St. Louis Ambush Brigade Audition Workshops Announced!

The Ambush Brigade Professional Dance Team

The Ambush Brigade perform innovative, high energy, choreographed dance routines to a wide variety of music during breaks in action at all St. Louis Ambush home games.  We also make promotional and community service appearances at local and regional events throughout the year.

2019-2020 AUDITION PREP WORKSHOPS

(Workshops will be held at Steppin’ Up Dance Productions 1023 Cool Springs Industrial Dr.,  O’Fallon, Mo 63366)

Dance Technique Instruction with an Audition Style Combo

  • Date: Saturday, May 4, 2019 / Time: 11am-1pm
  • Cost: $20

Dance Technique instruction with an Audition Style Combo

  • Date: Wednesday, May 8, 2019 / Time 7-9pm
  • Cost: $20

Brigade Dance technique Instruction with Audition Routine

  • Date: Saturday, May 18, 2019 / Time: 11am-2pm
  • *First 4-8 counts of the audition routine will be taught
  • *Q&A session
  • *Participants will automatically be advanced through to the Semi-Finals
  • Cost: *$35

FOR MORE AUDITION & TRYOUT INFORMATION, PLEASE CLICK HERE

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Flashback Friday – Ladies of Ontario Fury

A few days ago, I learned that the Ontario Fury has decided not to field a dance team this year. With the passage of the cheerleader minimum wage law in California, the economics of offering a dance team did not work for the Ontario Fury and I would imagine several other minor league sports are also feeling the pinch. I know that the San Diego Sockers came to the same conclusion last year and the Socker Girls were eliminated.

Fact of the matter is that although professional cheerleaders were egregiously underpaid over the years, dance teams are a significant expense for most franchises and in an era of increasing costs, they have become, in many cases, expendable. And that is truly unfortunate because I know first hand the value of the Ladies of Ontario Fury and the goodwill that they fostered for the organization with their public appearances, community outreach efforts and junior cheerleader programs.

For me, this loss is devastating because I have covered the Ladies of Ontario Fury and their predecessor organization, the Anaheim Bolts Dance Team, for several years. And the most impressive thing is that under the direction of Lynae de Leon, these two programs have been a hot bed of dance talent and a breeding ground for major league cheerleaders. Lynae’s girls have gone on to perform with the Laker Girls, Charger Girls, Clippers Spirit, Sacramento Kings, 49ers Gold Rush, Denver Broncos and the Los Angeles Rams Cheerleaders.

In this Flashback Friday post, we recognize the Lynae’s efforts in developing dance talent to fulfill their potential and achieve higher level success. So here are a few of Lynae’s girls from the past few years that have made it to the next level. We present: McKenzie, Sativa-Skye, Kellie, Lizzie, Krista, Courtney, Diana, Alex, and Madison.

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I hope the Ontario Fury finds the resources to bring back the Ladies of Ontario Fury because they are an asset that cannot be described by mere dollars alone.

Snapshots – The Ladies of Ontario Fury in the MASL Playoffs

It’s playoff time in the MASL and this past Tuesday, I attended the Ontario Fury game against the San Diego Sockers.   The visiting Sockers won the first game of the series, making this a must win game for the Fury if they wanted to keep their playoff hopes alive.  If the Fury wins, then the two teams would play a 15 minute abbreviated mini game for the rights to move on in the playoffs.  So there was a palpable sense of urgency for the home team…win and they would continue on, lose…well…see you next year.

The game started off fast for the Fury as they scored three first quarter goals before the Sockers responded with two goals in the second period.  As the game tightened up, the play turned physical with several hard tackles and some hard feelings that carried over into the locker area during half time.  In the second half, the Fury outscored the Sockers 5-2 to win the game and force the 15 minute mini-game.

Final Score: Ontario Fury – 8, San Diego Sockers – 4

After a brief 15 minute break, the two teams returned to the field to play the decisive mini game.  Nine seconds into the rubber game of the match, the Sockers scored the lone goal of the mini-game.  With more than 14 minutes left to play, the Fury were unable to score an equalizer and the Sockers went onto prevail and move on to the next round of the playoffs.  And with that, the Fury’s season was over.

