Countdown to P-R-O 2018: T-minus 30 Days and Counting!

The annual P-R-O Convention in Atlanta is the premier professional cheerleading convention and attracts the very best professional cheerleaders and choreographers in the nation. Squads from the NFL, NBA, NHL, and minor league baseball gathered in Atlanta for a fun filled weekend of dance, team building and networking.

UltimateCheerleaders.com is proud cover this event and to celebrate this year’s convention, we will begin with a countdown featuring some of the wonderful cheerleaders and dancers from last year.

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Laura of the Charlotte Honey Bees.

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Audition Tips from The Line Up – The 3 Best Color Options for College and Pro Cheer Audition Outfits

Editor’s note: Its NBA audition season and The Line Up, a long time sponsor of UltimateCheerleaders.com, has published some audition outfit tips.  They have graciously agreed to let us share their information with our readers.


Customized Pro Cheer Audition Wear

You’ve found your perfect outfit for your pro cheer audition and are ready to order! Now the question is, “What colors do I get?!” With endless possibilities for color combinations for made-to-order styles, we get that it is no easy task to decide!

Every year, we get a lot of questions about the best color combinations for tryout wear, so we’ve compiled a list of the top three color options for your pro cheer audition apparel. Check out the list below!

 1. Team Colors

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Audition styles in the same team colors – from left to right: 259-53F top, 425-34 top, 420-154 Zsa Zsa top, and 202-10 Sporty top.

Team colors are the most common choice for tryout apparel – and some NFL and NBA cheer teams even require it!  For example, the Minnesota Vikings Cheerleaders require their candidates to wear purple, white, gold, or black to team auditions. 

Despite these color restrictions, there are plenty of ways to get creative with incorporating your team’s limited color palette into your audition apparel, while still putting your own spin on it to reflect your personality and style. If you’re a sporty kind of lady, apply your team colors to a style with an athletic look. If you’re more feminine, apply your team colors to an outfit with ruffles or a skirt! 

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The Minnesota Vikings Cheerleaders require that their candidates wear Vikings colors for their audition process.
[Photo via Minnesota Vikings Cheerleaders]

2. Bright Colors

Custom Pro cheer audition apparel using bright colors
Brightly color audition styles –  from left to right: 420-10 B V top, 420-121A top, and 420-207 top.

Make a statement! When in doubt, bright colors always stand out in a crowd and pop against tanned skin. This is a great option if your team allows for flexibility with colors choices, but bright colors could even be incorporated with your team’s branded colors. Go for a brighter or lighter hue of your team color to make your outfit stand out!

Custom Pro cheer audition apparel using bright colors
Brightly color audition styles – from left to right: 419-19K Zsa Zsa topLayla top, and 424 VB top.

 3. All Black Everything!

All Black Custom Pro cheer audition apparel

All black audition styles – from left to right: 420-107D top, Chicago top, Aura top, and Gleason Mesh top.

Some teams require all black! This helps give some uniformity to the tryout outfits and candidates. But black tryout apparel doesn’t have to be boring!! Spice it up with sparkly, foil or hologram fabrics to add depth and texture. Use sequins, lace or textural mesh to bring across your personality! An all black color scheme can give your tryout apparel some edge and sass.

All Black Custom Pro cheer audition apparel

All black audition styles – from left to right: 425-5D Zsa Zsa top, 425-5D top, 259-89B top, 411-33 top, and 411-33 Lace top.


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12 Audition Outfit Tips From Satin Stitches

Editor’s note: Its audition season and Satin Stitches, a long time sponsor of UltimateCheerleaders.com, has published an article regarding selecting the perfect audition outfit for your body shape.  They have graciously agreed to let us share their information with our readers.


12 Audition Outfit Tips

Posted by Deborah Nelson

Beauty is always in the eye of the beholder…including with your Try-Out or Audition outfit (for you, and your judges). With audition judges, you will receive different opinions as to how well you present yourself.

The NUMBER ONE RULE would be to be unique, and not wear something others are wearing, so consider custom-designed or customized solo cheerleading/dance costumes from Satin Stitches! www.shop.satinstitches.com to check out our many options! Once we receive your order, we generally cut, sew, embellish and ship your custom-created outfit within a week or two.

