Click here to check out photos from this year’s auditions on the AAIA Facebook page. Top row (L-R): Brooklyn*, Jamie, Haley, Director Stephanie DiBiase-Wheat, alumnus Sasha Sessums, Jessica, Cassie, Kayla Middle row: Kelli, Amy A., Vivian*, Elise, Stashia Bottom row: Britnai, Amy K.*, Laura, Somer, Kelsey*
By Jay Betsill Special to DFW.com September 4, 2014
It took a while. At the tail end of a cooler-than-usual summer, August made up for lost time: The sweltering heat and humidity that we have all come to expect finally arrived and put some sizzle in our summer. Since DFW has a well-deserved reputation for being so hot, this is when we celebrate all things that go along with summertime here, including some of the hottest people in the area at some of the coolest locations the Metroplex has to offer.
This year’s bevy of “it” women and men is a nod to the sports-obsessed nature of North Texas: You’ll meet a former Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader, an NBA dancer, an Ice Angel, a former Indianapolis Colts cheerleader and a former Dallas Stars Ice Girl. We even have a beautiful woman who once played football herself and now owns her own business that specializes in helping DFW residents join “Team Sexy.”
Vivian Ralena Born: Riverside, Calif. Current city: Denton Day job: Dance instructor, second-year veteran of the Allen Americans Ice Angels and full-time student at UNT Dream job: An inspirational speaker for adolescent teenagers who are going through hard times and need guidance People may recognize you from: I actually get recognized a lot in public from the CMT show Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team, which I have been on the past two years. Interesting fact about you: I love to write, especially poetry.
Tessa David Born: Bloomington, Ind. Current city: Dallas Day job: Executive administrative assistant for Blume Architecture and BSN Sports Dream job: Own my own wellness center. I’ve always wanted to start my own dance studio that is geared more towards workout-type dance for the moms while their children take dance classes. Now I would like it to be even more than that and I want it to have a cryotherapy machine, nutritionist and many other things that would help a person develop a very balanced, healthy life. People may recognize you from: I had the privilege of being an NFL cheerleader for the Indianapolis Colts for five years, which provided so many memorable and amazing opportunities, including getting to perform at Super Bowl 44! After moving to the Dallas area, I spent one season with the Allen Americans Ice Angels.
Sequel Molina Born: Fort Worth Current city: Dallas Day job: Administrative assistant at HEB Dental Excellence Dream job: Working with orphaned chimpanzees. I recently saw a documentary on the Discovery Channel and I think they are the cutest things ever. People may recognize you from: I am heading into my fifth season as an NBA dancer (for the Dallas Mavericks Dancers). My family had season tickets to the NBA when I was growing up and after being a cheerleader in high school, I knew this was my next step. The coolest aspect of being an NBA dancer is being on the court in front of a sold-out arena. It is definitely a major adrenaline rush. Interesting fact about you: Sequel really is my name, not a nickname … I promise! (Editor’s note: Her parents named her Sequel because she was their second child.)
Chelsea Chaney Born: Merkel Current city: Dallas Day job: Bridal stylist Dream job: Host my own national TV talk show about the lifestyle world similar to my blog, ChelseaChaney.com. My first guests on the show would be Ellen DeGeneres, Taylor Swift and Chris Pratt. People may recognize you from: The 2012-13 NFL season, when I was a member of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders. How would you describe your season as one of Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders? I had a fantastic time on the squad, made a lot of great friends. It was definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience and for me it was an opportunity to live out my dream of a small-town girl in the big city. Interesting fact about you: I am borderline diabetic so I can’t eat sugar. Growing up, there was never any candy or Coke in the house.
Mercedes Owens Born: Tulsa, Okla. Current city: Dallas Day job: Sports reporter for D210TV on Time Warner Cable Sports Channel. I cover the Dallas Cowboys, SMU football and SMU basketball. Do you have any special experiences from your time as a sports reporter that stand out? As an SMU alum, having the chance to work in the same environment as a legend like head basketball coach Larry Brown last season is something I will never forget. I also did some fan-reaction interviews during the Mavs playoffs against the Spurs, and I filled in for the D210 entertainment reporter last summer, and I interviewed Marlon Wayans for A Haunted House 2. This summer I began covering the Cowboys on draft night and have continued through camp and will do the home games this season at AT&T Stadium. Dream job: I want to host a national sports show and be the “Chelsea Handler of sports.” Who would your first guests be on your show? I’d have a panel of four with LeBron James, Doc Rivers, Dez Bryant and Kevin Hart. People may recognize you from: I was a Dallas Stars Ice Girl for the past two seasons. Best feature: My sense of humor. I love to laugh and make people laugh. I am definitely a jokester.
