Galactic Dancers at the Battle of Cologne XV

Michael Fischer, our European Correspondent, has sent us some news and photos regarding the state of German Cheerleading.
This season, the Galactic Dancers (headed by Tamara Kurti) have gotten support from former U.S. pro cheerleader and model Christine Lynn C. from Honolulu.

Christine studied Fine Arts at the California State University at Los Angeles and has lived in Chicago.  She danced with the NBA Chicago Luvabulls Dancers and she was selected as Mrs Waikiki 2016 and 2017.  Christine lives with her family in Heidelberg Germany, near the U.S Army Base and she drives to the Galactic Dancers training session from Heidelberg to Frankfurt Main, a long drive, every week.
This month Christine and the Galactic girls visited Düsseldorf for cheerleader performances on a big party ship along the Rhein River.  These performances were the highlight of the NFL Europa Fans memorial weekend – Battle of Cologne XV.  Tickets were sold out some months ago and some American Football Fans disguised themselves as pirates.
The ship sailed from Düsseldorf to Cologne and back, 9 hours of non-stop partying on deck.  In the middle of the crowd the cheerleaders. During the breaks between performances, the Galactic Dancers took some selfies and posed with some of the fans for a group shot.
For the latest information regarding the German cheerleader scene, check out Michael’s facebook page, “Don´t call it Puschel

Galactic Dancers Auditions


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.

Coach Jasmin Felsenheim
Coach Jasmin Felsenheim

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.

Erin Drennan, a hip hop dancer over 20 years
Erin Drennan, a hip hop dancer over 20 years

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.

Former Washington Redskins Cheerleader Tiffany Ligon
Former Washington Redskins Cheerleader Tiffany Ligon

We are looking forward to see the new team at the German Bowl next October.

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The Last Days of NFL Europa: A New Hope (3rd and last part)

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.