Austin Toros Hire New Dance Team Director

monicatorosThe Austin Toros announced the hire of Monica Aguilar of San Antonio, Texas as the team’s new Director and Choreographer for the Capital City Dance Team and the Toros Junior Dancers. A native of Austin, Aguilar danced for four years at Akins High School before attending UT San Antonio, where she eventually earned a spot with the Spurs’ Silver Dancers. She spent four seasons in San Antonio, two as a team captain. She also taught dance at numerous area studios and fitness clubs.

Aguilar welcomes the challenges of directing and mentoring at the D-League level. “I’m definitely excited to raise the bar and build on the sense of professionalism here,” she commented. “These women all come from different backgrounds and hopefully working hard and pulling the team together will bring out the best in them and me. I think we can build something really special.”

Aguilar, 23, inherits her new position from Terri Meyer, who led the Capital City Dancers for the Toros past three seasons. Open tryouts for the 2009-2010 dance team are scheduled for September.

[Austin Toros Capital City Dancers]

Suns Name New Dance Team Coach

Congratulations to the new Phoenix Suns Dance Team Coach Kari Herrick!

This is a homecoming for Kari who danced for the Suns for five seasons (2000-5).

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Kari was previously the Dance Team Director for the NHL Phoenix Coyote and the NLL Arizona Sting.

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Auditions for the Phoenix Suns Dancers are Sauturday, August 15th. For complete details including a schedule of prep classes visit Suns.com

Amanda Gardella Selected as New Director of Ironmen Dancers

Former Ironmen Dancer Spent Last Season with the Knicks City Dancers

Amanda Grace“With the 2009-10 season right around the corner, the New Jersey Ironmen formally announced Amanda Gardella as their new Director of the Ironmen Dancers today.  A former Ironmen Dancer herself, Gardella spent this past season at Madison Square Garden as one of the renowned Knicks City Dancers.

Everything in the past year has definitely happened really fast, and I am thrilled that this opportunity came about,” Gardella commented.  “Everything happens for a reason, and I am ready to give 150% of my heart and soul into this.  Look for us to do big things!”

A native of Middlesex, New Jersey, Gardella has been dancing since the age of 10 and has been teaching dance at the Broadway Dance Theatre in North Plainfield for the past seven years.  She has additionally been choreographing in competitive dance for the past four years.  Not only was she one of the original Ironmen Dancers during their inaugural 2007-08 season, but she also spent that year with the Sirens, the official dance team of the New York Titans of the National Lacrosse League.  After making her way through a talent pool of over 500 hopefuls over two days of trials last summer, Gardella earned her way into the National Basketball Association as a member of the Knicks City Dancers in Manhattan.

“The Knicks built the foundation that will enable me to lead this dance team to success,” she remarked.  “Making the Knicks needed to happen for me to gain the knowledge and experience for this opportunity, and I am very grateful for my time with them.”

With auditions tentatively scheduled for August, Gardella has already begun developing her vision for the Ironmen Dancers.

“I plan on us having high energy performances, and I guarantee great entertainment at every game,” she stated.  “In addition to being professional and talented dancers, I am looking for girls that will be committed to the development of the community.  I want us to not only represent the Ironmen well, but I also want us to have a strong connection with both the fans and the entire community.”

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[NJ Ironmen Dancers]

Former DCC and San Antonio Roses Director is Mrs. San Antonio United America 2009

Cynthia Trinidad, former Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader and San Antonio Spurs Dancer, is the current regaining Mrs. San Antonio United America 2009. She is also the director of the San Antonio Roses, an Independent Professional Cheerleading Squad that also doubles as Semi-Pro Cheerleaders for the San Antonio Warriors of the NMLF.

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Cynthia Trinidad

One of the reasons she decided to run in this pageant was to be a role model and to lead by example for her squad and daughter. After judging and choreographing pageants, she found that much of her professional cheerleading background and experience applied to many of the same standards and requirements for being a pageant title holder.

Before wining a title she worked with pageant delegates going over tips and trained them in eveningwear walking, stage presence and interview. She also choreographed talent routines for individuals. Her squad attended many appearances and events that are ideal for an appearance as a pageant tile holder. This encouraged her to run for the title of Mrs. San Antonio which she won.

Many of her squad members have gone on to perform on other professional sports teams and some are current or past title pageant holders. One of her former squad members was Pricilla Garcia, Miss San Antonio America 2008.

She hopes her squad will learn that they can always follow their dreams and keep striving to better themselves. If their director can do it, so can they.

Mrs. San Antonio will be going for the title of Mrs. Texas United America 2009 in the state capital in Austin , Texas on June 6 and 7 of this year.

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Cynthia with Kelly McGonagill Finglass at DCC Almuni Reunion

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Cynthia with Miss United America Amanda Middleton and Spurs Silver Dancers

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Cynthia with San Antonio Roses donating toys to Toys-for-Tots

[San Antonio Roses]

Former Laker Girl Has New Book Due in July

Former Laker Girl Sanda Colton from FOX’s So You Think You Can Dance, The Day The Earth Stood Still, and most recently Dancing With The Stars Semi-Final Round Results Show with Raphael Saadiq, has done it again! You’ve seen her on the American Idol promos, the currently running Subway commercials for the ‘$5 Footlong,’ in the upcoming David E. Kelley show “Legally Mad,” The Dream’s video “Rockin’ That Thing” on stage with Rihanna and so much more!

The Spring 2009 Issue of her magazine, O.G. Magazine is now available Original Girl Magazine is a lifestyle publication Sandra created geared toward college students 18-26 years old for those who are On the Go, In the Know and Very That! Go to OriginalGirlMagazine.com to check out the Spring Issue Today! You can also see the Winter 2008 Issue there as well.

