The Patriots Cheerleaders are used to putting on their uniforms to perform on Sundays, but on their annual swimsuit calendar trip, they entertained crowds at the start of the weekend instead.
On Friday night, the squad performed to a full ballroom of guests both young and old at Paradisus Palma Real, the resort in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, where they are shooting their 2016 calendar. With Cheerleaders Director Tracy Sormanti serving as the night’s MC, the women put on an hour-long variety show featuring some of their high-energy dance routines.
They also got the crowd involved in the show, starting with the game, “Guess Which Cheerleader.” Jason and Marcela, a couple who had just gotten married at the resort, went head to head, trying to match certain props with the cheerleader they represented: Who was valedictorian? Who is a baker? Who has a black belt?
In the end, it was declared a tie, and both Jason and Marcela walked away with prizes; he got a 2015 swimsuit calendar and she went home with one of those iconic photos of Gronk with kittens.
Still, “Guess Which Cheerleader” wasn’t the only part of the show with audience participation; the cheerleaders also found five guests to hop on stage and compete in football trivia. And after they tested their knowledge of the sport, the participants got quite a surprise; the cheer captains came out to give them a quick dance lesson before leading them in a performance to LMFAO’s “Sexy and I know It.”
“My favorite part of the show was seeing our trivia participants do the shimmy-shimmy-shake on stage,” said cheerleader Amanda. “I think we’re going to see a lot more of that at our events throughout the week because we have a really fun crowd here at the resort.”
Besides the surprise dance-off, another highlight of the show was theater-major-turned-pastry-chef LisaMarie’s rendition of “Hit Me With Your Best Shot.”
“Although I changed careers, I’m a performer at heart,” the veteran cheerleader explained after the show. “It’s really fun to continue my passion for singing on the calendar trip each year. It’s my third trip singing and, believe or not, I haven’t sung since last year’s trip – just in the shower and in the car – so this is my moment to grease the vocal chords and get them working again.”
At the conclusion of the show, the cheerleaders posed for photos and signed autographs for the crowd. They then had a private presentation with reps from Alex and Ani, as the women received special bracelet sets for the 2015 season, including a charm commemorating Super Bowl XLIX.