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A humorous peek inside the Redskins Cheerleader locker room

A look what goes on before a Redskins Game.

Discussing makeup, playing cards, throwing dice, reading the newspaper upside down…
You know…the usual.

The Nuclear Cowgirls

nc_adarNuclear Cowboyz gear up for freestyle motocross at IZOD Center
By Anthony Stoeckert
Nuclear Cowgirls). As Faisst explains it, traditional motocross involves dirt bike riders racing. In freestyle motocross riders perform individually and are judged, based on execution, the difficulty of jumps, and other factors.

“So it’s not about going fast — it’s about how many jumps you can get in and what tricks you can do with the jumps,” he says.

nc_amberFaisst grew up in Mays Landing and started riding dirt bikes when he was 8 years old. “We had five acres where I grew up and we had a little place to ride in the backyard,” he says. “And there was a gravel pit up the street from my house so I’d ride there.”

He rode at motocross tracks in Englishtown and New Egypt and in Pennsylvania and upstate New York. He turned pro in 1995 and moved to California in 1997. He’s gone on to compete in the X Games and Gravity Games — winning a bronze medal performance at the 2006 Winter X Games. Nuclear Cowboyz is a change for him because it’s so tightly choreographed.

“It’s a big, big show, a great show for entertainment,” he says. “It’s never been done here in America and to bring our sport and put it in a choreographed show, if you want to see a freestyle show, this is the best one to see.”

Those dancers Faisst steers his bike away from are the Nuclear Cowgirls, whose ranks include Adar Wellington, who grew up in Cherry Hill and studied dance at Rutgers. Ms. Wellington describes the show’s story as “Michael Jackson’s ‘Beat It’ on bikes” with two gangs competing against each other on dirt bikes.

“The guys are incredible, they do tricks that are phenomenal,” Wellington says. “I’ve been doing this with them a couple of months and it never gets old for me. It’s explosive, these guys are fearless, they do the craziest stunts on these bikes.”

Being a Nuclear Cowgirl means dancing in dirt amidst all the special effects and dirt bike riders. Ms. Wellington, who was captain of the New Jersey Nets Dancers before moving out to Los Angeles, says she wasn’t exactly sure as to what she was auditioning for on her Nuclear Cowgirl tryout.

“We didn’t know what we were getting into until we already made it,” she says. “Once it was explained to us, we still didn’t really get it until we were actually in the arena with the motorcycle guys and we actually saw them doing what they do. It wasn’t clear until we were actually in it. It’s definitely one of the most interesting jobs I have to put on my resume.”

She’s particularly excited about coming to New Jersey and having her family see the show. She promises audiences will be on their edge of the seats throughout the action.

“I’m nervous the entire time, my jaw is clenched the entire show,” she says. “And when the show’s over, I let out a deep breath, it’s pretty scary.”

Houston Dynamo Auditions Tomorrow!

hdpomThis is a late reminder for all you dancers in Houston. This is your chance to be part of the fabulous Houston Dynamo Girls! Auditions start tomorrow (Saturday) morning. Registration starts at 8 am, so go pack up your dance gear and hop into bed for a good night’s sleep. Tomorrow, you’ll knock ’em dead! Click here for more info.

2009-10 Grizz Girls

The Memphis Grizzlies website has at long last been updated with profiles and info for the 2009-10 Grizz Girls dance team. Click here to see what’s new!

Row 1 (l to r): Eunitta, Jackie, Anya, Jenn, Minnie.
Row 2 (l to r): Jenn, Linneia, Jessie, Amber.
Row 3 (l to r): LaMescia, Tabitha, Kristin.
Row 4 (l to r): Tiara, Cassie, Jessica, Susana, Kasie, Lauren

Eagles Cheerleaders Around Town

Thanks to reader Mike who sent us a few photos of the Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleaders that he took over the past few months.

Amanda and Jamie at the Dallas playoff watching party.



Ivelisse and 2010 Pro Bowl Rep Lauren at the AAA Expo at The Linc


Cheryl and Jamie at an appearance in Woodbury, NJ.


Also it’s a good time to mention that Open Call Audition for the Eagles Cheerleaders are Saturday, March 20th.

This year the Eagles are offering two audition prep classes:

TIME: 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM

*By attending either workshop, you will be automatically registered for the Open Call Audition and the Open Call Audition Fee will be waived.

The Mock Audition, Beauty and Fitness Workshop was created to prepare contestants for all phases of the Open Call Audition. During the Open Call Audition, contestants will be judged on physical fitness, beauty, dance and showmanship. We recommend attending The Mock Audition, Beauty, and Fitness Workshop on Tuesday, March 2, 2010 in addition to the Dance Prep Workshop, especially if it is your first time auditioning, to be prepared for the Open Call Audition.

