2017 Pro Bowl Cheerleaders – New Orleans Saints Kriste Lewis

Kriste Lewis, who has been a Saintsation for three years, was named to the cheerleader Pro Bowl roster to represent the New Orleans cheerleading squad.

Tamica Lee, appearance team director for the Saintsations, congratulates Kriste Lewis on her selection to the 2017 Pro Bowl to represent New Orleans as team director Lesslee Fitzmorris looks on. The announcement was made at the New Orleans Saints vs. Los Angeles Rams game on Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016.

SI.com: NFL Cheerleaders Week 16

SI.com has uploaded a gallery of NFL cheerleaders from week 16. More interesting photos this week. Click here to view the gallery.

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SI.com: NFL Cheerleaders Week 13

SI.com has uploaded a gallery of NFL cheerleaders from week 13. More interesting photos this week. Click here to view the gallery.

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SI.com: NFL Cheerleaders Week 12

SI.com has uploaded a gallery of NFL cheerleaders from week 12. More interesting photos this week. Click here to view the gallery.

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NFL Cheerleader Photos From Week 10

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NFL teams that hosted games during week 10 of the regular season have uploaded photos of their cheerleading squads to their team sites. Click on the links below to go to the team page galleries.

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New Orleans Saints
New York Jets
Philadelphia Eagles
Carolina Panthers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Washington Redskins
Tennessee Titans
San Diego Chargers
Arizona Cardinals
New England Patriots

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SI.com: NFL Cheerleaders Week 10

SI.com has uploaded a gallery of NFL cheerleaders from week 10.  More interesting photos this week. Click here to view the gallery.

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NFL Cheerleader Photos From Week 8

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NFL teams that hosted games during week 8 of the regular season have uploaded photos of their cheerleading squads to their team sites. Click on the links below to go to the team page galleries.

Tennessee Titans
Cincinnati Bengals
Carolina Panthers
Houston Texans
Indianapolis Colts
New Orleans Saints
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Denver Broncos
Atlanta Falcons
Dallas Cowboys

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SI.com: NFL Cheerleaders Week 8

SI.com has uploaded a gallery of NFL cheerleaders from week 8.  Lot’s of interesting photos this week. Click here to view the gallery.

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NFL Cheerleader Photos From Week 6

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NFL teams that hosted games during week 6 of the regular season have uploaded photos of their cheerleading squads to their team sites. Click on the links below to go to the team page galleries.

San Diego Chargers
Detroit Lions
Miami Dolphins
New England Patriots
New Orleans Saints
Tennessee Titans
Washington Redskins
Oakland Raiders
Seattle Seahawks
Houston Texans
Arizona Cardinals

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SI.com: NFL Cheerleaders Week 6

SI.com has uploaded a gallery of NFL cheerleaders from week 6. Click here to view the gallery.

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NFL Cheerleader Photos From Week 3

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NFL teams that hosted games during week 3 of the regular season have uploaded photos of their cheerleading squads to their team sites.  Click on the links below to go to the team page galleries.

New England Patriots
Carolina Panthers
Cincinnati Bengals
Jacksonville Jaguars
Miami Dolphins
Tennessee Titans
Seattle Seahawks
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Indianapolis Colts
Kansas City Chiefs
Philadelphia Eagles
Dallas Cowboys
New Orleans Saints

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NFL.com: Best of 2016 Week 3 cheerleaders

NFL.com has posted a gallery of high resolution cheerleader photos from week 3 of the regular season.  Click here to view the page.

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NFL Cheerleader Photos From Week 1

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NFL teams that hosted games during week 1 of the regular season have uploaded photos of their cheerleading squads to their team sites.  Click on the links below to go to the team page galleries.

Denver Broncos
Kansas City Chiefs
New Orleans Saints
New York Jets
Philadelphia Eagles
Tennessee Titans
Houston Texans
Baltimore Ravens
Atlanta Falcons
Seattle Seahawks
Dallas Cowboys
Indianapolis Colts
Arizona Cardinals
Washington Redskins
San Francisco 49ers

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New Orleans Saintsations Photos From Preseason

The New Orleans Saints have posted galleries of the Saintsations from their two preseason games.  Click here to view photos from their Sept 1. game against the Ravens.

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And click here to view photos from their Aug 26. game against the Steelers.

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Swaggy P weighs in on dancing for the NFL vs the NBA

laurenDancing in the NBA…and the NFL
by Mike Trudell
Los Angeles Lakers
January 24, 2016

What’s the difference between dancing for an NBA team, and cheering for an NFL squad?

Well, Nick Young doesn’t really know, but that didn’t stop him from speculating extensively and randomly on the topic!

To balance things out with some actual insight, we enlisted first year Laker Girl Lauren, who used to cheer for the New Orleans Saints.