This time of year, angels are really quite prominent. You might see some evidence of snow angels if there is just enough accumulation. Linus is quoting angels on “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” Angels are earning wings in It’s a Wonderful Life. And angels are in the songs all around us. Hark, you may hear the herald angels sing. There are angelic hosts proclaiming, and angels heard on high.
So who better to ask about the holidays than pro cheer’s own angels, the Ice Angels! The Ice Angels are the amazing dancing, skating, and cheering squad that supports the Allen Americans hockey team north of Dallas. The Americans play in the Central Hockey League, and are fortunate to have a major league quality dance team under the supervision of former Dallas Mavericks Dancer captain/choreographer Stephanie Di Biase-Wheat.
You can see the latest Ice Angels latest Christmas-y photos and performances from this past weekend, courtesy of their photographer extraordinaire James Higgins, at their Facebook page (at this link).
So, UltimateCheerleaders is very pleased to learn about the holidays from some real angels! Here are the Ice Angels!:
Ice Angel: Brittney Favorite holiday season song? “All I Want for Christmas is You” by Mariah Carey Favorite holiday movie?: White Christmas Most memorable time with Santa? My papa dresses up as Santa each year and goes to the junior high and other schools to visit the special needs classes, and I would go with him as his elf Most memorable, bestest holiday gifts you ever received as a young girl? Barbie bike Most memorable holiday performance? With my drill team, I danced in the Adolphus Children’s Parade, and it comes on TV! On a snow filled day, would you rather make snow angels and a snowman or stay inside and watch Ice Age by a warm fire? Both! Play outside, then sit by the fire Favorite beverage on a cold day?: Hot chocolate with marshmallows Elves know the best gift card for me is: Chick-Fil-A
Ice Angel: Brooklyn Favorite holiday season song? “Where are you Christmas?” Favorite holiday movie?: Jim Carrey’s The Grinch Most memorable photo on Santa’s lap? My daughter’s first photo with Santa in my favorite Most memorable, bestest holiday gifts you ever received as a young girl? My very own go-cart from “Santa” when I was 10 Most memorable holiday performance? I was Mary in every church play growing up On a snow filled day, would you rather make snow angels and a snowman or stay inside and watch Ice Age by a warm fire? I would rather cuddle by the fire with hot cocoa and watch the snow fall out the window Favorite beverage on a cold day?: Dark roast coffee with sweet cream creamer Elves know the best gift card for me is: M.A.C. And a great gift idea is also a donation to my favorite charity which is: American Cancer Society
Ice Angel: Amy Favorite holiday season song? “Little Drummer Boy” Favorite holiday movie?: Elf Most memorable photo on Santa’s lap? My friend, brother, and I took a picture with Santa when we were in college Most memorable, bestest holiday gifts you ever received as a young girl? American Girl doll Most memorable holiday performance? I marched with my middle school band in parades On a snow filled day, would you rather make snow angels and a snowman or stay inside and watch Ice Age by a warm fire? I like to make snowmen Favorite beverage on a cold day?: Hot chocolate! Elves know the best gift card for me is: Starbucks And a great gift idea is also a donation to my favorite charity which is: Make a Wish
Ice Angel: Casey Favorite holiday season song? Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas” Favorite holiday movie?: Holiday in Handcuffs Most memorable photo on Santa’s lap? Probably the photo of Santa and me with our thumbs up and tongues sticking out Most memorable, bestest holiday gifts you ever received as a young girl? I would have to say when I was five or six, I received a Barbie car Most memorable performance in a holiday show? Last year’s Christmas performance for Ice Angels; We danced to Justin Bieber with our Santa suits On a snow filled day, would you rather make snow angels and a snowman or stay inside and watch Ice Age by a warm fire? I would love to do both! But I’d probably be outside more since it never snows in Texas! Favorite beverage on a cold day?: Peppermint hot chocolate milk Elves know the best gift card for me is: Victoria’s Secret And a great gift idea is also a donation to my favorite charity which is: Make a Wish
