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More Pics from the Cowboys Calendar Release Party

Photos from the party and a few shots from the calendars. Click here to check em out!

Veteran Cowboys Cheerleaders Melissa, Sasha, and Kaitlin

Even More from the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders Calendar Release Party

Some video from the good folks at DFWReporting:

Minnesota Timberwolves Dancers Calendar

The Timberwolves Dancers are releasing their first ever calendar! The Timberwolves Dancers 2012 calendar is available for order online beginning tomorrow, Dec. 1 for just $20.00.

[Timberwolves Dancers on Facebook]

Solumates Second Open Call

Rehearsing the routine prior to the audition

Rehearsing the routine prior to the audition

Soulmates Choreographer Cassie Russo (right) and Ashley, who assisted Cassie throughout the day.

Soulmates Choreographer Cassie Russo (right) and Ashley, who assisted Cassie throughout the day.

Also assisting was Soulmate Christina

Also assisting was Soulmate Christina

You may recognize Lucy from the Philadelphia Fight Vixens Dance Team

You may recognize Lucy from the Philadelphia Fight Vixens Dance Team

Erica warms up

Erica warms up

Lots of leaps

Lots of leaps

[Soulmates Gallery]

A vote for Kristin is a vote for smart chicks.

Our friend Kristin is an Alum of the Allen Americans Ice Angels. In her everyday life, Kristin is a Technical Recruiter out of Plano, Texas. She’s currently in the finals for a Reality Show called “Top Recruiter,” and your votes can help her move on to the next round of competition.

This link takes you to a page where you can watch Kristin’s video. Cast your vote for her by clicking on the thumb’s up button that appears under the row of yellow stars. If you REALLY want to help, post some positive comments at the bottom of the page.

It only takes a second, so click here and show her some love!

I’m voting for her because she has a degree in Math and Economics. I am awed by this. Personally, I found the study of calculus to be an profoundly damaging experience. I still carry emotional scars from that semester. In fact, I think I’ll go lie down for a while.

2011-12 BlazerDancers

The Portland Trailblazers dance team is ready for action! Click here to check out their new photos.

New Lady Cats Website

The new Lady Cats site went live last week, before the NBA season was saved. Check out all the new photos, videos and bios.

[Charlotte Lady Cats]

Redskins Cheerleader Crowned Miss DC USA 2012

Redskins Cheerleader Monique Thompkins was crowned Miss District of Columbia in the 2012 Miss DC USA pageant on Sunday night, as her fellow Redskins girls cheered her on from the crowd.

The only flub during her winning performance came when she dropped her newly earned crown while posing for flashing photographers. But clearly being a Redskins Cheerleader has taught Monique to smile through adversity as she quickly recovered.

Monique, who lists “cuddling up and eating mango sorbet” as one of her hobbies, was born and raised in the D.C. area and grew up a Redskins fan.

“I love that it’s a big city with a small town feel. I love that about D.C.,” Monique told kstreetkate after being crowned. “And I love the museums. I’m a cheap date!”

Monique, who also won bathing suit and evening gown awards, will go on to compete in the Miss USA pageant in June. In the meantime, keep an eye out for her on the Redskins sideline.

[Monique at Redskins.com]

Danger Love Saint, Part 1: The World of Jessi

Tennessee Titans Cheerleaders Bri, Jessi, and Clair on Danger Love Saint's disc cover for their new single

If you are looking for some “Drive,” look no further than Danger Love Saint. Three third-year Tennessee Titans Cheerleaders, Bri, Clair, and Jessi, formed Danger Love Saint, their Nashville based trio, and they have the drive to put their heart and soul into their musical venture, the drive to have maximal fun during this adventure, and “Drive” is also the title of their recently released debut single. Bri, Clair, and Jessi have a collective sum total of coolness that is way, way too much for a single feature story, so today, the focus is on Jessi, who is no stranger the spotlight, on stage or otherwise. Jessi was featured in the MTV documentary series, World of Jenks (check out the episode clicking here) which, though definitely her own story, also shows many common dimensions of the reality of the pro cheerleader experience. Jessi also has an impressive dance resume, including being a finalist on So You Think You Can Dance, amidst scores of other credits. Jessi shared with UltimateCheerleaders how World of Jenks came about, how her time with the Pussycat Dolls started the wheels turning to form Danger Love Saint, how a dance job brought her through the Panama Canal, how to spot an excellent dancer, and how Jessi’s sister turns a traditional Christmas song into comedy gold.

