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Axe Maidens Let Us Play!

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Bright and early on the morning of April 25th Axe Maidens Cara and Keana ventured to Jacksonville Municipal Stadium, the home of the Jaguars, to cheer on enthusiastic athletes. These athletes didn’t wear helmets or pads, they were kids ages 5 – 12 participating in the Let Us Play! Jr 2K. Over 2,000 kids including those with special needs participated in the event which “promotes involvement in athletics and encourage the good health and consistent work ethic associated with participation in sports”. It’s not a race but a run where everyone is a winner and received a ribbon.

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Cara and Keana cheered on the participants as each age group lined-up and when they all crossed the finish line. Special appearances by Radio Disney, Jaxson De Ville, and Ozzie the UNF mascot added to all the fun and excitement. The event was also taped for a television special that will air on May 2nd at noon on FOX30 in Jacksonville, FL.

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It was Cara’s first time on the football field at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium however Keana was right at home since she had been a member of the ROAR of the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2007.

The 2009 Axe Maidens headshots have been posted on www.jaxaxe.com more photos and bios will be coming soon.

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[Jacksonville Axe Maidens]

The 2009 49ers Draft Day Party

Draft Day.  A football team’s fortunes may be determined in the few minutes it takes to draft a Peyton Manning or a Ryan Leaf.  For the hardcore football fan, it is one of the most anticipated days of the year.

This past Saturday, I made the long trek to the bay area to experience the 49ers Draft Day Party.  Thousands of 49er fans packed the Santa Clara Convention Center to partake of the festivities and to eagerly await their team’s draft pick.  Fans booed and cheered as the picks were announced, proving that this crowd was as knowledgeable and passionate as those hardcore fans in attendance in New York.  A huge roar erupted when the Raiders, with the seventh pick, dubiously selected Darrius Heyward-Bey, the wide receiver from Maryland whom many considered to be a late first round pick.  Derisive laughter soon followed because that meant with the tenth pick overall, the 49ers were able to select the consensus top wide receiver in the draft, Michael Crabtree from Texas Tech.  Score one for the niners.

Soon after the pick, Head Coach Mike Singletary made an appearance and briefly addressed the crowd.  Now, I was never a Chicago Bear fan, but I became a fan of Mike Singletary after his famous “cannot play with them, cannot win with them, cannot coach with them” rant against Vernon Davis’ uninspired play last year.  Go get ‘em coach.

And the best part of the 49ers Draft Day Party…the Gold Rush cheerleaders.

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The Gold Rush were on hand to meet and greet all the fans who came out to support the 49ers.  They graciously signed autographs and posed for photos throughout the day.

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Okay, let’s give some recognition to the Gold Rush and start off the roll call with Meridith and Lauren D.

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Tampa Bay Lightning Girls Prep Classes

Get a jump on the competition by attending a Tampa Bay Lightning Girl Prep Class. Classes are held every Wednesday evening starting in May.

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[Lightning Girls Prep Class Flyer]

[Tampa Bay Lightning Girls]

Dolphins cheerleading hopefuls vie for a spot on the squad

BY Micaela Hood
MiamiHerald.com
April 24, 2009

Most shoppers don’t bring beach chairs to the Aventura Mall. They also don’t scream and jump up and down. That’s unless the Miami Dolphins cheerleaders are performing.

2009mdcauditionOn Saturday, 78 young women auditioning for a spot on the 2009 cheerleading team performed in front of thousands of fans and 11 judges at the mall’s Center Court.

Fans of all ages, who sported Miami Dolphins shirts and hats, camped out during the competition, which started around 11 a.m.

And the competition was fierce.

Out of the 78 finalists, only 42 were selected to start training.

Twenty-two of the women are what the Dolphins call ”veterans” — cheerleaders who have been on the team before.

Fabiola Romero, 26, has been a Dolphins cheerleader for three years.

And in order to make the team, she and more than 200 women, went through two grueling rounds of auditioning earlier this month.

The numbers got smaller as the judges narrowed the pool down to 78 hopefuls. The cheerleaders, who get paid about $75 per football game, can make some extra money by participating in events like autograph signings and celebrity events.

”It was definitely harder this year, we have so many really great dancers and beautiful girls we really had to stay on our toes,” Romero said.

As loud music played in the background, the girls performed one-minute solo routines and group stunts.

There were plenty of high-kicks, back flips and leg splits. The women also invented their own dance moves and booty shakes.

Friends and family also got into the spirit. Some donned stickers or waved banners and handmade signs with a picture and name of their favorite cheerleader. Others shelled out more cash to have a professional sign made.

