DFW.com 2014 Hot Issue

By Jay Betsill
Special to DFW.com
September 4, 2014

It took a while. At the tail end of a cooler-than-usual summer, August made up for lost time: The sweltering heat and humidity that we have all come to expect finally arrived and put some sizzle in our summer. Since DFW has a well-deserved reputation for being so hot, this is when we celebrate all things that go along with summertime here, including some of the hottest people in the area at some of the coolest locations the Metroplex has to offer.

This year’s bevy of “it” women and men is a nod to the sports-obsessed nature of North Texas: You’ll meet a former Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader, an NBA dancer, an Ice Angel, a former Indianapolis Colts cheerleader and a former Dallas Stars Ice Girl. We even have a beautiful woman who once played football herself and now owns her own business that specializes in helping DFW residents join “Team Sexy.”

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Vivian Ralena
Born: Riverside, Calif.
Current city: Denton
Day job: Dance instructor, second-year veteran of the Allen Americans Ice Angels and full-time student at UNT
Dream job: An inspirational speaker for adolescent teenagers who are going through hard times and need guidance
People may recognize you from: I actually get recognized a lot in public from the CMT show Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team, which I have been on the past two years.
Interesting fact about you: I love to write, especially poetry.

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Tessa David
Born: Bloomington, Ind.
Current city: Dallas
Day job: Executive administrative assistant for Blume Architecture and BSN Sports
Dream job: Own my own wellness center. I’ve always wanted to start my own dance studio that is geared more towards workout-type dance for the moms while their children take dance classes. Now I would like it to be even more than that and I want it to have a cryotherapy machine, nutritionist and many other things that would help a person develop a very balanced, healthy life.
People may recognize you from: I had the privilege of being an NFL cheerleader for the Indianapolis Colts for five years, which provided so many memorable and amazing opportunities, including getting to perform at Super Bowl 44! After moving to the Dallas area, I spent one season with the Allen Americans Ice Angels.

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Sequel Molina
Born: Fort Worth
Current city: Dallas
Day job: Administrative assistant at HEB Dental Excellence
Dream job: Working with orphaned chimpanzees. I recently saw a documentary on the Discovery Channel and I think they are the cutest things ever.
People may recognize you from: I am heading into my fifth season as an NBA dancer (for the Dallas Mavericks Dancers). My family had season tickets to the NBA when I was growing up and after being a cheerleader in high school, I knew this was my next step. The coolest aspect of being an NBA dancer is being on the court in front of a sold-out arena. It is definitely a major adrenaline rush.
Interesting fact about you: Sequel really is my name, not a nickname … I promise! (Editor’s note: Her parents named her Sequel because she was their second child.)

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Chelsea Chaney
Born: Merkel
Current city: Dallas
Day job: Bridal stylist
Dream job: Host my own national TV talk show about the lifestyle world similar to my blog, ChelseaChaney.com. My first guests on the show would be Ellen DeGeneres, Taylor Swift and Chris Pratt.
People may recognize you from: The 2012-13 NFL season, when I was a member of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders.
How would you describe your season as one of Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders? I had a fantastic time on the squad, made a lot of great friends. It was definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience and for me it was an opportunity to live out my dream of a small-town girl in the big city.
Interesting fact about you: I am borderline diabetic so I can’t eat sugar. Growing up, there was never any candy or Coke in the house.

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Mercedes Owens
Born: Tulsa, Okla.
Current city: Dallas
Day job: Sports reporter for D210TV on Time Warner Cable Sports Channel. I cover the Dallas Cowboys, SMU football and SMU basketball.
Do you have any special experiences from your time as a sports reporter that stand out? As an SMU alum, having the chance to work in the same environment as a legend like head basketball coach Larry Brown last season is something I will never forget. I also did some fan-reaction interviews during the Mavs playoffs against the Spurs, and I filled in for the D210 entertainment reporter last summer, and I interviewed Marlon Wayans for A Haunted House 2. This summer I began covering the Cowboys on draft night and have continued through camp and will do the home games this season at AT&T Stadium.
Dream job: I want to host a national sports show and be the “Chelsea Handler of sports.”
Who would your first guests be on your show? I’d have a panel of four with LeBron James, Doc Rivers, Dez Bryant and Kevin Hart.
People may recognize you from: I was a Dallas Stars Ice Girl for the past two seasons.
Best feature: My sense of humor. I love to laugh and make people laugh. I am definitely a jokester.

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The holiday angle from the Ice Angels; The Allen Americans dance team shares seasonal insights

The Allen Americans hockey team have an amazing dance team, the Ice Angels

This time of year, angels are really quite prominent. You might see some evidence of snow angels if there is just enough accumulation. Linus is quoting angels on “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” Angels are earning wings in It’s a Wonderful Life. And angels are in the songs all around us. Hark, you may hear the herald angels sing. There are angelic hosts proclaiming, and angels heard on high.

