By Stephanie Porter-Nichols SWVA Today
April 6, 2010
Angie Mountain loves all things to do with the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders. She collects their memorabilia, and got a Cowboys jacket one Christmas.
The Chilhowie woman is a devoted follower of the television show Making the Squad on CMT, watching every week as hopefuls try out for coveted spots on arguably the most famous cheering squad in the world.
On Friday, she got to meet her idols in person. Actually as a Very Important Person.
This dream-come-true story began for Angie about a year ago when she said she wanted tickets to see the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders, her mom, Beverly Mountain, said.
“We thought she was talking about a football game, and we decided to kind of just let it drop, because we didn’t think she would be able to get to Dallas,” Beverly said.
Angie didn’t drop it. In fact, she mentioned her desire to see the cheerleaders to Beverly’s niece, Ashley Dyson, who works for an attorney in Abingdon.
“Ashley called us about a month ago and said, ‘Could you take Angie to Dallas on Easter weekend? I have two tickets to the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders Family & Friends extravaganza,’” Beverly said.
Beverly checked the calendar and saw school would be closed. “I work at Head Start, so I knew I would be off.”
The plan was in motion, thanks to Ashley to whom all the credit goes, Beverly said. After talking with Angie, Ashley had gone to the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders’ Web site and e-mailed Brooke Alexander, a former Dallas cheerleader, Beverly said. Ashley shared with Brooke that Angie’s dream was to see the cheerleaders, and “that she wore their logos all the time.”
“A week or so later, Brooke e-mailed back,” Beverly said. She told Ashley about the 2010 Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders Family & Friends Show with special guest Neal McCoy at the Gaylord Texan hotel and convention center in Dallas April 2. Angie would be the cheerleaders’ guest.
The cheerleaders’ Web site said the event is an end-of-season way for the squad to thank their network of supporters who make their time as Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders possible.
Beverly called her cousin Margaret Johnson in Yukon, OK, on the western outskirts of Oklahoma City. “She said to come spend the weekend, so I got a ticket for her, too,” Beverly said.
Late last Thursday, eight people boarded a 15-passenger bus Beverly leased and headed west, driving all night to Margaret’s house.
“Angie and I rested a while,” Beverly said, and they left Friday afternoon, Dallas-bound, Angie all gussied up in her Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader uniform. “Hers looks different from theirs. They said she could wear it.”
Only after arriving in Oklahoma did Angie learn the reason for the long trip. Otherwise, “she would have been too excited to sleep,” Beverly said.
When Angie found out where she was going, “I videotaped her reaction,” Beverly said, expecting an outburst of glee. Instead, “she was sort of stunned.”
Back home, in spite of the secrecy, she’d somehow gotten a clue, and had been telling people she was going to see the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders for her birthday, which is May 14, Beverly said. “She said Ashley would get her tickets.”
Still, Beverly said, “Angie did not fully grasp what was happening until we got to the Gaylord and she saw a poster” about the show.
“We got to where the event was going to be and Ms. Alexander met us and gave us our passes,” Beverly said. “There were at least 100 people waiting to get in. I asked her, “Do we need to just wait over here?’ and she said, ‘Oh, no. You are our VIPs for the evening. I’ll be seating you.”
Angie and her party were escorted to their seats. Angie’s had a sign that said Reserved for Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders VIP Angie Mountain, Beverly said. “There was one for each of us.”
Angie received a gift bag filled with cheerleaders’ items, including a photograph of the squad, autographed by each member and signed “Cheers to Angie,” Beverly said.
“They performed 30-some numbers,” she said. “It was awesome. They are so talented.”
And to top it all, Angie got to meet them.
“They said they had been hearing about her for three weeks,” Beverly said. “They just made over her. The 14 hours to Oklahoma and then three more to Dallas were worth it. I can’t express what joy she felt. Angie danced in her seat while they were performing. At one point she looked over at me and said, ‘Happy birthday to me!’ And then she looked at me and said, “Thank you, Mommy, for bringing me.”
Beverly said they arrived back home in Chilhowie around 11 a.m. Monday. And Angie said, “Thank you, Mommy, for taking me.”
Although to her this was a birthday trip, Angie will be 34 next month. Asked Monday about the journey, Angie first said, “It was hot down there!”
Then she said, “I saw the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders. We had a full day. They gave me some pom-poms and goodies. My favorite is cheerleaders. We got back on time.”
“True Beauty” will premiere on MONDAY, MAY 31 (10:02-11:00 p.m., ET) on ABC, following the regular time period premiere of “The Bachelorette”.
