Meet the Science Cheerleaders at the USA Science and Engineering Festival

These professional cheerleaders-turned-scientists and engineers challenge stereotypes while helping to inspire young women to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math.

At the USA Science and Engineering Festival, October 23-24 in D.C., these women will perform science-themed routines for thousands of people, conduct a free cheer clinic, and meet the public, sign their Science Cheerleader cards, and describe how they’ve bridged these two seemingly different worlds.

Science Cheerleader Performances: Wilson Plaza, Ronald Reagan Building
October 23, 11:30-11:50am. October 24, noon-12:20 pm

Science Cheerleading Clinic: Freedom Plaza on the National Mall
October 23, noon-12:30pm. October 24, 12:30-1 pm

Science Cheerleader Autograph Sessions: Pennsylvania Avenue, Booth 1227
October 23, 1-5:00 pm. October 24, 1:30-5 pm

Melissa, TN Titans, Neuro Researcher

Summer, Houston Texans, NASA engineer

Regina, Washington Redskins, Medical Doctor

Alyson, TN Titans, Bio, Chem

Andrea, D.C. Wizards, Chemistry Student

Sandra, Atlanta Falcons, E.R. Nurse

Jennifer, TN Titans, Engineer

Heidi, K.C. Chiefs, Physical Therapist

Steph, Redskins, Math Ed Major

Kim, Iowa Energy, Computer Scientist

Wanda, Washington Redskins, M.S. Comm/Med Sales


Former NFL/NBA Dancer Publishes Book Half-Time Highlights


Dance studio and retail owner, Ashley Worrell, published her book, Half-Time Highlights: A Guide to Dancing in the NBA/NFL in April 2010. A native of Kansas City, and a graduate of Missouri Western State University, Ashley has been dancing since the age of three. Her studies have included tap, ballet, jazz, hip hop, drill/pom, and social/partner dancing. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Recreation Administration with an emphasis in Commercial/Private Business, she moved to Dallas to pursue training and a career in dance. Her professional experience includes dancing for NBA teams, such as the Dallas Mavericks and the San Antonio Spurs, as well as her hometown NFL team, the Kansas City Chiefs. Now that she has been a dance studio owner for several years, her goal was to publish a reference guide for dancers wanting to dance in the NBA and NFL. “When I began the audition process, I was clueless. At the time, there was nothing to reference or help me along the journey. I hope this book will help others realize the dedication it takes to dance at that level and motivate them to achieve their goals.”


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Chiefs Cheerleader Calendar Premiere Party Set For July 27th

CORRECTION Chiefs Chargers Join the Chiefs Cheerleaders at the 810 Zone in Leawood on Tuesday, July 27th

Chiefs fans are invited to an exclusive evening with the Chiefs Cheerleaders on Tuesday, July 27th as the squad officially unveils the 2010-11 Chiefs Cheerleader Swimsuit Calendar at the 810 Zone in Leawood, Kansas. The event kicks off at 6:00 PM as the Chiefs Cheerleaders will be joined by Sports Radio 810 WHB radio personality Steven St. John, who will serve as master of ceremonies. Admission is free to the event and all ages are welcome.

Members of the Chiefs Cheerleaders will conduct special performances throughout the evening. For the first time, fans will have the opportunity to purchase the new 16-month 2010-11 Chiefs Cheerleader Calendar and have it personally signed by their favorite Chiefs Cheerleaders.

Fans can enjoy food and drink specials all evening at the 810 Zone. Conveniently located at the corner of 119th Street and Roe Avenue, the 810 Zone will be the hottest spot in the area on Tuesday, July 27th when the Chiefs Cheerleaders host this exclusive event.

Chiefs Cheerleader Competes at Miss Kansas Pageant this Week

belindachiefsKansas City Chiefs Belinda, Miss Maple Leaf, is making her fourth appearance on the Miss Kansas stage.  Belinda is a Kansas State University grad and former feature twirler for the KSU marching band. On Wednesday night in the talent portion of the pageant, she combined twirling, dance and acrobatics in an energetic routine to “Proud Mary.”

Good luck, Belinda!

SI Gallery Update – Throwback Edition

This week, takes us back to the 60s. Click here.]

The young lady below is a cheerleader for the Denver Broncos. I can scarce believe my eyes – the DBC rocked the blue top and white, fringed, star-spangled vest before the Cowboys Cheerleaders did it? Who knew?

