MDC Swimsuit Calendar: Miss March – Kiley

[Kiley at MiamiDolphinsCheerleaders.net]

2013 MDC/DCC Preview

Fox Sports (July 29, 2013): Training camp is here!

Every year at this time, we get the remote reports from camp. The news conferences with coaches. The injury updates. To hell with all that. (Actually, we got that covered, too.) But how many places give you updates on the real backbone of the NFL? To see how the NFL’s real spirit is dealing with the summer heat, [click here].

MDC Calendar – Miss February


Photo Credit: Miami Dolphins

Three-year veteran Elizabeth is Miss February 2014 in the new Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders Swimsuit Calendar.

[Elizabeth at Dolphins Cheerleaders website]

Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders Begin Unveiling Months For 2014 Swimsuit Calendar

Starting Monday the Miami Dolphins have released their first exclusive photo announcing the cheerleader who will represent the month of January in the 2014 Swimsuit Calendar. Additionally, the Cheerleaders will release two exclusive photos and revealing exclusive behind the scenes video each week (Monday and Thursday) of the ladies who will be featured for the remaining months leading up to annual Swimsuit Fashion Show and 2014 Calendar Unveiling on September 5, 2013 at LIV nightclub in the Fontainbleau Hotel.

The exclusive photos are part of a revamped website which will feature the new team, photos and videos from the Calendar Shoot and updated features. The swimsuit calendar, which will feature the actual photos for each month, is now available for pre-order at www.dolphinscheerleaders.com/swimsuit for $14.99.

Unveil Date                                        Swimsuit Calendar Month

Monday, July 22, 2013                       January

Thursday, July 25, 2013                     February

Monday, July 29, 2013                       March

Thursday August 1, 2013                   April

Monday, August 5, 2013                    May

Thursday, August 8, 2013                  June

Monday, August 12, 2013                  July

Thursday, August 15, 2013                August

Monday, August 19, 2013                  September

Thursday, August 22, 2013                October

Monday, August 26, 2013                  November

Thursday, August 29, 2013                December

 

Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders traveled to Samaná, Dominican Republic to shoot their 2014 Cheerleader Swimsuit Calendar. Shot on location at the Grand Bahia Principe El Portillo and hosted by the Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism (MITUR), this marked the fourth year that the team has traveled to the world-class destination.



Miss January 2014 – 3-year veteran Lily – Photo credit: Miami Dolphins

 

 

Photo of the Day – July 18


A Miami Dolphins Cheerleader

2013 Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders

The Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders site has been updated with uniform shots of this year’s squad. Click here to see who is on the team!

Brittany C, Carissa, and Kelly

Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders @ Rehearsal

Click here to check out a gallery of photos from a recent MDC rehearsal.

Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders – “22” by Taylor Swift

Dolphins Cheerleaders @ Sea World

Click here to see what the MDC were up to at the annual celebration of Latin culture and music at Sea World in Orlando, Florida.

Photobombed by Shamu?

Dance is her workout

By David Raterman, Correspondent
Sun-Sentinel.com
May 24, 2013

A Miami Dolphins cheerleader for three years, Andrea Ocampo-Haley is now involved with a different sport: as the arena host for the Florida Panthers.

The lifelong dancer does Zumba a few days a week, burning up to 600 calories per class. A native of Colombia who grew up in South Florida, she also weight trains, focusing on her lower body.

As she says, “I’m Latina so I definitely have the hips I want to keep in check.”

Q: Why do you keep fit?

A: It’s really important to take care of our bodies when we’re older, and important to start when we’re younger. But performing is the No. 1 reason … I also want to be healthy for my family, to do my best as a wife and future mother. And the whole self-esteem thing. That’s an uphill battle sometimes.

Q: What’s your workout routine?

A: Dance fitness is my go-to. It’s what I know I can commit to, get excited about, since I have a background as a dancer. At least three times a week I dance, doing Zumba classes for one hour. You can lose up to 500-600 calories per class, depending on how hard you push yourself. And salsa dancing is an amazing workout.

