Washington Replacing Cheerleading Team with Coed Dance Team

From USA Today.

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Washington will not have cheerleaders for the first time since the NFL’s longest-running cheerleading team was founded in 1962, with a coed dance team taking its place.

The move is part of the organization’s rebranding effort and not related to a confidential settlement reached with members of the 2008 and 2010 cheerleading teams. Lawyers for the team and those cheerleaders told The Associated Press last month that “the matter has been resolved” but would not say when the settlement was reached.

Former Laker Girl manager Petra Pope was hired Wednesday as an adviser to use her three-plus decades of NBA experience to revamp the group.

“I’ve been asked to create a more modern entertainment team that is inclusive and diverse,” Pope said in a phone interview. “We just want to follow that mode of being more modern and a more modern franchise. Change is difficult, but I do feel that the fans will love what we bring to the table.”

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The “First Ladies of Football” program was put on pause after last season unrelated to allegations of team employees making inappropriate videos from calendar photo shoots of previous members in prior years. Washington on Monday made Joey Colby-Begovich vice president of gameday experience, and Pope will be in charge of forming and naming the new dance team.

The contracts of previous members of the cheerleading team expired, Pope confirmed, though she said they’re able to try out for the 2021 group “as long as they have that athletic skillset. I have no idea who the former dancers were, so I don’t know them, so everyone’s welcome to audition.”

Pope said she’s convinced owner Dan Snyder and wife Tanya “are committed to bringing this team to a more modern level.” Snyder vowed last summer to change the culture of the team in light of allegations of workplace sexual harassment made by former employees, which prompted an independent investigation that the NFL took over.

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In his comments at the Super Bowl, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said, “The Washington football club has made a lot of changes already.” That included the hiring of Jason Wright as team president.

This is another change, which Pope said is expected to be in place for next season. Wright has said he expects “Washington Football Team” to continue for 2021 with a new, permanent name to be ready in 2022.

Pope, who worked 14 years for the NBA’s New York Knicks in addition to her Los Angeles Lakers experience, said she’s the “new kid on the block” in the big picture of the name change and will concentrate on the dancer element of the rebrand.

“My focus is really just reinventing this team,” she said. “My goal is to create this team, reinvent this team and make it more modern.”

 

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Have you heard?! The countdown to Sideline Prep’s FREE OPERATION PRO CHEER CHALLENGE is on!

We kick off on Monday March 22nd @ 8pm EST!!

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• Dance on the sidelines, the field or the court
• Sign autographs
• Be a role model and/or
• Travel around the world to perform for our military…

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We’re hosting our OPERATION Pro Cheer Challenge to help you create your own, personalized game plan for your next audition in only 5 days! We want to help you become prepared, polished and confident for this upcoming audition season! And did we mention its FREE!

During Our “OPERATION Pro Cheer Challenge”, You’ll take micro commitments to…

– Get in touch with your “WHY” and create an action you can start implementing RIGHT NOW!

– Improve your MINDSET, gain the KNOWLEDGE, achieve the PRO CHEER LOOK and enhance you DANCE ABILITY to set you up for SUCCESS at your next audition

– Connect with a COMMUNITY of like minded individuals with the same goals, aspiration & desires as you! We are family!

– CAPTURE a UNIQUE ADVANTAGE over your competition because you will know WHAT to do, HOW to do it, and HOW to do it the RIGHT WAY!

– BECOME P-Cubed: Properly PREPARED, POLISHED & POSITIVE walk into auditions with CONFIDENCE! 
 
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Report: Washington Pauses Cheerleader Program, Will Rebrand and Have New Director

From ProFootballTalk
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The Washington Football Team has halted its cheerleading program and will rebrand the group under a new director, according to Darren Haynes and Nick Boykin of WUSA9.

The operation has been heavily scrutinized with a group of former cheerleaders filing a lawsuit against the team for unauthorized videos filmed by the team. Additionally, a 2013 photo shoot in Costa Rica allegedly had male sponsors of the team invited to attend as cheerleaders had their pictures taken in various levels of undress.

