Bryan Van Balen
August 28, 2015
The Washington Redskins Cheerleaders can usually be found at FedExField on Sundays rooting on the Redskins.
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Washington Redskins Cheerleader Calendar Reveal Party
On Thursday, however, the spotlight was all theirs as the First Ladies took the stage at the Fillmore Silver Spring to unveil their 2015-2016 Cheerleader Calendar, which can be purchased by clicking here.
The much-anticipated calendar, in its 18th year of production, is the result of a week of hard work earlier this year in Cozumel, Mexico, at the Occidental Grand Resort. There, the 1st Ladies spent early mornings, long days and late nights getting the perfect shots together to fill out each month of the year.
“It’s wonderful to see our hard work come to fruition,” Redskins Cheerleader Taylor said. “It’s just great to be able to show the calendar to the world and share the product of our work with everyone.”
Kicking off the event, all 36 members of the squad mingled with fans and VIPs, signed copies of the new calendar, took pictures and showed the crowd what the First Ladies are all about.
“It’s awesome to see the fans. We feel really supported,” 1stLady Christa said. “We think that the cheerleaders are such a big part of the Redskins organization and the proof is in the pudding when we have so many fans coming out for this.”
After getting up close and personal with fans, groups of Cheerleaders took the stage for the first of many performances: some that have been seen on the field, and others that were brand new.
In between performances, the Ladies were joined on stage by members of the Women of Washington Fan Club and Redskins Salute to strut their stuff down the runway, modeling outfits from STUDIO D’MAXSI, D’Milikah, CABI, “And Such,” South Moon Under and the Redskins Hall of Fame Store.
Josie Claiborne, one of the WOW members selected to participated in the event, was thrilled to share the stage with the Cheerleaders.
“I’m so proud,” she said with a smile. “I have my family here – my husband and two friends – and I’m so excited to be a part of it.”
Following the final performance, the three cover girls — Maigan, Rachel K. and Taylor — returned to the stage to share their favorite memories from the shoot in Cozumel which included burying teammates in the sand, hosting a “Beauties on the Beach” TV show and building friendship bonds that will last a lifetime.
Alison is a fourth year veteran and team captain. She is originally from Lighthouse Point, FL but resides currently in Fort Lauderdale. This marks Alison’s third year on the calendar shoot, serving most recently as Miss August 2015. Alison has had the privilege of going on two military tours to Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, UAE, Ethiopia and Bahrain.
Photo courtesy of the Miami Dolphins
[Alison at DolphinsCheerleaders.com]
Check out the hilarious outtakes that come with hours of shooting during the 14-15 calendar shoot.
Macy is a fourth year veteran and team captain. This marks her 3rd year on the calendar shoot, as she was Miss December 2014 and Miss December 2015. Macy currently resides in Palm Beach Gardens. She is featured here in DESPI Swimwear and Lavish Jewelry.
Photo courtesy of the Miami Dolphins
[Macy at DolphinsCheerleaders.com]
The Miami Dolphin Cheerleaders will host their annual Swimsuit Calendar Unveiling and Fashion Show on Friday September 18th. Today we had the pleasure to interviewed 3rd year veteran Monica, Miss February 2016. Get your tickets here.
Monica in 2014 versus San Diego
UC – Monica, tell us about being chosen as swimsuit cover model last year.
Becoming the 2015 swimsuit cover model last year was an unforgettable moment. That night was by far the best moment of my life. It was an experience like no other to share with my teammates on stage, friends and family in the audience, and our amazing fans. A wave of different emotions ran through me; shocked seeing my picture on the big screen but overall, pure happiness. It was such an honor to be chosen to represent this incredible organization, I am truly blessed.
UC – What was the logistics of shooting the current year on an active Norwegian Getaway cruise trip?
