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Last Eagles Away Game Party of the Season

A less than satisfying season for the Philadelphia Eagles, but you can’t blame that on the Cheerleaders.

At the away game party at Buckets in Jenkintown, Charnei holds up her calendar photo. The first-year Cheerleader says she has plans to try out again next year. Here’s hoping we see her on the 2013 squad.

[Charnei at PhiladelphiaEagles.com]

Photos of the Year – December 31

Between Christmas and New Year’s we are showcasing the year’s favorite photos from our contributors.

Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleader Marissa, taken July 18, 2012.

So the first time I did Photo of the Year, it was just a spur of the moment. I posted an especially favorite photo from Redskins Fan Day and thus a tradition was born. Over the past three years, I have found myself the choice for the next POTY all year long, and if I don’t have some candidates by about September, I start to get nervous.

This year, Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleader Marissa made quite an impression on me during a pre-season game. She showed a lot of energy and enthusiasm and was a terrific photographic subject. And she earned Photo of the Day back on August 13th. So I started looking back in my archives and I found this photo from the Eagles Calendar Release Party at the NovaCare Complex in South Philly.

I had stationed myself to side of the stage an was very fortunate to catch Marissa as she entered an struck a pose.

Marissa is Miss October in the Eagles Cheerleaders 2012-13 Eco-Friendly Swimsuit Calendar. She’s wearing a bikini is made of re-purposed materials, a buriti palm belt and natural feather earrings.

[Marissa at PhiladelphiaEagles.com]

[Photo of the Year, 2009 – Ashley A. of the Washington Redskins Cheerleaders]

[Photo of the Year, 2010 – Bri of the Jacksonville Sharks Attack Dance Team]

[Photo of the Year, 2011 – Tiffany of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Cheerleaders]

Happy New Year to all the Cheerleaders, Dancers, Choreographers, Directors and Readers who make this site possible!

AlumniCheerleaders.com ranks the 2013 Teams

The NFL’s 10 Best Cheerleading Squads 2013
By Daniel Bukszpan
December 28, 2012

When the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Green Bay Packers faced off at Super Bowl XLV, an estimated 11 million U.S. television viewers tuned into the 2011 game. Despite those numbers, something was missing — cheerleaders.

Of the 32 teams in the NFL, six don’t have squads, and Super Bowl XLV happened to feature two of them. The 2012 Super Bowl champion New York Giants also doesn’t have a cheerleading squad, but the team they beat, the New England Patriots, does, providing a morale boost from the sidelines.

CNBC.com listed the best cheerleading squads in 2011 and 2012. The 2013 rankings have been provided by Michele Crawford-Carnegie, a seven-year veteran of the Atlanta Falcons cheerleaders and the current owner of the Alumni Cheerleaders social networking site.

Read ahead to see the NFL’s 10 best cheerleading squads for 2013, as chosen by Crawford-Carnegie:

10. Miami Dolphins
“These ladies are exciting like the team and the city they cheer for,” Crawford-Carnegie said in an e-mail. The Dolphins’ cheerleaders have also found ways to use technology to their benefit, which hasn’t escaped the notice of even their fiercest competitors.

“This year, the Miami Dolphins cheerleaders found an innovative way to entertain their fans by creating a rendition of a music video for the song ‘Call Me Maybe’ filmed during their calendar shoot,” Philadelphia Eagles Director of Cheerleading Barbara Zaun said in an e-mail. “It currently has over 15 million views on YouTube. Very impressive!”

9. Denver Broncos
Broncos Director of Cheerleaders Teresa Shear said in an e-mail that the squad takes advantage of the Internet in ways that could teach others a thing or two. Their Facebook page has been “liked” by over 187,000 people, and their photo galleries are the most-viewed content on the team’s website.

Offline, the squad performed over 1,500 hours of community service in 2012. “They are very active in the community with helping those less fortunate,” Crawford-Carnegie said.

8. Washington Redskins
The Washington Redskins cheerleaders were founded in 1962. They have seen numerous luminaries pass through their ranks, including 2012 Miss District of Columbia Monique Thompkins, 2007 Miss Maryland Michae Holloman and Maureen Gardner, wife of Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell.

