Iowa Barnstormers Dance Team Auditions

Barnstormers Announce Dance and Promo Team Tryouts
Tryout Scheduled for Sunday, December 9 at Wellmark YMCA

DES MOINES – The Iowa Barnstormers will host their annual dance team tryout on Sunday, December 9, 2018 at the Wellmark YMCA on Grand Avenue in downtown Des Moines.

This year, a joint tryout will be held for both the Storm Chasers Dance Team and the Flight Line Promo Team. This audition is open to any female 18 years of age and older who is interested in representing the Iowa Barnstormers both on-field and in the community. The Open Tryout will be held under the direction of Coaches Rebecca “Perry” Perryman (Storm Chasers) and Juli Pettit (Flight Line).

The Storm Chasers Dance Team will perform on the field at every home game both pre-game and at half-time. The Storm Chasers will also lead sideline cheers throughout each and every game. The Flight Line Promo Team assists in cheering on the team and participates in all in-game and on-field promotions throughout each game. Both teams appear at different community events throughout the year.

All participants, for both dance and promo teams, will take part in learning a short sideline pom routine that they will perform in small groups and a brief interview segment. Participants will also be judged on personality, style, and appearance. Those who are interested in the Storm Chasers Dance Team will carry on to learn a one minute choreographed dance routine from Perry which they will then perform in front of a panel of judges.

Participants are encouraged to note if they have interest in both teams.

Check in and registration will open on December 9 at 10:00 a.m. CST with the tryout beginning at 11:00 a.m. CST. All participants will be required to submit a registration payment and sign a waiver and release form. Pre-registration will cost $20 with day-of registration fees increasing to $30 per participant. Pre-registration is now open, forms can be found online and printed from the Iowa Barnstormers website.

Forms for the Storm Chasers Dance Team Tryout can be found here.

Forms for the Flight Line Promo Team Tryout can be found here.

 

Those interested in both teams will only need to complete the Storm Chasers Tryout form.

Those who have questions about the Storm Chasers Dance Team, Flight Line Promo Team, or what to expect at the tryout can contact Juli Pettit in the Iowa Barnstormers front office at 515-564-8457 or e-mail julipettit@theiowabarnstormers.com.

DETAILS:

What: 2019 Storm Chasers Dance Team and Flight Line Promo Team Tryouts

Who: Women 18 years or older by December 9, 2018

When: Sunday, December 9, 2018 (Registration: 10:00 a.m., tryouts begin at 11:00 a.m. CST)

Where: Wellmark YMCA, 501 Grand Ave., Des Moines, IA 50309 (Group Exercise Room)

Cost: Pre-registration: $20.00, day-of: $30.00

Attire: Cropped dance or athletic top (mid-drift must be showing), hot pants or shorts, skin-toned tights or hose, dance sneakers, jazz shoes, or sneakers, performance ready hair and makeup.

Season Tickets for the Iowa Barnstormers 2019 season are on sale now for as low as $80 per seat. Call the Barnstormers front office at (515) 633-2255 or log on to www.theiowabarnstormers.com for more information.

Chelsea is the Dream Team Storm Chaser

Congrats to Chelsea who will represent her squad at Arena Bowl XXVI next month in Orlando. Chelsea is a four-year veteran of the Storm Chasers and works as a Surgical tech.

[Chelsea at IowaBarnstormers.com]

Barnstormers Schedule Dance Team Tryouts for Saturday, December 10

The Iowa Barnstormers of the Arena Football League have announced a tryout date for their 2012 official dance team, the Storm Chasers. The tryouts are scheduled for Saturday, December 10, 2011 at the Best Western Marquis Des Moines Airport Hotel. Registration will begin at 8:00am, with the tryouts taking place from 9am-12pm in the Grand Ballroom.

Once again this season, the Storm Chasers will be under the direction of co-captains Emily Collins and Marissa King, who will both be returning for their fifth seasons with the squad. “We had an outstanding group of young women on last year’s team, and I’m hopeful that we will have another great turnout for this year’s tryout, stated Collins.

Any women interested in attending the tryout can register on-line at www.theiowabarnstormers.com or by calling the Iowa Barnstormers front office at (515) 633-2255. Additional tryout details are listed below:

WHAT: 2012 Storm Chasers Dance Team Tryout

WHEN: Saturday, December 10 2011 (Registration 8a.m.; Tryouts begin at 9 a.m.)

WHERE: Best Western Marquis Des Moines Airport Hotel – Grand Ballroom

ADDRESS: 1810 Army Post Road, Des Moines, IA 50315

COST: $25.00 per participant

AGES: Open to women ages 19 and up

EXPERIENCE: Dancers will be tested on the following – Double Pirouettes, Leaps, Advanced Dance Techniques, and Pom. A one minute routine will be taught and performed.

ATTIRE: Dance or athletic top (mid-drift must be showing), hot pants or shorts, skin toned tights or hose, dance sneakers, jazz shoes, or sneakers, performance ready hair and makeup.

