Washington Lady Eagles Announce Auditions, Choreographer

The Lady Eagles are a professional dance team that represent the American Indoor Football (AIF) Washington Eagles Football Team. The Washington Eagles will enter their first season of play in April 2013. The dance team will perform and entertain Washington Eagles fans at all homes games, local events, community service events and other Washington Eagles related activities. The team is under the direction of Bea Codjoe and former Miami Dolphins Cheerleader and Washington Wizards Dancer, Kristena Wright.

Non refundable audition fee: $20

When: Sunday January 20th, 2013

Doors Open at 12:00pm

Auditions will be begin at 1:00 pm sharp

Where:

The Gardens Ice House ( 2nd level, Gym)
13800 Gunpowder Road
Laurel, MD 20707

What we’re looking for:

Showmanship, personality, energy, and enthusiasm!
Professionalism and maturity
Well-spoken dancers to represent the Washington Eagles in the community
Dance technique and style
Consistent positive attitude
Strong teamwork skills
Physical fitness and personal appearance
Ability and desire to commit for ONE FULL YEAR

**All participants must be able to pick up on Jazz, Hip Hop and Contemporary dance choreography at an advanced pace**

Attire:

Dance or athletic half-top (stomach must be showing)
Hot pants, dance trunks, or shorts (no full or capri length pants)
Dance sneakers, tennis shoes, or jazz shoes with non-marking sole

Requirements:

Must have a full/part time Job or attend college full/part time
18 Years of Age by January 2013 (NO EXCEPTIONS)
Must have reliable transportation

Additional Info:

Please come full hair and make up ready (Photo Ready)

All dancers must attend all practices (Sunday afternoons and one week day practice), all home games, and community/charitable appearances.

For more info on our upcoming auditions, please email the director at ladyeagles@washingtoneaglesfootball.com

For more information on The Lady Eagles Dance Team and the Washington Eagles Organization, please visit our website at: www.washingtoneaglesfootball.com

About the Choreographer:

Kristena Wright has been dancing since the age of 2 and competing since the age of 7. Having been a military brat, she trained in a wide range of styles including: ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, modern, pointe, african, baton, acrobatics, and hip hop, with studios in Florida, North Carolina, Virginia, and California. In high school she started her cheerleading journey which lead to a job working for Spirit Unlimited Cheer and Dance Inc. in Maryland. After 1 month of training she was promoted to head cheer/dance choreographer where she instructed for 4 years. Kristena graduated from the University of Maryland College Park with a B.S. in Family Science. While in college she spent one season as a spirit squad cheerleader before she ventured into the NBA and became one of the youngest dancers to join the Washington Wizards Dance Team. After two seasons with the Wizards, She spent one season with the Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders and has had the opportunity to serve as choreographer for Going Pro Entertainment Conventions. Kristena also did a stint competing in the Miss America pageant system earning the titles of Miss Southern Maryland, Miss Fairfax Virginia, Miss Hampton Roads Virginia, and Miss Chesapeake Virginia.

[Washington Lady Eagles]

A Perfect Day in South Florida: The Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders

So a couple of weeks ago, I escaped from the cold and windy Northeast to warm and sunny Florida.

And the highlight of the trip was certainly a trip to Sun Life Stadium to see the Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders.

Lined up before the end of 1st quarter performance.

Football isn’t a sport that lends itself to history, that is more baseball’s thing. But the Dolphins do an excellent job of honoring their past

This weekend was the celebration the 40th anniversary of the perfect and undefeated 1972 team.

Cheerleaders from the 1972 squad (then called the Dolphins Dolls) were on hand as well.

Former five-time MDC and 2012 Pro Bowler Ariana can still be found at the stadium on game days, but now she’s helping coordinate the cheerleaders.

Continue reading A Perfect Day in South Florida: The Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders

AlumniCheerleaders.com ranks the 2013 Teams

The NFL’s 10 Best Cheerleading Squads 2013
By Daniel Bukszpan
CNBC.com
December 28, 2012

When the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Green Bay Packers faced off at Super Bowl XLV, an estimated 11 million U.S. television viewers tuned into the 2011 game. Despite those numbers, something was missing — cheerleaders.

Of the 32 teams in the NFL, six don’t have squads, and Super Bowl XLV happened to feature two of them. The 2012 Super Bowl champion New York Giants also doesn’t have a cheerleading squad, but the team they beat, the New England Patriots, does, providing a morale boost from the sidelines.

