There’s a reason why its called Hotlanta and its not because of the weather. Last weekend, more than 200 professional cheerleaders and dancers from across the country gathered in Atlanta for All Pro3’s 7th annual P-R-O convention, or as I call it Cheerleader Heaven. Hot weather, hot cheerleaders and hot dance routines.
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:
Sandy Charbonneau – Armed Forces Entertainment
Raquel Torres-Garcia – San Antonio Spurs (NBA) and Silver Stars (WNBA)
Denise Garvey – NY Jets (NFL)
Alto Gary – Houston Texans (NFL)
Tamara Jenkins – FC Dallas (MLS)
Stephanie Jojokian Washinton Redskins
Heather Karberg – Arizona Cardinals (NFL)
Stacie Kinder – Tennessee Titans (NFL)
Shannon Kingsley – Seattle Seahawks (NFL)
Tami Krause – Minnesota Vikings (NFL) and Minnesota Swarm (NLL)
Brandii McCoy – Charlotte Bobcats (NBA) and Charlotte Checkmates (AHL)
Tracey Rutledge – All-Pro3 and former Atlanta Hawks
Michelle Stover – Washington Wizards (NBA)
Derric Whitfield – Houston Energy (WPFL)
The organizers of P-R-O gave James and I complete access to the convention’s events and in this article, I will provide our readers with a first hand look into the premier professional dance convention. We have a lot to cover so, let’s begin with Saturday’s report.
Continue reading Cheerleader Heaven: The 2010 P-R-O Convention (Part I)
Cameo shots of the Titans cheerleaders are now online!
Brittany Lynn Evans
Jun 3, 2010
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee Titans cheerleaders departed Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort this morning. After a productive week that included photo sessions with each of the 26 ladies, the squad began its nine-hour journey back to Nashville. The team bonding that took place throughout the week will only help the ladies get off to a strong start to the season!
The bus ride coming home was a little bit quieter. The extensive work load for the cheerleaders was tiring, and most of the ladies needed time for rest and relaxation. The Titans cheerleaders shot all their photos in two days, forcing efficiency and cooperation from everyone involved.
The Titans cheerleaders arrived back to Nashville around 6 p.m. Now back in town, they have little time to rest. The rookies and captains will go over dance routines on Saturday. On Sunday, their 2010 head shots will be taken with their uniforms.
With much production work to be done by photographer Eric Anderson, the 2010 swimsuit calendar will be available at the end of August and will debut with a calendar release party later that month. The Titans cheerleaders and fans are eager to see the calendar this fall. Stay tuned to Titans Online for additional information as it becomes available.
Photo Shoot Begins for 2010 Cheerleader Calendar
By Brittany Evans
DESTIN, Fla. — Feeling anxious and enthusiastic, several Tennessee Titans cheerleaders began preparing for their initial photo shoot Tuesday morning at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort.
Those scheduled for the morning shoot had to report for hair and makeup at 4 a.m. Sleep was not an option. Many of the ladies had coffee in hand eager to begin their first obligation as a Titans cheerleader.
After a couple of hours of prep work, the four ladies were chauffeured to the resort’s sandy, white beaches where their individual photos were taken. The first photo shoot started at 6 a.m. and took three hours to complete.
In between photo shoots, the cheerleaders and staff on site ate at The Broken Egg in the Baytown Wharf. Known for its excellent brunch menu, this restaurant is very popular around the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. Everyone eating there fell in love with their made to order omelets. Most of the cheerleaders and staff planned on eating there again before leaving later in the week!
Around 1 p.m. the second group of Titans cheerleaders was set to shoot at the resort’s beautiful marina. The ladies posed and were photographed on a luxurious yacht located on site. The Titans cheerleaders made traffic a little more hectic around the marina until about 3 in the afternoon, as many spectators were eager to catch a glimpse of the action.
