Legends of the Fall: The 2016 P-R-O Convention – Part One

Autumn is my favorite time of the year.  The hot temperatures of summer give way to the cool, crisp air of fall.  My favorite non-Christmas holiday, Halloween, occurs during this time.  Fall also marks the return of football and basketball and, correspondingly, the return of NFL and NBA cheerleaders, those lovely ladies who provide a bit of beauty and glamour at these mostly masculine  sporting events.

And if fall is “showtime” for these beautiful and talented performers, it is summertime that dance routines are learned, teams bond and performances are refined. Individuals mesh together for a common purpose to form those perfectly synchronized, beautifully presented professional dance teams that we have come to love.  They will entertain us, captivate us, and mesmerize us.  And they will become Legends of the Fall.

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The P-R-O Convention is the premier professional cheerleading convention and over 250 dancers from all over the country gathered in Atlanta, Georgia for two days of intensive dance training and team building.  This year, we celebrate the 13th year anniversary of the P-R-O Convention. And if you weren’t in Atlanta, keep on reading to see what it is like to be a part of this wonderful event.

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The P-R-O Convention is the premier professional dance convention and the instructors represent the very best in professional cheerleading and dance.  This year’s instructors included:

Jakene Ashford – NFL Atlanta Falcons Cheerleaders
Tara Battiato – NFL Tampa Bay Buccaneers Cheerleaders
Coach Alto Gary – NFL Houston Texans Cheerleaders, WCW Nitrogirls, Former NBA Atlanta Hawks & Charlotte Hornets Choreographer
Kristina Ferdig -NFL Arizona Cardinals Cheerleaders
Denise Garvey – NFL New York Jets Flight Crew
Katie Gibbons – NBA San Antonio-Spurs Silver Dancers and AHL Rampage
Stephanie Jojokian – NFL Washington Redskins Cheerleaders
Stacie Kinder – NFL Nashville Tennessee Titans Cheerleaders
Tami Krause – NFL Minnesota Vikings Cheerleaders
Brandii McCoy – NBA Charlotte Hornets Honeybees and AHL Charlotte Checkers CheckMates
Courtney Moore – NFL Seattle Seahawks Sea Gals
Tracy Rutledge – Former NBA Atlanta Hawks, AFL2 Georgia Wildcats
Derric Whitfield – NBA Washington Wizards, Wizard Girls

UltimateCheerleaders.com was given exclusive access by the organizers of the event, All-Pro3. For our readers who have never attended a dance convention, the following report will give an idea of what goes on during a weekend of nonstop dance action.

Continue reading Legends of the Fall: The 2016 P-R-O Convention – Part One

2016 P-R-O Convention All Star: San Antonio Spurs Silver Dancer Erika

One of the best things about covering this event is that I get to meet a lot of new dance talent and one of the new girls that left a lasting impression was a San Antonio Spurs Silver Dancer named Erika. She’s a great dancer to be sure, but when I got her in front of the camera, she really sizzled. She was one of the most photogenic cheerleaders at P-R-O and she is our next 2016 P-R-O Convention All Star.

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Our Day 1 P-R-O Convention report is up next, so if you ever wanted to know what goes on when 250 of the most beautiful and talented cheerleaders get together in one place, be sure to check back here tomorrow.

Los Angeles Clippers Announce Open Call Auditions and Pre-audition Workshops for the Kid Clippers

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Countdown to P-R-O 2016: T-minus 1 Days and Counting!

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Sam of the Charlotte Honey Bees.

The Hottest Dancers Will Be In Atlanta For The 2016 P.R.O. Convention on June 18-19

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The P-R-O Convention is the biggest and best convention for professional cheerleaders and dancers. Use-able choreography, industry leading guest instructors, and a huge weekend full of ALL THINGS PRO.  No need to take an entire week off work, our convention is held Saturday and Sunday June 18th-19th.  Located in Atlanta, Georgia with easy access to convention venue from airport.  Come see why this convention is the best, 13 years and counting.

It’s not too late to be a part of the hottest dance convention in the land.  Click here to register.

