Cheerleader Profile: Ladies of Ontario Fury Dancer Madison

Our next featured cheerleader is the tallest member of the Ladies of Ontario Fury…introducing Madison.

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Why did you become a professional cheerleader?

Dance has always been an important and special part of my life. I grew up dancing in a studio, which is where I developed my love for being a part of a team. There is no better feeling than the energy and encouragement you get when you go out and perform with a group of people who all share the same passion as you. I am about to graduate from college, so I am wrapping up my last few months on a college dance team. I wanted to take that next step from amateur to professional so I can continue to pursue my passion for dance.

What was your favorite experience as a professional cheerleader?

Performing at our last home game with the whole team. The only other time we had performed all together was at our first game of the season, so it was exciting to be with everyone again and to see how much we have grown since the last time we stepped out on the field all together. We even got to perform with our mascot, Stryker, which was definitely a moment to remember!

What is your favorite dance style?

While I love a good sassy jazz number, my strong suits are definitely in contemporary and lyrical. I love being able to express myself through dance and I feel like those two styles allow me to be the most genuine.

What is your favorite dance move? What is your go to dance move?

I’m a “leggy” all the way! Kicks, tilts, and leg hold turns are my go-to’s.

What are the three words that describe you?

Funny, ambitious, creative.

What is something that most people don’t know about you?

I love school! As nerdy as that sounds, I genuinely love learning, my major, and getting good grades. Even after I get my Bachelor’s degree this spring, I want to keep going to school. Fun fact: I spend about 7 hours a day at school.

What is your favorite music genre? Who is your favorite musical artist?

Hip hop – Atmosphere is one of my all-time favorite artists.

What is your guilty pleasure?

I am addicted to Reality TV. Real Housewives, Vanderpump Rules, The Bachelor… I love it all!

Facebook, Instagram or Twitter? Or some other app. What’s your favorite app?

Snapchat! It’s so fun! You can take the most embarrassing photos of yourself and not worry because they disappear in seconds!

Who is the one person that inspires you the most?

My little brother. Even though he is younger than me, he motivates me to be the best person I can be because I want to be someone that he can look up to.

What is your motto to live by?

YOLO! Haha, but really… it’s true! You only get one chance at life and I believe that life is what you make of it. You get what you give, so you should give it your all.

What advice would you tell someone who aspires to become a professional cheerleader?

Never stop taking classes! Every dancer can learn something valuable from watching others. Taking class is the best way to keep improving on your technique, performance quality, and ability pick up choreography. All of those things are so important, especially on the professional level.

 

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Cheerleader Profile: Ladies of Ontario Fury Dancer Kellie

Our next featured cheerleader is Kellie, a first year member of the Ladies of Ontario Fury. Let’s get to know her a little better.

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Why did you become a professional cheerleader?

I grew up in sports. I grew up in elite sports camps, and excelled well above average in mainly basketball and track and field. In elementary I got a small glimpse of performing when I was on a community competition hip hop and drill team but again was always pushed towards other sports. In high school I decided to make my own choice & tryout for the cheer team and dance team . I then went on to college and was apart of the competitive spirit line as well. Although I started what is considered “late” in the cheer/dance world I have found my passion & after college I told myself I was just not ready to stop yet! I love everything about professional cheer.

What was your favorite experience as a professional cheerleader?

Definitely has to be appearances. One of my favorite hobbies is volunteering and community service so the fact that it’s apart of the job is awesome! My favorite experience was the Colonies Holiday Miracle appearance where we got to take underprivileged kids on a Christmas shopping spree! Seeing their grins from ear to ear was the best!

What is your favorite dance move? What is your go to dance move?

I love hip hop tricks! Head springs, freezes, Kip ups, and rubber bands! My go to dance move is probably battements and all jumps and leaps!

What are the three words that describe you?

Fresh – I love traditions but I love contributing fresh new ideas and I feel fresh describes my personality!
Self-driven – I push myself and always try to give a perfect effort.
Reliable – You can always rely on me to be punctual, work hard, make people laugh and a friend to anyone!

What is something that most people don’t know about you?

I have a fear of chicken with bones. I cannot eat chicken if it is not boneless or chicken strips. I have forced myself a few times and I just cry on the inside. Haha I don’t even know where this came from!


What is your favorite music genre? Who is your favorite musical artist?

I love hip hop, r&b and rap. I feel like there is a song for every mood and situation in life!
My 2 favorite artists are Chris Brown and T.I.

What is your guilty pleasure?

Fried foods! I love food in general but fried foods are just so delicious! My favorite is French Fries! I can eat those with literally anything and I love to make them all different types of ways! Skinny fries, curly fries, seasoned fries, cheese fries, bacon and cheese fries. . . Oh man now I want some fries!

What is the one thing you can’t live without?

The genuine support of family and friends! Having people around you who mean well and with positivity goes a very long way!

Who is the one person that inspires you the most?

Definitely my Mom! She is the strongest person I know for many reasons. I appreciate how she has been a great example and raised me to be a responsible and respectable young lady!

