DC Body Armor Tryouts

Do you have what it takes to be a Body Armor dancer? Auditions are being held in October, 2009.

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Who are the Body Armor Dancers?

The Body Armor Dancers are the official dance team of Washington, DC’s only Arena Football team, The DC Armor (American Indoor Football Association). This dance team consists of professional, talented dancers and performers that reside in the DMV area. All of the women on this team have what it takes to represent the Nations Capitol in a professional manner. This group of 20 women range in ages 20 to 39 years old. Their careers are in a variety of professions, including business, human resources, medicine and teaching. The Body Armor dancers plan to participate in community events, parades and festivals in and around the DC Metropolitan area. We also plan to serve as role models to young women in the DC Metropolitan area, and we hope to provide camps and other events for young dancers to participate in throughout the summer!

Date: Saturday, October 10th, 2009

Time: Registration 11:30am. Audition: 12:00pm-5:00pm
$25 registration fee at audition – Cash Only
Location: Results Gym. 1101 Connecticut Avenue, NW. Metro accessible from Farragut North (Red Line).

REQUIREMENTS
Must have a full/part time Job or attend college full/part time
18 Years of Age by August 1st 2009 (NO EXCEPTIONS)
Reliable Transportation
Must attend all practices (Saturdays and Sundays), games, community and charitable appearances

WILL I NEED TO CHOREOGRAPH MY OWN DANCE?

Yes. You will be required to make up your own dance with your own 1 minute song choice (Please have edited music).

WHAT DO I WEAR?
Dance shorts to show your legs (required for uniforms)
Midriff-baring top (Dance or Athletic Bra-Top)
Dance or Athletic Shoes
Select attire that is eye catching and unique

HOW SHOULD I WEAR MY HAIR AND MAKE-UP?

Have your hair and make-up performance ready; please make sure to have your make-up to accent your natural beauty. Your hair should be fixed to the style it is currently in and not to hide your face.

After every participant performs we will have a 30 minute lunch break.

You will then learn a 1 minute dance routine choreographed by a dance instructor and perform in groups in front of the judges.

WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?
Your 1 minute choreographed music on a CD
Valid Drivers License
$25 Registration Fee (Cash Only)
Water
Snacks

IS BEING A BODY ARMOR DANCER DYNAMIC A FULL-TIME JOB?
No. Being A Body Armor dancer is time consuming and requires a commitment for a full season. Body Armor dancers do have full time jobs or attend college and is a volunteer position.

For more information on our upcoming auditions, please email the director, Bea Codjoe at: bcodjoe@dcarmor.com. For more information on the Body Armor dance team or the DC Armor Organization, please see our website: DCArmor.com.

Baltimore Mariners Seek Dance/Cheerleading Team Coordinator

The AIFA Baltimore Mariners are in search of a new Dance/Cheerleading Team Coordinator.

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Responsibilities include:

• Organize and supervise all practices, games and community appearances and events
• Responsible for recruitment, tryouts and contract enforcement of the team
• Assist in the marketing of sponsorships and promotion of the Baltimore Mariners and Lady Mariners
• Order all uniforms and team supplies in conjunction with General Manager approval
• Continually make best efforts to engage crowd and foster a positive, energetic atmosphere at all home and away represented AIFA Football games in which the Baltimore Mariners are involved
• Enhance image of team by following all AIFA and Baltimore Mariners guidelines
• At least two years of related Dance/Cheer experience a plus
• Excellent verbal communication skills
• Candidate must attend all practices, games, and events
• Willingness to improve overall program

Send resumes for Dance team coordinator to: General Manager Greg Justice @ greg.justice@baltimoremariners.com

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DC-Area Choreographer Sought

The Body Armor dance team is an integral part of DC Armor Arena Football Team that will begin its second season at the DC Armory in March of 2010. Under the direction Dance Team Directors Bea Codjoe and Jane Said, this team has become an excellent addition to the DC Metropolitan Area.

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We are currently looking for a hip hop/jazz Choreographer/coach who has at least five years of coaching experience. You must have open availability on the weekends since practices and games are held then. This is for a professional dance team that will consist of 20 members. Interested candidates, please send your resumes to: bodjoe@dcarmor.com. For more information on the DC Armor, please see our website:  www.dcarmor.com.

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Tierney, Washington Business Journal Reporter

We’ve come across quite a few Cheerleaders/Dancers that are television reporters. We’ve also found a few radio reporters, but Tierney of the AIFA DC Body Armor is our first print reporter.

She earned her BA in English from the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, VA. At Mary Washington, Tierney was Associate Editor of the school newspaper, The Bullet and performed on university dance team.

Tierney’s now a web/general assignment reporter for the Washington Business Journal. She writes 6 to 8 daily news stories that are posted on the paper’s home page that cover a variety of beats in the D.C. area. Some are more feature-oriented, while others are breaking news stories like earnings, real estate transactions, mergers, and company expansions.

Tierney also writes the Commercial Real Estate brief section that runs in the weekly print edition of the paper.

Ultimately, Tierney says she’d like to move to California and get into magazine writing and do feature-length articles and profiles.

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Ivy League Grad, Presidential Management Fellow, Cheerleader

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DC Body Armor Dancer Jess majored in International Relations at Princeton. While in college, she took time out from dancing to concentrate on her studies, but she did direct a small tap dance company. She also got her first taste of journalism as a stringer for The Princeton Packet.

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Before the game Jess relaxes while reading Paul Theroux’s Dark Star Safari: Overland from Cairo to Capetown.

After graduating from Princeton, Jess earned her Masters in International Relations from Johns Hopkins. She was awarded a Presidential Management Fellowship at the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BGB). The BGB is the agency in charge of all non-military US government broadcasting. Think Voice of America, Radio Free Europe, etc.

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In her position at the BGB, Jess rotates into various positions and departments. She just finished up a stint working as an online reporter/editor for the English radio service.

Her fellowship lasts another year. After that she plans to take a job in the Civil Service.

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Check out our list of Ivy League Pro Cheerleaders/Dancers here.

Cheering with the Force: Shannon McClattie

From the Website of the South Carolina Force:

Shannon McClattie was named Director and Choreographer of your South Carolina Force Cheerleaders.

She comes to the organization with a wealth of experience in dance and professional cheerleader knowledge. An 11-year professional cheerleading veteran with the Panthers, she has assisted in choreographing show team shows, the 2000 millennium halftime show, and performed in St. John’s, Newfoundland at the 2001 Bud Bowl. In 2005 she represented the Panthers at the Pro Bowl in Hawaii and in 2006 in a nationally televised show competing with other professional cheerleading teams.

Shannon is no stranger to hard work and works full time as a Forensic Social Work Investigator for the Department of Social Services.

She earned a BA in Criminal Justice from Fort Valley State University where she served 3 years as Captain of the Blue Machine Marching Band Dance team, The Dancing Dolls. After graduating college, she choreographed dance routines for high schools in Georgia and Florida.

“My goal is to have a great season with this organization and bring my professionalism to the cheerleading team so that the finished product is one the city and surrounding area can be proud of. I am thankful for the opportunity to work with the Force and look forward to a winning season” says McClattie. Shannon also states “My motto has always been ‘Don’t watch the show, be the show’ and I plan to incorporate my enthusiasm and love for dance and football together to bring to the fans the best cheerleading team in the AIFA”

The South Carolina Force gladly welcomes Shannon McClattie into its organization.

Auditions for the South Carolina Force Cheerleaders are Sunday, March 8th in Greeneville. Complete details here.