Below is a transcription of separate interviews with Swaggy P and Lauren:

Q: How does the audition process compare for NBA team vs. NFL teams?
Swaggy: I think they all find fliers and stuff on Instagram and Twitter to find out. It’s probably harder to be a Laker Girl because there’s more variety in L.A. and it’s a different stage. There are just more ladies, you know what I’m saying!
Lauren: The auditions were actually very similar, I must say, with some slight differences. There were a lot more girls auditioning for the Lakers Girls, which made it more competitive. With the Saints, it was a little longer of a process, lasting a full week, but it still had the preliminary round, with cuts through the day. We had to take a football test to make sure we knew the game, including naming all 32 teams. I did get all of them (after studying), but I’d known nothing about football before I cheered for the Saints. That did make me gain a love for it.

Q: How did you find out you made both teams?
Swaggy: I always wanted them to put it up on a sign, and be able to see my name on a list somewhere. Probably outside the arena on a wall or something. You know?
Lauren: One sweet touch with the Lakers that was nice is that (Lakers Director, Game Operations and Entertainment) Lisa (Estrada) calls each girl individually to let them know if they made the team or not. I was at the beach at the time – because that’s my happy place – just hoping for the best. Lisa called, and she thanked me for my time and coming out and told me she had a position for me. I was very, very happy. The Saints posted it online. I was in school at the time, in class, refreshing the Saints website until I found out. I think I got a text from my dad letting me know that they’d updated it and I’d made it.

laurensaintsQ: Is there a difference between dancing and cheering?
Swaggy: Yes. Big difference. With cheering they have the permanent smile. It’s more nice. Make me happy, make you all happy. Dancing sometimes you just get your groove on. I can dance. I’m kinda like Michael Jackson. I’m the king of the dancing video games, actually. I’m good.
Lauren: They’re both dance teams that require technical training. I was a cheerleader in high school, where you have the tumbling and stunting and all that. We don’t do that here, where it’s more high-energy routines. One thing that’s completely different about the NFL is dancing with pom poms. I’m had to get used to my hand placement here with the Lakers, because you don’t think about it like that (with pom poms). The pom poms probably made us look more like cheerleaders, but since there are so many people in the dome, it was a visual for people especially sitting up high. But yes, you have choreographed routines for both the NFL and the NBA, though we dance more with the Lakers.

Q: What is the game day experience like in the respective sports?
Swaggy: They probably listen to some crunk music to get fired up to dance. But for cheering maybe it’s make up and hair first. But the dancers may have to get more, like, ready for game day. But the Laker Girls are also classy. They’re doing their thing!
Lauren: It’s a much longer season in the NBA, and a lot smaller of a team. There are 22 of us Laker Girls, and we had 36 on the Saints, which made it really, really different. I know when I first made the Lakers, it felt so much smaller and more close knit. You’re able to build relationships a little easier, being that it’s a smaller team. You get to know every girl on the team. Game day experience wise, Staples Center is also smaller and more intimate than the Superdome, because you’re much closer. In the Superdome, we were standing far away from the fans, and I could barely make out any faces in the crowd.

Q: Why did you want to become a Laker Girl?
Swaggy: (Editor’s note: Swag was not asked this question, but his response probably would have been: “I’m not a Laker Girl tho.”)
Lauren: I always wanted to move to L.A. and audition for the Laker Girls, and (current Laker Girl) Karla and I used to dance together in Atlanta, and I reached out to her and asked her about it. She told me about her experience, and it just seemed like a really good fit for me. There can be an image tied to a lot of professional teams, and it can be hard to find a team with class. There are very few teams I’d actually go out for, and the Saints and Lakers are two of them. There is something very traditional about the Laker Girls that hasn’t changed, and it’s very refreshing to have that class, and have girls that are so smart. All these girls are very driven and very smart with lives outside of this.* You’d be amazed: these girls have substance. I’m probably going to do it until I can’t do it anymore, because I love it and you only live once. *Lauren is an entertainment coordinator for L.A. Fashion Week.

Q: How do the practices to get ready for games go?
Swaggy: I think there’s a difference … don’t the NFL cheerleaders have to practice on the field so maybe they need cleats? It’s kinda tough to dance in cleats, so, yeah. But the NBA can be in the gym … but also, they probably practice more hours and they have more games.
Lauren: It’s very similar, as we actually practiced Tuesday and Thursday in New Orleans, and Tuesday and Thursday for the Lakers if we don’t have a game. They last around the same amount of time.

Q: What athletes are more impressive?
Swaggy: Basketball players obviously. You really have to be an athlete … football you just have to get buff and run. I think it’s harder to be in the NBA than the NFL … but I like people to see me. Faces out! In football, you’re covered by a helmet.
Lauren: Now that I’m getting more comfortable I’m able to watch a bit more of the action. In my first few games, I was thinking more about the next routine: the formation, the counts and everything. I was a nervous wreck my first few games. But now I’m able to actually watch and relax and enjoy it more.

Q: Difference in the fans?
Swaggy: Well, L.A. is L.A. They’re the best, obviously. I don’t know the Saints fans or NFL fans as much.
Lauren: The fans are equally as loyal. Lakers fans are great, and they really get into the game. If there’s a little girl, I can actually make eye contact with her and wave, and that’s a special kind of interaction that you don’t get as much in football.