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Tampa Bay Storm Holding Open Auditions for Cheerleaders

Open tryouts for the 2016 Tampa Bay Storm Cheerleaders will be held on Feb. 6 at Amalie Arena.


Registration will take place the day of the event from 10 to 11 a.m. Auditions are closed to family members and the general public.

Participants must be 18 and have a high school diploma or equivalent. They’ll need to bring a photo ID, a recent photo sized 4×6 or larger, a dance resume, a completed medical liability release, and a completed 2016 cheerleader application. Those forms can be requested by sending an email to kebanks@tampabaystorm.com

Participants are asked to wear form fitting, two piece dance outfits with comfortable shoes. Dancers should wear dance briefs or boy shorts and skin tone hose.

Following introductions and warm-ups, participants will learn across the floor combinations including basic kicks and turns and a few short, repeating sideline/dance routines.

After first cuts, the remaining candidates will be taught a hip-hop or jazz routine to perform before a panel of judges two at a time.

More detailed information on the tryouts is available at tampabaystorm.com/cheerleaders/tryout-information, by calling (813) 230-2416 or by sending an e-mail to Kindra Ebanks, Director of Storm Cheerleaders, at kebanks@tampabaystorm.com.

Tampa Bay Storm Cheerleaders

In between the Lightning games I took advantage to visit the Tampa Bay Storm over the Memorial Day weekend. The theme of the game against the Philadelphia Soul was “Salute to Military”. The Storm took a beating but my attention for the night was on the talented dancing cheerleaders.

The 2015 squad has thirteen members including 5 rookies. Returning veterans Jalyssa and Philippa are Co Captains this year and Jalyssa was the Arena Bowl representative in 2014.

Our thanks to Director Kindra Stocher and choreographer Stephanie (Arena Bowl 2013) for the hospitality to allow Ultimate Cheerleaders the chance to cover these attractive performers. The Storm web site has nice bio descriptions for each member, check it out. Arena football is great fan friendly inexpensive entertainment, try and get out to a game.

Enjoy the photos:

1 Megan


2 Salina


3 Christina


4 Tyanne


5 Kayla


6 Allison



Tyanne and Shaniqua

8 Jalyssa

Jalyssa (Captain)


Le’Dreauna, Shaniqua, Jalyssa and Lexxie

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2015 Tampa Bay Storm Cheerleader Squad Announced


The Tampa Bay Storm is pleased to announce the members of the 2015 Cheerleader Squad.

“We are looking forward to getting to work and preparing for the upcoming season,” said Tampa Bay Storm Director of Cheerleaders Kindra Strocher-Ebanks. “We had an excellent group of ladies tryout for the team which made it tough for us to narrow down to the final 15. However, we are confident that we selected a group that will make the fans, and the Tampa Bay community, proud.”

Storm Cheerleaders perform at all home games and dedicate two evenings a week to practice. However, while they may be cheerleaders, they also act as ambassadors in the community. The cheerleaders visit hospitals, food banks, community centers and the armed forces, in addition to participating in many other programs and charities that help benefit the Tampa Bay community.

The 15-member squad is comprised of eight returning veterans and seven rookies.

Here are the 2015 Storm Cheerleaders:

Philippa, Captain

Jalyssa, Captain















Storm Win Latest Tampa/Orlando Battle 35 to 34

The Tampa Bay Storm beat back the squad from DisneyTown in the “double nickel” episode of the ongoing War on I-4 between these cross state rivals. The Predators still lead the series 28-27 all time. I rooted for the Predators last Thursday but this Saturday I had to go with my home town team. Great game but I actually missed about half the scores because my eyes were stuck in the camera lens seeking out the cheerleaders.

The theme of the night was “salute to home town hero” with many honorary presentations through out the evening. The attractive Storm Cheerleaders are comprised of 15 talented dancers who are extremely active during the entire game day process. Constantly giving back, the squad helped out at the St. Joe’s Hospital’s pre-game “Kids are Heroes” party for rewarding area children. Mingling with the guests and then donning capes during the game they were SUPER all evening.

Let’s introduce the two Co-captains first: STEPHANIE was voted to the Arena Bowl Dream Team last year and presently uses her college degree as a Designer of office space. Her bucket list includes learning French. Sweet SAVENAH is a USF gal enjoying her first year as team captain. She and Jalyssa are in the voting for 2014 Dream Team (Cast your vote here).