The final photo shoot of the day was back at the beach to take advantage of the beautiful Florida sunset. These ladies arrived at the beach around 5 for the final shots of the day. The water was beautiful and clear, making for a scenic backdrop as the sun dropped into the sea.
After realizing what was taking place on the beach, several visitors — including a large contingent of Titans fans — began making their way toward the photo shoot, getting a closer view of the cheerleaders in action.
After the final shoot of the day, the cheerleaders enjoyed a fabulous ride on the yacht that they shot on earlier in the day. The 45-minute cruise took the ladies to the Lucky Snapper for a delicious dinner. They enjoyed a menu stocked with seafood, while listening to a live band to end what was certainly a busy, yet exciting day.
By Brittany Evans
*Photos: Cheerleaders Arrive in Destin*
*Video Diary: Cheerleaders Arrive in Destin
DESTIN, Fla. — The Tennessee Titans cheerleaders departed Baptist Sports Park Monday morning, heading south to the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort for their 3rd annual swimsuit calendar shoot.
Nineteen veterans and seven rookie cheerleaders were anxious to arrive in Florida for their first team event of the 2010 season. The three-day event will also serve as a great bonding time for the 2010 Titans Cheerleading squad.
On the eight-hour bus ride, Gary Glenn, Director of Internet Operations and publications, educated the current squad on the Tennessee Titans history, while informing them of the latest news within the Titans’ organization. The cheerleaders took notes on this material for an upcoming exam they will take this summer.
Also on the bus ride, Director of Security Steve Berk shared several stories from his experiences with the organization over his 14 years with the team, specifically the franchise’s transition during its first year in Tennessee. Berk’s memories and entertaining stories kept everyone on the bus interested. This also helped the Titans cheerleaders realize their upcoming opportunities, while validating their importance in the National Football League.
At noon, the bus stopped at Peach Park in Alabama for lunch. The restaurant was a popular stop at about the midway point of the trip. The girls chatted amongst themselves while enjoying lunch. Fried peach pies and baked chicken was the popular item for many customers. While the team dined, one little girl noticed the Titans cheerleaders and personally took time to meet them. The impact of having the Titans cheerleaders at Peach Park was exciting for many of the customers in the restaurant.
After a full day on the bus, the Titans cheerleaders and staff finally arrived at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. They were greeted by a staff that was excited for their arrival at the resort. Their bags were unloaded, and rooms were assigned. The ladies had about one hour of down time to get ready for dinner at the Marlin Grill. In the meantime, organization of activities for the next two days was presented to the cheerleaders and staff by Director of Cheerleaders Stacie Kinder.
The Marlin Grill was nothing but superb to Titans cheerleaders and staff. They served amazing appetizers, salads, entrees and desserts that everyone enjoyed. The hospitality of the Marlin Grill made for a pleasant experience with exceptional service.
The night ended with an after party at the Village Door at the Baytown Wharf. The ladies had a great time of dancing and greeting fans. Some cheerleaders couldn’t stay long due to an early call time for the first photos shoots scheduled for Tuesday morning.
Twenty-six young ladies made the squad on Sunday night at Limelight. Final auditions were to take place this past Wednesday, but due to the Nashville flooding, the venue was changed from Wildhorse Saloon on 2nd Avenue and moved to Sunday. Proceeds from the ticket sales went to relief efforts for flood victims.
Retired veterans Stefanie S., Stephanie A., Melissa and Felicia made the final cut.
Chocez and Shauna
Picking the Squad
Stef and Jenna
Jordan and Melissa
Pictures provided by alumni Carl, of EMG Promotions
May 9, 2010
Cheerleaders were selected for the 2010 Titans squad Sunday at Limelight in downtown Nashville.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A packed house at Limelight witnessed the formation of the 2010 Titans Cheerleading squad Sunday night.
PHOTOS: Final Auditions at Limelight
The final auditions, presented by Sun Tan City, were the culmination of a process that began nearly two months ago. The evening began with 48 finalists and ended with 26 ladies making the 2010 squad.
