Dolphins cheerleaders shine at Swimsuit Calendar Fashion Show

Jeremiah Thermidor
Miami Examiner
August 25, 2011


The Dolphins cheerleaders were phenomenal as they hit the runway on Wednesday night for their 2011 Calendar Unveiling at the Fontainebleau hotel in Miami Beach.

The girls drew thousands of people who packed LIV inside the hotel, and the fans definitely got their monies worth.

The show was a high energy experience as the cheerleaders walked and danced on stage to amazing music from different genres. (Check out the slideshow by selecting the link on the left side of the page)

The team also announced who would be the cover girls for the calendar this year.

Fifth-year veteran Ariana Aubert and second-year cheerleader Brianne Herndon received the honor of gracing the cover.

Other cheerleaders were selected to fill out the 12 months on the calendar prior to Wednesday night’s event.

The cheerleaders shot the calendar earlier this year in Puerto Plata which is located on the north side of the Dominican Republic.

“We worked from morning to night putting all our energy into this calendar,” said Tatiana who was selected as Miss September. “But it was an incredible experience.”

You can buy the 2011 calendar by going to the Miami Dolphins website.

NFL Pre-season: Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders

Amy, Kiley, Ashley

Amy, Kiley, Ashley



Tatiana and Natalie D.

Tatiana and Natalie D.



Brianne, Stephanie, Michele, Truly

Brianne, Stephanie, Michele, Truly



Jessica G. and Pam

Jessica G. and Pam

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Dolphins Cheerleader Swimsuit Show Next Week

The show benefits the Miami Dolphins Foundation
Date: Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Time: 9:30 PM – 2:30 AM
Your $30 Donation includes: admission for one and one free drink ticket.

Dolphins Cheerleader Alum is new Mrs. United States

Robin Leach
Las Vegas Sun
August 5, 2011

So close! Vivacious Mrs. Nevada Deborah Ashton-Cooke was just one of the 54 contestants in the 25th Anniversary Mrs. United States Pageant at the Las Vegas Hilton this week. The glamorous Las Vegas model agency owner made it into the Top 20, and then into the Top 12 — and then all the way into the final three.

Standing center stage at the Hilton last night, it came down to Deborah, Mrs. Georgia Tiffany Love and Mrs. Florida Shannon Ford. The suspense and excitement was at fever pitch. Then after weeks of preparation, training and final rehearsals, all that remained was the final few seconds until the announcement of the winner.

The contestants had been judged on their personalities, charitable commitments, evening gowns and swimsuits, plus the judges’ interview and the dreaded final live question. Deborah placed second runner-up, Tiffany from Atlanta was first runner-up, and Miami’s Shannon Ford was crowned the 2011 Mrs. United States.

Photographer Tom Donoghue was there for an extraordinary finals night photo gallery as 2010 winner Rachel Juillerat turned over her crown and title to Shannon.

Shannon was a MDC during the 2001-02 season

The human resources manager of a major wealth management company, Shannon also serves as a Miami Dolphins ambassador, one of a select group of former cheerleaders that represents the organization and advocates community service.

Two years ago, Shannon was diagnosed with Celiac Disease, an illness that requires her to maintain a gluten-free diet. Her husband Ray and she married after dating for 15 years and are avid runners, with Shannon completing half and full marathons in The Sunshine State.

Tiffany, who won the Mrs. Fitness title in the pageant, is a record-breaking track and field athlete in the 400m and 800m and was just 2 seconds shy from making the 2008 Olympic team. She is a licensed oncology behavioral therapist and is pursuing a doctorate in psychology. Tiffany is an ambassador of Speedway Children’s Charities, which works from our Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Deborah is the official spokeswoman for Fuel the Cure for Diabetes, an awareness and fundraising arm for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and is an active volunteer for local youth programs including Make-a-Wish, Toys for Tots, Children’s Miracle Network, Eye Care for Kids, Big Brothers/Big Sisters and City of Hope.

The ladies return in a year’s time for the 26th annual pageant when Shannon will crown the next winner. Vegas DeLuxe’s coverage of the Mrs. United States Pageant this week included the swimsuit photo shoot and the preliminaries — with state costumes, swimsuit and evening gowns — both at the Hilton.

