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2012 Sacramento Lady Lions Cheerleader Auditions

The Sacramento Mountain Lions would like to announce the 2012 Lady Lion Cheerleader Auditions.

Preliminary Auditions

Saturday, August 25, 2012; Registration begins at 10:00 am
Sacramento Youth Football Training Center
5845 Dry Creek Road
Rio Linda, CA

To register for Preliminary Audition please complete and print out an application.

Please include the audition fee of $25 as either cash, check or money order made out to the Sacramento Mountain Lions. This fee is to cover audition costs and will not be returned.

If you plan on auditioning please have application postmarked by Wednesday, August 22, 2012.

Send the completed application along with one recent 8×10 headshot and resume to:

Sacramento Mountain Lion’s Office
7700 College Town Drive
Sacramento, CA 95826
Attn: Lindsay Shoemaker, Director, Sacramento Mountain Lions Cheerleaders

The preliminary auditions will be closed to the public.

Finals Auditions
Sunday, August 26, 2012
Finalists will receive details when chosen.

[Complete Audition Information and Application]

Keep on striving: Former Six Rivers cheerleader Gaube now on 49ers Gold Rush

Neil Tarpey
The Times-Standard
07/04/2011

She’s gone from youth football to the National Football League.

Ali Gaube, a graduate of Winship Junior High and Eureka High School, has earned a spot on the San Francisco 49ers Gold Rush, the professional cheerleaders squad.

How did Gaube feel when she learned she had been selected?

”I can’t even describe it. I had so many things going through my mind. I feel very, very lucky,” said Gaube.

Quite a positive accomplishment for a persistent, hard-working 23-year-old college student who once had no friends.

”I moved to Eureka from Washington in the fifth grade and had no friends,” said Gaube. “A lot of the girls were doing cheerleading for Six Rivers Youth Football. I tried it, and I loved it.”

She fondly recalled the fun of traveling with the cheerleading team on their July or August bus trips to cheerleaders’ camps in Davis.

”It was a good way to bond with the team, singing on the bus, and then learning and practicing new routines,” said Gaube.

Gaube credits her Humboldt County cheerleader coaches — Star Blackburn, Teri Leavitt, Brenda Bronson and Teresa Creech, her head coach — for their encouragement during her years as a cheerleader for youth football, middle school, Eureka High School and competitive squads.

She moved away to attend Sacramento State, where she is working on her degree in special education so that she can teach and work with young children.

While she was in Sacramento, Gaube tried out for the cheerleaders team for the Sacramento Cobras, a semi-professional football team. Not only did Gaube earn a spot on the 42-member team, but the other women voted her as their captain.

Then it was on to the Lady Lions, the cheerleading squad for the Sacramento Mountain Lions of the United Football League.

While Gaube was a member of the Lady Lions, she had opportunities to volunteer in the community.

For example, she joined four other cheerleaders and several football players and went to the Shriner’s Hospital in Sacramento, where they met with about 30 children on the burn victims unit.

”It was such an emotional experience,” said Gaube. “I feel very blessed.”

Setting her sights on the Gold Rush, Gaube tried out.

She didn’t make it. Two years in a row.

But rather than give up, she listened to the judges’ feedback.

”They told me, ‘Keep going, keep going, we know you can do this at the professional level,’” said Gaube.

She began working harder, not only improving her endurance but also her public speaking skills.

This year she joined the group of 400 women trying out for the 32 spots on the Gold Rush. Even the members of last year’s squad have to try out for this year’s team.

The large group was divided up, and the candidates had to quickly learn a new choreographed dance routine — to Usher’s song “More” — and then, in the preliminary auditions phase, perform that routine with confidence in front of a panel of judges.

At the end of the first day’s preliminary auditions, the group was cut down to 75.

The remaining candidates faced the challenge of arranging time off from school or work in order to participate in a full week of tryouts from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Among the activities were not just learning and performing, in order to demonstrate their dancing abilities and showmanship, but also interviews — to see how each person received feedback — and a final audition.

What was Gaube’s biggest challenge during the week of tryouts?

”I’d say it was exuding confidence,” said Gaube. “Instead of thinking, ‘She’s a better dancer than me,’ I kept telling myself, ‘If they want me, I just have to be myself.’”

