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Former Cowboys Cheerleader steps out at movie premiere

Last night was the NYC premiere of “Transformers: Age Of Extinction.” Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader alumna Abigail Klein, who has a small part in the film, stepped out on the (silver?) carpet with her fellow cast mates. Click here and here for photos and here for video.

Vote for your favorite Houston Rockets Power Dancer Finalists

Houston Rockets: Click here to learn a little about each finalist and tweet your favorite.

Cilck here for photos from this year’s open call audition.

A few resume factoids:
Casey danced for the Houston Texans (NFL) 2012-14
Mari danced for the Austin Toros (NBA D-League) 2009-14
Mayem danced for the Minnesota Timberwolvesw (NBA) 2010-14
Taryn danced for the Houston Dynamo (MLS), Houston Aeros (AHL), and Houston Energy (IWFL)
Dresdynn danced for the Houston Texans (with her twin Schuyler) 2010-14
Wilneisha danced for the New Orleans Hornets (NBA) 2010-12

Rocket Power Dancers hopefuls show off their moves

HOUSTON (KTRK)
June 21, 2014

More than 100 hopefuls took to the floor in their quest to make the next squad of Rockets Power Dancers.

[photo gallery]

Dancers faced a panel of 16 judges during the preliminary rounds of auditions, held at the downtown YMCA on Saturday, June 21, 2104. The girls performed a freestyle routine in groups of eight before the field was narrowed. Additional choreography was taught to the hopefuls, ending the day with a group of finalists chosen.

The finalists attend additional boot camp sessions before the final auditions held on Tuesday, July 1, when the 2014-2015 squad of roughly 14 dancers will be named.

The Rockets Power Dancers perform in Toyota Center at the Houston Rockets home games, as well as performing as ambassadors for the team at Houston community events.

Mini LA Rams Cheerleaders Reunion

Back in the March a few of the alumni of the Los Angeles Rams Cheerleaders held a mini-reunion in Huntington Beach, California. Thanks to Liza for the photos!

Then & now. Renee, Liza & Lena. Top photo 1994. Bottom photo 2014.

Top Row:  Robyn, Erin
Middle Row:  Renee, Tami, Andra, Jeni
Bottom Row:  Gina, Gina, Liza, Lena, Heather

Los Angeles Rams Cheerleaders 1994-95 squad shot by Crestene Villanueva Hauser with Entertainment Director Tom Guthrie.

 

Endicott Grad Joins Patriots Cheerleaders

From WickedLocal.com

Endicott College Dance Team - Karen, Top Row, Far Left

Endicott College Dance Team - Karen, Top Row, Far Left

The New England Patriots Cheerleaders recently announced their 2014 squad and Endicott alum Karen Link has been named to the roster.

Link, who graduated summa cum laude in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in communications and a minor in hospitality, is one of just 11 rookies to join the 28 woman roster and was chosen following a rigorous audition process. The audition, which began in February, included preliminary and final auditions, interviews and a two-week boot camp that culminated in the roster being announced in early May.

“I’m so excited and honored to officially be a New England Patriots Cheerleader,” said Link. “It’s been a dream of mine since I was young to continue dancing post-college and I feel so grateful to have the opportunity to do what I love for a living. The fact that the stage is Gillette Stadium rooting for my favorite sports team is an extra plus!”

Under the guidance of Endicott dance coach and Coordinator of Dance Nicole Sao Pedro-Welch, Link competed with both the dance team and performed in the repertory ensemble classes while at Endicott and spoke highly of both her experience at Endicott and the tutelage of Pedro-Welch.

“I could not have gotten to where I am without continuing my dance education at Endicott College. Throughout my four years at Endicott I participated in the repertory ensemble classes and Endicott Dance Team, both under the direction of Nikki Sao Pedro-Welch,” she said. “I experienced a well-rounded growth in my abilities from the dance program which fully prepared me to dance professionally post-college. I can’t leave out the fact that some of my fondest memories from college were dance-related. I’m so grateful to Nikki for her direction, guidance, and friendship throughout my college career.”

Sao Pedro-Welch, who has guided the team to top a 10 national finish and to the top ranking in New England, is extremely happy and proud of her alum that has been able to achieve her goal of performing professionally.

“I am so happy for Karen because this is something she has wanted to do for a long time,” said Pedro-Welch. “Her talents, personality and beauty will truly shine on the field. I look forward to seeing her dance during the football season.”

The Patriots Cheerleading squad has already been busy getting right to work as they held the Junior Patriots Cheerleaders camp in May, helped host the Best Buddies: Tom Brady Football Challenge and traveled to Cancun, Mexico for the 2014 Patriots Cheerleading Squad calendar and video shoot, as well as various other charitable events.

