Baltimore Lady Mariner Auditions Are This Saturday

Got moves?? Want to dance for a professional team?? Audition to be a 2014 Baltimore Lady Mariner!

The Baltimore Mariners professional indoor football team is back to the Baltimore Arena! We are looking for beautiful and talented ladies to dance at Mariner home games, grace the pages of our season calendar, and responsibly represent the Mariner organization at community events. Lady Mariners will also receive fitness training, and other perks as the season unfolds!

*Dancers must be at least 18 years of age with a high school diploma or GED*
*Dancers must have technical dance training in jazz, and be proficient in hip-hop*
*Tumbling is a plus, but not required*

Audition Info:

Date: Saturday, January 4th
Time: 4:45pm Registration/Stretch; 5:30pm Audition begins
Location: A Step Ahead Dance Center, 3615 E. Joppa Road 2nd Floor Parkville, MD 21234
What to Bring: $20 registration fee, photo I.D., head/body shot
What to Wear: Two piece flattering outfit, jazz shoes or jazz sneakers, full performance hair and makeup (hair down is best)
What to Expect: short jazz and hip-hop combinations, followed by a personal interview


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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



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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.

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Baltimore Mariner Cheerleaders Auditions

The Baltimore Mariners Cheerleaders have a new name, new uniform, new director and back on January 31st they picked their new 2010 squad.

The New Director is good friend of the blog Elizabeth “Liz” Guardalo, who also taught the choreography for the tryouts.

Heather Jessee (right) and Liz. Heather danced for the Wizards and cheered for the Redskins, representing her squad at the 1999 Pro Bowl. She was also coach of the UMBC Dance Team where she coached Liz.

In addition to the performing the routine, hopefuls performed a kickline and answered interview questions from the judges.

The judges from left to right:  Meghann: former UMBC Dance Team, Heather, Rachel: former Baltimore Blast Cheerleader, Kristen: Redskins Ambassador and Capitals Red Rocker, Ashley: current Baltimore Blast Cheerleader, David: Commissioner of the ISL (Bermuda’s Island Soccer League)



The new squad will make their debut at the Mariner’s first home game on Sunday, March 14th.

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Baltimore Mariners/Blast Cheerleaders Prep Class

Prep Class – Wednesday, January 27 from 8:15-9:30.

The Baltimore Blast Cheerleaders invite girls interested in becoming a part of the 2010 Baltimore Mariners or 2010/2011 Baltimore Blast Cheerleaders to attend a prep class on Wednesday, January 27 from 8:15-9:30.

Location: Du Burns Arena in Canton, Baltimore.
1301 S. Ellwood Ave
Baltimore, MD 21224

What to wear? Please wear something you can dance in and dance sneakers.

What to bring? The prep class is $10.00. Cash or checks will be accepted. Make checks payable to Elizabeth Guaraldo. Other then that just yourselves and some water!

We will be learning some audition choreography that will give you a jump start for auditions on January 31st. You will also have a chance to ask the Director and current squad members questions about being on the squad.

Baltimore Mariners Cheerleaders Audition Date Set

The Baltimore Mariners Cheerleaders are a professional cheerleading team with emphasis on crowd appeal, fan interaction, community involvement and game-day performances.

Lady Mariners

Tryout Date: January 31, 2010
Location: 1st Mariner Arena
8:30-9:00 Registration – $20.00 (Cash or Money Order)
There will be an application to fill out. Each applicant should bring a full body photo of themselves in their audition outfit or something comparable.
9:00-10:00 Choreography
Audition routine will be taught.
10:00-10:30 Practice
Applicants will have a chance to practice on their own and prepare for their auditions.
10:30-12:00 Auditions

Applicants will audition in small groups in front of a panel of judges.

The team will be decided at the close of auditions and applicants will be notified later that evening.

If you would like to be on the mailing list for information, please email

Here are some frequently asked questions about the Baltimore Mariners Cheerleaders:

Q: Are the Baltimore Mariners Cheerleaders more of a dance team or a cheer and stunt team?