“These beautiful ladies cheering in the nation’s capital are known for showing support for our armed forces and honoring our veterans,” Crawford-Carnegie said. “They also have one of the largest and strongest Alumni Cheerleader groups in the league.”

7. Indianapolis Colts
The Indianapolis Colts cheerleaders return to CNBC.com’s list after disappearing from it last year. “The cheerleaders found a way to keep the spirit and enthusiasm for fans when the exciting Peyton Manning era ended,” Crawford-Carnegie said.

She also cited cheerleaders Megan M. and Crystal B., who memorably had their heads shaved as part of a challenge to raise money for leukemia research. “They did this live at a football game and helped to raise over $20,000,” she said. “This showed character and heart along with their beauty.”

6. Houston Texans
The Texans’ cheerleaders are recognized as an outstanding squad who always make time for the people watching the game. “These beautiful cheerleaders are very connected to their fans,” Crawford-Carnegie said, and according to Jayme Lamm, columnist for The Blonde Side sports blog, they’re second to none when it comes to fan interaction.

“The organization has only been around for 10 years, but there’s so much pride you can feel it from top to bottom,” Lamm said in an interview. “They do more than 40 appearances a year, and when they’re requested, they never turn it down. You can tell they have really good guidance and leadership.”

5. Philadelphia Eagles
The Eagles cheerleaders are widely viewed as exceptional. They were the only squad selected to perform at the amFAR Inspiration Gala in New York, where they hobnobbed with the likes of Marc Jacobs and Hugo Boss. This is fitting, since they’re the only squad in the NFL to wear uniforms designed by Vera Wang.

“In 2012, the Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleaders became the first squad in the NFL to produce a Cheerleader Calendar Mobile App,” Eagles Director of Cheerleading Barbara Zaun said in an e-mail. “It ranked on Android Market’s Top 5 Paid Sports Apps.” She also said that they take fan outreach to the next level. “During the NFL’s ‘Back to Football’ week, Eagles Cheerleaders show up unannounced at fans’ houses to surprise them with season tickets,” she said.

4. Atlanta Falcons
Since Crawford-Carnegie is herself a former Atlanta Falcons Cheerleader, it’s not surprising to see her alma mater make the list. However, she insists that the squad earned its spot. “They’ve had great team spirit over the years, whether the team is doing bad or great,” she said.

Chato Hendrix, coordinator of the Falcons Cheerleaders, said in an e-mail that the squad has high standards. “As a requirement specified in their contract, our cheerleaders must have full-time jobs or be pursuing a college degree,” she said. “The Atlanta Falcons Cheerleaders are definitely some of the most cheermazing attorneys, chemists, psychologists, accountants and educators you will ever meet.”

3. Dallas Cowboys
The Dallas Cowboys’ original cheerleading squad was a co-ed group founded in 1960. By the end of the decade, the males were kicked off the squad and the females that remained were clad in skimpy attire. The rest is history.

“Great marketing from the organization and TV shows have always kept these beautiful ladies in the public eye,” Crawford-Carnegie said. Indeed, the squad has appeared on such television shows as “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?” and “The Love Boat,” and they are currently the subject of the CMT reality show “Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team.”

2. New England Patriots
Ellen Mahoney, chief human resources officer at Harvard Business School, is a former New England Patriots cheerleader in the 1980s. She has high praise for the organization. “The women on the squad are uniformly intelligent, charming, informed, and honored to be representing one of the best teams in the NFL,” she said in an e-mail.

The team’s director of corporate communications, Jeff Cournoyer, cited their involvement with the community off the field. “They have continued to expand their community outreach initiatives, including a new ‘Cheers for our Heroes’ program to recognize deserving military members, a new partnership with P.A.W.S. Cat and Kitten Rescue,” he said in an e-mail.

1. Oakland Raiders
In a test of its fans’ loyalty and patience, the Raiders football team moved from Oakland to Los Angeles and back to Oakland within a span of 13 years. But while the stadiums may have changed, the fans’ love of the Raiderette cheerleaders never wavered, and they have remained “Football’s Fabulous Females” through all the ups and downs.

