Leslie Shaw-Hatchard shares the full experience of being a professional cheerleader in Texas. For the first time ever she honestly reveals a hidden and sometimes questionable side of cheerleading. The book is titled “What I Learned Half Naked: Tales of a Pro Cheerleader” as it documents the many lessons Leslie learned in uniform during her cheerleading journey. The book reflects good and bad times spent working as a cheerleader, choreographer, assistant director and director. Leslie was privileged to spend time working with the Dallas Mavs, the Dallas Cowboys, the Dallas Burn, the Coca-Cola Cheer team and the Dallas Sidekicks.
Leslie has spent the last 19 years performing and teaching dance throughout the U. S. as well as France, Germany and Switzerland. Her dance training began at the age of 5, and has since developed into a professional career, with such credits as performing for the National Football League, National Basketball Association, National Soccer League and the Major Indoor Soccer League. Leslie’s involvement with professional sports began in 1990 when she was selected as one of 36 Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders from a field of over 300. In 1991, Leslie began dancing for NBA’s Dallas Mavericks, and she continued entertaining basketball fans as a Dallas Mavericks Dancer for the next five years, receiving recognition in 1996 as the Dallas Mavericks Dancers’ Veteran of the Year and Dancer with the Most Positive Influence. In 1997, Leslie joined the dance team for the Dallas Burn, Dallas’s outdoor soccer team. She most recently was the founding Director for the NBA D-League Texas Legends Dance Team in Frisco, TX in 2010. For eleven years Leslie was the Company Director at the Broadway Dance Center in Garland, Texas. She regularly choreographs award winning routines throughout Texas and the U. S. She often serves as a guest instructor and professional adjudicator for Marching Auxiliaries Dance, Crowd Pleasers drill team organization, and Halftime Entertainment (HTE). Leslie has been married for 15 years and resides in McKinney, Texas. She teaches full time as a dance instructor at Power House of Dance and is currently the Cheer Power Director in Frisco. Leslie is also the proud mother of 11 year old daughter, Kennedy and 13 year old daughter, Madison. Leslie recently completed writing her first book and is looking forward to its release.
‘Dancing With the Stars: All Stars’ champ crowned
LOS ANGELES (AP) — She was dissed on “The Bachelor” and came in third place during her first stint on “Dancing With the Stars,” but Melissa Rycroft is now a winner.
The reality TV star and her professional dance partner, Tony Dovolani, were named the champions Tuesday on ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars: All Stars.”
The pair beat out fellow finalists (and former champs) actress Kelly Monaco and Olympian Shawn Johnson to claim the sparkly mirror-ball trophy.
Fellow contestants on the show’s first “all-star” season hoisted the new winners into the air as confetti rained down inside the “Dancing With the Stars” ballroom.
On the eve of the final competition, Rycroft said she felt confident and excited.
“I want to feel like a champion,” she said.
Tuesday’s two-hour season finale featured performances by the three finalists and each of the returning cast members: actors Pamela Anderson, Sabrina Bryan, Kirstie Alley and Gilles Marini; singers Joey Fatone and Drew Lachey; race car driver Helio Castroneves; reality TV star Bristol Palin; Olympic skater Apolo Anton Ohno; and football star Emmitt Smith.
Six of those contestants — Johnson, Monaco, Lachey, Ohno, Smith and Castroneves — were previous “Dancing” winners.
Rycroft and Dovolani came into the final contest with a pair of perfect scores. Those points were combined with viewer votes and a last set of judges’ scores for an “instant dance” for which they had less than an hour to prepare.
Rycroft was a contestant on “The Bachelor” in 2009 and first appeared on “Dancing With the Stars” that same year. The 29-year-old also starred in a reality series earlier this year, “Melissa & Tye,” about her marriage to Tye Strickland and their move to Hollywood so she could pursue an entertainment career.
By Jay Betsill
The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders officially released their 2013 swimsuit calendar at a private party inside the Glass Cactus at the Gaylord Texan on Lake Grapevine. The party on Friday included the calendar’s featured cheerleaders posing in front of life-sized photos of their “month” and autographing copies of the calendar.
Shot on location in Riviera Maya Mexico, the 2013 swimsuit calendar features select members of the latest edition of America’s Sweethearts. The home base during the shoot was the Iberostar Paraiso Maya Resort. For a behind-the-scenes look, the Cowboys Networks and affiliates (including CBS 11 in DFW) will air “Making the Calendar.”
