A member of Sea Pearls, dance team for the (short lived and now defunct) Hamburg Sea Devils (NFL Europa 2007)
On Sunday, the 2010/2011 Galactic Dancers Audition came to a successful end. From over 50 participants 30 cheerleaders were chosen for the Galactic Dance Team. The auditions took place in the winter sports hall near the Commerzbank arena in Frankfurt.
Some candidates had already participated in the run-up to two clinics. Coach Jasmin Felsenheim was very happy and relieved, she must make fit a lot of cheerleaders in short time for the autumn/winter season and for the appearances and schedule.
After a warm-up, the choreography was rehearsed. A television team from the broadcast RTL accompanied and interviewed the coach, captain and some candidates from the field of participants. English speaking in the galactic Dance Team no problem, the Galactics already had English speaking coaches Marina Ortega (NBA Celtics), Kimberly Cole (former NBA L.A. Clippers) and Cheerleaders like Shatera (former Dallas Cowboys) since the early 90s. New additions were two cheerleaders from the US: Tiffany Ligon and Erin Drennan who lived for two years in Germany.
We are looking forward to see the new team at the German Bowl next October.
It’s been more than 2 years since NFL Europa folded. This is our friend from Germany Michael Fischer’s last look at the league and its cheerleaders. The good news is that there are plans to start a new Arena League in Germany. Details soon!
On the 23th June 2007 in a shortly scheduled World Bowl press conference the NFLE chief Uwe Bergheim made some indications, that a closing of the league isn’t desirable, but an option. I went out of the press center with a bad feeling.
I thought, oh sh*t what happens if the fans find out, what Uwe Bergheim has said a few minutes ago. Probably the fans would demonstrate in front of the NFL Europa department or similar.
The Frankfurt Galaxy has lost against the Hamburg Sea Devils and Dance Team Director Kimberly Cole went to her Galaxy Dancers, built a huddle and said to them: “Girls, enjoy this moment, it can be that this is the last time you’re standing here in the arena!”
Galaxy Dancer Jasmin told me that on the After Game Party. Here are some previously unreleased photos of this evening. I think no words are necessary.
I have spoken with a cheerleader from the Centurions a day after. She told me that some office workers don’t believe that it a closing could be possible.
Nearly on week later – the 29th June 2007 was the black day of American football here in Europe. In a press mail all journalists were invited for a telephone conference about the future of NFL Europe. Uwe Bergheim confirmed that the league will closed.
But the closing plans of NFLEurope were still in the works before the 2007 season. The tax refunds were not enough for the NFL owners. And all insiders should continue their work.
So as it seems nothing else matter. Nothing is to say more concerning this matter and I will close the capital of NFL Europa for all time. I would like say to my cheerleaders:
“Thank you all, you are the best, because you made cheerleading & football so popular. I love you all!”
Now, the existing 5 of 6 former dance teams will be now in a new formation of the new indoor league XFL-A, but more next time.