Mediterranean Cookbook a Tribute to Author’s Grandmother

By Monica Villar

Vero Beach will get a taste of easy Mediterranean recipes when a South Florida native introduces the Treasure Coast to her new cookbook, “Nahima’s Hands: Unique Mediterranean Cuisine.”

Andrea Cassell, 55, will sign copies of the book and let guests taste her favorite dishes at the Vero Beach Book Center on July 16.

Cassell, who lives with her husband in Wichita, Kan., said the book was inspired by her grandmother Nahima Albert, a Syrian immigrant who raised her and taught her how to make most of the recipes in the book. After Cassell’s mother went back to work as a first-grade teacher, her grandmother took care of her.

“She would prepare food for my mom when she got home from work, and from watching my grandmother cook, I captured all that love and giving from an early age,” said Cassell, a mother of four. “She was extraordinary. She was 101 years old and was never on medication, never colored her hair and always had a smile on her face.”

Nahima was born Sept. 21, 1908. In a time of arranged marriages, she was matched at age 15 with her husband Antonio, and they were married in 1926. They moved to a number of countries and ended up in Miami, where they owned Tony’s Curb Market.

“I remember going to my grandparents’s grocery store as a kid and knowing and chatting with all the employees. I think that’s where I formed my outgoing personality and love for people and for food,” said Cassell, who was a Miami Dolphins Cheerleader in the early 1970s.

Mrs. Tony, as neighborhood residents often called Nahima, died in 2009. Cassell wrote the book to capture the memory of her grandmother, using what she learned from Nahima to create recipes to fill out the book.

“It’s an easy cookbook with easy ingredients,” Cassell said. “All the recipes in the book are Mediterranean and healthy. Nothing is fried.”

Creating the recipes was easy; writing them down was difficult for Cassell.

“I’m not used to cooking with measurements so I had to make everything five or six times to make it work,” she said.

The book features appetizers, salads, dressings and marinades, soups and stews, grains and legumes, vegetable dishes, meat dishes, dessert and breads. There’s also a slow cooker section and wine pairings to go along with many of the dishes.

But the book is about more than just good food to Cassell.

“When you have someone who passed away, the memory can last forever,” Cassell said. “But how many people can hold that memory in their hands every day? I hold my grandmother in my hands every day with my book, so I can never forget her.”


Serves 10 or more


1 16-ounce jar grape leaves

1½ pounds ground sirloin or chuck

1 6-ounce can tomato paste

10 cloves garlic, minced

1 cup rice, washed and drained

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon ground black pepper

1 cup lemon juice

4 large tomatoes, finely diced


1 In a large bowl, combine meat, rice, garlic, salt, pepper, tomatoes and tomato paste. Mix well.

2 Lay grape leaves on a plate smooth side down; cut stems. Place leaves one at a time on a flat surface. Spread with 1 tablespoon of mixture. Fold sides in and roll leaf very tightly. Repeat method until all leaves are rolled.

3 Left-over leaves can be used to line the bottom of your pan. Line rolled grape leaves in pan side by side. Cover the bottom.

4 Place second row in the opposite direction. Cover with a heavy plate to keep them in place while cooking. Add water to cover the plate. Contemporary method: Use chicken broth instead of water for extra flavor. Bring to a boil.

5 Cover and simmer for 40-45 minutes until rice is done. Remove plate. Pour lemon juice over leaves.

6 Cool 5-10 minutes, then remove leaves gently to avoid breakage. Place on platter and garnish with sliced lemons.


Serves 6


¾ cup fine bulgur wheat

¾ cup finely chopped green onions

¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons fresh mint, chopped (optional)

1 cup fresh parsley, chopped

2 medium tomatoes, chopped

1 cup diced cucumber

¼ cup lemon juice

¼ cup extra virgin olive oil

Salt and pepper to taste

Black olives to garnish


1 Place bulgur wheat in a bowl and cover with cold water. Let soak for 20 minutes. Drain excess water if necessary.

2 Mix wheat with onion. Add mint, parsley, tomato, cucumber, seasonings, oil and lemon juice. Tabbouleh should have a distinctive lemony flavor.

3 Serve chilled and decorated with black olives. Tabbouleh is eaten scooped up in bread or, more traditionally, in fresh lettuce leaves.


Behind the Squad Photo

The Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders have been very busy preparing for the 2011 NFL season. They’ve got their new squad photo and individual uniform shots, and the website has recently been updated. for the 2011 season! Click here to see a few behind the scenes photos from the team shoot, and Click here to see the finished results.