“The Oakland Raiderettes’ are the hottest NFL squad this season,” Crawford-Carnegie said. “Their performances are exciting and thrilling to watch. Their hard work is obvious at every game, and that kind of commitment is very special.” She also pointed out another vital attribute that makes the Raiderettes exceptional. “Their iconic uniform is a part of what makes them so appealing and sexy.”

America’s Sweethearts the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders Spend the Holidays with Troops in the Middle East on Their 75th USO Tour

The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders Continue More Than 30-year History of Supporting our Men and Women in Uniform
PR Web
December 27, 2012

[USO Tour Photos]

Arlington, VA (PRWEB) December 27, 2012

True to their long history of supporting troops and military families the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders (DCC) recently set out on their 75th USO/Armed Forces Entertainment tour and are busy spreading holiday cheer to troops in the Middle East. Among the most traveled of USO tour veterans, the DCC have traveled to more than 200 locations since their first USO tour in 1979, lifting the spirits and delivering a touch of home to countless troops and military families around the world.


So far, the DCC have uplifted the lives of hundreds of troops spending this holiday season deployed overseas.
As part of their longstanding USO history, the DCC have visited troops and military families in locations such as Afghanistan, Bahrain, Cuba, Germany, Iceland, Iraq, Japan, South Korea, Kuwait, the United Kingdom, as well as numerous stateside visits.
Always looking for ways to show their support of troops members of the DCC attended the USO’s 2012 Gala to help celebrate and thank troops for their service and dedication.
The team wrapped up the 7th season of the hit reality series “Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team,” which airs on the CMT network.
When getting into the holiday spirit this season, remember our deployed servicemen and women, wounded troops and military families. Visit usowishbook.org and recognize a special occasion while directly benefiting troops and their families.

Attributed to Sloan Gibson:
“The USO and the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders have been delivering life-changing experiences to troops and military families for more than 30 years. We are both proud and thankful for the DCC’s continued commitment to supporting our troops and their families. This 75th tour is a momentous occasion in USO history and we couldn’t be happier about sharing this milestone with an organization like the DCC.”

Attributed to Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders Cassie Trammell:
“We’ve seen so many service men and women so far and it’s been a blast. We are so grateful for the opportunity to extend America’s thanks to our troops during this holiday season, a time when they miss their families and comforts of home the most. Being able to distract them, even for just a little while, from what they are missing back home is such an honor for all of us. ”

Check out the Red Rockers!

Heads-up Red Rockers fans! The Washington Capitals website and the Red Rockers facebook page have been updated with tons of new photos, videos, and info on the 2012-13 Red Rockers.
Click here for individual profiles and photos
Click here for photos of the team in action

Kristina, Becca, and Christie. You gotta love a girl in a bird hat.

Photo of the Year – December 30

Between Christmas and New Year’s we are showcasing the year’s favorite photos from our contributors.

When James came up with the idea of each of us selecting our “Photo of the Year,” it seemed like a daunting task. So many dance teams. So many wonderful and talented people and exciting events. I didn’t know how I would choose just one. But then events conspired to make the choice for me. A couple of weeks ago, I learned that the ChivaGirls, a group of truly awesome young ladies, had been axed. Chivas USA has undergone a change in management, resulting in big time restructuring. No part of the organization has been spared, from the front office, to the coaches, to the support staff, and sadly, the ChivaGirls, a team that has been particularly close to my heart. I have been with them through auditions, mini camp, rehearsals, performances, celebrations, and so many ups and downs. So there was no question that the ChivaGirls would be my photo of the year.

The photo above shows veteran ChivaGirl Whitney with a young fan. I chose this particular image because Whitney, who is also a alum of the Clippers Spirit, could be the poster child for pro sports dancers everywhere. Smart, fun, kind, warm, generous, approachable, strong, a badass dancer, an energetic performer, and a good friend, she epitomizes everything there is to like about all of the young women in this industry. So while this is a photo of Whitney in particular, but it also represents her teammates and so many of you out there who embody the same characteristics. Raise your glasses, ladies. It’s been a hell of year!

