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Countdown to P-R-O: Photo of the Day – June 27

Holly of the St. Louis Rams Cheerleaders

Our Favorite Photos – St. Louis Rams Cheerleader Stephanie

This month is our Tenth Anniversary and to celebrate we’re posting some of our all-time favorite photos.

St. Louis Rams Cheerleader Stephanie at the 2012 Final Audition.

One of my favorite events of the year to photograph is the St. Louis Rams Cheerleaders Final Auditions.  It is a wonderful event to cover, a very glamorous and entertaining pageant style audition.  There’s always something interesting to photograph and the venue offers a great environment to shoot the girls.

So in 2012, I’m in St. Louis and I am thinking to myself as Stephanie walks the stage modeling her swimsuit, “she may be the most beautiful girl, I have ever photographed”.  And she very well may have been.

St. Louis is an amazing place to visit and the Rams Cheerleader Final Audition is a wonderful event to be a part of.

David Tyau, National Correspondent

Photo of the Day – April 17

A St. Louis Rams Cheerleader

Tess Boyer Advances to Live Rounds on ‘The Voice’

Former St. Louis Rams Cheerleader Tess Boyer’s performance of Christina Perri’s haunting ballad “Human” has propelled her to the Top 12 and the live rounds on NBC’s ‘The Voice’!

The Edwardsville native earned rave reviews for her performance from her coach, Shakira. When she’s not singing on national television, Boyer teaches hip-hop at the Kurpinski Academy of Dance in Chesterfield. She also teaches a vocal course during the summer.

Festus native Patrick Thomson, also on Team Shakira, did not advance to the next round, despite a great performance of Ray LaMontagne’s “Trouble.”

St. C. Native Makes Rams’ Cheering Squad

By Seth Staskey
Times Leader

Alexis Laurine spent most of her childhood and teenage years dancing and cheering.

The 2012 St. Clairsville High School graduate will now be spending some time of her adulthood doing the same things.

Laurine was chosen as one of 32 St. Louis Rams cheerleaders for the upcoming season after a highly competitive two-week try-out process.

“This experience has been a dream come true,” Laurine said.

Laurine had given some thought to looking into the process of what it would take to become a cheerleader for the Rams, but it wasn’t until late last year after the urging of her boyfriend, Elliott Linton, that Laurine really seriously considered the idea.

“I had thrown the idea around, but after a conversation with my boyfriend, I looked into the organization and after watching videos of them performing and learning more about all the community outreach they did, I knew I wanted to be a St. Louis Rams cheerleader,” Laurine said.

Thus, the process was under way.

After some workouts, additional research and auditions, Laurine began the actual audition process.

“I was fortunate to have so much support from my family, boyfriend and close friends,” Laurine said. “With all of their help, I felt fully prepared for this endeavor.”

The audition process included a photo shoot, a preliminary audition dance and then the field was cut before the final audition, which included a longer dance, an interview, modeling, an on-stage question and a final dance performance.

“A St. Louis Rams cheerleader is a well-rounded woman who is a performer, but she’s also a representative of the city itself, so all of these areas are necessary for the audition process,” Laurine said.

Laurine learned she made the squad just a little more than a week ago, but she admits there’s still a time when she feels like pinching herself to make sure it’s real.

“I was in shock, and I know my mouth dropped a mile (when I heard my name called),” Laurine said. “Even days after that night, I was still replaying the emcee announcing my number and name in my head.”

Laurine, who is a sophomore dance and technical theater major at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri, will continue the pursuit of her degree.

“Going into this opportunity, I was fully aware of the commitment that it required with rehearsals, games and appearances, so I altered my schedule before the auditions in hopes of making the team,” Laurine explained.

Though the NFL hasn’t formally announced the 2014 schedule yet, Laurine is already thinking about her first game in the Edward Jones Dome in September.

“Just thinking about that (first) game gives me chills,” Laurine said. “The fans in St. Louis are very supportive of their teams, and I know the energy for that first game will be amazing, and to be a part of something so important to so many people makes me that much more eager to get on the field.”

Laurine was introduced to dancing at the age of 2 at the Toni Zeakes Performing Arts Center. She then went to Turn It Out Dance Academy in high school, studying ballet, jazz, tap, acrobatics, hip hop, pointe and contemporary.

She also cheered for six years at St. Clairsville.

“I credit most of my dancing ability today to my years of cheering at St. Clairsville,” Laurine said. “Those years really made me focus on being a chean dancer and reinforced the importance of teamwork to achieve your goals.”

As a freshman at Lindenwood, Laurine cheered and the squad qualified to NCA Nationals in Daytona Beach.

Laurine also expressed her sincere appreciation to her family and friends.

