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Rookie Raiderette Jessica

Manteca sports two Raiderettes

By Vince Rembulat

A few days ago, Jessica Maxwell was in San Leandro getting fitted with a sample silver-and-black Raiderette uniform.

The 2009 graduate of East Union High was at the practice facility for the orientation of new members for one of the highest profile cheer squads in the National Football League.

“I’m still in shock (of becoming a Raiderette),” said Maxwell on Wednesday at the Dance and Cheer Stars Studio. “But after getting fitted, I realized that the experience is real.”

Fortunately, she will be joined on this year’s 36-member squad supporting the Oakland Raiders by fellow Manteca product Jonni Rogers, who is back for her third year as a Raiderette.

“I still had to try out just to keep my spot,” said Rogers, who was a co-captain last year and, prior to that, earned Rookie-of-the-Year honors.

She’s a 2008 graduate of Sierra High.

Rogers and Maxwell can be thankful to former Raiderette Harmony Flores, who is the owner and operator of the Dance and Cheer Stars.
She served as mentor to her two long-time dance and cheer pupils.

Jonni, Jessica, and Harmony

“Jessica is my sixth student to make a professional cheer squad,” Flores said.

She was a Raiderette from 2004 to 2006, and was able to use her experience to instruct Rogers and Maxwell on how to dress, walk, dance, and speak properly during tryouts.

Rogers and Maxwell are also instructors at Dance and Cheer Stars.

Rogers teaches Jazz and lyrical dancing while Maxwell handles the creative movement for children age 2 to 5 along with competitive cheer team (signups are still available for those ages 3 to 18; call Dance and Cheer Stars at 209-456-7373 for more information).

In addition, they’re employed at the Manteca In-Shape Health Club and currently attend Delta College.

Rogers and Maxwell will soon add Raiderette practice to the mix. They’re planning to commute together to San Leandro during these three-days-a-week sessions not to mention the home games in Oakland.

The Raiderettes, for safety reasons, are prohibited from taking public transportation such as BART to the Oakland Coliseum, according to Flores. Instead, members of the silver-and-black cheer squad, on most Sundays, must make their way through the morning crowds – including the drove of tailgaters – in time for the pre-game practices.

Those failing to arrive to the stadium on time must sit out the game, said Flores.

Maxwell was a Lancers cheerleader during all four years at East Union.

At the beginning, she was nervous about trying out for the Raiderettes. “Harmony and Jonni helped calm me down,” Maxwell said.

Added Flores, “I had all the confidence in the world that Jessica was ready,” she said.

As a rookie, Maxwell will go through a 90-day probationary period. And if all goes accordingly, she’ll be honored with a necklace and rose during a ceremony for Raiderettes.

Meanwhile, Flores and Rogers proudly displayed their symbolic Raiderette piece worn proudly around their necks.

“We’re part of a sisterhood,” Flores said. “Once you’re a Raiderette, you’re a Raiderette forever.”

Maxwell has yet to experience the vibe of an actual NFL game and performing in front of perhaps the most rabid fans in U.S. professional sports.

“Raider fans are active and supportive (of the Raiderettes),” said Flores, who plans to attend all the home games. “There’s really no time to be nervous.”

Rogers agreed.

“The day of the game is always exciting, from the playing of the National Anthem to performing in front of the fans,” she said.

Her favorite spot in the Coliseum is the Black Hole.

“I consider them our best fans,” she said. “They’re also very protective of us.”

The families of Rogers and Flores are Raider fans.

What about Maxwell’s family?

“My dad just became a Raiderette fan,” Jessica Maxwell said.

2010 Texans Cheerleaders…Most of Them

HoustonTexans.com: Following are the 29 members of the 2010 Houston Texans Cheerleaders. One more member will be chosen among four finalists, who will be announced Sunday, May 2, 2010, at 10:30 p.m. CT on ABC-13.

From Sunday, April 28, at 11 p.m. CT through Thursday, April 29, at midnight, fans will be able to vote for the finalist who they think is the most deserving of the last spot on the squad. The winner will be announced Friday, May 7, at 4 p.m. CT on ABC-13.


Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleaders Finals

On Tuesday, April 20th the Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleaders held their Final Auditions for the 2010-11 squad.

A month long process that started with close to 400 young ladies concluded with 60 dancers at the Prince Theatre in Center City.
Continue reading Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleaders Finals

Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders Announce 2010 Auditions

Do You Have What it Takes to Become One of America’s Sweethearts?


The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders are holding a nationwide search for their 2010 squad. Preliminary auditions are set for May 15, 2010 at Cowboys Stadium.

CMT will go behind closed doors for another season series to witness the sacred tryouts of one of the nation’s most beloved institutions in Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team.