”My fiancé and family were holding up a sign made out of vinyl with a picture of me at the Miami Dolphins game in London,” Romero said.

The Florida State University graduate works in marketing for an MRI center — but said she cheers to relieve stress and have fun.

”It’s the most exciting thing, and it doesn’t seem like work at all,” she said.

But the event was really for the fans.

Coral Gables resident David Gonzalez has been attending since 2005.

”I love it, it’s a way to show support for our favorite football team and get ready for a kicka– season,” he said.

This year’s celebrity judges were TV and radio personalities Kenny Walker from Coast WFLC-FM (97.3); Pamela Silva, co-anchor of Univision’s Al Amanecer; Lorenzo ”Ice-Tea” Thomas, radio personality for 99 Jamz; Erika von Tiehl, anchor for CBS4; Aubrey Aquino of Deco Drive; and Claudio Sorrentino, CEO of Body Details.

Rounding out the judge’s panel: Michael Smoller, a Dolphins ticket-holder since 1994.

Cheerleader coordinator Emily Newton, who said the team will spend the summer learning new cheers and dance tricks, said she was impressed with this year’s turnout.

”This year we did things a little different and let fans participate in the judging process,” she said.

In a nod to American Idol, fans were instructed to text the names of their favorite cheerleader — which judges factored into their decision.

”We received over 6,000 text messages in a two-hour period,” Newton.

The lucky gals will also head to St. Maarten to catch some rays and shoot the official 2010 Miami Dolphins cheerleaders calendar.

And for Romero, that’s just one of the perks of being a Dolphins cheerleader. “It’s a well-deserved vacation before the seasons starts.”

Buffalo Bandettes Close Out the Regular Season

Our good friend Phil has the latest info and photos from the Bandettes last regular season game.

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[Buffalo Pro Cheer Blog]

[Phil’s photos]

Congratulations 2009 Minnesota Vikings Cheerleaders

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After a rigorous audition process that culminated in a live performance at the Mall of America, the Minnesota Vikings have selected the 2009-10 Vikings Cheerleaders. This year’s squad includes 19 returning vets and 15 newbies. Congratulations, ladies!

WBS Pioneers Pony Express and Stunt Team

Last Saturday at Wilkes-Barre’s Wachovia Arena the Wilkes-Barre Pioneers handily defeated the Mahoning Valley Thunder, 80-43.

Along with a victory fans were treated to performances by the Dance Team and the Stunt Team.

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The Wilkes-Barre Pioneer Dance Team, The Pony Express, is under the direction of Lisa Inglese. Lisa is a three-year veteran of the Pioneers Dance Team. She is a graduate from East Stroudsburg University with a Bachelor degree in Recreation and Leisure Management.

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The WBS Pioneers Stunt Team is under the direction of Coaches Laura Janowitz and Molly O’Neil.
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Co-captain Amy is the Pioneers nominee for the 209 af2 Dream Team.

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The past 2 seasons the Pony Express have had to stand in the tunnel waiting for the offense to move the ball past midfield before they would have a chance to dance. This season one of the corners past the endzone has been set aside so they can cheer and dance for the fans all game long.

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You may remember Ryan from last season. She danced for the Pioneers a decade after she was a Miami Dolphins Cheerleader. Ryan had a seizure and can’t drive for 6 months. Since she lives 45 minutes from the Pony Express’s dance studio, she had to move from the Dance Team to the Promo Squad.

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[WBS Pioneers Pony Express]

Bonnie-Jill Laflin

On Saturday, March 18th I attended the Chiller Convention  in Parsippany, New Jersey.  While at the convention I was able to catch up with  former Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader (and SF 49ers Gold Rush and Golden State Warrior Girl – james) and current Los Angles Lakers scout Bonnie-Jill Laflin.  Bonnie-Jill was on hand throughout the weekend convention meeting fans, signing autographs, and posing for pictures.

Bonnie-Jill has been very busy since her days with the Cowboys Cheerleaders.  She is an actress, model, sports broadcaster, and made history by becoming the first female scout in the history of the NBA.  Bonnie-Jill currently is a scout for the Los Angeles Lakers and owns three NBA Championship rings.  She is also the Assistant General Manager for the Lakers developmental team, the Los Angeles D-Fenders.

While talking with Bonnie-Jill I just had to get her insight into the NBA Playoffs.  When I asked her how she felt about the upcoming playoffs she replied, “I’m anxious for the up coming playoffs and hoping for a successful championship run for the Lakers.”