What is your motto to live by?

“If it makes you happy do it, if it doesn’t then don’t!”

What advice would you tell someone who aspires to become a professional cheerleader?

Faith, consistency & hard work. You definitely have to believe in yourself and work at your craft! Training is everything and confidence is everything! Be consistent with technique training and your physical health! If you really want it you have to go for it 100%!


Where do you see yourself in ten years?

In ten years I see myself having done everything that I wanted to do in my youth; especially traveling and fulfilling my dance goals and finally settled into my career and have started a family!

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Cheerleader Profile: Ladies of Ontario Fury Dancer Vivian

Vivian is our next featured cheerleader. She’s a second year member of the Ladies of Ontario Fury dance team.

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Why did you become a professional cheerleader?

I honestly never thought I would become a professional cheerleader. Growing up I was always in a sport or doing gymnastics but it wasn’t until I started high school; that is when I first started dancing. Eventually I joined the high school dance team & fell in love with performing. I just HAD to continue and it easily became a passion of mine.

What was your favorite experience as a professional cheerleader?

It would have to be the 1st performance of our 1st home game. Stepping out on the field and doing what I love in front of all the fans was just such a special moment for me. I still get those butterflies EVERY TIME I’m about to go on & perform.

What is your favorite dance style?

I love love love sassy and sexy style of dancing. I always enjoy hip hop as well but definitely like to add a little sass to my dancing.

What is your favorite dance move? What is your go to dance move?

My favorite dance move would have to be lots of hair flips & hip movement. Free styling is very important to me and I’m always trying to find new favorite moves:)

What are the three words that describe you?

Three words would be : competitive, passionate, determined

What is something that most people don’t know about you?

One thing that people don’t know about me is that I was never studio trained. Once I started dancing I just picked up as I went and mostly self-taught

What is your favorite music genre? Who is your favorite musical artist?

Picking a favorite music genre is always a hard one for me! I love music in general but it really depends on the mood I’m in at the moment. I can go from pop and hip hop one second then to hard rock next. And as of favorite musical artist, right now would have to be Chris Brown !

What is your guilty pleasure?

A guilty pleasure of mine would have to be MOVIES. I can sit and watch movies all day every day and it doesn’t matter which genre; although, my top five genres would have to be horror, history, drama, thriller and romance 🙂

Who is the one person that inspires you the most?

Just one!? Both of my parents would have to be the ones that inspire me the most. They have been my personal example of starting from the bottom and working your butt off to achieve better. They are constantly showing me to always work hard, be humble and never give up.

What is your motto to live by?

“Happiness depends upon ourselves.”- Aristotle . Life itself is so messy and it’s one big roller coaster of ups and downs but we always have to remember that it’s up to us to make things better. We have the power to change anything at any time.


What advice would you tell someone who aspires to become a professional cheerleader?

Always do your best & keep working hard. Never give up on whatever you’re trying to achieve. Every opportunity that comes your way, take it and if something wasn’t meant to be, that is because something better is coming. 🙂

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Cheerleader Profile: Ladies of Ontario Fury Dancer Diana

Our latest featured cheerleader is Diana, a first year member of the Ladies of Ontario Fury.

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Why did you become a professional cheerleader?

The reason why I became a professional dancer is because I never stop pushing myself. I started dancing when I was six years old and I was that little girl that would cry when I had to leave the dance room. Growing up I always had the urge to dance and once collegiate dance was coming to an end I didn’t want it to be over. But I knew what the next step was and that was the Ontario Fury dance team. Although I was very nervous, I knew that I wanted to call this team my next family. I am filled with joy that I pursued my dream to become a professional dancer because I have inspired so many young dancers that want to do the same and I could not be any happier.

What was your favorite experience as a professional cheerleader?

My favorite experience as a professional dancer were all the rehearsals that we had. Having weekly rehearsals with the whole team was a great way to bond with my wonderful teammates and director. Being on a dance team is great but dancing with girls who give it their all and have passion is the reason why I loved this team. Another experience that I really enjoyed with the Fury were the fans. The second the fans would enter the arena they were delighted to see us and I am beyond blessed that we were able to get to know our fans because it completes the whole experience as a professional dancer.

What is your favorite dance style?

My favorite dance style is jazz. I love to express my sassy side through this style of dance because it shows my confidence!

What is your favorite dance move? What is your go to dance move?

My favorite dance move is definitely just a simple hip roll. I love to dance to latin music on my free time so I definitely have to use my hips. My go to dance move when I’m having fun is the classic sprinkler!

What are the three words that describe you?

Charismatic: “Never judge a book by its cover”. This quote always encourages me to meet new people and learn more. I am the kind of person that is very welcoming and will make an effort to get to know you. I never hold back on anyone because you never know what tomorrow might bring!

Courageous: If there is an obstacle, I will overcome it. If there is an issue, will solve it. When I have a goal, I will accomplish it.

Selfless: I have a huge heart for the people that I love and I always consider everyone’s best interest!

What is something that most people don’t know about you?

