Courtesy of Rick in Canada, Toronto Argos Cheerleaders at last week’s pre-season game.
By Shireen Khalil
The Herald Sun
In school she had high hopes of becoming an international cheerleader — now an official cheerleader for the NFL’s San Diego Chargers, Angela Minucos has realised her dream.
After working up the courage to audition for the Chargers’ cheerleading squad, Ms Minucos beat more than 400 other women to become a Charger Girl.
“When you know there are going to be that many talented women competing for the same spot, it is very intimidating,” Ms Minucos said. “But I am so fortunate to have such an amazing support system.”
The former Rosebank College student was a cheerleader for the Toronto Argonauts in the Canadian Football League for two years before getting a spot in the popular San Diego squad.
“That was when my passion for cheerleading really exploded. I saw a whole other professional side to cheerleading,” she said.
“ When I returned to Australia I knew I wasn’t ready to finish and instantly began making plans to go to America and take the next step into the biggest league, the NFL.”
She said the auditions were extremely tough with hundreds of girls vying for a spot with the San Diego Chargers,
“The first interview is a one on one with the Charger a Girls Team Director Lisa Simmons,” she said.
“From there a panel interview with several Chargers executives and personnel, where by you can be asked all sorts of questions, from your personal experience to statistics and information about the Chargers organisation and its football players.”
“For me, the best part of being a cheerleader is giving back to the community.
“Taking part in anti bullying programs, healthy lifestyle initiatives for kids and raising money for important charities is a huge reason why I do what I do.”
Ms Minucos is currently living in San Diego and can’t wait to kick off the season.
“ We started our preseason training immediately following the auditions and it has been non stop since. I can’t wait for the season to begin and having all of this hard work and preparation pay off on the field when I get to dance in front of 70,000 Chargers fans!”
Congratulations to the new 2015 Toronto Argos Cheerleaders!
[Argos Cheerleaders Finals Gallery]
The BC Lions Felions Dance Team host an audition for about 100 dancers Sunday at the Scotia Dance Centre in Vancouver. About 55 will be selected by the end of the audition, with follow up interviews Monday, whittling the total to 40 finals for the Felions Dance Team 2015.
[FeLions Audition Gallery]
Think you have what it takes to be a cheerleader for the Toronto Argonauts Football Club?
Now is your chance to be a part of the Canadian Football League’s most exciting and established cheerleading team. On the field, you will feel the energy of nearly 25,000 fans at the Rogers Centre. Off the field, you will have the opportunity to support some meaningful charity events and causes. This is your opportunity to represent your city and make memories to last a life time!
DANCE SQUAD PRELIMINARIES
DATE: Sunday March 22, 2015
TIME: Registration 1:00 p.m. Auditions commence at 2:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Canada’s National Ballet School- 400 Jarvis St, Toronto ON, M4Y 2G6
**Please note this round is strictly CLOSED to the public
DANCE SQUAD FINALS
DATE: Sunday March 29, 2015
TIME: Registration 11:00 a.m. Auditions commence at 12:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Scarborough Town Centre (Centre Court)
**Please note this round is OPEN to the public!
Dance/Workout wear- Sports bra (your midriff must be exposed) and shorts only (no baggy pants or leggings).
Camera-ready hair and makeup (hair must be worn down)
WHAT TO BRING:
A current headshot & resume must be submitted on the day of auditions (Photo is strictly for identification purposes and will not be returned)
A non-refundable audition fee of $20 to be submitted day of auditions
HOW TO REGISTER
Please submit your application to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also fax your application to 416-341-2714.
**A photo MUST be sent with your application to be considered
Deadline for applications are:
Dance Squad: Friday, March 20 at 2:00 p.m.
[Argos Cheerleader Auditions and Application Form]
As a former cheerleader with one NFL team (Buffalo Bills) and two CFL squads (Toronto Argonauts and Hamilton Tiger-Cats), dance instructor Elizabeth Morgan works hard to inspire her pupils of any age to follow their dreams.
Morgan has created a recreational dance program in Grand Bend in an 8-week introduction to movement for children ages 4-teens. Classes will focus on the basics of ballet, jazz and acrobatic dance. Some hip hop may be incorporated into the older class.
Morgan has danced since she was three as well as studied classical music, fitness and drama-in-education. She is a graduate of Western University, a certified teacher with the Canadian Dance Teachers’ Association and a member of the International Dance Council which is an official UNESCO world dance organization.
“Last November I lectured, as the sole Canadian delegate, at their world congress held in Russia, as well as voted on behalf of Canada on IDC world dance events for 2015,” she told the Lakeshore Advance.
She was a professional cheerleader with the NFL Buffalo Bills, CFL Toronto Argonauts and CFL Hamilton Tiger Cats for many years. She was selected as a Captain on each of those teams and was a Pro Bowl Finalist one year. “I still do guest choreography for the CFL and other pro and university teams, as well as coordinate my fellow alumni for the “Argos Alumni Cheerleaders’ Annual Halftime Show for Women’s Cancers” in Toronto every October. I am a competition judge and also teach guest workshops across North America.”
Currently, Morgan owns and operates Expressions Dance Arts Inc. This is their 22nd season in business.
She dropped into the Grand Bend Fitness Centre one day in December to check out their space. “They have a lovely expansive studio room with mirrors that is perfect for all sizes of dancers young or adult. I met a very friendly front desk staffer who recommended that I contact the Fitness Centre owners about getting a new dance program going at their facility. A few months later, voila! We are planning our first session,” she said adding this will be a trial session, “which means there is added benefit in that I can develop of the dance programs to meet the interests and skill levels of the children and youth in the community. This is a partnership between Expressions Dance Arts and the Grand Bend Fitness Centre. Our shared goal is to provide an inspiring new arts and fitness outlet for the community.”
