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Norton Native Makes the Cut at New England Revolution’s Rev Girls Final Audition

Anne Marie Conde selected as one of eight new members.
Norton Patch
March 15, 2012

The New England Revolution soccer team selected eight new members to add to its “Rev Girl” squad Tuesday night during a heated audition at the Greatest Bar. Anne Marie Conde, a Norton native, beat out the competition by landing a final spot as a new 2012 Rev Girl.

A slew of celebrity judges including The Voice’s James Massone from Wakefield, NESN Daily’s Dara McIntosh and BostonTweet’s Tom O’Keefe helped to narrow the field of 17 Rev Girl prospects down to the final eight, based on three audition rounds that tested their minds, team spirit and ability to excite a crowd.

During the first round, emcee Dave Russo, a local comedian and DirtyWater TV personality, quizzed the 17 contestants on Revolution team trivia. Following the team trivia, the contestants broke off into groups, where they were given 10 minutes to learn the team chant from veteran Rev Girls, and went on to perform for the judges and crowd.

The third component of the audition was to judge the girls on their fan involvement. One of the primary tasks of the Rev Girls is to act as brand ambassadors at community events, so candidates were turned loose on the crowd and asked to interact, engage and handout swag. It was a close competition and in the end the following prospects prevailed.

Katerina Akrivlellis (Dover, Mass.) – 20

Anne Marie Conde (Norton, Mass.) – 25

Kimberly Howe (Boston, Mass.) – 22

Holly Johnson (Tyngsborough, Mass.) – 26

Kelsey Kneeland (Shrewsbury, Mass.) – 22

Anjha Thomas (Ashland, Mass.) – 21

Danielle Tousignane (Chelmsford, Mass.) – 22

Jessica May Wright (Manchester, N.H.) – 21

Bring on the Rev Girls!

By Megan Johnson
Boston Herald
March 18, 2012

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Paula Abdul, Madonna, even Snooki: Some of the most famous stars in Hollywood scored their first starring roles at the top of a pep rally pyramid.

That’s right, before they rose to fame for spewing nonsense at talent-show contestants, Voguing, or inappropriate pregnancies, each of those ladies was once a high school cheerleader.

So in the spirit of hunting down the next Madonna — and possibly seeing a girl fall off the top of a pyramid — I jumped at the chance to judge the final auditions for the 2012 Rev Girls squad, the New England Revolution’s pom-pom girls. After all, I have seen “Bring it On” about 50 times, so I think I’m pretty qualified.

The event was emceed by Boston comic Dave Russo, who was VERY eager to tell me that he came in second on a reality show a few years ago (“The Entertainer,” hosted by Wayne Newton. Remember it? Didn’t think so…)

Along with my esteemed co-judges (Translation: Fellow media folk and “The Voice” star James Massone, who’s currently prepping to compete on Cee Lo Green’s team) we packed into The Greatest Bar. There, I helped whittle the 17 finalists down to eight winners based on four areas of expertise: trivia knowledge, overall appearance, group cheering, and crowd interaction.

The best moment by far came during the trivia portion of our program, when the ladies had the opportunity to share their vast knowledge on the sport of soccer and the Revs.

“Name five players on the New England team,” asked Russo.

You could have heard crickets. Not a single hand shot up, so Dave had to go with his plan B, which was to “name one member of the New England team.” That was a much more successful pursuit.

But despite your assumptions about cheerleaders, the lovely women were a pretty diverse crew.

“I’m a lifelong dancer, and I’ve always wanted to get into it professionally,” said Kelsey Kneeland, a brainy redhead who’s studying strategic management and entrepreneurship at Babson College. “I’ve always been in a sorority, but I’m graduating from college in May and I want to stay a part of an organization.”

Way to use that business degree, Kels!

When all was yelled and done, the eight new Rev Girls are: Dover homegal Katerina Akrivlellis, Kelsey Kneeland from Shrewsbury, Jessica May Wright from Manchester, N.H., Tyngsboro gal Holly Johnson, Anne Marie Conde from Norton, Ashland’s Anjha Thomas, Danielle Tousignant of Chelmsford and Kimberly Howe from Boston.

Rah, rah, rah.

Scenes from Rev Girls Finals


Canadian team changes format

Bombers’ cheerleaders go co-ed
By Jim Bender
Winnipeg Sun
March 27, 2012

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ Blue Lightning Dance team is undergoing a transformation to a co-ed and stunt team for the 2012 season, the CFL club announced Tuesday.

