NFL Cheerleader Photos From Week 9

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NFL teams that hosted games during week 9 of the regular season have uploaded photos of their cheerleading squads to their team sites. Click on the links below to go to the team page galleries.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Minnesota Vikings
Miami Dolphins
Kansas City Chiefs
Baltimore Ravens
San Francisco 49ers
Los Angeles Rams
San Diego Chargers
Oakland Raiders
Seattle Seahawks

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SI.com: NFL Cheerleaders Week 9

SI.com has uploaded a gallery of NFL cheerleaders from week 9.  More interesting photos this week. Click here to view the gallery.

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NFL Cheerleader Photos From Week 7

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NFL teams that hosted games during week 7 of the regular season have uploaded photos of their cheerleading squads to their team sites. Click on the links below to go to the team page galleries.

Los Angeles Rams
Cincinnati Bengals
Detroit Lions
Jacksonville Jaguars
Kansas City Chiefs
Miami Dolphins
New York Jets
Philadelphia Eagles
Tennessee Titans
Atlanta Falcons
San Francisco 49ers
Arizona Cardinals
Denver Broncos

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SI.com: NFL Cheerleaders Week 7

SI.com has uploaded a gallery of NFL cheerleaders from week 7.  Click here to view the gallery.

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NFL Cheerleader Photos From Week 6

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NFL teams that hosted games during week 6 of the regular season have uploaded photos of their cheerleading squads to their team sites. Click on the links below to go to the team page galleries.

San Diego Chargers
Detroit Lions
Miami Dolphins
New England Patriots
New Orleans Saints
Tennessee Titans
Washington Redskins
Oakland Raiders
Seattle Seahawks
Houston Texans
Arizona Cardinals

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SI.com: NFL Cheerleaders Week 6

SI.com has uploaded a gallery of NFL cheerleaders from week 6. Click here to view the gallery.

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NFL Cheerleader Photos From Week 5

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NFL teams that hosted games during week 5 of the regular season have uploaded photos of their cheerleading squads to their team sites. Click on the links below to go to the team page galleries.

San Francisco 49ers
Detroit Lions
Indianapolis Colts
Miami Dolphins
Baltimore Ravens
Minnesota Vikings
Denver Broncos
Dallas Cowboys
Los Angeles Rams
Oakland Raiders
Carolina Panthers

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SI.com: NFL Cheerleaders Week 5

SI.com has uploaded a gallery of NFL cheerleaders from week 5. Click here to view the gallery.

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NFL Cheerleader Photos From Week 3

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NFL teams that hosted games during week 3 of the regular season have uploaded photos of their cheerleading squads to their team sites.  Click on the links below to go to the team page galleries.

New England Patriots
Carolina Panthers
Cincinnati Bengals
Jacksonville Jaguars
Miami Dolphins
Tennessee Titans
Seattle Seahawks
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Indianapolis Colts
Kansas City Chiefs
Philadelphia Eagles
Dallas Cowboys
New Orleans Saints

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UPDATE: Who is the First-ever British Cheerleader in the NFL?

UPDATE: An astute reader has emailed me to let me know that there was another cheerleader from Britain who preceded Holly in cheering for the NFL.  Her name is Angela G. who cheered for the San Diego Charger Girls in 2014.  As luck would happen, I photographed Angela and here’s a photo of her as proof.

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I was referencing information from the Daily Mail article linked below and it was erroneous.  My apologies to Angela and Holly for the error.


The NFL is going international.  No, not the football teams.  The cheerleaders.  We have had dancers who came from Japan and Australia make NFL cheerleading squads, but we have another first.  The first cheerleader from Britain to make a NFL cheerleading squad.

So who is the first ever British cheerleader in the NFL?  That would be Holly Warden, 25, from Bristol, who auditioned in Mexico earlier this year and beat out hundreds of hopefuls to become one of the 2016-2017 Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders.

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Mexico City Finalist Holly

Holly was the subject of an article in the UK’s Daily Mail.  You can read about Holly and her journey here.

Miami Dolphins Select 36 Women For The Most International Squad In The NFL

Davie, Fla. – The Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders have selected 36 women for their 2016 Squad. These ladies represent eight countries, 28 cities and speak a combined five languages.

