Tampa Bay Buccaneers Cheerleader Spotlight – Jessica Barsch

Jessica Barsch is in her second year as a Bucs Cheerleader.

Jessica is a 'Nole girl--graduated FSU via the Dean's list
Jessica is a 'Nole girl--graduated FSU via the Dean's list
Her birthday is Christmas Day.
Her birthday is Christmas Day.
Her all-time favorite Buccaneer player is Lee Roy Selmon.
Her all-time favorite Buccaneer player is Lee Roy Selmon.
Jessica's favorite charity is the Philip Hayden Foundation (special-needs orphans)
Jessica's favorite charity is the Philip Hayden Foundation (special-needs orphans)
She was born and raised in Tampa.
She was born and raised in Tampa.
She loves being at the beach and on the water.
She loves being at the beach and on the water.

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Bucs Cheerleader Spotlight – Meagan Pravden

This week’s spotlight is on cheerleader Meagan Pravden a 3rd year veteran whose hometown is Gainesville, Florida.

Meghan currently attends USF where she is majoring in broadcast journalism
Meghan currently attends USF where she is majoring in broadcast journalism
Meagan has been a dancer since age 3
Meagan has been a dancer since age 3
Meagan enjoys watching Buc away games with friends at a local Tampa sport bar.
Meagan enjoys watching Buc away games with friends at a local Tampa sport bar.
Meagan's favorite charity is the Christmas time visits to "All Children" Hospital.
Meagan's favorite charity is the Christmas time visits to "All Children" Hospital.
Meagan likes to do exercise runs with her golden retriever Luke.
Meagan likes to do exercise runs with her golden retriever Luke.
Meagan felt honored to be part of the NFL 9-11 remembrance.
Meagan felt honored to be part of the NFL 9-11 remembrance.

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Third Annual Pro and Pro Alumni Cheer and Dance Convention

Last Saturday I had the pleasure of covering the 3rd annual Pro and Pro Alumni Cheer and Dance convention presented at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Tampa. The show was the presentation of Cheer Girl Entertainment, an impressive company providing a variety of services to the cheerleading/dance community. CGE director Carla C. Thomas-Johnson, a former team captain for the Tampa Bay Buccaneer Cheerleaders, has compiled quite a glowing resume working in the choreography industry.

Carla and Tiffany
Carla and Tiffany

Ongoing activities included classes for both the Junior and Pro levels and culminated in a precision showcase performance at day’s end. This joint is jumpin—it’s really jumpin!!!!

The instructors for the Pro side, Boot Camp Dance, included the following:

April
April

Dancer/Model (professional makeup artist) April Ross is a former NBA dancer for the Orlando Magic. April is impressively edgy in style and choreography technique.

Candice Robinson is a former NFL (Bucs), AFL (Storm), ABA, NIFL alumnus and is currently the Director of the XFC-MMA Cage Dolls entertainment team.

Kim and Candice
Kim and Candice

Amanda Beauchaine’s resume includes AFL, NIFL stints and she will be receiving her political science degree this year from USF where she performed step dance for 4 years.

Hope
Hope

Hope Donnelly is a former NBA, NFL and AFL alumnus as well as previous director for the Tampa Lightning Hockey Girls. Hope is presently the cheerleader/dance coach at the University of Tampa.

Pro Bowl cheerleader Tiffany Jimenez has mesmerized my camera lens for the last 5 years as an energetic side line Buccaneer. Her cuteness has actually blinded me to just how multi-talented this young lady is. She’s branching out as a game day host, dancer, spokesperson and high school cheerleading coach. Keep an eye on her.

April, Tiffany & Carla
April, Tiffany & Carla

Although my only job was to take a few pictures I got tired just through osmosis being in a “Boot Camp” environment. Ha Ha. Carla and her assistants Kristin and Kim were very hospitable, enjoyed the day, hope I get invited back.

