Weekend At Bernie’s – Part Deux

This past weekend, I spent some quality time over at Bernie’s. That would be Bernie Lilavois and the Ontario Fury of the MASL. Indoor soccer is fast and furious, kind of like what Arena Football is to NFL football. The action is non stop, the scoring is sudden, and this weekend…physical. I went to see some indoor soccer and a hockey game broke out.

Yes, there is boarding in the MASL and like hockey, when you slam a player into the boards, that’s a penalty. And yes, there are goons in the MASL and like hockey, when you cheap shot a guy, there will be retaliation.

I saw a lot of hockey type action in the two Fury games that I attended…and as a spectator…it was a lot of fun to see. Fast break action and thuggish play to boot! Well, I guess that’s one way to try to stop the Fury…or not…both opponents, the Turlock Express and the Las Vegas Legends, lost to the home team.

But the real reason for my return visit was the Ladies of Ontario Fury.

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Lynae de Leon, the director of the dance team, let me know that the Ladies of Ontario Fury were going to be performing a special Cowgirl themed dance on Sunday, so I was eager to forgo my NFL Championship Game watching to be able to photograph the hottest dance team in the MASL one more time.

So here is a collection of images taken over the course of two days with the lovely Ladies of Ontario Fury.

Pregame Meet and Greet

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Local Cheerleaders Competing in the 2015 Miss California USA Pageant

Nearly 200 women from across California will be participating in this year’s MISS CALIFORNIA USA competition with the hopes of advancing to the national competitions. The winner of MISS CALIFORNIA USA® will go on to compete at the national MISS USA® competition which will be televised live on NBC.

This year, five current or former professional cheerleaders will be competing in the event.

Shelbi Buchholz – Miss Greater San Diego, San Diego Charger Girl
Chanelle Riggan – Miss Beverly Hills, Anaheim Duck Power Player
Jenny Ting – Miss Diamond Crest, Former Laker Girl and Charger Girl
Alexis Swanstrom – Miss Del Mar, Former Charger Girl
Brittany Wagner – Miss Universal City, Former Clippers Cheerleader and Ontario Fury Dancer

I have been fortunate to photograph four of these amazing women: Shelbi, Jenny, Alexis, and Brittany.

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The MISS CALIFORNIA USA® pageant will be held in Long Beach, California at the Terrace Theater on January 9-11, 2015 and is open to the public. Tickets for all three pageant events are available via ticketmaster.com.

For more information on the Miss California USA pageant, please visit their website here.

Weekend at Bernie’s: Introducing The 2014 Ladies of Ontario Fury

I spent this past weekend at Bernie’s. That would be Bernie Lilavois, owner and head coach of the Ontario Fury. I was there to cover the 2014 Ladies of Ontario Fury for the opening weekend of the Major Arena Soccer League season and if you like fast scoring action, then the MASL is for you. The MASL is like arena football for soccer. And the best thing about the Ontario Fury, at least for me, is that that have cheerleaders…some of the hottest in the MASL.

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Photo of the Day – November 6

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The 2014 Ladies of Ontario Fury Dance Team Auditions

This past Saturday, the Ontario Fury of the MASL held their auditions for their 2014 dance team, the Ladies of Ontario Fury.  Last year was their inaugural season and I can testify that their dance team made an audacious debut.  The squad is under the direction of Lynae de Leon, a former Clippers Spirit dancer, and she has a gift for developing local dance talent and training them for higher level professional sports dance teams.  This past year alone, several of her former dancers have gone on to making the Charger Girls and the Clippers Spirit and making the finals for the 49ers Gold Rush, the Golden State Warrior Girls and Seattle Sea Gals.

I was excited to see what would come of these auditions and to anticipate the great things to come with this new squad.  A new season brings a new beginning and a renewal.  Gone were a few veterans, so that there were some openings available for a few talented candidates.  But the competition would be fierce.

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So things began with the perfunctory selfie by returning veteran Michelle C.

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Girls and selfies go together like root beer and vanilla ice cream…don’t you agree?

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Ladies of Ontario Fury Dance Team Auditons

The Ladies of Ontario Fury, the hottest dance team in the Major Arena Soccer League, are holding auditions on Sunday, August 10th.

Date: Sunday, August 10, 2014
Time: Registration Starts at 9am (Auditions begin promptly at 9:30am)
Location: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Claremont (555 W. Foothill Blvd, Claremont CA 91711)

Requirements

  • You must be at least 18 years old by October 15, 2014. Applicants under the age of 18 at the time of auditions must have a parent or guardian sign the waiver form
  • All dancers must have flexible schedules for rehearsals, games, and appearances starting immediately
  • A total commitment is required to the Ontario Fury

What To Wear

  • 2-piece attire (crop top w/ briefs)
  • Skin colored nylons
  • Jazz, dance or athletic shoes (non-marking soles)
  • Hair must be 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.

Save the Date! Ladies of Ontario Fury Auditions

The Ladies of Ontario Fury Dance Team are holding open auditions on Sunday, August 10, 2014.

For complete audition information, please visit: http://www.ontariofury.com/dance-team-auditions/

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A day in the life of the Ladies of Ontario Fury, compressed into a five minute video.

