Axe Maiden Auditions

By Tracy Collins
Florida Times-Union

With the first batch of ROAR auditions behind them, dozens of Jaguars cheerleader hopefuls have visions of black and teal pom-poms dancing in their heads. Unfortunately, come Saturday, some will wake up to realize it was just a dream. Fortunately, starting Monday, these same women – and others – can start a new dream … Axe Maiden auditions.

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It’s not a step back, it’s just a step

I first met Barracuda-Ice-Girl-turned-Jaguars-cheerleader-turned-Axe-Maiden-director Darlene Clancy (far right in the photo) years ago when she related her story to me about how she would have never tried out for the ROAR had it not been for the Ice Girls. It was just the right mix of relationships, practices, confidence boost and street cred she needed to excel in her audition later that landed her in the coveted spotted uniform on Alltel field. Now, she’s helping others reach their goals, whether that means just fulfilling the dream of becoming a cheerleader or using it as a stepping stone to the NFL squad.

Semi-pro has advantages

Let’s be honest, becoming a cheerleader for the Jacksonville Axemen Rugby Team has its privileges: Cute players, outrageous fans, and I got two words for owner Spinner Howard’s Aussie accent … yum and yum. It’s like Keith Urban on steroids. The whole organization is just sweet, pure, feel-good fun.

Better hurry if you want in

Do not delay if you want to jump on this dance train, workshops start Monday … yes, Monday, as in March 23! Email JaxAxeMaidens@hotmail.com for audition application and information and check out the AUDITION FLYER on the Axemen web site!

2008 AXE MAIDEN AUDITIONS PHOTO GALLERY – By RANDY LEFKO/Community Photographer

2008 COVERAGE OF AXE MAIDEN AUDITIONS – By CHRISTOPHER YAZBEC/Community Columnist