Sandra’s book entitled, BOOK ME! How To Become A Successful Working Dancer In Hollywood! is also due out this July. Featuring Over 50 Top Choreographers, Dos and Don’ts at Auditions and On The Job, Sandra hits this one out of the park! A long overdue compilation giving dancers from novice to professional tips from before you move to what to do once you arrive and how to get working, stay working and steps to move your career forward. She attacks this book like she does life, with a fiery passion! An avid writer, Sandra is also on the Board of Directors for the LA Chapter of AFTRA and is also a member of the Recording Academy, SAG and ASCAP. She put this book together to help dancers really understand what it takes to navigate through the Hollywood Dance Scene!

Sandra Colton (Pink-Cover "I Can't Dance")

[SandraColton.com]

[Original Girl Magazine]

Luvabulls Director Celebrates 25 Years

Celebrating 25 years with the Chicago Luvabulls
Nearly 70 former Luvabulls honor Director Cathy Core for her efforts.

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April 2009

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Luvabulls Director Cathy Core was recently honored for her 25 years with the Bulls organization. On April 4, nearly 70 former Luvabulls dancers were on hand as the Bulls took on the New Jersey Nets to re-unite and thank Core for her years of service.

Current Luvabulls also took part in the celebration in which Core was presented with a plaque and cake after the game.

Also on April 4, the Luvabulls and Core were presented with induction plaque into the Amsterdam Haarlem Basketball Week Hall of Fame. The Luvabulls have performed at the tournament in Holland at since the early 1990s and were inducted this year in their Hall of Fame. Click here for photos.

The Best Convention in Professional Cheerleading

All-Pro3 Inc, the company that produces the P-R-O Convention is excited to announce the All-Star line up of guest instructors for their 2009 Convention. Professional Cheerleaders and Dancers from all over the world travel to Atlanta to learn choreography from these instructors every year.

“We always like to add some fresh, new instructors each year to teach alongside our fabulous veteran choreographers” says Tracy Rutledge of All-Pro3. “Raquel Torres-Garcia will be joining us from the San Antonio Spurs, and Ken Martin from USA Pro Cheerleaders will also teach for us for the first time.”


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Rutledge boasts “We pride ourselves in showcasing actual Directors, Managers, and Choreographers who actively run pro teams. Their choreography is always usable and fan friendly, exactly what professional cheerleaders and dancers are looking to learn.”

P-R-O Instructors for 2009:

Tami Krause-NFL Minnesota Vikings & NLL Minnesota Swarm
Sandy Charboneau-NFL Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Raquel Torres-Garcia-NBA San Antonio Spurs
Alto Gary-NFL Houston Texans
Tamara Jenkins-MLS FC Dallas
Stacie Kinder-NFL Tennessee Titans
Ken Martin-USA Pro Cheerleaders
Brandii McCoy-NBA Charlotte Bobcats & ECHL Charlotte Checkers
Stephanie Jojokian-NFL Washington Redskins
Marla Viturello-AFL Philadelphia Soul & Philadelphia Pro Dancers
Shannon Kingsley-NFL Seattle Seahawks

Rutledge adds that “Our Convention continues to grow each year. Our sponsors such as the Line Up, Peavey hosiery, Satin Stitches, and Tech.Nitions, help make our event even more extraordinary each summer!”

The popular “Sideline Distraction Magazine” is a huge hit at the Convention. It features ‘Sideline Hotties’ from various teams and leagues in Professional Cheerleading. Last year, the coveted cover spot went to Crystal, from the NHL Tampa Bay Lightning Girls…who will it be this year? You’ll have to attend the P-R-O Convention to find out!

For more information and to register, visit www.allpro3.com or email allpro3@mac.com

Check out some galleries from last year’s convention.

Christian Naven, Head Coach Sixers Dancers

It’s been a exciting half year for Christian Naven.

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At end of last June, she to came from Illinois to Philadelphia to be the new Sixers Dancers Head Coach. She barely had time to catch her breath before auditions started. Two rounds of cuts and a final audition at Chickie’s Pete’s produced a squad of 10 veterans and 6 rookies, a team of great dancers that will connect with the fans.

But Christian was busy with a lot more than selecting her new squad. Lining up sponsorships, new uniforms, preparations for the new Sixers Dancers Calendar (which has been a huge success) were all tasks that she normally would have been working on when the basketball season ended in the spring. Add on twice-weekly three-hour rehearsals on top her already compressed schedule and you can see why Christian might need to catch up on her sleep.

But she’s no stranger to multitasking. Back when she was a student at Illinois State University, she was the coach of the dance team, The Redline Express. While she was running the squad she had to come up with new composition and routines for her classes (she was a dance major) and at the same time she needed to create new choreography for for classes she taught at a local dance studio.br /br /Christian stayed at ISU has been coaching The Redline Express for the past 7 years. In that time she’s had dancers go to the NBA and NFL as well as perform in music videos and at local concerts.

And she has lots of big plans. For game night she says, “The Dancer’s routines will be sharp and innovative. My goal is to continue to see that they perform with charisma in front of the most loyal fans in the league.” While she describes her style as “Hot Jazz” a fusion of Hip Hop and Technical Jazz, the Dancers will be performing all styles of dance this season. Christian says she wants the fans at the Wachovia Center to be constantly thinking, “What will the Sixers Dancers be doing next?”

And so once Christian gets some free time, what does she plan to do? Actually she’s going to dance some more. She has always wanted to learn Salsa and Ballroom Dance and she’s looking forward to taking advantage of some of the great dance studios that Philadelphia has to offer. Aside from dance Christian love watching movies and reading. A self-described bookwork she lists Push Comes to Shove, the autobiography of Twyla Tharp, as her favorite book.

[Philadelphia Sixers Dancers]