CNBC.com listed the best cheerleading squads in 2011 and 2012. The 2013 rankings have been provided by Michele Crawford-Carnegie, a seven-year veteran of the Atlanta Falcons cheerleaders and the current owner of the Alumni Cheerleaders social networking site.

Read ahead to see the NFL’s 10 best cheerleading squads for 2013, as chosen by Crawford-Carnegie:


10. Miami Dolphins
“These ladies are exciting like the team and the city they cheer for,” Crawford-Carnegie said in an e-mail. The Dolphins’ cheerleaders have also found ways to use technology to their benefit, which hasn’t escaped the notice of even their fiercest competitors.

“This year, the Miami Dolphins cheerleaders found an innovative way to entertain their fans by creating a rendition of a music video for the song ‘Call Me Maybe’ filmed during their calendar shoot,” Philadelphia Eagles Director of Cheerleading Barbara Zaun said in an e-mail. “It currently has over 15 million views on YouTube. Very impressive!”


9. Denver Broncos
Broncos Director of Cheerleaders Teresa Shear said in an e-mail that the squad takes advantage of the Internet in ways that could teach others a thing or two. Their Facebook page has been “liked” by over 187,000 people, and their photo galleries are the most-viewed content on the team’s website.

Offline, the squad performed over 1,500 hours of community service in 2012. “They are very active in the community with helping those less fortunate,” Crawford-Carnegie said.


8. Washington Redskins
The Washington Redskins cheerleaders were founded in 1962. They have seen numerous luminaries pass through their ranks, including 2012 Miss District of Columbia Monique Thompkins, 2007 Miss Maryland Michae Holloman and Maureen Gardner, wife of Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell.

“These beautiful ladies cheering in the nation’s capital are known for showing support for our armed forces and honoring our veterans,” Crawford-Carnegie said. “They also have one of the largest and strongest Alumni Cheerleader groups in the league.”


7. Indianapolis Colts
The Indianapolis Colts cheerleaders return to CNBC.com’s list after disappearing from it last year. “The cheerleaders found a way to keep the spirit and enthusiasm for fans when the exciting Peyton Manning era ended,” Crawford-Carnegie said.

She also cited cheerleaders Megan M. and Crystal B., who memorably had their heads shaved as part of a challenge to raise money for leukemia research. “They did this live at a football game and helped to raise over $20,000,” she said. “This showed character and heart along with their beauty.”


6. Houston Texans
The Texans’ cheerleaders are recognized as an outstanding squad who always make time for the people watching the game. “These beautiful cheerleaders are very connected to their fans,” Crawford-Carnegie said, and according to Jayme Lamm, columnist for The Blonde Side sports blog, they’re second to none when it comes to fan interaction.

“The organization has only been around for 10 years, but there’s so much pride you can feel it from top to bottom,” Lamm said in an interview. “They do more than 40 appearances a year, and when they’re requested, they never turn it down. You can tell they have really good guidance and leadership.”


5. Philadelphia Eagles
The Eagles cheerleaders are widely viewed as exceptional. They were the only squad selected to perform at the amFAR Inspiration Gala in New York, where they hobnobbed with the likes of Marc Jacobs and Hugo Boss. This is fitting, since they’re the only squad in the NFL to wear uniforms designed by Vera Wang.

“In 2012, the Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleaders became the first squad in the NFL to produce a Cheerleader Calendar Mobile App,” Eagles Director of Cheerleading Barbara Zaun said in an e-mail. “It ranked on Android Market’s Top 5 Paid Sports Apps.” She also said that they take fan outreach to the next level. “During the NFL’s ‘Back to Football’ week, Eagles Cheerleaders show up unannounced at fans’ houses to surprise them with season tickets,” she said.


4. Atlanta Falcons
Since Crawford-Carnegie is herself a former Atlanta Falcons Cheerleader, it’s not surprising to see her alma mater make the list. However, she insists that the squad earned its spot. “They’ve had great team spirit over the years, whether the team is doing bad or great,” she said.

Chato Hendrix, coordinator of the Falcons Cheerleaders, said in an e-mail that the squad has high standards. “As a requirement specified in their contract, our cheerleaders must have full-time jobs or be pursuing a college degree,” she said. “The Atlanta Falcons Cheerleaders are definitely some of the most cheermazing attorneys, chemists, psychologists, accountants and educators you will ever meet.”