The Baltimore Mariners Cheerleaders are more dance oriented with an emphasis on jazz and hip hop. Some girls do tumble, but we do not usually stunt during games.

Q: Do the Baltimore Mariners Cheerleaders get paid?

The Baltimore Mariners Cheerleaders do not receive a paycheck, but do receive other perks such as season tickets, gym membership and tanning. They also get the excitement of performing in front of thousands of fans for the Baltimore Mariners!

Q: What is the time requirement for Baltimore Mariners Cheerleaders? (i.e. practices, appearances, games, etc.)?

Being a Baltimore Mariners Cheerleader is a huge time commitment. Before the season even starts we will be having practices twice a week, community appearances and performances. We have several home games, which are usually held on the weekends. The games are played at the 1st Mariner Arena downtown. On game day, all cheerleaders are expected to arrive an hour and a half before kick off. A large part of being a Baltimore Mariners Cheerleader is our commitment to the community. Attending appearances is mandatory. There will be a mandatory training camp as well as several mandatory photo shoots.

Q: Do the cheerleaders pay for their uniforms?

The uniforms, earrings and poms are on loan to each cheerleader. There will be a required deposit that will be refunded upon receipt of the uniforms at the end of the year. The cheerleaders will have to provide for their boots, dance sneakers and practice gear. There are several fundraising opportunities that the cheerleaders may participate in to cover these costs.

Q:Is there an age limit?

This is no maximum age limit.
Minimum age requirement is 18 by January 31, 2010.

Q: Is there any height to weight restrictions?

You should be in overall great shape. We do not have a height to weight requirement. We have no maximum or minimum weight requirement. Cheerleaders will be working out with our Official Personal Trainer, Kenny Johnson.

Q: Are auditions open to the public?

No. Auditions are closed to the public. This includes family and friends.

Q: What do I need for auditions?

Auditions can run all day. Please bring with you:
•Drink and snack
•Sweat towel
•Make-up & Hair Products

Q: Do you have any prep classes; do I have to take the prep classes to make the team?

We will have prep classes prior to auditions. The date, time and location are to be determined.
•You do not have to take the prep classes in order to the make the team. However, it is recommended as all prep classes are taught by the director and some audition choreography will be taught.

Q: How should I wear my hair and make up?

•Make-up and hair should compliment your features.
•You should wear your hair down.

Q: What will the judges focus on and look for?

•Dance technique
•Showmanship and personality
•Dance skills

Q: What should I wear to the auditions?

•Sports bra or crop top with stomach showing.
•Short biker shorts or trunks
•Dance sneakers or jazz shoes
•Flesh colored panty hose or dance tights
•All body piercings should be removed and all tattoos covered

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Elizabeth Guaraldo, New Director of Baltimore Mariners Cheerleading

Congratulations to good friend of the blog Elizabeth Guaraldo, who is the new Director of Cheerleading for the AIFA Baltimore Mariners.

From Baltimore

This will be Elizabeth Guaraldo’s first season with the Baltimore Mariners. Guaraldo has been the Director of the National Indoor Soccer League’s Baltimore Blast Cheerleaders since 2007. The Blast Cheerleaders have released two swimsuit calendars, performed at the AST Dew Tour and have traveled to Bermuda to participate in the Island Soccer League (ISL) All Star game that took place this summer. Prior to working with the Mariners, Guaraldo was a 2005-2006 Washington Redskins Cheerleader. She went to college at UMBC where she was on their dance team as both a member and a captain.

Liz tells us that she’s still with the Blast Organization as well, so she’s going to be handling two dance teams at once. If anyone’s suited to handle such a incredible time commitment, it’s Liz. She earned her Masters in Education from Johns Hopkins, completing 39 credit hours in just one year, all while working an internship and coaching the Blast Cheerleaders.

Baltimore Mariners Seek Dance/Cheerleading Team Coordinator

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


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 @