Bonus Photo of the Year – December 29

Between Christmas and New Year’s we are showcasing the year’s favorite photos from our contributors.

From reader and frequent contributor Kevin:

I saw you guys were posting your favorite pic of 2012 so I thought I would send you mine. It’s from the Buccaneers vs Saints Throwback Game I finally got a chance to attend.I like most of the NFL cheerleaders uniforms but since this one only shows up once a year it is rare and hard to find really good pics of them. Enjoy, Kevin

Thirty-five women in motion give the Minnesota Vikings Cheerleaders the sidelines advantage

Many UltimateCheerleaders posts over the years about the Minnesota Vikings Cheerleaders focused on their super tough fitness boot camp. Well, when you see a game at Mall of America Field, you see the product of these workouts. The Vikings Cheerleaders are a perpetual motion machine on the sidelines. When it is time to get the crowd going, say on a defensive third down, the Cheerleaders burst into action, running up and down the sidelines, including while waving big purple Vikings flags, and hoisting signs that either say “DE”-“FENSE” or “GO”-“ VIKES.” And if the Vikings score, the MVC runs to the end zone to perform in celebration. Yes, being a Minnesota Vikings Cheerleader is not for the lethargic. Maybe Adrian Peterson would win a running race against the MVC, but anytime he looked back, no matter how far he ran, the Vikings Cheerleaders would be keeping up.

And since last October’s Vikings-Arizona game was my first in the MetroDome, I was able to see the Viking theme played out in ways you do not gather watching on TV games. For instance, the sound of the Vikings Gjallarhorn is prominantly played during pre-game, after the team has made a big play, gets a first down, or scores a touchdown. The team’s fight song, “Skol, Vikings” is played whenever the team scores a touchdown, field goal, or safety, enters half-time, and to celebrate a game victory, so it is often danced to by the Vikings Cheerleaders. Throw in the Skol Drum Line, mascots Ragnar and Viktor the Viking, and there is a lot of Norse fun happening on the sidelines.

Of course, the Vikings Cheerleaders also help out during game breaks, like fan contests and even throwing footballs to the fans.

During my visit to see the Vikings Cheerleaders, I remained in the area of the field where Vikings Cheerleader staff member Kimberly Dorn was coordinating the MVC’s activities. Kimberly was a Vikings Cheerleader from 1998 to 2003, including three seasons as team captain and the honored Pro Bowl MVC in 2002. Kimberly has been on the MVC staff since 2004, and I really appreciate all of her help telling me the where the Vikings Cheerleaders would be doing their feature performances, and for telling the Vikings Cheerleaders that UltimateCheerleaders was there to see them in action. Normally, Kimberly would have been out during pre-game with the MVC Alumni, but, back in October she was awaiting the birth of her third child, with two boy kiddos already at home. Thanks again Kimberly for all of your help!

Wonderful MVC staff Brianna, Kimberly, and Theresa

We also thank Tami Krause, MVC Head Coach & Coordinator, Theresa Baugus, Co-Coach and Appearance Coordinator, and Brianna Stepanek, Co-Coach and Coordinator, for all of their help!

If you cannot make it out to the MetroDome today for the big Vikings-Packers game (and we don’t play favorites, but doesn’t one of those team need some pro cheer on the sidelines?), click on the “Continue” link below to see a game in the life of the Minnesota Vikings Cheerleaders, and there are more photos from the Vikings-Arizona game at this link…

Continue reading Thirty-five women in motion give the Minnesota Vikings Cheerleaders the sidelines advantage

2013 Pro Bowl Cheerleaders : The Philadelphia Eagles

Casey, a 3rd year veteran of the squad, has been chosen to represent the Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleaders at the 2013 Pro Bowl as well as for the inaugural Pro Bowl Cheerleader tour to China.