3. Dallas Cowboys
The Dallas Cowboys’ original cheerleading squad was a co-ed group founded in 1960. By the end of the decade, the males were kicked off the squad and the females that remained were clad in skimpy attire. The rest is history.

“Great marketing from the organization and TV shows have always kept these beautiful ladies in the public eye,” Crawford-Carnegie said. Indeed, the squad has appeared on such television shows as “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?” and “The Love Boat,” and they are currently the subject of the CMT reality show “Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team.”


2. New England Patriots
Ellen Mahoney, chief human resources officer at Harvard Business School, is a former New England Patriots cheerleader in the 1980s. She has high praise for the organization. “The women on the squad are uniformly intelligent, charming, informed, and honored to be representing one of the best teams in the NFL,” she said in an e-mail.

The team’s director of corporate communications, Jeff Cournoyer, cited their involvement with the community off the field. “They have continued to expand their community outreach initiatives, including a new ‘Cheers for our Heroes’ program to recognize deserving military members, a new partnership with P.A.W.S. Cat and Kitten Rescue,” he said in an e-mail.


1. Oakland Raiders
In a test of its fans’ loyalty and patience, the Raiders football team moved from Oakland to Los Angeles and back to Oakland within a span of 13 years. But while the stadiums may have changed, the fans’ love of the Raiderette cheerleaders never wavered, and they have remained “Football’s Fabulous Females” through all the ups and downs.

“The Oakland Raiderettes’ are the hottest NFL squad this season,” Crawford-Carnegie said. “Their performances are exciting and thrilling to watch. Their hard work is obvious at every game, and that kind of commitment is very special.” She also pointed out another vital attribute that makes the Raiderettes exceptional. “Their iconic uniform is a part of what makes them so appealing and sexy.”

Photos of the Year – December 27

Between Christmas and New Year’s we are showcasing the year’s favorite photos from our contributors.


I’m showcasing this candid photo of rookie Macy of the Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders. It has been the favorite of my readers/viewers since originally posted from the April 2012 auditions. Macy was born in Lombard, Illinois and is finishing up her first year as a South Florida resident.

[Macy at MiamiDolphins.net]

Photo of the Day – December 17


From Sunday at Sun Life Stadium – Candi of the Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders

2013 Pro Bowl: Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders

Congratulation to fiver-year veteran Amy!

[Amy at MiamiDolphinsCheerleaders.net]

From The UC Vault – 2011 Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders

Once more into the vault for some photos that I never got around to posting.

I was in Miami last December when the Dolphins hosted the Raiders in week 13 of the 2011 NFL Season


And yes the Dolphins did win the game, by the convincing score of 34-14.

Tatiana

Andrea

Amy

Truly

Samantha

Monica

[Dolphins Cheerleaders Gallery]

[MiamiDolphinsCheerleaders.net]

MDC vs. US Army: Side by side

NFL. com: Weeks 10 and 11

Click here for week 10! (Ravens, Jaguars, Patriots, Panthers, Dolphins, Bengals, Saints, Bucs, Vikings, 49ers, and Eagles)

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Free Dolphins Cheerleaders Calendars if You Give a Non-Perishable Food Item

By Rebecca Dittmar
Broward/Palm Beach New Times

America was the very first country to create a holiday all about being thankful. One of the best ways to do that is to help others have a good Thanksgiving, too. Yet sometimes we all need a little encouragement to get giving.

Don’t put off giving any longer. Bring a non-perishable food donation to any Ed Morse dealership and you’ll receive a 2013 Dolphins Cheerleaders Calendar. You’ll not only be filled with the warm glow of charity, but also the warm glow of… uhh, well a warm glow.

“I don’t know exactly how many years we’ve been doing it. As long as I can remember, so 15 or 20 years at least. It really started with my grandfather. We just do it to help people. We try any way we can,” says Teddy Morse, the founder’s grandson and CEO of the company’s flagship dealership, Ed Morse Bayview Cadillac. “I hate giving canned-sounding answers like that.”

Truth is, Morse doesn’t sound “canned” at all. He sounds like, well, a regular guy who just happens to run one of the largest car dealerships in South Florida, knows how lucky he is, and likes to give back where he can.

