The Gotham City Cheerleaders

From rehearsing at Redd’s to entertaining fans outside MetLife Stadium, it’s always a fun time when I visit the Gotham City Cheerleaders. Follow them on twitter and help get them inside the stadium.

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Photo of the Day – September 21

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Photo of the Day – August 6

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AllPro 3 Photo of the Day – July 10

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Photo of the Day – April 6

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Registration for The Gotham City Cheerleaders Auditions is Now Open

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Photo of the Day – January 23

A Pair of Gotham City Cheerleaders

A Labor of Unrequited Love

The Gotham City Cheerleaders Perform Outside MetLife Stadium as the Unofficial Squad of the Giants

By Benjamin Norman
New York Times

The Gotham City Cheerleaders have one mission: to become the official cheerleading team of the Giants.

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The team, started in 2011 by a former Washington Redskins cheerleader, Ana De Villegas, operates like any official N.F.L. cheerleading squad: It practices a few times a week, performs at events, has its own uniforms and even produces a swimsuit calendar.

But you will not see these cheerleaders on the sidelines at Giants home games. Instead, they hit the pavement outside MetLife Stadium, performing at tailgate parties in the parking lot with the hope that word of mouth and a growing fan base will persuade the franchise to bring them inside.

The Giants are one of six teams in the N.F.L. without an official cheerleading squad. John Mara, one of the Giants’ owners, has said, “It’s just not part of our philosophy.”

Shortly after forming the cheerleading team, De Villegas reached out to the Giants, but she never got a response. So she decided to build her brand from the ground up.

As the team makes its way around the parking lot, the reactions are mostly favorable. Fans cheer for the women and often join their dance circles. Teenage boys and young female cheerleaders line up for selfies and autographed calendars. The squad frequently, politely, declines invitations for beer and burgers from tailgaters.

However, the women also often hear grumbling about “tradition,” and how the Giants need a new offensive line more than cheerleaders.

They also regularly hear, “Wait, the Giants have cheerleaders?”

To De Villegas, her squad and their fans, the Giants do — just not inside the stadium.


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Photo of the Day – December 11

Gotham City Cheerleader BriAnna

 

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The Gotham City Cheerleaders during my visit last month.

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The squad in front of MetLife Stadium

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Striking a pose during pre-game rehearsal at Redd’s

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Karen is Miss February in the GCC Swimsuit Calendar

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Kaitlyn dancing with  Sibile Marcellus from Fox News

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NY Giants Fans Love The Gotham City Cheerleaders

By Sibile Marcellus
MyFOXPhilly.com

Dancing along Wall Street in New York City you can find Gotham City Cheerleaders practicing their amazing moves. These girls are intense and they mean business both in rehearsal and in the parking lot during Giants games. In their quest to be the Giants cheerleaders, the Gotham City Cheerleaders have rehearsals on Wednesdays and on Saturdays for several hours, as you can see these girls mean business and the Giant fans love them!

Gotham City Cheer-Captain, Bri Anna Barnett, talks a little about what it takes to be a Gotham City Cheerleader.

“We as members of the team, we are always on our toes. Can’t let our fitness slack, because you can always be replaced,” she said.

While the Giants NFL team has never had their own cheerleaders, fan of the Big Blue have nothing bad to say about these ladies.

“You see when the girls show up everyone’s faces light up, all the cameras come out and it’s a different dynamic. It’s excellent. Giants notoriously don’t have cheerleaders. So to have these girls out here in parking lot with us getting the crowd going right before the game is excellent,” one fan said.

The Executive Director of the Gotham City Cheerleaders, Ana De Villegas, wants to make sure that everyone knows the true role of a cheerleader.

“The goal is to be the entertainment for pre-game and halftime shows. People have preconception we want to be on sidelines. That’s not the case,” she said.

Some fans can’t seem to understand why the Giants are the only team without their own official cheerleaders.

“I don’t really understand what the deal is. The Jets have cheerleaders. Everybody has cheerleaders. Everybody loves cheerleaders. I don’t think there are words to explain how hot they are,” one male fan said.

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Photo of the Day – October 6

Kaitlyn and BriAnna of the Gotham City Cheerleaders during a break in rehearsal on Sunday.

The 2014-2015 GCC Football Calendar Premieres September 6, 2014

The GCC are unveiling their 2nd annual Football Calendar right in time for the NFL regular season kick-off with a dance-themed style that is a first of its kind in sports entertainment.

Featured as one of the hottest calendars of 2013-2014 by The New York Post and Pix Channel 11, the 2014 publication promises to exceed the high standards of its predecessor with inspiring dance photographs and features of the cheerleaders in their various careers outside of dance.

Bar Anticipation is hosting this exciting event at their renowned Grotto Beach, equipped with sandy bar areas, cabanas and the famous waterfall pool from where guests can watch the show afloat.

Guests will enjoy a dinner buffet, open bar and “meet and greets” with the GCC and surprise celebrity guests.

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Photo of the Day – June 18


A trio of Gotham City Cheerleaders

Our Favorite Photos – Gotham City Cheerleaders on the Sky Bridge

This month is our Tenth Anniversary and to celebrate we’re posting some of our all-time favorite photos.

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Another early Sunday morning photoshoot at the P-R-O Convention, this time with the Gotham City Cheerleaders on the sky bridge linking hotels in downtown Atlanta.