The new team will incorporate a high level of athletic stunts into the routines to complement the on-field dancers.

The Bombers have hired coaches who are currently working with the University of Manitoba Bisons cheer team. They bring with them a number of years of experience in co-ed stunting at a national level. They have also produced teams that have travelled and performed throughout North America.

“The current team has always been highly entertaining for fans and this change inevitably will bring in a different level of athleticism and added entertainment value to game days,” said a team release.

Tryouts for the 2012 team will take place at the McPhillips Station Casino in the Upper Deck Sports Bar on April 22. Registration will begin at noon and participants must be 18 years old to try out. Tryouts will be open to the public. However, everyone must be at least 18 to attend.

[Click here for audition details]

The Bandettes and the Jills at the 1st Annual Dance Fair and Expo

From the Buffalo Pro Cheer Blog:

Chrissy, Beth, and Jessica

Chrissy, Beth, and Jessica

Dance is a big thing in the world today and we regularly see that in the movies, tv, and, at sporting events, performed by the Buffalo Bandettes and the Buffalo Jills. As a way to draw awareness to the dance culture throughout Western New York, and to support and encourage local dancers, local organizers put together an event bringing in local studios, schools, organizations, clubs, dance teams and more including the Buffalo Bandettes dance team and the Buffalo Jills cheerleaders!

Check out the photos and video at Phil’s blog.

AKD 2012 Sports Model Search Winner is Toni Damico, Denver Broncos Cheerleaders

Angela King Designs has announced Denver resident Toni Damico as the 2012 face of AKD and Go Wild! Wear. Nearly 200 women from across the United States and Canada submitted photographs and applications. Contestants represented cheerleaders and dancers from many colleges, NFL, NHL, NBA, MLS, lacrosse, roller hockey, arena football and other sports.

62 semifinalists were selected based on Facebook voting, with over 11,000 votes registering in less than five days. A panel of celebrity judges narrowed selections to 32 finalists, who submitted videos about why they should be the next face of the AKD brand.

The judges selected the National Top 10, including Alanna-San Antonio Spurs, Angela-Tennessee Titans, Carol-Kansas City Chiefs, Faren-Boston Celtics, Kari-Kansas City Chiefs, Karielle-University of Missouri, Melissa Z-Atlanta Falcons, Rachael-Purdue University, and Stephanie Jill-New York Islanders. The Top 10 winners received prize packages from i.e. Culture jewelry and Mueller Sports, as well as $150.00 in Go Wild! Wear performance, fitness or swimwear.

After much anticipation, Angela King Designs announced Toni Damico as the 2012 Sports Model Search Winner and new face of AKD and Go Wild! Wear. Toni graduated from the University of Minnesota before relocating to Denver in 2011.

“It was a tough decision, and it came right down to the wire! The judges – our entertainment industry pros – reviewed applications, photos and videos VERY closely to arrive at their selection. We congratulate our winner!” said Angela King-Twitero, President, Angela King Designs and Go Wild! Wear.

Toni’s finalist video stated, “I would be honored to represent this quality brand. It is so important to feel confident in your uniform, and in my rookie year as a DBC (Denver Broncos Cheerleader), I appreciated the quality, fit and shape the AKD uniforms gave to our entire team.”

Toni will be flown to San Antonio in June 2012 to appear in the Go Wild! Wear collection photo shoot. She will receive $500.00 in merchandise. The Denver Broncos Cheerleaders will receive Go Wild! Wear practice attire.

“The contest for the new face of AKD was both fun to be a part of and impressive to observe. The quantity and quality of the women who entered was in direct correlation to the excellence of the AKD brand,” according to one judge Fred Gaudelli, Producer, Sunday Night Football, NBC Sports. “From a costume design perspective, AKD knows the cheerleading and fitness business better than anyone. Listening to the contestants rave about the AKD products made it quite clear what a great reputation AKD has with its constituency. Congratulations to the winner.”

Video: Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleader Open Auditions

Eagles Cheerleaders Open Call Auditions

Three hundred young women from across the Delaware Valley and beyond turned out for Eagles Cheerleaders Open Call Auditions.

Three hundred young women from across the Delaware Valley and beyond turned out for Eagles Cheerleaders Open Call Auditions.

Gina was a Philadelphia Soulmate

Gina was a Philadelphia Soulmate

Waiting to hear their number called

Waiting to hear their number called

Current Eagles Cheerleaders hoping to cheer again this season, did not have to tryout. They were on hand to assist with the audition process. The vets will be part of the Semi-Finals

Erica is hoping to return for her 4th season. She's now a buyer for mens clothing for a national retailer.