It was great to catch up with Bonnie-Jill and her fans can rest assured that she is still the same beautiful woman with a great personality that loves her fans.  Fans can to find out more about Bonnie-Jill by checking her website at:  www.bonnie-jill.com

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People Watching at the Eagles Cheerleaders Finals

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Maria shows off her moves. More photos of the finalists in action coming soon.

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Finalists with the highest individual scores in each category. From left to right: Alicia scored highest in beauty. She won this category in 2008. Jamie scored highest in physical fitness and she won this category in 2008 as well. Jennifer scored highest in dance. Jennifer won the beauty category in 2007. Amanda scored highest on the interview question when she knocked Deon Sanders rambling, trick question out of the park.

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Retiring Cheerleaders: Captains Kristie and Stephanie with Kjersti, who graduates from the University of the Arts next month.

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Former Philadelphia Sixers Dancer (actually when she was on the squad it was called the ‘Dream Team’) Maryann Wegner served as one of the judges.

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Retiring Cheerleader Victoria with her friend Kyle.

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Supporters of Finalist Ericka. Ericka is a Philadelphia Wings Angel. You might recognize her Angels teammate Ashley (2nd from the left)

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Retiring Cheerleader Alaina, who has the best reason of all for retiring. Congratulations and best wishes for you and your baby!

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Deon Sanders (another judge) helps hold Katheryn’s bag as she descends from the stage.

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Retiring Cheerleader Nikki. Nikki’s sisters Paige and Danni-Lynn were among the Finalists.

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Judge Marshall Faulk is interviewed by the media.

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Retiring Cheerleader Madeline with Eagles Cheerleader Director Barbara Zaun.

While I process the rest of my shots check out the photos posted over at PhiladelphiaEagles.com.

Interview: Brooke Newton: Gravitating to Fame

By by R.J. Carter
The-Trades.com

When Brooke Newton wasn’t busy showing horses on her father’s Arabian horse farm, she was making a name for herself shooting a large number of commercials and films in the Florida area.

The Ocala native was all set to move to Los Angeles after high school graduation to put her acting and dancing skills to work, when a call from her aunt about a dance audition led to Brooke accepting a position with the Tampa Bay Buccaneer Cheerleaders. It was an opportunity she couldn’t pass up.

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Two years later, with her cheerleading days behind her, Brooke finally made the move to Los Angeles. The ever-persistent achiever, Brooke has been working consistently ever since.

Your Hollywood resume begins as many do, with parts like “sorority girl,” “teen” and “leggy blonde,” as well as the requisite shoestring-budget horror film. Were you prepared for that when you made the move to Los Angeles to pursue acting?

Yes, I was. I actually started acting on the east coast, in Florida, so when I came out here I kind of knew what I had in store for me, and what I actually had to do. So I feel like I skipped the newcomers out here — I knew the “next step” of how to go about it. A lot of people come out here and just figure out what they have to do and learn as they go.

Your love of film and dance springs from experiences shared with yoru parents. Tell us about the impact they had on your choices.

My father and my mother have always been supportive of me, in whatever I’d want to do. They actually got me into the industry. My stepdad would drive me around to all my auditions in North Carolina and Louisiana, because I lived in Florida. And my dad’s always been an overachiever — he’s always had crazy goals and would go for them, and lived life from day to day to the fullest, so he always taught me to go for whatever I want and believe in myself.

You were inspired to pursue acting by watching films with your dad, particularly science fiction and fantasy classics like “Star Wars” and “Labyrinth” — which aren’t necessarily types of films one would associate with pretty cheerleaders. Are you a particular fan of these genres?

Yeah, you know my main goal in acting is… I like it when I go watch a movie and I can just forget about everything, and it just takes you into another world. “Star Wars” is amazing! I love sci-fi, I’ve been into science my whole entire life. Everything interests me — the universe, scientific theories — and I guess those types of films, they make your mind go creative over what the possibilities could be out there.

You also do quite a bit with the martial arts; you’re a red belt in Tae Kwon Do, you’ve spent two years studying Capawaya, and more recently Krav Maga. What started you down the self-defense path?

I started Tae Kwon Do when I was really little. My whole family got involved, we all started taking classes, and I stuck with it. I love it. It’s goes hand-in-hand with dance, so I would always dance and do martial arts. They’re kind of similar; a dancer could be a good martial artist with all the flexibility and the kicks you have to do. Martial arts is a form that I really enjoy, and it gives you confidence.

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Do you find that this training makes you more marketable as an actress? A sort of, “Hey, I can do my own stunts if needed,” kind of thing?

Yeah, I hope so! I hope that one day I can do an action film or something like that.

Maybe a big science fiction action film?