From NFL Cheerleader to National Geographic Explorer

Not many former NFL Cheerleaders have survived a plane crash, slept in jungles teeming with poisonous snakes, swum with hungry great white sharks, rappelled down a 14,000-foot sinkhole in search of frogs, and been charged by an angry silverback gorilla. But then, Mireya Mayor is not your typical ex-NFL cheerleader.


Gables resident chosen as Miami Dolphins’ cheerleader

By Ana I. Herrera / Staff Writer
Gables Homepage
June 14, 2011

To Lara Ryan, cheerleading is more than just dancing and looking cute.

A resident of Coral Gables, the 22-year-old was recently selected as one of the 42 young women making up the 2011-12 cheerleading squad of the Miami Dolphins.

“Cheerleading helps you be a more mature person, be organized, kind, work well with others, and be on time to everything,” said Ryan, adding that the best part about her job is getting to meet and serve the community.

Ryan was chosen among 76 women who competed in the final round. Approximately 300 applicants from different parts of the country had tried out in the preliminary competition.

Originally from Dallas, Ryan graduated from the University of Miami with a bachelor’s in economics and minors in chemistry and psychology.

An only child, Ryan said not having brothers or sisters to show the way forced her to be very independent. She considers her main virtue to be honesty and said the person she admires the most is her mother, for her strength and perseverance.

A soccer player in her early school years, Ryan began her cheerleading career in middle school. She was also part of UM’s dance team.

“I feel so blessed to be given this opportunity,” said Ryan. “I’m truly grateful, so many girls seek this. What you learn from the choreographers and coaches is priceless.”

The Dolphins’ cheerleaders practice three to four times a week, for three to four hours each night. But their work is not limited to performing at games. Throughout the year, they participate in various charity events, parades and festivals.

“Lara was chosen not only because she is beautiful and talented, but because she possesses that special spark we look for when choosing the squad,” said Miami Dolphins staff assistant Katherine Milliken. “We look for ladies who are confident in themselves and who can bring a positive energy to the team.”

Milliken said that while the Miami Dolphins cheerleaders have transformed since their inception, the idea behind them has remained the same: to positively represent the diverse women of South Florida.

Ryan’s goals for the future include opening a studio where she can teach dance, as well as pursue a master’s in business administration.

Dolphins Cheerleaders Magazine Feature

Lifestyle Magazine Group
June 2011
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The 2011-2012 football season will be the third year a Davie woman will be on the sidelines as a member of the Miami Dolphins Cheerleading Squad. Every time Andrea learns she has made the squad, she says the feeling is just as special as the first. “I am honored,” Andrea says. “I am still shocked to say this is going to be my third season for the Miami Dolphins!”

The 2011-2012 Miami Dolphin cheerleading squad was officially announced on May 7th. More than five hundred applicants tried out for the coveted roles, eighty made it to the final round, but only forty get to cheer on the field. In addition to Andrea, Brooke from Southwest Ranches will also be part of the cheerleading team. Andrea says it is something she has always known she has wanted to do. “I grew up watching the Dolphins, but I have also seen so many cheerleaders at different events and charity appearances, I fell in love right away. To cheer, dance and represent an organization you are so passionate about, it is definitely worth every second,” she said.

Just like the football players they cheer on, the squad is responsible for staying healthy, staying in shape and attending rehearsals. In addition to cheering, the woman are also asked to travel as representatives of the team, take part in photo shoots and mingle within the community. Andrea says it is a part of the job she loves. “We call them ‘opportunities’ rather than ‘responsibilities.’ I had the opportunity to host a 5k run/walk for the Women in Distress organization, shop with the kids during the holidays with Publix, perform at ESPN the same weekend, shoot for our annual calendar, visit our military troops in Honduras and Curacao, I even had the opportunity to sky dive with the Army’s Golden Knights. I would definitely call these opportunities of a lifetime and not responsibilities,” she said. But she admits there are challenges to being on the squad, chief among them; finding a job/career that understands her role as a Dolphin Cheerleader. “Nothing is easy, and if being a Miami Dolphins Cheerleader were easy, every girl would be doing this,” Andrea said.

The Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders have had a long and proud history, starting in 1966 which was the first year for the football team. Emily Newton, the Director of the Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders, says it takes someone special to be on the squad. “To be a Miami Dolphins Cheerleader, you must first have a love and passion for the team and sport, and be a beautiful physically fit and talented young woman who’s personality sparkles in front of an audience,” said Newton, who added that the judges look for sparkle in a new candidate, someone who stands out with her personality and exudes confidence. Newton is a former four year member of the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders.

These are qualities Brooke, from Southwest Ranches, possess in a big way. She is a two year veteran of the squad and is excited she will be back on the sidelines. “I am so happy and excited to be a part of the 2011-2012 squad. I am so thankful and blessed to be selected to enjoy another year representing the Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders,” she said. Like Andrea, being a cheerleader is something she has always wanted to do because she loves to perform. “Being in front of a huge crowd with screaming fans is a great feeling,” she said.

Brooke said her biggest challenge is managing her time. As a full time student, she finds it challenging to maintain good grades, while also keeping up the responsibilities of a cheerleader. “Not only do we cheer at every home game, but we also do a lot of community work as well as many different appearances and traveling. From helping out in hospitals and schools, traveling to different military bases to support our troops, and practicing three nights a week, we maintain a very busy schedule with many responsibilities, but I would not trade them for anything in the world,” she said.

It is a feeling shared by many former Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders, who were originally known as the Dolphin Dolls, when they first began in 1966. At that time, they consisted of one hundred and twenty five girls ranging in age from eight to eighteen. Of the one hundred and twenty five members, forty eight were chosen each week to perform on the sidelines while the remaining cheered from their seats in the end zone bleachers. In 1978, the cheerleaders became known as the Dolphin Starbrites, under the direction of Joe Robbie, the then owner of the Miami Dolphins. This group of thirty were chosen out of over three hundred women who auditioned for director June Taylor. The first Dolphin Starbrites wore one piece bathing suits and go-go boots and cheered on a stage in the east end zone of the Orange Bowl. Part of their act was putting on spectacular Broadway-style half-time shows to music played by a twenty two piece brass band.

In 1983, the Dolphins made an agreement with Burger King to hold a “Name the Cheerleaders” contest. At the end of the contest, the Dolfin Starbrites changed their name to the Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders. Each year the cheerleaders’ uniforms varied from white to orange to aqua one piece swimsuits, sometimes with a vest or fringe skirt, but always keeping the white go-go boots. That didn’t change until 1990, when Kathy Morton Shashaty took over as director and choreographer, and the cheerleaders updated their uniforms and started wearing sneakers on the sidelines. Shashaty was a Dolphins Cheerleader from 1981 to 1985, and served as assistant choreographer for the squad four years prior to replacing June Taylor. In 1994, more changes came to the squad under then owner Wayne Huizenga, as a coed stunting and collegiate-style cheerleading squad was debuted at the first pre-season game.

After the year 2000, the cheerleaders glamorized their look with shiny white boots and Rhinestone uniforms. The squad has gone international as they have traveled and performed across the globe, shooting swimsuit calendars, performing on military tours and helping in local communities. They have also been voted the sexiest cheerleaders in the NFL.

Despite the challenges and responsibilities of the job, both Brooke and Andrea say they are anxious and ready to get the season underway.” I am most looking forward to meeting all of the new girls on the team. Our team is like a family and I am so excited to create new friendships and to see what is in store for our 2011-2012 squad,” said Brooke. “Being on the field with my teammates, dancing to our fight song, looking up into the stands and seeing nothing but aqua and orange!” said Andrea. For more on the squad, check out

Emmy Award-Winning Journalist Pamela Silva Conde Joins Univision’s Primer Impacto as New Co-anchor

Pamela Silva Conde is a former Miami Dolphins Cheerleader

Pamela Silva Conde is a former Miami Dolphins Cheerleader

Univision Network, one of the top five networks in the U.S. regardless of language, announced today that Emmy award-winning journalist Pamela Silva Conde has been named the new co-anchor of “Primer Impacto” (First Impact). Silva Conde will join the news magazine’s team, serving as host and conducting interviews, beginning Tuesday, July 5, during its regular time, Monday through Sunday at 5pm ET/PT (4pm Central).