Kristin and Kim
Kristin and Kim

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Bucs Cheerleader Spotlight

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers Cheerleader Spotlight shines on Ashley Jarocki this week.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers Cheerleader Spotlight shines on Ashley Jarocki this week.
Line captain Ashley is a 5-year vet who cheered for the Tampa Bay Lightning and Storm before joining the TBBC squad in 2007
Line captain Ashley is a 5-year vet who cheered for the Tampa Bay Lightning and Storm before joining the TBBC squad in 2007
 Ashley's community project with her line teammates this year is working with "The Miracle League" charity, a baseball league created specially for special needs children.
Ashley's community project with her line teammates this year is working with "The Miracle League" charity, a baseball league created specially for special needs children.
Ashley has a International Business degree from USF.
Ashley has a International Business degree from USF.
Her Quote: "I love to travel and learn about other cultures which is why one of my bigger goals is to become an ambassador of the United States".
Her Quote: "I love to travel and learn about other cultures which is why one of my bigger goals is to become an ambassador of the United States".

[Ashley’s Spotlight Gallery]

Bucs Cheerleader Spotlight

Our spotlight this week goes to cheerleader Holly Sellers for inspiring the fans to yell “DEFENSE” as the Bucs held on to defeat the birds from Atlanta.

Holly, a recent graduate from USF, is a elementary education teacher in Tampa Bay. Her radio is usually blasting with country music (HeeHaw). Her swimsuit photos have landed her on the cheerleader calendar cover a few times.

Fifth year Holly, a line captain, takes her role model status seriously and actively works with her group in a community initiative for “A Kids Place” located in Brandon, FL.

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Bucs Cheerleader Spotlight: Nikki Fraser

In what I hope will become a regular feature, the Buccaneers Cheerleader spotlight for NFL Week#1 is reserved for 2nd-year veteran Nikki Fraser.

Like all members of TBBC, Nikki is active in community support and this year she is working with two fine Tampa Bay organizations; “A Kids Place” and “Hope Children’s Home”. Outside of her cheerleading commitment Nikki spends time on nursing studies, modeling and as a dance instructor.

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Tampa Bay Storm Dancers

Central Florida is a sports paradise for viewing college and professional sports. With the NHL, NBA and NFL asleep I finally got the time to go see the AFL Arena game. Tampa Bay Storm football is action packed entertainment and the family value is unmatched.

Pre game warmups
Pre game warmups

The Storm Dancers are part of the very fan friendly atmosphere. Besides leading cheers on the field they also greet patrons on the outside plaza before games and join the players mingling with fans for autograph/photo sessions during post game. Since 2003 the squad has been led by Ms. Kindra Strocher-Ebanks, Director/Choreographer. Kindra was also a Storm Dancer for three years and has developed an informal “underground railroad” for recruiting University of South Florida alumni—–current members Tiffany, Cori, Samantha and Sasha all danced on the Sundolls team at USF. Kindra also was manager twice of the All Star team at the ArenaBowl.

Cori, Jessica, Charlyne, Vanessa
Cori, Jessica, Charlyne, Vanessa
Danielle, Rachel, Lauren, Ericka
Danielle, Rachel, Lauren, Ericka

Friday’s (July 1st) game theme was “salute to military” and members of the armed services were introduced throughout the night. A real feel good evening. During the week Savenah, Trista, Jessica and Rachel courageously volunteered for a shooting simulation and repel exercises at the USF ROTC buildings. Sasha, Charlyne and Vanessa participated in a skydiving outing with SOCOM at MacDill Air Force base. The girls also routinely visit the local VA Hospital and interact with the wounded soldiers. The dancer’s red box collections for the night went to the Treats for Troops organization for mailing care packages to deployed forces. Just recently these young ladies also assisted at the Derrick Brooks Charity Foundation. Mr. Brooks is the new President of the Storm and has very supportive of the Dance Team and it’s value to the organization.

First Quarter Performance
First Quarter Performance
Jessica, Cori, Tiffany
Jessica, Cori, Tiffany
Cori, Charlyne, Sasha, Tiffany, Lauren
Cori, Charlyne, Sasha, Tiffany, Lauren

 

2011 Tampa Bay Storm Opening Video from Scott Audette on Vimeo.

Introduction before the game included a nifty video of the players and dancers caught in a heavy rainstorm . Team photographer Scott Audette has allowed us to post a few stills in our album.

ArenaBowl Rep Sasha
ArenaBowl Rep Sasha

Five-year veterans Sasha, who will represent the Storm at the ArenaBowl and Charlyne, are team captains. Ericka is a performer at Busch Gardens and will be singing the national anthem at this year’s final game.

Lauren and Cori
Lauren and Cori
Tiffany
Tiffany

If you’re in the Tampa Bay area come out to a Storm game—–tell the Dancers Jackson sent you.

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