Chiefs Cheerleaders at the KC Draft Day Party

A few more photos courtesy of Pro Bowl Dan, who made it all the way to Kansas City for day one of the NFL Draft, but was back on Saturday for the Redskins Draft Party.

Stephanie Judah (center), the Chiefs Cheerleaders new Director, (and 1998 Pro Bowl Rep) with the 4 current Chiefs Cheerleaders who also cheered at the Pro Bowl.

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Angela King Designs Welcomes Four Alumni NFL Cheerleaders to Go Wild! Wear Sales Team

Angela King Designs, Inc., premier costume designer to professional sports, recently launched Go Wild! Wear, a long-awaited ready-to-wear collection of Angela’s top designs. Angela is proud to introduce a powerful sales team of professional cheerleader alumni, who are experienced sales professionals. The team is located across the United States and trained to serve Go Wild! Wear customers on a personal level.

According to owner and chief designer Angela King-Twitero, “This group exceeds the normal scale. These ladies are leaders in their field and were stars on their individual teams. Not only do they share a love for the cheerleading industry, but also create one amazing group of business women!”

Sales representatives work directly with teams, studios, and other dance and cheer contacts to select attire, ranging from boots to uniforms, and even junior wear. “Our goal is to outfit performers from head to toe,” says King. “Go Wild! Wear allows teams of various budgets to receive the sought after AKD style quickly and affordably, allowing us to spread our twenty years of experience in the industry to all levels of cheerleading and dance.”

To learn more about the Go Wild! Wear collection, visit or call 1-877-97GOAKD to speak directly with one of the following representatives.

Laura Eilers: Lead Sales Rep, Northeast Territory and Missouri/Kansas
Location: Richmond VA / Columbia, MO
• Director of the Richmond Raiders, “Lady Raiders”, Indoor Football (current)
• Executive Director/Founder Going Pro Entertainment, LLC (current)
• Kansas City Brigade Assistant Director (1 year)
• St. Louis Rams Cheerleader (1 year)
• Kansas City Chiefs Cheerleader (5 years) Team Captain (2 years)
• Kansas City Wizards Girl, MLS Soccer (1 year)
• Former Dance Instructor for UDA
• Former Benedictine College (KS) Spirit Squad Coordinator
• Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication, graduated Magna Cum Laude with a 3.89 GPA

Darlene Clancy: Sales Rep, Florida and Mid North Territory
Location: Jacksonville, FL
• Director of the Jacksonville Axe Men, “Axe Maidens”, American National Rugby League (current)
• Member of “Sweethearts for Soldiers” and Director of Media Relations
• Professional Cheerleaders Alumni, Inc – Board Member
• Jacksonville Jaguars Cheerleader (2 years)

Rani McLenon: Sales Rep, Southwest Territory and Nebraska
Location: Phoenix, AZ / Omaha, NE
• Director of Dance Camps and Spirit Store, UDA (current)
• National Cheerleading Director for a youth sports league
• UDA Veteran of the Year Nominee
• Kansas City Chiefs Cheerleader (1 year)
• Arizona Cardinals Cheerleader (1 year)
• Omaha Beef Dancer, Indoor Football (1 year) Voted MVP 2008
• Dance Instructor

Kelly Barker: Sales Rep, Southeast Territory
Location: Atlanta, GA
• Co-Owner of “Dance and Cheers 2 You!” (dance and cheerleading camps)
• Main Choreographer for Atlanta Falcons Cheerleader Alumni
• Atlanta Falcons Cheerleader (6 years) and Captain (4 years)
• Duke University, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
• Cheerleader, Duke University
• Falcons Pro Bowl Cheerleader (1994)
• Featured dancer in MC Hammer’s “2 Legit to Quit” Video

Personality Insights for Moms

Another author to add to the list:  Susan Crook, former Assistant Director for the Kansas City Chiefs.

Personality Insights for Moms (Personality Insights for … Series)

D-I-S-Cover communication success — decrease conflict and increase happiness with your children today! Whether your children are 2 or 22, it’s never too late to understand their personality style and why they do what they do. Recognizing personality differences, this book equips moms with a fresh new awareness, conflict resolutions, and creative discipline suggestions. “Personality Insights for Moms!” is a fun, easy-read you won’t want to put down. Recommended for every mom who cares about her child!