Ice Angel: Rachel Favorite holiday season song? “Santa Baby” Favorite holiday movie?: The Grinch Most memorable photo on Santa’s lap? There is a very cute picture of a friend and me giving Santa a kiss on the cheek Most memorable, bestest holiday gifts you ever received as a young girl? I really don’t have one, I really loved all my gifts every year Most memorable holiday performance? Marching in a parade as a cheerleader for school with Santa hats On a snow filled day, would you rather make snow angels and a snowman or stay inside and watch Ice Age by a warm fire? Make the world’s biggest snowman! Favorite beverage on a cold day?: Coffee Elves know the best gift card for me is: Ross gift card And a great gift idea is also a donation to my favorite charity which is: ASPCA
Ice Angel: Alexandra Favorite holiday season song? “Joy to the World” Favorite holiday movie?: The Preacher’s Wife Most memorable holiday time? My first Christmas back home after I started college. Never knew I would miss my family so much Most memorable, bestest holiday gifts you ever received as a young girl? Easy-bake oven!! Most memorable performance in a holiday show? Chocolate Nutcracker; I remember all of the costumes and even some dance moves On a snow filled day, would you rather make snow angels and a snowman or stay inside and watch Ice Age by a warm fire? Definitely stay inside Favorite beverage on a cold day?: Hot chocolate Elves know the best gift card for me is: Wal-Mart And a great gift idea is also a donation to my favorite charity which is: March of Dimes
First round-August 10th – Dallas Powerhouse-Inwood-Dallas TX 9:30-2:30pm
Second round- August 14nd –Dallas Powerhouse-Inwood-Dallas TX 8-10pm
Finals- August 16th –Dallas Powerhouse-inwood-Dallas Tx 7-9pm- Team will be announced that evening!!
All interested applicants will need to complete the Application and bring them to the audition, along with a check for the $25 registration fee written out to the Allen Americans Ice Angels or you may bring cash,along with a non- returnable photo of yourself. The photo is for identification purposes only.
Should you deliver your application in person $25 cash or check will be acceptable.
Mail or deliver to: Allen Americans Attn: Allen Americans Ice Angels 200 E. Stacy Road, Ste. 1508 Allen, Texas 75002 ATTN: Stephanie D. Wheat
Minimum Requirements for Dancers: · 18 years of age on or before August 8th, 2013. · High school graduate or G.E.D. · If chosen, must reside in the Dallas/Ft. Worth location and have reliable means of transportation. · Must be willing to attend all practices, games, and other related activities.
What does it take to become an Allen Americans Ice Angel? Must be experienced in hip-hop High energy Overall personal and physical appearance Poise Positive role models 100% commitment
What to expect after you make the team: Rehearsals- between 2-3 rehearsals per week: Thursdays 8-10pm, Sundays 3-6pm, Weds. 8-10pm (week prior to half-time performance). Personal Appearances (Charity & Paid) Fan Mail Children’s Dance Workshops Performances Interviews Photo Shoots/2014 Calendar Television and Radio Appearances
Wow, that’s a mouthful! Final auditions for the 2013 Rhythm & Blue took place last week during Draft Day festivities at Cowboys Stadium. (Check out the team’s facebook page for pics). The field of candidates has been narrowed to 22 dancers, who will participate in training camp over the next several weeks. The 2013-14 team will be announced in about a month.
Top Row: Kara, Maya, Danielle, Stevee, Mateya, Jessica S, Angelise, Callie, Brittani, Arianna Middle Row: Antonese, Kendra, Ani, Melody Bottom Row: Miranda, Bianca, Masayo, Brittani, Amy, Christen, Jessica T Sammi (not pictured)
R&B Director Jenny Durbin Smth has her work cut out for her. It won’t be easy to cut this team down to size. Between them, they have a great deal of experience at the pro level.
Amy, Arianna, Christen, Jessica S, Jessica T, Kara, Kendra, Mateya, and Stevee are R&B veterans
Danielle and Maya are alumni of the Allen Americans Ice Angels
Callie and Angelise are alumni of the FC Dallas Girls
Ani is an alum of the San Antonio Spurs Silver Dancers
Miranda is an alum of the Seattle Sea Gals
Brittani is an alumni of the Florida Panthers Lady Panthers