ALL DANCERS MUST BRING: Resume, reference list, head-shot, insurance card, driver’s license or identification and payment. Dancers are encouraged to pre-register, as we have a limited number of spots available.

For further information, please call (515) 633-2255 or visit www.theiowabarnstormers.com.

Businesswoman by trade, cheerleader by passion

Barnstormers’ Emily Collins picked to perform tonight at ArenaBowl XXIV
Kristin Danley-Greiner
Des Moines Register
Aug. 10, 2011

During the day, Emily Collins sports business attire and a professional demeanor.

At night, she can be found dancing on a football field and cheering from the sidelines as a Barnstormers cheerleader.

The one thing Collins carries over from cheerleader to her position in the Des Moines city manager’s office is a beaming smile and optimistic attitude.

“Emily is always upbeat, positive and encouraging to others. She is a ray of sunshine in the office,” said Amelia Hamilton Morris, chief communications officer for the city of Des Moines. “However, she is also a professional, educated female who is very serious about her career and climbing the ladder of success both in City Hall and in the Barnstormers operations.”

Collins, 28, of Des Moines is a Lincoln High School graduate who started dancing at age 4. Her passion for entertaining a crowd carried over to her high school drill team. She later danced with the Central College pom squad. As a transfer student at Iowa State University, she coached and choreographed the Ballard High School dance team and choreographed for the squad at Collins-Maxwell schools.

Collins has a bachelor’s degree from Iowa State in mass communications and is pursuing her master’s degree in public administration at Drake University. Four years ago, she was selected to be a Barnstormers cheerleader and became a co-captain her second year with the squad, a position she still holds.

She said she tried out for the team because she missed performing. The schedule pairs well with a daytime job at City Hall.

“We practice Wednesday evenings and Sunday mornings and most of our games are on Saturdays — unless it’s an NFL Network game, then that’s on Friday nights,” she said.

Previously, Collins choreographed more of the routines for the squad, but has since relinquished most of that duty to her “talented and very artistic” co-captain. She fulfills administrative-type duties, such as handling promotions and costumes.

“The promos are a lot of fun, because we get to be out in the community,” she said. “We’ve been with the Girl Scouts, the Marshalltown Farmers Market, lots of parades and we had our kids’ clinic at the July 9 game, which was really fun. Those little kids are just adorable and you don’t realize how much they look up to you.”

This season Collins was selected to be part of the Arena Football League’s AFL Dream Team. Each franchise’s management submitted two cheerleaders’ names to the league. In an online voting process, one girl from each team was selected to perform in ArenaBowl XXIV. That game is tonight.

“This is the second year they’ve done this and I’m really excited,” Collins said.

“I’ll get to meet other girls from all across the country. It’s the Superbowl of the AFL. There’ll be a commissioner’s awards dinner, photo shoots and more.”

Iowa Barnstormers Storm Chasers

The Arena Football League is back. Which is very good. It means 15 more dance teams, we’ve got a chance to cover.

We want to thank reader Drew for sending us photos and video of the Iowa Barnstormers dance team, the Stormchasers, from last night’s game.

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[Stormchasers Website]

Iowa Storm Chasers Auditions

The Iowa Barnstormers have announced tryouts for the 2010 Barnstormers official dance team, the Storm Chasers, will be Saturday, January 9 at 7 Flags Event Center in Clive.

Registration will begin at 9:00 a.m. and tryouts begin at 10 a.m.

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The 2010 Storm Chasers will again be under the direction of co-captains Emily Collins and Marissa King, who will both be returning for a third season with the squad. “We had a wonderful squad last year, and I’m hopeful that we will have another great group of women competing in this year’s tryout,” said Barnstormers General Manager John Pettit.

Any interested women may register on-line at www.theiowabarnstormers.com or by calling the Iowa Barnstormers front office at (515) 633-2255. Additional tryout details include:

WHAT:

2010 Storm Chasers Dance Team Tryout

WHEN:

Saturday, January 9, 2010 (Registration 9 a.m.; Tryout 10 a.m.)

WHERE:

7 Flags Event Center, 2100 NW 100th Street, Clive, Iowa

COST:

$25.00 per participant

AGES:

Open to women ages 19 and up

EXPERIENCE:

Dancers will be tested on the following – Double Pirouettes, Leaps, Advanced Dance Techniques, and Pomp.

A one minute routine will be taught and performed.

ATTIRE:

Dance or athletic top (mid-drift must be showing), hot pants or shorts, skin toned tights or hose, dance sneakers, jazz shoes, or sneakers, performance ready hair and makeup.

ALL DANCERS MUST BRING:

Resume, reference list, head-shot, insurance card, driver’s license or identification and payment.

For further information, please call (515) 633-2255 or visit www.theiowabarnstormers.com.

[Iowa Storm Chasers]