“I am thrilled with the team we have in place for the 2010 season,” said Stacie Kinder, director of cheerleaders for the Titans. “The competition was very close, but the judges did an excellent job choosing the best of the best.”
A panel of celebrity judges that included former Titans safety Blaine Bishop, Grammy-nominated and Survivor Final Four contestant, Taj Johnson-George (wife of former Titans RB Eddie George) and former Miss Tennessee, Allison DeMarcus graded contestants on their appearance, physique, dance ability and fan applause.
Final auditions were originally scheduled for last week at the Wildhorse Saloon, but the recent Nashville flooding forced the venue change to Limelight. A portion of Sunday night’s proceeds will aid in flood relief efforts through the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee (www.cfmt.org).
The cheerleaders will travel to Destin, Fla. later this month to shoot the team’s 2010 swimsuit calendar at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort.
2010 TENNESSEE TITANS CHEERLEADERS
The 2010 Tennessee Titans Cheerleaders Final Auditions presented by Sun Tan City are open to the public and be will be held Sunday, May 9th, at Limelight across from LP Field.
The final auditions were originally slated for May 5 at the Wildhorse Saloon but had to be rescheduled because of the flooding downtown.
“I really can’t thank Kenny Winchell from Limelight enough for inviting us to host this event when we were flooded out of our previous venue,” said Titans Director of Cheerleaders Stacie Kinder. “We look forward to putting on a great show and raising some money for the flood victims.”
The auditions will consist of 48 finalists competing for 26 spots on the squad. A panel of celebrity judges will grade the contestants on their appearance, physique, dance ability and fans’ applause. The celebrity panel includes Taj George, a Grammy-award nominated member of the musical group SWV, 2009 Survivor competitor and wife of Titans great, Eddie George; former Titans All-Pro safety Blaine Bishop; country artist Kip Moore; and former Miss Tennessee USA Allison DeMarcus.
“We had some extremely talented women audition this year. We were very pleased with the turnout and the selection process for the finalists was the most strenuous it has been in several years. I am excited about the final audition and the potential for this year’s squad,” said Kinder. “Each of these women have been preparing for the competition and we welcome support from the Nashville community.”
Proceeds from the event will benefit the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. In partnership with Davidson County’s Office of Emergency Management, The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee has activated its Metro Nashville Disaster Response Fund to help to those affected by the May 1, 2010 floods. Donations of any size are welcome- visit www.cfmt.org
The audition will include a show by the finalists, musical performances by DLS and Greez Monkeez and the announcement of the 2010 Titans Cheerleaders. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $15 at the door or can be purchased in advance at the Titans ticket office at LP Field or by calling (615) 565-4172.
Final auditions for the 2010 Tennessee Titans Cheerleaders have been postponed due to flooding in downtown Nashville.
The auditions were originally scheduled for Wednesday night, May 5 at the Wildhorse Saloon. A future date is expected to be announced over the next two days.
Tickets already purchased will be valid on the new date and possible new location.
Open calls for the Tennessee Titans Cheerleaders took place yesterday. Our good friend and former Titans Cheerleader Sissy was on the judges panel this year and sent over a few photos from the day.
Lindsey, Lindsay and Jen showing the routine to the judges before auditions
Alumni Laverne, Whitney, Sissy, Melanie and Valerie
Titans Cheer Alumni with Director of Cheerleading, Stacie Kinder The one with the beach ball under her shirt is alumni Farrah. She’s due in 15 days. (Looks to me like it could be any minute now!)
Some of the returning veterans posing for the camera
Current members and returning retired members of the squad preparing for tryouts.
Former members, Felicia, Amy, Stefanie S. and Stephanie A. are returning to tryout.
