Charger Girls workshop approaches

Jennifer Rojas
Chargers.com

SAN DIEGO – When you think of the Charger Girls, images of beautiful women dancing and shaking gold pom-poms in front of 70,000 fans at Qualcomm Stadium comes to mind. But being a Charger Girl is more than the glitz on game day. The Chargers Girls spend much more of their time away from the field reaching out to the community.

“We expect the complete package in a Charger Girl,” said Charger Girls Director Lisa Simmons, who will oversee the April auditions. “We not only look at talent, performance and showmanship elements, but also for their passion to give back to the community.”

One of its largest programs, the Junior Charger Girls, allows girls ages 7-to-15 to learn a dance routine from the Charger Girls and perform on the field at halftime of a Chargers game. Since its inception in 1999, Junior Charger Girls has raised nearly $1 million for the Chargers Community Foundation and the Make-a-Wish Foundation.

“In just the last decade alone, the Charger Girls have raised nearly $400,000 to grant wishes for San Diego kids,” Make-a-Wish Foundation of San Diego President and CEO Chris Sichel said. “But they do so much more than raise money … they have brought hope, strength and joy to our wish kids, shared their hearts time and time again and serve as true role models to the many young ladies who participate in the Junior Charger Girls program. The Charger Girls are an amazing group of talented, caring and dedicated leaders in our community.”

To 15-year-old Make-a-Wish recipient Darren Sharks, the Charger Girls hold an even more special place in his heart. After learning of Sharks’ fight with cancer and his selfless wish of providing new uniforms to his football team at Patrick Henry High School, the Charger Girls invited him to be their water boy for the 2010 season.

“The experience is something I can never forget,” Sharks said. “I met so many new people and had the best time working with the Charger Girls. It was just fun. I’m also happy my story and my wish made such an impression on them. My ultimate goal is to help others and hopefully along the way change people’s way of thinking from “I” to “we”.”

Each year the Charger Girls select one organization to benefit from its calendar sales. The selected non-profit receives a percentage of the calendar sales, which can be as much as $10,000. Past recipients include the American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Association, Rady Children’s Hospital, Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

“The annual swimsuit calendar is a great tool to help raise awareness of the great work organizations like the American Cancer Society and Rady Children’s Hospital do in the community. We’re happy to help in their effort in any way we can,” Simmons said.

Aside from preparing for their performance on game days, the Charger Girls make more than 300 community visits a year to homeless shelters, convalescent homes, hospitals and military installations. They also support causes like Becky’s House whose facilities provide transitional housing programs for survivors of domestic violence, and the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation by participating in mentor programs and walk-a-thons.

The Charger Girls work hard, committing themselves to being ambassadors of goodwill in the community as well as entertaining crowds on game day.

Charger Girls auditions are set for April 3-7 at University of San Diego’s Jenny Craig Pavilion. A March 13 workshop will prepare dancers for the auditions. For more information or to register for the workshop and auditions, visit http://www.chargers.com/charger-girls/index.html.

Photos: Eagles Workshop

The Eagles Cheerleaders held a Mock Audition Workshop on Tuesday night to prepare contestants for the March 26 Open Call Auditions. Click here for photos from the evening.

Real Deal Houston Workshop is March 19th

8th Annual Real Deal Workshop Houston!

Location:
Humble Civic Center
8301 Will Clayton Pkwy
Humble, TX 77338

Time:
Registration 11:00 AM
Event 12:00 PM-5:00PM

Early Bird Special
$79.00
Special Ends March 5, 2011
Reg $99.00

Attire: Dancewear

Learn from the Directors and get face to face time!

Guest Instructors:

Coach Alto Gary
Houston Texans Cheerleaders Coach/Choreographer, Former WCW Nitrogirls, NBA Atlanta Hawks and Charlotte Honeybee Choreographer

Derric Whitfield
Houston Energy Dance Team Director

Angela Marchette
Team Director with the Houston Stallions Cheerleaders

Brandii McCoy
AHL Charlotte Checkmates Director and NBA Charlotte LadyCats Director/Choreographer

Learn tryout tips from:
Houston Dynamo Girls’- Marilu Harmon and Former DCC & Director of the San Antonio Roses- Cynthia Trinidad

More TBA!