Erica is hoping to return for her 4th season. She's now a buyer for mens clothing for a national retailer.

Janelle and Lauren worked the music in the audition room. Neither are trying out this year, because they are both expecting. Double Congratulations!

Janelle and Lauren worked the music in the audition room. Neither are trying out this year, because they are both expecting. Double Congratulations!

Nadia and Kacey are Philadelphia Wings Angels

Nadia and Kacey are Philadelphia Wings Angels

What’s next? Semi-finals are this Wednesday and then the Finals will take place on April 24th at the Kimmel Center. Get your tickets now.

[Eagles Cheerleaders Open Call Gallery]

2011-12 Utah Jazz Dancers

The Jazz have finally updated their dance team pages. They have individual profiles and lots of individual photos. Sadly, none of the dancers are in uniform, which bums me out a little. I want them to look like a dance team. (Don’t get me wrong. They look great! But there are lots of pretty girls in the world. Very few are, have been, or ever will be Utah Jazz Dancers. Wear it with pride!) Anywho… click here to learn more about this year’s team!

Titans Cheerleader Returns from European Tour with ‘Broadway on Ice’

By Joshua Love

Titans Rookie Cheerleader, Molly, has returned home with wonderful memories of yet another amazing experience traveling through Europe while touring with the professional figure skating show, “Broadway on Ice.”

The Titans Cheerleaders are fortunate to claim a world renowned figure skater as one of their newest team members. Molly has skated for nearly 30 years and has competed nationally in both singles and pairs. From 2000-2003, she earned international medals as a pairs skater while a member of the U.S. Figure Skating Team. During that time, she competed in the 2002 U.S. Olympic Trials, earning 8th in pairs and 14th in singles.

Privileged to perform for “Broadway on Ice,” Molly was a part of a 20-person cast consisting of two singers, one pianist and 17 international principal skaters from all over the world, including Canada, United States, Austria, France, Hungry and Russia.

Performing in front of approximately 44,000 fans across the Czech Republic, Molly skated in seven shows over a five-day period. The Franklin, Tennessee native performed in the cities of Prague, Ostrava, Zlin, Brno and Pardubice. She also had the honor of opening each show with a solo performance.

In addition, Molly was a part of a newly choreographed trio piece, skating to “Razzel Dazzel.” Prior to the Czech Republic tour, Molly and the cast spent 11 days in Germany, rehearsing up to 12 hours a day for the show.

Despite her strenuous performance and rehearsal schedule, the first-year cheerleader was able to enjoy the magnificent scenic views of the mountain country. During an off-day in Prague, Molly, her fellow cast members and crew walked the streets and bridges, visiting the city’s stunning sights.

“It has been four years since I have done this show, so it was such a blast catching up and spending time with some of my favorite people in the world,” said Molly. “Even though most of our tour was traveling as a cast by bus, hours layered up freezing in rehearsals learning steps over and over, as well as, hours backstage in hair, make up and quick changing! It’s a busy world as a professional skater touring from country to country and venue to venue. Whether it’s ‘Life on a Frozen Stage’ or ‘Sunday Sidelines of the Grid Iron,’ I wouldn’t change it for the world, and I’m proud to say I’m an athlete and a showgirl for life!”

[Molly at the Titans Website]

Jacksonville Roar Spread Their Cheer at Tyndall

by Airman 1st Class Christopher Reel
325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

Members of the Jacksonville Roar, Jacksonville Jaguars cheerleaders, arrived at Tyndall March 8 to visit the troops and raise morale.

The Jacksonville Jaguar cheerleaders instructed a Kid’s Dance Clinic at the Tyndall Youth Center open to all ages, March 8.

They also provided a photograph and autograph opportunity to anyone on base at the Oasis Sports Lounge, March 9.

“It is an honor to have the opportunity to visit Tyndall Air Force Base,” said Christy Stechman Zynda, Cheerleading Program manager. “We are privileged to meet the men and women that serve our country and say thank you for their sacrifices.”

During their visit the cheerleaders were given a tour to a few units on base to see how Tyndall operates, as well as given an inside look to Tyndall’s mission.

“The Jaguars organization and Tyndall have built a great relationship over the years and we really enjoy being able to come out and visit and interact with all of the troops and their families,” said Kurt Wisenbaugh, Events and Game Production manager.