“Personality Insights for Moms,” by Susan Crook has been selected for the prestigious 2006 Parent to Parent Adding Wisdom Award in four categories, 1) PARENTING BOOK; 2) EDUCATIONAL PRODUCTS; 3) CHILDREN’S HEALTH & WELL-BEING; 4) GIFTS FOR MOMS. Parent to Parent is the only award program to ever be honored by

[Susan’s Website]

Kansas City Chiefs Revive Paint Horse Tradition


A horse named Warpaint has earned honors from the American Paint Horse Association after her home game appearances this season.

susanchiefs1The fastest and most colorful run down the football field at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City this season cannot be claimed by any NFL gridiron star. Instead, that honor goes exclusively to the flashy horse-and-rider team of Chiefs Warpaint and Kansas City Chiefs Cheerleader Susie Derouchey.

To the thundering applause of about 70,000 Kansas City fans at each home game, Derouchey and “Warpaint” sprinted down the middle of Arrowhead Stadium after every Chiefs touchdown and successful field goal kick. In all, more than 540,000 people at the stadium witnessed their celebratory rides for the 2009-2010 season.

Warpaint is a registered American Paint Horse and Derouchey is an active APHA member who has a long history of owning and showing Paints. In appreciation of the stellar performances by the duo, the American Paint Horse Foundation awarded its “Legendary Achievement Award” to Warpaint and Derouchey before the start of the Chiefs last home game of the season at Arrowhead Stadium.

Derouchey and Warpaint received the award at Arrowhead’s “Fan Zone,” while their faithful followers cheered and applauded the well-deserved honor. The Foundation also presented a silver APHA commemorative belt buckle to Derouchey.

“I felt like that whole day was just a dream come true,” said Derouchey. “I will forever cherish the award, the buckle and all the memories.”

It turned out also to be a busy day, with Derouchey and Warpaint making six scoring celebration runs, plus the grand entrance, for a total of seven sprints down the football field. Derouchey said she looks forward to every score, not only because it means the Chiefs are doing well, but because she can spend more time riding Warpaint.

Reviving a tradition

The appearance of Warpaint actually follows a long Kansas City Chiefs tradition of bringing a Paint Horse on the field for scoring celebrations. In decades past, a different American Paint Horse nicknamed “Warpaint,” played a similar role.

Although the most recent Warpaint was retired in 1989, he made a guest appearance during an old-timers game, according to reports, and received a standing ovation from the sellout crowd at Arrowhead.

The Chiefs decided to revive the tradition of the horse-and-rider scoring celebration in 2009—the 50th anniversary of the Chiefs’ beginning in the American Football League as the Dallas Texans. Formed in 1959 by AFL founder Lamar Hunt, the team made the move from Dallas to Kansas City in 1963.

Leading today’s charge

With this season’s revival of the tradition of running a Paint Horse down the field after successful scoring drives, fans are once again treated to the thrill that comes from seeing a dynamic horse-and-rider team perform.

Derouchey and Warpaint make their appearance before the crowd at the start of every home game when the “Warpaint” chant begins. Rushing directly onto the field from an entrance known as “the tunnel” come cheerleaders, flag bearers, and drummers. Then out of the shadows of the tunnel emerge the Chiefs’ American Paint Horse, Warpaint, and Derouchey.

“It’s the biggest adrenaline rush you could ever imagine,” said Derouchey. “It’s absolutely surreal. To have this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to incorporate my love for cheerleading and performing in front of a crowd with my passion for horses is such a unique opportunity. I thanked God every time I got to run this year.”

The cheerleader is confident that Warpaint enjoys the runs as well.

“You can just tell when a horse is content and happy and she definitely is. When she comes out during the Warpaint chant, she’s just fun to watch. Her ears are always forward. She’s excited. She knows her job, and she just does it.”

Training camp for an NFL horse

chiefshorse2The two people entrusted with ensuring that Warpaint knew her job this year were Brian Flynn and Kenny Fisher, both of Grandview, Mo.

Flynn said he searched far and wide for the proper horse when he was contacted by the Chiefs to revive the role of Warpaint.

“I wanted a registered Paint. That was a given,” said Flynn, who reasoned he would be more successful in finding a horse with the right conformation, attitude and proven abilities, if he started his search among registered horses.

“I was looking for a horse that had a lot of experience and had been around a lot—cutting, barrel racing, team roping, show experience, and being around crowds. The horse we found had done it all,” said Flynn, adding that the horse had also participated in parades and gymkhanas.

Out of 30 prospects, the one Flynn finally decided on got the job after a tryout on the turf of Arrowhead Stadium itself.

The 11-year-old mare performed admirably, said Flynn. They accustomed the horse to cheerleaders kicking and waving pom-poms, marching bands on the field and more.