Executive producers Tyra Banks (“The Tyra Banks Show,” “America’s Next Top Model”) and Ashton Kutcher (executive producer of “Punk’d” and “Beauty and the Geek”) team up again to put their spin on beauty in Sin City. Five gorgeous females and five hot men will live together at Planet Hollywood Hotel while they compete (they think) to become the “Face of Vegas.” Unbeknownst to them, they’ll be deliberately challenged by moral situations to see if they really are kind, generous and compassionate and have what it takes to be truly beautiful inside and out.
The women contestants are Amy Schmoldt, a 22-year-old bartender from New Brunswick, New Jersey; Erika Othen, a 25-year-old singer/cocktail waitress from Long Island, New York; Liz Parada, a 31-year-old model from Hollywood, Florida; Michelle Mozek, a 21-year-old dancer from Dallas, Texas; and Regina Villano, a 22-year-old teen pageant queen from Tabernacle, New Jersey. The men are Craig Francyzk, a 29-year-old retail manager from Winnipeg, Canada; David Palmer, a 24-year-old DJ/astrologer from Huntington Beach, California; JD Scott a 26-year-old real estate agent from Los Angeles, California; Michael Allen, a 25-year-old actor/model from Miami, Florida; and Taylor Bills, a 24-year-old former professional athlete from Irvine, California.
The attractive contestants assume they’re being judged solely on their physical attributes when, in fact, the episodes will showcase two sides of each person, one that displays outer beauty as well as one that exhibits inner beauty. One person will be eliminated each week based on their behavior and how well they ranked in each challenge, as they’re evaluated and critiqued by the judges. At the end of eight episodes, one winner will be declared who has successfully demonstrated both inner and outer beauty. That winner will receive a $100,000 cash prize and a feature article in People magazine.
Nuclear Cowboyz gear up for freestyle motocross at IZOD Center
By Anthony Stoeckert Nuclear Cowgirls). As Faisst explains it, traditional motocross involves dirt bike riders racing. In freestyle motocross riders perform individually and are judged, based on execution, the difficulty of jumps, and other factors.
“So it’s not about going fast — it’s about how many jumps you can get in and what tricks you can do with the jumps,” he says.
Faisst grew up in Mays Landing and started riding dirt bikes when he was 8 years old. “We had five acres where I grew up and we had a little place to ride in the backyard,” he says. “And there was a gravel pit up the street from my house so I’d ride there.”
He rode at motocross tracks in Englishtown and New Egypt and in Pennsylvania and upstate New York. He turned pro in 1995 and moved to California in 1997. He’s gone on to compete in the X Games and Gravity Games — winning a bronze medal performance at the 2006 Winter X Games. Nuclear Cowboyz is a change for him because it’s so tightly choreographed.
“It’s a big, big show, a great show for entertainment,” he says. “It’s never been done here in America and to bring our sport and put it in a choreographed show, if you want to see a freestyle show, this is the best one to see.”
Those dancers Faisst steers his bike away from are the Nuclear Cowgirls, whose ranks include Adar Wellington, who grew up in Cherry Hill and studied dance at Rutgers. Ms. Wellington describes the show’s story as “Michael Jackson’s ‘Beat It’ on bikes” with two gangs competing against each other on dirt bikes.
“The guys are incredible, they do tricks that are phenomenal,” Wellington says. “I’ve been doing this with them a couple of months and it never gets old for me. It’s explosive, these guys are fearless, they do the craziest stunts on these bikes.”
Being a Nuclear Cowgirl means dancing in dirt amidst all the special effects and dirt bike riders. Ms. Wellington, who was captain of the New Jersey Nets Dancers before moving out to Los Angeles, says she wasn’t exactly sure as to what she was auditioning for on her Nuclear Cowgirl tryout.
“We didn’t know what we were getting into until we already made it,” she says. “Once it was explained to us, we still didn’t really get it until we were actually in the arena with the motorcycle guys and we actually saw them doing what they do. It wasn’t clear until we were actually in it. It’s definitely one of the most interesting jobs I have to put on my resume.”
She’s particularly excited about coming to New Jersey and having her family see the show. She promises audiences will be on their edge of the seats throughout the action.
“I’m nervous the entire time, my jaw is clenched the entire show,” she says. “And when the show’s over, I let out a deep breath, it’s pretty scary.”
The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders traded the turf for the hardwood for a special performance during the NBA All-Star game. I’ve never seen an NBA dance team put more than 16 dancers on the floor at a time, so to have 30-odd DCC on the court at once must’ve been been crazy.