So who better to ask about the holidays than pro cheer’s own angels, the Ice Angels! The Ice Angels are the amazing dancing, skating, and cheering squad that supports the Allen Americans hockey team north of Dallas. The Americans play in the Central Hockey League, and are fortunate to have a major league quality dance team under the supervision of former Dallas Mavericks Dancer captain/choreographer Stephanie Di Biase-Wheat.

You can see the latest Ice Angels latest Christmas-y photos and performances from this past weekend, courtesy of their photographer extraordinaire James Higgins, at their Facebook page (at this link).

So, UltimateCheerleaders is very pleased to learn about the holidays from some real angels! Here are the Ice Angels!:

Brittney is an Ice Angels captain

Ice Angel: Brittney
Favorite holiday season song? “All I Want for Christmas is You” by Mariah Carey
Favorite holiday movie?: White Christmas
Most memorable time with Santa? My papa dresses up as Santa each year and goes to the junior high and other schools to visit the special needs classes, and I would go with him as his elf
Most memorable, bestest holiday gifts you ever received as a young girl? Barbie bike
Most memorable holiday performance? With my drill team, I danced in the Adolphus Children’s Parade, and it comes on TV!
On a snow filled day, would you rather make snow angels and a snowman or stay inside and watch Ice Age by a warm fire? Both! Play outside, then sit by the fire
Favorite beverage on a cold day?: Hot chocolate with marshmallows
Elves know the best gift card for me is: Chick-Fil-A

Brooklyn is an Ice Angels captain

Ice Angel: Brooklyn
Favorite holiday season song? “Where are you Christmas?”
Favorite holiday movie?: Jim Carrey’s The Grinch
Most memorable photo on Santa’s lap? My daughter’s first photo with Santa in my favorite
Most memorable, bestest holiday gifts you ever received as a young girl? My very own go-cart from “Santa” when I was 10
Most memorable holiday performance? I was Mary in every church play growing up
On a snow filled day, would you rather make snow angels and a snowman or stay inside and watch Ice Age by a warm fire? I would rather cuddle by the fire with hot cocoa and watch the snow fall out the window
Favorite beverage on a cold day?: Dark roast coffee with sweet cream creamer
Elves know the best gift card for me is: M.A.C.
And a great gift idea is also a donation to my favorite charity which is: American Cancer Society

Amy is an Ice Angels co-captain

Ice Angel: Amy
Favorite holiday season song? “Little Drummer Boy”
Favorite holiday movie?: Elf
Most memorable photo on Santa’s lap? My friend, brother, and I took a picture with Santa when we were in college
Most memorable, bestest holiday gifts you ever received as a young girl? American Girl doll
Most memorable holiday performance? I marched with my middle school band in parades
On a snow filled day, would you rather make snow angels and a snowman or stay inside and watch Ice Age by a warm fire? I like to make snowmen
Favorite beverage on a cold day?: Hot chocolate!
Elves know the best gift card for me is: Starbucks
And a great gift idea is also a donation to my favorite charity which is: Make a Wish

Casey is an Ice Angels co-captain

Ice Angel: Casey
Favorite holiday season song? Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas”
Favorite holiday movie?: Holiday in Handcuffs
Most memorable photo on Santa’s lap? Probably the photo of Santa and me with our thumbs up and tongues sticking out
Most memorable, bestest holiday gifts you ever received as a young girl? I would have to say when I was five or six, I received a Barbie car
Most memorable performance in a holiday show? Last year’s Christmas performance for Ice Angels; We danced to Justin Bieber with our Santa suits
On a snow filled day, would you rather make snow angels and a snowman or stay inside and watch Ice Age by a warm fire? I would love to do both! But I’d probably be outside more since it never snows in Texas!
Favorite beverage on a cold day?: Peppermint hot chocolate milk
Elves know the best gift card for me is: Victoria’s Secret
And a great gift idea is also a donation to my favorite charity which is: Make a Wish

Rachel is an Ice Angels co-captain

Ice Angel: Rachel
Favorite holiday season song? “Santa Baby”
Favorite holiday movie?: The Grinch
Most memorable photo on Santa’s lap? There is a very cute picture of a friend and me giving Santa a kiss on the cheek
Most memorable, bestest holiday gifts you ever received as a young girl? I really don’t have one, I really loved all my gifts every year
Most memorable holiday performance? Marching in a parade as a cheerleader for school with Santa hats
On a snow filled day, would you rather make snow angels and a snowman or stay inside and watch Ice Age by a warm fire? Make the world’s biggest snowman!
Favorite beverage on a cold day?: Coffee
Elves know the best gift card for me is: Ross gift card
And a great gift idea is also a donation to my favorite charity which is: ASPCA