At the Mock Audition, Beauty, and Fitness Workshop you will:
· Participate in a mock audition directed by Barbara Zaun, Eagles Director of Cheerleading, to find out what the judges are looking for, how the scoring process works and what to wear!
· Learn dance techniques and dance choreography similar to the routine that will be taught at the Open Call Audition from Eagles Choreographer, Suzy Zucker.
· Consult with hair and make-up experts from Salon L’Etoile, the preferred salon of the Eagles Cheerleaders.
· Work-out with personal fitness trainers from Bally Total Fitness, the preferred fitness facility of the Eagles Cheerleaders.
· Meet with the 2009 Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleaders to learn their audition tips and advice for a successful audition. They will also answer any questions you may have and share their experiences as a NFL cheerleader including information on game day performances, photo sessions, rehearsals, public appearances and much more!

TIME: 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM

*By attending either workshop, you will be automatically registered for the Open Call Audition and the Open Call Audition Fee will be waived.

The NEW Dance Prep Workshop was designed specifically for women who are interested in auditioning that would like to get more acquainted with the Eagles Cheerleaders style of choreography and the choreographer’s teaching methods. This intense 3 hour dance class will concentrate solely on the dance aspect of the audition. It is a great way to get in your best “dance shape” for the Eagles Cheerleaders audition process. The workshop will be conducted in the same format as the 3 hour rehearsals that the Eagles Cheerleaders attend year round.

The prep class dance techniques and dance combinations will be taught by Suzy Zucker, the Eagles Cheerleaders Dance Choreographer. Eagles Cheerleaders captains and current members of the squad will be on hand to demonstrate and assist in the stretching and warm-up portion of the prep workshop.

The Dance Prep Workshop will include:
· Dance Combinations similar to the combinations that will be taught at the Open Call, Semi-Final, and Final Audition.
· Dance Techniques to improve kicks, turns, and overall stage presentation.
· Stretches that the Eagles Cheerleaders do to increase flexibility.
· Dance Warm-up.


TO REGISTER FOR ONE OF THE WORKSHOPS OR BOTH, please include the following information:

Attn: Cheerleading Department
NovaCare Complex
One NovaCare Way
Philadelphia, PA 19145


When your information is received you will receive a confirmation email. You should wear a sports bra, shorts, athletic shoes and a warm-up suit over your athletic outfit to the workshops. The photograph you are submitting does not need to be a professional photo; you will not be judged on your photograph nor will you be judged at the workshops. The workshop is closed to the public. Only workshop participants will be admitted.

If you have further questions, you can contact us by email at cheerleaders@philadelphiaeagles.com or by calling 215-463-2500 ext. 1530.

[Complete Eagles Cheerleaders Prep Workshop Info]

On The Flipside: NBA All-Star Edition

Former Detroit Automotion Dancer and current Minnesota Timberwolves Dancer Heather is profiled in the latest edition of On The Flipside.

[On The Flipside]

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Lady Cats Announce Final 2010 Auditions

Turfcats’ cheerleaders seek two additional members


So you think you can dance? The Austin Turfcats announced today that the Lady Cats cheerleaders will be holding an audition on March 3 to fill two extra spots on the 2010 team.

The Lady Cats perform a variety of jazz and hip-hop dance routines throughout the course of the season at each of the Turfcats’ home games, in addition to serving as Turfcats ambassadors in the community.

Those interested in trying out must be 18 or older by March 3 and be able to attend all home games and regular practices (held Monday and Wednesday evenings). In addition to providing entertainment at the Turfcats’ home games and cheering on the team, the Lady Cats are called upon throughout the season to make a number of Turfcats promotional appearances. These appearances range from community and charity events to performing in and around the Austin metro area and Central Texas.

The audition will be held at Gold’s Gym at Tech Ridge, located at 235 Canyon Ridge Drive in Austin, near IH-35 and Parmer Lane. Registration begins at 6:45pm. A routine will be taught beginning at 7:00, then participants will be judged on their performance of that routine from memory followed by a short interview.

For more information, visit the Turfcats’ website at www.turfcats.com and click on the Lady Cats section, or call the Turfcats office at (512) 929-8228.

FC Dallas Dancers Auditions – Part One

FC Dallas Dancer Auditions Part 1 from FC Dallas on Vimeo.

FC Dallas recently hosted auditions for their 2010 squad and here are some of the highlights of the first day.

New Jersey Girls: Audition Alert!


The Jersey Stags are proud to announce their first annual Dance Team tryouts. The Jersey Stags are part of the Big North East Football Federation (BNEFF), 22 teams that begin their season at the end of August and play through the end of the year.