Interested candidates may obtain an application by calling 972-556-9932 or by visiting www.dallascowboyscheerleaders.com. All applicants must meet the following requirements:

· Must be at least 18 years of age by May 15, 2010
· Must hold a high school diploma or G.E.D
· Must live in (or relocate to) the DFW Metroplex if selected
· Must have reliable transportation
· Must have all necessary documentation to work in this country in this capacity
· Must be able to attend all rehearsals

During the preliminary round, candidates will have the opportunity to perform “freestyle” dance moves in groups of five for the judging panel. At the end of the performances, the judges’ selections for callbacks will be posted. Successful participants will then advance to a semi-final, personal interview and final round of competition before becoming a member of the 2010 squad.

“We look for ladies with a special sparkle to serve as goodwill ambassadors for the Dallas Cowboys,” said Kelli Finglass, Director of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders. “The ladies selected for the 2010 squad must be intelligent, poised, attractive, confident and talented entertainers who are willing to accept responsibility as role models to women across the globe. This is a unique opportunity for them to share the magic of representing a championship organization.”

Since their first Championship days in the 1970’s, the Dallas Cowboys have been called “America’s Team” and their famed cheerleaders are “America’s Sweethearts.” The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders have been often imitated throughout the league, but never equaled in terms of beauty, style, athleticism and worldwide popularity. The white and blue star-spangled uniforms have unquestionably become an iconic symbol of America. The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders perform for more than 80,000 fans at all home games in the new Cowboys Stadium, travel to exotic locations on the Swimsuit Calendar Shoot, perform around the world on USO Tours for American military personnel and make countless appearances in film and television. The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders made history as the first cheerleading squad to have a self-titled made for television movie and received the first-ever USO “Spirit of Hope Award” in recognition of the many years of distinguished service to men, women and families of American Armed Forces.

[Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders Auditions]

Congratulations Sarita and Shea!


Okay, remember this photo of former Baltimore Ravens Cheerleader Shea? He was at the Redskins Cheerleaders Finals earlier this month and he was there to cheer on his former Ravens teammate Sarita.

Nothing to see here, right? I mean I’d also cheer on Sarita (and Jamilla and Talmesha and Buffy and the Ashleys….you get the idea.)

Eva Ena and Sarita at the end of the 2007 season.

Sarita when she was with the Buffalo Jills.

But actually there is more to it. You see Shea and Sarita are engaged. There’s an engagement party next month, and the wedding will take place this November in Rochester, NY.

Shea’s already retired from Cheerleading so he could focus on law school. He graduates next month. Sarita says she most likely hanging up the poms after this season. It will be her 6th in the NFL: two each with Buffalo, Baltimore and Washington.

An NFL Cheerleader marriage is not completely without precedent. A couple of years ago the Ravens had a husband and wife on the team, but it is pretty rare.

We want to congratulate Sarita and Shea and wish them nothing but happiness and success!

Axe Maidens Let Us Play!

The Axe Maidens greeted families at the Let Us Play! Health & Fitness Expo on April 22nd & 23rd at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium. The Axemen had a booth at the event where players and Axe Maidens handed out stickers and goodies including passes to an upcoming game. The Axe Maidens visited the ROAR at the Jaguars table and taped some video for an upcoming Let us Play Jr 2k television special with Sharon, the “Face of FOX30”. The show will air on FOX30 (cable channel 10) on May 1st & May 8th at Noon.







The Let Us Play! Jr 2K running event took place on April 24th with over 2500 kids ages 5 – 13 participating in the event to promote a healthy lifestyle, healthy food choices and the importance of exercise. Every runner was a winner and handed a medal by a member of the military. The Axe Maidens were there to help warm-up the participants with Radio Disney and encourage & cheer on the runners at the start/finish lines.

Whadya Think? KiXX Dance Team Uniforms

Been a while since we’ve done one of these polls.

The Philadelphia KiXX Dance Team has (at least) four uniforms. What’s your favorite.

Uniform #1

I think we call this the “Classic” since I remember this uniform all the way back to the 2004-05 season.kixx1
Captain Colleen

Gina and AJ
Continue reading Whadya Think? KiXX Dance Team Uniforms

Special Message from Outgoing Raiderette Director Karen Kovac

Surprising news from Raiders.com

karenretiresKaren Kovac gives instructions to the 2010 edition of the Raiderettes – Football’s Fabulous Females. Photo by Tony Gonzales.

Dear Raider Nation,

I write this to thank the Raider fans and Raiderettes everywhere. Working with the special women known as our Raiderettes over the past 14 years as choreographer and past six years as director has been an integral part of my work and indeed my life.

Together with coordinating game day entertainment it has been a fabulous experience from day one. Our Junior Raiderette Program, Spirit Explosion, community charity work, and military goodwill tours are shining examples of our positive Raiderette outreach and through these programs I have come to know many of you personally.

