On The Flipside – Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders Auditions

The latest from Aubrey Aquino’s On The Flipside:

The 2009 NFL season is just around the corner, and while the guys are getting ready for pre-season and fighting to make the final roster, the ladies of the NFL have been hard at work all summer long! On The Flipside host Aubrey Aquino knows a little about that, but these days she’s retired her dancing shoes and helping choose which ladies will stand on the NFL sidelines this season. Watch this special Sideline Distraction edition of On The Flipside – making the cut to be a member of the Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders. And helping out on the judges panel and on this special episode are WEDR/99 Jamz personality Lorenzo “Ice Tea” Thomas and Dolphins Alum Shawn Wooden. Check out the highlights from Aventura Mall and see who makes the team!

[On The Flipside]

[Aubrey Aquino]

Axe Maiden Amy At P-R-O


Jacksonville Axe Maiden, Amy M. shares her first All Pro3 experience:

“Wow, What an experience! The weekend in Atlanta (June 27-28) at the All Pro3 cheerleading convention. Ten very excited Axe Maidens cheerleaders buddied-up in cars and planes headed to Altanta on Friday afternoon. The 5-ish hour trip was long but very worth it. This year is the 5th anniversary of the convention and was the largest yet. The Axe Maidens joined cheerleaders from the Tampa Bay Bucs, Atlanta Hawks, Charlotte Checkmates, Seattle Sea Gals, Washington Redskins, Indianpolis Colts, Houston Texans, and many others from the NFL, NBA, Arena Football, and even some visitors from Mexico and Japan. Having the opportunity to learn from great choreographers/team coaches and dance among the best was a great way to make us better individuals and team.”



“Saturday morning started off fast….and didn’t end until we had danced the day away. Several Axe Maidens were chosen to be featured in the convention magazine – Sideline Distraction/Attraction. This was a huge surprise and honor! We had some team bonding time on Saturday night and then it’s back to dancing all day on Sunday. After many head rolls, hair flips and high kicks, our bodies were ready for a break. The soreness will subside and the blisters will go away but the experience and fun we had together will always be remembered!”




[Jacksonville Axe Maidens]

(Note: I ran into some technical difficulties but I still have half a dozen or so P-R-O posts coming – James)

Americans Looking for 2009-10 Ice Angels

The Allen (TX) Americans, Collin County’s newest professional hockey club, are accepting applications for the Ice Angels promotional dance team.

The club is looking for individuals with skating or dancing ability, high energy, poise, good personality and good overall physical appearance. Ice Angel responsibilities include rehearsals, personal appearances, answering fan mail, children’s dance workshops, performances, interviews and photo shoots. Ice Angels must be fully committed to the position and serve as positive role models.


All applicants must be 18 years of age on or before August 8, 2009, and have a high school degree or G.E.D. Also, dancers must reside in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area and have reliable transportation. Ice Angels are required to attend all practices, games and other related activities.

Preliminary auditions will be held August 8 from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Legacy Dance Center in Frisco. The semi-finals will be held August 9 from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the Farmers Branch Dr Pepper StarCenter. The final audition will be August 15 from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. at Dodie’s Place Sports Grill in Allen.

All interested dancers need to complete the application and waiver located at allenamericans.com and return it to the Allen Americans office with a $20 registration fee (cash or check payable to Allen Americans) and a non-returnable photo by 5:00 p.m. on August 6, 2009. Applications can be mailed or dropped off at 190 E. Stacy Road, Ste. 1508, Allen, TX, 75002. If mailing the application, please put it to the attention of Ice Angels Auditions.

To help prepare interested applicants, the Americans are holding audition prep classes led by Ice Angels Director and former Dallas Desperados Dancer BreAnna Foddrill. Attendees will learn choreographies similar to the tryout routine and will practice their introductions that are required at the audition. The classes are designed to simulate rehearsals. The location and dates are listed below.

