The upcoming football season is fast approaching and the Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders begin their search for enthusiastic, charismatic and talented women to represent one of the most prestigious teams in the NFL. Open call for auditions for the 2013 squad are set for 9:00 a.m., Saturday, April 13, 2013 at Sun Life Stadium.
“2013 is an exciting year for the Miami Dolphins and the Dolphins Cheerleaders,” said Dorie Grogan, Dolphins Sr. Director of Entertainment & Cheerleaders. “We are looking to build a team with talented, energetic, fresh new faces – you just might have the sparkle we are looking for. I hope to see you on April 13. “
Attendees must be at least 18 years of age and be a high school graduate by June 2013. The Dolphins are also holding prep classes every Wednesday evening in preparation for the auditions at the cheerleader studio at Sun Life Stadium. Classes are offered at 7 and 8:30 p.m.
Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders perform at every Dolphins home game, appear and perform at community and charity events, are role models for young children and Dolphins fans throughout the country and have the opportunity to travel the globe to perform and entertain our US troops.
For more information on prep classes or to preregister for the auditions, potential applicants can visit www.miamidolphinscheerleaders.net.
Must be 18 years old by June 1, 2013
High School graduate by June 2013
Must be able to attend all cheerleader rehearsals for the entire season,
If selected, must live in or relocate to South Florida and have means of transportation.
Preliminary & Semi-Final Auditions will be held at Sun Life Stadium on Saturday, April 13, 2013
Registration begins promptly at 8:30 am. Competition begins at 10:00 am.
Between 9:00 am and 10:00 am contestants learn audition choreography that will
Pre-Registered applicants arriving by 8:30 am will receive the first contestant numbers. You will also need to fill out a bio sheet and bring a photo to registration with you. Pre-registered applicants must present a photo ID to receive their contestant number.
Applicants not pre-registered need to bring a completed application form, bio form and photo to registration on the day of auditions. Blank applications forms will be available at registration.
This portion of the audition process is CLOSED to the public.
It will be a long day, so please bring your own snacks and drinks.
Mirrors, restrooms and outlets will be available for your convenience and use.
For Audition Questions email: firstname.lastname@example.org
WHAT TO WEAR
Crop/half top with trunks (dance style boy shorts)
Nude/flesh colored tights or panty hose
Dance shoes (sneakers, jazz shoes, character shoes, etc.)
No dance pants, warm-ups or shorts.
Wear your hair in a fashion that compliments your features and does not hide your face. This is not a typical dance audition, THINK GLAMOROUS!
The judges will rate you on poise, smile, personality, energy, figure and dance ability.
OVERVIEW OF THE AUDITION PHASES
Saturday, April 13, 2013 at 8:30am (times are approximate) – Registration doors open – pre-registered applicants will be allowed in first. All contestants must have an application, bio sheet and photo at the registration table. Applications can be filled out online by registering and those pre-registered will be the first to enter.
9:00am – 10:00am – Contestants learn audition choreography. This choreography will also be taught on Friday, April 12th, at prep class. To register for prep class, click here.
10:00am – Contestants will perform a :30 freestyle routine, followed by audition choreography learned in groups of five. After all contestants have auditioned the judges will retire to make their decisions. At approximately 12:00pm call backs for the Semi-Final Phase will be posted outside the admittance gate. Those selected will re-enter the stadium at this time.
*All contestants who received a “Free Pass” at the Prep Classes must arrive by 11:00 am to register for the Semi-Final Phase.
12:00pm – Contestants must bring their Preliminary contestant number or their “Free Pass” to re-register for the Semi-Final Phase. After registration is complete, the Cheerleader Choreographer will refresh the choreography learned earlier and kick line. Immediately following, contestants will perform the dance combination and kick line in groups of five. Upon completion of the dance section, the judges will retire to make decisions and return shortly for the announcement of those selected to advance to the next phase. Those selected will stay for a brief meeting to discuss the final phases of the Audition process: Interviews, Clinics and Performance.
Is Florida Panthers host the perfect woman? Maybe, dude
Eric Haley requires no seeing-eye dog to get around. Which you may find surprising after learning that the guy married to a former Miami Dolphins cheerleader, pictured right over there, calls her “The Dude.” Really, dude?
But talk to Andrea Ocampo-Haley for a little while and you might agree, she would be a good dude to have a beer with.
First, the Delray Beach resident is a major sports fan who was a Dolphins cheerleader during the 2001-2003 seasons, so she can give you some scoop on the Wannstedt years, when the ‘Fins would actually keep playing after the regular season. Remember the playoffs?
And, like a lot of guys who have waved good-bye to their playing days, Ocampo-Haley can exchange empathetic banter over the relief that comes with not having to work so hard to squeeze into the old uniform.
“Staying in shape now is a lot easier for me. I’m not having to fit into anything tiny, where my boobs will be spilling out. That ship has sailed!” Ocampo-Haley says, perhaps echoing something you have said to your buddies.
She can also talk hockey, having just started a gig as an in-arena host for the Florida Panthers, a role that sees her moving around the BB&T Center interacting with fans. Her first game was also the night the Panthers hung their division-championship banner. “It was so exciting, to get that rush and adrenaline. The energy in the building was out of control,” she says.
A native of Colombia (the small city of Armenia, near Medellin) who attended Western High in Davie (“Go Wildcats!”) and the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale (studying broadcasting), she’s not sure how she came to love hockey, but likes it rough.
“I love the fights. The bodies slamming against the glass. Who doesn’t?!” she says with a laugh.
You like cars? She likes cars. When Ocampo-Haley is not working for the Panthers (you can catch her this week at home games Thursday and Saturday), she is a spokesperson for Florida Fine Cars, dealerships in Hollywood and Miami specializing in pre-owned luxury rides. So she gets to run her hands over the BMWs and Mercedes you drool over.
“I always enjoyed cars, but here [at Florida Fine Cars] I am having to really know cars. Like anything, you learn it,” she says. Ocampo-Haley favors SUVs such as the Lexus IS F and Audi Q7, which is “really refined, a car that speaks to me.”
When she’s not doing all that, Ocampo-Haley pursues an acting career by going on auditions. Our conversation took place while she was driving from Delray Beach to Miami to try out for two commercials. One of them for Home Depot. In case you want to talk to her about belt sanders and reciprocating saw blades.
Photo: Adam Kaplan, courtesy Andrea Ocampo-Haley
By Ben Crandell
Miami Dolphins alum Jaime Edmonson announced via twitter last month that she and her significant other are expecting. Congrats!
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
The Gardens Ice House ( 2nd level, Gym)
What we’re looking for:
Showmanship, personality, energy, and enthusiasm!
**All participants must be able to pick up on Jazz, Hip Hop and Contemporary dance choreography at an advanced pace**
Dance or athletic half-top (stomach must be showing)
Must have a full/part time Job or attend college full/part time
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 email@example.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.
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.
The NFL’s 10 Best Cheerleading Squads 2013
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:
“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!”
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.
“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.”
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.”
“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.”
“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.
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.”
“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.”
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.
“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.”
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.
Congratulation to fiver-year veteran Amy!
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
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