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These 36 ladies were selected from the largest turnout for Miami Dolphins Cheerleader Auditions. More than 800 ladies registered to be the next Miami Dolphins Cheerleader. The organization became the first NFL team to host auditions internationally, searching for enthusiastic, charismatic and talented women in Bogota, Colombia; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Mexico City, Mexico; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and South Florida to represent one of the most prestigious teams in the NFL.

 2016 Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders by Country

One of the most visible entertainment groups in all of professional sports, the Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders have traveled to more than 30 countries on five continents over the past decade and continue to be an iconic and international face of NFL Cheerleaders. The cheerleaders are on the sidelines for all home games and are extremely active in the community; visiting schools and hospitals, as well as charity and corporate events.

The full squad is below, with their hometowns listed:

Abril (Acapulco, Mexico)
Adrianna (Parkland, FL)
Agustina (Capital Federal, Argentina)
Alexandra (Lighthouse Point, FL)
Alison (Lighthouse Point, FL)
Allison (Boynton Beach, FL)
Ally (Coral Springs, FL)
Amanda (Boca Raton, FL)
Amina (Port-Au-Prince, Haiti)
Ana (Sao Paulo, Brazil)
Breann (Cooper City, FL)
Britt (Miami, FL)
Chelsea (Port St. Lucie, FL)
Érica (Sao Paulo, Brazil)
Etta (Winter Park, FL)
Felicia (Hollywood, FL)
Holly (Westbury, England)
Jennifer (Havana, Cuba)
Jess (Miami, FL)
Jessica (Miami, FL)
Jessica Anna (Staten Island, NY)
Jodi (Miami, FL)
Kiana (Dallas, Texas)
Kristan (Sumter, South Carolina)
Monica (Miami, FL)
Morgan (Chicago, IL)
Nidia (Jalisco, Mexico)
Paige (Jupiter, FL)
Rachael (Wichita Falls, Texas)
Rebecca (Miami, FL)
Romina (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
Stephanie (Miami, FL)
Tamara (Posadas Misiones, Argentina)
Terra (Lincoln, Nebraska)
Vera (Brasilia, Brazil)
Yosy (Caracas, Venezuela)

Dolphins cheerleader Jennifer Chang defies odds to walk, dance

By Jim Varsallone
Miami Herald
May 20, 2016

Told by doctors as a youth that she would never walk again, a determined and inspirational Jennifer Chang not only walks but dances and cheers, making the world-renowned Miami Dolphins cheerleading team.

It’s been some journey for the talented young lady.

She and her family (mom, dad, sister) defected from Cuba to Miami 11 years ago. They stayed with her uncle in Palmetto Bay. Assimilating to their new country, she learned a new language while learning to walk again.

Jennifer and her family overcame plenty, sticking together and supporting each other. During the final auditions for the Dolphins cheerleaders on Sunday, May 1, they proudly watched Jennifer make the team.

Final auditions for the 2016 version of the Dolphins cheerleaders were at the Miniaci Theater at Nova Southeastern University in (South Florida) Davie. The practice/training facility for the Dolphins’ football team is across the way.

Residing in Kendall and studying to be a nurse, Jennifer, 20, is a graduate of Palmetto Sr. High School and Miami Dade College.

Of 70 beautiful finalists, she was one of 40 selected for the team. They will attend the Dolphins Cheerleading Training Camp. There are no mandatory cuts at training camp, but if a team member does not attend or can not pick up the cheers/dances, she can be cut.

Twenty of the 70 who qualified for the finals were from other countries. The Dolphins became the first NFL team (and pro sports team) to host auditions internationally, traveling to Bogota, Colombia; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Mexico City, Mexico; and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Eleven of the final 40 chosen were from the international auditions.

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The Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders at the Miniaci Theater at Nova Southeastern University selected 40 lovely and talented women to advance as Training Camp Candidates. These ladies will participate in a seven-week boot camp that consists of workouts, etiquette training, team building, uniform fittings, look development and performance training. Cuts are not mandatory but are possible during training camp.

The 40 were selected from the largest turnout for Miami Dolphins Cheerleader Auditions.

More than 800 ladies registered to be the next Miami Dolphins Cheerleader, as the organization became the first NFL team (and pro sports team) to host auditions internationally, searching for enthusiastic, charismatic and talented women in Bogota, Colombia; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Mexico City, Mexico; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and South Florida to represent one of the most prestigious teams in the NFL.

Respected talent

Jessica and Monica are two women with Miami roots who are firmly planted within the Miami Dolphins Cheerleading infrastructure.