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Professional Cheerleaders Alumni hold 4th Annual Audition Prep Classes

pcaThe Professional Cheerleaders Alumni, Inc. comprised of former Professional NFL Cheerleaders, are launching the Fourth Annual Audition Prep Classes to prepare ladies (17 & over) interested in auditioning for professional or semi-professional cheerleading or dance teams. Many pro teams in Jacksonville begin holding auditions as early as February for the 2011 season, and these NFL Alumni are offering their experience and advice to help make the cut.

Audition Prep Classes will be facilitated by NFL alumni cheerleaders who will instruct and mentor attendees in prep classes held every other Saturday from January through March at Bailey’s Powerhouse Gym on Baymeadows Road in Jacksonville.

Instructors of this program have extensive backgrounds in dance, from the fundamentals of ballet to advanced gymnastics. Their goal is to share the fundamentals of each discipline so that every participant gets a well-rounded experience and preparation of what to expect at an audition, and understand the responsibilities that come with being a professional cheerleader/dancer. The classes will include:

* Choreographers teaching dance styles such as jazz, hip-hip, kicks, and NFL-style techniques required for most auditions such as turns, leaps and combinations across the floor, proper kick and split techniques, jumps, and other skill requirements. A personal training expert will also conduct targeted exercise workouts and provide nutrition suggestions that the attendees are recommended to follow through auditions.
* Advice from alumni about Presentation, Projection and Attire including audition application tips, choosing the proper head shot, giving a professional and memorable introduction to the judges, interview skills, presenting yourself with confidence and professionalism, proper posture and voice projection and audition attire tips for best fit, color, styles, etc.
* Hair and make-up experts will demonstrate styling and application techniques to apply eye makeup, liner, shadow, and eyelashes, as well as choosing correct colors for specific skin tones, lip color, and recommend tips for long lasting make-up.

The President of Professional Cheerleaders Alumni, Kristin Doakes, says “Over the past three years we have mentored over 150 young ladies to prepare them for professional level auditions. Last year several of our participants made NFL and semi-pro teams and have expressed how helpful these classes have been in preparing them. It’s an honored opportunity to watch them transform and grow, especially in their confidence. Past participants have said that even if they didn’t make the team they are auditioning for, they have grown from the experience we teach in classes.”

For more information, or to register for Audition Prep Classes, go to www.ProCheerleadersAlumni.com.

Southeast Pro Dance Workshop in Orlando This Saturday

stheast-dance-2010-1Are you a current, former or prospective professional dancer or cheerleader? Does your team need hot choreography? Would you like to meet others in the industry or hear about audition opportunities?

Then get ready for the Southeast Pro Dance Workshop in Orlando, Florida on Saturday, December 4, 2010!

AGENDA
** Learn choreography from elite alumni and directors
** Representing the NFL, NBA, AFL, MISL, MLS, MLB and AIFA
** Get tips from the pros on fitness, nutrition, makeup, attire and more
** Network with other performers from the east coast (and beyond!)
** Receive giveaways from sponsors including attire and cosmetics
** Directors receive complimentary lunch sponsored by Angela King Designs

COSTS
** Morning (9:00am-12:00pm): $45
** Afternoon (1:00pm-4:00pm): $45
** Full day (9:00am-4:00pm): $79
** Directors: Bring 2 or more squad members and receive complimentary admission. All directors receive complimentary lunch and director’s roundtable session sponsored by Angela King Designs.
** Refund Policy: 75% of registration fees may be refunded through November 29, 2010

CHOREOGRAPHERS
Our choreographers are top alumni and directors of dance and cheer teams in the NFL, NBA, AFL and other sports leagues. They will teach 6 sidelines and 2 routines in length of 45-60 seconds, representing all major sports leagues. Read choreographer bios and view photos here!

Trisia Brown, NFL Cheerleader – Miami, NFL Pro Bowl Cheerleader, NFL & Pro Bowl Choreographer, Dance Studio Owner-FL

Danielle Berger-Meyer, NBA Dancer – Orlando & Atlanta, NBA Choreographer – FL

Miranda Lobs, NFL Cheerleader – Miami, CIFL Choreographer and Director, – NJ

Deanna Clover, NBA Dancer – Orlando, WBA, AFA, & ABA Choreographer and Director – Orlando

[Complete Choreographers Bios]


PRESENTERS

Featuring experts in the area of hair, makeup, attire, and interview skills:

Megan Clementi – expert in interview skills. Miss FL USA 2010, current Orlando Magic Emcee, former Magic dancer 5-yrs/team leader

Chyna – expert in Fashion and Hair design.  A top hair dresser at Ego Lab Hair Salon and Boutique in Orlando.