Shooting on board the Norwegian Getaway was a blast! We sailed for 7 days to 3 breathtaking islands: St. Thomas, St. Maarten, and The Bahamas. My photo shoot took place on a beautiful beach in St. Thomas. So many steps come into play for our photo shoots. We start in hair and makeup at 5AM, and get off the ship as soon as it is docked at port. We then drive to the beach with our camera/video crew and Dolphins staff. While productions is setting up, we have a makeup artist and hair stylist to do some finishing touches and prepare us to look flawless on camera. Then it’s time to shoot! A really cool part about this year’s calendar trip was how we were on an active ship with passengers. During our shoots guests had a little sneak peek of what our shoots consisted of.
UC – This will be your second MDC Fashion Show, tell us about that excitement.
Going into my second MDC Fashion Show, the excitement just keeps getting better and better. I’ve noticed that even though it’s going to be my second show, I’m still nervous yet more prepared. Nervous because walking the runway in a bikini surrounded by so many fans is very nerve-wracking. Prepared because I have walked the runway and know it’s going to be such a powerful feeling on stage. I’m pushing myself harder than ever to be in the best shape and rock it on September 18th!
UC – We always enjoy promoting the charity/community work of the MDC–your favorite?
My favorite community work as an MDC is the Toys for Tots. The Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders donate toys to the charity and we collect a certain amount of toys per cheerleader. I consider it to be my favorite charity because kids love toys and there’s so many families out there who can’t give their children toys on Christmas. We get to physically give the children their toys and let me tell you, those kids have the biggest smiles from ear to ear. I always finish that event feeling so happy inside knowing that little boys and girls will be having a joyful Christmas and holiday season.
Photo: Courtesy of The Miami Dolphins
Photo: Courtesy of The Miami Dolphins
[Monica’s profile at DolphinsCheerleaders.com]
Kings Vision was on hand for the 14-15 Ice Crew calendar photo shoot! Check out this profile featuring all the Ice Crew Guys!
We were very lucky to corner 2nd-year veteran Allison for a chat regarding the 2016 MDC Swimsuit Calendar. The unveiling and fashion show will be Friday, September 18th at the North Club, Sun Life Stadium. Get your tickets and/or order your calendar at DolphinsCheerleaders.com/Unveiling.
UC–A swimsuit gig seems to be easy–describe the “behind the photo reality”.
Allison – It’s easy to have fun during a photo shoot but there is definitely a lot going on behind the scenes in order to get the perfect shot! We spend multiple hours getting our hair and makeup done. I also make sure that I always eat a healthy breakfast and complete a short ab workout just to get my blood flowing. When the photo shoot begins, I am always a little bit nervous at first, but I just have to shake it off and find my confidence. I have to be very aware of my body and what poses work best for me. It seems like you’re thinking about 100 things at once such as what face you are making in the photos, the way your hair is blowing in the wind, the way your swimsuit is fitting and all of the helpful directions that we get from our Miami Dolphins photographers and directors. Above all, it’s so much fun to be comfortable in your own skin and I always look forward to seeing the finished product!
UC–Regarding your military tour trip last year–what were your take-a-ways?
Allison – It was the most amazing experience of my entire life! I have such a better understanding for what our men and women in the military are going through every day. Having the chance to walk alongside them as they go through their daily activities was so interesting and informative. I also truly enjoyed getting to know them on a personal basis as well! We also had a lot of fun participating in different events such as ping pong tournaments and singing karaoke! Knowing that I was able to make an impact on their lives was definitely the most rewarding experience of the entire trip!
UC–Have you developed a favorite community initiative or charity with the Dolphins?
Allison – I absolutely love participating in Toys for Tots with the Dolphins! Last Christmas, we brought in enough toys to fill an entire U-haul truck! Being able to give back to the children in need in our South Florida community is such an amazing feeling. I’m already looking forward to giving gifts this year!
UC–Describe game day preparations.