The 2014 impressive rookie class consist of: ANNA–studied at American Musical & Dramatic Academy. Currently performs at Busch Gardens and Universal Studio. Loves dance competitions, escaping to the Florida beaches and keeping in shape by running. ANNIE–a USF gal who works as an executive assistant. Her dream job is a career at ESPN. Looking forward to eventually raise a household of munchkin’s and relaxes doing crossword puzzles. I first met CRYSTAL in her Lightning Girl days. Major study is in healthcare with a goal of becoming a RN. Her 5 loves are–her daughter, family, dance, friends and the beach. EMILIE–will graduate USF in December and her career occupational goal is to become a Marine Biologist. She speaks French fluently. After receiving a 4 year degree at the University of Tampa, ERIKA schooled another 3 years for a RN. She loves to play the violin and cello in between qualifying for her Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do. Busch Garden’s performer KERI was a 4 year USF SunDoll and still found time to graduate Cum Laude. MEGAN attends St. Pete College with a career goal of working as a radiologic technologist. Her bucket list includes learning snow boarding.

Returning veterans are: JALYSSA plans to use her USF Psychology degree to work in the foster care social areas. ALEXANDRA-has past Lightning Girl tenure. LEXXIE, New York born, has her major in theatre dance and presently pays her bills with her Starbucks Barista wages. PHILIPPA is majoring in Sport & Exercise Science and she also would like to speak a different language fluently. SALINA is studying for a career in the criminal justice system (on the good side). SHANIQUA graduated USF and now works as a recruiter with a career goal of being a motivational speaker.

Our access thanks goes out to Ms. Kindra Ebanks, manager, choreographer and mentor of these fine young ladies. Another great squad, good luck toward reaching the playoffs.

Captains Savenah and Stephanie


Storm Cheerleaders Flying High Over One Point Victory

Salina, Shaniqua, Anna, Stephanie, Emilie, Erica

Jalyssa, Salina, Emilie, Savenah, Philippa, Lexxie, Anna

Jalyssa, Storm Dawg, Thunder Bug, Annie

Emilie, Philippa, Megan, Anna

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Our Favorite Photos – Tiffany to the Rescue

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

Tampa Bay Storm Dancer Tiffany

My first game for Ultimate Cheerleaders was in 2011 covering the Tampa Bay Storm Dancers. As a amateur I was a complete fish out of water. Couldn’t adjust for the ambient lightning (plus strobes, spotlights and dodging motorcycles), used incorrect shutter speed, wrong aperture—-my portfolio was a mess. Then I hit on this picture of Tiffany. What’s that saying?—even a dead mouse will snap a decent photo once in a while. Beautiful blue eyes Tiffany was captain that year after a very successful SunDoll career at USF. Thanks for the rescue Tiffany.

Photo of the Day – March 28

Tampa Bay Storm Cheerleader Shani

Photo of the Day – March 13

Storm Dancers Anna, Salina, Jalyssa, Savenah, Emilie, Philippa, Erika, Lexxie and StormDawg

Tampa Bay Storm home opening night is Friday, March 14th

2014 Tampa Bay Storm Cheerleader Squad Announced

The Tampa Bay Storm is pleased to announce the members of the 2014 Cheerleader squad.

“I am excited about this season’s squad,” said Tampa Bay Storm director of cheerleaders Kindra Ebanks. “This year we saw a large group of talented ladies at the tryout, and they all made it a difficult for us to narrow it down to the final number.”

Co-Captain Stephanie

Co-Captain Stephanie

The 16-member squad is comprised of eight veterans and eight newcomers. The Storm Cheerleaders perform at all of the Storm home games and dedicate two evenings a week to practice. However, they are more than just cheerleaders. The team also serves as ambassadors in the community with visits to hospitals, food banks, community centers and our military as well as other programs and charities throughout the Tampa Bay community.



Stephanie, Captain
Savenah, Captain



Tampa’s Historic Rialto Theatre Morphs Into Collaborative Space For Creatives

(We’re always happy to pass along news of what alumni are doing now. Hope Donnely cheered/danced for the Tampa bay Buccaneers, Orlando Magic and Tampa Bay Storm, as well as coaching/directing the TB Storm Dancers, TB Lightning Girls and the University of Tampa Cheer and Dance Tams)

By Megan Hendricks
83 Degrees Media

Hope Donnelly started this year with a mantra: “If you’re not scared, your dreams are not big enough.”

Her dream? To create a place that provides a sense of community, self-preservation and exploration of arts and creativity in a safe, supportive environment.

Donnelly’s dream is one step closer to reality as she begins renovations on the Rialto Theatre on north Franklin Street between Interstate 275 and Palm Avenue. Under the business name 8-Count Productions, the 10,500-square-foot space will soon be home to art galleries and other space for small businesses, two dance studios for private lessons and group classes, and event space for up to 300 people.