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
Students will learn basic terminology, steps and combinations in these forms. The emphasis will be on fitness, fun, creative expression and building self-confidence and teamwork skills. Boys and girls, beginners as well as those with prior movement experience are all welcome.
Following the completion of this spring session, we plan to host summer classes. We will then begin a fall session. We are open to adding additional levels and genres as needed, as time goes on, to meet the growing demand for classes in Grand Bend.
Fitness and Personal Artistic Expression are extremely important to the development of healthy young minds, bodies and therefore to the future development of communities. Dance and cheer in particular teach not only physical fitness, but these disciplines also utilize math, memory work, teamwork, problem solving, socialization and creative skills. These are elements that will benefit any young person well beyond their lesson years and far outside the boundaries of the studio classroom.
Come be part of the team!
Date: Sunday, Mar. 1
Time: Check-in: 12:30-1 p.m., Preliminaries: 1-3:30 p.m., Semifinal: 3:30-5 p.m.
Location: Red & White Club, located at the north end of McMahon Stadium (1833 Crowchild Trail NW)
Registration: Register for auditions by filling out the online form
Cost: $10 online registration fee, $20 walk-in registation fee
Attire: Dance or athletic bra top, fitted dance shorts, dance shoes or runners. Wear hair and make-up as you envision wearing it on game day. Hair must be worn down.
Criteria: You must be 19 years of age by July 1, 2015. You must be able to attend all rehearsals and other related activities. The auditions are also closed to the public for viewing.
Additional information: Please arrive with enough time to warm up on your own before the audition. We will start with some across the floor exercises, including but not limited to: walks, high kicks, jete and pirouettes.
You will have one hour to learn a one-minute routine similar to what we do on the field during home games. You will perform this routine for the judges in small groups, after which the first cut will be made.
If you are invited to stay for the semifinals, you will be performing the routine in smaller groups for the judges. Those being invited to our 2015 training camp will be notified by noon the following day.
Training Camp (by invite only)
Dates: Wednesday, Mar. 4, Sunday, Mar. 8 and Wednesday, Mar. 11
Interviews (by invite only)
[Outrider Audition Information]
The CFL’s newest cheer squad the Red Blacks Cheer & Dance Team put together a video of the squad’s trip to last month’s Grey Cup Festival.
[Ottawa Red Blacks Cheer & Dance Team]
You can watch the hour long CFL Cheerleader Extravaganza featuring all 9 squads here.
The Calgary Stampeders Outriders are handed the Grey Cup after the Stampeders won on November 30th. Photo Credit: Mark Mennie
[Calgary Stampeders Outriders]
(Pipe dream of course, but what if they invited ALL the NFL Cheerleading squads to the Super Bowl)
Cheerleading and dance squads from all the CFL teams competed for top honours Saturday, November 29, 2014 at the Vancouver Convention centre as part of the 2014 Grey Cup festivities.
[CFL Cheerleader Gallery]
A Calgary Stampeder Outrider at theCFL Western final on Sunday where the Stampeders beat the Edmonton Eskimos and will be heading to Vancouver next week to play the Hamilton Ticats in the Grey Cup Game. Photo courtesy of the Calgary Stampeders
THE AMAZING RACE CANADA is looking for dynamic and enthusiastic teams of two who possess a strong personal connection. They must be articulate, competitive, interesting, outgoing, and love a great adventure. Teams can be any age, any size, any occupation, from anywhere in the country, as long as they believe they can WIN the most amazing race this country has ever seen!
Teams will compete for a life-changing grand prize and complete many exciting Detours, Roadblocks, and U-Turns alongside other amazing Canadians. The time commitment is approximately 28 days of the Race in various conditions, environments, and climates from sea to sea to sea and perhaps even around the world!
CTV Amazing Race Website (applications):
Hamilton Tiger-Cats Cheerleaders, August 2013
This is a guest post from out good friend Elizabeth Morgan an alumnae of the CFL Toronto Argonauts, CFL Hamilton Tiger Cats and NFL Buffalo Bills Cheerleaders.
On October 18 at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, fans were treated to an exciting halftime show performed by the CFL Toronto Argos Cheerleader Alumni. The event was part of the Argos’ annual PINK game to raise money and awareness for women’s cancers. This year’s cause specifically was Ovarian cancer. Touches of teal were sported by the ladies, among the PINK and of course, the Argos’ traditional double blue colours.
Elizabeth on the field
Close to 100 ladies, who cheered for the Argos from the 1970’s up to 2013, performed a five-minute routine that featured retro, rock, hip hop and pop music. After just a few pre-event rehearsals and a quick run-through all together before the game, the talented ladies of the double blue took to the field at half-time to thunderous applause. They danced while video images of the Argos cheerleaders from many decades graced the Jumbotron.
The groups who performed include the ‘Double Blue Thunder’ Argos Alumni Cheerleaders (1996-2013) and the Argos Sunshine Girls (1970’s-1996).
Group shot of our 1996-2013 gang, at our second rehearsal
Women’s cancers have touched the lives of each of these alumni, either directly or through family members/friends battling the disease. Thus, this performance was an important demonstration of support and of teamwork to further research, treatment and support.
The Toronto Argos played the Montreal Alouettes at this home game. While the Argos lost this particular game, it was still a resounding victory for the ladies and the PINK cause!
Group shot of all the ladies on the field right after we performed the halftime show.
Besides the game performance itself, this experience represented a special opportunity to reconnect with former teammates, share memories and enjoy time together with our Alumni sisters. Following the game we danced the night away in downtown Toronto! I was honoured to participate in this game with my fellow Alumni for the fourth year in a row and we are already looking forward to next year!