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By Melissa Anderson
Danielle Westerman, a graduate of Papillion-La Vista High School, recently earned a spot as a Tennessee Titan cheerleader.
Danielle Westerman has been dancing since she was a little girl and now, at age 24, she will continue her love of dancing as a professional cheerleader for the Tennessee Titans football team.
She will be known as a Titan Cheerleader, but Westerman said the squad doesn’t shout out cheers like traditional cheerleaders. Instead, the team does choreography on the field to support the team and entertain the fans.
“To be dancing professionally while representing a national brand and an amazing organization has been humbling,” she said. “I am very blessed to have been given this opportunity.”
In order to become a Titan Cheerleader, Westerman went through a grueling two-month process.
During the preliminaries, all candidates had to quickly learn a routine and were judged immediately afterward. Westerman made it through the day and was asked to come back for the final.
The finals lasted for almost two weeks and consisted of learning routines while being judged on work ethic, public speaking, body type, dance ability and personality, Westerman said. Each candidate then was asked questions about the Tennessee Titans organization.
“This interview also gives the cheerleader coach, Stacie Kinder, some one-on-one time to get to know each woman as an individual,” Westerman said.
After making it past the two weeks of examinations, Westerman and the other finalists performed a choreographed routine as well as an individual number in front of a live audience and a panel of judges. The finalists performed in groups of three or four and were scored on different factors.
Once Westerman made the team, she and her teammates had to pass an extensive fitness test, to ensure that each had enough stamina to dance through a football game, and a written test about the Titans.
“There are 26 incredible women on the team, and every single woman has blown me away,” Westerman said. “Each woman is employed for an incredible company or is currently going to school to achieve very demanding degrees. I have never been around such an amazing group of women who are so accomplished.”
Westerman said she is looking forward to making new friends and becoming involved in community service events.
“I love giving back to the community, and this will give me an incredible opportunity to do so,” she said. “I am also very excited to step onto the field for the first time and to perform for our amazing fans. Dancing for the NFL will be a completely different dynamic than anything I’ve ever done before. I can’t wait!”
Westerman and her teammates had the opportunity to dance at the Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio, on Aug. 9. Her first preseason home game was Aug. 15 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and her first regular season home game will be Sept. 20 against the Houston Texans.
Westerman was co-captain of the Papillion-La Vista Junior High Cheerleading Squad and also danced on the Papillion-La Vista High School Pom Squad, becoming a co-captain in 2003. She then attended the University of Nebraska at Omaha, where she danced on the UNO Dance Team as well as for the Omaha Beef Prime Dancers.
While performing with her dance teams, going to classes and working, Westerman also taught hip-hop classes for a local dance studio in north Omaha called Donna’s Dance Studio. There, she choreographed tryout and competition routines for many high schools in the Omaha area.
Westerman also became a backup dancer for a local artist, David Benjamin, when he performed shows at Linoma Beach.
After graduating from UNO with a degree in marketing, Westerman decided to move to Nashville “on a whim for a change of scenery” in March 2008. She will begin graduate school in the spring to become a registered dietitian.
“I hope to open my own business that can incorporate both studies,” she said.
She had never been to Nashville until about two weeks before moving to look for apartments. She said she was looking for bigger opportunities in dance and music and figured the “City of Country Music” would be a great place for her.
Once again thanks to Reader Kevin. This time Kevin was in Nashville and he sent us a few photos of the Titans Cheerleaders.
By Beverly Keller, Editor
For 11-year-old Aviana Sean Cline of Sugarcreek, nothing could stop her from performing for the second straight year as a junior Tennessee Titan Cheerleader – not even a harsh economic climate.
Aviana has dreams of being a Tennessee Titan Cheerleader when she grows up. Earlier this year, when her parents broke the news to her that her dream to be a part of the junior program this year wouldn’t happen due to financial constraints, the young go-getter set off on her own to find an answer.
While she was devastated by the news that her parents could not afford to send her to the program, Aviana was determined that she would be a part of the program. In fact, Aviana took matters into her own hands and raised money for the trip on her own.
By doing odd jobs for neighbors and friends and holding small fundraisers, Aviana was able to raise the funds needed to book the trip to Tennessee and once again grace Titan Field. Her hard work raised nearly $1,000 that will be used for her uniform, gas, hotel and food that is needed in order for her to attend the clinics.
Throughout September, Aviana will participate in three cheer and dance clinics with the Tennessee Titan Cheerleaders that will culminate in a performance at the home-opener on September 20. She will be cheering alongside current cheerleaders and other juniors from across the United States while Tennessee faces off with the Houston Texans.
The daughter of Kevin and Brynn Cline is a fifth grade student at Ragersville Elementary. She attends Barrs Mill Church of God near Sugarcreek. Her love of dance and performance has led her to begin her 10th year of dance classes. She studies jazz as well as hip-hop, modern, ballet and pointe with Shelly Beitzel at the Tuscarawas Dance Arts Center in Dover. She also takes tumbling and back handspring classes at the Tuscarawas County YMCA. In addition to her dancing ability, Aviana is working to master the piano and is a student of Amy McNutt.
Being a Junior Titans Cheerleader is an incredible opportunity that girls ages 6 – 14 look forward to every fall, and thanks to her hard work, Aviana will be one of them. Her family will travel eight hours to the clinics each weekend in September.
“It is a dream for her,” Aviana’s mother Brynn explained. “This is something she has always wanted to do. It started out watching the Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders and the show that is on television each year that shows the women who try out to be a part of the squad, and it just grew.”