Jessi grew up in Cocoa Beach, Florida, and soon enough was showing the traits that would eventually lead to Danger Love Saint; Jessi loves to put on a show. “When I was four years old, I used to make my whole family come into the living room, and I would put on shows on our fireplace, it was my stage,” recalls Jessi. “I would make my sister sell tickets for the show. I would go to my mom’s closet, and make costumes out of all of her clothes, tie my dad’s ties around as a belt. I was doing that at four years old and I never really stopped. I still love to design costumes, do hair and makeup, choreograph, and perform. It’s just not dancing; I love the whole creative aspect of trying to entertain people.”

Jessi started dance classes when she was young, and although her parents were willing to broaden her activities, it always came back to dance. Jessi remembers, “My parents tried to put me into other things, like Girl Scouts, tee-ball, swimming, and tennis, and I was always saying, ‘Can I just take ballet? I just want to take ballet class.’”


Danger Love Saint with a very special shout out to all of the Ultimate Cheerleaders

Singing also became one of Jessi’s passions. “I started singing in fourth grade in chorus, and just loved it, loved it,” Jessi says. “I tried out for all-state and all-county, and was in all those kind of choirs. I was in a site reading choir. And I always have a private voice coach, and I was a music major in college. I was always much better naturally at dancing, but I just loved studying music. I played the violin for about five years, and I played viola. I was the orchestra/choir geek all through school. I cheered one year in high school, but definitely more the drama, band, orchestra geeky kid.”

After winning a noted state dance high school competition in Florida, Jessi was chosen to go to New York to the Broadway Dance Center scholarship program and Marymount Manhattan College. But after her first year, September 11th occurred, and Jessi’s family persuaded her to move back home from New York.

Coming home from NYC, Jessi danced on a cruise ship for a year, and was able to see a big chunk of the globe. “I was really lucky,” Jessi says. “I did a world itinerary, so I was able to see Australia, New Zealand, maybe a dozen different countries in Asia, all of the South Pacific islands, San Francisco, Alaska. I went through the Panama Canal, Central America, South America. So I looked at it as a cool opportunity.”

Jessi during the October 23rdTitans game against the Texans

Dancing on the cruise line also showed Jessi a broader scope of performing. “I was only 19,” Jessi explains. “I walked in thinking, I love pop, top 40s, hip hop, all this stuff, and I was way out of my element. They said, ‘You need to calm down, because this is Music Man, Le Mis, and Annie Get Your Gun.’ I was really out of my element, but I loved it.”

Post-cruise year, Jessi returned to the US and majored in music. “Then just kind of on a whim, I auditioned for this show called Wade Robson Project that was on MTV for one season,” Jessi says. “It was for dancers, and I got that and it shot in LA, so I moved out to LA for the summer to shoot that show, and then ended up staying for six more years.”

During that time in Los Angeles, Jessi built up a substantial resume of dance accomplishments, such that if they all were listed, it would break the record for the world’s longest run-on sentence. Besides being one of the finalists on the third season of the So You Think You Can Dance, Jessi has also danced for Christina Aguilera and the Pussycat Dolls Burlesque Revue. Jessi’s connection to the Pussycat Dolls was a key experience that eventually led her to create Danger Love Saint. “I did that for two years, it was the last big job I did in LA,” Jessi recalls about the Pussycat Dolls. “They had a subgroup in Vegas, and then they had the top group, and then they created a new subgroup in LA, and we performed at the Viper Room. And also whenever the top group was requested at certain appearances and they couldn’t, we were the group that went instead. Robin Antin created the Pussycat Dolls, and it was her idea to have groups of Pussycat Dolls everywhere, like a club in New York, a club in Miami, one in Vegas, one in LA, and we were the first group she started.”

Continue reading Danger Love Saint, Part 1: The World of Jessi

Broncos Kick The Chargers While They Are Down

Last time, I speculated that the Chargers were at a crossroads and that the path that they were on was to mediocrity.  This week, speculation turned into confirmation.  The Chargers are a mediocre team…and that is being kind.

This past Sunday, the Denver Broncos came to town sporting a 4-1 record under new starting QB Tim Tebow.  This game was supposed to be a cake walk, or so Charger fans thought.  After all Tim Tebow couldn’t complete a pass if his life depended on it.  The Broncos, in fact, rush for more yards than they pass, so beating the donkeys is simply a matter of stopping the run.  And against a team so uni-dimensional as the Broncos, this should have been fairly straightforward…stack the box against the run and blitz the hell out of Tebow if he tries to pass.