Sounds great to me!

A nice addition to your resume comes this week when you’ll be co-starring on the hit series, CSI (Thursday, April 23, 9ET on CBS). Tell us a little bit about your character.

I play the girlfriend of Henry Thomas — who played Elliot in “E.T.” — and it was great to work with him. We have a hard life, and our characters are very desperate from a certain situation — I don’t want to reveal the plot. We end up robbing some houses to try to make enough money to get away and start our own life together. It’s not one of the nicest roles I’ve ever played.

What other projects are on your horizon?

I’m up for three films right now. They’re trying to find financing, and I think they’ll start in a couple of months from now. One is a sci-fi action film, so I really hope that goes thorugh. The other one is kind of a teeny bopper film about a couple of kids who go on a ski trip, and it’s kind of a slasher film — it’s actually based on a true story. And then today I’m auditioning for the next Miley Cyrus film for Disney.

You’ll also be seen on FOX’s new comedy, Glee. It’s a musical show, so did you get an opportunity to dance or sing in that one?

No I didn’t. It is a possible recurring role, though, so I hope to get a chance to come back and show my dance abilities.

That was a great project to work with. Both with CSI and Glee, the directors were amazing, and the actors were great to work with. The interesting thing about Glee is all the actors are new, they’re from New York with a theater background, so it’s kind of a new experience for them — there’s no cattiness on the set, and everyone is really nice and working to make a good project.

You’re a classically trained ballroom dancer. Would you ever consider competing on Dancing with the Stars if approached?

Oh, I would love to! I would do it in a heartbeat! To get to dance again like that would be amazing.

MVC will be announced at 3pm today. Stay tuned!

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MVC Hold Final Auditions
By Mike Wobschall
Vikings.com
4/22/2009
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The Vikings front office and coaching staff is nearly set to choose the next generation of Vikings players in this weekend’s NFL draft, but before they do that the Minnesota Vikings Cheerleaders took their turn to select a new squad for the 2009 season.

On Tuesday night at the Mall of America, the 2009 MVC Final Auditions were held as 62 talented and deserving finalists competed for approximately 35 highly-coveted spots on the ‘09 squad. The 2009 MVC team will be announced on vikings.com at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday.

The finalists collaborated to perform a multi-faceted program that included an impressive variety of dances in front of a large panel of judges and hundreds of fans and mall shoppers at the Rotunda inside MOA. The program consisted of solo performances, personal introductions, group dances and cheers, a modeling segment and another pom/cheer segment.

“This is what we’ve all been working towards,” said Pam of Eden Prairie. “Tonight’s event is awesome with the judges here and a great crowd cheering us on. It makes me excited for what’s to come if I’m lucky enough to be chosen as a member of the 2009 team.”

The process of forming this year’s squad began with a tryout workshop in March that was open to anyone interested in exploring the opportunity to be a MVC. The workshop offered helpful hints and pointers to cheerleading hopefuls as they decided whether or not to audition for the team.

The first official stage of selecting the new squad occurred later in March when open auditions were held at Winter Park. MVC Coach Tami Krause and her panel of consultants narrowed a large group of more than 150 women down to a smaller group.

The next step was training camp, a 3-week period of practices, conditioning and interviews. The finalists also learned their routines, which they performed Tuesday night during Final Auditions.

Throughout the process, the candidates spent countless hours with each other learning routines and developing chemistry. In fact, they are split up into groups of 4 called “tryout teams.” These teams practice the routines and dance steps with each other in preparation for Final Auditions. What results is a strong sense of camaraderie among the ladies and friendships that will last beyond their time with the team.

“Looking back on it and on my time as an MVC, the relationships and friendships we build is one of the highlights,” said MVC veteran Sarah.

The chemistry built among the team was on display just minutes prior to Final Auditions when all 62 candidates huddled on the stage and broke the huddle while shouting a cheer in unison.

After that, it was time for the show to begin.

E-A-G-L-E-S hold final showdown for new cheerleaders

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By Peter Mucha
Staff Writer
The Philadelphia Inquirer
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The Eagles have a new cheerleading squad.

Their identities, however, will be kept hush-hush for a few days.

Last night, at the soldout Prince Music Theater, 60 young women, including 29 members of last year’s team, competed to fill this year’s 38 spots.

This morning, 13 newcomers and 25 returnees got the good news. They’ll convene for the first time Thursday night – to sign their contracts.

But the official unveiling will happen Saturday afternoon during the Eagles’ draft day party at Lincoln Financial Field.

About a month later, the squad will be off to Aruba to shoot the next Eco-Sexy Swimsuit Calendar.

