If you are in South Florida the Miami Dolphins are doing junior clinics over the holiday week in December. The cheer clinic will be presented by the World Renowned Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders. The second teaching is a speed and agility clinic geared toward junior football players.
Four-year veteran Kelly knows the power of embracing one’s potential. Kelly was unable to communicate as a young child due to a speech impediment. Her parents made every effort to never make her feel as though she had a disability. For years, Kelly communicated using sign language and took dance classes as a way to express emotions in a healthy way. Following her teacher’s advice, Kelly’s parents sought a speech pathologist to help Kelly with her speech. She was able to pronounce her first word at the age of six and spent years in therapy thereafter. Throughout her treatment, Kelly felt most comfortable practicing her speech in the dance studio where she knew it was safe to make mistakes. She related speech therapy to dance, where practice and progress were developmental personally and practically.
By middle school Kelly was able to verbally communicate and felt a sense of renewal. While many people doubted her abilities, she felt empowered reaching milestones in speech therapy while she worked diligently to accomplish milestones as a dancer. She credits her speech pathologist for endless support and encouragement through experiential learning, which allowed her to feel that speech was attainable. Once Kelly embraced her potential, she felt unstoppable. She graduated high school with a 4.0 GPA, was captain of her dance team, and has danced professionally in the NBA, NHL, and NFL. Kelly is working toward her degree in speech pathology to share with other children the sense of empowerment her therapist shared with her. She wants others to embrace their differences and more importantly, their potential, to see beyond their immediate limitations and look toward their long-term dreams.
“My Hispanic roots are treasured by the beautiful memories of family traditions and culinary delicacies influenced by both Mexican and European recipes passed down from generation to generation. I an very proud of my Mexican roots.” – Kelly
This article was originally published in Spanish so the translation is a bit choppy:
To be able to make one of the NFL Cheerleading squads, it is necessary to go through a rigorous selection process to which thousands of candidates attend each year. The Miami Dolphins were the first to open call for foreign participants and Mexican native Estefanía Fabregat was one of the chosen few.
Cheerleaders are an important part of football games, as they are in charge of giving shows in which dance and elaborate choreography grab the attention of fans.
Estefanía was born and raised in Mexico City. Since she was a child she showed her dance skills, although at first she focused on classical ballet, she soon learned jazz, contemporary dance and even hip hop.
At the age of 16 she moved with her mother to the United States and that was when she began to have an interest in the American Football, but she did not leave her studies and graduated in Marketing and Communication at Villanova University, where for the first time she was part of a cheer team.
When she finished college, she auditioned for the Miami Dolphins team, but failed on her first attempt, so she prepared for more than a year and landed a spot the following year.
With the team, third season Estefanía performs between 30 and 40 different short routines, on several occasions she has reported that they are in action for about four hours and have very little rest time. She also participates in activities with fans such as autograph signings and community initiatives.
The Mexican native has always shown how proud she is of her roots and proof of this was the message she shared on the official website of the Dolphins.
“My Mexican heritage means unconditional love, family, home, friends, food and traditional values, they are the traditions of my people. It is my roots and where I come from that made me what I am today. Celebrating my Mexican culture means remembering and honoring these values that are treasures of my country, ”she said.
The Miami Dolphins had to end their 2020 auditions search due to the Covid 19 pandemic dangers. Instead they invited back the eligible cheers from last season for an encore performance. Welcome back ladies!
On the Instagram account (dolphinscheer) for the Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders the following honors were posted:
Cheer Katie was chosen as “Veteran of the Year–2019-20. Her response,
“I know it’s cliche to say “I can’t thank you enough,” but I truly can’t. I auditioned for the Dolphins because I wanted to dance for a living and at that point, I had already gotten so many “no’s” at every audition, I can’t even imagine how different my life would’ve been if the Dolphins wasn’t my first “yes.” So when I say “I can’t thank you enough” I truly mean it in every way.”
Cheer Yelina was chosen as “Rookie of the Year–2019-20. Her response,
“What an incredible year it has been being a Miami Dolphins Cheerleader! Through all the uncertain times this has always brought me the most joy. I’ve loved the sisterhood, fans, performances, military tours, late night practices, long drives to Davie and even rehearsing my dances in the bathroom stalls at work. It has been the most rewarding and humbling experience and I am beyond thrilled to receive the Miami Dolphins Cheerleader “Rookie of the Year” award for the 2019-2020 year. Thank you to my amazing coaching staff and teammates for their unwavering support, love and encouragement”.
It been a great 5 years with my camera chasing sweet Paige around Hard Rock Stadium as she led the faithful Dolphins fans in cheer. Good luck in NFL CHEER retirement. As one door closes another will open for Ms. Paige. Hope to see you in the stands when the NFL returns.
A great instagram video of Paige giving a salute to her Dad is HERE. Enjoy.
The Miami Dolphins announce their first ever Junior Dolphins Virtual Summer Camps. “With youth sports currently at a hold due to COVID-19 concerns, we’ve reformatted our summer camps to take place virtually.” The Junior Dolphins Virtual Cheer Summer Camp will take place Monday, June 22 to Friday, June 26. The five-day live camp will provide children passionate about dance and cheer the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of the sport from the safety of their homes. Camps are led by Miami Dolphins cheerleaders and will include face to face conditioning, stretching, dancing and cheering via Zoom. More information and registration is available at HERE.
Okay, some of you may remember several years ago the Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders did a cover of Carly Rae Jepsen’s Call Me Maybe music video. Well, I just stumbled upon this gem on YouTube (Yes, I know I’m about 8 years late on this one) and if you never saw it nor the original MDC cover, I think you might like it.
A little beefcake for our female readers.
Post a comment below and let us know which version you liked better. The MDC or the US Military.
And here’s some more Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders video goodness: