Scenes from the Lady Raiders Calendar Release Party

We were so pleased with over 100 family and friends who joined us for the November 29 release party at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar in Richmond, Virginia. The Lady Raiders will be appearing throughout the community to promote the calendar and the upcoming Raiders arena football season, which kicks off March 10. The ladies work very hard and love being involved in Richmond, so we are proud to showcase their beauty through this calendar! The 12-month calendars featuring all 24 Lady Raiders can also be purchased at $15.00 per calendar by contacting

Watch a video of the release here.

Richmond Lady Raiders

(I had some technical difficulties that delayed these photos)

 Back before I went on vacation, I took a drive down I-95 to the Richmond Memorial Coliseum to see the Richmond Lady Raiders.
Back before I went on vacation, I took a drive down I-95 to the Richmond Memorial Coliseum to see the Richmond Lady Raiders.
The Lady Raiders are under the direction of former KC Chiefs and St. Louis Rams Cheerleader Laura Eilers
The Lady Raiders are under the direction of former KC Chiefs and St. Louis Rams Cheerleader Laura Eilers
On the concourse pregame with Risky the Mascot
On the concourse pregame with Risky the Mascot

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Get Ready for the Richmond Lady Raiders Auditions

Auditions for the 2011-2012 professional squad in Richmond, Virginia are right around the corner! Join us this spring and summer for audition classes.

Lady Raiders Auditions PREP CLASSES, 8:00-9:00pm

$15.00 per class, pay at the door: Cash, credit or check to J’adore Dance. Classes in May and June will include an additional 15 minutes discussion on the mentioned audition topic. These classes are optional but are highly recommended.

· Tuesday, April 19
· Tuesday, April 26
· Tuesday, May 3, Fitness
· Tuesday, May 31, Hair & makeup
· Friday, June 17, Attire
· Tuesday, July 26, Communication

2011-2012 AUDITIONS
Thursday, July 28: Early bird application deadline for a $10.00 discount on application fee. Applications will be available at prep classes.

Sunday, July 31: Open Auditions. Applications, headshot, full body photograph and $30.00 rookie application fee due. Required by rookies and veterans. Location J’adore Dance Studio, 5000 Commonwealth Center Pkwy, Midlothian, Va.

Wednesday, August 3: 7:30-10:00pm Semifinalist Rehearsal (not required by veterans), Midlothian Athletic Club, Richmond, Va.

Friday, August 5: 3:00-7:00pm Finalist interviews, 7:30-10:00pm Finalist Rehearsal, Location TBD.

Saturday, August 6: 5:30-8:30pm Audition Finals. Team Performance and Promotion at the Richmond Flying Squirrels Game, The Diamond, Richmond, Va.

Sunday, August 7: 12:00-5:00pm Audition Finals. Individual Performances at the Watermelon Festival, Carytown, Richmond, Va.

Additional details regarding the 2011-2012 squad such as rehearsal nights will be provided prior to auditions. See other FAQs at the Raiders website.

Please send your name, program, email and phone number to Laura Eilers, Lady Raiders Coordinator. Be sure to indicate your area of interest. Visit the Raiders website for more details on youth and teen programs, community appearances and more.

Contact the Lady Raiders via the Raiders website or contact

Abilene Ruff Riders introduce family-friendly dancers

Ruff Riders dancers return to make games family-friendly
By Hannah Boen
Abilene Reporter-News
March 13, 2011

Jessica Hewitt owns Main Street Studio in Hawley and has years of dancing and instructing under her belt. She said the goal for the new dance team was to start fresh.

The local arena football games aren’t known for having a family atmosphere. In fact, in a reader poll, 44 percent of the voters said the games ranked 1 for family friendliness on a scale from 1 to 5, with 1 being the worst. Seven of the 86 voters gave the games a rank of 5.

Hewitt said the biggest challenge is pleasing everyone.

“It’s still hip-hop,” she said. “My goal is to meet a happy medium. That’s hard but we’re going to try.”

She gives the ladies a lot of credit for attempting to make all the fans happy. Although the women have dance experience, she said performances on game day are completely different from recital dancing.

“It’s a lot different from dancing in front of stage lights,” she said. “You can see everyone’s faces, reactions. It’s a whole different ballgame.”