This year, for the first time, fans can join the trip, staying in the same hotel, even taking part in beach volleyball and flag football games with cheerleaders. (For details, go to www.philadelphiaeagles.com, click “Cheerleaders,” and look for the Aruba promo.)

Brett “Spike” Eskin, midday host for WYSP (94.1 FM) and yes, son of a certain sports talker, emceed last night’s event, in which bikinied women individually strutted the stage; danced in groups of three, wearing mostly shorts and short tops; and then, sporting dresses, talked one by one about themselves before answering judges’ questions.

Topics ranged from defining beauty to tackling social issues, from handling embarrassing moments to trading places with anyone for a day.

“Barack Obama,” said Amy Mecca, the operating room nurse who was on the cover of last year’s calendar.

She elaborated, of course.

The judging panel included former NFL greats Deion Sanders and Marshall Faulk, as well as Eagles co-owner Christina Lurie, director of cheerleading Barbara Zaun, squad choreographer Suzy Zucker, and a variety of local notables, including 6ABC sportscaster Keith Russell.

Although the crowd last night didn’t learn who made the squad, some prime candidates emerged.

Top vote-getters were announced in four categories, and all were on last year’s squad: Alicia Lee for beauty (she also won last year), Jamie Steinberger for fitness (another repeat winner), Jennifer Kaiser for dance, and Amanda Bedford for the interview.

The crowd held up signs and cheered enthusiastically throughout the night.

Only once were boos heard – when Spike, while introducing Sanders, uttered an unfortunate phrase …

The Dallas Cowboys.

Ironmen Dancers Participating in Charity Auction

Team Partners with MiSaVi Restaurant to Raise Funds for Susan G. Komen for the Cure

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The New Jersey Ironmen and MiSaVi Restaurant and Lounge are teaming up to raise money for breast cancer research tomorrow night when the Ironbound restaurant hosts “An Auction for a Date” to benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure.  Select Ironmen Dancers will participate in the auction, which is scheduled to begin at 9:00 p.m.

“This event is for a great cause, and we are happy to help in raising money for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure,” Ironmen General Manager Tony Novo stated.  “We encourage everyone throughout the community to come out to this event, and together we can make a difference in the fight against breast cancer.”

Located at 62 Van Buren Street in the Ironbound section of Newark, MiSaVi Restaurant and Lounge will be the location for this special night.  Both men and women will be in the auctions, and the management group at MiSaVi will arrange dinner dates for all auction winners and their date by donating gift certificates.  The Ironmen Dancers will also be available for autographs throughout the evening, and this event is open to the public.  For any additional information regarding the date auction, contact MiSaVi Restaurant and Lounge at 973-991-2076.

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Dolphins Cheerleader Joins the Redskins

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Veteran Miami Dolphins Cheerleader Lacie R. is on the move again. After cheering with the Dolphins, she relocated to Dallas and auditioned for the Cowboys Cheerleaders and Mavs Dancers. It looks like this year, she headed back east, where she auditioned and was selected to the Washington Redskins Cheerleaders. View her page here.

Congratulations Lacie!

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OC Dancers – Audition Alert!

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Are you a Victory Girl?

You could be! The Golden Baseball League Champion Orange County Flyers will be holding tryouts for their popular Cheer and Dance Team – The Victory Girls — on Sunday April 26th.

The Victory Girls are beginning their second year of entertaining and promoting the GBL Champion Flyers. The Tryouts for the 10 member squad will be held from 11am to 3pm on April 26 at Goodwin Field at Cal State Fullerton – the home of the Flyers. A second round, if needed, will take place April 29th.

The Victory Girls play a major role for the Flyers. They entertain the fans with Dance and Cheer routines throughout the game, help greet fans as they enter the Gates, and go out in the community to represent the Flyers at numerous events.

The minimum age for the Victory Girls is 18 and you must be available for games and practices throughout the season which runs from May to September.

For more information or to sign-up visit orangecountyflyers.com or contact the Victory Girls Coordinator Jodi Adamo at Jadamo@orangecountyflyers.com

This is a great opportunity for Flyers fans, baseball fans, and dancers. If you are interested in becoming a pro or semi-pro sports dancer, this is a terrific way to get your feet wet. Last year Teresa, one of the 2008 Victory Girls, was selected to the 2008-09 Los Angeles Clippers Spirit dance team

Note: Jodi Adamo is also Director of the Anaheim Arsenal’s A-List Girls. (NBA D-league.) If you do well with the Victory Girls, you may have a leg up on performing during basketball season as well!