As it turned out, this was also the last game of the season for the Ladies of Ontario Fury and perhaps the last time this group of young women will perform together.  It’s audition season and Lynae de Leon, the director of the Ladies of Ontario Fury, has a knack of developing dance talent that go onto major league dance teams.  Last year alone, four members of her 2016 squad made it to NBA and NFL dance teams.  And on Sunday, the first of several local NFL and NBA auditions begin and I know that several of her current squad will be trying out.

So let’s take a final look at the 2017 Ladies of Ontario Fury.

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Snapshots: Ladies of Ontario Fury – 02/04/17

Another week, another Ontario Fury game.  This past Saturday, I watched the Ontario Fury battle the Turlock Express in another exciting MASL soccer game…exciting if you are a fan of the hometown team because this one was a blow out.  The MASL doesn’t have a 10 run mercy rule like they have in Little League Baseball, but maybe they should.  The Ontario Fury thoroughly dominated the boys from Stanislaus County, taking a 7-2 lead into halftime and never looked back.  Five third quarter goals put the Ontario Fury up 12-2 before the Express started playing some soccer, scoring three fourth quarter goals to keep the final margin of victory at 10.

Final Score: Ontario Fury – 15, Turlock Express – 5

Twenty goals in 60 minutes of game play.  That’s a goal every three minutes  And with each Fury goal…you get some dancing!  So let’s take a look at this week’s snapshots of the Ladies of Ontario Fury, the hottest dance team in the MASL.

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Snapshots: Ladies of Ontario Fury – 01/26/17

A little known secret in professional sports is the MASL, an indoor soccer league composed of 17 teams that play a brand of soccer that can only be described as up tempo, fast break soccer.  It’s fast paced, high scoring and very exciting to watch.  It’s physical too! I saw a player get checked into the dasher boards and he was horizontal as he crashed into the corner.  He had to take a minute or two to compose himself…I bet he thought MASL soccer was non-contact.  Not hardly.

Many of the MASL squads have dance teams.  Of course, being from Los Angeles, my team is the Ontario Fury and they have a very special dance team…the Ladies of Ontario Fury.  When January and February come around, I like to spend some quality time with the Ladies of Ontario Fury.  This past Friday, I attended the Ontario Fury game against the Dallas Sidekicks game.  And let me tell you, that game was an exciting, back and forth affair that only ended with an overtime goal by the home team.

Final Score: Ontario Fury – 11, Dallas Sidekicks – 10 OT

What I like about going to a Fury game is that you can get up close and personal to watch the game and get up close and personal with the Ladies of Ontario Fury.  Indoor soccer is an intimate game…wink! wink!

So let’s take a look at some snapshots that I took at the game.

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Holidays With The Ladies of Ontario Fury

The Major Arena Soccer League season is underway and the Ontario Fury hosted the Turlock Express this past Friday at the Citizens Business Bank Arena. Fortunately for me, I was able to spend the day after Thanksgiving with the hottest dance team in the MASL, the Ladies of Ontario Fury for game day.

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My game days with the Ladies of Ontario Fury are filled with photographic opportunities and I started my day or more properly my evening (it was a night game) off with some posed photographs. The girls greet incoming fans one hour prior to game time and they are available to mingle and take photographs with the fans. You can get up close and personal with the Ladies of Ontario Fury and I did just that, snapping a few photos with the girls in front of a large Christmas Tree.

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Ladies of Ontario Fury Announce Dance Team Auditions

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Click Here to Pre-Register Today!

Date: Sunday, October 2, 2016

Time: Registration Starts at 9:30am (Auditions begin promptly at 10:00am)

Location: Anthony Munoz Community Center (1240 W. Fourth St, Ontario, CA 91762)

The Ladies of Fury uphold a high standard of quality dance performance and community involvement to represent the Ontario Fury with professionalism on and off the field.  During the audition process, applicants will be judged on dance ability, showmanship, physical fitness, crowd appeal, and individual applications. Final round dancers will participate in a group interview and display their own choreography highlighting strengths and specialties (music will be provided).