The Washington Football Team has dismissed director Jamilla Keene from her position running the unit.

The time is right to reimagine our entire gameday experience to reinvent it in a way that reflects our modern identity and aligns with what today’s fan seeks. Coach Rivera has done an incredible job on the field. We will elevate our off-the-field product to match,” team president Jason Wright said in a statement on Monday.

The team has hired Code and Theory to help with their rebranding efforts.

The NFL is nearing the completion of an investigation of sexual harassment allegations into the team that led to the dismissal of three member of the front office, Alex Santos, Richard Mann III and play-by-play voice Larry Michael last summer.

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Sideline Prep’s Winter 2021 Virtual Pro Cheer Workshop

Are you ready to dance?!

If so, we hope you join us for our Winter 2021 Virtual Pro Cheer Workshop!

Every January Sideline Prep hosts its annual Pro & Semi Pro Cheer/Dance Workshop. 2020 marked year #7 for us… hitting an all time high of 150 dancers in attendance, in person.

Unfortunately, this years Annual Workshop will not be in person, but you know we won’t let that stop us! We’re going VIRTUAL!

This past Summer, we hosted our very first Summer Pro Cheer Virtual Workshop and it was a HUGE success!

The demand for virtual learning in the pro cheer/dance industry is constantly on the rise given the dramatic decrease of in person dance classes.

Best part… Since this workshop is virtual, we have expanded beyond the DC, Maryland and Virginia walls and invited amazingly talented directors, coaches and choreographers across the United States to participate!

Plus… All routines taught will be similar in nature to those used during the audition process and/or game day!

Everyone is invited…Potential, Current, Former Pro & Semi Pro Dancers and Cheerleaders…or ANYONE who just wants to dance and have fun!

Sideline Prep’s 2021 Virtual Pro & Semi Pro Cheer & Dance Workshop is : February 20th & 21st

Saturday, Feb. 20th Line Up:

– Stretch | Flexibility | Snippits | Kicks

– NBA – Derric Whitfield, Sr. Director & Choreographer of Dance Teams for the Washington Wizard Dancers

– NFL – Jamilla Keene, First Ladies of Football Choreographer, Pro Bowl Cheerleader & Captain

– MASL – Elizabeth Guaraldo, Baltimore Blasts Cheerleaders Director

– NFL – Cassia Gass, Assistant Director & Choreographer for the Indianapolis Colts Cheerleaders

– Fuel your Mind, Body & Soul with Jeanette Chandler, Sideline Prep Nutrition and Fitness Coach, Former Washington Football Team, First Ladies of Football Cheerleader & Fit with Jeanette, Owner

Sunday, Feb. 21st Line Up:

– Stretch | Snippits | Technique | Turns

– NBA – Brandii McCoy, Director for the Charlotte Hornets Honey Bees & Charlotte Checkers CheckMates and All-Pro3 P-R-O Convention Instructor

– NFL & NBA Mashup – Oscar Hernandez, Choreographer for the NFL & NBA and Pro Action Dance Choreographer

– NFL – Latrice Hill & Hanah Bennett Baltimore Ravens Cheerleaders

– MASL – Amber Clanton, Director & Choreographer for the Mesquite Outlaws Dance Team and Former MASL, CIF Dancer & Captain

– NFL – Angie Baker & Davis, Director for the NFL Arizona Cardinals & Arizona Cardinals Pro Bowl Cheerleader, Captain & 4-year Veteran

– NFL – Melissa Pera, Assistant for the NFL Los Angeles Rams Cheerleaders

We hope you decide to join us!!

For more details and to register, go to https://zj167.isrefer.com/go/PCWW/UltimateCheerleaders/

Can’t make it live? Your ticket ensures that you get video replay of the class(es) your purchase 🙂

Cardinals Superfan Nominee Kristi Brown to be Inducted in Hall of Fame

In partnership with the Ford Hall of Fans, Arizona Cardinals superfan Kristi Brown will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame after winning the contest Friday.