A fun fact that a lot of people do not know about me is that I have watched every single movie that Leonardo DiCaprio has acted in.

What is your favorite music genre? Who is your favorite musical artist?

I have a very versatile music genre but two of my favorite musical artists are Beyonce and Red Hot Chili Peppers.

What is your guilty pleasure?
Anyone who knows me can answer this question off the bat and that is ice cream. My currently favorite flavor is chunky monkey.

What is the one thing you can’t live without?

One thing I can’t live without is Netflix. I always enjoy watching documentaries and movies with friends.

Who is the one person that inspires you the most?

My sister has made a huge impact in my life ever since I was born. We are twelve years a part but we share a bond that is inseparable. Growing up she attend every game, competition and assembly that I was in involved. I hope to be just like her because she is the definition of all of which women is capable. Nothing can stop her and that is why she is a successful business woman.

What advice would you tell someone who aspires to become a professional cheerleader?

To those who want to become a professional dancer all I have to say is that work hard and enjoy every moment. It is very important to keep up with your fitness and your dance technique, but don’t forget about spending time with your teammates because the season goes by very fast!

Where do you see yourself in ten years?

In ten years I hope to become a successful entrepreneur in the fashion industry. I want to complete everything on my bucket list and make a new one. Lastly, I want to share my happiness with my very own family one day and close friends.

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Cheerleader Profile: Ladies of Ontario Fury Dancer Courtney

Our next featured cheerleader is Courtney, a first year member of the Ladies of Ontario Fury.

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Why did you become a professional cheerleader?

Dance has always been a huge part of my life. I started at the age of 5 and have been a part of competition and high school dance teams. I was a student in my college dance program and missed being a member of a team. I wanted to continue to further my passion for dance and expand my horizons.

What was your favorite experience as a professional cheerleader?

The rush of running out to set for a routine at my first game! Performing in front of a huge crowd is always a favorite experience.

What is your favorite dance style?

I would definitely admit that jazz is my favorite dance style. I love a fast paced and fiery routine to pump me up! It also gives me a chance to show my technique.

What is your favorite dance move? What is your go to dance move?

My favorite dance move would be pirouettes because I’m a fast turner and my go to dance move would be anything with a massive hair flip!

What are the three words that describe you?

Three words to describe me would be spontaneous, active, and genuine

What is something that most people don’t know about you?

I know the lyrics to almost every song, (mainstream radio, oldies) but I’m a terrible singer. I don’t let that stop me! I also love going to the movies. I particularly enjoy scary movies, but I am open to seeing anything.

What is your favorite music genre? Who is your favorite musical artist?

I love all types of music, but my favorite genres are country and electronic dance music. For country, my favorite music artist is Rascal Flatts and my favorite EDM artist is Skrillex.

Facebook, Instagram or Twitter? Or some other app. What’s your favorite app?

My favorite app is Facebook because I can keep in contact with distant family members and friends.

Who is the one person that inspires you the most?

My mom inspires me the most. She worked hard for my family and taught me to live passionately for my dreams and goals. My mom lost an 8 month battle against lung cancer and her fight and drive to beat it inspires me greatly. She shared the same love for dance as I did and I will continue to dance in her spirit.

What advice would you tell someone who aspires to become a professional cheerleader?

Focus on yourself as an athlete and dancer, your lifestyle will change dramatically for the better. Hit the gym and take as many dance classes as possible. You are your own cheerleader-confidence is everything! Attend as many auditions as possible and go for the experience. Don’t become discouraged and show those judges what you’re made of! Dance your heart out and leave nothing on that audition floor.

Where do you see yourself in ten years?

Hopefully in ten years, I will still be working as a Recreation Therapist and a dance teacher/coach. I will be married with a family and a pug. I also aspire to open my own competitive dance studio and offer classes for dancers with disabilities.

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Cheerleader Profile: Ladies of Ontario Fury Dancer Jessica

This is Jessica, a first year member of the Ladies of Ontario Fury.

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Why did you become a professional cheerleader?

I’ve been a technically trained studio dancer my whole life. It wasn’t until I started college that I even considered dancing on a team. After auditioning for my school’s team at the beginning of my freshman year, I was immediately hooked. Dancing for a crowd of fans cheering you on is such a different thrill than performing on a stage in a theater, and so much more exciting! I’m doing what I love for a living, and putting my dance degree to good use!

What was your favorite experience as a professional cheerleader?

After auditions were over, we had a weekend boot camp where us rookies got to learn the ropes of being on a professional team. That was the first time it really hit me that my job is so much more than having rehearsals and performing at games. We represent such an amazing foundation and inspire so many of our fans to pursue their own dreams and I’m so grateful to have been given the opportunity to experience something like this.

What is your favorite dance move? What is your go to dance move?

I’ve always been a leaper instead of a turner, so I’m always throwing leaps into my choreography or freestyle. Tilt jumps, single stag leaps, surprise leaps…just to name a few. But you always gotta throw on a big smile and some hair-ography for extra style!

What are the three words that describe you?

Optimistic, energetic, and easygoing.

