Last Friday, November the 6th marked the last Toronto Argonauts game at Rogers Centre (formerly Skydome). The team moves to BMO Field next year and hopefully the Argos Cheerleaders will be there as well. Toronto won 21 to 11 over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
Kelly and Kimiye
Kylee and Meaghan
Leanne and Nevin
Sydney and Paula
Courtesy of our friend from North of the border at last Friday’s game:
Kristen and Amanda S.
Raquel, Amanda S, Kimiye, Leanne, Nevin
On October 23, 2015, members of the CFL Toronto Argonauts Alumni Cheerleaders squads from 1945 to 2014, performed at the Argos’ annual PINK game in honour of women’s cancers.
The 100+ performers consisted of: the Argoettes (the original squads from 1945-1962), the Sunshine Girls (1970s to 1995) and the Double Blue Thunder (1996 to 2014).
The current Argos cheer team also performed as part of the half-time show, along with a special appearance by Canadian country music star Tim Hicks, who played two of his current hits.
With just a few rehearsals and one quick pre-game practice together, these dynamic ladies put on a rousing half-time show, all together, complete with video and photo footage of Argo cheerleaders from decades past.
Cancer has touched each of these Alumni Cheerleaders, either personally, or through family, friends or colleagues. Each October the Alumni Cheerleaders work together to present this show in honour of the cause. With the addition of the Argoettes into the show this year, the annual PINK game for Toronto keeps getting bigger and better!
This year’s PINK home game was moved to Tim Horton field in Hamilton, due to scheduling needs of the MLB Toronto Blue Jays, who share the Rogers Centre. The Rogers Centre is the Argos’ home, until the end of this season. The Toronto football club moves to BMO Field next season, for a new era of football memories to begin!
Toronto lost to the Montreal Alouettes at this year’s PINK game, but it was a win in the fight against cancer. The CFL Argos are North America’s longest-running professional football team. Next year, Toronto hosts the Grey Cup (Canada’s Super Bowl). Watch for the Toronto Argos Alumni Cheerleaders to be strongly involved in Grey Cup Festivities when Toronto hosts the Canadian Football League’s pinnacle event in November 2016!
– Contributed by Elizabeth Morgan, Alumni NFL Bills, CFL Argos and CFL Tiger Cats Cheerleader/Captain. Elizabeth is also a member of the International Dance Council and the Owner of Expressions Dance Arts Inc. In London, Canada.
The CFL Argoettes (the original squads from 1945-1962)
The four participating cheer groups dance with Canadian country star Tim Hicks at half-time, prior to their choreographed routine.
Article contributor Elizabeth Morgan after on-field rehearsal, with the Alumni logo on the Jumbotron.
Sports Illustrated: With the 2015 Canadian Football League in full stride in early August, here are some photos of the league’s cheerleaders, both past and present. [Click here] to check out the gallery.
Toronto Argos Cheerleaders Kristen and Leanne outside the Roger’s Centre on Saturday. Photo courtesy of Rick
Courtesy of our friend Rick from North of the border, the Toronto Argos Cheerleaders at an appearance in June.
Courtesy of Rick in Canada, Toronto Argos Cheerleaders at last week’s pre-season game.
By Shireen Khalil
The Herald Sun
In school she had high hopes of becoming an international cheerleader — now an official cheerleader for the NFL’s San Diego Chargers, Angela Minucos has realised her dream.
After working up the courage to audition for the Chargers’ cheerleading squad, Ms Minucos beat more than 400 other women to become a Charger Girl.
“When you know there are going to be that many talented women competing for the same spot, it is very intimidating,” Ms Minucos said. “But I am so fortunate to have such an amazing support system.”
The former Rosebank College student was a cheerleader for the Toronto Argonauts in the Canadian Football League for two years before getting a spot in the popular San Diego squad.
“That was when my passion for cheerleading really exploded. I saw a whole other professional side to cheerleading,” she said.
“ When I returned to Australia I knew I wasn’t ready to finish and instantly began making plans to go to America and take the next step into the biggest league, the NFL.”
She said the auditions were extremely tough with hundreds of girls vying for a spot with the San Diego Chargers,
“The first interview is a one on one with the Charger a Girls Team Director Lisa Simmons,” she said.
“From there a panel interview with several Chargers executives and personnel, where by you can be asked all sorts of questions, from your personal experience to statistics and information about the Chargers organisation and its football players.”
“For me, the best part of being a cheerleader is giving back to the community.
“Taking part in anti bullying programs, healthy lifestyle initiatives for kids and raising money for important charities is a huge reason why I do what I do.”
Ms Minucos is currently living in San Diego and can’t wait to kick off the season.
“ We started our preseason training immediately following the auditions and it has been non stop since. I can’t wait for the season to begin and having all of this hard work and preparation pay off on the field when I get to dance in front of 70,000 Chargers fans!”
Congratulations to the new 2015 Toronto Argos Cheerleaders!
[Argos Cheerleaders Finals Gallery]
Think you have what it takes to be a cheerleader for the Toronto Argonauts Football Club?
Now is your chance to be a part of the Canadian Football League’s most exciting and established cheerleading team. On the field, you will feel the energy of nearly 25,000 fans at the Rogers Centre. Off the field, you will have the opportunity to support some meaningful charity events and causes. This is your opportunity to represent your city and make memories to last a life time!
DANCE SQUAD PRELIMINARIES
DATE: Sunday March 22, 2015
TIME: Registration 1:00 p.m. Auditions commence at 2:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Canada’s National Ballet School- 400 Jarvis St, Toronto ON, M4Y 2G6
**Please note this round is strictly CLOSED to the public
DANCE SQUAD FINALS
DATE: Sunday March 29, 2015
TIME: Registration 11:00 a.m. Auditions commence at 12:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Scarborough Town Centre (Centre Court)
**Please note this round is OPEN to the public!
Dance/Workout wear- Sports bra (your midriff must be exposed) and shorts only (no baggy pants or leggings).