From SI.com.
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After submitting her fan video to the Ford Hall of Fans competition “on a whim,” Arizona Cardinals diehard Kristi Brown was chosen as a finalist from a pool of around 27,000 entrants.

But her journey did not end there.

The former Cardinals cheerleader was the only woman included in the top 6 and then advanced to the top 3. Included within that stretch was a surprise visit from former Cardinals defensive back and Pro Football Hall of Famer Aeneas Williams, who nominated her for the competition.

“Having an opportunity to come there and meet and let her know she’s been selected, it was fantastic knocking on her door and no one should beat Kristi,” Williams told AllCardinals. “When you were a former cheerleader, and you’re doing the things that you do in the community — (being) one of the healthcare professionals during this COVID(-19) — I certainly nominate her. And it was an amazing time going to her home and letting her know that.”

As a result of her inclusion in the final three, which also featured Las Vegas Raiders fan Wayne Mabry and Cleveland Browns fan Ray Prisby, Brown will be in attendance at Super Bowl LV Sunday in Tampa, Florida, between the Kansas City Chiefs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Friday, the Ford Hall of Fans winner was named. Brown, Mabry and Prisby each will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in partnership with the Ford Hall of Fans as a member of the Class of 2021. Brown received the news from Pro Football Hall of Fame president David Baker, himself.

They will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame during 2021 Enshrinement Weekend in Canton, Ohio.

“To be chosen as the representative for Arizona, I just feel so honored and I feel so grateful,” Brown told AllCardinals. I’m so thankful for the Red Sea that has continued to support this.”

It is an especially impressive feat considering no Cardinals fan had made it to this point in the competition in its three-year history. Add in the fact that Brown was going up against fans from historic bases such as the Raiders and Browns and the odds were stacked against her.

In the end, the Ford Hall of Fans inducted their seventh, eighth and ninth members to a hall that is expected to continue to grow and promote the relationship between the game and its fans.

“Anytime you have an opportunity where the fans get an opportunity to be celebrated, that’s what excites me,” Williams said. “And to have an Arizona Cardinals fan, a former cheerleader, be in the top three representing the Arizona Cardinals, I couldn’t be more pleased.”

Patriots Saddened to Announce the Passing of Cheerleading Director Tracy Sormanti

From Patriots.com:

Dec 07, 2020 at 07:06 PM

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots are in mourning today after learning that Tracy Sormanti, the team’s longtime cheerleading director, passed away on Friday, Dec. 4, after a three-year battle with multiple myeloma. Sormanti, just 58 years old, was in her 32nd season of service with the Patriots organization.

“We are grieving the loss of a beloved member of our family today,” said Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft. “Tracy Sormanti was one of my first hires after I bought the team, and after nearly three decades, I can confidently say that there was no one more dedicated to her job or caring and compassionate about those she coached. Like all great coaches, she was meticulous in her preparation and brought the best out of her squads. We have had the good fortune of having some of the greatest coaches in NFL history grace our sidelines, but none did so with such dignity and grace like Tracy. She earned my utmost respect and admiration for the way her teams always performed, not just on the sidelines, but more importantly as Patriots goodwill ambassadors in our New England communities and on the many Patriots USO military tours she coordinated around the world. She truly loved this organization and we loved her. Her presence will be greatly missed, but she will never be forgotten.”

Sormanti, a Rhode Island native, first joined the organization in 1983 as a Patriots cheerleader. She was a member of the Patriots cheerleading squad from 1983-84 and again from 1991-93, concluding her cheerleading career by representing the Patriots at the 1993 Pro Bowl. Shortly after Kraft bought the team in 1994, he named Sormanti the cheerleading director.

Over the past 27 seasons, Sormanti’s squads have performed at 10 Super Bowls, visited more than 30 countries and two dozen foreign operating bases on military tours, and made thousands of community appearances. As the Patriots’ on-field successes multiplied over the years, so too did interest in the Patriots Cheerleaders program. Sormanti developed an intense “bootcamp” audition process – which included everything from dance, to public speaking, to exams on the rules of football and Patriots history – and attracted hundreds of potential cheerleaders annually. She also created the Patriots Junior Cheerleaders program and a partnership with Dana-Farber Cancer Institute that raised more than $400,000 for cancer research through the clinics she hosted.