Guest instructors:

Jakene Ashford – NFL Atlanta Falcons Cheerleaders
Tara Battiato – NFL Tampa Bay Buccaneers Cheerleaders
Coach Alto Gary – NFL Houston Texans Cheerleaders, WCW Nitrogirls, Former NBA Atlanta Hawks & Charlotte Hornets Choreographer
Kristina Ferdig -NFL Arizona Cardinals Cheerleaders
Denise Garvey – NFL New York Jets Flight Crew
Katie Gibbons – NBA San Antonio-Spurs Silver Dancers and AHL Rampage
Stephanie Jojokian – NFL Washington Redskins Cheerleaders
Tami Krause – NFL Minnesota Vikings Cheerleaders
Stacie Kinder – NFL Nashville Tennessee Titans Cheerleaders
Brandii McCoy – NBA Charlotte Hornets Honeybees and AHL Charlotte Checkers CheckMates
Courtney Moore – NFL Seattle Seahawks Sea Gals
Tracy Rutledge – Former NBA Atlanta Hawks, AFL2 Georgia Wildcats
Derric Whitfield – NBA Washington Wizards, Wizard Girls

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SI.com’s Coverage of the Cleveland Cavalier Girls

SI.com has been featuring the NBA playoff dance teams lately.  Last time it was the Golden State Warrior Girls and this time it’s the Cleveland Cavalier Girls.  To view their super large gallery, click on the link below.

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SI.com’s Coverage of the Golden State Warriors Dance Team

SI.com has posted another gallery of NBA dancers and this time they turn their attention to the Golden State Warriors Dance Team.  To view their large gallery, click on the image below.

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NBA Dance Team Audition Dates Updated

I’ve finally gotten around to updating the audition dates page with the most recent NBA Dance Team auditions dates.  We will be updating this page on a regular basis, so stay tuned for the latest audition news.

Update: Detroit Pistons Dancers & Phoenix Suns Dancers auditions dates added

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NBA Dance Teams (2016)
Atlanta Hawks Cheerleaders: TBD. [Details]
Boston Celtics Dancers (Boston Audition): Friday, July 8th. [Details]
Boston Celtics Dancers (NYC Audition): Wednesday June 16th. [Details]
Boston Celtics Dancers (L. A. Audition): Wednesday, May 18th. [Details]
Brooklynettes: Saturday, June 4th. [Details]
Charlotte Hornets Honey Bees: Saturday June 25th. [Details]
Chicago Bulls Luvabulls: Saturday, July 23rd. [Details]
Cleveland Cavaliers Cavalier Girls: TBD. [Details]
Dallas Mavericks Dancers: Saturday, July 9th. [Details]
Denver Nuggets Dancers: Friday, July 15th. [Details]
Detroit Pistons Dancers: Saturday, July 23rd. [Details]
Golden State Warrior Girls: TBD. [Details]
Houston Rockets Power Dancers: Saturday, July 9th. [Details]
Indiana Pacers Pacemates: TBD. [Details]
Los Angeles Clippers Spirit: Saturday, June 25th. [Details]
Los Angeles Lakers Laker Girls: Saturday, July 9. [Details]
Memphis Grizzlies Grizz Girls: TBD. [Details]
Miami Heat Dancers:TBD.[Details]
Milwaukee Bucks Dancers: Friday, July 15th. [Details]
Minnesota Timberwolves Dancers: TBD. [Details]
New York Knicks City Dancers: Saturday, June 11th. [Details]
New Orleans Pelicans Dance Team: Saturday, July 16th. [Details]
Oklahoma City Thunder Girls: TBD [Details]
Orlando Magic Dancers: Saturday, July 23rd. [Details]
Philadelphia 76ers Dancers: Sunday, June 26th. [Details]
Phoenix Suns Dancers: Saturday, July 30th. [Details]
Portland Trailblazers BlazerDancers: Sunday, July 10th. [Details]
Sacramento Kings Dance Team: Friday, June 3rd. [Details]
San Antonio Spurs Silver Dancers: Saturday, July 16th.[Details]
Toronto Raptors Dance Pak: TBD. [Details]
Utah Jazz Dancers: Monday, June 6th. [Details]
Washington Wizards Wizard Girls: TBD. [Details]

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Former Patriots cheerleader thrives in WWE NXT

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Patriots cheerleaders thrive on performing in front of a crowd, and once their time on the sidelines is over, some pursue ways to continue showmanship. For former cheerleader Leah, she found solace in an unlikely place: the wrestling ring.