From PhiladelphiaEagles.com:

Casey, a 3rd year veteran of the squad, has been chosen to represent the Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleaders at the 2013 Pro Bowl as well as for the inaugural Pro Bowl Cheerleader tour to China. The announcement came during the 1st quarter break of the Eagles vs. Redskins game on December 23rd at Lincoln Financial Field. Casey said, “I’m so honored. All of my teammates are such amazing and talented women and it’s very special to be representing them and the Eagles organization.”

Casey will be in Honolulu, Hawaii from January 21st through January 30th and will take part in numerous appearances during Pro Bowl week. The events include a visit to Shriner’s Hospital and the Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children as well as multiple military base visits where she will meet local members of the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines. Casey will also appear at the Waikiki Pro Bowl Block Party and many events that have been scheduled for fans and sponsors. She will also be a part of Pro Bowl Ohana Day where fans can get a close look at the players, cheerleaders, and game entertainment before the big game. The festivities conclude on Sunday, January 27th, when Casey will perform at Aloha Stadium and cheer on the NFC team during the 2013 Pro Bowl!

When asked what she is most excited about, Casey said, “There are three things. One, obviously, I’m really looking forward to the game and I think it will be great to see each cheerleader bring their own style! Two, I’m excited to make new friends and meet new people. Three, I’m eager to get out into the community and do appearances.”

Following the Pro Bowl, Casey will take part in the first-ever Pro Bowl Cheerleader tour to China. The tour lasts from January 30th through February 5th and will make stops in Beijing and Shanghai. Throughout the week, Casey will make a number of appearances in coordination with the NFL and NFL China. Casey was one of just eight Pro Bowl Cheerleaders selected for the China Tour. Casey said, “I am truly privileged to have been chosen to represent the NFL and the Philadelphia Eagles along with seven other NFL Cheerleaders in China. I can’t wait to have the opportunity to meet and interact with China’s NFL fan base!”

During her three year career as an Eagles Cheerleader, Casey has been featured on major television networks and prestigious national print and online publications including Esquire, Sports Illustrated, The NFL Magazine and ESPN.com, as well as on the cover of the popular Lindy’s Pro Football magazine. She was also a celebrity video blogger for 6ABC during the 2011 Eagles Cheerleaders Auditions. Casey is prominently showcased in the highly publicized Eagles Cheerleaders Eco-Friendly Swimsuit Calendar and Calendar App. A talented and accomplished dancer, she recently performed at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama where she cheered on the top NFL draft prospects.

In addition to being a crowd favorite at Lincoln Financial Field, Casey has represented the Eagles Cheerleaders at many high profile events including the celebrity-studded amFAR Inspirational Gala in New York City. She also traveled to Kuwait along with five of her teammates as a part of a Goodwill Military Tour to perform for US servicemen and women stationed in the Middle East. Casey is very involved in giving back to the community as a volunteer with the Eagles Youth Partnership Playground Build, Huddle Up for Autism, and Tackling Breast Cancer programs.

Casey added, “Giving back to the community is something that is very important to me. On our trip to Kuwait, I loved being able to bring a piece of home to the US military serving in the Middle East. At appearances, I always enjoy interacting with fans and having the opportunity to thank them for their support.”

A native of Glen Mills, PA, Casey graduated Cum Laude from West Chester University in May, 2012 where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management. Casey is currently working as a Recruiter for an IT Technical Staffing Agency.

[Casey at PhiladelphiaEagles.com]

Photos of the Year – December 29

Between Christmas and New Year’s we are showcasing the year’s favorite photos from our contributors.

When we were asked to provide a favorite photo from 2012, my general instinct is to ask for scoring criteria with a tie-breaking algorithm to quantify it. Kind of like BCS standings for my photos. But I resisted the temptation and went with my most memorable photo by far this year. Some of the indoor football Bloomington Edge Dance Team posing with the halftime entertainment: monkeys riding dogs that rounded up sheep. Pro cheer, no matter what level of sport, is about the fan entertainment experience, and this was one memorable thing to behold. So here is Edge Dance Team coach Stacy Terry, Lauren, Alice, and Jess posing with the entertainment prior to halftime.