“As part of Univision’s continued commitment to deliver the best news and most innovative programming, we are honored to welcome Pamela into her new role,” said Daniel Coronell, vice president of Univision News. “Pamela’s extensive experience, tremendous passion and exemplary reporting make her an incredible asset to the ‘Primer Impacto’ team.”

As one of the highest-rated news shows in the United States and 12 Latin American countries, Univision’s award-winning news magazine, “Primer Impacto,” offers viewers the most complete news coverage and human interest reporting on the issues of most importance to the community. Silva Conde, who has been preparing for this new role for some time, will join “Primer Impacto’s” talented team, Bárbara Bermudo, Satcha Pretto and Jackie Guerrido. Seasoned journalist Ilia Calderón, who served as the news magazine’s co-anchor, recently joined Noticiero Univision’s late evening edition, “Noticiero Univision Edición Nocturna,” alongside Edna Schmidt, will continue to present news and interviews with some of the most influential national and international political figures and celebrities.

Silva Conde began her career at Univision in 2003 as coordinator of community service, reporter and producer of the community show, “Miami Ahora,” on WLTV Univision 23. She then became a reporter for Univision’s entertainment show “Escándalo TV” on TeleFutura, and was also an official spokesperson for WAMI TeleFutura 69. In 2005, Silva Conde joined WLTV Univision 23’s news team as a reporter and host for the ¡Luces, Camara, Accion! (Lights, Camera, Action!) entertainment segment. Later, she became co-anchor of “Noticias 23 Al Amanecer” on WLTV Univision 23 and WAMI TeleFutura 69 in Miami. Most recently, Silva Conde has served as a correspondent for Univision’s news magazine “Aquí y Ahora,” in addition to reporting for the network’s news team where she interviewed several heads of state, including the President of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos, and the President of Mexico, Felipe Calderon Hinojosa.

Silva Conde has received several professional awards and accolades. She has won six Emmy awards for her exemplary journalistic work. In 2006 she won her first Emmy award for on-camera talent, followed by three Emmy awards in 2007 for writing, news feature story, and human interest story. In 2009, she won her fifth Emmy for a feature story about and was awarded her sixth Emmy in 2010 for investigative special feature.

Silva Conde graduated with honors from the journalism school at Florida International University (FIU), institution that named her as the “Communications Graduate of the Year” in 2009. She is finishing a Master’s degree in Bilingual Communications from St. Thomas University and is currently enrolled in a second Master’s in Business Administration at her alma mater, FIU. She is a board member for the Miami-based not-for-profit “Amigos For Kids,” which provides services to children in South Florida who are abused and/or abandoned.

Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders Finals



After nearly four months of preparations the Miami Dolphins have selected the women that will represent the organization as the 2011 Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders. The final selection took place on Saturday, May 7 at the Aventura Mall in Aventura, FL, as 42 ladies were chosen by a celebrity panel of nine judges along with votes that were placed online, via text messages and in person by mall patrons.

Former Dolphins Cheerleader and Univision News Anchor Pamela Silva Conde served as one of the judges.

Former Dolphins Cheerleader and Univision News Anchor Pamela Silva Conde served as one of the judges.

The all day competition included all 76 finalists from around the country presenting a self choreographed performance as well as taking part in a group performance. The performances concluded an intense week of preparations for the finalists who were chosen just six days earlier from a field of over 400 applicants.

Fans cheering on their favorites

Fans cheering on their favorites

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Cheerleader Turned Rockstar

See and hear Melissa recording vocals for her new song “Romancing the Dragon.” She talks about her transition from Miami Dolphins Cheerleader to Rock Songstress!


Scenes from Dolphins Cheerleader Finals

Click here for photos from last weekend’s final auditions for the Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders.

Miami Dolphins finalize their 2011 cheerleading squad

The South Florida Sun Sentinel

The Miami Dolphins players may be locked out, but the team still was able to fill its cheerleading squad.

According to, 42 women were selected out of the 77 contestants after an eight-hour competition

“We are excited about the talent and quality of women that auditioned this year!” said Emily Newton, director of Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders. “The sidelines will be full of energetic and beautiful women cheering on the Fins!”

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2011-12 Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders

2011-12 Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders (Click to enlarge)

2011-12 Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders (Click to enlarge)

Congratulations to the 2011-12 Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders. The new squad was selected Saturday afternoon after a long day of performances at the Aventura Mall. More photos coming soon.