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It doesn’t take long for Brittany Evans to offer up one of the more common questions she hears when making Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders appearances.
“One of the funniest things to me is when people say ‘Are y’all the real Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders?’” she said. “We are the real cheerleaders and we dance on the field at every game and practice every night. We’re same girls on the field that do appearances.”
Evans and teammate Trisha Trevino were at Mantown 2010 at Shopko Hall Friday and Saturday. And yes, both really are members of the storied Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders.
Evans has been with the team two years and Trevino for five.
“A lot of people ask ‘Can y’all get us free tickets?’” Trevino said.
The history of the team and the cheerleaders isn’t lost on current members.
“You have to go through a long audition process and it’s not just about dancing and being a good cheerleader but you also have to know about Cowboys history,” Evans said. “(We) take a written exam where they ask us questions about ‘How many Super Bowls have the Cowboys won ?” about past players and current events.”
For cheerleaders like Evans and Trevino, taking the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders name, brand and history out on the road during the off season is part of the job.
For two hours Friday and Saturday they interacted with fans — a good number wearing some sort of Cowboys apparel — signed autographs and smiled for photos.
“We’ve met a lot of Cowboys fans here, which we’re really surprised about,” Trevino said half way through the signing session Saturday. “It’s neat that we’re not only able to cheer in Dallas but that we can go across America and anywhere in the world and there are Cowboy fans everywhere.”
While there was a line standing around to see Evans and Trevino, those in line weren’t standing nearly as long as a quartet of people — later reduced to a trio — attempting to wait each other out for a chance to win about $2,000 worth of equipment from Heid Music.
The contest was pretty straightforward, participants needed to keep their hands on guitar cases for as long as possible in a 24-hour period. Hold out against gravity long enough and the swag — including a Fender Stratocaster and electronic drum set — might be yours.
The starting field of about 18 participants had been whittled down to three by about 11 a.m. Saturday, with one participant, Steve Awe, succumbing to a judge’s ruling that his had been lifted from the case during the course of the interview.
The last four standing said after 18 hours together — interspersed with a few short breaks — they knew each other’s stories and “life aspirations” pretty well.
Pierce Buchinger of Little Chute, Brianna Collins of Oconto Falls and Jordan Lambert of Pulaski held on through the late morning for the chance to win.
If more than one person withstood the endurance test, a name would be drawn from a hat to determine the winner.
Buchinger, Collins and Lambert vowed to hang on to the end.
Buchinger also vowed to do a few other things when the contest was over.
“I still have some Valentine’s Day shopping to do,” he said. “Then I’m going to go home and take a nap.”
Tonight on American Idol open auditions move to Dallas, Texas. You know what that means! Previews for tonight’s show included a snippet of the the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders. I expect they’ll be part of the intro, and you never know, they may show up in other parts of the show. Hey, maybe one of will audition for Simon and the Crew. (Not hardly.) Anywho, check your local listings and tune in tonight.
These two dressed up like DCC for the audition.
(Something tells me they don’t make it to Hollywood.)
The real thing!
Last week, veteran Cheerleader Ally Traylor blogged about their “Idol” Experience on DallasCowboysCheerleaders.com. Here’s what she had to say about the experience:
The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders have been on multiple reality TV shows but never did I expect to actually be a part of the most watched series American Idol! Trisha, Tobie, Ally, Abigail, Jordan Baum, Kaitlin, Mia, Malia, and I were all given the amazing opportunity to greet some of the judges and host of the show at The W hotel in Victory Park. As they drove up, we stood in a miniature form of our player introduction lines and sparkled our poms as each walked down the middle.
Randy Jackson rolled in first and had the most excited reaction after noticing us. His first words were, “The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders?! They are known all over the WORLD!!!” He took the time to walk really slow and make small conversation with many of the girls and his enthusiasm was contagious! He requested us to do a cheer so we did our traditional “sexy hips” step that is performed at every game. Trust me, it was a big hit! He lingered for a few minutes but could not stay and have real conversation since he needed to go get ready for the next round of auditions.
After Jackson left we were caught by surprise to see Kara Dioguardi and Neil Patrick Harris. Dioguardi is a new judge in the place of Paula Abdul and Harris was the guest judge. We weren’t expecting them since they came out of the hotel just to say hello to all of us but both were genuinely sweet and down to earth. They wanted to walk through our lines so we did a couple dance moves for them too; they loved it! We enjoyed conversating with the two and even managed to take a couple photos with them.