Gaube’s hard work and belief in herself paid off. The day after final auditions, she went to the team’s website (www.49ers.com/gold-rush) and saw her photo included with the other 31 team members.

After two years of trying out but not making the Gold Rush, the third time was a charm.

”That’s exactly what I was hoping for,” said Gaube.

The Gold Rush practice one day a week, six hours each session, in order to accommodate the reality that so many of its members commute and attend school or have jobs.

Gaube intends to enjoy her time with the Gold Rush, especially because, “There’s no guarantee that I’ll make it back next year.”

This summer, besides working out with the team and its coaches, Gaube is taking online college courses.

Earning a spot on a NFL cheerleading team, and pursuing her degree from Sac State, has taught Gaube an important lesson.

”If you dream big and keep on striving for what you want, and keep on going, you can get what you want,” said Gaube.

Sacramento Mountain Lions Dance Team Finals Will be Open to the Public

The Sacramento Mountain Lions of the United Football League will hold their final cheerleading auditions at Dream Ultra Lounge (908 15th St., Sacramento, Ca. 95814) on Friday, April 1.

The auditions will begin at 6 p.m. while the doors will open to the public at 5:30 p.m. KHTK radio personalities Don Geronimo and Carmichael Dave will serve as the evening’s MC’s for the event.

Fifty-three women will be competing for the 32 spots on the Lady Lions 2011 cheerleading squad. This group of ladies qualified for the finals by being among the top performers at one of two preliminary auditions. Nineteen veterans from last year’s team received a pass through the preliminary round, but will have to compete with the rest of the finalists to keep their spots at these final auditions.

You can visit www.facebook.com/SacramentoMountainLions for a picture and short bio of all 53 potential Lady Lions.

The squad of 32 will be picked on April 1 following the auditions.

“I am so impressed with the quality of girls that are in the finals – it’s going to be a really tough audition,” said Mountain Lions Cheer and Dance Team Director Lindsay Shoemaker. “Any of them can make it. We have about 10 girls hovering around the final three spots – taking into account their preliminary audition and interview scores.”

The Lady Lions will perform at all four Mountain Lion home games this fall and will serve as ambassadors for the organization throughout the season.

“The preliminaries were closed but the finals are open to the public and we are looking for audience participation in helping us choose the team,” Shoemaker said. “So come on out and cheer on your favorites.”

Audition Alert: Sacramento Mountain Lions Cheerleader Auditions Saturday

The 2011 Sacramento Mountain Lions cheerleader auditions are this Saturday and if you have the talent and the desire, the Mountain Lions are looking for you.

Preliminary Auditions
Saturday, March 12, 2011; Registration begins at 11:00 am
Sacramento Youth Football Training Center
5845 Dry Creek Road
Rio Linda, CA

To sign up for the auditions, please visit the Sacramento Mountain Lions web site.

To register for either the February 26 or March 12 Preliminary Audition please complete and print out an application.  Please include the audition fee of $25 as either cash, check or money order made out to the Sacramento Mountain Lions.  This fee is to cover audition costs and will not be returned.

Audition FAQs

What Are You Looking For?

We are looking for 32 Lady Lions with a passion for football. Essentially we need physically fit, attractive and confident young women with great personalities who love to interact with fans. Previous dance/cheer experience is a plus.

What Should I Bring To the Tryout?

Participants need to bring a non-returnable resume and headshot. Because the first audition is a potentially long day, performers should bring plenty of snacks, water, towel, curling/flat irons, and make-up to re-fresh throughout the day.  A state-issued Driver License, Identification Card or Passport.

What Should I Wear To the Tryout?

Dress should consist of a half top (sports bra, crop top) and shorts (hot shorts, dance trunks or briefs preferred, stomach must show) with dance or non-marking sole tennis shoes. Flesh colored nylons or dance tights are required!  Keep in mind, the judges will want to see what you would look like in the Lady Lions Uniform.

A special audition outfit is not required, but if you would like to order a costume or see examples of what to wear you may go to our Facebook page or visit:

www.angelakingdesigns.com, www.dadesignsdancewear.com, www.thelineup.com.

How Should I Wear My Make-Up?