Thanks to all the cheer directors, cheerleaders, dancers, and media people who went out of their way to help me out in 2012!

Mom knows best: By starting Chocez on her dance journey, Nashville fans are enjoying her sixth season with the Titans Cheerleaders

Chicago's Chocez dances at LP Field

Imagine that it is the first quarter of your first game as an NFL cheerleader, and you look up at the stadium’s big screen, and whom do you see? Let’s have Chocez of the Titans Cheerleaders fill in the rest from her rookie season’s initial quarter. “My first season, first game, first quarter, we are watching the Jumbotron for the play of the week, and they picked a fan to answer the question,” Chocez recalls. “I could not believe my eyes; it was my mother and she knew the answer. I was so surprised I didn’t know what to do.”

Perhaps when Chocez literally looked up and saw her mom, the person that Chocez looks up to most, it was a sign that that being on the Titans sidelines was the perfect place for Chocez. Also, it is not surprising that Chocez’s mom knew the answer because she has always had the right answers for Chocez, such as dance being the perfect answer during an emotional time when Chocez was nine years old. Chocez is in her sixth season as a Titans Cheerleader, and she shared memories with UltimateCheerleaders including a journey filled with dance, family, and friendships, all enhanced by a Titans Cheerleaders experience that was completely unplanned. Not unexpectedly, being part of the Titans arose from Chocez doing what she always does; helping out a friend.

Chocez is from Chicago, and I bet she is a fan of the frozen precipitation currently covering the Chicagoland area. “One of my favorite memories growing up in Chicago would be on Christmas morning running down stairs, looking out the window over into the park, and seeing it covered in snow,” Chocez says. “I love snow!” Well, right now Midwesterners have a lot to love!

Chocez’s unique name was a gift from her dad. “My father named me Chocez, pronounced ‘Show-keys’”, Chocez explains. “It’s a Native American name meaning Little Princess.”

And when the Little Princess was little, Chocez used her mirrored living room as the location for pretend video shoots, in which Lil Chocez would be singing and dancing, based on her own choreography. “I was a singing dancing rapper back in the day,” Chocez recounts. “Some of my favorites were Shai: ‘If I ever fall in love,’ TLC:’What about your friends,’ Janet Jackson:’Escapade/ Control/ Rhythm Nation,’ LL Cool J:’ I need love,’ Whitney Houston: ‘The Bodyguard Soundtrack’. Some of my other favorite artists were Tevin Campbell, Jodeci, Mary J. Blige, and 2 Pac.”

Chocez started dance classes at an essential time when her mom suspected that they might just start bringing smiles back to her daughter’s face. “My father passed away when I was nine years old,” Chocez shares, “and my mom said when she took me to my cousin’s dance recital six months after his passing, that my face lit up and I never took my eyes off the stage. She said she had to sign me up because I had not looked that happy in a while. On my first day of class, I was ready to go. I am a visual learner, I was quiet, and trying to mimic everything I saw.”

Starting classes started a cascade in which dance became a focal point of Chocez’s life. Chocez studied tap, ballet, and jazz, and also participated in cotillions where she danced the waltz, tango, and the rumba. After high school, Chocez moved to Nashville to attend Fisk University on a dance scholarship and joined the University’s performing dance company, Orchesis, which toured throughout the states. This included Chocez being selected as the director’s touring demonstrator during workshops. At Fisk, Chocez received her Bachelor in Arts majoring in Dramatics, Speech, and Dance, and then remained in Nashville to receive her Master’s in Education, studying Curriculum and Instruction at Tennessee State University. During her time in Nashville, during and after college, Chocez was in local plays as well as traveling to teach choreography to various groups such as high school dance teams.

But during all of her life of dance, cheering for a pro sports team did not cross Chocez’s mind, although she is a sports fan. “I have always been a sports fan,” Chocez says. “However, my sport was basketball. I loved and still love the Chicago Bulls. Although I am not a strong player at basketball, I can really shoot, especially on the games at Dave & Busters.”