Countdown to P-R-O – Photo of the Day – June 26


Rachel of the Minnesota Vikings Cheerleaders

Honeybee Victoria is Miss Charlotte USA

Congratulations to Charlotte Honey Bee Victoria who was crowned Miss Charlotte USA 2015 earlier this month. Victoria will go on to compete for the title of Miss North Carolina USA

We’re looking forward to seeing Victoria and all her Honey Bee teammates this weekend at the P-R-O Convention.

[Victoria at Hornets Website]

Memphis Grizzlies to Host First Round of 2014-15 Grizz Girls Auditions July 12

The Memphis Grizzlies will hold First Round Auditions for the 2014-15 Grizz Girls dance team on Saturday, July 12 inside the Mallory Gymnasium at Rhodes College (2000 N. Parkway Memphis, 38112). Registration begins at 9 a.m. The Grizz Girls will perform at FedExForum for all Memphis Grizzlies games during the 2014-15 season and represent the team at events throughout the greater-Memphis area, as well as internationally.

Before the July 12 First Round Auditions, two clinics will be offered to give hopeful candidates the opportunity to learn the routine that will be used at the audition from Grizz Girls choreographer Tamara Moore. Clinic 1 will be on Wednesday, July 2 at 6:30 p.m. and Clinic 2 will be held on Wednesday, July 9 at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $25 per clinic, or $40 for both.

Going on now and continuing through auditions, Moore will also host Grizz Girls Girl Play classes to teach participants basic dance and performance techniques alongside current Grizz Girls. Classes are held weekly on Tuesdays at 8 p.m. and Thursdays at 6 p.m. at Madison Dance Studios (1555 Madison Avenue, Memphis 38104). The cost is $10 per class or $6 for those with a valid college/university ID. Dancers of all skill levels are invited to take part in the classes, pre-audition clinics and audition. To register for the pre-audition clinics and classes go to Grizzlies.com.

While participation in the pre-audition clinics and classes is encouraged, all qualified dancers are invited to participate in the July 12 First Round Auditions. Once these auditions are completed, the group of finalists will compete for a spot on the 2014-15 Grizz Girls team at the Final Auditions on Tuesday, July 15 at the Orpheum Theater. The Final Audition will begin at 7 p.m. and will be free and open to the public.

Prospective dancers must be a high school graduate and at least 18 years of age to participate in the Grizz Girls audition. For more information on auditions call (901) 205-1411 or e-mail grizzgirls@grizzlies.com.

Countdown to P-R-O – Photo of the Day – June 25


Carli of the Seattle Sea Gals

Storm Win Latest Tampa/Orlando Battle 35 to 34

The Tampa Bay Storm beat back the squad from DisneyTown in the “double nickel” episode of the ongoing War on I-4 between these cross state rivals. The Predators still lead the series 28-27 all time. I rooted for the Predators last Thursday but this Saturday I had to go with my home town team. Great game but I actually missed about half the scores because my eyes were stuck in the camera lens seeking out the cheerleaders.

The theme of the night was “salute to home town hero” with many honorary presentations through out the evening. The attractive Storm Cheerleaders are comprised of 15 talented dancers who are extremely active during the entire game day process. Constantly giving back, the squad helped out at the St. Joe’s Hospital’s pre-game “Kids are Heroes” party for rewarding area children. Mingling with the guests and then donning capes during the game they were SUPER all evening.

Let’s introduce the two Co-captains first: STEPHANIE was voted to the Arena Bowl Dream Team last year and presently uses her college degree as a Designer of office space. Her bucket list includes learning French. Sweet SAVENAH is a USF gal enjoying her first year as team captain. She and Jalyssa are in the voting for 2014 Dream Team (Cast your vote here).

The 2014 impressive rookie class consist of: ANNA–studied at American Musical & Dramatic Academy. Currently performs at Busch Gardens and Universal Studio. Loves dance competitions, escaping to the Florida beaches and keeping in shape by running. ANNIE–a USF gal who works as an executive assistant. Her dream job is a career at ESPN. Looking forward to eventually raise a household of munchkin’s and relaxes doing crossword puzzles. I first met CRYSTAL in her Lightning Girl days. Major study is in healthcare with a goal of becoming a RN. Her 5 loves are–her daughter, family, dance, friends and the beach. EMILIE–will graduate USF in December and her career occupational goal is to become a Marine Biologist. She speaks French fluently. After receiving a 4 year degree at the University of Tampa, ERIKA schooled another 3 years for a RN. She loves to play the violin and cello in between qualifying for her Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do. Busch Garden’s performer KERI was a 4 year USF SunDoll and still found time to graduate Cum Laude. MEGAN attends St. Pete College with a career goal of working as a radiologic technologist. Her bucket list includes learning snow boarding.