Jessica was chosen for the squad on May 1 for the fifth consecutive year and Monica heard her named called for the fourth time.

Nothing is given. They again earned it.

Just because you were a member of the team the previous year does not automatically grant you a spot for next season’s team. There are no multi-year or guaranteed contacts with NFL cheerleaders. If you want to remain a member of the team, you have to tryout and show well.

Jessica and Monica did just that.

Jessica, a graduate of Ronald Reagan High School in Doral, is a college student.

Monica, a Braddock High School graduate, is a long-time cheerleader. Starting with the Tamiami Colts youth cheer program, she also cheered for Beckham Elementary School, W.R. Thomas Middle School and Braddock. She joined Heidi & Joe’s Dance Center, specializing in hip hop, jazz and tap. A flyer on the cheer team, she took gymnastics as well.

Very beautiful, Monica twice graced the cover of the Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders Swimsuit Calendar. Her mom, Lily, who cheered from the crowd for her at the audition finals on May 1, is very proud.

WWE Hires Former Dolphins Cheerleader As Ring Announcer

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By Jim Varsallone
Miami Herald
May 4, 2016

South Florida’s own Andrea D’Marco is a new ring announcer for WWE’s NXT.

For those who attended the NXT shows in March in Miami and West Palm Beach, you may recall Andrea working alongside NXT ring announcer Dasha Fuentes.

Andrea D’Marco is Andrea Ocampo, the former Florida Panthers In-Arena Host at the BB&T Center in (South Florida) Sunrise. A fan favorite, she also wore a few other hats while working with the NHL’s Panthers, including their Latin Market Manager and Reporter. Her work with the Panthers set the foundation for this WWE NXT opportunity.

“It wasn’t a one-stop shop situation,” Andrea said. “Jonny Greco, a producer for NXT, actually put the feelers out there to my old boss [Pete Soto] from the the Florida Panthers, the game presentation director, asking if he knew somebody — a Latina who could host — and see if he had any recommendations.”

Andrea OcampoSoto sure did

“He put my name into the hat,” she continued, “and that’s when everything started. Jonny Greco got a hold of me, and I put a video audition together and submitted that. Jonny called me, but unfortunately at the time I couldn’t make it to the [Performance Center in Orlando], because the Florida Panthers season was in full force.

“So I wasn’t able to do an in-person audition. Everything fell flat. Nothing happened. Then a couple of months later, I reached out to Jonny. We were speaking back-n-forth, and then I was told they were looking for the same position, and that’s when I definitely made it to the audition.”

While NXT made a South Florida trek in March, the Panthers competed on the road. So Andrea got her feet wet by working along side Fuentes at The Fieldhouse at the BankUnited Center at the University of Miami in Coral Gables and the Palm Beach County Convention Center in West Palm Beach.

“Thank goodness that I was a part of the NXT shows in South Florida,” she said, “and I was lucky that I got that opportunity to get a feel of the actual shows. The fact that it was in my hometown definitely made me feel a lot more comfortable, especially that I saw a lot of familiar faces in the audience.”

South Florida NXT fans — many also sports fans — welcomed her to this different genre of sport.

“It definitely wasn’t hockey,” she chuckled. “I knew I had so much to learn, but at the same time I knew I made the perfect decision. It was so much fun.”

Prior to joining WWE, the confident, lovely and inspiring talent discussed and showed (first-hand) her Panthers’ job duties which were aplenty. She noted Producer Alek Graupera, Samantha Lisowski, Viktor E and Stanley C. Panther were some who helped her elevate the fans’ in-arena experience throughout each Panthers’ home game.

Andrea was a Dolphins Cheerleader for three seasons (2001-2004).

Andrea was a Dolphins Cheerleader for three seasons (2001-2004).

A former NFL Miami Dolphins cheerleader, Andrea is a graduate of Western High School in (South Florida) Davie, where she was a Wildcats’ cheerleader.

“I grew up dancing and in the performance arts,” she said, “and then after high school, I auditioned for the Miami Dolphins [cheerleaders]. So cheerleading and dancing were always a huge, huge part of my life.”

Andrea attended Florida International University in Miami and the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. She is a professional salsa dancer and offers The Media Gypsy Blog. She also worked as the In-Stadium Host for NCAA Division I Florida Atlantic University football in Boca Raton and spent time as a travel host for Walt Disney World.

