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.
By Ashley O’Dell
Dec 7, 2009
Nashville, TENN – The Tuesday before Thanksgiving Day, the Tennessee Titans Cheerleaders volunteered their time to give back to the Nashville community. At the Annual Tracy Lawrence Mission Possible Turkey Fry, the cheerleaders collected turkeys to be served the following day to the homeless and others in need in Nashville.
The event was held in the parking lot of the Nashville Rescue Mission and featured many celebrities collecting turkeys alongside the Cheerleaders, including: Tracy Lawrence, Brad Arnold, Ash Bowers, Burns & Poe, Sarah Darling, and Lorrie Morgan. Lindsey R., a current Tennessee Titans Cheerleader praised the event, stating, “The Tennessee Titans Cheerleaders have been involved with Tracy Lawrence’s Mission Possible Turkey Fry for three years, and it’s been really neat to come back every year and see how much the event has grown. It’s a great way for the music industry and the Titans to come together for a great cause and I think the most touching part to me this year is the amount of people who didn’t have a chance to buy a turkey to donate, but who still drove by the Mission during their lunch break to donate money.”
On the following day, Thanksgiving Eve, The Tennessee Titans Cheerleading Alumni Association joined some of the current Tennessee Titans Cheerleaders to serve Thanksgiving lunch and dinner to those in need. The turkeys that were collected the previous day were fried and served with other traditional Thanksgiving favorites. Alumni Judith Meyer has participated in the event in the past and explains how the serving was organized and what serving others at the Nashville Rescue Mission means to her, stating, “The women and children were fed first and they just put a smile on my face. We would carry their trays and let them pick were they would like to sit. Having someone take the time to go the extra step of carrying their tray, pulling out their chair, and bringing them something to drink really lit up their faces. And when it was time for the men to eat, let’s just say some of them started blushing when they realized we’d be serving as their hostesses for the meal. Everyone was so nice and thankful and the event really started the holiday spirit of giving for me this year.”
To see pictures from the Tracy Lawrence Mission Possible Turkey Fry and the Tennessee Titans Cheerleaders and alumni serving lunch and dinner on Thanksgiving Eve, click here.
Click here to see a collection of photos of the Titans Cheerleaders throughout the season.
This week’s cheerleader gallery on NFL.com features teams from the Ravens, 49ers, Saints, Cowboys, Bills, Titans, Bengals, Jets, Eagles, and Rams. Click here to view the gallery.
By Steve Mazzucchi
With Tennessee suddenly rolling, a second-year Titan-eer weighs in on a QB’s rise from depression, a running back’s Michael Jackson-style moves, and a city’s insanity for missing a $100 million man
Undefeated. That’s what the Titans are since running back Chris Johnson claimed they could win ten straight, since Vince Young regained his starting QB job, since a Peyton Manning jersey-wearing Jeff Fisher told a charity function he “just wanted to feel like a winner.” If all that hadn’t come on the heels of an 0-and-6 start, Nashville might be more excited. But after C.J. (232 total yards, two TDs), V.Y. (239 total yards, one TD pass), and the D (two picks returned for TDs) led a 41-17 romp over the Bills, the melody is merry in the Music City.
And so is Titans cheerleader Ashley Danielle, a former dance instructor (“I used to teach Steve McNair’s son hip-hop”) and part-time seamstress (“My dream is to open my own boutique”) who sews her own swimsuits for the team calendar and even crafts some of the squad’s costumes (“It’s a little cheaper to pay me than somebody else”). A Nashville native who has rooted for the franchise since it arrived in ’98, Danielle gets real about a team — and a town — experiencing its most topsy-turvy season yet.
ESQUIRE: Huge win over the Bills to raise the Titans record to 3-6. What were the keys to victory?
ASHLEY DANIELLE: The Bills had a few injuries on defense and offense, and a lot of penalties, and we capitalized. Their lack of good football enabled us to turn things around, and we were all over their quarterback. Having Vince Young back at QB has definitely changed things for the better. The receivers are receptive to him, and there have been more plays downfield. I never saw Kerry Collins go for a 40-yarder. Vince and Chris Johnson are like a tag team, and people just can’t stop C.J.