2012 ROAR Auditions

Click here to check out Jacksonville.com’s extensive collection of photos from the first couple of rounds of this year’s auditions for the Jacksonville Jaguars Cheerleaders!

Video: Laura Vikmanis on NBC’s “Today” show

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Video: 2012 Philadelphia Eagles Open Call Auditions

Philadelphia Eagles.com: The Eagles hosted the Cheerleader Open Call Auditions at Lincoln Financial Field on Saturday. More than 500 hopefuls showed up to show off their stuff in front of a panel of judges. The group will be trimmed down through the process until the final 38 are chosen in late April. [Watch the video]>/a>

Delco women flock to Lincoln Financial Field for shot to be Eagles cheerleaders

Delco Times
Sunday, March 25, 2012

PHILADELPHIA — Nikki Battaglia goes to a few Eagles home games a year. She’d like to attend all of them — but from a much better seat.

“I was always that cheerleader who paid more attention to the game,” said the Glenolden resident, who used to cheer for Springfield High School. “So this is something that I’ve always wanted to do.”

What Battaglia wants to do is earn a spot on the Eagles’ cheer team — a group of 38 women selected to cheer at home games and participate in various charitable activities throughout the Delaware Valley. Saturday, along with about 500 other hopefuls, she participated in Round One of an audition process to fill out the team.

“This is my third time trying out, so I’m hoping that the third time is the charm,” she said. “This is the most confident I’ve ever been in myself. I’m learning that it’s OK to let loose and be myself and show them who I am.”

The audition process started just after 10 a.m. at Lincoln Financial Field. Barbara Zaun, the team’s director of cheerleading, said that about 275 women had pre-registered for the event by attending team-sponsored workshops leading up to the auditions; another several hundred were expected as walk-ins.

All told, they’ll compete for 38 spots on the cheer squad, although 30 of the team’s current cheerleaders are re-auditioning for their spots.

The benefits of making the team, Zaun said, are immeasurable.

“If they make the squad, of course, they’ll get the opportunity to cheer before 67,000 fans at every Eagles home game,” she said. “Only 26 NFL teams have a cheer squad, so when you do the math, only a few hundred women ever get the chance to put on an NFL cheer uniform. Plus, the Eagles team is considered among the elite in the NFL.”

The women who make the squad will spend a week in the Bahamas, shooting photos for the nationally-available Eagles cheer-team calendar.

“For them, it’s like living the life of a supermodel for a week,” Zaun said. “Then there’s the friendship, the camaraderie, the great exercise — so many great benefits.” Continued…

Cheer-team members also fan out throughout the community, doing promotional and charitable events. Last year, they cheered at the Senior Bowl in Alabama and at Super Bowl promotional events in Canada.

Those events, in fact, are one of the main reasons why Media’s Paige Bell is trying to make the team for the fifth straight year. A Strath Haven High School and West Chester University graduate, she spent her college years cheering on the Eagles, and would like to do it again this year.

“What makes being an Eagles cheerleader special is the work we do,” said Bell, 22. “When we go to Children’s Hospital and the kids see us, you feel like it makes their day a little better. Those times are what makes doing this so much more rewarding.”

Getting the chance isn’t easy, though. Hopefuls started the day learning a 15-second dance routine, which they performed later in front of a team of judges. They were also judged on beauty, fitness and personality over the course of the eight-hour first-round tryout process.

Clad in a white warm-up jacket adorned with a rhinestone Eagles logo, coach Suzy Zucker watched every move the women made during their dance routines.

“This is the only one here who made me want to watch,” she said, pointing to a dancer wearing a sparkly green top. “The rest of you look like you’re in the middle of dental work, or maybe a really hard math exam. It’s all about first impressions. The judges want to like you — they’re not here to see you fail.”

That wasn’t in the plans for 21-year-old Candace Clark of Brookhaven, a former Sun Valley High School cheerleader who was making her first try for the team.

“I’ve been wanting to try out since I was 18, and I never did,” she said. “But this year, I’ve worked really hard to make this team. I really want it. I think I’ve got this routine down.”

So, too, did Battaglia, who was hoping to make it to the next round of auditions and be one of the final names called when the process wraps up at the Kimmel Center on April 24.

“Eagles cheerleaders are ambassadors who love the city and what it stands for,” she said. “I feel pretty confident today — the most confident I’ve been since I started trying out. Everything feels good, and I think I’m ready for this.”