographed Calendar, signed by all 28 Charger Girls for $45
South Jersey Times
September 5, 2014
The Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleaders unveiled their 2015 Swimsuit Calendar at XFINITY Live in Philadelphia Thursday night.
The show began with the cheerleaders modeling their eco-friendly bikinis, made from recyclable materials, as images from the calendar flashed behind them. Following the fashion show, rookie squad member Alycia Guzman, a Rowan University sophomore from Deptford, was named this year’s cover girl.
The calendar was photographed in Riviera Maya, Mexico, and can be purchased at www.PhiladelphiaEagles.com, Eagles Pro Shops and bookstores nationwide.
The GCC are unveiling their 2nd annual Football Calendar right in time for the NFL regular season kick-off with a dance-themed style that is a first of its kind in sports entertainment.
Featured as one of the hottest calendars of 2013-2014 by The New York Post and Pix Channel 11, the 2014 publication promises to exceed the high standards of its predecessor with inspiring dance photographs and features of the cheerleaders in their various careers outside of dance.
Bar Anticipation is hosting this exciting event at their renowned Grotto Beach, equipped with sandy bar areas, cabanas and the famous waterfall pool from where guests can watch the show afloat.
Guests will enjoy a dinner buffet, open bar and “meet and greets” with the GCC and surprise celebrity guests.
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By Sam Tabachnik
As the New Orleans Saints ramp up for the start of the new season, the team’s official cheerleading squad prepares to turn heads with the unveiling of the 2014-15 New Orleans Saintsations Swimsuit Calendar.
The Grand Ballroom at the Royal Sonesta Hotel, 300 Bourbon St., will be transformed into a Who Dat extravaganza for the calendar release gala on Monday, Aug. 11, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Fox Sports NFL sideline reporter Jennifer Hale will serve as the event’s emcee, and other special guests are expected. Tickets are $40, with a limited number available to the public.
Proceeds from the gala are earmarked for the 4th Annual “Spirit Award,” a scholarship fund that was established by Lesslee Fitzmorris, president of St. All-Star and manager of the Saintsations, and Alfred L. Groos, president and general manager of the Royal Sonesta.
Kriste LewisView full sizeKriste Lewis, one of only two NFL cheerleaders in their 40s, fulfilled a lifelong dream when she earned a spot among the Saintsations for the 2014-15 season.Bill Haber / The Associated Press
The scholarship fund benefits aspiring high school seniors who wish to pursue dance team or cheerleading at the collegiate level and beyond. Last year’s scholarship winner, Macie Coker from Dominican High School, will be present at this year’s event.
New to the Saintsations squad this year is 40-year-old Kriste Lewis of Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Lewis, a longtime dance instructor and mother of two, was diagnosed with kidney disease 14 years ago. After receiving her diagnosis, Lewis made it her mission to live life to the fullest and not wait to realize her lifelong dreams.
A passionate Saints fan since childhood, Lewis said trying out for the Saintsations was always on her bucket list.
To reserve tickets to the calendar release gala, contact Shari Appel of the Royal Sonesta at 504.553.2221 or email her at email@example.com.
The Howard Theater was the place to be when the Washington Redskins Cheerleaders unveiled their scorching 2014-15 Swimsuit Calendar.
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Last night at the Texan Grille the Houston Texans Cheerleaders released their 2014-15 Swimsuit Calendar last nite at the Texan Grille. The night was marked by performances, autographs and photo opportunities. All the proceeds go to the Texan Charities.
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Monica, a Miami Dolphins Cheerleader, was just unveiled today at the Miss May for the 2015 Miami Dolphins Swimsuit Calendar. This is her second year as a Miami Dolphins Cheerleader. She was born in the U.S., but the rest of her family is from Cuba. She’s big into shoes, with a robust collection, and in her spare time while not studying at school for her marketing major, she’s an online personal shopper.
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The 2014-15 Baltimore Ravens Cheerleaders swimsuit calendar is officially on sale.
Fans can pre-order the 12” x 12” full-color calendar online on the team’s official store.
Pre-ordered calendars will be autographed by all the girls on the squad. Every girl on this year’s team is featured in the calendar and rookie Emily H. is on the cover.
The calendar, which was shot in beautiful Jamaica by Ravens photographer Shawn Hubbard, is on sale for $18. It will be shipped no later than Thursday, July 24.
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