Brynn explained that Aviana saw a commercial on the program about the junior program at Houston and instantly wanted to be a part of it.
“I told her that is quite far from Ohio and she asked if there was something closer. I looked online and found the closest team with a stellar junior program was in Nashville.”
The rest, as the saying goes, is history. “Aviana applied last year and was accepted,” Brynn said. “It was just an incredible experience last year for her and she is excited to be part of it again this year.”
Jenna is a former Tennessee Titans Cheerleader.
From the WRCBTV.com
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The Sports Illustrated NFL Cheerleader gallery is back for the 2009-10 season. The first gallery of the year includes Cheerleaders from the Miami Dolphins, Baltimore Ravens, San Diego Chargers, Buffalo Bills, New York Jets, Tennessee Titans, Kansas City Chiefs, and Indianapolis Colts. Click here to go there now.
With the advent of the new season, NFL.com started up their cheerleader galleries. Click here to see what’s new.
Each year, the Hall of Fame game marks the beginning of the NFL preseason in Canton, OH. The football teams usually bring their cheerleaders along to add to the excitement of game day. This year, the Tennessee Titans Cheerleaders and Buffalo Jills hit the road to entertain fans at the Bills/Titans game in Ohio. The website Exposay.com has a photos from the game, including a few of the Cheerleaders. Click here to go there now.
The Tennessee Titans Cheerleaders are way ahead of the curve this season. They just posted headshots last week, and now they’re back with individual profile pages. Click here to meet the rookies, and catch up with the veterans!
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So these are a few photos from the annual Jeff Fisher and Friends Softball Game, which took place last month at Greer Stadium. THis photo is from lcthedog’s album on Flickr. You want to see the rest? Get to steppin’.
By Lindsey R.
Hello Titans fans from Destin, Florida!
We arrived at the fabulous Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort today at around five o’clock after a long, but fun bus trip. We all met early this morning excited and ready to go, but the rookies had a few things they had to do before getting on the bus.
This year we have eight amazing women who are new to our team and just for fun, they each had to perform one of the short routines we perform on the field in order to get on the bus. And once they got on the bus, they each had to tell one interesting fact about a veteran to receive their rookie sign. Now their rookie sign is not anything terrible. It’s a small sign they wear around their neck throughout the first month of training until they earn 10 stickers. The 10 stickers are given by the captains and the veterans when they see a rookie giving 110% and going above and beyond. It’s our way of letting them know we have noticed their hard work and to keep it up.
With such a long bus ride, the captains came up with several games to keep us entertained. One of the funniest activities we did was having each girl write down their most embarrassing moment. We then read them aloud and had to guess who it was. Needless to say, we learned a lot about each other! We also gave the rookies crayons and a piece of paper and they each had a few minutes to draw a picture of themselves. We then tried to guess who had drawn each picture and voted on who had the best artistic skills. And lets just say none of us are artists for a reason!
Throughout the drive, we also began giving hints to the rookies as to who their big sister would be during the season. Each rookie is paired with a second year member to guide her through the year. They will find out their big sister on Wednesday night, but we wanted to keep teasing them with clues until then.
Once we arrived at the resort, we all had about two hours to freshen up before meeting back up for dinner at the Marlin Grill. It was so nice to see everyone all dressed up because we normally see each other in practice clothes and tennis shoes. The dinner was amazing, complete with appetizers, a salad, and fabulous entrees. Our Director, Stacie Kinder, gave a great toast thanking all of our sponsors who traveled with us to Destin to help make our swimsuit calendar a success. And she also wished all of us good luck for when we step in front of the camera in the next few days.
The night ended with a surprise from our Director and the resort. They took us outside for a picture and then announced they had a special fireworks display for us. The sky was lit up with fireworks choreographed to go along with some of the songs we performed to last year and during tryouts. It was such a nice treat and bigger than anything we could have imagined.
Tomorrow, women will have call times as early as 4 a.m. to get hair and makeup done before heading to the beach for a sunrise photo shoot. Other women will head to the marina to take picture on a yacht and there will also be a photo session at a waterfall. It will take a lot of hard work to make sure every picture looks its best, but it will also be a lot of fun.
Well, I’m off to bed. Check back everyday for a new blog as the Tennessee Titans Cheerleaders continue their trip in Destin creating the 2009 Tennessee Titans Cheerleader Swimsuit Calendar!
All-Pro3 Inc, the company that produces the P-R-O Convention is excited to announce the All-Star line up of guest instructors for their 2009 Convention. Professional Cheerleaders and Dancers from all over the world travel to Atlanta to learn choreography from these instructors every year.
“We always like to add some fresh, new instructors each year to teach alongside our fabulous veteran choreographers” says Tracy Rutledge of All-Pro3. “Raquel Torres-Garcia will be joining us from the San Antonio Spurs, and Ken Martin from USA Pro Cheerleaders will also teach for us for the first time.”
P-R-O Instructors for 2009:
Tami Krause-NFL Minnesota Vikings & NLL Minnesota Swarm
Rutledge adds that “Our Convention continues to grow each year. Our sponsors such as the Line Up, Peavey hosiery, Satin Stitches, and Tech.Nitions, help make our event even more extraordinary each summer!”
The popular “Sideline Distraction Magazine” is a huge hit at the Convention. It features ‘Sideline Hotties’ from various teams and leagues in Professional Cheerleading. Last year, the coveted cover spot went to Crystal, from the NHL Tampa Bay Lightning Girls…who will it be this year? You’ll have to attend the P-R-O Convention to find out!
For more information and to register, visit www.allpro3.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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