As director, Sormanti shaped the Patriots Cheerleaders program through her own core values: commitment, dedication, accountability, responsibility and a positive attitude. Her tenure was defined by her commitment to the community above all. She developed a program that taught incoming cheerleaders how to be goodwill ambassadors for the organization and placed as much of an emphasis on community service and engagement as on excellence in dance and cheer skills.

Despite facing grueling cancer treatments for the last three years, Sormanti continued to keep a daily presence at Gillette Stadium. She rarely missed a game or a practice and took great pride in seeing her squad perform on game day. However, her greatest joy came from seeing her cheerleaders accomplish their goals off the field, and she was very proud to assemble squads of not only dancers, but doctors, teachers, entrepreneurs and public servants.

In 2019, when asked what she hoped her legacy would be, she remarked: “That I’ve made a difference in the lives of the ladies and men who were on this team… and that they’ve learned some valuable life lesson because of a coach that they had in their life.”

Sormanti leaves behind her longtime companion, Dennis M. Brolin, her sister, Terri Ford, brother, Timothy Madden, five nieces and a nephew, and hundreds of former Patriots cheerleaders who grew to love her as much more than a coach. Funeral arrangements will be handled by Thomas & Walter Quinn Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, Sormanti has requested that donations be made in her memory to the MSPCA-Angell Animal Care and Adoption Center.

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With over a 70% success rate of our lovelies completing the program and making a semi pro or pro team, we want YOU to be our next success story!

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Grab your 5 Day Game Plan to Go Pro!

Have you heard?! The countdown to Sideline Prep’s FREE OPERATION PRO CHEER CHALLENGE is on!

We kick off on Monday November 9th @ 8pm EST!!

Wondering if you should join us?

Well… If you’re READY to…

• GO PRO
• Dance on the sidelines, the field or the court
• Sign autographs
• Be a role model and/or
• Travel around the world to perform for our military…

Then HECK YEAH… you should join us.

We’re hosting our OPERATION Pro Cheer Challenge to help you create your own, personalized game plan for your next audition in only 5 days! We want to help you become prepared, polished and confident for this upcoming audition season! And did we mention its FREE!

During Our “OPERATION Pro Cheer Challenge”, You’ll take micro commitments to…

– Get in touch with your “WHY” and create an action you can start implementing RIGHT NOW!

– Improve your MINDSET, gain the KNOWLEDGE, achieve the PRO CHEER LOOK and enhance you DANCE ABILITY to set you up for SUCCESS at your next audition

– Connect with a COMMUNITY of like minded individuals with the same goals, aspiration & desires as you! We are family!

– CAPTURE a UNIQUE ADVANTAGE over your competition because you will know WHAT to do, HOW to do it, and HOW to do it the RIGHT WAY!

– BECOME P-Cubed: Properly PREPARED, POLISHED & POSITIVE walk into auditions with CONFIDENCE! 
 
…. Plus, you’ll hear from our Pro Cheer Coaches/Experts AND Sideline Prep Lovelies that are now Pro Cheerleaders!!

VISIT IT THE LINK BELOW AND REGISTER FOR FREE! 

http://bit.ly/OperationProCheerChallengeWinter2020

Make the Best First Impression with your Pictures!

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Photo Shoot with Celebrity Photographer – Registration Open NOW.

Even though things are a little uncertain because of COVID-19, some teams are still going full steam ahead with their dance/cheer auditions.  Be sure you’re prepared when or if your top team announces their virtual or in person auditions by already having professional audition pictures waiting and ready!!  

And of course, we’re here to help… it’s time for Sideline Photo Shoot!! 

Many of you have been asking for an opportunity to take pictures so you would be ready for potential NBA audition announcements. We heard and we listened.  We’ll have a one day photo shoot in the DC area, where we’ll help you capture a “picture perfect” image for your application… while following all CDC guidelines to keep us safe and healthy!  Once you sign up, you’ll receive our procedures that are MANDATORY to follow in order to participate in the photo shoot.