Alexandra

Ice Angel: Alexandra
Favorite holiday season song? “Joy to the World”
Favorite holiday movie?: The Preacher’s Wife
Most memorable holiday time? My first Christmas back home after I started college. Never knew I would miss my family so much
Most memorable, bestest holiday gifts you ever received as a young girl? Easy-bake oven!!
Most memorable performance in a holiday show? Chocolate Nutcracker; I remember all of the costumes and even some dance moves
On a snow filled day, would you rather make snow angels and a snowman or stay inside and watch Ice Age by a warm fire? Definitely stay inside
Favorite beverage on a cold day?: Hot chocolate
Elves know the best gift card for me is: Wal-Mart
And a great gift idea is also a donation to my favorite charity which is: March of Dimes

Continue reading The holiday angle from the Ice Angels; The Allen Americans dance team shares seasonal insights

Photo of the Day – December 18

Photo of the Day - December 18
Allen Americans Ice Angel Rookie Alexandra. She is a graduate student.

Photo courtesy of James Higgins

Photo of the Day – December 6

Photo of the Day - December 6
Allen Americans Ice Angel Casey. Casey is a three-year veteran and an accomplished jazz dancer. Photo courtesy of James Higgins

Photo of the Day – November 28

Photo of the Day - November 28
Allen Americans Ice Angel (and former Tampa Bay Lightning Girl) Brooklyn assists with last Friday’s ‘turkey curling’

Amy and Biscuit

Courtesy of Photographer James Higgins here is Allen Americans Ice Angel Amy (just 5 feet tall) on the ice with the American’s mascot Biscuit.

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Congratulations 2013-14 Allen Americans Ice Angels

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Allen Americans Prep Classes And Auditions

2013-2014 Audition Dates and locations:

First round-August 10th – Dallas Powerhouse-Inwood-Dallas TX 9:30-2:30pm

Second round- August 14nd –Dallas Powerhouse-Inwood-Dallas TX 8-10pm

Finals- August 16th –Dallas Powerhouse-inwood-Dallas Tx 7-9pm- Team will be announced that evening!!

All interested applicants will need to complete the Application and bring them to the audition, along with a check for the $25 registration fee written out to the Allen Americans Ice Angels or you may bring cash,along with a non- returnable photo of yourself. The photo is for identification purposes only.

Should you deliver your application in person $25 cash or check will be acceptable.

Mail or deliver to:
Allen Americans
Attn: Allen Americans Ice Angels
200 E. Stacy Road, Ste. 1508
Allen, Texas 75002
ATTN: Stephanie D. Wheat

Minimum Requirements for Dancers:
· 18 years of age on or before August 8th, 2013.
· High school graduate or G.E.D.
· If chosen, must reside in the Dallas/Ft. Worth location and have reliable means of transportation.
· Must be willing to attend all practices, games, and other related activities.

What does it take to become an Allen Americans Ice Angel?
Must be experienced in hip-hop
High energy
Overall personal and physical appearance
Poise
Positive role models
100% commitment

What to expect after you make the team:
Rehearsals- between 2-3 rehearsals per week: Thursdays 8-10pm, Sundays 3-6pm, Weds. 8-10pm (week prior to half-time performance).
Personal Appearances (Charity & Paid)
Fan Mail
Children’s Dance Workshops
Performances
Interviews
Photo Shoots/2014 Calendar
Television and Radio Appearances

 

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Congratulations Dallas Cowboys Rhythm & Blue Training Campers!

Wow, that’s a mouthful! Final auditions for the 2013 Rhythm & Blue took place last week during Draft Day festivities at Cowboys Stadium. (Check out the team’s facebook page for pics). The field of candidates has been narrowed to 22 dancers, who will participate in training camp over the next several weeks. The 2013-14 team will be announced in about a month.



Top Row: Kara, Maya, Danielle, Stevee, Mateya, Jessica S, Angelise, Callie, Brittani, Arianna
Middle Row: Antonese, Kendra, Ani, Melody
Bottom Row: Miranda, Bianca, Masayo, Brittani, Amy, Christen, Jessica T
Sammi (not pictured)

R&B Director Jenny Durbin Smth has her work cut out for her. It won’t be easy to cut this team down to size. Between them, they have a great deal of experience at the pro level.


Amy, Arianna, Christen, Jessica S, Jessica T, Kara, Kendra, Mateya, and Stevee are R&B veterans


Danielle and Maya are alumni of the Allen Americans Ice Angels


Callie and Angelise are alumni of the FC Dallas Girls


Ani is an alum of the San Antonio Spurs Silver Dancers


Miranda is an alum of the Seattle Sea Gals


Brittani is an alumni of the Florida Panthers Lady Panthers