Alumni members and Stacie after the auditions
By Ashley O’Dell
Apr 16, 2010
NASHVILLE, Tenn – The annual Cheers to Robin event benefiting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society is coming up on April 29th. The event will feature local celebrities participating in celebrity trivia and is sure to be an eventful evening. Co-sponsoring the event with the Tennessee Titans Cheerleaders is Jennifer Hill, a Titans Cheerleader alumnus who is campaigning to be this year’s Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Woman of the Year.
Jennifer is former captain for the Tennessee Titans Cheerleaders and served as the team’s Pro Bowl nominee in 2007. Currently she is an Engineer at Nissan North America and her community activities include numerous worthy causes, among them are serving as the co-leader for Mt. Zion Baptist Church Dance Ministry as well as the Events Coordinator for the Tennessee Titans Cheerleading Alumnae Group. Her desire to help the community was perpetuated during her 5 year career as a Titans Cheerleader. As she moved from her role as a Titans Cheerleader to a professional career, she became more involved with a group the Cheerleaders work with closely, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Jennifer explains her commitment to the organization, stating, “Now, I am committed to assisting with research and resources that will help destroy a disease that has devastated so many families.”
The Man and Woman of the Year contests looks to name a Man and Woman of the year based on philanthropic donations the candidate receives through his or her campaign. Each dollar counts as one vote and goes to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society to help fight the diseases through multiple means. Last year, through campaigns for Man and Woman of the Year, candidates in Middle Tennessee raised over $200,000 and candidates across the nation raised over $7 million. This year, Jennifer’s personal goal is $35,000.
To support Jennifer in her efforts and help her reach her goal you can attend several upcoming events where Titans Cheerleaders and other local celebrities will join her in raising money for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society. Jen’s Drive for a Cure Golf Tournament on April 24th will benefit her campaign. Additionally, the annual Cheers to Robin: Classy Celebrity Trivia will be held April 29th, hosted by the Titans Cheerleaders and Jennifer Hill. To support Jennifer in her efforts with a donation and to learn more about her, visit her website at http://www.jendhill.com/.
Do you want to have the best front row seat possible for every Titans home football game in 2010? Start your journey toward what could be the experience of a lifetime as a Tennessee Titans Cheerleader!
In addition to performing on the field and sidelines at every home Titans game, Titans Cheerleaders have appeared on The Oprah Show, The Dr. Oz Show, and performed at the annual Acoustic Christmas concert. They have been a part of the CMT Awards and performed at the CMA Music Fest. The Cheerleaders appear at over 200 events in Middle Tennessee annually.
Additionally, Titans Cheerleaders travel all over the country each year to visit our nation’s troops and to appear at major corporate conventions. The ladies have been as far as Las Vegas, Washington State, Mexico City, Mexico, Hawaii, and Korea in their work as Titans Cheerleaders. The Titans Cheerleading experience is like nothing else, and we are looking for the most talented women to join the team in 2010!
* Must be 18 years of age by April 15 AND a high school graduate by May 30, 2010
* Dance experience recommended
* Available to travel to Florida for annual swimsuit calendar shoot in May or June 2010
* Available for rehearsal through the summer and available for all 2010 home Titans games
Preliminary and semi-final audition:
Saturday, April 17, 2010
*CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC*
Baptist Sports Park
460 Great Circle Rd.
Nashville, TN 37228
Titans practice bubble
Doors open at 9:00am; audition begins at 9:30am
$20.00 at the door (walk-ins WELCOME!); $15.00 in advance
All candidates must audition in first round. Short dance combination and kick line will be taught. First cut will be made after lunch. Semi-Final audition will begin at 2:00pm. Finalists will be announced by 7:00pm.
Recommended attire: NO COSTUMES PLEASE. We recommend you audition in black or dark colored bootie shorts or dance pants with a fitted dance top.
Sunday, April 11, 2010
Nashville Athletic Club
5035 Harding Place
Nashville, TN 37211
3:00pm-4:30pm OR 5:00pm-6:30pm
Please choose ONE time slot to attend.