Camera-ready hair and makeup (hair must be worn down)
WHAT TO BRING:
A current headshot & resume must be submitted on the day of auditions (Photo is strictly for identification purposes and will not be returned)
A non-refundable audition fee of $20 to be submitted day of auditions
HOW TO REGISTER
Please submit your application to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also fax your application to 416-341-2714.
**A photo MUST be sent with your application to be considered
Deadline for applications are:
Dance Squad: Friday, March 20 at 2:00 p.m.
[Argos Cheerleader Auditions and Application Form]
As a former cheerleader with one NFL team (Buffalo Bills) and two CFL squads (Toronto Argonauts and Hamilton Tiger-Cats), dance instructor Elizabeth Morgan works hard to inspire her pupils of any age to follow their dreams.
Morgan has created a recreational dance program in Grand Bend in an 8-week introduction to movement for children ages 4-teens. Classes will focus on the basics of ballet, jazz and acrobatic dance. Some hip hop may be incorporated into the older class.
Morgan has danced since she was three as well as studied classical music, fitness and drama-in-education. She is a graduate of Western University, a certified teacher with the Canadian Dance Teachers’ Association and a member of the International Dance Council which is an official UNESCO world dance organization.
“Last November I lectured, as the sole Canadian delegate, at their world congress held in Russia, as well as voted on behalf of Canada on IDC world dance events for 2015,” she told the Lakeshore Advance.
She was a professional cheerleader with the NFL Buffalo Bills, CFL Toronto Argonauts and CFL Hamilton Tiger Cats for many years. She was selected as a Captain on each of those teams and was a Pro Bowl Finalist one year. “I still do guest choreography for the CFL and other pro and university teams, as well as coordinate my fellow alumni for the “Argos Alumni Cheerleaders’ Annual Halftime Show for Women’s Cancers” in Toronto every October. I am a competition judge and also teach guest workshops across North America.”
Currently, Morgan owns and operates Expressions Dance Arts Inc. This is their 22nd season in business.
She dropped into the Grand Bend Fitness Centre one day in December to check out their space. “They have a lovely expansive studio room with mirrors that is perfect for all sizes of dancers young or adult. I met a very friendly front desk staffer who recommended that I contact the Fitness Centre owners about getting a new dance program going at their facility. A few months later, voila! We are planning our first session,” she said adding this will be a trial session, “which means there is added benefit in that I can develop of the dance programs to meet the interests and skill levels of the children and youth in the community. This is a partnership between Expressions Dance Arts and the Grand Bend Fitness Centre. Our shared goal is to provide an inspiring new arts and fitness outlet for the community.”
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
Students will learn basic terminology, steps and combinations in these forms. The emphasis will be on fitness, fun, creative expression and building self-confidence and teamwork skills. Boys and girls, beginners as well as those with prior movement experience are all welcome.
Following the completion of this spring session, we plan to host summer classes. We will then begin a fall session. We are open to adding additional levels and genres as needed, as time goes on, to meet the growing demand for classes in Grand Bend.
Fitness and Personal Artistic Expression are extremely important to the development of healthy young minds, bodies and therefore to the future development of communities. Dance and cheer in particular teach not only physical fitness, but these disciplines also utilize math, memory work, teamwork, problem solving, socialization and creative skills. These are elements that will benefit any young person well beyond their lesson years and far outside the boundaries of the studio classroom.
This is a guest post from out good friend Elizabeth Morgan an alumnae of the CFL Toronto Argonauts, CFL Hamilton Tiger Cats and NFL Buffalo Bills Cheerleaders.
On October 18 at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, fans were treated to an exciting halftime show performed by the CFL Toronto Argos Cheerleader Alumni. The event was part of the Argos’ annual PINK game to raise money and awareness for women’s cancers. This year’s cause specifically was Ovarian cancer. Touches of teal were sported by the ladies, among the PINK and of course, the Argos’ traditional double blue colours.
Elizabeth on the field
Close to 100 ladies, who cheered for the Argos from the 1970’s up to 2013, performed a five-minute routine that featured retro, rock, hip hop and pop music. After just a few pre-event rehearsals and a quick run-through all together before the game, the talented ladies of the double blue took to the field at half-time to thunderous applause. They danced while video images of the Argos cheerleaders from many decades graced the Jumbotron.
The groups who performed include the ‘Double Blue Thunder’ Argos Alumni Cheerleaders (1996-2013) and the Argos Sunshine Girls (1970’s-1996).
Group shot of our 1996-2013 gang, at our second rehearsal
Women’s cancers have touched the lives of each of these alumni, either directly or through family members/friends battling the disease. Thus, this performance was an important demonstration of support and of teamwork to further research, treatment and support.
The Toronto Argos played the Montreal Alouettes at this home game. While the Argos lost this particular game, it was still a resounding victory for the ladies and the PINK cause!
Group shot of all the ladies on the field right after we performed the halftime show.
Besides the game performance itself, this experience represented a special opportunity to reconnect with former teammates, share memories and enjoy time together with our Alumni sisters. Following the game we danced the night away in downtown Toronto! I was honoured to participate in this game with my fellow Alumni for the fourth year in a row and we are already looking forward to next year!
A pair of Toronto Argos Cheerleaders (Photo courtesy of Rick in Canada)
The final spot on our 2014 Toronoto Argos Cheerleaders is up to the fans. Watch the three videos and then vote in the poll below to help us pick who gets the final blue rose!
Cast your vote here.