What is something that most people don’t know about you?

I was a HUGE choir/drama nerd growing up. I sang in choir for 8 years and in high school I started participating in my school’s musical productions. I would love to get back into singing and acting one of these days! Some of my favorite musicals are West Side Story, Chicago, Avenue Q, Spring Awakening, and Wicked.

What is your favorite music genre?

I like just about all genres of music! I prefer music that makes me want to move, so I usually stick to more upbeat genres like dance, pop, and hip-hop. But I also listen to reggae pretty often, mostly when I’m driving to and from work because it keeps me calm in all that traffic. J

What is the one thing you can’t live without?

The beach! I grew up right next to it, and sometimes I wonder why I even left. I’m always happiest when I’m around warm sand, sunshine, and the sound of the ocean.

Facebook, Instagram or Twitter? Or some other app. What’s your favorite app?

Snapchat! I like seeing little pieces of everyone’s day and what they’re up to. And of course sending ugly selfies and pictures with all those cool filters to my closest friends is always fun!

Who is the one person that inspires you the most?

I know this isn’t one person, but both of my parents have been such strong influences in my life. They’ve never once discouraged me from following my heart and doing what I love and always believed in me. They will forever be my biggest support group and my number one fans. I love you both and I don’t know what I’d do or where I’d be without you!

What is your motto to live by?

There’s both good and bad in life, and you can’t have one without the other.

What advice would you tell someone who aspires to become a professional cheerleader?

Just TRY, and don’t give up! I know that’s a very generic piece of advice, but if I ever let any of the rejection I’ve ever gotten in my life stop me from achieving my goals, I wouldn’t be where I am today. Just smile, stand tall, and rock what you’ve got! All your talent is bound to be noticed.

Where do you see yourself in ten years?

Ten years!? I don’t even know where I see myself next week! Ha ha! But I do know that at some point in my future, I’d like to have a family of my own and hopefully be in charge of my own dance studio.

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Cheerleader Profile: Ladies of Ontario Fury Dancer Ashlynne

Introducing Ashlynne, a first year member of the Ladies of Ontario Fury. Let’s get to know her a little better.

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Why did you become a professional cheerleader?

I’ve been dancing for my whole life, but my experience on my college dance team at UCR was what made me realize I wanted to be on a professional dance team! In my senior year, I knew that I wasn’t ready to give up performing with a team, so that’s why I decided to audition for Fury. I wanted to be working with girls who have the same kind of dedication to dancing and a team as I do.

What was your favorite experience as a professional cheerleader?

Every time I run out onto that turf. Performing in front of a crowd gives me the best rush, and I live for that feeling! I also really enjoy meeting the fans and taking pictures with them; they’re always so excited and that makes me even more happy to be there.

What is your favorite dance style?

I think that contemporary and lyrical styles are so beautiful, and I love doing those and putting all of my emotion into it. But sassy jazz is the most fun for me, especially to perform!

What is your favorite dance move? What is your go to dance move?

Leaps are definitely my favorite. My go-to is always a hair flip! ?

What are the three words that describe you?

Passionate, because when I know what I want, I put everything I have into it. Talkative; whenever I’m with my friends, we can go on talking for hours and hours! And nocturnal haha. All of my energy comes out at night!

What is something that most people don’t know about you?

I’m an extremely competitive person and a perfectionist. I grew up as a serious figure skater for 11 years, competing regionally and nationally, and that mindset has carried out into my life after skating. Even things I do for fun, like dance, I always want to be my very best, and if I make any mistakes it bothers me a lot. Sometimes I have to remind myself to lighten up and not be too hard on myself because I’m doing this for the love of dance and performing, not to be perfect!

What is your guilty pleasure?

Netflix. I try not to start new shows as much as possible, because once I start, I can’t stop. I’m definitely a binge-watcher. I’ve watched an entire 24-episode season in a single weekend! ?

Facebook, Instagram or Twitter? Or some other app. What’s your favorite app?

It would probably be a tie between Instagram and Snapchat. With Instagram, I love being able to share pictures with my friends, and go back to see my favorite memories all in one place. But with Snapchat, it’s cool that I can keep up with what my friends are up to on a regular basis and share my fun moments instantly!

Who is the one person that inspires you the most?

My older brother. We used to fight a lot when we were younger, but now I really look up to him. He is always trying to better himself, whether it’s academically or just as a person, even though making changes in your life is one of the most difficult things to do. I aspire to be like that as well.

What is your motto to live by?

“Work hard, be yourself, and have fun!” That’s from Michelle Kwan, a legendary figure skater. I have always looked up to her, and that quote really resonates with me. Work hard for what you want, always stay true to yourself, and do what makes you happy to make the most out of your life!

What advice would you tell someone who aspires to become a professional cheerleader?

Never give up! If you know in your heart that it’s your passion, then go for it. Auditions can be really scary and intimidating, but just getting that experience is so beneficial. Just because one team doesn’t have a spot for you doesn’t mean that another team wouldn’t be honored to have you, or that the following year won’t be your year for your dream team. As long as you want it, keep trying! Don’t let yourself look back one day and wish you had tried to follow your dreams when you had the chance.

