On Saturday, Miami Dolphins Cheerleader Line Co-Captain Megan was Cheerleader of the Game.
The official Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders website has been updated with individual profiles and uniform photos for this year’s squad. Click here to learn more about the ladies on the team!
By Chris Gay
As a teenager, Cara Peoples Miller always wanted to try cheerleading. With dance and competitive roller skating taking precedent, she never got a chance to try out.
Now, she is making the most of cheerleading on the highest level. A Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School graduate, Miller earned a spot this summer as an Atlanta Falcons cheerleader. Miller and Evans High School graduate Cayla Hale are two of the 12 newcomers to the 36-member Falcons squad this year.
Cara and Cayla
“We can learn together,” Miller said. “The rookies on the team can turn to each other.”
Miller, 32, grew up in Augusta and once attended Augusta Christian. There, she inquired about cheerleading, but her mother told she didn’t have the time.
“You can only do so much,” she said. “I get it.”
Miller, whose parents Craig and Charlene live in Augusta, started dancing at age 6 and continued to do so throughout her days at Davidson.
After graduating from Augusta State with a degree in health and physical education, she moved to Savannah, Ga., and started a Zumba class. While there, she reconnected through Facebook with her old Davidson classmate, Jeremy Miller, a chef who lived in Atlanta. A successful first date eventually led to their marriage.
In 2009, the Millers moved to San Francisco before returning at the end of the year to Atlanta. After having her first child, Miller decided to try out for the Falcons. Despite her dance experience, she didn’t make the team.
“I had no idea what I was doing,” she said. “I thought it was all about dance, but they were looking for a well-rounded person. They look for a wow factor.”
Miller, who has two daughters, Caroline, 4 and Claire, 15 months, earned a spot as a cheerleader with the Arena Football League’s Georgia Force in 2012. She gained experience dancing on the field, interacting with fans and networking with others.
Miller’s time with the Force prepared her for her Falcons tryout this year. With several hundred women competing, Miller advanced to the final round of 60. After interviews, dance camp, boot camp and a 2½-hour final performance, she was selected as one of 12 newcomers to join the 24 returning cheerleaders. Of the 36, Miller is the lone mother on the team.
“I’m sure it’s probably interesting. But they really get along with me,” she said. “They say, ‘You really don’t look like a mom.’ ”
As the Falcons football team starts gearing up for the season, the cheerleaders are working hard as well. The squad practices twice a week in preparation for the first home preseason game, Aug. 8, against the Miami Dolphins. When the team isn’t playing, the cheerleaders stay busy with appearances.
Miller, who stays active with early-morning workouts and taking care of her children, plans to enjoy her time this season. She knows she can’t be an Falcons cheerleader for long, but at least now she’s getting her opportunity.
“I’d like to do this for a few more years,” Miller said. “My husband would like to have a third child. I know there’s a time limit. I want to do it while I can.”
Monica, a Miami Dolphins Cheerleader, was just unveiled today at the Miss May for the 2015 Miami Dolphins Swimsuit Calendar. This is her second year as a Miami Dolphins Cheerleader. She was born in the U.S., but the rest of her family is from Cuba. She’s big into shoes, with a robust collection, and in her spare time while not studying at school for her marketing major, she’s an online personal shopper.
Brianne is a five-year veteran of the Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders and attended Palm Beach State College.
The Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders released their first exclusive photo announcing the cheerleader who will represent the month of January in the 2015 Swimsuit Calendar. Miss January 2015 is Jessica, a third-year Miami Dolphins Cheerleader from Doral making an encore appearance in the swimsuit calendar after being Miss June 2014.
The Cheerleaders will release one exclusive photo and reveal a behind-the-scenes video each week (Tuesday and Thursday) of the ladies who will be featured for the remaining months leading up to annual Swimsuit Fashion Show and 2015 Calendar Unveiling on Aug. 9, 2014 at LIV nightclub in the Fontainbleau Hotel. The 2015 calendar cover will be revealed to the public for the first time during the fashion show.
The swimsuit calendar, which will feature the actual photos for each month, is now available for pre-order at www.dolphinscheerleaders.com for $17.00, plus shipping.
Congratulations to the 21 ladies selected as rookies to the 2014-15 Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders! Click here for photos of the newly-minted rookies at this year’s final audition.
The Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders will field a talented, attractive forty-four women squad this season. The split is 23 veterans and 21 rookies. The two week process of audition tryouts started with close to 300 candidates. The five hour finals were open to the public and included a spectacular showcase of individual talents and learned choreography. The fan favorite kick line was included and presented in groups of five.
All the beauty wasn’t just limited to the stage as a very impressive 11 judges table included ex Dolphins cheerleader Pamela Silva Conde (Emmy Winning Univision Anchor) and beautiful Cowboys alum Brooke (Sorenson) Nix. Mr. Kenny Walker, stadium voice of the Dolphins, did his normal excellent job of moderating the program. Our thanks goes out to Emily Snow, Cheerleader Manager, for inviting both James and I to cover this fun event.
Congratulations to the new squad—-you are now members of a select prestigious professional cheerleading team, treat it like orange/aqua gold.
My album is attached, James’s photos will follow later.
Click here to see how this year’s auditions went down!
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