Satin Stitches will have a booth at the P-R-O Convention in Atlanta in June. If you will be in attendance, stop by and pick up a flyer with a discount coupon for ordering your outfit from our Web Store!

Here are some basics to consider, helping you to decide what is the best design for YOUR ‘perfect’ audition outfit! 

KEEP THESE 12 TIPS IN MIND:

  1. Check photos of past try-out events to see if what you have in mind will ‘fit in’, or ‘stand out’ in a bad way.
  2. Don’t let your outfit overpower you. You want to be noticed for YOU, not your outfit. You want to hear the compliment ‘You look nice in your costume’ rather than ‘I like your costume’.
  3. Always choose a color that is flattering for you. If you are old enough to try-out for a professional dance or cheer team, you are old enough to know what colors look great on you.
  4. You should also be aware of your body enough to realize what your best features are: emphasize your best features.
  5. Choose a costume style that reflects your personality. If you are a ‘girly-girl’, ruffles and/or lots of glitz should be a must. If you prefer bright, tailored clothing, your audition costume could feature tailored details. Your outfit should really showcase your style.
  6. Your costume should have great visual ‘flow’. Your audience should zero in on your face (with your fabulous makeup and great hair) and upper bodice, and then gently follow down your body. Secondary focal points should accent your best features.
  7. Watch out for design features that might be covered up by your hair. Paying for design features that aren’t seen, makes no sense.
  8. Remember overall design ‘rules’: less is more, 1/3 to 2/3 proportion, diagonal lines are always more flattering than horizontal lines, and combine colors of equal intensity. Can you ever have too much glitz? (Yes, you can, so edit your rhinestone embellishment!)
  9. You will be giving a 3-dimensional performance, so your costume should look great from all views, with the most sparkle on the front.
  10. Make sure your costume is comfortable and fits well, allowing you to move anyway you wish – you don’t want it restrictive. You also don’t want to spend any time worrying if something will ‘ride up’ or shift out of place.
  11. Your costume should not allow your undergarments to show. This depends on good design, quality of construction and the right choice of undergarments. You don’t want errant straps, panty lines or bust pads peeking out. By the same token, underwear SHOULD be worn to suppress jiggling, ‘camel toe’ and an immodest view of your derriere. A proper panty and supportive bra will do wonders for these ‘no-no’s’.
  12. Make sure your costume is clean and wrinkle-free. You will be sweating, so if you start out clean and fresh, your costume will hold up better than if it starts out limp and dingy.

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New Orleans Pelicans Dance Team Photos

With their season concluded, let’s take a look at some photos of the Pelicans Dance Team.  Click here to view their galleries.

Atlanta Hawks Dancers Auditions

2018-19 CHEERLEADER AUDITIONS

Are you ready to be a part of the Atlanta Hawks transformation! We are celebrating our 50th Anniversary! Be a part of the team!!

The Atlanta Hawks Cheerleaders are made up of dancers and cheerleaders. Do you have what it takes? Join us at our open call!

Open Call Auditions

All Cheerleaders AND Dancers – Open Call
Sunday, June 3, 2018
Omni Hotel
Registration: 9:00am | Clinic: 10:00am – 8:00pm
$45 Registration Fee

Once selected to the semi-final round, participants will be expected to be present at all events.

Be sure to bring your Application and Waiver

Click here to learn more or to register.

Schedule

Semi-Final Round:

  • Monday, June 4 – Interviews (A) – 9:00am – 5:00pm
  • Monday, June 4 – Boot Camp – 6:00pm – 10:00pm
  • Tuesday, June 5 – Interviews (B) – 9:00am – 5:00pm
  • Tuesday, June 5 – Practice Option 1 – 6:30pm-8:00pm*
  • Wednesday, June 6 – Practice Option 2 – 6:30pm – 8:00pm*
  • Thursday, June 7 – Practice Option 3 – 6:30pm – 8:00pm*
  • Friday, June 8 – Practice Option 4 – 6:30pm – 8:00pm*
  • Saturday, June 9 – Selection to Final Round – Online Announcement

*Semi-finalists will sign-up for any two of the four Practice Options.

