Broadway Bound Dance Academy to Lead Dance Program

The Yakima Valley Warriors is proud to announce the addition of Broadway Bound Dance Academy (BBDA) to our program. Owner of BBDA, Angela Ringer has agreed to train and choreograph this year’s Lady Warriors Dance Team, as well as the Junior Dancers. This professional Dance Studio will provide an increase in unique routines and choreographed acts to our already, successful program. As Owner & Artistic Director of Broadway Bound, Angela offers an extensive background in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Lyrical/Contemporary, Cheer and Pageantry. She has trained with dance professionals from around the world. Angela spent the Summer of 1990 training extensively at the Joe Tremaine Dance Center in North Hollywood. She continues her training each year by attending dance conventions to stay up to date on all of the latest in the dance world. She was a four year member of the Yakima Sun Kings Dance Team as well as Captain and Choreographer. In 2000, she started the Yakima Valley’s first competitive dance team, “Dance Addiction” and since then has received many awards with her teams including “Best Choreography”. She shares her passion and love for Dance with students of all ages and takes pride in the many accomplishments of her dancers. She is a proud member of the United States All Star Federation and is on the Board of Directors for the Miss Yakima County Program.


Michael Mink, Current Majority Owner of the Yakima Valley Warriors says “He is excited about this year’s 2nd season, and welcomes Broadway Bound Dance Academy to our team”. Tryouts for the Lady Warriors will be January 14th and 28th at Broadway Bound studio. For more information contact Broadway Bound 509- 698-3262 or the Yakima Valley Warriors., 509- 249-1110.

Lady Raiders Dance Teamed Named AIFA Eastern Conference Best Dance Team

(More details on the 2010 AIFA East’s Best Dance Team)

The Lady Raiders Dance Team have been named the Best Dance Team of the American Indoor Football Association (AIFA) Eastern Conference! The Richmond Raiders celebrated their inaugural season Virginia in 2010. Pictured here with the 2010 dance team are Lady Raiders Brianna, Stephanie, Lia, Kelly, Savanna, Nicole W, Keisha, Brittany, Nicole B, Renee, Gloria, Layna, Le-Andri, Katy, Brigette, Dani, Sherika (not pictured: Kristina, Kirstin) The dance and cheer team enters their second season under the direction of Laura Eilers, former NFL cheerleader for the Kansas City Chiefs and the St Louis Rams.

Richmond Lady Raiders
Richmond Lady Raiders

“The Lady Raiders are a vital part of game entertainment and community relations for the Richmond Raiders arena football team,” said Eilers. “It’s such an honor to be recognized by the league, especially during our inaugural year. The 2011 dance team is going to grace the field with even more beauty and energy! We can’t wait for the season to begin.”

The 2010 dance team consisted of 20 squad members ages 18-34. These ladies celebrate some notable achievements outside of the Raiders organization. 2010 Lady Raider Brittany Gordon was crowned Miss Virginia United States. 2010-2011 Lady Raider Co-Captain Stephanie Pancoast is a second-year ambassador to the Washington Redskins Cheerleaders. 2011 Lady Raider Meagan Hale has been nominated for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation “20 Finest” Award, celebrating local young professionals.

The Lady Raiders welcomed 17 squad members during summer auditions. They are currently accepting applications to add seven team members before their season gets underway in January.

“The Lady Raiders are in the community every week, almost every day. The requests are pouring in!” said Eilers. “And with more Lady Raiders, we can get even more involved with the crowd at the Coliseum this spring. The ladies cheer and dance, lead contests, sign autographs, invite performances by youth cheerleaders and even the women’s Silver Line dance team.”

Congratulations once again to the 2010 Lady Raiders, the AIFA Eastern Conference All Star Dance Team. Meet the Lady Raiders online at

Richmond Lady Raiders Audition Dates

Auditions begin on July 29, 2010 and conclude with finals on Sunday, August 8, 2010.

Rookie candidates are required to attend at least one Audition Clinic and Preliminary Auditions. Rookie candidates will be invited to attend Rookie Interviews and Audition Finals. The rookie application fee is $25.00*.