I like to do free weights at home and at the gym. Two to three times a week I go to Busy Body of Boca Raton. I concentrate on lower body. I’m Latina so I definitely have the hips I want to keep in check. Lunges and squats, lunges until I cannot walk anymore. And floor exercises as well. I also do upper body: biceps and tris and shoulders.

If I get really busy and can’t make it to dance, I get a run in. I hate running, but I have to do something. I’ll run at least 30-45 minutes to get my heart rate up.

Q: Was it tough being a Miami Dolphins cheerleader?

A: Yes. When I got recruited for the team, I was 19 and not educated on how to stay lean and healthy. It was an uphill battle where I had to be skinny all the time. Little by little, I started educating myself about fitness. We practiced three or four hours a day, and I learned eating chicken nuggets is not the best diet.

We had conditioning on top of dance routines. First hour was optional conditioning. Then we practiced high kicks — the famous kick line. We had a total of 15 dances per season.

Q: Does your family keep fit?

A: My husband has always been into fitness. And my parents are relatively healthy. My mom lost a lot of weight a year ago. Nice to keep [fitness] in the family and motivate my mother.

Q: Do you have any physical problems that hinder exercise?

A: My back is something I fight with because of my dance background. I try not to push that during workouts. It’s not a problem but something I’m aware of.

Q: Do you smoke or have any other health vices?

A: I definitely don’t smoke. I don’t drink much — a glass of wine from time to time. Only thing I battle is chocolate. I have a sweet tooth. Chocolate is my love-hate relationship. I crave it so much but try to have it [only] on weekends.

Q: What’s your typical daily diet?

A: It varies, but throughout the week I try to be organized with my food. Smoothie for breakfast Monday to Friday … protein bar or almonds around 11. Lunch at 1 or 2, maybe a turkey sandwich. Protein with everything I eat. Maybe an egg-white omelet with spinach that I’ll bring with me. Then a protein bar around 4 o’clock. For dinner, I try to stick with chicken, fish. I love red meat so I’ll have that, too. Brown rice or salad with it.

Q: What do you drink?

A: I try to stick with water except the smoothie. For that, I use Silk Fruit & Protein juice and put in spinach, banana, strawberries, soursop — that’s a Hispanic fruit.

Q: Any advice for South Florida residents looking to get fit?

A: To create a healthy lifestyle, you need to educate yourself regarding types of food that are best for you.

Andrea Ocampo-Haley

Age: 31

City of residence: Delray Beach

Height/weight: 5 feet, 2 inches; 108 pounds

Occupation: Florida Panthers arena host

Photo of the Day – May 21


A Miami Dolphins Cheerleader

Cheerleader Signs Clothing Deal With NBA

By Lynn Hoppes
ESPN.com

The NBA sent out a news release last week saying, “Miss Fanatic, a fashion-forward women’s apparel company, has teamed up with the National Basketball Association to launch a new product line designed exclusively for women.”

What most people don’t know is that “Miss Fanatic” is Tiffany Pearl, Orlando Magic dancer (2012-2013) and former cheer captain for the Miami Dolphins (2005 to 2010).

“I’ve always had a love of fashion and, at the same time, a love of sports,” said Pearl, who recently was in New York to promote the collaboration. “I looked around and saw that there was a void in fashionable, well-fitting clothes for women and I came up with this concept.”

Playbook had a few minutes with Pearl to talk about her start and what’s ahead.

How did you go from cheerleader to fashion designer to now working with the NBA?

“When I was working with the Dolphins, I also was attending school at the Miami International University of Art & Design. I started making custom outfits for friends and fashion shows. I would turn real footballs into bikinis. People went crazy for it. Then I would make outfits for our Dolphins calendar shoots. People wanted to start to buy them, and that’s how it all began.”

Did you want to start with NFL clothing?

“Originally, I wanted to go ahead and make swimsuits for the NFL. I learned about marketing at school. The best decision we made was to go small and we then went to the collegiate market. We started making tank tops, dresses and cover-ups. We learned through this process to appeal to the masses. Being from Miami, I love that Brazilian bikini style but I realize not everyone is going to appeal to that style. We weren’t just Miami girls. We had to sell to Iowa, Texas and Oregon.”