Returning veterans are: JALYSSA plans to use her USF Psychology degree to work in the foster care social areas. ALEXANDRA-has past Lightning Girl tenure. LEXXIE, New York born, has her major in theatre dance and presently pays her bills with her Starbucks Barista wages. PHILIPPA is majoring in Sport & Exercise Science and she also would like to speak a different language fluently. SALINA is studying for a career in the criminal justice system (on the good side). SHANIQUA graduated USF and now works as a recruiter with a career goal of being a motivational speaker.

Our access thanks goes out to Ms. Kindra Ebanks, manager, choreographer and mentor of these fine young ladies. Another great squad, good luck toward reaching the playoffs.

Captains Savenah and Stephanie

Keri

Storm Cheerleaders Flying High Over One Point Victory

Salina, Shaniqua, Anna, Stephanie, Emilie, Erica

Jalyssa, Salina, Emilie, Savenah, Philippa, Lexxie, Anna

Jalyssa, Storm Dawg, Thunder Bug, Annie

Emilie, Philippa, Megan, Anna

[Storm Cheerleaders Gallery]

[Tampa Storm Cheerleaders]

Bonney Lake Graduate Joins Sea Gals

by Sarah Wehmann
Bonney Lake-Sumner Courier-Herald

Since winning the Super Bowl the Seattle Seahawks have not slowed down and it doesn’t appear they will any time soon.

The same goes for the Sea Gals.

The Sea Gals held tryouts starting at the end of April and going through the beginning of May.

There were three parts to the auditions. In the first round, anyone could perform a freestyle routine to music provided.

If you were selected to move on, you entered the semi finals where those trying out to be a Sea Gal would perform a routine that they had been taught. And if you made it to the final stage, you performed a final routine and were interviewed.

All those interested in joining the team must tryout, including those who were part of the Sea Gals last year.

The Sea Gals are made up of 32 women and joining Sumner High School’s graduate Sea Gal Christian, who is returning for her second season, is Sea Gal Kylie.

Kylie graduated from Bonney Lake High School in 2012.

Kylie joins the Sea Gals with 13 years of dancing experience.

While she played sports like soccer and basketball when she was younger, she did not continue to play once in high school.

“I always knew I wanted to dance and cheer,” Kylie said.

While at Bonney Lake High School, she spent three years on the cheer squad.

Entering tryouts this year, Kylie knew what to expect because she had made it to the finals last season.

The only difference this year is her number was called.

She said she was in shock when she heard her number announced. Kylie had to look down at her number to make sure she was mistaken, she said.

“My goal was to come back looking better than I did in 2013, both physically and technically,” she said. “I’m happy it all paid off.”

Kylie said she felt relieved and accomplished when she was chosen to join the Sea Gals this coming season.

Like many Sea Gals, Kylie has been a Seahawk’s fan since she was young.

And during the 1980s, Kylie’s mom danced with the Sea Gals for nine seasons.

Kylie said starting when she was about 10 years old, people would ask her if she would take after her mom and cheer with the Sea Gals.

“I did not become serious about trying out for the Sea Gals until I was a senior in high school,” Kylie said. “I knew I loved to perform and that there wasn’t a better place to do so than in front of 60,000 people.”

Apart from dancing and cheering along side the 12th man, Kylie said she most looks forward to new experiences and friendships she will make while being a Sea Gal.

The Sea Gals waste no time, they have already started practicing and have shot the photos for the annual Sea Gals calendar. The calendar will be released in August.

In the short time Kylie has been on team, she said her “journey has been amazing!”

As a rookie, Kylie said she tries to make the best of every event by learning from the veteran Sea Gals.

Aside from being a Sea Gal, Kylie is finishing her time at Pierce College and hopes to be accepted to a university where she hopes to study broadcast journalism.

She also works as an all star cheerleading coach for the Roach Elite All Stars in Sumner.

“I get to watch kids grow and improve every day, it’s very rewarding,” Kylie said.

2014 Clippers Spirit Pre-Audition Workshops


Clippers Spirit Director Audrea Harris (center) with veterans (from left) Tatum, Brittany, Karissa, and Candace.

Auditions for the Los Angeles Clippers Spirit dance team are scheduled for July 19! [Audition details]. Last weekend, the team offered two pre-audition workshops for ladies aspiring to join the Clippers Spirit. The sessions took place at Boogiezone Utopia, which is also where the team rehearses during the season.

For the hopeful candidates, it was an opportunity to meet a few members of the team, gain exposure to their performance style, and learn some of their choreography. They were also able to ask questions about the audition process itself, learn how to prepare themselves for tryouts, and how to maximize their chances to make the team.

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It’s fun to watch prep class and see who turns up. These workshops aren’t only for women trying to make a pro team for the first time. This year’s group included veterans from a few other pro teams, as well as a couple alumni of other Clippers entertainment teams. (The dancers aren’t the only group that performs at the games. The Clippers also have the Fan Patrol, Junior Jam, Crowd Crew, Dunk Team, Drumline and one or two others I can’t recall off the top of my head. There’s a lot going on at these games!)