The Stags are looking for female dancers between the ages of 18-30 years old to join the Prancers Dance team, and help add fun and excitement to their home games. If you ever wanted to perform in front of a crowd, or if you miss performing for a crowd, the Prancers might be the opportunity you were looking for! Make a note of these dates:

Free Audition Prep Class
Saturday, March 20th – 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Fitness Factory, 350 Route 46 East, Rockaway, NJ

This prep class will give you an edge over the competition. The session will be led by Led by the Prancers Head Coach Natalie Fredericks and Lead Choreographer Christine Sampson. Tips will be given on attire, hair & makeup, dance routines and much more.

Prancers Auditions
Saturday, March 27th – 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Fitness Factory, 350 Route 46 East, Rockaway, NJ

You must be between 18 and 30 and a high school graduate. You can complete the application ahead of time online at NJStags.com. On the day of auditions, plan to wear form fitting dance attire and dance shoes. You will also need to bring ID and $20 for the audition fee.

For additional details, registration info and to reserve a spot in the prep class, call 1-888-687-3233 or email info@njstags.com.

Raiders Cheerleaders Visit GW Sailors

2009-raiderettes_natalie-m-smby MC2 Dave Reynolds
Navy News
February 11, 2010

YOKOSUKA, Japan – A group of Oakland Raiders’ cheerleaders, the “Raiderettes,” paid a visit to the crew of USS George Washington (CVN 73) in Yokosuka, Japan.

The cheerleaders’ visit was part of a tour of Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka (CFAY) to help Japan-based Sailors celebrate Super Bowl XLIV.

For Sailors in the Forward-Deployed Naval Forces, “Super Sunday” is actually “Super Monday,” as the game kicked off around 8 a.m. local time.

The four visiting Raiderettes spent most of the morning meeting with Sailors at various clubs around the base before boarding George Washington in the afternoon.

After arriving aboard the Nimitz-class carrier, the Raiderettes were treated to a tour led by George Washington Commanding Officer Capt. David A. Lausman as they received a firsthand look at the ship’s hangar bay, flight deck and bridge.

“We’re here to learn about what happens on an aircraft carrier,” said Raiderette Natalie P.; the Raiderettes are not allowed to give their full names due to privacy concerns. “We learned a lot today about the ship’s capabilities and all the work that it takes to operate a ship like this. The best part was visiting the bridge, where we could sit in the captain’s chair and look out over the flight deck and the water. It was neat to get a ‘birds-eye view’ of the ship.”

Her counterpart, Raiderette Natalie M., disagreed.

“My favorite part of the ship was the flight deck, where we could see where the aircraft actually take off and land,” said Natalie M. “It was very cool to see up close where all of that happens.”

2009-raiderettes_natalie-p-smBoth cheerleaders agreed that the real reason they came was to spend time with Sailors, thank them for a job well done and help them spend the Super Bowl in a memorable way.

“It was really fun to see the Sailors interact with us,” said Natalie M. “Some are super-shy and some are more outgoing, but we definitely got to see the different personalities on the ship. It was really fun to talk to them, take some pictures and just spend time here.”

After spending about two hours on the ship, George Washington Command Master Chief (AW/SW) Martin K. King presented the Raiderettes with photos of the ship signed by the captain.

King said events like these can give an extra boost to Sailors’ morale.

“It was a great opportunity for the crew to realize that everybody back home thinks a lot about them,” said King. “For the Oakland Raiders cheerleaders to come out here and support our Sailors, it’s a great thing and we really appreciate it.”

George Washington is undergoing its second Yokosuka-based selective restricted availability and is scheduled to return to sea later in 2010.

2010 Prowler Dance Team Announced

By Keith Recine

ORLANDO- The 2010 Orlando Predator Prowler Dance Team was chosen Saturday night in front of an explosive crowd of 350 fans at Antigua Night Club on Church Street in Downtown Orlando. Despite other events going on Saturday including a Downtown Blues Festival and an event at the Amway Arena, Predators fans proved once again why they are the best fans in Central Florida coming out in large numbers to greet the new team and provide encouragement to the girls as they competed for a spot on this year’s team. Of the 25 girls who made it through the first round and interview process 16 were chosen to represent the Prowlers in 2010. Dance Director Billie O’Hara said she was pleased with the results but it was hard to let some of the girls go. “Some really great girls were cut by the judges tonight and that really is the hardest part. I wish I could keep them all, but unfortunately there are only sixteen spots and there has to be winners and losers. I hope the girls that did not make it will keep practicing and come tryout for the team again next year.”

The event was a complete success drawing the largest crowd to date for such an event. The 350 fans that attended provided a great deal of excitement and energy for the performances and showed that Orlando is still crazy for anything Predators. The girls chosen will perform at all home games during the 2010 Season and represent the Orlando Predators in the community as well.

A Special Thanks goes out to Doug Taylor of Church Street Entertainment who made the event such a great success and his staff, particularly Abe Taylor, Eric Isolica and Craig Rutherford. Also we would like to thank Cory Frost and DJ Stokes for their long hours in putting together the video packages that went into making this event such a great success.