Allison – Game day is something that we prepare for weeks in advance! We arrive to the stadium about 4 hours before the game begins so that we are able to stretch, touch up our hair and makeup and dress in our uniforms. We also participate in a number of appearances before the game begins, such as small group performances and autograph signings! After the appearances are complete, we head back into our studio to do a full run through of our routines for the game. Our adrenaline is pumping and we are all so excited to take the field!
UC–One thing fans would be surprised to learn about is . . .?
Allison – I used to be a ballerina! I danced at a studio for 15 years in South Florida. Sometimes we are able to take time to practice our dance technique by learning unique combinations that are very different from the routines that you see on the field!
Allison is FAU graduate with a degree in Business and Hospitality
Allison in 2014 preseason game versus Dallas
Allison visited our military in Afghanistan, Kuwait and Djibouti in her rookie year
[Allison at DolphinsCheerleaders.com]
Kings Vision was on hand for the 14-15 Ice Crew calendar photo shoot! Check out this profile featuring Ms. October 2015, Kendall!
By Joy Sewing
August 10, 2015
Houston Texans cheerleaders in swimsuits.
Need we say more?
Fans got a rare treat as the Texans cheerleaders unveiled their 9th annual swimsuit calendar at the Go Texas Store at NRG Stadium on Saturday.
The 12 calendar cheerleaders were seated in front of their life-size swimsuit photos as they signed autographs and talked with fans. The public was then escorted to the cheerleaders’ locker room for a rare behind-the-scenes look.
“I didn’t really understand why people wanted to see the locker room,” said cheer coach and manager Alto Gary. “As you can you, fans definitely enjoy being here.”
Several hundred fans strolled through the massive locker room, where the rest of the cheerleading squad stood with pompoms and signed autographs. Gary said the Texans cheerleaders’ locker room is significantly bigger than most at NFL stadiums.
“When you have 34 girls, we need as much room as possible,” she said.
The calendar cheerleaders were selected by Gary in April and had their swimsuit photo shoots in May at the El Conquistador Resort’s Palomino Island in Puerto Rico by photographer Trask Smith.
The hardest part, Gary said, was selecting the swimsuits for the calendar. She found styles online at Bloomingdale’s, Victoria’s Secret and even Macy’s.
“You’d think it would be easy picking swimsuits. You want the suits to reflect their personality but still keep it conservative. It’s hard.”
The swimsuits also had to meet the final approval of Janice McNair, wife of Texans owner Robert McNair, Gary said.
This is the first year the Texans invited the public free of charge and the first time the public has seen the cheerleaders’ locker room. Last year, the calendar was unveiled at a private, ticketed event.
George Mass, a longtime Texans fan, said it was an opportunity to meet all of the cheerleaders in one place.
“I won’t have to worry about trying to meet them when the season starts. Now, I can watch the Texans game with no distractions,” he said.
David Matthews brought his 10-year-old daughter, Rylie Matthews, to the event.
“She’s the only one of my five children who will sit down and watch a football game with me. That’s why we’re here,” he said.
The Houston Texans Swimsuit Calendar sells for $10 at the Go Texans store at NRG Stadium.
The Houston Texans Cheerleaders held their release party at NRG Stadium Saturday. Calendars are $10 each and the proceeds go to charity.
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Kings Vision was on hand for the 14-15 Ice Crew calendar photo shoot! Check out this profile featuring the 2014-15 cover girl, Niki!
Kings Vision was on hand for the 14-15 Ice Crew calendar photo shoot! Check out this profile featuring Ms. December 2015, Kaitie!
Last spring all 30 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Cheerleaders traveled to Anna Maria Island off Florida to shoot their 16-month swimsuit calendar. Now the result of all that hard work has come to fruition. Click here to check out photos from the team’s calendar reveal, and click here to watch the video. Also click here for scenes from the photo shoot.
Kings Vision was on hand for the 14-15 Ice Crew calendar photo shoot Check out this profile featuring Ms. November 2015, Keegan!
Kings Vision was on hand for the 14-15 Ice Crew calendar photo shoo! Check out this profile featuring Ms. September 2015, Amanda!