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Our Favorite Photos – St. Louis Rams Cheerleader Stephanie

This month is our Tenth Anniversary and to celebrate we’re posting some of our all-time favorite photos.


St. Louis Rams Cheerleader Stephanie at the 2012 Final Audition.

One of my favorite events of the year to photograph is the St. Louis Rams Cheerleaders Final Auditions.  It is a wonderful event to cover, a very glamorous and entertaining pageant style audition.  There’s always something interesting to photograph and the venue offers a great environment to shoot the girls.

So in 2012, I’m in St. Louis and I am thinking to myself as Stephanie walks the stage modeling her swimsuit, “she may be the most beautiful girl, I have ever photographed”.  And she very well may have been.

St. Louis is an amazing place to visit and the Rams Cheerleader Final Audition is a wonderful event to be a part of.

David Tyau, National Correspondent

Our Favorite Photos – Gotham City Cheerleaders on the Sky Bridge

This month is our Tenth Anniversary and to celebrate we’re posting some of our all-time favorite photos.

Natalie, BriAnna, Lana and Colleen

 

Another early Sunday morning photoshoot at the P-R-O Convention, this time with the Gotham City Cheerleaders on the sky bridge linking hotels in downtown Atlanta.

Philadelphia Soulmates Home Opener

The AFL season started back in Mid-March, but due to the vagaries of the schedule, the Soul didn’t play their home opener until last weekend.

The 2014 Soulmates feature 6 veterans and 12 rookies

Captain Diana (right) with Co-Captain Maurisa

Captain Danielle (right) with Co-Captain Samantha

Rebecca models a Soul jersey that would be auctioned for charity

Former Soulmate Christina stopped by to wish her former teammates good luck.

Nicolette

Kayia

[Soulmates Gallery]

[Philadelphia Soulmates]

2014 Arizona Cardinals Cheerleaders Announced!

Last Thursday, the 2014 Arizona Cardinals Cheerleaders were formally announced to the public.  This year’s squad consists of 33 girls.  To see who made the team, click here.

The Arizona Cardinals produced several videos covering the entire audition process.  You can see them here.

Our Favorite Photos – Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleader Marissa

This month is our Tenth Anniversary and to celebrate we’re posting some of our all-time favorite photos.


Marissa during the 2013 Pre-season.

 

Growing up in the Philadelphia-area, it was natural that the first pro cheerleaders I ever met were The Liberty Belles, as the Eagles Cheerleaders were known back in the late 70s and early 80s. So it was quite a treat when I started this blog to meet the Eagles Cheerleaders of the 21st Century. And over these past ten years, Marissa really stands out as one of my favorites. Beautiful smile, great dancer and lots of energy.

Les Canadiens de Montreal Sweep Tampa Bay Lightning

Comprenez-vous? No, I don’t understand how the Lightning’s great 101 points season could end up in a playoff sweep loss to the Les Habitants! It’s all french to me. BUT, wait until next year, the foundation is set.

The Lightning Girls are a very cohesive group of talented young ladies who obviously enjoy their entertaining gig and the sorority friendships they have established. Hope to see most of them back next season. I added some season end photos to the back of my album. Enjoy.

 

Crystal, Co-captain

Alexis

Erica

Alexis, Kori & Megan

Erica & Isabella

Alyssa, Allison & Heather

Stephanie, Allison, Kelsey, Heather & Crystal

Heather, Marissa (Co-captain) & Cher


Courtney, Kelsey & Stephanie

[Lightning Girls Gallery]

[Lightning Girls Website]

Former Energee! Director Pens New Book

By By Gery Woelfel
The Journal-Times

If you had ever arrived early for a Milwaukee Bucks game at the BMO Harris Bradley Center over the last couple of decades, you couldn’t help but notice Lois Koepke.

She was constantly moving about the court, showing the intensity and fire reminiscent of a coach. In fact, she was a coach, although her official title was director of Energee!, the highly-energetic, highly entertaining dance team for the Bucks.

For 22 years before her departure two years ago, Koepke was the heart and soul behind Energee! Her almost-obsessive attention to detail and her incessant quest for perfection transformed Energee! into one of the premier dance groups in sports.