“What we couldn’t practice was how she’d be in front of 80,000 people,” said Flynn. “But the Chiefs gave us CDs of crowd noise, and we’d take her out back of our property and crank up the sound. We even shot guns off of her. She was great,” said Flynn.

“She really has been a jewel of a find for us.”

After finding the horse in May 2009 and having only about four months to prepare the mare for her Sept. 20 game debut, Flynn sought the help of Fisher, a friend who had ridden and trained cutting horses for 30 years.

Fisher said his secret to success in training Warpaint was simple, “I spent a lot of time in the saddle with her.”

That time included trail riding, an activity that Fisher said cleared the horse’s mind and settled her down.

“I’ve been training since ’71,” said Fisher, “and I know that nothing beats just spending a lot of time with a horse.”

Chiefs Warpaint was ridden every day during the football season at Kenny Fisher Cutting Horses ranch, by Fisher himself. In addition, Derouchey rode the horse three times a week, in addition to her daily practice sessions with the cheerleaders.

“Susie’s show experience really helps in this deal,” said Fisher. “She knows how to ride and react to whatever comes at her. She’s a good hand and makes me look good.”

Team players

The American Paint Horse Association and its Foundation echoed the same sentiments about the rider and the special horse with whom she performs.

“When it comes to showcasing the beauty and talent of the American Paint Horse and spirit of our members, we couldn’t think of anyone more deserving than Susie and Warpaint,” said American Paint Horse Foundation Director Jerry Circelli.

“We’ve seen Paint Horses at a lot of show venues over the years, but witnessing this special horse and this talented rider race down the football field before the roaring approval of tens of thousands of fans was both inspirational and historic.

“I suspect a lot of Paint Horse owners will become Kansas City Chiefs fans when they see that an APHA member and an American Paint Horse play such key roles on the team.”

Post Named Chiefs cheerleader

By Ann Marie Bush

belindaBelinda Post, of Topeka, has been named a member of the Kansas City Chiefs Cheerleader squad.

Post, who is the daughter of Beverly Bernardi Post, attended workshops offered by the Kansas City Chiefs cheerleaders two weeks ago.

“All of the years of ballet, tap and jazz were beneficial,” Bernardi Post wrote in an e-mail Wednesday.

Post, 21, survived the first round of eliminations and then took part in a production show, where applicants had to compete in cocktail dress and dance routines.

“Earlier, they had private interviews,” Bernardi Post wrote. “After that evening, they made another cut. I anxiously awaited her call, several hours after the predicted time. It seems it took longer to tabulate than they had anticipated. She made that cut. So now approximately 50 to 60 went into finals. Belinda said ‘Mom, at least I have a shirt that says ‘I’m a KC Chiefs Cheerleader Finalist.’ ”

The last day was the most grueling for Post, her mother said, because about 24 of last year’s 28 cheerleaders tried out again.

On Wednesday, Post was notified that she has been named one of the cheerleaders.

Post graduated from Washburn Rural High School. She is a 2009 graduate of Kansas State University, where she was a twirler. She received a bachelor’s degree in theater/dance option.

The Kansas City Chiefs Web site,, has an introduction section featuring the 2010-2011 cheerleaders. It shows two pictures of Post.

Her mother owns Beverly Bernardi Post Conservatory of Dance and Pom, 5938 S.W. 17th. Post teaches several classes at the studio.

2010-2011 Chiefs Cheerleaders

The 2010-2011 Kansas City Chiefs Cheerleaders and Ambassadors have been selected. This year’s squad includes 26 Cheerleaders and five Ambassadors. Congratulations!

SI Gallery Update – NFL

The latest Sports Illustrated NFL Cheerleader gallery features photos from week #15. Teams included are the Jets, Eagles, Saints, Broncos, Bills, Chargers, and Chiefs. Click here to go there now.


SI Gallery Update – NFL

The newest NFL cheerleader gallery on features dance teams from the Cowboys, Chiefs, Colts, Vikings, Texans, Bucs, and Falcons. Click here to go to the photo pages.

2010 Pro Bowl Representatives: The Kansas City Chiefs Cheerleaders

This just in: fifth year veteran Jeron will represent the KC3 at the 2010 Pro Bowl. Congrats, Jeron! Click here to read her profile on the Chiefs website.

jeron-pro-bowl – Week 14 has new photos from Week 14 of the 2009-10 football season. With Christmas coming up next week, several NFL teams brought the santa’s helper outfits out of storage. I’ve never seen the Raiderettes dress for the holidays before. Sweet!

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