Classes will be held at Legacy Dance Center, which is located at 4040 Legacy Drive #205, Frisco, TX, 75034. The prep classes run from 8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 29, and Wednesday, August 5.

Dancers should wear hot pants, bikers or cropped dance pants, a halter or athletic bra top and dance sneakers. They should also arrive with attractive hair and make-up. Each class costs $15.

For questions, please call BreAnna Foddrill at 817.889.0948.

[Ice Angels Auditions Application] (Opens in pdf)

NETS Kids Dance Team Auditions

We probably don’t have many readers in the 6-13 age bracket, but if you know a kid who loves to dance you might want to consider telling them about this:

Auditions for the NETS Kids dance team will be held Tuesday, August 4 at the NETS Practice Facility, 390 Murray Hill Parkway, East Rutherford, NJ. The NETS Kids are presented by LTJ Arthur, the apparel retailer.


Registration will begin at 5:30 p.m. and the auditions will start at 6:00 p.m.

The NETS are seeking boys and girls ages 6-13 with at least two years of technical dance training. Dancers will be asked to demonstrate their ability to learn and perform choreography. Tumbling and break-dancing skills are a plus, but not required. Participants should wear dance attire and non-marking sneakers or dance shoes. One parent must be present at registration to sign a participation waiver.

In advance of the auditions, the NETS will host a NETS Kids Audition Prep Class on Monday, August 3. The class will be held from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at the NETS Practice Facility. Participants will learn actual NETS Kids choreography from the NETS Dancers and receive audition tips from NETS Kids Coach Debra Bisignano and NETS Entertainment Manager Kimberlee Garris. Call 201-635-3147 to register.

I was fortunate enough to watch the NETS Kids in action earlier this year, and I believe the correct technical term to describe them is “really, really good!”

[Complete Audition Info]

[Official NETS Kids Website]

Clippers Spirit Finals Tonight!

Open calls for the Los Angeles Clippers Spirit dance team took place on Saturday. Over 250 dancers took a shot at making the team. After three rounds of dancing and three cuts, the group has been narrowed down to 29. That includes ten veterans hoping to return to the team, a former San Diego Charger Girl, a former Washington Wizards Dancer, and probably a few other things I haven’t found out about yet. Only 16 of the remaining young ladies will be asked to join the team. Who will it be? All that will be decided tonight, at finals!

Good luck tonight, ladies!
It’s all about the Eye of the Tiger.
(And remembering the choreography.)

In the meantime, as always, i took tons of photos. Click here to view some of them in my flickr gallery.


Auditioning for the Pistons Dance Team: One Dancer’s Story


Dancing Towards a Dream: Part One
By Matt Waymire
< "http://www.connectmidmichigan.com/sports/sports_story.aspx?id=329161">Connect Mid Michigan
July 25, 2009

AUBURN HILLS — There are those who can dance, and there are those who were seemingly born to dance. And it’s easy to see which category Flint Northern alum Santana White falls under.

“I’ve been dancing since I was two around the house,” said the 24 year-old White. “Christmas-time I would gather my family together, everybody would watch me dance. So, it comes naturally. The last two years of high school, I decided to try out for Majorettes. We called ourselves the best band in the land, basically. We won a lot of competitions.”

“It was a great joy, it was really, along with other parents,” added Diana White, Santana’s mother. “And I even was a band booster, so I traveled along with the band, and was heavily involved in their activities. And it makes you as a parent, proud. ‘Cause you want to be supportive of your children.”

And just like her daughter’s days in high school, there was Diana in the stands for Tuesday’s auditions…and it didn’t take long for mother and daughter to see the daunting competition that lay ahead. Altogether, there were nearly 150 young women auditioning for a mere 15 openings. And thus began a long, grueling day.

“In order to be able to dance at the level that they’re dancing at, for this professional team, they have to be physically fit,” said Rebecca Girard, Dance Team Director for Automotion. “You have to be able to endure through the tough choreography, and it’s so much harder than people think it is. So, athleticism and physical fitness are really key components.”