Make-up should be worn.  We recommend stage make-up in shades that compliment you.  The Lady Lions wear a red lipstick in uniform; we highly encourage candidates to do the same at auditions.

How Should I Wear My Hair?

Hair should be worn down in a current hairstyle, make sure it is not in your face. Hair does not need to be your natural color, but no extreme colors like red, blue, purple etc.

What If I Have a Tattoo?

If a tattoo is visible in your audition attire, please cover it with makeup.  Members of the Lady Lions cover all tattoos visible when interacting with fans and on game day.
What About Jewelry?

Lady Lions are allowed to wear one-stud in each ear and an engagement and/or wedding band. No other jewelry is allowed.
Please take all visible piercings out before auditions. This includes tongue rings and belly button rings.

What Should I Not Bring?

Family, friends and fans. The preliminary audition is closed and limited to participants only. The finals are open to the public.

What Will The Audition Process Be?

Preliminary auditions will be a multi-step process.  Candidates will start the day with a short warm-up.  A short across-the-floor routine will be taught and candidates will perform in group of 2.  If needed, judges will deliberate and the Director will announce the numbers of those moving on to the next round.

Candidates will then learn a short dance routine that is similar to what Lady Lions perform on game days.  Candidates will be given a short amount of time to go-over the routine and then broken up in groups of 2.  When it is a candidate’s turn, she will give a short speech about herself and then perform the dance routine twice in front of the judges.  After all candidates have auditioned the judges will deliberate and the Director will announce the numbers of those who are Finalist.

Finalist will receive information regarding the Final auditions at the end of Prelims.

Is there a minimum/maximum age limit?

You must be 18 by June 1, 2011. There is not a maximum age for tryouts

2011 Sacramento Mountain Lions Cheerleader Auditions

Los Angeles Laker coach Phil Jackson once called the city of Sacramento, an old “cowtown”.  I suppose the old zen master said that to get a rise out of his opponents, whom at the time, were putting up a fierce fight during the NBA playoffs many a year ago.  And as time passed, that moniker has stuck even though Sacramento is the capital of California, perhaps the most modern and prosperous state in the Union.

In truth, while I was driving around Sacramento I did see more than a few of the lovable bovines, but I would suggest to coach Phil that a more appropriate name might be “cheertown” because as I found out, there’s a lot of dance talent in old Sac-town.

This past Saturday, the Sacramento Mountain Lions of the UFL held the first of two preliminary auditions for their 2011 cheerleading squad.  More than forty young women braved the cold weather to audition for the Lady Lions.  And though it was cold outside, the auditions were hot.

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Sacramento Mountain Lion Auditions This Saturday

The 2011 Sacramento Mountain Lions cheerleader auditions are this Saturday and if you have the talent and the desire, the Mountain Lions are looking for you.

Preliminary Auditions
Saturday, February 26, 2011; Registration begins at 11:00 am
Sacramento Youth Football Training Center
5845 Dry Creek Road
Rio Linda, CA

To sign up for the auditions, please visit the Sacramento Mountain Lions web site.

To register for either the February 26 or March 12 Preliminary Audition please complete and print out an application.  Please include the audition fee of $25 as either cash, check or money order made out to the Sacramento Mountain Lions.  This fee is to cover audition costs and will not be returned.

Audition FAQs

What Are You Looking For?

We are looking for 32 Lady Lions with a passion for football. Essentially we need physically fit, attractive and confident young women with great personalities who love to interact with fans. Previous dance/cheer experience is a plus.

What Should I Bring To the Tryout?

Participants need to bring a non-returnable resume and headshot. Because the first audition is a potentially long day, performers should bring plenty of snacks, water, towel, curling/flat irons, and make-up to re-fresh throughout the day.  A state-issued Driver License, Identification Card or Passport.

What Should I Wear To the Tryout?

Dress should consist of a half top (sports bra, crop top) and shorts (hot shorts, dance trunks or briefs preferred, stomach must show) with dance or non-marking sole tennis shoes. Flesh colored nylons or dance tights are required!  Keep in mind, the judges will want to see what you would look like in the Lady Lions Uniform.

A special audition outfit is not required, but if you would like to order a costume or see examples of what to wear you may go to our Facebook page or visit:

www.angelakingdesigns.com, www.dadesignsdancewear.com, www.thelineup.com.