But it is not surprising that Chocez, the ultimate friendliest soul you will ever meet, was initially linked to Titans pro cheer to help out a friend. “A school friend of mine asked me to go with her to the audition for support since I love to dance,” Chocez details. “I had no idea about pro cheer until after I made it through to finals my first time trying out. I arrived dressed for a dance audition, and when my friend was cut in the first round, I was pulled aside and told they liked me but I was dressed all wrong. My friend helped with an outfit so I could stay in the competition. Although I did not make it that year all the girls were very nice and helpful with telling me how to prepare for the next try-out. Once I learned about it, I worked on my necessary areas and returned the following year to tryouts stronger than the first time. I worked out and arrived next time dressed for the audition!”

The next year, Chocez remembers, “At finals the second time, I remember being backstage listening to the names being called, and I remember hearing them say my last name but not my first. So I’m thinking, ‘I did not know that there were two of us here,’ then finally someone yells, ‘They were calling you.’ I ran out embarrassed, shocked, and confused at the same time, all with a smile on my face.”

Continue reading Mom knows best: By starting Chocez on her dance journey, Nashville fans are enjoying her sixth season with the Titans Cheerleaders

Tampa Bay Buccaneer Cheerleaders in Christmas Attire

Second year in a row that the Buccaneers fall into a late season collapse Five straight losses. Different players, new coaches but same result. Mysterious? But, alas, we’re here to present the attractive and talented members of the Tampa Bay Buccaneer Cheerleaders.

Lovely second year veteran Cassie was highlighted as “Cheerleader of the Game”. Graduation from the University of Florida has prepared Cassie to be a Director of Marketing and Communications for a local Ford dealership in Tampa. Cassie’s favorite charity is Children’s Miracle Network and being a typical Florida girl, Cassie’s hobbies include scuba diving, hunting, fishing and outdoor activities.

Five year veteran Lauren Spiers was selected to be the Buccaneer Pro Bowl representative. I was first introduced to Lauren via the 2006 NFL Network video “Making the Squad” a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the TBBC. Lauren’s 2 year old cute daughter actually stole center stage on that documentary. As a line captain this year Lauren has led her team in charity work for Tampa’s “Home Children’s Home”.






Captains: Kara, Paige, Lauren, Ashlee


Enjoy the photos of the girls in their Christmas outfits. Happy New Year to everyone.

[Bucs Cheerleaders Christmas Gallery]

[Tampa Bay Buccaneers Cheerleaders]

Photos of the Year – December 28

Between Christmas and New Year’s we are showcasing the year’s favorite photos from our contributors.

Laker Girl Jessica, taken February 5, 2012.

So James asked us to select our favorite photo from 2012 and to talk a little bit about the image.  This year, I have been blessed to attend many great events: the Arizona Cardinals Cheerleader auditions, the St. Louis Rams auditions, the 2012 PRO Convention, the Anaheim Bolts Dance Team auditions and a season full of Charger games featuring the lovely Charger Girls.  And though there were many photos that I considered to be memorable, this one stands out for a several reasons.  First, the girl is absolutely gorgeous, one of the most photogenic cheerleaders that I have ever photographed.  Second, its a photo of a member of an iconic squad, the Laker Girls.  Third, I love the uniform she is wearing.   The colors are eye catching and the style is sexy and classy.  And finally, I love the exposure…the rich saturated colors and the golden hue imparted by the reflection off of the court.

This image, to me, is one of my favorite photos of 2012.  Of course, in January, I publish my top 10 photos of 2012 on my personal website, thehottestdanceteam.wordpress.com.  So stay turned for that.

Colts Cheerleader Megan O’s excellence in doing what she loves is a hometown and family tradition

Her brother Brett is serving in Afghanistan, so the salute to the military was very special to Colts Cheerleader Megan O during the Colts-Miami game

NFL games often feature tributes to members of the US Military, particularly in November around the time of Veterans Day. For instance, during the home game in Indianapolis against Miami, the Colts Cheerleaders paid tribute by donning special uniforms to represent the branches of the military, and also performed a special USO themed halftime show, including each Cheerleader swing dancing with an active military member.