Thank you all for your unwavering support, volunteerism, and passion. I would not trade any moment of my time here with you and the talented people who work within the Raider organization. It has been a rewarding experience, not as a chapter in my life, but a full volume.

Thank you.

Yorktown Student going to Colts Cheerleading Finals

By Jeri Rechanadter
Muncie Star-Express

caseyaWhile the 91 other remaining Colts cheerleader hopefuls were performing in front of judges on April 22, Yorktown’s Kasey Ashley was lying in a hospital bed with a kidney infection.

When her mother, Lisa, called the coach to tell her of Kasey’s situation, she expected the coach not to know who she was talking about, what with nearly 100 candidates, and for Ashley simply to be invited to try again next year. Quite the opposite happened.

The coach told Lisa she knew exactly who Kasey was and that her scores were high enough already to take her to the finals despite missing the practice.

“She said to tell her that ‘her health is the most important thing,'” Lisa said. “Tell her to ‘get healthy and be back Tuesday to learn a new dance.'”

The Yorktown High School senior is now in the final 66 and will compete in the final round, the Cheerleader Audition Showcase at 7:30 p.m. May 5 at Plainfield High School.

Voting for the public’s favorite cheerleader is still open online at www.colts.com. As of April 27, Ashley had moved up to second place on the leader board. To vote for Kasey Ashley, look for number 247.

Jill Marie Jones: Former Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader Gets Gig with TBS

From ClutchMagonline.com

jmjEver wonder what happened to ‘Girlfriends’ actress Jill Marie Jones?

Well, she’s landed a gig — that is on, putting her in great company.

Following in the footsteps of TBS’s highly-successful micro-series ‘My Manny,’ which starred Elise Neal, comes a new series starring the woman who played the brazen real estate saleswoman Toni Childs.

The Baileys spokesperson and former Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader will star as the title character Gillian in a new series called ‘Gillian in Georgia,’ which follows a hip, single New Yorker who visits her family in a small town in Georgia.

The show will also star ‘Stomp the Yard’ actor Darrin Henson as her love interest, ‘Napoleon Dynamite’ actress Shondrella Avery as her sister and James Mathis II, who appeared in ‘The Matrix.’

It will make its debut during commercial segments following TBS’s ‘Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns’ at 8 pm on April 28 with two new episodes showing each Wednesday for five consecutive weeks within commercial time.

‘Gillian in Georgia’ is sponsored exclusively by Chevy Malibu, which will be prominently featured in the show, particularly to show how the show’s main character uses a Chevy Malibu car to get around town.

Chesapeake Bayhawks Announce Hawkette Auditions

Come show off your moves and tryout for the Chesapeake Bayhawks’ 2010 Dance Team!

hawkettesSunday, May 2nd, 2010
11:30 am – 4:00 pm

Big Vanilla
Arnold, MD

Registration Fee is $25.00 Per Dancer

Audition Requirements:
Must be 18 years of age or older and in good physical condition.
Must have a full time job, family, or be in school; must have a reliable means of transportation.
Must be outgoing and comfortable in a crowd.
Must be able to commit to six home games and weekly practices throughout the summer.
Dance and cheer experience a plus!

Please come ready to perform wearing a form fitting athletic top and shorts/pants, hair down in a flattering style, and full make-up.

To Register For the Audition:
Or call 866-99-HAWKS (42957)

2010-11 ROAR of Jacksonville

First look at the new squad who were unveiled to the public at the Jags Draft Day Party last week.

Chiefs Cheerleaders at the KC Draft Day Party

A few more photos courtesy of Pro Bowl Dan, who made it all the way to Kansas City for day one of the NFL Draft, but was back on Saturday for the Redskins Draft Party.

Stephanie Judah (center), the Chiefs Cheerleaders new Director, (and 1998 Pro Bowl Rep) with the 4 current Chiefs Cheerleaders who also cheered at the Pro Bowl.

Continue reading Chiefs Cheerleaders at the KC Draft Day Party

The Bandettes at the 2010 Regular season finale


Probably the last game appearance of the Buffalo Bandettes, unless the playoffs break in their favor.

Phil’s got photos and video from the game.

Axe Maidens at Old Navy


The Old Navy Modelquins that have been featured in the recent TV ads are the latest fans of the Jacksonville Axemen and were only too happy to pose for some group photos at a recent appearance at Old Navy located at the River City Market (near Jacksonville International Airport). There was a rumor that one of the Axemen players asked one of the Modelquins out for dinner, but she had to decline due to working 24/7 at the store.


In addition to the light hearted fun during this great appearance, the Axemen and Axe Maidens also spread the word about the Axemen and Rugby League to the hundreds of people who crammed the store to take advantage of the discounts during the grand re-opening. The appearance was a great success with one lucky customer walking away with a $500 shopping spree and another with a 4 pack of Axemen season tickets.

[Jacksonville Axe Maidens]