$35.00 (INCLUDES audition fee): Limited to 60 participants in each workshop.
This workshop will cover audition protocol as well as what is expected of a Titans Cheerleader. We will teach a short piece of choreography (similar to that used in the audition) and offer some audition presentation tips.
Recommended attire: Comfortable/conservative dance wear. We will spend 45 minutes in a seminar and 45 minutes on choreography and across the floor combinations.
Complete audition information and including registration forms here.
Cheerleaders Take Active Role in the Community
By Ashley O’Dell, Titans Online
Feb 18, 2010
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – In addition to adding fun and excitement to every Tennessee Titans home game, the Tennessee Titans Cheerleaders are also active members of the Nashville community.
This past season, the cheerleaders participated in more than 70 community service events to give back to the citizens of Nashville. The events ranged from benefiting nationally recognized organizations, such as the American Cancer Society, to local events helping organizations such as the Nashville Rescue Mission and many local schools.
Other charities helped by the cheerleaders include: the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, the Veterans Hospital, JDRF benefiting Juvenal Diabetes research, the KVB Foundation, Cortland Finnegan’s ARK31 Foundation, and the Keith Bulluck, Believe and Achieve Foundation for foster kids, among many others.
Director of Cheerleading for the Tennessee Titans, Stacie Kinder, explains their dedication to service, stating, “Giving back to the fans and community that support us and our team is the best way to show our appreciation to the city of Nashville.”
Over the course of the season each of the cheerleaders are required to participate in ten community service events. However, most of the cheerleaders chose to give more time back to Titans fans by helping the community in even greater numbers.
This past season, cheerleader Lindsey led the team in philanthropic appearances with 25 total community service activities and received the team Community Service Award.
“I am so honored to be this year’s recipient of the community service award,” said Lindsey, “serving the community is one of the main reason I love being a Titans Cheerleader.”
Click here to see pictures from the various charity events in which the cheerleaders have participated throughout the past year.
By Ashley O’Dell, Titans Online
For the 2009-2010 NFL Pro Bowl, each of the 26 NFL teams with cheerleaders will nominate a cheerleader to represent their squad and cheer at the game. This year, the Tennessee Titans Cheerleaders have chosen Tonia, a six year veteran and line captain of the Titans Cheerleading Squad. “As unexpected and overwhelming as this has been, I am truly honored to have been nominated. I’m on the squad with an amazing group of women and will do my best to accurately represent the defining women of the Tennessee Titans Cheerleaders,” says Tonia.
Tonia’s nomination was determined by a vote from the cheerleading squad and Tennessee Titans Cheerleading staff. The Pro Bowl, between the AFC and NFC’s best, will take place on January 31, 2010 at Dolphin’s Stadium in Miami, Florida, where Tonia can be seen cheering on the AFC players. Prepping for such an event is no small task, as Tonia explains, “I’ve got a lot of work ahead of me planning and practicing but I’ve never been more excited to exercise and practice, it’s like making the squad all over again and hearing your number called for the first time!”
Outside of the cheerleading world, Tonia is a married, mother of two originally from Chicago, Illinois. She has a Masters in Psychology from Georgia State University and is currently a Mental Health Client Specialist in Nashville, Tennessee. Tonia has added cheerleading to her resume over the last 6 years and is very proud to be member of the Titans Cheerleaders. Tonia explains being a part of the organization, stating, “I love football and being a part of the Tennessee Titans organization is a dream come true, I think it’s one with such character and stamina, and I am honored and excited to represent such an organization.” To see what players represent the Tennessee Titans and other teams along with Tonia and other cheerleaders, tune into this year’s Pro Bowl game on January 31st.
[Tonia at TitansOnline.com]
NFL.com has new photos from Week 14 of the 2009-10 football season. With Christmas coming up next week, several NFL teams brought the santa’s helper outfits out of storage. I’ve never seen the Raiderettes dress for the holidays before. Sweet!
Click here to go there now.