“I was blessed to be born into a family that had Thanksgiving every year, so we just want to help other people have the same,” says Morse. “Hopefully we’ll get a lot of food and people will have a nicer Thanksgiving than they would have otherwise.”

Morse knows a car dealership isn’t the kind of business people visit on a daily basis, so the 2013 Dolphins Cheerleader Calendars are just a little incentive to catch people’s attention and maybe encourage them to come in. All of the donated food will go to Feeding America, a food bank network that helps to feed more than 37 million Americans every year.

The Ed Morse food drive wraps up November 16, so if you’re hankering for one of those calendars, get in to an Ed Morse dealership soon. To give directly to Feeding America, visit their website, feedingamerica.org.

From November 26 through December 14, all Ed Morse locations will be accepting donations of unwrapped toys to be given to Toys for Tots – no word yet on whether more calendars will be given out with the toy drive. You’ll just have to wait and see.

Ed Morse locations accepting donations:
Ed Morse Bayview Cadillac 1240 North Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale.
Ed Morse Sawgrass Auto Mall 14401 West Sunrise Blvd., Sunrise.
Ed Morse Cadillac Sawgrass 14399 West Sunrise Blvd., Sunrise.
Ed Morse Cadillac Delray Beach 2300 South Federal Highway, Delray Beach.
Ed Morse Honda 3790 West Blue Heron Blvd., Riviera Beach.
Ed Morse’s Delray Toyota 2800 South Federal Highway, Delray Beach.

Former Dolphins Cheerleader Rides to Fight Cancer

Former Miami Dolphins Cheerleader Shannon Ford is now preparing to ride a bike for more than 30 miles on Sunday Nov. 4th in the third annual Dolphins Cycling Challenge (DCC). By donating 100% of proceeds raised by the DCC riders to the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami, this ride was created to tackle cancer. At the recent Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders Alumni reunion, Shannon was inspired by the spirit and courage of Christina Linett Cousineau, an original 1978 Miami Dolphin Starbrite who is living with cancer. Shannon will be riding in honor of Christina and her battle with the disease. Christina and her family will be at the finish line cheering Shannon on her final strides.

“I had the privilege of meeting Christina at the recent Miami Dolphins Cheerleader Alumni Reunion, she is such an inspiration and I will be riding the Dolphins Cycling Challenge in her honor.”

[Shannon’s Ride Page]

[ShannonFord.com]

Fins Force: The Miami Dolphins’ all-male cheerleaders

Daniel Vasquez
Sun-Sentinel.com
October 21, 2012

I led the Miami Dolphins into battle against the St. Louis Rams last Sunday by being the first in line to sprint across the windy Sun Life Stadium field, arms stretched and locked, as I carried the American flag.

Forget that I was outrun by the Dolphins’ mascot, T.D., who caught up to me midfield and zoomed past in front of a crowd of 50,000 cheering fans.

The Dolphins won 17-14 and improved their record to 3-3. I felt like I helped, along with the other members of the Fins Force, a band of testosterone-pumped fans paid to cheer on the Dolphins from the field and work the hometown crowds into a frenzy.

True Miami Dolphins fans know all about the Fins Force. They’re the guys responsible for running two 16-foot Dolphins team flags — one flag per guy, sprinting in the opposite direction of the other guy from one end of the end zone to the other end — after each Dolphins score.

I did that, too. It looks like fun, but the heavy wind can make it feel like your legs are made of Jell-O and you’re toting bags of coal.

I donned the Fins Force uniform, official Nike aqua-and-coral team color T-shirts and shorts, and performed the squad’s manly version of sideline cheering: fist pumping, miming first-down referee signals and fanning both hands above my head to make the crowd get loud during key defensive plays.

I stood on the field next to the real-life Dolphins cheerleaders. Ah, the life of a Fins Force member.

Joining the 10-man team for a day was one of the greatest moments of my life, even with a 7-foot stuffed Dolphin in giant clown cleats outrunning me.

From the time I showed up about 9:30 a.m., more than three hours before game time, I was put to work. I handed out Dolphins freebies, Mardi Gras-style beads and team handkerchiefs to tailgating fans. Some returned the favor with high fives or hugs.

I judged an impromptu dance contest, fan against fan and gave away game tickets. I danced too, on stage, to pump up the early-bird crowd and introduce the Rolling Stones tribute band of silver-haired rockers who performed pre-game.

It was hard to remember I was working.