The annual party served as a reunion of photographers, makeup artists, hair stylists, television crew members and others involved in the finished product. The big night also doubled as a celebration of the 35th year that the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders have published a calendar featuring the squad.
Since the 2012 DCC party was one of the best events we attended last year, award-winning photographer Roman Pena and I had this night long circled on our calendar. Guests were given goodie bags that included calendars, and were ushered up to the massive club’s second level where the 19 DCC rookies waited with big smiles. The featured cheerleaders were lined up along the outer edges of the club to give guests plenty of room to move about and meet each of the ladies.
Being among the first to arrive certainly had its perks; I was able to chat with five-year veteran cheerleader Melissa Kellerman before her calendar signing and picture posing began. She has already announced that this would be her final season on the sidelines of Cowboys Stadium.
“This is always a fun night,” Kellerman said. “It is great to see everybody from the calendar shoot again, as well as meeting new people.”
The season finale of CMT’s Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team was airing on the flatscreen TVs around the room and the live music downstairs only added to the festive atmosphere of the evening. Around 8:30 p.m., the rookies began to mingle with the guests and sign copies of the 2013 squad photo. I was able to catch up with my fellow TCU Horned Frogs, Kelsey Lauren and Jordan Elizabeth, and chat about the upcoming games against Texas and Oklahoma.
Chelsea Elizabeth, a rookie on the squad that we met on the first day of DCC auditions, is still taking time to soak in the experience. “It has been everything I dreamed of and more,” she said of her first of what she hopes will be many years with the Cowboys. “Getting to experience nights like this makes it even better.”
With the night beginning to wind down around 9:45, we saved the best for last and caught up with old friend Brittney Schram as her line finally began to dwindle to a manageable length. Ever the epitome of a true America’s Sweetheart, when asked about her first calendar shoot, Schram was quick to praise the people behind the scenes.
“The people who worked the hardest are the photographers and hair and makeup artists,” Schram said. “They were up early every day to make sure the calendar was the best it could be.”
The 2013 Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders Swimsuit Calendar ($15.99) is available in stores now or by visiting here.
A native of San Antonio, Cynthia Trinidad has joined the San Antonio Talons as Dance Director where she will be overseeing the Talons Sky Dancers. With a strong background in dance and cheer, Trinidad brings over 20 years of experience to the dance team including time as an NBA San Antonio Spurs Dancer and as an NFL Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader.
“I’m very excited to see my city get a pro football team and to bring my years of experience to the San Antonio Talons.” said Trinidad, “I look forward to putting together a first-class dance team to perform and be ambassadors at the games and at many community events throughout the year.”
If you’re interested in joining the Talons Sky Dancers, preliminary dance auditions for the Sky Dance Team will be held on December 8, 2012 at Gold’s Gym Fiesta Trails located at 12481 West IH 10, San Antonio, TX 78230. Auditions will run from 9am-3pm. Pre-registration is $25 and same day registration is $30.
Final Auditions are scheduled for Tuesday December 18, 2012 at Sam’s Burger Joint Live Music Venue in downtown San Antonio. Final Auditions will be open to the public and will give Talons fans the first chance to see the 2013 San Antonio Talons Sky Dancers.
The San Antonio Talons are entering into their second season in the Arena Football League (AFL). The team was moved to San Antonio from Tulsa, OK in 2012 and won the AFL’s Central Division title, as well as hosted their first AFL playoff game in the 2012 season. To pre-register for dance auditions or for more information please call 210.227.TEAM.
Here’s an interesting opportunity offered by LivingSocial.com. If I was in Dallas I would totally do this! ~sasha
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Widely considered to be the most renowned cheerleading squad in professional sports, the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders have been dazzling fans for more than 30 years — and here’s your chance to be a part of the experience for a day. For $750 (regularly $4,000), you’ll shadow “America’s Sweethearts” on December 16 as they gear up to help lead the Cowboys to victory against Pittsburgh. Head to Cowboys Stadium the morning of the game — a parking pass and party pass ticket are included — where you’ll be escorted to the locker room for an initial meet and greet before heading out onto the field to watch rehearsal. Your personal guide for this unforgettable afternoon will be Brooke Wicker Alexander, a former Cowboys Cheerleader who’ll share her insider perspective of what it’s like to be a member of the storied squad. Once it’s kickoff time, you’ll enjoy field-level club access for the entire game. A once-in-a-lifetime experience at 81% off? Now that’s worth cheering about.
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