Where do you see yourself in ten years?

I hope I will have started a family, still be living in Southern California, and be working as an occupational therapist, with lots of memories of dancing and traveling to look back on!

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Cheerleader Profile: Ladies of Ontario Fury Dancer Nikki

Meet Nikki, a second year member of the Ladies of Ontario Fury.

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Why did you become a professional cheerleader?

Growing up I’ve always been passionate about dancing, and now that I am older I am able to not only do what I love, but receive all the perks and benefits that come with being a professional dancer.

What was your favorite experience as a professional cheerleader?

Performing in front of a big crowd is one of my favorite experience as a professional dancer, but being able to inspire and encourage future dancers would have to be my favorite experience of all.

What is your favorite dance style?

I am in between jazz and hip hop, as my favorite dance style, because I can easily put my own style by being sharp and clean.

What is your favorite dance move? What is your go to dance move?

My favorite dance move would be anything that has pirouettes in it, but my go to dance move would be anything that involves a booty pop!

What are the three words that describe you?

If I had to pick three words to describe myself would be active, daring, and awesome. In all, I am a very easy going person who lives in the moment.

What is your favorite music genre? Who is your favorite musical artist?

Any type of music I can dance to would be my favorite music genre, but I do prefer to listen to country and pop. As of right now, my favorite music artist is SAM HUNT… not just because of his looks, but his voice of course.

What is your guilty pleasure?

Definitely my guilty pleasure would be going to the movies, because I get to sit back with a bucket of popcorn and no interruptions.

What is the one thing you can’t live without?

I wouldn’t say one thing I can’t live without, but two. My two cats are something I cannot live without.

Facebook, Instagram or Twitter? Or some other app. What’s your favorite app?

Snapchat! I get curious to see what people are doing and it is an easy way to communicate to people through pictures or videos in the moment.

Who is the one person that inspires you the most?

The one person who inspires me would be my eldest sister, because I would not be so open-minded to everything that life has to offer me.

What advice would you tell someone who aspires to become a professional cheerleader?

My advice to future professional dancers would be to just get up and do it! Dancing is about constructive criticism and it is something dancers will just have to learn to accept to make their dreams happen.

Where do you see yourself in ten years?

In ten years, I see myself being a homeowner near the beach and working as a flight attendant.

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Come and meet Nikki and the rest of the Ladies of Ontario Fury at their last home game of the season on February 24th at the Citizens Business Bank Arena. For more information about the Ontario Fury, please visit their website here.

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Cheerleader Profile: Ladies of Ontario Fury Dancer Alex

This is Alex, a first year member of the Ladies of Ontario Fury. Let’s get to know a little more about her.

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Why did you become a professional cheerleader?

I auditioned for the Ladies of Ontario Fury for a variety of reasons. I have a huge passion for dance. I have been dancing since I was three and have loved it ever since. After my years of high school dance teams and college dance teams, I was looking for more. I wanted to become a professional dancer because it seemed like the next step in my dancing career. I’m always pushing myself to grow not only as a dancer, but as a person as well, and Fury has helped me do that.

What was your favorite experience as a professional cheerleader?

My favorite experience so far has been when I got the opportunity to give back to the community during the 8th Annual Colonies Holiday Miracle Event. This program gives back to families in need and helps spread some holiday cheer. I had the pleasure of taking a little boy shopping around just in time for Christmas. We went to three different stores and he got a lot of cool gifts for his mom and brothers; and of course we were able to cross off a couple of his Christmas list items as well! The whole day was such a rewarding and fun experience! I’m thankful for Ontario Fury for not only giving me three privilege to dance and perform; but also do work like this and with the Fury Foundation!

What is your favorite dance style?

My favorite dance style is fast jazz. I love being sassy and dancing to upbeat fast songs. I grew up in competitive dance, so I love anything that allows me to show off my technique!

What is your favorite dance move? What is your go to dance move?

My favorite dance moves are definitely turns! Fun fact: growing up I competed and often won best turner at competitions!

What are the three words that describe you?

Three words that describe me are sassy, optimistic, and energetic.

What is your favorite music genre? Who is your favorite musical artist?

My favorite music genre is electric dance music. My favorite artist is Yellow Claw.

What is the one thing you can’t live without?

One thing I can’t live without is my family and friends. I’m very fortunate to have the best support system around me and would go crazy without them!

Facebook, Instagram or Twitter? Or some other app. What’s your favorite app?

Instagram! I love editing pictures and sharing them with all of my friends.

Who is the one person that inspires you the most?

The one person who inspires me the most is my mom. She gives the best advice, the warmest hugs, and constantly pushes me to strive to be my best. She leads by example and always has her head held high, even in the toughest of situations. She has overcome so much, yet does everything she can, along with my dad to support and provide for my family.

What is your motto to live by?

My motto to live by is “Carpe Diem” which means “seize the moment”. I always try to remind myself to take full advantage of the opportunities that are given to me and to live everyday like it’s my last.