“After I made the first cut, more people found out and reached out to me, sending well wishes,” Laurine said. “Since it’s been announced, the reaction from my family and friends has been overwhelming. I feel so blessed to have so much support from everyone in the Ohio Valley. My hometown and the people in it will always hold a special place in my heart.”

Because I’m Happy: The 2014 St. Louis Rams Cheerleaders Auditions

There’s nothing that makes me more happy than being able to photograph something interesting and beautiful.  And this past Tuesday, I was very happy because I was in St. Louis photographing the 2014 St. Louis Rams Cheerleaders final auditions at The Pageant theater.

This was my third year covering their auditions and every year, I have a great time because I get to photograph some of the most beautiful women in Missouri and I always get some compelling images.

The 2014 St. Louis Rams Cheerleaders final auditions are a pageant style audition that is open to the public.  It is more of a theatrical production than an open call audition and it really is worthy of an evening’s entertainment.

The show was scheduled to start at 6:30 pm, but the girls started arriving a little after 3:00 pm to rehearse and get their hair and make up done.  I know this because I was across the street from the theater grabbing a bite to eat at Pi Pizzeria, dining on some of the finest deep dish pizza in St. Louis.

Continue reading Because I’m Happy: The 2014 St. Louis Rams Cheerleaders Auditions

2014-15 St Louis Rams Cheerleaders

Here is another look at the 32 ladies who were selected to this year’s squad. Click here for photos from auditions, and click here to watch them walk in slow-mo in their swimsuits.

Do not be thrown off by little Taylor in the second to last row. She was a blonde for semis, but she’s always been a brunette as a Rams Cheerleader, so I guess that didn’t go over well. Sometime between semis and finals, she completely changed her look. New hair, new outfit. She looks like a completely different person!

2014-15 St. Louis Rams Cheerleaders

Last night the Rams hosted final auditions for this year’s cheerleaders. Congratulations to the 32 ladies who made the cut!

Click to view full size

Local ‘The Voice’ Contestant Teaches Dance Classes

From KDSK.com

A former Rams Cheerleader is now part of a different team: Team Usher. Edwardsville native Tess Boyer won the celeb singer over on “The Voice.”

When Tess isn’t competing on national TV she’s teaching these young ladies in Chesterfield. She teaches a hip-hop dance class at Kurpinski Academy of Dance. She also teaches a vocal course in the summertime.

“She teaches everything like so amazingly. She’s such an inspiration and now that she’s on ‘The Voice’ we just watch her and we’re like, ‘Oh my gosh I know her!’ She’s amazing. She’s gonna come back and teach,” said Maria Knasel.

Be sure to tune into “The Voice” on Mondays and Tuesday to see how far Tess Boyer, Patrick Thomson from Festus, and the Brothers Walker from Bernie, Mo. get in the battle rounds.

Scenes from St. Louis Rams Cheerleader Auditions

The Rams website has photos and video from last weekend’s preliminary auditions. Click here for the photo gallery, and click here to watch the video!

Former Rams Cheerleader to Compete on Survivor

Jonathan Webb

While tuning in to the season premier of the hit CBS reality show ‘Survivor’ this week, there will be at least one contestant with a familiar tie to the area. Former Rams Cheerleader Latasha Fox, a longtime fan of the show, finally got her opportunity to match wits and toughness with 15 other contestants.

“I always felt like I could play the game better than a lot of the contestants,” Fox said. “This time was actually my third time applying for the show, over the course of the 13 years it’s been on. I didn’t hear anything the first couple times, but the third time was the charm. I was just very persistent.”

Persistence is certainly a trait that could fare well in the made-for-TV competition, which has been one of the most successful reality shows since first airing in 2000. This year’s competition pits three tribes broken into categories of ‘brawn, brains and beauty.’ Equipped with nothing more than a bag of rice, a machete, and a pot, the three tribes negotiate alliances and rivalries until one ‘Final Survivor’ outlasts the competition. Fox, who currently works as an accountant in St. Louis, was one of six chosen among the ‘brains’ grouping.

Though not at liberty to divulge the details of this season’s show, Fox was rather pleased with her ability to successfully navigate the competition.

“The actual experience was better than I even imagined,” Fox said. “I thought my ability to really adjust my strategy depending on who I was playing the game with, or depending on various situations, being able to do that definitely helps out in the game. It’s something I always thought I could do, and I actually did it. I must say that it worked very well.”

Fox, whose career transitioned from the Rams Cheerleading squad to an accountant at Edward Jones, prepared for ‘Survivor’ by strategically cutting calories to competition levels weeks prior to the event. While she could prepare physically for the event in a matter of weeks, Fox looks to her time as a Rams cheerleader as beneficial in a competition that relies so heavily on the success of a group.