ESQ: In the three straight wins, Johnson’s compiled 600-plus yards and six TDs. Yes, that’s against the Jaguars, 49ers, and Bills, but what makes him so good?
AD: Every time C.J. gets the ball, the crowd goes wild. He’s like Michael Jackson. But he’s also a very humble player and a great person. Sometimes, instead of running north/south, he’ll run east or west. He loses yards that way sometimes, but he also finds holes. And unlike some speed guys, he’s not afraid to take a hit, or hit defenders.
ESQ: The Titans started 0-6 after going 13-3 last season. Was everyone kind of in shock?
AD: You have no idea. Nashville turned into a ghost town. Tumbleweeds everywhere. It was just bad all around. When they win, we line up near the visitors’ end and dance them off the field, and we weren’t able to do that. We couldn’t do a touchdown dance. We couldn’t even do a first-down dance. Some of the girls are, like, you know, “Yay!” They don’t know what’s going on, but I actually watch football. I have NFL updates sent to my phone, so at halftime, I know what’s going on across the league. It’s been fun to get back to winning.
ESQ: Do you think losing star defensive end Albert Haynesworth to the Redskins was a big factor in the early-season struggles?
AD: Honestly, I don’t. I love Albert to death. He was probably the best in league, but he’s one player. When he was here, he was pretty much always hurt. And now he’s hurt for the Redskins! I wasn’t caught up in the hype. He’s a good person, but to pay him $100 million? That’s insanity.
ESQ: Have you noticed any changes in Young since his alleged breakdown last season?
AD: I want to state that it’s not alleged. I do recall seeing him a few times a little depressed. Fans were brutal to him last year — it had to have been a shocker for him. I could tell, and I only see him for appearances and on the field. He’s much more social this year, a little more back to himself, how he was when he got to Nashville. I can imagine he’s excited to be playing again.
ESQ: Young also made headlines this summer when he told Esquire he’d be the next black QB to win the Super Bowl, and that he’d be in the Hall of Fame. Was that craziness, cockiness, or simply confidence?
AD: I remember thinking, This man is crazy. You have to have confidence in order for it to happen, but that’s something you should say to close friends and family. But he’s a good guy. I hope that it does happen.
ESQ: What did you think of the Jeff Fisher-in-a-Peyton-Manning-jersey soap opera?
AD: I thought it was hilarious. We had just gotten our butts kicked six games in a row — might as well have a sense of humor about it. I made light of it. The fans here in Nashville did not. The talk of the town was, “Will he be the coach next year?” But as long as we’re winning, everyone is happy. And we haven’t lost since.
ESQ: Johnson’s prediction doesn’t look as crazy as it did a couple weeks ago, but it still seems far-fetched. What’s the feeling on the sidelines?
AD: I’ve been skeptical. Yeah, that would be nice, when pigs fly. As long as they play like they have the last few games, ten straight would be good, but you’ve got to look at the matchups and take it one game at a time. C.J. can have his one little cocky moment. If they keep themselves humble, it could happen. Anything’s possible.
[Ashley at the Titans Website]
New photos from week #8 are up on NFL.com. This week, they’ve got the Saints, Cowboys, Titans, Ravens, Cardinals, Jets, Bills, Eagles, and Colts. Click here to go there now.
Last weekend was the New York Jets’ turn to kick it old school. They took they field as the Titans of New York. (Not to be confused with the New York Titans pro lacrosse team. Actually, now they’re they Orlando Titans, so you know what? Nevermind.)
Anyway, you know what that means – the cheerleaders went there too. Here’s how they rocked the retro swagger. What’s your verdict?
This week, the NFL cheerleader gallery on SportsIllustrated.com features the Titans, Bills, Panthers, Eagles, Ravens, Chiefs, and Rams. Click here to go there now!
By Nash Nunnery
Clinton native Clair Montgomery is living a double life in Nashville, but it’s one she wouldn’t trade with anyone at this stage in her life.
By day, she’s a project coordinator for a Nashville design and engineering company, organizing a mountain of paperwork for the firm’s architects and engineers.
For her second job, she puts down her pen and picks up her pom poms – as a cheerleader for the National Football League’s Tennessee Titans.
With complex dance routines and pretty looks, cheerleaders have become a part of the NFL fabric, just like the multimillion- dollar players on the field.