Previous Lady Raiders are required to attend Returning Veteran Interviews in July and minimum one (1) Audition Clinic. Previous Lady Raiders receive a bye to Audition Finals and should participate in the Finals Rehearsal. The returning Lady Raiders application fee is $15.00. Payments may be submitted in person using cash or check payable to Richmond Raiders. Credit cards are not accepted.

Please see frequently asked questions for additional details including attire, time commitment, judging criteria, etc. (Click here)

Audition Clinics
Location:Richmond Coliseum, Enter at 601 E Leigh St, Richmond, Va.

  • Thursday, July 29, 2010, 7-10:00pm Audition Clinic Option One
  • Monday, August 1, 2010, 7-10:00pm Audition Clinic Option Two
  • Friday, August 6, 2010, 7-10:00pm Preliminary Auditions
  • Saturday, August 7, 2010, 9:00am-1:00pm Finalist Interviews
  • Saturday, August 7, 2010, 2-5:00pm Finalist Rehearsal

Final Audition
Location: Watermelon Festival, Carytown, Richmond, Va.
Date: Sunday, August 8, 2010, 12-6:00pm Final Auditions

Pre-Audition Workshops:
These optional pre-audition workshops give you the opportunity to get a closer look at the Lady Raiders program beyond just dance and cheerleading choreography and skills. Workshops also cover communication, attire, glamour, fitness and other program components.

Workshops are $15.00 each. Candidates who attend the optional workshops will receive a $5.00 discount on audition registration. Payments may be submitted in person using cash or check payable to Richmond Raiders. Credit cards are not accepted.

Location: Victory Lady Fitness – Westend, 9699 W Broad, Glen Allen, VA

  • Saturday, June 12, 2010, 1-3:00pm
  • Saturday, July 10, 2010, 1-3:00pm

Pro Dance Classes:
Pro Dance classes are a great way to perfect your dance technique and get more exposure to the Lady Raiders dance and cheer style. Pro Dance classes are $10.00 per class for non-Victory Lady Fitness members. Payments may be submitted in person using cash or check payable to Going Pro Entertainment. Credit cards are not accepted.

Location: Victory Lady Fitness – Westend, 9699 W Broad, Glen Allen, VA

Dates: Thursdays, July 8, July 15 and July 22, 8-9:00pm

Click here for additional information.

Lady Raiders Dance Team Announcements


Raiderette Youth Cheer & Dance Game Performance on Sat. June 19
Girls ages 3-17 are invited to perform at the season’s final regular season game at the Richmond Coliseum for a crowd of thousands! Meet the Lady Raiders Dance Team, make new friends, learn cheers and dances, and experience arena football! $58.00 includes t-shirt, poms, two tickets. Register by June 6. Download registration form or visit

Ladies Ages 40 or Over! Join the Lady Raiders Silver Line!

Calling all women who can shake it! Dance at the Richmond Raiders indoor professional football game on Saturday, May 29!! Learn a choreographed one minute, 30 second routine by Laura Eilers, Lady Raiders Dance Team Director and NFL Cheerleader Alumna. Make new friends and perform for a crowd of thousands at the Richmond Coliseum! $35.00 includes rhinestone Raiders shirt and two game tickets. Register by May 17. Rehearsals held at Victory Lady Fitness – Westend on May 21, May 22, May 28. Download the registration form or visit www.richmondraidersprofootball.comThis e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Lady Raiders Auditions Set for July-August 2010

Please mark your calendars for the end of July and early August to audition for the 2010-2011 Lady Raiders Dance Team! Must be 18 years of age or older by August 1, 2010. We will send updates as soon as exact dates and times are set. You can prepare by attending optional Pro Dance classes ($10 per class) Thursdays 8:00-9:00pm, optional audition workshops ($15.00 per workshop) Saturday, June 12 and Saturday, July 10, 1:00-3:00pm, at Victory Lady Fitness-Westend at 9699 W. Broad, Glen Allen, VA. To be added to the audition email list please email

Host Your Own Raiderette Summer Youth Cheer & Dance Camp
Invite the Lady Raiders to host your 3-hour summer camp for dancers and cheerleaders of any age! Includes choreography, dance and cheer technique, educational topics like fitness, nutrition, sportsmanship, community relations, fund raising and more! Your camp also includes tickets for a 2011 game at the Coliseum!