But there was another key trait to be displayed, as well: the ability to learn quickly, VERY quickly. The girls were taught an intricate dance routine which they would have to perform individually in front of judges.

After a number of run-throughs, it was Santana’s turn to step to the plate and perform the routine, which would determine whether contestant number 484 would survive the day’s first round of cuts.

“It was challenging but, you have to learn it so quick when you’re just…you’re trying to look like you’re smiling and enjoying it, and still remembering the steps,” said Santana. “It was challenging, but fun. I’m just praying and hoping for the best, I’m not sure. A lot of talented young ladies here, we’ll see.”

After a brief time to relax, Santana and the other ladies learned their immediate fate through a simple piece of paper, which contained the numbers (484) Santana was hoping to see.

Coming up in our next installment, we’ll see how Santana fares in the second round of auditions, and also learn more about what it takes to become a member of the Automotion dance team.

Dancing Towards a Dream: Part Two
By Matt Waymire
< "http://www.connectmidmichigan.com/sports/sports_story.aspx?id=329304">Connect Mid Michigan
July 26, 2009

AUBURN HILLS — In part one of our feature, we met Flint native Santana White, who made it through the first round of cuts in her quest to become a member of the Detroit Pistons’ Dance Team “Automotion.”

So it may surprise you to find out that Santana hasn’t danced in front of a crowd in nearly three years. So how in the world did she shake off all that rust?

“I just pulled out my Michael Jackson greatest hits, Beyonce and all that, and just started dancing around the house,” said a smiling Santana. “It’s natural to me, but of course I’m still nervous. But dancing…you can either dance or you can’t, usually. That’s how it goes.”

But make no mistake, Santana’s been plenty the past three years, working as a promotional model for companies like Mattel and Sirius/XM Satellite Radio. And as it turns out, her work in this avenue directly corrolates to the numerous other traits that an Automotion dancer must possess.

“Number one, they have to be great ambassadors, and really in touch with the public relations and the community service aspect of the job,” said Dance Team Director Rebecca Girard. “So dancing is almost secondary really, if you think about it. But they need to have great personal business skills.”

That aspect of the audition took place on day two, but first thing’s first. Santana needs to survive two more cuts of dancing tryouts on day one…and the routines only became more demanding, and more complex.

Though she struggled at times in front of the judges, Santana still put forth a solid effort, and she anxiously awaited her individual critique.

“484 (Santana’s number), I need some confidence from you, as well, but a smile on your face,” said Tricia Crawford, an Automotion choreographer. “Also, watch some of your arm placements. Sometimes they’re being thrown there instead of placed there, so really watch your arm placement. Then separate your styles a little bit more. Jazz kinda looked the same as hip-hop, and vice-versa. So try and separate the two different styles.”

After waiting over an hour, the numbers of the girls who advanced were finally announced. But unfortunately, the number 484 was not among those called.

With that, Santana’s Automotion journey came to an end. She was obviously disappointed, but the positives still far outweighed the negatives.

“It was a good experience, even though it didn’t, you know…the results I didn’t get that I wanted, but it was a good experience,” said Santana. “I haven’t danced in a long time, so…it was fun. I got to meet interesting girls, and it was an interesting experience.”

So even though her goal of joining Automotion is put on hold for now, Santana believes she will be dancing somewhere in the very near future…and gearing up for the 2010 Automotion tryouts all the while.

Redskins Cheerleader Dawn Visits USS Harry S Truman

Earlier Sasha posted an article from the Washington Examiner written by former Redskins Cheerleader Ambasador Jessica about the Redskins Cheerleaders visiting the USS Harry S Truman . Well, she’s got a longer post up over at her blog:

I met Dawn about two and half years ago. We were both attending a prep class for the Washington Redskins cheerleaders and we happened to be sitting next to each other. I wanted to hate her. I really did. She has beautiful long black hair and green eyes, dimples and a perfect figure. But she was instantly nice to me and I realized there is nothing to dislike about her. We were both new to the D.C. area and had a lot in common. She is hilarious, smart and a great person. I think the first conversation we ever had she told me about her deep appreciation for the military, and that unfortunately she lost a very dear friend who served in the Marine Corps.


It was then that Dawn and I became friends and she’s been my biggest cheerleader ever since (pun intended). She even attended my commissioning ceremony. She is on her third year with the Washington Redskins cheerleaders and is doing so many good things. Not only does she get to cheer on our Skins in front of 90,000 fans at FedEx Field, she takes advantage of the opportunities to interact with the local community as well as members of our Armed Forces.

Read the rest at GIJess.com

Mavs Audition Video and Photos


All weekend hundreds of ladies have been competing for a spot on the Dallas Mavericks dance team.
Aaron Smith
The 33 News

Basketball season will be here before you know it. All weekend hundreds of ladies have been competing for a spot on the Dallas Mavericks dance team.

They’re not cheerleaders, they’re dancers so please don’t confuse the two. The Dallas Mavericks dance team competition started with two hundred fifty women Saturday. Now just these seventy-five ladies are left.

Melody Denoia is competing and says, ” I danced for the Mavericks from ’02 to ’06 so that’s a total of four years.”

Hillary Bordeaux also has experience saying, ” I was a professional cheerleader last year for a different squad but this is also totally different.”

Different because the routines change quickly with no notice, sometimes they have freestyle.

Alyssa Sarasani says, ” Its pretty intense because they teach at a very fast pace but the routines have been at a style that I really enjoy.”

Groups of five perform in front of judges. For some the last minute routines spell mistakes.

Laura McKie says, ” I messed up on the end which we just learned but I kept a smile on my face so hopefully they keep me around.”

Jasmin Flores also messed up, but recovered saying, ” I bobbled a few times during the performance but I think I recovered it well, obviously I recovered it well because I’m still here so i’m just thanking jesus right now.”

Its pressure. but so is a schedule of forty games, sometimes three a week.

Just because you were a Mavericks dancer last year that doesn’t mean anything this year. Everybody got to try out every single year. It keeps them on their toes. While looks are nice directors say the chosen few will need more to wear the maverick logo.

About forty ladies remain after todays eliminations. The final team will be chosen on July 31st.

Make sure you check out The 33 picture gallery for pictures from the tryouts.

Storm Chaser Joins Cavalier Girls

Danielle Bruno is the fourth former Storm Chaser to become a Cavalier Girl

From MahoningValleyThunder.com

The Mahoning Valley Thunder is pleased to announce that Danielle Bruno, a three-year member of the Storm Chasers dance team has been selected to join the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers dance team-the Cavalier Girls. Danielle participated in an open tryout which began last Saturday (July 18th) and commenced Thursday evening (July 23rd).


Danielle joins a long list of Storm Chasers who have joined NBA dance teams after having danced with the Storm Chasers. Three girls have previously danced for or are still dancing with the Cavaliers. Two other former Storm Chasers went on to dance for the New York Knicks and Detroit Pistons respectively. Another two former Storm Chasers spent the 2008 season dancing for the AFL’s Cleveland Gladiators.

Bruno is a New Castle, Pa. native who will finish her third season dancing with the Storm Chasers at Saturday night’s Thunder season finale. After having danced for the team throughout the 2007 season she took over as Coordinator prior to the 2008 campaign. Danielle brings over 18 years of dance experience to the Cavalier Girls. Over that time, she has studied jazz, lyrical, African and hip-hop dance. Danielle is responsible for choreographing routines, organizing public appearances, and coordinating the Storm Chasers Dance Clinic during the season.

2009-10 Cleveland Cavalier Girls