Suffice to say, Koepke has tales to tell about her life and times as the director of Energee! She’ll be sharing some of her better ones, not to mention some of her juicier ones, in a forthcoming book titled: “Lady of the Court: Behind the Scenes of NBA Entertainment.”

“I started working on this book about two years ago,” Koepke said. “People have always asked me about what was going on behind the scenes, what were our rules. I’ve been asked a whole bunch of questions and I talk about them and answer them in the book.

“I think this is an informative book; I think it’s an honest book. If you’re an NBA fan, you would be interested in reading this book. Even if you’re an average fan, in any sport, and don’t know the stuff that goes on behind the scenes, you’d be interested in this book.”

Koepke’s book touches on an array of subjects, from how dancers are selected to her strict stance on prohibiting dancers from dating NBA players — and the repercussions if they did — to delicate business and entertainment matters.

Working for a high-profile business like the NBA has its share of peaks, like meeting with the industry’s stars, and valleys, like having confrontational clashes over organizational decisions.

Koepke is quick to note much of her time working in conjunction with the Bucks and the NBA was memorable and favorable. But she also candidly concedes there were times that weren’t so pleasant.

She brings those encounters to light in the book as well.

“Ninety-five percent of the people (in the Bucks organization) were awesome to work with,” Koepke said. “I never had any issues with the majority of people there. Most of the issues that came up were handled fairly.

“At the same time, there were two big events that happened, two events that changed the court of my career and I had to write about them.”

Koepke noted how one of those events pertained to an injury suffered by one of her dancers while at practice. She didn’t divulge the other incident.

Koepke’s book is bound to draw instant attention. Just a glance at the provocative cover will arouse curiosity. It shows the back legs of a woman in nylons and cherry-red pumps with a basketball next to her.

“There are only 30 of us (dance directors in the NBA); it’s a small community,” Koepke said. “But there’s never been a book written about it. Obviously, this is from my perspective. It’s about passion, about dreams that come true and it’s about disappointment.

“I will say this: I don’t know if the Bucks organization will be happy with it or not. But I’m OK with that. What I wrote is truthful.”

[Lady of the Court at Tate Publishing]

Photo of the Day – April 25


A Washington Kastles Cheerleader

Meet the 2014-15 Minnesota Vikings Cheerleaders

The Vikings Cheerleaders held their Final Auditions at the Mall of America on Tuesday.

 

The new squad features 23 veterans and 12 rookies (including 8 dancers from the MVC Training Program)

Game Day Assistant Polly with Vikings Cheerleader Head Coach Tami Krause

Minnesota Vikings Cheerleaders: Making of the Team will air this Friday,after the Twins Game, on FOXSports North

[2014-15 Vikings Cheerleaders Video]

[2014-15 Vikings Cheerleaders Photo Gallery]

Former Raiderette Writes Memoir

Susie Sanchez, Former Oakland Raiderette Cheerleader, Released Her First Book. “The Dream Lived” Is a Memoir That Reminds Us to Shoot for the Moon and Reach for the Stars

The Dream Lived is a story about hope and determination.. never giving up and living your dream.

New book “The Dream Lived” from Page Publishing author Susie Sanchez describes how, defying all odds, Sanchez, a lifelong dancer, perseveres through the trials and tribulations of balancing family life with dance life as she dreams of performing on a grander scale. Whether she’s teaching dance to neighborhood children, helping raise her granddaughter, or achieving success as a Professional Cheerleader in the NFL, Sanchez embraces each and every experience, and aspires to positively impact everyone she meets throughout her incredible journey.

“I would describe my book as heartfelt, emotional, inspirational and real. I would describe its message as powerful, motivating and attainable.” Susie Sanchez’s poignant tale provides a window into the life of a woman who would not be deterred from realizing her dreams. Through heartbreak and hardship she persisted to reach her pinnacle of achievement.

Susie Sanchez is a devoted wife, mother and a grandmother. In 2010, Susie became a member of the San Jose Wolves (American Indoor Football) dance team – The She Wolves. However, she is best known for her venture dancing as a professional cheerleader in the NFL during the 2011-2012 season for the Oakland Raiders as a Raiderette. Featured in numerous media, network and Internet outlets, Susie captured the attention of many on a national level in her pursuit of living her dream. Named by FoxSports.com as one of 15 Sports Mothers we salute on Mother’s Day 2013, she continues to inspire others with her determination, passion and commitment.