What advice would you tell someone who aspires to become a professional cheerleader?

Some advice that I would give is to first find confidence in yourself. It’s very hard to go out and in front of thousands of spectators when you aren’t confident. In addition to that I would take as many dance classes as possible. You can never take too many technique classes!

Where do you see yourself in ten years?

In ten years my only wish is to look back and have no regrets. I want to be happy with a degree, maybe my masters, and have a successful job and be a devoted and loving wife, and maybe even a mom!

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You can see Alex and the rest of the Ladies of Ontario Fury at their next home game on February 21st at the Citizens Business Bank Arena. For more information about the Ontario Fury, please visit their website here.

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Cheerleader Profile: Ladies of Ontario Fury Dancer McKenzie

This is McKenzie, a second year member of the Ladies of Ontario Fury. Let’s take a moment to get to know her.

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Why did you become a professional cheerleader?

Performing has always been a huge passion of mine ever since I started dancing when I was 3 years old. As I grew older I began competing on my dance studios team, then moved onto cheerleading through high school, and then continued onto the collegiate level for two years. When the opportunity to audition for a professional team came across my path there was no doubt in my mind that I had to jump on the opportunity. Being a professional cheerleader for the past two years has been one of my biggest accomplishments. Being able to perform on the field and to be able give back to my community has been more than a dream come true.

What was your favorite experience as a professional cheerleader?

My favorite experience, hands down, has to be the very first time I stepped onto that turf, looked out into the crowd, and took a deep breath in. I remembering being able to hear my heart beating so loudly I could hear it in my ears. Seeing all of the fans, including my family, and hearing the roar of the crowd and our music still to this day gives me chills. That moment is something I will forever cherish.

What is your favorite dance move? What is your go to dance move?

Just one!? That’s not fair, I have so many! For me, my favorite dance move is anything that I can do a hair flip, shimmy, and shake. My go to dance move, technically speaking is a left high kick, but I can also do a pretty mean hand jive! ;D Ha ha.

What are the three words that describe you?

Adventurous, supportive, and courageous.

What is something that most people don’t know about you?

Something most people don’t know about me is that I am a huge gym junkie. I go to the gym 5-6 times a week. If I don’t go, I legit get sad. Lifting, cardio, yoga, I love it all! Challenging and pushing myself is definitely a hobby of mine. Before I go to bed I plan my workouts and it makes me excited to wake up in the morning.

What is your guilty pleasure?

Donuts and those cheesy wedding videos on Vimeo. They definitely make me cry but that’s when the donuts come to the rescue! Haha.

What is the one thing you can’t live without?

My family and friends! They’re my support system! They let my dreams run wild yet they keep me grounded. Without them I’d be lost. Oh and coffee! Without that I’m a grumpy zombie.

Facebook, Instagram or Twitter? Or some other app. What’s your favorite app?

Instagram, Instagram, INSTAGRAM! I love taking pictures, sharing pictures, and seeing other peoples pictures! I’m definitely that annoying girl that constantly asks to take pictures!

Who is the one person that inspires you the most?

My Grandpa. He is by far the most kind hearted person I have ever met. He would do anything to see his loved ones healthy, happy, and successful. I truly admire that and hope to by like him one day. Quite literally, if it weren’t for him I wouldn’t be able to be doing the things I’m doing today. Everything I do, I do for him, and to make him proud.

What is your motto to live by?

“Those who don’t jump will never fly.” I’m a huge believer in taking the risk, even if it scares you, you never know unless you try. It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting. Sometimes you have to trust the unknown and take the chance.

What advice would you tell someone who aspires to become a professional cheerleader?

Never give up! It’s definitely a long and tricky road but it is 110% worth every bit of it. Set a goal, work hard every day, stay true to yourself, and just have fun! Pay no mind to the fear of failure, just keep doing your thing. Keep an open heart and a strong spirit. You’ve got to go out and fight for it. Nobody knows what you want except you, and nobody will be as sorry as you if you don’t get it. So don’t ever give up on your dreams.

Where do you see yourself in ten years?

Ten years? Oh man! I don’t even know what I want for dinner! Haha. In ten years I’ll hope to have my Bachelors and Masters in Communications. Maybe be working as an entertainment news anchor for E! News. I hope to be traveling the world or living in Dublin with my two future dogs. I hope to still be happy and healthy and I could never ask for more!

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You can see McKenzie and the rest of the Ladies of Ontario Fury at their next home game on February 21st at the Citizens Business Bank Arena. For more information about the Ontario Fury, please visit their website here.

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Cheerleader Profile: Ladies of Ontario Fury Dancer Lizzie

Let’s get to know Lizzie, a first year member of the Ladies of Ontario Fury.

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Why did you become a professional cheerleader?

My dance teacher from childhood started her professional dance career as a Laker Girl so it inspired me to keep the cheer path open as a way to pursue my dreams.

What was your favorite experience as a professional cheerleader?

My favorite experience has been bonding with ladies and getting to know them individually. It’s really quite amazing that everyone has something unique that she brings to the team, and I believe that is what makes our team so special and great.