Delilah Fritz danced with the team two seasons ago. She said she is one of four women who returned to the dance team after the season without dancers.

She is an early childhood education major at McMurry University and said she doesn’t have any opportunities to dance at the university, so she is excited to be back on the Ruff Riders field.

“I love dancing and enjoy meeting fans, performing in front of fans,” she said. “It’s a really good experience and I feel like I am being recognized as a role model.”

She said she felt the atmosphere at Ruff Riders games has always been family-friendly.

“Other than our outfits being more conservative, there’s no change,” she said. Outfits before showed about two inches of stomach and had a slit up the sides of the skirt, she said.

The dancers were selected in January after two rounds of tryouts. Fritz said she dedicates about 10 hours a week to the team.

“Three hours usually of practice,” she said, “and the rest is just doing things to look good, exercising. And we make appearances.”

Ruff Riders General Manager Brett Quigley said the girls do volunteer some of their time but are compensated in various ways, including free tanning and nail services.

Anderson said the differences in this season’s team stretch beyond new uniforms.

“They’re just good girls,” he said. “Most of them are in school, they’re doing good things outside of this, and we didn’t take anyone who couldn’t dance.”

All 10 girls are from the Abilene area and many of them are working toward degrees in higher education. To see photos and learn more about the dancers, visit

Local Dancer, Coach Takes Reigns of Stampede Dance Team


Keri on the right
Keri on the right

Current Adviser to York’s Northeastern High; Danced for Philadelphia Kixx
Harrisburg Stampede Dance Coordinator Keri Wright’s dancing journey started when she was just seven and has taken her on a path through gyms and studios, college dance teams and squads in the professional ranks, coaching other dancers, and now she will take the field as a professional coordinator for the Stampede.

This Williamsport, Pennsylvania native and current co-advisor for Northeastern High School in York is motivated to shape the Stampede Dance Team for 2011 and take her dancing odyssey on yet another path, “I’m excited to get back into dancing. I’ve really missed it since I’ve moved here. Being on a team is really something special and I can’t wait to be a part of one again.”

After starting dancing at a young age, Keri says her passion for this fine art really kicked in just before high school. “[I’ve] been dancing since I was seven but really started getting more into it around 14; right before high school. I’ve always enjoyed dancing and once I wasn’t dancing all the time, I made myself find places to do it whether going to a class at the gym or teaching adult classes in the area.”

Although her high school, Loyalsock Township High School in Williamsport did not have a dance team Keri found Turning Pointe Dance Studio. From there she danced for four years with the Kutztown University Dance Team and then for two seasons with the Philadelphia Kixx of the Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL).
She also has coached at Plymouth-Whitemarsh High School of Plymouth Meeting, PA for two years before moving to Harrisburg and is currently the co-adviser for the at Northeastern High School in York.

Keri’s molding of the 2011 Harrisburg Stampede Dance Team starts on February 12th when she will conduct auditions. The auditions will take place from 1:00 PM through 5:00 PM at Gold’s Gym, located at 4251 Chambers Hill Road in Harrisburg. Gold’s Gym is the “Official” Health Club of the entire Stampede organization, including the players, dancers, coaches and front office staff.

There is a $40 registration fee for all Stampede Dance Team audition participants and Dance Team hopefuls must be 21 years of age and dress appropriately for a hard day of dancing and choreography.

One of Keri’s favorite quotes, from the movie Invincible displays her attitude toward life, an attitude she will surely pass on to the Stampede Dance Team, “Dreams are not lived on the sidelines.”

Harrisburg Stampede Announce Dance Team Coordinator, Auditions

The Harrisburg Stampede is proud to announce their new Dance Team Coordinator Keri Wright. Keri enthusiastically jumped into her first official duty as coordinator by announcing the Stampede’s Dance Team auditions.

The auditions will take place at Gold’s Gym, located at 4251 Chambers Hill Road in Harrisburg. Gold’s Gym is the “Official” Health Club of the entire Stampede organization, including the players, dancers, coaches and front office staff. The audition will be held on Saturday, February 12, 2011 from 1:00 PM through 5:00 PM.