She loves fashion as evident by her elaborate wardrobe, and her favorite color is blue, which she will sometimes wear during events, when applicable. Fans see that, and now many more eyes will be on her and her attire in her new employment.

NXT, which grooms staff and talent for the WWE main roster, continues to develop, growing into its own hot pro wrestling brand, which is seen weekly — globally — on WWE Network. So it’s a very good time to be working for NXT.

“I want to be a better professional, and I want to be the best ring announcer that I can be,” she said. “I see that it’s a very dynamic opportunity with NXT, and I want to be an extension of the [NXT] team professionally and personally.”

Panthers loss, WWE’s gain

When the Florida Panthers were eliminated by the New York Islanders in a heartbreaker in overtime in Game 6 of the first round of the NHL Playoffs on Sunday, April 24, it didn’t take long for her to join her new team. She made her way to the WWE Performance Center in Orlando on Monday, April 25.

The Florida Panthers, her colleagues and fans said good-bye and thanked her via her Twitter, following that game. Some even noted they were WWE fans — sad she left the Panthers but happy she became a member of WWE, where they said they will continue to interact with her via social media.

And social media is something Andrea enjoys, especially when it involved interacting with fans before, during and after Panthers’ games.

She’ll enjoy it even more with a very active and expansive WWE social media following, making for a nice tag team with her and the WWE Universe.

Social media

Her Twitter handle: Andrea D’Marco – TV Host, Model, Actress

Her Twitter description (TV Host by day Ninja by night! WWE/NXT Host, Disney Travel Host, Public Speaker, Digital Content Creator, Media-Gypsy!)

For her Twitter click @AndreaDMarcoWWE

Empowering women

Andrea also speaks to young women, discussing business acumen, life challenges and goal setting.

“I have a love for teaching,” she said, “and it’s important to give back, which is why I like mentoring young girls.”

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/fighting/article75460497.html#storylink=cpy

The Miami Dolphins Cheerleader Squad Expands Internationally

The Miami Dolphins Cheerleading squad for the 2016 season is closer to being finalized after 40 women were selected to advance at the annual “Finals” audition show. Hopefully you saw David Tyau’s splendid photo portfolio on Friday. The ladies will now move on as Training Camp Candidates. The process is described as a seven-week boot camp; Whoa, that seems new this year?
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The Dolphins, under Dorie Grogan, Senior Director of Entertainment & Brand Impact, always seem to be near the NFL top in creative innovative thinking with their iconic cheer squads. Remember the “Call Me Maybe Parody”, a skillion web hits!
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The Dolphins have again moved outside the box to become the first NFL squad to expand its cheer auditions outward south from the Florida Peninsula. “Miami is the gateway to Latin America and the Miami Dolphins are a global brand. We are excited to combine the beauty we have in South Florida with the ladies we met in Latin America in hopes of forming a truly international squad,” said Grogan. Twelve of the selected forty are from the international candidates.
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The Dolphins have everything in place to make the international women transition to a new life in Miami as smooth as possible. “Ladies selected to be a part of the final team will be required to relocate to the Miami area for nine months. As we do for players, employees and cheerleaders who are not local to the area, we have a process to get them settled.” Grogan explained.
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One of the most prestigious entertainment groups in all of professional sports, Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders have traveled to more than 30 countries on five continents over the past decade and continue to be the international face of NFL Cheerleaders.
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Our thanks goes out to Jamie Quadrozzi, Senior Manager Game Entertainment and Cheerleaders, for inviting Ultimate Cheerleaders to cover the auditions. Looking forward to gameday.

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Photo album from the Finals is here

May Day Parade – The 2016 Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders Final Auditions

On May 1st, the Miami Dolphins held their final auditions for their 2016 cheerleader squad at the Rose and Alfred Miniaci Performing Arts Center on the campus of Nova Southeastern University.  Over 800 dancers started the process, which included international auditions in Bogota, Colombia; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Mexico City, Mexico; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and local auditions in South Florida, and climaxed with 77 finalists in a pageant style final that was open to the public.

And regarding the 77 finalists…it was a cavalcade of beauty and talent worthy of one of the most visible entertainment groups in all of professional sports, the Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders.

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This is the second year that I have covered the Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders Final Auditions with our Florida Correspondent, Jackson M.  It is a wonderful event to shoot with the sheer numbers of absolutely gorgeous girls trying out and the unprecedented support we receive from the Dolphins organization, it makes for a magical experience and it is reflected in the shots we get.

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