Well, a funny thing happened on the road to victory.  The Chargers, who were able to move the ball against the Broncos, for the most part, failed to put it in the end zone and had to settle for field goals…or should I say field goal attempts.  Four to be exact.  Charger kicker Nick Novak made two and missed two.  The two missed field goals would turn out to be decisive.  The first miss would have extended the lead against a Bronco team that could barely make it out of their own end of the field.  And the second, a potential game winner in overtime.

But let us give credit where credit is due.  The Chargers were not able to put the Broncos away, letting them hang around.  And the boys from Denver made the most of their opportunities with two key drives that lead to field goals in crunch time, one to tie the game and one to win it in overtime.   Yes, Tim Tebow can’t pass for poop, but he can sure run the ball.  He’s not an “NFL” quarterback, but he’s a winner and for the Broncos, that might be more important that throwing the ball.

And what was the final score you ask?  Broncos – 16, powerless Chargers – 13.

This season is going south real fast with the Chargers losing six in a row.  They went from a potential Super Bowl contender to mediocre real fast.

Hey, at least we have the Charger Girls…and there’s nothing mediocre about them.

I will say this, that the Charger Girls are worth the price of admission.  They are absolutely gorgeous, great to look at in the uniform, and very nice in person.  So let’s begin our weekly cavalcade of absolutely fabulous Charger Girls with the Line Captains: Natalie, Lauren O., Katie and Tiffany.

Continue reading Broncos Kick The Chargers While They Are Down

NFL cheerleaders 11.27.11

Click here and check out some great photos from yesterday’s gridiron matchups. The collection includes teams from the Falcons, Colts, Bengals, Jets, Titans, Chargers, and Jaguars.

Soooo glad I live in Los Angeles...

Buccaneers Cheerleader Spotlight: Ashlee Figg

Say hello to second year Buccaneer Cheerleader Ashlee Figg. Born and raised in the Tampa Bay area, Ashlee is proud to say “the Bucs have always been my team and being part of this organization is a dream come true”.

Ashlee received her BA in Marketing from USF

Ashlee received her BA in Marketing from USF

Ashlee presently works as a Estimating Coordinator for an St. Pete contractor.

Ashlee presently works as a Estimating Coordinator for an St. Pete contractor.

Favorite charity: "I am extremely fortunate to be working with Hope Children's Home".

Favorite charity: "I am extremely fortunate to be working with Hope Children's Home".

Ashlee's role model is her big brother Nathan--"for his courage during overseas deployment".

Ashlee's role model is her big brother Nathan--"for his courage during overseas deployment".

Ashlee enjoys the great Tampa Bay weather for boating and fishing.

Ashlee enjoys the great Tampa Bay weather for boating and fishing.

Ashlee's favorite music is "anything I can dance to".

Ashlee's favorite music is "anything I can dance to".

[Ashley’s Gallery] (fixed now)

[Tampa Bay Buccaneers Cheerleaders]

Cassie Russo Named Soulmates Choreographer

The Philadelphia Soul named Cassie Russo as the Soulmates Dance Team Choreographer for the 2012 season. Her first official duty was overseeing the second open call event at Philadelphia Airport Hilton on Sunday, November 27.

“With passion, dedication and a true love for the sports and entertainment industry, it is a distinct honor to represent the Philadelphia Soul organization,” said Russo. “I am beyond thrilled and excited to get started, we are ready to work to our highest potential and beyond.”

Russo is the owner of CaRu Entertainment (www.caruentertainment.com), a dance studio and performance center in Pennington, NJ where she is a professional choreographer, performer and dance instructor.

Her previous sports dance team experience includes: co-founder and choreographer of the Unofficial Dancers of the New York Giants, co-founder and choreographer for the Fight Vixens Dance Team for the Philadelphia Fight Rugby League, dancer for the Philadelphia Angels Dance Team for the Philadelphia Wings and a dancer on the New York Titans Dance Team for the Titans Lacrosse team.

In addition to sports dance team choreography, she has choreographed for competition teams, musicals, the East Coast Pro Dance Convention and the New York Columbus Day Parade. As an Angels Dance Team member she appeared on Good Day Philadelphia and as a Titans Dancer, she appeared on Good Morning America, The Today Show and Live with Regis and Kelly. Russo is a graduate of DeSales University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Dance and Liberal Arts.

Boston Bruins Ice Girls

The Ice Girls pages have been updated on BostonBruins.com. Click here to learn more about the crew!

Save the Date, SoCal Dancers!

Details will be announced soon on the Chivas USA website