There had to be some growing pains.

“I’ve cried a lot and I’ve laughed a lot. I have especially learned a lot on the job. I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in fashion merchandising. But I had to learn about licensing and reading contracts and understanding how to keep the integrity of the product and the team in line. Then, you have to think about the design of the product. That is the fun part.”

So how did the deal with the NBA come about?

“We had worked in the collegiate market for a few years, and our business had grown. We thought to build the brand that our next step was the big leagues. We applied for a license with the NBA. They saw that market was lacking and we fit. We’ve been preparing for this moment. We took things slowly just to get to this next step. This is the dream of this company. We have so many things ahead. We started out with me and now we have more than 20 employees.”

At 28, you’ve accomplished a lot. Where did that drive come from?

“I was always competitive. I saw the Dolphins cheerleading auditions and decided to try out. I saw that I wanted to get into fashion and I did. I’m very goal driven. I’m not a quitter. It may sound cheesy but when you strive for your dreams, whatever you want, you can get if you work hard.”

So now your line is nationwide. Where do you get your ideas?

“I look at certain brands outside sports for influence. I take that inspiration and convert them. I want someone to say, ‘I love wearing a fringe top and now they have one with the logo of the team I support!’ It’s about creating an apparel that you wear more than just to a game. I want you to be able to wear this to the mall or the beach, showing support for your team.”

If you weren’t a cheerleader, do you think this business would have happened?

“I love how life throws you curve balls. I thought after graduation, that I’d move to New York and work in public relations or marketing for a fashion company. I never thought I’d own my own business.”

Magic Dance Alexa in a swimsuit designed by Miss Fanatic

[Magic Dancers in Miss Fanatic Swimwear Gallery]

[MissFanatic.com]

Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders Final Auditions

Every year the NFL cheerleading auditions have a plus and minus theme attached to the process. The negative is that the known cheerleader retirements of multiyear fan favorites become official. The plus is that hundreds and hundreds of very attractive artistic young ladies are knocking at the door. The MDC loses some pretty impressive talent this year; Amy, Sam, Tatiana, NatalieD, Nikki and others were all well known fan favorites. Fortunately, the South Florida (and beyond) talent base will allow Dorie Grogan and Emily Snow to reload and mold an impressive 2013 squad.

Last Saturday’s all day finals were open to the public and coincided with the Dolphins Fan Fest activities being held through out Sun Life Stadium. The building was buzzing with alacrity. The day started with 79 candidates paired down from the semi final process of the last two weeks. In a very fast pace precision presentation the candidates showcased themselves to the judge’s table multiple times. They started with introductions, groups of five dancing, kick lines and culminated with a one-minute individual talent dress sketch performance that was very entertaining to the audience. The afternoon session included another performance on the club level stage before heading out for a final performance on the field stage.

Joy and sadness was experienced as the live introduction of the 2013-14 Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders were announced at end of day. By my count the 44 person squad consists of 21 rookies and 23 returning vets—I would have voted to keep all 79 but that’s just me.

Props out to Ariann Denison, MDC dance choreographer and show coordinator, for a great showcase. Now hoof over to that maternity ward and have your baby.

I sure hope the Dolphins “call me maybe”—I want to return to see a game day performance. Enjoy the photos everyone.

Brianne

Brianne

Jackie

Jackie

Kiley

Kiley

Lauren J.

Lauren J.

Lily

Lily

Macy

Macy

Natalie

Natalie

Ainsley

Ainsley

[Dolphins Cheerleaders Finals Gallery]

Congratulations 2013-14 Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders!

(Click to enlarge)

Check back later in the week for our comprehensive photo coverage of the Final Auditions.

Dolphins Unveil New Uniforms

I reported a few weeks back that the Miami Dolphins have a new logo and new uniforms for 2013. The Dolphins’ new look was unveiled at Thursday night’s draft party. Past and present Dolphins greats, escorted by cheerleaders in vintage MDC costumes, showed off the team’s new uniforms.

The cheerleaders also showed off their new costumes for 2013. The new MDC styles mirror the new football uniforms, showcasing a new, brighter shade of teal. Click here for a closer look!