Work B**ch – choreographed by Laura Lach (Clippers Spirit and ChivaGirls coach)

Drop It Low – choreographed by Nicole Cohen (Boston Celtics Dancer, Clippers Spirit and UCLA Dance Team coach)

Meet and Greet with the Ladies of Ontario Fury

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Ladies of Ontario Fury Bios Up

Our good friend Lynae de Leon, Director of Community Relations, emailed to let us know that The Ladies of Ontario Fury bios  have been updated on the Ontario Fury main website.   Check them out here.

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Fast and Furious: A Day In The Life Of The Ontario Fury Dance Team

The Ontario Fury are one of the newest teams in the PASL, the Professional Arena Soccer League, and this past Saturday, they held their inaugural game against the Toros Mexico at the Citizens Business Bank Arena.  And as some of you may know, the Fury have a dance team, the Ladies of the Ontario Fury…and they are a sight to behold.

In honor of their first game of their inaugural season, I thought it would be interesting to feature the dance team and provide our readers with an idea of what a day in the life of an Ontario Fury dance team member is all about.  So I contacted Lynae de Leon, the Director of Community Relations and the Dance Team Director and arranged for a media credential to cover the squad.

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The 2013 Ontario Fury Dance Team Auditions

The Ontario Fury is the newest franchise in the PASL (Professional Arena Soccer League) and will play their home games in the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California. The management group of the Anaheim Bolts decided to swap ownership from Anaheim to the Ontario area, a move that will bring them to a more favorable soccer market and a newer and larger arena.

This past Sunday, they held auditions for their inaugural dance team and the event drew a spirited group of young women.

I had a chance to talk to Lynae de Leon, the Ontario Fury Dance Team Director, before the auditions began and she shared with me the new uniform designs for the dance team.  Lynae worked closely with Laura Reed, her account representative at The Line Up, to design a sexy and stylish uniform that is sure to please the fans.  And let me say that I was a big, big fan of the Anaheim Bolts Dance Team uniforms, but these new red, black and white uniforms are going to attract a lot of attention and I can’t wait to shoot the girls in them.

Now that the uniform designs were decided, the only thing else that needed to be done was select the girls that were going to wear them.

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Reminder: Ontario Fury Dance Team Auditions – August 11

Time: Registration begins at 9 am. Auditions begin promptly at 9:30 am.

What to expect: When you arrive, proceed to the registration area for check-in. There will be one area for pre-registered applicants and one area for walk-up applicants. PLEASE BE PREPARED TO SHOW YOUR DRIVER’S LICENSE! Upon registration, you will be given an audition number.

Dancers will be taught a stylized jazz/hip-hop combination. There will be 2 cuts prior to choosing our finalists. Finalists will be selected based on their dance ability, showmanship, physical fitness, and crowd appeal.

All participants who advance as finalists will be asked to perform 6 eight counts of their own choreography highlighting strengths and specialties, (music will be provided), in addition to a group interview.

What to wear: 2-piece attire (crop top and briefs) and flesh colored hosiery are mandatory. Jazz, dance or athletic shoes (non-marking soles) are also mandatory. All tattoos must be covered up.

Hair and make-up are expected to be game night ready! Hair must be worn down.

What to bring: (Suggestions) Water, snacks, extra nylons, warm-up/sweat suit, make-up, hair spray, mirror, towel.

Requirements: All women must be at least 18 years of age by October 31, 2013. Applicants under the age of 18 at the time of auditions must have a parent or guardian sign the waiver form.

All dancers must have flexible evening schedules for rehearsals, games, and appearances starting immediately. Total commitment is required to the Ontario Pro Soccer Team and Ontario Pro Soccer Dance Team.

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

Ontario Fury Dance Team Auditions – August 11

Time: Registration begins at 9 am. Auditions begin promptly at 9:30 am.

What to expect: When you arrive, proceed to the registration area for check-in. There will be one area for pre-registered applicants and one area for walk-up applicants. PLEASE BE PREPARED TO SHOW YOUR DRIVER’S LICENSE! Upon registration, you will be given an audition number.

Dancers will be taught a stylized jazz/hip-hop combination. There will be 2 cuts prior to choosing our finalists. Finalists will be selected based on their dance ability, showmanship, physical fitness, and crowd appeal.

All participants who advance as finalists will be asked to perform 6 eight counts of their own choreography highlighting strengths and specialties, (music will be provided), in addition to a group interview.

What to wear: 2-piece attire (crop top and briefs) and flesh colored hosiery are mandatory. Jazz, dance or athletic shoes (non-marking soles) are also mandatory. All tattoos must be covered up.

Hair and make-up are expected to be game night ready! Hair must be worn down.

What to bring: (Suggestions) Water, snacks, extra nylons, warm-up/sweat suit, make-up, hair spray, mirror, towel.

Requirements: All women must be at least 18 years of age by October 31, 2013. Applicants under the age of 18 at the time of auditions must have a parent or guardian sign the waiver form.

All dancers must have flexible evening schedules for rehearsals, games, and appearances starting immediately. Total commitment is required to the Ontario Pro Soccer Team and Ontario Pro Soccer Dance Team.

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