Michael Cairns – expert in creating the perfect headshot.  Premier sports photographer in Orlando with clients that include the Orlando Magic Dancers.

LOCATION
Body Tecz Training Facility
3869 Wekiva Springs Rd
Longwood, FL 32779


HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS

Magnuson Grand Hotel Orlando
230 W. State Rd. 436
Altamonte Springs, FL 32714
1-407-862-4000

Just 11 minutes from the training facility
Mention the “Going Pro Entertainment December Convention” to receive the group rate

[Complete Workshop Information]

East Coast and Southeast Pro Dance Conventions

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Are you a current, former or prospective professional dancer or cheerleader? Does your team need hot choreography? Would you like to meet others in the industry or hear about audition opportunities? Get ready for one of these two upcoming events sponsored by Going Pro Entertainment.

2010 TOUR DATES
** East Coast Pro Dance Convention – Philadelphia – Saturday, November 6, 2010 www.eastcoastprodance.eventbrite.com
** Southeast Pro Dance Convention – Orlando – Saturday, December 4, 2010
www.southeastprodance.eventbrite.com
** For a complete 2010-2011 event listing visit www.procheerallstars.eventbrite.com

AGENDA
** Learn choreography from elite NFL, NBA and AFL alumni
** Get tips from the pros on fitness, nutrition, makeup, attire and more
** Network with other performers from the east coast (and beyond!)
** Receive giveaways from sponsors including attire and cosmetics
** Directors receive complimentary lunch

COSTS
** Morning (9:00am-12:00pm): $45
** Full day (9:00am-4:00pm): $79
** Discount: 15% off early bird registration
** Directors: Bring 3 or more squad members and receive complimentary admission. All directors receive complimentary lunch and director’s roundtable session.

CHOREOGRAPHERS
** Featuring top pro dance alumni of the NFL, NBA and other major sports leagues.
** Learn pro-style sidelines and routines!
** See event pages for an up to date listing of choreographers.

Ice Angel Prep Class

Click here for details!

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Sign up for the Laker Girls Audition Workshop

Tryouts for the 2010-11 Los Angeles Laker Girls are coming up on July 17th. This year, for the first time ever, the Lakers are offering a workshop in advance of the auditions. Every July, hundreds of dancers take a shot at joining this prestigious team. This could be a chance to better your odds! Click here for information and registration materials.

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Save the Date: Dance Workshop in Vegas

Write this down: July 23-24th.
Circle it in magic marker and and put a smiley face next to it

You’re going to Vegas, baby!

Get ready for Pro Action Dance [click for website]. I’m talking Mina and Marina Ortega, John Peters, Shandon Koleberg, Andy Vaca and Tony Gonzales. And that’s just a few of the kick-ass choreographers who will break it down for you that weekend:

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This summer we are proud to announce the creation of Pro Action Dance, started to train professional sports dancers at the highest level. Our focus is you and your team — we will guarantee that our choreographers will teach material that will take you right to the sidelines or court. No fluff, no lectures, just routines you and your fans will love.

Our first Pro Action Dance Intensive will be held July 23-24 in Las Vegas, NV. While the location has not yet been finalized, we wanted to get you the date so you can save it on your calendar.

The curriculum will include ready to perform material from all genres: jazz, hip hop, novelty, and prop routines will all be offered. Sideline routines appropriate for any type of music will also be available. Each day will also include warm up and technique class.

Our choreographers will be familiar faces who have created material for pro teams throughout the world including NFL, NBA, NCAA, MLS, CFL, and many other professional organizations. Routines will be taught to be game-ready, including professionally cut music and formation charting. DVDs of the routines will be available on the last day (complimentary with minimum team enrollment).

For enrollment information or questions please contact Pro Action at info@proactiondance.com. We look forward to getting your team into the ACTION at Pro Action Dance!

It’s a weekend in Lost Wages. Bring your teammates, bring your girlfriends, or heck, come by yourself and make friends when you get there. You’ll dance all day Friday and all day Saturday. How you spend the rest of the weekend is up to you. Get a massage, try your hand with Lady Luck, or take in a show. (I do not recommend the Celine Dion/Cirque du Soleil thing, however. Kathy Griffin says that show makes no sense and I believe her.)

Huge Turnout for Eagles Cheerleader Workshop

PhiladelphiaEagles.com: Over 300 women participated in the 2010 Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleaders Pre-Audition Workshops. Click here for photos.
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