“The friendship and the great girls that I got to know really stuck out to me,” Fox said. “I think when you’re on any type of team, including the Rams cheerleaders, you really have to be a team player and it’s about the group as a whole. Building those relationships and sustaining them, that kind of ties into Survivor. In the game, you have to form relationships and be able to do it in a matter of hours. Weak relationships, those people will stab you in the back. Making connections will make you make you successful in your alliance, or in the case of the Rams, make you successful on your team.”

St. Louis Rams Cheerleader Auditions Begin March 8th

The St. Louis Rams are searching for enthusiastic, talented and energetic young women to be members of the renowned entertainment and public relations team – the St. Louis Rams Cheerleaders!

Early Registration Fee: $55.00 (credit card only online)

Registration Deadline: Thursday, March 6, at End of Business – 5PM

Late Registration Fee: $75.00 (cash or credit card only, no checks please) will be accepted at the door, 
on Saturday, March 8th from 10:00AM to 3:00PM at Rams Park – Prior to rehearsal starting. Please bring your resume, references, headshot and completed registration. DOWNLOAD REGISTRATION FORM HERE.

Dates of Interest:
Saturday, March 8th
• Walk-Up Registration and Photo Session
• 10AM-3PM 

•  If your last name begins with A-G: 10AM-12PM
•  If your last name begins with H-L: 11AM-1PM
•  If your last name begins with M-R:  12PM-2PM
•  If your last name begins with S-Z: 1PM-3PM
•  Mandatory Rehearsal/Workshop
•  4PM-7PM

Sunday, March 9th
•  Preliminary Auditions
• 2PM
Monday, March 10th
•  Finalists posted to www.stlouisrams.com by 5PM
Tuesday, March 11th
• Finalists Interviews
• 12PM-6PM
Tuesday, March 11th
• Finalists Rehearsal #1
• 6:30PM-10:30PM
Wednesday, March 12th
•  Finalists Interviews
•  12PM-7PM
Thursday, March 13th
•  Finalists Interviews
•  12PM-6PM
Thursday, March 13th
•  Finalists Rehearsal #2
•  6:30-10:30PM
Sunday, March 16th
•  Finalists Rehearsal #3
•  2-6PM
Events listed above will be held at Rams Park and are closed to the general public.

Tuesday, March 18th

In order to attend this event, register online here to purchase a general admission $15, or VIP event ticket for a $25.00 donation. All proceeds raised will benefit a local Breast Cancer Awareness through our Cheer for A Cure Program. The squad will be announced live at the Pageant on the evening of Tuesday, March 18th 2014 immediately following the competition.
•  Rams Cheerleader Final Auditions*
•  6:30 to 10PM
• The Pageant
*This event is open to the general public, and will incorporate a question and answer segment, a swimsuit category and a dance audition for a final opportunity at becoming a member of the 2014 St. Louis Rams Cheerleaders.

Who is eligible:

All Participants must be 18 years or older by June 1, 2014. (No Exceptions). You must be able to attend all home games, rehearsals on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:30-10:30PM immediately following the final announcement of the 2014 Squad on Tuesday, March 18th. You must attend a minimum of 20 public relations and charity events within a 12 month period. You must be available for appearances on Thursday, May 8th, from 6-10. You must be able to attend a mandatory training camp scheduled for another weekend in June – date TBD and a week long calendar shoot – date TBD. Participants may not cheer for Rams and another professional or college team concurrently.

Audition attire:

•  Crop top or sports bra of your choice (sleeves or sleeveless is fine)
•  Boy-Style Shorts, No longer than a 3” inseam – trunks or briefs (these look like the lower half of a leotard or bikini bottoms)
•  Neutral colored panty hose
•  Tennis Shoes: black or white, jazz shoes
•  No Bike shorts, dance pants, thongs or colored hose

Dance preparation:

A dance team precision style is emphasized. Various styles of dance are used by the St. Louis Rams Cheerleaders. Turns, kicks and leaps are incorporated into routines.

Application process:

•  Each participant must submit or include a completed audition application online and a current photo of you individually
•  Photos may be in color or black & white, full body or headshot
•  NO SMALLER than an 8×10, 2M maximum
•  Resume (Professional and/or Dance)
•  Three Professional references
•  Complete the application process below and submit your information

For more information:

Keely Fimbres, Director, St. Louis Rams Cheerleaders, 314-516-8848

Photo of the Day – February 11

St Louis Rams 2011 Pro Bowl Cheerleader Shannon

Rams Cheerleaders and Marshall Faulk GMC Commercial

Photo of the Day – January 8

A Trio of St Louis Rams Cheerleaders