How Should I Wear My Make-Up?

Make-up should be worn.  We recommend stage make-up in shades that compliment you.  The Lady Lions wear a red lipstick in uniform; we highly encourage candidates to do the same at auditions.

How Should I Wear My Hair?

Hair should be worn down in a current hairstyle, make sure it is not in your face. Hair does not need to be your natural color, but no extreme colors like red, blue, purple etc.

What If I Have a Tattoo?

If a tattoo is visible in your audition attire, please cover it with makeup.  Members of the Lady Lions cover all tattoos visible when interacting with fans and on game day.
What About Jewelry?

Lady Lions are allowed to wear one-stud in each ear and an engagement and/or wedding band. No other jewelry is allowed.
Please take all visible piercings out before auditions. This includes tongue rings and belly button rings.

What Should I Not Bring?

Family, friends and fans. The preliminary audition is closed and limited to participants only. The finals are open to the public.

What Will The Audition Process Be?

Preliminary auditions will be a multi-step process.  Candidates will start the day with a short warm-up.  A short across-the-floor routine will be taught and candidates will perform in group of 2.  If needed, judges will deliberate and the Director will announce the numbers of those moving on to the next round.

Candidates will then learn a short dance routine that is similar to what Lady Lions perform on game days.  Candidates will be given a short amount of time to go-over the routine and then broken up in groups of 2.  When it is a candidate’s turn, she will give a short speech about herself and then perform the dance routine twice in front of the judges.  After all candidates have auditioned the judges will deliberate and the Director will announce the numbers of those who are Finalist.

Finalist will receive information regarding the Final auditions at the end of Prelims.

Is there a minimum/maximum age limit?

You must be 18 by June 1, 2011. There is not a maximum age for tryouts

Sacramento Mountain Lions Cheerleader Auditions

The Sacramento Mountain Lions of the United Football League are seeking dancers to take part in auditions for the team’s 2011 cheerleading squad. The cheerleading team, the Lady Lions, will perform at all four Mountain Lion home games this fall and will serve as ambassadors for the organization throughout the season.

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Preliminary Auditions

Saturday, February 26, 2011; Registration begins at 11:00 am

Sacramento Youth Football Training Center
5845 Dry Creek Road
Rio Linda, CA

Or

Saturday, March 12, 2011: Registration begins at 11:00 am

Sacramento Youth Football Training Center
5845 Dry Creek Road
Rio Linda, CA

Audition FAQs here.

For more information, please visit the Sacramento Lions web site. And please visit the Sacramento Mountain Lions Cheerleader Facebook page for the latest audition information.

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Sacramento Mountain Lions’ Cheerleader Tryouts

Auditions are over and the UFL Sacramento Mountain Lions Cheerleaders have been selected. 32 young women will entertain fans from the slidelines at Hornet Stadium this fall. Click here to take a look back at this year’s auditions.

Sacramento Mountain Lions Dance Team Is Named the Lady Lions

From the UFL Website:

The Sacramento Mountain Lions of the United Football League have officially named their cheer and dance team the Lady Lions.

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“In picking the cheerleader team name it was important to create something that would last,” said Mountain Lions Cheer and Dance Team Director Lindsay Shoemaker. “I didn’t want to give this team a name that would be out of vogue five years down the line. The Lady Lions is timeless.”

Mountain Lions fans were involved in suggesting team names, primarily chiming in on facebook.com.

“I loved having the community and UFL fans involved with choosing the name,” Shoemaker said. “We had over 50 unique suggestions and ultimately the Lady Lions was a fan suggestion.”

There are 32 cheerleaders on the Sacramento squad. The team was selected based on a three-part process that included dancing, personal interviews and judged performances.

“The Lady Lions is a perfect description of this team of cheerleaders,” Shoemaker said. “They are strong, proud, beautiful and classy women.”

The dance team will perform at all four Mountain Lion home games this fall and will serve as ambassadors for the organization throughout the season.

UFL Cheerleaders Tryouts

Over the weekend the UFL held the first of their Cheerleading Auditions.