PHOTO (From L to R) First Row: Roxy, Cassie, Alexis, Megan, Courtney M, Courtney G, Jessie Second Row: Kelly M, Kelly D, Sophia, Nycole, Gizelle, Aly, Brittany, Rene, Abby

Want to Become a Maryland Maniacs Dancer?
Final Auditions are February 27th

maniacsThe Maryland Maniacs, members of the elite Indoor Football League (IFL), are holding 2010 dance team auditions this month! The Lady Maniacs will perform at all home games and appear at events in and outside of the DMV Area.

The Lady Maniacs have a NEW Director and Choreographer as well as a NEW uniform for the upcoming season! We are excited about the changes and look forward to having an awesome, action packed year!

Come out to see if YOU are a MANIAC!!

Saturday, February 27, 2010
12 pm – 5pm
Gold’s Gym

6222 Greenbelt Road

Greenbelt, MD 20770
Cost: $20*

Audition Expectations


Form fitting crop top (No T-shirts)
Dance trunks, Dance Shorts or Cheer Shorts (No full length or capri pants)
Jazz Shoes / Dance Sneakers / Dance Boots

Hair & Make-up:

Performance ready!

What to bring:

Positive attitude

Water/Sports drink



*Pre-register for just $15 at www.marylandmaniacs.com or show student ID to register for half price.

For additional info, email the Director at danceteam@marylandmaniacs.com.

Sheena Geiger: Dancing Her Way to Japan

From DavidsonNews.net

At Davidson Day, she is known as “Madame Geiger” and is one of two French teachers for the school.In two weeks, though, Sheena Geiger of Davidson will set aside her classroom work to fly to Japan and join a team of performers marking the 40th anniversary of the Osaka World Expo.

She will be part of a group organized by World Campus International, a Tokyo-based nonprofit that encourages intercultural exchanges.

Sheena Geiger at her desk in one of the French classrooms at Davidson Day

“Learning about other cultures, that’s my passion,” Sheena said. “I love learning languages and meeting people from around the world and traveling.”

Raised in Nova Scotia, Sheena said she grew up speaking Gaelic and step-dancing in the Scottish style. Her booth at the 40th Anniversary World Expo event will offer information about Canada. She will be able to both sing and dance at the closing ceremonies.

Performing in front of large crowds is nothing new to Sheena. Before coming to Davidson Day, she represented Canada in the professional performing group, Up With People, and spent last summer in Denver helping them choreograph their current world tour show. Now that she is based in Davidson, Sheena continues her interest in dance as a CheckMate, a cheerleader for the Charlotte Checkers.

Sheena Geiger is also a cheerleader for the Charlotte Checkers. Here’s a photo of her singing the Canadian National Anthem at a recent Checkers game.

The Osaka events will take place from March 10-16, and the trip will cost $2,500. Sheena is seeking sponsorships, and hopes to offer presentations about Japan when she returns. You can contact her by email (sgeiger@davidsonday.org).

Besides the thrill of the performances, which will have to be pulled together quickly according to a rigorous schedule, the World Campus International group will be offered opportunities to learn more about their host country.

“They’ll be matching us with families and giving us language lessons,” she said. “I’m so excited!”


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LEADING LADIES: Fall River’s Melendez Among More than 300 Cheerleading Hopefuls

The Herald News

patsaudsThe path to earning a spot on the Patriots’ sideline next season began Saturday morning at the Dana-Farber Field House at Gillette Stadium.

No, Bill Belichick wasn’t holding an open tryout. Instead, the New England Patriots Cheerleaders held their annual auditions, the first step in building their 28-person squad for 2010 from a pool of more than 300 bright-eyed hopefuls that kicked, twirled and high-stepped in front of the judges.
Tiffany Melendez, 22, of Fall River, was one of the participants.

“My mom found this audition and told me about it Thursday,” she said. “My mom printed out the form and told me, ‘You’re going.’

“I have a little bit of a dancing background. I started dancing when I was 17 and have been doing it ever since. It’s something that I love to do.”

Candidates performed various dance routines in front of the panel and were judged on dance ability, showmanship, overall appearance and level of physical fitness.

After Saturday’s audition, the field will be narrowed to approximately 30 semi-finalists, who will be invited back for final auditions on Saturday, March 6.

“I hope that I can make it pretty far, if not make the team,” Melendez said before heading in front of the judges. “If I don’t make it, at least it’s a great experience and I will get to figure out what the audition process is like since this is my first time. We’ll see how it goes.”

Cowboys Cheerleaders at the NBA All-Star Game

The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders traded the turf for the hardwood for a special performance during the NBA All-Star game. I’ve never seen an NBA dance team put more than 16 dancers on the floor at a time, so to have 30-odd DCC on the court at once must’ve been been crazy.

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