What is your favorite dance style?

Jazz, especially the 80’s style.?

What is your favorite dance move? What is your go to dance move?

Give me a good pas de bourree any day! My go to dance move would have to be any type of groove, I like to feel music.

What are the three words that describe you?

Adaptive: I don’t mind change.
Observational: I always try to keep in mind others and my surroundings.
Hopeful: I have good feelings about the future and I have faith in the workings of the universe.

What is something that most people don’t know about you?

That I am surprisingly versatile, it even surprises me sometimes ha ha. I enjoy a wide range of things from country line dancing, nascar, hikes to fantastic views, anime, and reading.

What is your guilty pleasure?

Sleeping for hours!

Who is the one person that inspires you the most?

The people who inspire me the most would have to be my family. They are so strong, and they support me beyond belief.

What is your motto to live by?

“All you need is love…and a cat.” Ha ha 😉

What advice would you tell someone who aspires to become a professional cheerleader?

Grab every opportunity that you can! Don’t give up, always strive for improvement, and you will eventually find where you fit.

Where do you see yourself in ten years?

I see myself successfully immersed in my profession and possibly married with a family!

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Come and say “hi” to Lizzie and the rest of the Ladies of Ontario Fury at their next home game on February 13th at the Citizens Business Bank Arena. For more information about the Ontario Fury, please visit their website here.

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Cheerleader Profile: Ladies of Ontario Fury Dancer Sativa-Skye

Let’s meet Sative-Skye, a second year member of the Ladies of Ontario Fury.

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Why did you become a professional cheerleader?

I always knew that dancing and cheering would be more than just a hobby for me. Through my many many years of dancing, and eventually being a cheerleader on the high-school and collegiate level, I realized that being a professional cheerleader would be a dream come true. Being able to dance, entertain a crowd, and cheer on my favorite sports team makes my heart so full.

What was your favorite experience as a professional cheerleader?

Last year a few members of the Ladies Of Ontario Fury along with myself, were selected to live in Mumbai, India for two months to perform on and film a live television show. Having that experience with my teammates was such a life changing experience and I am forever grateful. I would have never imagined that an opportunity of that nature would ever come my way, and it was even more amazing because I was able to dance alongside my beautiful and talented friends.

What is your favorite dance style?

Up until the age of about 14 Ballet was my heart and soul. Now I would definitely have to say that a solid Hip-Hop routine and sassy Jazz combo really get me going!

What is your favorite dance move? What is your go to dance move?

That’s a tough question… you can never go wrong with some hip rolls and a hair toss. But I’d have to say that high kicks and a leg tilt are always my go-to.

What are the three words that describe you?

Dedicated, caring, and witty

What is something that most people don’t know about you?

I actually really love to read and write! Once I get wrapped up in a book there’s no stopping me until I finish. Journaling is also one of my outlets besides dance that I use to unwind after a long day, or just a way to get some feelings out.

What is your favorite music genre? Who is your favorite musical artist?

It’s too hard to choose just one favorite music genre! I love everything from Top 40 pop, to hip-hop and indie alternative. If I had to pick a few favorites: definitely Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber, James Blake, The XX, G-Eazy, and Lorde.

What is the one thing you can’t live without?

The support from my mom and all of my wonderful friends and family. There is never a day that goes by where I don’t think about how incredibly lucky I am to have such great, loving people in my life.

Who is the one person that inspires you the most?

My momma. I can only imagine what being a young single mom must have been like for her, and she still managed to give me the world. She obtained a Master’s degree from USC while raising a kid and working full time, so if she can do that I feel like there is no reason I can’t continue to follow my dreams.

What is your motto to live by?

“Just keep swimming”. There are going to be tough days, and rough patches along the way. But that should never ever be a reason to give up. You gotta just keep swimming and eventually all of your hard work will pay off.

What advice would you tell someone who aspires to become a professional cheerleader?

It is going to take a lot of hard work and dedication. Not only by bettering yourself as an athlete and dancer, but by dedicating time and effort to your team! Never let the fear of competing with other talented girls keep you from showing up to an audition. If you have dreams of performing on a court, field, turf, or ice, you show up to that audition and stay confident in yourself and your abilities! You will hear a hundred “no’s” before that “yes” so just keep showing up to those auditions with a bright happy smile on your face. My best wishes go out to you.

Where do you see yourself in ten years?

I see myself very happy in ten years, as I am very happy now. Hopefully I’ll be traveling the world with my husband! Maybe recently have started a family? I will have completed college by then and will have put in my time as an NBA and NFL dancer 😉 I know that as long as I keep working hard to accomplish my goals, only the best is to come.

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You can see Sativa-Skye and the rest of the Ladies of Ontario Fury at their next home game on February 13th at the Citizens Business Bank Arena. For more information about the Ontario Fury, please visit their website here.

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Cheerleader Profile: Ladies of Ontario Fury Dancer Brittany

Meet Brittany, third year member of the Ladies of Ontario Fury.