Here’s video from the Sacramento Mountain Lions Tryouts:

And here’s the Las Vegas Locomotives Auditions:

Lindsay Shoemaker and the Sacramento Mountain Lions Dance Team Auditions

by Ahsan Awan
Sacramento Press

The UFL’s Sacramento Mountain Lions cheer and dance team is set to hold tryouts June 5.

The team’s director, Lindsay Shoemaker, was hired in late April, and has been busy preparing ever since. With preliminary tryouts only a week away, there is still a lot of work to be done. For example, the team needs a name. Cougarettes, Lady Lions, Capital Kittens? “We’ve narrowed it down to a few names, but nothing is for sure yet,” said Shoemaker.

But coming up with a name isn’t the first priority. About 200 women are registered to try out for 32 spots, and Lindsay said she and her assistants have to come up with a routine for the women to learn and perform in one day.

The women on the team will be announced June 12, but first comes a week of interviews and performances in front of judges and fans. “It’s important that the community be involved in the process,” Shoemaker said.

Indeed, the life of a Mountain Lion cheer and dance team member calls for broad community appeal. In addition to two practices per week, and one team workout and physical training session per week, there will be many public appearances. Shoemaker said the team could make appearances every week. “Any time our girls are out in public, they represent the league and the organization,” she said.

According to the Sacramento Business Journal, members of the squad will be paid for the four home games and promotions that they attend. Shoemaker confirmed this, but added that there will be work on behalf of charities, and appearances at schools and other community events.

According to information provided by the UFL, Shoemaker is trained in jazz, ballet, hip- hop and funk. She was a member of the Universal Rhythm Dance Co. and Sheldon High School’s cheer and song team. She also danced for Chico Dance Theater at California State University, Chico, and Sacramento’s Empire Dance Team.

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Lindsay Shoemaker. Photo Courtesy of Tanya Atkinson.

Shoemaker worked for Radio Disney as an on-air personality. She also developed a dance group made up of Radio Disney listeners that performed at events including the California State Fair and a number of festivals, and she coached the Sheldon Huskies Junior Cheerleaders.

Shoemaker was the lead dancer and scheduled all appearances as a charter member of The Lipstick Girls and Groovement. She also managed and taught at Get Dancing Academy of Dance in Fair Oaks. Her dancers performed at Paramount’s Great America and the California State Fair.

The Sacramento native has a degree in public relations and communication studies from California State University, Sacramento and currently works for the State of California’s Department of Public Health. She also competes in triathlons and half marathons, and is a football fanatic.

She’s a busy woman with a big task in front of her, and yet the question remains: What will the team be called and who will decide? Shoemaker said, “We’ve thought about asking the community to decide, much like they did with the naming of the football team.”

There’s no official suggestion box, but suggestions are welcome (below).

The Sacramento Mountain Lions cheer and dance team preliminary tryouts will be held at 24-Hour Fitness at 1314 Fulton Ave. (corner of Fulton and Hurley) on June 5 from 12:30-8:30 p.m. on June 5. Registration forms available on the Mountain Lions website. The finals will be held at Cosmopolitan Complex, 1000 K St., June 12 at 4:30 p.m. Lindsay Shoemaker can be reached directly by email at mountainlionscheer@gmail.com.

UFL Sacramento Mountain Lions Dance Team Auditions

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UFL Seeks Sacramento Cheerleader Director

uflThe United Football League continues to ramp up for the 2010 season.

The search is now on for a Cheerleader Director for the new Sacramento Mountain Lions.

The season will run from September through November and there will be approximately 5 home games.

Interested candidates should have a bio/resume and head shot, two letters of recommendation and a video reel of their choreography.

Interviews are scheduled for April 21st.

Anyone interested in scheduling an interview or would like more information, should contact Peggy Williams at peggy@procheerleadersalumni.com or 407.625.8014.

UFL Seeks Sacramento Cheerleader Director

uflThe United Football League continues to ramp up for the 2010 season.

The search is now on for a Cheerleader Director for the new Sacramento Mountain Lions.

The season will run from September through November and there will be approximately 5 home games.

Interested candidates should have a bio/resume and head shot, two letters of recommendation and a video reel of their choreography.

Interviews are scheduled for April 21st.

Anyone interested in scheduling an interview or would like more information, should contact Peggy Williams at peggy@procheerleadersalumni.com or 407.625.8014.