“I watch the game up close. Meet the fans, players and celebrities. Get paid every game,” said Fins Force Captain Thomas Holt, who has befriended Denzel Washington and Tiger Woods and once received a warm hug from Fergie in front of her husband, actor Josh Duhamel. “I would pay them for this job.”

Each Fins Force member signs a contract with the team’s head office to perform at all 10 home games. They get paid $65 per game. Each earned his spot on the Fins Force by trying out.

They have to follow a host of rules, enforced by the team and NFL, from what they wear to where they stand, from when they are allowed to cheer to what they can yell out.

Then there are those huge flags.

“Take it,” Holt screamed at me as the crowd roared after the Dolphins scored their first touchdown. I wanted with all my soul to lift that 16-foot Dolphins flag and run it back and forth across the end zone before the referees restarted the game clock and the network TV cameras began re-rolling. But it was too much pressure.

The Fins Force came to my rescue, urging me on like brothers. They didn’t know I had a sprained elbow, and I didn’t want to make an excuse.

After the next touchdown, Holt handed me the flag, and this time I ran across the end zone. It wasn’t so bad, until I turned to come back. Then South Florida winds said hello. I returned to Jell-O.

“Sprint!” Holt shouted. “Go!” shouted someone from the stands. I ran fast but my legs hardly moved. But I made it.

As the crowd quieted and the game resumed, I felt of a glimpse of what it was like to be on the Fins Force. Those guys (Thomas, Carlos, James, Waldo, Doug, Jeffery, Brian, Javid and Fahim) have one of the best jobs in all of South Florida. And they work hard to keep it.

NFL.com: Week 6

Click here to check out the NFL’s photos from week six. This collection includes teams from the Eagles, Jets, Seahawks, Ravens, Redskins, Dolphins, Falcons, Titans, and 49ers.

Call Me Maybe – The craze lives on

So you all know that the Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders did a video to Carly Rae’s “Call Me Maybe.” The video went viral. Everyone has seen it.

Even our boys in Afghanistan.

There must be a lot of down time out there in the desert, because they managed to recreate the Cheerleader video with a mind blowing degree of accuracy. I’m not talking just about the choreography, but every nuance, every wink, every booty shot. They had to improvise now and then, using cots for beach chairs, mop heads for poms, and combat boots instead of go-gos with 3 inch heels. I can only imagine the number of times these guys watched the cheerleader video (in slow-mo no doubt) to pull this off. I hope the Dolphins Cheerleaders get a chance to watch this video, and maybe even get in touch with these knuckleheads. Send them some autographed photos or something, because this kind of effort should not go unrewarded.

And dudes? Thank you for not wearing bikinis.


[Watch the MDC video] [Watch the military video]

Flight Crew White-Out

The New York Jets Flight Crew has a new look. And I like it. As I’ve said in the past, I enjoy a puff sleeve and/or a ruffle. In moderation. The collar adds a little “pow!” too. I have no idea what these outfits were for, if it’s a one-time only thing, or what, but I enjoyed them. If one of you has the scoop, and would care to enlighten me, I would love to know the deets.

I will say, the one thing I did not enjoy so much was (were?) the poms. I have a few personal rules when it comes to dressing a pro team:

  • Uniforms must not be ugly, skanky, boring, or lame. Duh.
  • I don’t like to see cheerleaders in black. Some black is ok. Mostly black: not ok. And I really hate black poms. I find them depressing. And not very exciting to watch on the field.
  • The outfit has to have some kind of branding. Logo, team name, or whatever. It has to clearly identify the team the dancers are associated with.
  • There must be some sparkle. Doesn’t have to look like one of those glitz dresses on Toddlers and Tiaras, but you’ve got to have some.
  • No likey when the poms are a solid color that matches the main color of the outfit. The whole point of poms is to emphasize the motions and provide contrast. So Flight Crew, if you’re going to wear all white again, we need to chat about the poms. I know a guy who can hook you up. Call me.
  • I’m sure I have more rules, I just haven’t made them up yet

On a somewhat related note, the Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders also recently debuted a new look. I like this one as well. Apparently in addition to a puff sleeve and a ruffle, I also enjoy a scoop neck. And I enjoy that they’ve got some color to them. I do like the white outfits worn all around the league, but after a while, they all start to blur together in my mind.

I need to start writing these down…

But that’s enough about me. What do you guys think?