To ensure a professional and relaxed atmosphere for all participants, the auditions will be closed. No guests or spectators allowed.

Highlights

  • Perform at Ontario Fury home games at Citizens Business Bank Arena
  • Participate in the annual team photo shoot
  • Serve as ambassadors for the Fury organization as well as the Inland Empire Community
  • Be a role model to young dancers and children in the community through Jr. Dance Clinics and various appearances
  • Media exposure
  • Possible travel opportunities
  • Give back to the community through the Fury Foundation and other charity events
  • Invaluable friendships and memories with fellow teammates

Requirements

  • You must be at least 18 years old by date of audition
  • All dancers must have flexible schedules for rehearsals, games, and appearances starting immediately
  • A total commitment is required to the Ontario Fury for 1 year
  • Must be able to attend all Ontario Fury home games
  • Must be available for mandatory mini-camp on Saturday, October 8 – Sunday, October 9
  • Rehearsals every Sunday from 3:30pm-6:00pm

Application Procedure

  • All interested applicants should complete an application
  • REGISTRATION FEE: $20 Pre-Registered Online or $25 Walk-Up Applicant (cash only)
  • A 5×7 or larger (head shot or full body shot) photo is required (photo will not be returned)

What to wear

  • 2-piece attire (crop top w/ athletic shorts or briefs)
  • Skin colored nylons
  • Jazz, dance or athletic shoes
  • Hair worn down; Full hair and make-up
  • All tattoos must be covered up

For further information, contact Dance Team Director, Lynae de Leon at Ldeleon@ontariofury.com.  We look forward to seeing you there!

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Editor’s Note: I have been covering the Ontario Fury and their predecessor organization, the Anaheim Bolts for several years now and Lynae de Leon has a knack of developing dance talent that make it onto major league dance teams in the NFL and NBA.  This past season, four of her 2015-2016 Ladies of Ontario Fury dancers (Sativa-Skye, McKenzie, Lizzie and Kellie) made it to the Rams Cheerleaders, 49ers Gold Rush, Clippers Spirit and Sacramento Kings Dancers.  And several others on that squad were finalists.

So if you are an aspiring professional cheerleader, you might want to hone your skills with Lynae de Leon and the Ladies of Ontario Fury.

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Baltimore Blast Cheerleaders Regular Season Finale

On February 21, 2016, the Baltimore Blast of the Major Arena Soccer League played their last home game of the regular 2015-2016 season. The game featured a performance of the Blast Junior Pro Cheerleaders at halftime. At the end of the game, the Baltimore Blast and the Blast Cheerleaders met with fans.

The Blast finished their regular season with a 15-4-1 record. They will have their first playoff game at home on Friday, March 11 at Royal Farms Arena.

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Snapshots: The 2016 Ladies of Ontario Fury

I consider the period after the holidays to be a time of relaxation and rejuvenation. And January and February are the months that I spend with the Ontario Fury. It’s a fun experience, more laid back and less stressful that other events because the Fury staff is so welcoming and the shooting environment is more chill. And the Ladies of Ontario Fury are really fun to shoot…its all good.

So here are some snapshots I took last Sunday as the Ontario Fury defeated the Soles de Sonora 7-4 to stay in the playoff race.

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Blast Cheerleaders Double Header

January 8 & 9 was a doubleheader weekend for the Baltimore Blast indoor soccer team. They remained undefeated after beating the Detroit Waza Flo and the Harrisburg Heat. January 9 was First Responders night and the cheerleaders wore a special uniform to commemorate the night. Here are the photos from both games.

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Baltimore Blast Cheerleaders

From last month here are the fabulous Baltimore Blast Cheerleaders:

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No Xmas hoodies for the Blast Cheerleaders this holiday season. But they did break out the red and green poms for the occasion.

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Photo of the Day – December 21

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A Pair of Baltimore Blast Cheerleaders