The next celebrity to arrive was Ryan Seacrest. He made all of us crack up laughing when we strolled between our greeting lines. Stopping at the end, he turned around to say “This will be the best shot of the day!” He walked a little further, turned around a second time and said “Can we do that shot just one more time?” All of us girls loved meeting him; especially since he plays a huge role in the public but acted just as normal as anyone else.
Prior to greeting the American Idol celebrities, we had the chance to meet Simon Fuller, the Executive Producer of the entire show. Not only did his British accent make us giggle, but his one-liners were hilarious. One time he said a joke then Trisha replied back by simply saying “That’s so funny!” He turned to her and responded, “You Americans! You say something is so funny, but then why don’t you laugh? In England, if something is funny we merely laugh to show it rather than just say it!” We never even realized that previously, but we all do that way more than often. I am sure you will catch yourself doing it now.
I bet you are wondering where Simon Cowell was during this time! We heard he was already staying at The W hotel so he just went straight to prepare for the auditions. He didn’t have to arrive, but it definitely would have been a treat to meet him!
Greeting the stars of American Idol was an experience that I will never forget. At the time, I kept my cool but afterwards I thought to myself, “Did I really just meet those same people I watch on Television; the ones everybody goes crazy for?…Yes, yes I just did!” The best part about the whole incident was how genuine everyone was to speak with us. Appearances like this make me realize that I have the coolest job in the world!
YONGSAN GARRISON, Republic of Korea – A visibly star-struck group of about 30 Yongsan children attended a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders workshop Dec. 20 at Yongsan’s Child, Youth and School Services gym before a larger show later in the day.
The Cowboys Cheerleaders gave lesson to children on step coordination, poses and smiling, followed by an actual demonstration by the cheerleaders. The performance was given with holiday background music, creating frenzied applause from the children.
“I’m very happy and excited. I learned cheers and how to walk during the shows,” said Abigail Sigler, a second grader at Seoul American Elementary School.
Shortly after the workshop, your correspondent spoke with Ally Traylor, one of Cowboys Cheerleaders.
Kim: Is that your first time participating this event in Korea?
Ally: This is actually my second year being part of the USO tour since its first tour in 1979. It’s my third year as a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader.
Kim: What is the main purpose of the event?
Ally: The main purpose of this event is our entire tour through out Korea. It truly says “thank you” on behalf of the entire nation and the Dallas Cowboys. We are so excited to be here and to bring holiday theme to support them anyway possible as well as their families.
Kim: What do you guys exactly teach girls during the workshop?
Ally: We taught them a little bit of what we do in Dallas. Our cheerleaders are probably known for the silence dance on the football field, so we taught them some of what we do like cheer dances and chants. Then, we allow them to perform for their parents.
Kim: Are there any specific reasons you became a cheerleader?
Ally: I became a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader because it’s a childhood dream of mine. Actually, I grew up in Missouri in families who loved watching Cowboys games. Of course, what a better way to export the Cowboys than being Cowboys cheerleader?!
Kim: Who is your favorite NFL player?
Ally: My favorite NFL player is Tony Romo. He is our quarterback and has a great personality and gets his job done on the field.
Kim: What do you feel about playing against your rival team, the Philadelphia Eagles, especially quarterback Donovan McNabb?
Ally: We are having fun and healthy rivalry with the Eagles as they are part of our NFC East. It’s fun when we face the opponents like them, and we do have a special history of having rivalry with them. Donovan McNabb is very talented and he also gets his job done on the field, so hopefully whenever we face them, we just do a little bit better.
Following the interview, the cheerleaders moved the stage to the Collier Field House and performed a high-energy musical and dance concert.
During the show, cheerleader Trisha Trevino asked Cowboys trivia questions and handed out gifts to those that were able to answer correctly. Some of the questions asked were: how many Super Bowls have the Cowboys won and how many stripes are in the Cowboys Cheerleaders’ uniform? The answers were five, and 15.
Garrison Commander Col. Dave Hall and Command Sgt. Maj. Ralph Rusch and their families joined the Yongsan crowds to cheer the Cowboys on.
“This is clearly the main event at Yongsan,” Hall said. “It is another example of our being an Army Community of Excellence and strengthening ties within the community. I really appreciate the cheerleaders for forfeiting their Christmas and New Year to be on the road to entertain us. What a great main event for Yongsan community!”
Following the show, the cheerleaders mingled with the audience, signing autographs and posing for photos with fans and community members.
A group of Cowboys Cheerleaders recently visited the troops stationed at Kunsan Air Base in South Korea as part of their 2009 USO Holiday tour. Click here to view full size versions of the photos below.