Laura of the Reading Express Smokin’ Hot Steam Team
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 www.bbda-selah.com 509- 698-3262 or the Yakima Valley Warriors. www.yakimavalleywarriors.com, 509- 249-1110.
(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.
“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 www.richmondraidersprofootball.com.
Congratulations to the Richmond Lady Raiders who were named 2010 AIFA Eastern Conference Dance Team of the Year in just their first year of existence. The Lady Raiders are under the direction of former St. Louis Rams and Kansas City Chiefs Cheerleader Laura Eilers.
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)
Location:Richmond Coliseum, Enter at 601 E Leigh St, Richmond, Va.
Location: Watermelon Festival, Carytown, Richmond, Va.
Date: Sunday, August 8, 2010, 12-6:00pm Final Auditions
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
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
The latest from Mid-Atlantic Dave who traveled to Reading for the Richmond Raiders-Reading Express game on May 14th. He sent us a few photos of the Smokin’ Hot Steam Team.
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 www.richmondraidersprofootball.com.
Ladies Ages 40 or Over! Join the Lady Raiders Silver Line!
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 email@example.com!
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.
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
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.
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.
Last Saturday, Reading’s Berkshire Mall was the site of the unveiling of the 2010 Smokin’ Hot Steam Team. The ladies had a chance to introduce themselves to the fans, perform a few routines and helped younger fans in a dance contest.
The Steam Team will take the field at the Express first home game on Sunday, March 21st.