I think experienced dancers who attend a team’s pre-audition workshop are being really smart about it. I used to think these classes were just for total rookies with no experience whatsoever. But the women with pro experience on their resumes know you can’t underestimate the value of meeting the team’s director ahead of time, so she knows your face and has an idea of what you can do. When you think about the fact that you will be competing against 200-300 women at the audition, a little face time beforehand can only help your cause. Even if you’ve been on twelve other teams. Every little bit helps.

It’s also interesting to see who leaves. A couple of women ducked out of the first session before it really got going. It just reminds me that this whole process – workshops, dance audition, interview, etc, is a two-way street. The dancers have to impress the judges to get chosen. But this exercise is also for the dancers to determine if this is something they really want to do and are able to do. I’m not surprised when one or two women realize at the beginning of the session that they don’t have the dance ability for this kind of thing. The dance team makes it look so easy and fun. When you’re sitting in the stands, it’s easy to imagine yourself down there on the court. But then you get to the workshop and reality sets in.

But I think for those who make it through the class and have a good time doing it, the experience just makes them want it even more. I’m always interested to see which members of the class actually show up at the audition. There are a few I definitely hope to see there!


Class began with Karissa demonstrating the first move. Start with your left foot in passé and then raise it up…and up…and up…

Juuuuust kidding. You should’ve seen their faces. That little trick really freaked everyone out in the morning session. They did it again in the afternoon session and when the class realized it was just a joke, the relief was palpable.

After scaring the hell out of everyone, they jumped right into the choreography. The first piece they learned was a portion of last season’s dance to “Let’s Get Loud.”

After learning the dance, the ladies watched each other perform in small groups (With the veterans marking it alongside).

Then Audrea spoke a little bit about the difference between dancing and really performing and selling it. She put her veterans on the spot and had them perform for the group to illustrate her point.

Afterward, the dancers performed in small groups again, and this time they were encouraged to really put some “wow” into it. This time the veterans got to watch, and the second time around, made a real difference!

Then the group moved on to hip hop. Everyone put on their baggies, changed their shoes, and learned part of the combination for “Bubble Butt.” (Gotta love that. Booty so smooth, can’t believe it’s not butta!) They followed the same format, first learning the routine…

…and performing it in small groups…

…then watching the veterans do it…

…and then performing it again. The ladies in the afternoon session in particular were really feeling the hip hop. It was obvious they were having a lot of fun. This year’s prep class was full of talent. I don’t think it was entirely my imagination, but the women this year seemed to pick up choreography incredibly fast.

After all the dancing was over, everyone gathered around for Q&A.

Questions ranged from the rehearsal schedule (Sunday afternoons and Monday evenings), to how many veterans are retiring this year (7 or 8 out of 17), to what to expect during the interview (questions to get to know you and how you expect to fit the busy schedule into your life), to what to wear for auditions (trunks are better than boy shorts unless your legs are 9 feet long, swimsuit tops are only a good idea if you are smaller on top, wear pantyhose, not shiny dance tights), to how to do your makeup (eyelashes and red lipstick. LipSTICK. Not gloss.) Audrea also gave her annual “save your money” speech. She is a firm believer in spending wisely when it comes to audition prep. If you have the money to spend, go hog wild. But if you don’t – and most people don’t – put your money where it matters most. Dance classes. A great color and cut. More dance classes. You don’t need a pricey outfit or expensive makeup. Your shine comes from your talent and ability.

When all was said and done, the dancers walked away with a fun experience and a lot to think about. One of the functions of prep class is to debunk the myth that any of this is “easy” and impress upon everyone that this is fun, but it is still a J.O.B. And a major time commitment. So now these women have a few weeks to think about whether they have the ambition, time, and talent to devote to the team.

I can’t wait to see see who decides to really go for it at auditions next month!

Countdown to P-R-O – Photo of the Day – June 24


New England Patriots Cheerleader Heather

Redskins Cheerleaders Final Auditons

(Sorry for the long delay for these photos)

Back in April the Washington Redskins Cheerleaders held their Final Auditions in Falls Church and as always it was quite a show!

Charo

Stephanie

Christa

Rachel R

Maya

Obligatory Selfie Photo

[Redskins Cheerleaders Audition Gallery]

Rockets Power Dancer Auditions

Auditions for the 2014-15 Houston Rockets Power Dancer Auditions began this past Saturday.

Hopefuls lining up outside the downtown YMCA.

Next up is RPD Finalist Interviews and Boot Camp.

And on Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at House of Blues, the new squad will be selected and announced. And it’s free and open to the public.

[Audition Gallery]