Readers who wish to experience this inspirational memoir can purchase “The Dream Lived” at bookstores everywhere, or online at the Apple iTunes store, Amazon, Google Play or Barnes and Noble.

Our Favorite Photos – Tennessee Titans Cheerleader Anne P.

This month is our Tenth Anniversary and to celebrate we’re posting some of our all-time favorite photos.


Tennessee Titans Cheerleader Anne P. at the 2012 P-R-O Convention in Atlanta.

I have been going to the P-R-O Convention in Atlanta since 2010 and I always have a great time because I get to photograph the most beautiful professional cheerleaders in sport.  Each year, I get some memorable photos because when you gather 300 of the best dancers and most photogenic girls on the planet, you are bound to get something truly spectacular.  And in 2012, I snapped this image of Tennessee Titans Cheerleader Anne P. performing the group dance.   I just love the expression on her face and the movement in her hair.

David Tyau, National Correspondent

Photo of the Day – April 24


A Baltimore Blast Cheerleader

Our Favorite Photos – A Jacksonville Axe Maiden

This month is our Tenth Anniversary and to celebrate we’re posting some of our all-time favorite photos.


A Jacksonville Axe Maiden at the Atlanta Sheraton, 2011

At the 2011 P-R-O Convention, David Tyau scouted the hotel and suggested the pool area as a possible shooting location. And then the Jacksonville Axe Maidens were kind of enough to get up early on Sunday morning before the convention resumed and we did a little photoshoot in and around the pool.

Audition for the NBA Newest Dance Team: The Charlotte HoneyBees

2014 HoneyBees Auditions
Saturday, June 7th
Time Warner Cable Arena
Registration begins at 9 pm
Auditions start at 10pm

Requirements

Must be at least 18 years of age by June 7th, 2014 (must present valid ID)
Must have graduated from high school or received G.E.D.
Must have proper audition attire and footwear
You must be available every night during the week of boot camp (June 8th-June 15th)

Audition Day Tips:

Come dressed in your Hornets inspired dance gear. Show off your love for the Hornets in purple and teal! Must include a midriff top and shorts and non-marking shoes
Bring a warm up suit or cover up. Restrooms will be available but there will be no formal changing area
Concession stands will NOT be open, bring your own snacks and water

Frequently Asked Questions:

What should I do to prepare for Tryouts?
We suggest attending one of our prep classes to prepare you for the audition process

Do I need to have formal dance training?
No, you don’t know need to have any formal dance training. Dance skills are recommended but the judges will be looking for other qualities such as physical fitness, entertainment factor, and personality

Can my friends and family come to auditions?
Yes! Our open audition is open to the public so your friends and family can support you for round 1. Buzz City will be alive and supportive that night to start our new era of HoneyBees.

What do I need to wear to auditions?
Middrif top and shorts with a “Hornets” vibe. Outfit should utilize Hornets colors. Be creative, be sexy, and show your love for Buzz City. Must wear non-marking soled shoes. Tennis shoes or dance shoes recommended.

How should I wear my hair and make up?
Please come with your hair styled and your makeup on.

Will there be compensation?
Yes, HoneyBees are paid for home games, appearances, and rehearsals.

What is the time commitment and is this a full time job?
This is a part-time job, all HoneyBees must either have another full time job or are taking classes. Dancers must be able to commit to a full NBA game schedule as well as 2-3 rehearsals per week from August 2014 – May 2015. If you are unable to commit to rehearsals and games you should not audition

What are some of the perks of being a HoneyBee?
Exciting photo shoots, international travel, team-building events, opportunity to participate in charitable events, tickets to Hornets games, just to name a few!

What other dates should I be prepared for in June?
You should be prepared for the entire 8 days of Bootcamp (June 8-15th). You should also be prepared to attend events on the following dates: June 19th, June 23rd, June 26th, and June 27th-29th

If you have any further questions, please email HoneyBees Coach Brandii McCoy at ladycats@bobcats.com

Follow the Lady Cats on Twitter and Instagram for tips and tricks leading up to tryouts @theladycats

Photo of the Day – April 23


Kelli of the ROAR of Jacksonville at 2011 Ohana Day