A Miami Dolphins Cheerleader
by David Schmalz
Monterrey County Weekly
Mireya Mayor is an unlikely adventurer. Raised in Miami by Cuban immigrant parents, she had a “girly girly” upbringing of ballet, dance classes and little contact with nature. The small hills outside of Orlando she thought were mountains were actually landfill. When she asked her mother if she could join the Girl Scouts, she was told it was too dangerous. But Mayor always had a passion for animals, and as a child kept dogs, cats, birds and fish. She carried that love with her to the University of Miami, where an anthropology class that introduced her to the work of Jane Goodall and Dian Fossey planted the seeds of a dream. “It changed the course of my entire life,” she says. “I realized that I could turn that passion into a career, and make a difference in the animal world.” Mayor got a grant at the end of her senior year to study monkeys in South America for five months, launching a decorated career that includes discovering a rare and critically endangered mouse lemur in Madagascar. A chance meeting with National Geographic producers followed, and ultimately led to her becoming a Nat Geo TV host and celebrity that earned her the nickname “female Indiana Jones.” But before all that, as a college student, she became a Miami Dolphins cheerleader. “It wasn’t a very straight line into this career,” she says.
Weekly: Were you at all prepared for what was in store on that first trip to South America?
Mayor: I went to South America with a brand new passport, and I had never been camping. I had a designer Calvin Klein field vest that was dry clean-only. It was a comedy of errors, but I threw myself in heart first, and it was a steep learning curve, but it was amazing.
Were there moments you were afraid?
There were definite moments of discomfort, if not straight-up fear. There were times I’d wake up to being bitten by a vampire bat. Or I’d find a spider the size of a dinner plate in my tent. Those were moments where I was thinking, “Shit, what am I doing here?” But those moments are fewer than waking up to howling monkeys, or seeing river otters playing around your canoe. Or discovering a species new to science.
What changed that first trip?
I went out on the initial expedition with a specific scientific-minded goal, and I came out of it a passionate conservationist. It became more important to me to protect these animals than to document their behavior. If they were to go extinct, they’d become the stuff of history books, not science books.
What are some of the most incredible things you’ve seen?
Coming face to face with a silverback gorilla in the wild. There are moments it can be scary; it is a 450-pound silverback gorilla. They’re not aggressive, but you know their strength and potential to harm you if they wanted. There were some moments when I was charged, like when one of the male silverbacks was getting blown off by the females all day, and I was getting the brunt of it. But it’s almost like peering through your neighbor’s window, seeing their daily ins and outs and arguments. It’s real life, but it’s the world of gorillas. To be able to catch even a glimpse of that is really special. I still pinch myself.
I was in the Congo on a flight that went down. It started to go down over a forest, and I looked out the window and suddenly we’re skimming trees, and we were going downward rather quickly, but they managed to maneuver the plane into a clearing, and luckily everyone walked off unharmed.
What’s the most important message to tell people about conservation?
Every single creature on the planet serves a role. Without the lemurs, the forests of Madagascar are certainly doomed. We’re learning more and more about the symbiotic relationship they have with the forest. Most immediately it affects the people locally, but globally, extinctions will start to have a domino effect of biodiversity and the sustainability of life everywhere on the planet. They’re just a drop in the bucket, but even if you don’t want to like lemurs, you sort of have to.
My co-conspirator David Tyau and I both traveled to Miami to cover the final day of the Dolphins grueling and dueling 2015 MDC audition selection process. Yes it takes two of us to cover that many beautiful and talented candidates in South Florida. Hopefully you saw David’s articulate write up and album on Friday, now it’s my turn to highlight these impressive young ladies as they join a very select sorority club.
The pyramid was extra tight this year as the squad is now 36 women compared to 44 in prior years. The ongoing stadium renovations probably stole some cheerleader field space.
Special kudos out to Jamie Quadrozzi, Ariana Aubert, and Ariann Denison for the fine work in organizing and presenting this great showcase. The choreography work by Brooke (Sorenson) Nix was excellent. Thanks to the MDC for the invitation to cover this very enjoyable peek into the inner workings of the annual showdown of candidates. Looking forward to opening night in August when the ladies lace up the boots. Fins Up.
Enjoy the photos in the attached album.
[Dolphins Cheerleaders Finals Gallery]
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On May 3rd, the Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders held their final auditions for the 2015 squad at the Miniaci Performing Arts Center on the campus of Nova Southeastern University. 74 finalists were competing for one of 36 spots on the squad and judging from the finalists’ profiles, the competition would be fierce. Candidates came from all over the country and if my memory serves correctly, there were at least three girls from Japan who flew in to try their luck at making the Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders.
I have wanted for the longest time, to visit Miami and photograph the Dolphins Cheerleaders, a squad that I consider to be one of the most glamorous squads in the NFL. And this year, I was able to make that happen. For me, this would be a wonderful opportunity and a chance to meet up with our Florida Correspondent, Jackson.
Continue reading Day of the Dolphin: The 2015 Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders Auditions
At the MDC Finals, Rachel is back for her 2nd season. She was also a Charlotte LadyCat for one season.
Ocean Drive Magazine selects it’s 2015 Women of Influence. On the list is former Miami Dolphins Cheerleader Pamela Silva Conde:
The coanchor for Univision’s highly rated Primer Impacto news program, Pamela Silva Conde has won six Emmy Awards, was one of People en Español’s “50 Most Beautiful People,” and has cohosted The View. She’s also a strong believer in using her platform to help shape her community.
Did being Miami-based give you a career advantage? I always wanted to do Spanish media because I wanted to serve my community. Miami’s a pivotal point. You have to be where the action is.