Remember, your application picture(s) sets the tone for your audition. This is a GREAT way to make a wonderful first impression… or of course, the picture you submit could work against you.

Keep in mind that during deliberations… the judges constantly look at the pictures that you submit with your application. So you want to make sure your pictures represent your “best you”!!

Sideline Photo Shoot is a “one stop shop” to get quality full body, headshots, and professional pictures for your upcoming auditions. Our photographer is the best of the best! Plus former professional cheerleaders and makeup artists are there every step of the way to make this the BEST experience ever!!

This photo shoot is open to any and everyone.  You can use these pictures for personal or professional purposes, pageants, etc.

This opportunity is on a first-come, first-serve basis… so register soon!!  We will NOT have a flow over date for this time. 

The date for the Sideline Photo Shoot is Sunday, October 18th. Click HERE to register!

Just as a reminder, our NYC/DC Celebrity Photographer again this year is Drew Xeron – who also happens to be the photographer for the First Ladies of Football, Washington Wizard Dancers, and the former Washington Valorettes and Baltimore Brigade Dancers! 

….So if the Coaches & Directors of these team trust him, then he obviously knows how to make our Lovelies look their BEST!

We look forward to helping you create “your best you” via your application photo!

Los Angeles Rams Cheerleaders Photos from Week 1

It’s a  new world out there and things are a bit different for NFL cheerleading.  No cheer action on the sidelines for the time being, but that doesn’t mean that the cheerleaders aren’t there, in person.  So let’s take a look at some photos of the Los Angeles Rams Cheerleaders, courtesy of Peter B. House Joneleit of the Rams.

Love the new uniforms!  Still getting used to the masks.

SI.com: Cheerleaders, Mascots Not Allowed on Field at 2020 NFL Games

Per SI.com:

The NFL has banned cheerleaders and mascots from the field for the 2020 season, according to NFL Network

The league’s decision is the latest precaution taken under the joint NFL and NFLPA protocols. Network sideline reporters and pregame TV reporters will also not be allowed on the field in 2020, per NFL Network.

The NFL is still planning to begin the regular season on time despite the COVID-19 crisis, but the league will not be holding any preseason games ahead of opening night on Sept. 10. The Chiefs are slated to host the Texans at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, though the stadium will only be open to 22% of its capacity, per a team press release. The 22% mark accounts for around 16,000 fans. 

“As the season progresses, the club will follow the guidance of local officials and public health experts, with the potential that local regulations will allow for different capacities at different points during the season,” Kansas City said in a press release. “Future on-sale dates and details will be communicated once confirmed throughout the season.”

The Giants and Jets are among teams that will not permit fans in the stands in 2020. The Patriots are not allowing fans through September.

This Dance Routine will Have You Feeling Yourself!

Editor’s note: Here’s a message and a nice little video from our friends over at Sideline Prep.


First, I hope you and your family are safe, healthy and happy 🙂

Second, we know that most in person dance studios and classes are still closed for the moment…

BUT, of course, we have your back! Here is an exhilarating routine from our Annual Pro Cheer Workshop we held in January! Former Richmond Roughriders Director, Kelly Allen, taught a APFL style dance that had everyone feeling themselves!

Take advantage of this routine! Here’s what the video includes:

  • Routine with music from the front
  • Routine with counts
  • Routine with music from the back

What better way to help you along your Pro Cheer journey than learning an actual PRO dance from the PRO’s themselves?!

We want to see you kill this routine!

Post this routine on Instagram to be featured on our IG stories! All you have to do is tag us @sidelineprep and add the hashtags #procheerprep #spprocheerworkshop #sidelineprep to your video!

To get more videos like this, join our Prep to Pro Cheer and Dance Facebook Group for weekly dance videos and LIVE virtual classes!

We wish you success in all that you do! And we are here to help you every step of the way to shine on the sidelines!!

Cheers & Love,

GeNienne

CEO & President, Sideline Prep