Final Round:

  • Sunday, June 10 – Workout/Rules & Regulations – 9:00am-4:00pm
  • Monday, June 11 – Finals Practice – 6:30pm – 9:30pm
  • Tuesday, June 12 – Fabulous Finalist Mixer – 6:00pm – 10:00pm (open to the public)
  • Wednesday, June 13 – FINALS – 5:30pm-9:30pm
  • Thursday, June 14 – Team Selection – Online Announcement
  • Friday, June 15 – First Official Team Meeting (Mandatory) 6:30pm-9:30pm

Minimum Requirements:

  • Must be at least 19 years of age prior to auditioning
  • Must be a high school graduate or have a G.E.D.
  • Must have a part-time or full-time job, or be a college or professional student
  • Must be attend to rehearsals at least 2 days a week

What to wear to open call:

  • A two-piece outfit with flesh-colored tights/nylons. Please no lingerie.
  • Any shoe you are comfortable dancing in (no bare feet)
  • Hair and make-up should be done

Must have the following the day of Open Call at Registration:

  • Photo
  • Registration Fee
  • Application and Waiver – DOWNLOAD HERE
  • Copy of Driver’s License
  • Light snacks/water (it will be a long day)
  • Make-up/hair products for touch up

Registration Steps:

Stay ahead of the game with our VIP Clinic

Saturday, May 19, 2018
Omni Hotel
1 – 5pm
$165 Registration Fee

Clinic Includes:

  • Choreography – Participants will learn a portion of the actual audition routine
  • Up to 2 lucky participants will be chosen to advance directly to Semi-Finals
  • Much more!

Learn more and sign up here.

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In Defense of Cheerleaders and Cheerleading

As a general rule, UltimateCheerleaders.com does not publish negative or controversial articles on professional cheerleading.  We know the lengths that these teams and their directors have gone to create a positive image and to become a source of pride and goodwill for the billion dollar organizations that they represent.  Recently, however, professional cheerleading has come under some scrutiny for some unflattering and negative publicity that threatens the existence of the endeavor, if some pundits get their wish.  In light of these recent events, Lara Travis, a former professional cheerleader for the Tennessee Titans and guest commentator for web site Outkick The Coverage, posted a thoughtful treatise on the topic, entitled In Defense of Cheerleaders and Cheerleading.

Here are a few excepts:

“In a former life, before three children and a husband who requires the care of a toddler, I was an NFL Cheerleader. That’s why recent attacks on cheerleading from many media outlets have struck me as particularly ill-suited; unlike the people writing the articles I’ve actually been on an NFL cheerleading squad and know exactly what the experience is like. And the truth is this, for the vast, vast majority of us, it’s a tremendous way to pursue our interests in competitive dance, team camaraderie and community involvement all while getting a front row seat to the best football in the country.”

“Over the past couple of weeks I have read several articles and watched the media cover stories about former NFL cheerleaders filing complaints against their former cheer organizations. I’ve thought a great deal about my own experiences, and talked with former teammates, both from college and the NFL…For whatever reason the mainstream media has decided to attack cheerleading and in so doing they are focusing on a small minority of girls who have had poor experiences and excluding the vast majority who loved every minute of being an NFL cheerleader.”

“One of these consistent story angles focuses on how cheerleaders are expected to maintain a certain weight or not allowed to change their hair. Really, this surprises you? This is professional performance. Maybe this does not seem crazy to me because I am familiar with the dance and performance world, but when someone tries out for a dance gig, and makes the cut, she or he is expected to look the same way throughout the performance season that they did when they tried out. No one forces extreme diets or eating disorders on the participants. This goes for hair, gaining or losing weight, piercings and tattoos, the entire make up of someone’s look goes in to a tryout selection – whether for dance, acting, modeling, singing, or any other type of performance role. This is not controversial, it is an integral part of the entertainment industry.”

“One of the consistent story angles also deals with the low pay. “But they are only paid $50 (or insert amount) a game!” these critiques typically argue. Yep, and all the women knew that when they tried out. In my own experience and those of everyone I’ve known or talked to, the actual pay is made very clear when you try out. When you read or hear how much money you will make for games and appearances, if you don’t like it, you don’t have to try out.”