Borrowing from the lyrics of an old Journey song, 25-year-old Clair Elise Montgomery is a self-admitted small-town girl living in the not-so lonely world of the NFL and the country-glitz of Nashville.
“Clinton is a wonderful community and I have great memories of growing up there,” said the Ole Miss and CHS grad. “I’ve always enjoyed coming back home and visiting with my friends and enjoying the small-town feel.”
Fellow Nashville resident Meredith Edwards, who grew up with Montgomery in Clinton, isn’t surprised to see her friend on the football field sidelines.
“Clair is the kind of girl who’s always up for an adventure. She’s very independent,” Edwards said, adding that her friend also has a competitive edge, whether on the high school tennis team’s courts or Attache show choir’s stage.
Montgomery often was a featured soloist for the show choir, said Attache director David Fehr.
“She was an outstanding performer, had a great work ethic and a voice that was incredible,” said Fehr. “Clair is tough as nails, and her earning a spot on the Titans cheerleading squad does not surprise me at all. She never knew the word ‘quit,’ and I couldn’t be more proud of her.”
Montgomery says she tried out for the Titans squad on a whim.
“I was sitting in my car waiting to go to work, and I heard a spot on the radio announcing Titans cheerleader auditions,” she said. “Well, at the end of that week I attended their cheerleader workshop, where we learned a (dance) routine.”
She signed up for tryouts, although she hadn’t regularly danced in six years. Dancing, not cheering, is priority one for an NFL cheerleader.
No problem for Montgomery.
“Clair is one of the best dancers I’ve ever known,” said Edwards.
Montgomery survived the grueling competition, including weeks of exhausting dance routines and detailed interviews in front of a panel of Nashville celebrity judges.
At the end of finals night, before an enthusiastic crowd at the Wildhorse Saloon, Montgomery’s name was called as one of 26 selected for the 2009 squad.
“It was awesome to be chosen, but I think my mother (Debbie) was more excited than I was,” she said. “She knew how much I wanted it and what I had been through over the weeks of auditions.”
Mom Debbie and sister Marly attended Clair’s NFL regular season debut Sept. 20 when the Titans hosted the Houston Texans.
“Going up to Nashville to watch her perform was so exciting,” said Debbie Montgomery, a secretary at Mount Salus Christian School. “They split up the squad on the field and during the first half, Clair’s group performed right in front of our section.”
Sworn to secrecy by Clair not to tell anyone she was trying out for a coveted slot, she was relieved when her daughter was selected.
“It was extremely hard to keep my mouth shut,” said Debbie Montgomery. “Everyone was real excited when I finally told them Clair was a Titans cheerleader.”
Each cheerleader must pass a fitness test before taking the sideline, not unlike the NFL athletes.
“We still had to endure an excruciating month of physical tests and workouts,” said the personable blonde. “They won’t let you near the field to dance until you pass the fitness test. And during the season, in addition to making public appearances, we have dance classes twice a week to learn new game routines.”
Delighted to have a Mississippian on this year’s squad, Titans director of cheerleading Stacie Kinder says Montgomery has surpassed her expectations.
“We are so happy to have her on the squad since the team has so many Mississippi fans,” said Kinder. “She’s extremely outgoing, has a great body and an excellent work ethic.”
Montgomery passed all five phases of the fitness test with flying colors, said Kinder.
Sounding more like a football player’s regime, the test is not for the faint of heart. It consists of a mile run, 25 “V-ups” (abdominal exercise), 25 military-style push-ups, two-minute step test (12-inch block, 100-step minimum) and a 300-meter shuttle run.
The cheerleaders are paid, Kinder said, but it isn’t a full-time salary. “They are required to have a full-time job or to be in school,” she said.
As the season wears on and the cheerleaders make more appearances, Montgomery is recognized more often on the street.
“That’s cool, but one of the best things is our involvement in the community,” she said, referring to public appearances promoting various fundraisers.
And when she puts the pom poms down?
“The firm has been very supportive of me becoming a Titans cheerleader, but at the office, I’m still Clair the project coordinator.”
[Clair at the Titans Cheerleaders Website]
A mixed bag of NFL cheerleaders on the field. Click here to check it out!