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Why did you become a professional cheerleader?

I’ve cheered and danced all my life so once it was time to make the transition from an adolescent all-star team, to the professional world, I was very excited and honored to be a part of such a great team in a very elite field!  Being a professional dancer is one of my greatest accomplishments and deepest passions!

What was your favorite experience as a professional cheerleader?

There’s no other adrenaline rush that can beat running onto the field with all of the fans cheering for you as you line up for the music to start, I love that of course!  But, I really enjoy our post game autograph sessions where I get to meet with our fans and connect on a personal level!

What is your favorite dance style?

I am the most trained and technically best at ballet, but I enjoy hip hop the most and it’s the most common in my industry!

What are the three words that describe you?

Passionate- I am consumed in doing the things I love with the utmost passion.
Dedicated- I am 100% committed and involved in everything I do to the end.
Playful- I am a girly girl and a tom boy all wrapped into one. I’m goofy and love adventure!

What is something that most people don’t know about you?

Most people don’t know that I was painfully shy growing up and I was bullied.  Only because of pageants was I able to overcome these obstacles, helping me develop into an outgoing, brave woman today who is proud to be your Miss California United States 2015-2016!

What is your guilty pleasure?

I LOVE frozen yogurt, you can call me a yogurt snob! 😉  I know the best spots and I have a rewards card at all of them.

What is the one thing you can’t live without?

I can’t live without WAZE!  With my very hectic lifestyle in LA, I rely on Waze to help me navigate my life on a timely schedule.

What is your motto to live by?

“She is clothed with dignity and strength, and laughs without fear of the future.”  Proverbs 31:25  I am a strong woman with integrity and have faith in God to take care of my life.

What advice would you tell someone who aspires to become a professional cheerleader?

It takes a lot of hard work and dedication.  It may not happen your first try, but a passionate person never gives up for what they truly want.  Stay in dance class and become knowledgeable in the industry.

Where do you see yourself in ten years?

In ten years I see myself living in Malibu, married with 2-3 children.  I hope to have starred in a few major motion picture films and owning my own pageant system!

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You can see Brittany and the rest of the Ladies of Ontario Fury at their next home game on February 13th at the Citizens Business Bank Arena.  For more information about the Ontario Fury, please visit their website here.

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Cheerleader Profile: Ladies of Ontario Fury Dancer Erika

Let’s get to know Erika, a third year member of the Ladies of Ontario Fury.

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Why did you become a professional cheerleader?

I was given the opportunity to start cheering/dancing at the age of 9, and ever since then I have been fully captivated by the sport!  Inspired by a former Clippers Spirit Dancer, it was my dream to perform in front of thousands of people someday & that someday finally is here!

What was your favorite experience as a professional cheerleader?

My favorite experience as a professional cheerleader was being selected to perform on a live television show in India called, “Extraaa Innings” for the Indian Premier Cricket League.  It was incredible to be able to take my profession overseas and to perform in front of millions of viewers!

What is your favorite dance style?

I have many different dance styles, but it’s a close tie between hip hop and bachata.

What is your favorite dance move? What is your go to dance move?

When in doubt, Pop Lock & Drop it!  The drop split is my go to dance move, and really gets the crowd pumped!

What are the three words that describe you?

Inspirational, Innovative, Adventurous

What is your favorite music genre? Who is your favorite musical artist?

Anything I can dance to is my favorite kind of music!  Lately I have been listening to a lot of Bollywood & Bachata music.  My favorite music artist is Jennifer Lopez, she is incredible!

What is your guilty pleasure?

Sweeeeeeeeeeeets! Cookies & Milk are my ultimate guilty pleasure snack.

Facebook, Instagram or Twitter? Or some other app.

I’m a very active instagram user, although I don’t like to be on my phone all the time.  My favorite app has to be shazam because when I listen to a new song & want to save it to my phone I immediately press the button and SHAZAM the song is saved!  It’s also great to see what kind of music is trending in other countries around the world!

Who is the one person that inspires you the most?

The one person who truly inspires me is my mother.  My mom is hard working, determined and lets no one bring her down.  I often catch myself doing things my mom would do and I am proud to say I am my mothers daughter.

What advice would you tell someone who aspires to become a professional cheerleader?

Keep focused.  Especially when it comes down to audition day, go in with a positive attitude and show the judges everything you have worked for all year!  There are hundreds of other girls who want that spot on the team, so make it known that you are hungry for it.

Where do you see yourself in ten years?

10 years from now I see myself starting new goals, and helping others achieve theirs!  I see my current business growing and would love to open more locations overseas in europe!  With a great support system, I would love to start a family of my own & be a supermom!  I plan on investing in a prestigious dance studio and prep future professional dancers/cheerleaders worldwide!  I want to inspire and volunteer my time by hosting students abroad into our community.  My ultimate goal is to receive the opportunity to be featured on Tedx or Forbes!

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You can meet Erika and the rest of the Ladies of Ontario Fury at their next home game on February 13th at the Citizens Business Bank Arena.  For more information about the Ontario Fury, please visit their website here.

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