Minimum 8 participants, $12.00 per participant. Add t-shirts at $10.00 each and poms at $22.00 per pair! Please schedule 3 weeks prior to camp date. Looking for a longer camp? Just ask! Please email!

[Richmond Lady Raiders]

Raiders Congratulate Lady Raider Brittany Gordon, Miss Virginia United States

The Richmond Raiders would like to congratulate Lady Raider Brittany Gordon on her recent accomplishment to become the 2010 Miss Virginia United States!


In April, Brittany was named the new Miss Virginia United States, based on interview, public communication, swimsuit and evening gown pageants. As a Lady Raider, Brittany performs at all home Raiders games at the Coliseum and appears in the community throughout the year. Brittany will appear in her crown at this Friday’s Raiders game on April 30 at 7:00pm.

“My favorite part of being a Lady Raider,” says Brittany, “is giving back to the city of Richmond with this amazing group of women. It’s a true blessing to work alongside them, and an honor to represent the Raiders organization and now the state of Virginia.


In July, Brittany will walk the stage in Las Vegas representing Virginia at the Miss United States pageant. Brittany is from Richmond, VA where she attended Monacan High School then graduated from University of South Carolina. Currently a Campaign Support Coordinator at a local interactive marketing agency, Brittany plans to pursue a Master’s degree in Communications.

Congratulations Brittany!

[Richmond Lady Raiders]

Reading Express Smokin’ Hot Steam Team
With a Bonus Appearance from the Baltimore Mariners Cheerleaders

Back in the late 1970s, professional cheerleading, especially in the NFL, exploded. Lots of squads were added, or “modern” cheerleaders replaced the older pom squads.

It was a sort of crazy time. Because it was so new, there was much experimenting going. One of my favorites was having the visiting team’s squad performing in uniform on the field. The Philadelphia Eagles Liberty Belles even traveled to Tampa to cheer at a playoff game.

This idea died off after a couple of seasons, probably around 1980. And now outside of the Super Bowl or the Hall of Fame Game, you don’t see it all. (One exception is in the CFL where provincial rivals the Edmonton Eskimos Cheerleaders and the Calgary Stampeders Outriders will cheer on the road once a year.)

Actually there’s another exception: this past Saturday night at the Baltimore Mariners-Reading Express game, where the Mariner’s Cheerleaders and the Express Smokin’ Hot Steam Team performed together during halftime.

Steam Team in silver. Mariners Cheerleaders in blue.

Steam Team Captain Laura and Mariners Cheerleader Director Liz Guardalo

Steam Team as Briefcase Babes

Rehearsing in the tunnel before halftime



[Photo Gallery]

[Smokin’ Hot Steam Team]

[Mariners Cheerleaders]

Baltimore Mariners Cheerleaders

Originally, I was going to stop in Baltimore on my way back from Charlotte on March 14th and cover the Baltimore Mariners Cheerleaders. But when I exited I-95 I was caught in a Sunday afternoon(!) traffic jam. It seems some major streets were closed for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. So, I never made it to 1st Mariners Arena that day, but two weeks later, I did manage to make it to a Mariners game.

The Baltimore Mariners Jr. Cheerleaders performed at halftime with the regular squad.







The Baltimore Mariners Cheerleaders make their next game day appearance on Sunday May 2nd at 4:00pm when the Mariners host the Harrisburg Stampede.

[Mariners Cheerleaders Photo Gallery]

[Baltimore Mariners Cheerleaders]

Familiar Faces on the Ravens

Held back this back a couple of days until after the Ravens made their official announcement of the new squad.

Stephanie danced for Elizabethtown College, the AIFA Reading Express Smokin’ Hot Steam Team and most recently the Philadelphia Wings Angels.

Megan was a Baltimore Blast Cheerleader.

Keishawna was also a Cheerleader for the Blast

Keishawna and Megan at last Sunday’s Baltimore Mariners game.

Congratulations to Stephanie, Keishawna, Megan and all the rest of the new and returning cheerleaders.