“The attempt to compare cheerleader pay to the football player pay is ridiculous. There certainly is not a “gender pay gap” here. The two jobs are completely different and not even in the same stratosphere. One is a full time career, insanely dangerous and demanding, and drives the economics for a multi billion dollar industry. The other is football (ha ha. I couldn’t resist.)”

“When someone from USA Today says she thinks dance team, cheerleading, and especially NFL cheerleading should cease to exist because it is just fluff and eye candy for men, I know it’s an outdated and antiquated perspective rooted in dishonesty. First, because this seems to imply that the women who are part of these teams do not have the intelligence to think through their decision to be there. That they are being brainwashed by the wants and desires of men, and need to be saved from their own poor decision making to be cheerleaders, and the way to do this is to abolish the sport altogether. Furthermore that the revealing uniforms are demeaning to them, and there is no way a woman in her right mind would want to wear that. How insulting. And by the way, is there a problem with women looking good in skimpy clothes now? Is it 1950? If a woman feels good about how she looks can she not wear whatever she likes? Have you been to a beach lately? Women’s equality is about all women making the choices they deem the best, it isn’t about one woman telling another woman what she should be allowed to do.”

I applaud Ms. Travis for sharing with us her perspective and personal experience of being a former professional cheerleader.  To read the full article, please click here.  And check out the comments section in the article for some additional perspectives from some former professional cheerleaders.

On a personal note, in my experiences covering professional cheerleading, I am constantly in awe at all the impressive women trying out for these positions and the amazing directors and their assistants, who make professional cheerleading a positive experience for all sports fans.

Miami Heat Dancers Photos

With the NBA playoffs in full swing, we take another look at the Miami Heat Dancers.  Click here to view the most recent Miami Heat Dancers galleries.

 

Indiana Pacemate Photos

Our tour of NBA dance teams continues with a look at the Indiana Pacemates.  Click here to view some recent Pacemates galleries.

 

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2018 NBA Dance Team Audition Dates

Updated Dates: Chicago Bulls, Dallas Mavericks, Denver Nuggets, Portland Trail Blazers.

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Audition season is approaching soon and several NBA Dance Teams have announced their audition dates.  Please check back here as we will be updating our Audition Dates page on a regular basis.

NBA Dance Teams (2018)

Atlanta Hawks Cheerleaders:  June 3. [Details]
Boston Celtics Dancers (Boston Audition):   June 29. [Details]
Boston Celtics Dancers (NYC Audition):   June 12. [Details]
Boston Celtics Dancers (L.A. Audition):   May 23. [Details]
Brooklynettes:   [Details]
Charlotte Hornets Honey Bees:  June 2. [Details]
Chicago Bulls Luvabulls:   July 14. [Details]
Cleveland Cavaliers Cavalier Girls:   [Details]
Dallas Mavericks Dancers:   July 7. [Details]
Denver Nuggets Dancers:  July 14. [Details]
Detroit Pistons Dancers:   [Details]
Golden State Warrior Girls:   [Details]
Houston Rockets Power Dancers:    [Details]
Indiana Pacers Pacemates:    [Details]
Los Angeles Clippers Spirit:  July 22. [Details]
Los Angeles Lakers Laker Girls:  July 8. [Details]
Memphis Grizzlies Grizz Girls:  [Details]
Miami Heat Dancers: [Details]
Milwaukee Bucks Dancers:    [Details]
Minnesota Timberwolves Dancers:   [Details]
New Orleans Pelicans Dance Team:  June 23. [Details]
New York Knicks City Dancers:   [Details]
Oklahoma City Thunder Girls:   [Details]
Orlando Magic Dancers:    [Details]
Philadelphia 76ers Dancers:   [Details]
Phoenix Suns Dancers:   [Details]
Portland Trailblazers BlazerDancers:  July 8. [Details]
Sacramento Kings Dance Team:  June 18.  [Details]
San Antonio Spurs Silver Dancers:  July 14.  [Details]
Toronto Raptors Dance Pak:    [Details]
Utah Jazz Dancers:   July 7. [Details]
Washington Wizards Wizard Girls:    [Details]

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