For one of the Colts Cheerleaders, the connection to the military is especially meaningful; Megan O’s brother is serving his country in Afghanistan. Megan shared her feelings about her brother’s service with UltimateCheerleaders, in addition sharing her experiences to growing up in the “Circus Capital of the World,” her interest in art history, and her exciting Super Bowl week last year when she performed on Jimmy Fallon’s show.

Megan grew up in Indiana, born right in the center of a band of brothers. “I was born in Peru, Indiana,” Megan explains. “It’s a very small town in North Central Indiana. I lived on a farm until I left for college and I have been in Indianapolis ever since. When I moved to Indy, I lived with my two brothers. My eldest brother bought a house so, my brother Blake, who was also going to college in Indy, and myself moved in. I have two more brothers I left behind in Peru. So if you’re keeping track, I have four brothers and I am right in the middle. I have so many good memories with my family. My best memories would have to be swimming in my pool with all my brothers and cousins on July 4th and then watching the boys ride there dirt bikes and four-wheelers until we got dressed up and drove into town to watch the fireworks.”

Megan started dancing early, especially after she began using the furniture as her first stage, which motivated her parents to start her in dance class. “I started to dance when I was four years old at The Ballet Arts of Peru,” Megan recalls. “My mom tells the story all the time about how she tried to sign me up early for classes because I would climb on top of the coffee table and dance. I didn’t cheer at all during high school. I was too focused on ballet, tap, and jazz. I was, however, voted most school spirit in high school!”

And Megan won another title in her hometown, as part of their annual summer festival. In addition to being the birthplace of Cole Porter, Peru, Indiana is also noted for being the “Circus Capital of the World” because once upon a time it was the winter headquarters for the biggest circuses, including Ringling Brothers and Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show. As a result, Peru is home to The International Circus Hall of Fame, the home of the world’s only remaining manufacturer of steam calliopes, and annually holds the Peru Amateur Circus as part of their Circus City Festival and Parade. All of the performers are amateurs, ranging in age from seven to twenty-one, and if you picture in your head what you would expect from a small town’s young people putting on a circus, multiply the level of performance about tenfold; their performance level is really unbelievable.

So Megan, were you one of the circus performers? “I wasn’t in the Circus but I was actually Miss Circus City!” Megan answers. “It was a scholarship pageant and I had so much fun. I went to the Circus every night for a week, after I won, to be introduced and help with the clown and kiddy acts. I had a blast! I was never in the Circus but my mom and sister-in-law were. My mom did slack-wire and my sister-in-law did the trapeze. I have a great respect for the craft and the countless volunteers who devote so much of their time to the Circus. I would love to learn the trapeze but I think I’ll stick with the clown acts.”

When Megan graduated high school, she moved to Indianapolis and currently majors in art history. “I have always been a history buff and I really enjoyed art classes growing up,” Megan explains. “I have a creative personality so I knew I wanted to do something in the arts. I chose the Herron School of Art and Design at IUPUI because of its location to all the major museums in Indiana. During my freshman year, I took ‘Introduction to Art History,’ and it was love at first lecture.”

Asked about her favorite artists, periods of art, and dream job, Megan responds, “I love the Northern Renaissance and my favorite artist from the period has to be Jan van Eyck. My dream job would be at the Met in New York City working in Collections Management.”

So Megan, as someone immersed in the ever changing would of technology but also with the knowledge of where art has been historically, where is the future of art headed? “The art experience is evolving,” relates Megan. “With iPhones and customized computers, the ‘museum’ is changing the experience of the audience and moving toward becoming more personalized. I’m really excited to be a part of this change. New techniques and trends in collections care and restorations are really important to me, and I could geek out about this for hours.”

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Photos of the Year – December 27

Between Christmas and New Year’s we are showcasing the year’s favorite photos from our contributors.

I’m showcasing this candid photo of rookie Macy of the Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders. It has been the favorite of my readers/viewers since originally posted from the April 2012 auditions. Macy was born in Lombard, Illinois and is finishing up her first year as a South Florida resident.

[Macy at MiamiDolphins.net]