What role do you see Miami having in the world today? Miami has had an evolution in terms of news impact. We just built the largest newsroom in the country with a joint venture we did with Fusion, and were able to bring Univision News and ABC network [together]. It may be five or 10 years, [but] Miami’s definitely going to be a more competitive city than it ever was.
How do you pay it forward? With the [Pamela Silva Conde Scholarship], we have given six scholarships at Florida International University. I’m involved with the students because I want to maximize the impact that these scholarships have. That’s the purpose of doing philanthropic work, to build new generations of people with the same mentality.
How else do you give back to the community? I’m part of the committee of St. Jude Miami and I’m on the national advisory board for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. There’s also Amigos for Kids, which focuses on neglected and abused children. Throughout the year, we give counseling and seminars for families. We want to empower parents.
How do you manage it all? The second you start thinking, I could do this, it actually becomes manageable. Your attitude influences everything.
Final auditions for the Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders took place last night at the Miniaci Theater at Nova Southeastern University. 81 finalists, including 34 veterans from last year’s team, competed for spots on the squad. When all was said and done, 36 were chosen: 13 rookies, and 23 veterans.
Click here to see who made the team
Click here for photos on the Dolphins Cheerleaders website
Click here for photos on BrowardPalmBeach.com
Click here photo from the Miami Herald
Here’s your rookie class:
Interesting factoid: among them are four members of the now-defunct Florida Panthers Ice Dancers (Amanda, Bobbie Jean, Etta, and Paige B.)
Sisters Paige and Courtney of the Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders
I was fortunate to attend the MDC preliminary & semi auditions this past weekend. As is the norm in Miami hundreds of beautiful and talented young ladies were lined up to try to attain a spot on one of the NFL’s most prestigious entertainment cheer squads. At end of day the field was reduced to 47 hungry candidates invited back to this week’s finals where they will compete with equally determined 33 veterans trying to maintain their spots. Ladies, let the fierce but friendly dual begin.
Come on out to Nova University in Ft. Lauderdale on Sunday May 3rd, the finals are open to the public. Check out DolphinsCheerleaders.com to vote for your favorites.
Our “Top Gun”, David Tyau, will be joining our coverage of the Finals so be sure to check back with us next week.
Enjoy the photos.
Brooke Sorenson Nix, MDC Choreographer
Laura, Paige, Courtney, Allison, Jodi, Brittany M., Brittany C., Kristan
Megan and Alison
Use that phone as your mirror
Chillin’ between performances
Chelsea and Karlyn
[Dolphins Cheerleaders Auditions Gallery]
DolphinsCheerleaders.com: Dolphins Fans, now is your chance to help us pick the 2015 Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders Squad! Simply click on the 5 ladies that you want to see most on our squad this year and submit! Then, join us at the live final auditions on Sunday, May 3rd at Miniaci Performing Arts Center in NSU to see if your favorites made the squad!
Click here to see the finalists and cast your vote]
[Click here for photos]
The Sun Sentinel has some great photos from yesterday’s open call audition for the Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders. Click here to check it out!
By Howard Koplowitz
International Business Times
Jeanette Dousdebes Rubio, the wife of Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, was a Miami Dolphins cheerleader, but she isn’t so rah-rah on campaigning. Dousdebes Rubio, who describes herself as shy and dedicated to her four children with Marco, will have to grow more at ease with making political appearances, now that her husband is expected to get into the 2016 presidential race on Monday.
After meeting as teenagers at the West Miami Recreation Center, where Jeanette caught Marco’s eye while playing volleyball, the couple wed in 1998. While Dousdebes Rubio was involved in her husband’s 2010 Senate campaign, she played a behind-the-scenes role, shying away from media attention.
With Marco in Washington, Jeanette, the daughter of Colombian immigrants, takes care of their four children in their modest Miami home while working part time at the family foundation of Miami billionaire Norman Braman, according to the Washington Post.
“I’m not pushing myself out there. I need to be with [the] kids just to give them that balance,” she told Politico in 2012, her most extensive interview to date. “If he’s out there, I feel like I have to be here for them, to give them that reality.”
In the interview, Jeanette Rubio said she disdains the mudslinging of political campaigns. “You meet a lot of different people and you hear their stories. The part that’s difficult, I think, in campaigning is the part where you have to deal with the negativity that comes,” she said. “It puts a lot of strain on the family.”
But she also hinted at an increased role in Marco’s political life. “In the future, if I have to do it, of course I’ll do it,” she said. “But in general, I am shy.”
Her first date with Marco was to the movies to see “Robin Hood.” She told Politico that her future husband talked to her during the Kevin Costner flick, “which I thought was a little annoying,” but she was able to overlook his rudeness. The date had a lasting effect on Marco, as he wrote in his recently released memoir, “An American Son.” “The movie’s theme song was by Bryan Adams. To this day, whenever I hear the song, I remember the night I started to fall in love with Jeanette Dousdebes,” he said.
Miami Dolphin’s Kylee, who cheered in 2011 & 2012, is the DolFans pick in the latest MDC Showdown poll which matched Favorite Blonds versus Favorite Brunettes. Here’s a few photos of Kylee and runner up Lily:
Kylee-2012 action versus Buccaneers
Kylee-2012 action versus Buccaneers
Kylee-2012 action versus Buccaneers
Lily-2013 action versus Panthers
Lily-2013 action versus Panthers
We’re pretty excited that former Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader, and good friend of UC, Brooke Soreneson Nix was just named the new Choreographer for the Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders. She’ll be teaching the last prep class and the audition routine.
Brooke was a judge at last year’s MDC Finals
Auditions for the 2015-16 MDC start April 25th. Full details here.