Dance Team hopefuls must be 21 years of age and dress appropriately for a hard day of dancing and choreography. Bring your smile, bring your personality, but most of all bring your dance!

Do you have what it takes to be a part of this high energy, community minded team? We look forward to seeing all of you on February 12th. The girls will be working hard and fast to be ready for the Stampede’s 4:00 PM home opener on Sunday, March 20th. There is a $40 registration fee for all Stampede Dance Team audition participants.

Keri brings a wealth of experience to the Stampede both as a dancer and dance coach. Prior to being a part of the Harrisburg Stampede, Keri was a member of the Philadelphia KiXX Dance Team and she was a member, for four years, of the Kutztown University Dance Team. She has also coached and co-advised two high school dance teams. Keri plans to bring a fresh new spunk on the field and in the community with the Harrisburg Stampede Dance Team.

Keri (right) in 2007 at the KiXX Dance Team Unveiling Party

[Harrisburg Stampede Dance Team]

2011 Carolina Speed Velocity Girls Dance Team Tryouts


The Carolina Speed Velocity Girls Dance Team is a high-energy dance team that performs at The Carolina Speed Football home games at Bojangles’ Coliseum, and at other events in the communities they serve. The dance team makes appearances and performances throughout the year. The Velocity Girls Dance Team entertains crowds and supports the Carolina Speed through its appearances at the Bojangles’ Coliseum, business and social events, Carolina Speed community functions and other public and private events. All Carolina Speed Velocity Girls Dance Team members maintain high ethical standards and are actively involved in supporting worthwhile causes in the communities they serve.

Stephanie Huffman – Dance Team Coordinator

Saturday, January 29, 2011
Registration: 11:00am-12:00pm
Tryouts: 12:00pm
Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to registration! ++

ZX Fitness Center Matthews
10404 Independence Blvd
Matthews, NC 28105

Registration Fee:

Cash Only

Tryout Requirements:
• Must be at least 18 years-of-age and a High School graduate or equivalent by January 29, 2011. There is no maximum age limit.
• Must complete a Carolina Speed Velocity Girls Application and Waiver
• Must pay the Registration Fee
• Must provide proof of ID
• Must provide a current dance and professional resume
• Must provide 3 references
• Must provide proof of insurance
• Must provide one non-returnable headshot (5″x7″ or larger preferred).
• Must be available for all phases of the audition process and be prepared
to stay as long as necessary (no exceptions!)

Attire for Tryouts:

Half top/sports bra, any color
Briefs/hot shorts, any color
Sheer tights and Dance Sneakers or Jazz Shoes
Performance ready hair and make-up

Audition Process:

A one-minute routine will be taught and performed in small groups in front of a panel of judges

Skills to be tested include: Pirouettes (single and double), Leaps (right, left, center), Toe-Touch, Kicks, Motion technique

An interview

What We Are Looking For:

• Showmanship, personality, energy, and enthusiasm
• Professionalism and maturity
• Dancers who are well spoken and can represent the Carolina Speed in a professional manner at all times
• Dance technique and style
• Consistent positive attitude
• Strong teamwork skills
• Physical fitness and personal appearance
• Ability and desire

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Lauren White Announced as Trenton Steel Dance Team Choreographer

The Trenton Steel announced today the hiring of former Philadelphia Soulmate and Philadelphia All Pro Dancer Lauren White as the Steel Dance Team Choreographer. White, an alumna of The College of New Jersey, has excelled as a dance instructor, choreographer, and performer throughout the tri-state area for the last several years. She has most recently coached and choreographed over 200 dancers for the Lakewood Blue Claws Dance Team and the Trenton Thunder Dance Team.


The Steel look forward to showcasing White’s accomplishments and skills as a choreographer who, at the age of 15, began teaching all levels and styles of dance for a local studio. White also danced with the Barry University Dance team in 2004, became a Philadelphia Soulmate dancer in 2007, and then a Philadelphia All Pro Dancer in 2009. Expanding her dance abilities, White joined Statewide Promotions as a Coach for the Philadelphia Junior Soulmates and Platinum All Stars Dance Team.

White is excited to be back in Trenton producing “exciting, hand clapping, head popping fusions of New Jersey and New York City choreography” for the Trenton Steel Dance Team.