After three seasons with the Patriots cheerleading squad and a season with the Lakers, Leah found her way to the WWE NXT as Carmella, a leopard print clad princess of Staten Island. Her character is fun, fierce and fabulous, she said.

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“She actually is a lot like me. She’s fun, high energy, and I don’t really take anything from anybody,” Leah said. “I’m going to stand up for myself. She’s fabulous. I love fashion, and I try to incorporate that.”

Even though Leah grew up watching the sport, she never pictured herself in the ring, but after she graduated from UMass Dartmouth in 2010 and completed her year with the Lakers in 2011, she said trying out for the WWE just “evolved” naturally.

“I never thought it was something I could even do. I never thought it was a possibility. I never thought it was something I could train for and do,” she said. “I thought, ‘Oh my god, what a challenge.’ I had 10 tryouts and kept making the cut, and I found myself in the WWE Performance Center in Orlando and I’ve been there for two and a half years.”

While her path to NXT was not one Leah had imagined, she said her time with the Patriots squad helped her transition. From time management to knowing how to represent a well-respected organization, she said the Patriots prepared her for this next course.

Moving forward, Leah’s goal is to win the NXT Women’s Championship, move up to the WWE and claim the women’s championship there.

With her background in dance, Leah has been able to incorporate her moves into the ring, but she has surprised herself with how quickly she has been able to adapt to a new and different world of physicality. Though many of her fellow wrestlers have backgrounds in the sport, wrestling in independent circuits before coming to NXT, Leah has had to learn the moves from the basics while using her dancing background and ability to work the crowd to her advantage.

“[The thing I’ve learned about myself is] probably just the fact that anything I can put my mind to, I can do. I really wasn’t sure when I started. I’m very confident in my ability to learn, but every time I’m in the ring, I can’t believe the things I can do and that I’ve learned,” Leah said. “It’s been really crazy. I see a move and it looks so hard and then I can do it. The coolest thing I’ve learned is that it doesn’t matter how long it takes me, I’ll do it over and over until I get it.”

This drive and determination to get the moves down has helped make Carmella a force in NXT and to be a wrestler for her fans to look up to.

“I love interacting with the fans and being a positive role model for little girls,” she said. “I didn’t think I could become a wrestler, and I did it. I want them to know that whatever dreams they have, they can follow them as well.”

SI.com’s Coverage of the Toronto Raptors Dance Pak

Sports Illustrated turned their attention to north of the border and has posted a gallery of the Toronto Raptors Dance Pak.  To view their gallery, click on the image below.

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Los Angeles Clippers Spirit Announce Open Call Audition and Pre-Audition Workshop Dates

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To register for either the pre-audition workshops or the open call auditions, please visit the Clippers web site at: Clippers.com/spirit.

SI.com’s Coverage of the Oklahoma City Thunder Girls

We are catching up on Sports Illustrated’s coverage of professional dance teams and they recently posted a photo gallery of the Oklahoma City Thunder Girls.  Click on the image below to view the gallery.

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SI.com’s Coverage of the Miami Heat Dancers

Sports Illustrated has posted a large gallery of images of the Miami Heat Dancers.  Click on the image below to view the gallery.

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Kings/Cowboys Alum in the running for cover of Redbook

Redbook magazine is running it’s 3rd annual “Real Women Style Awards” contest. Readers were asked to submit their best, most stylish photo for the chance to be on the cover of the magazine. Six women will front the September issue, as a homage to real women (not celebrities, not models) who are stylish in their everyday lives. Redbook narrowed the entries down to 25 finalists, and has opened the competition up for public voting.

One of the ladies in the running is wife, mother, educator, former Sacramento Kings Dancer and former Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader Sasha Agent. With almost 17,500 votes (as of right now), she is on the leader board, but every last vote helps. Click here to see the finalists and vote for your favorite. Voting is open until May 10. You can vote once each day.

WARNING: There are TWO Sasha in the running. This is Sasha Agent:
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Sasha was a Sacramento Kings Dancer for four seasons (2001-2005)

Sasha was a Sacramento Kings Dancer for four seasons (2001-2005)

Sasha was a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader for two seasons (2010-12)

Sasha was a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader for two seasons (2010-12)