An Eckerd College graduate, painter and former professional dancer, Donnelly teaches art at Jefferson High School in Tampa by day.

She first had the vision for the space five years ago and has had her share of typical entrepreneurial challenges — finding the right real estate, obtaining funding, and general fear of the unknown. After contacting numerous banks, she found that most tried to make the business plan fit within their parameters. She finally obtained funding through a Synovus Bank’s Small Business Administration Loans program loan officer, who believed in the vision and found a product to fit her needs. Additional grant funding is being sought from arts and historical organizations, including the City of Tampa Historic Preservation Department. All in all, $500,000 is anticipated in renovations alone.

She credits her success thus far to the learning opportunities she has experienced in different professional environments, as well as the support of friends and mentors. The tipping point was when she met her fiance and business partner, George Carter II, who supported the vision with his heart and soul and is now an equal part of the creation. Carter will also provide choreography and photography services in the new building.

“It’s easy to get run down by the challenges, because there will be challenges,” says Donnelly. “But, having other people getting excited about the project helps keep me going. The sense of community has been amazing.”

Donnelly and Carter closed on the building October 15 and celebrated with a rooftop sunset toast with those who played a part in making it possible. Next steps include obtaining permits from the city that will allow the interior work to begin.

Donnelly was adamant about finding space in or near downtown Tampa, feeling that the area has so much talent and vision that it just hasn’t connected yet. She was also looking for walkability and a neighborhood feel in an urban environment. “We’re building a lifestyle, not just a business.”

Collaborative Space

The theater was constructed in 1925 and first opened its doors in 1926. It has been vacant since 2005, at which time it had been used as an auto repair shop. The renovation plans are to keep the historic nature of the theater in tact while adding a contemporary feel.

With dance classes and events mainly taking place after hours, small businesses will be able to use the space during the day for studios, galleries, video shoots, photo shoots and the like. This multifaceted approach challenges the typical dance studio or event space business model, which can be tough to maintain because of unused space during daytime hours.

“There is no right business model,” says Donnelly. “There is no right profession or business concept. What makes you happy can find its way into a lifestyle, making an income, generating enough to support yourself.”

Renovations are scheduled to be completed by Thanksgiving, allowing the space to be open for holiday events. The business will be fully functional in January 2014.

As for conquering fears, Donnelly recommends a mind over matter philosophy: “Talk about it often. The more you talk about it, the more likely it’s going to happen.”

Tampa Storm Cheerleader Stephanie Named To ArenaBowl XXVI Dream Team

Stephanie is a 2013 Co-Captain

Stephanie’s BA degree is in Interior Design.

The ArenaBowl is in Orlando this year and Stephanie’s teammates will be there to cheer her on.

[Stephanie at TampaBayStorm.com]

Tampa Bay Storm Loses Latest Battle in War on Interstate 4

The Orlando Predators came into the Tampa Bay Times Forum on Saturday and beat the Storm 55-48. The all time series record now stands at 26-26 between these fierce intrastate rivals. The national televised game was tight all night and turned on a controversial instant replay reversal of a Storm interception touchdown in the final minute of play.

The Storm cheerleaders did their job by keeping the fans up and cheering all evening. The dancers are again led by Director Kindra Ebanks and many of the girls honed their talents at the University of South Florida and/or the University of Tampa. In addition to cheer/dance, the girls also support community initiatives both locally and at MacDill Airforce base.

Arena football is very fast paced, action packed, fan friendly and family affordable. Come on out to a game. The Arena Bowl Championship will be in Orlando this year.

Enjoy the photos:

Shani, University of Tampa, 3 words: fun, sassy ,silly.

Rookies Philippa and Theresa, both University of South Florida co-eds.

Co-captain Stephanie, USF, works as Designer.

Jalyssa, Rachel, Stephanie, Shani, Alexandra and Philippa.

Co-captain Savenah, graduates USF this year.

Brittany, Salina, Savenah, Theresa, Bre, Lexxie and Shaniqua.

Rachel, Philippa, Alexandra, Jalyssa and Bubba.

Shaniqua cheered for the Bucs in 2010. Jalyssa does dance and modeling. Both USF gals.

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Photo of the Day – April 19

From 2006 – Megan of the Tampa Bay Storm Dancers

Photo of the Day – March 22

Tampa Bay Storm co-captains Stephanie and Savenah practicing for this Saturday’s season opener.

Tampa Bay Storm Announce 2013 Cheerleaders

The Tampa Bay Storm is pleased to announce the members of the 2013 Cheerleader squad.

“This year we had a great group of ladies tryout for the team,” said Tampa Bay Storm director of cheerleaders Kindra Strocher-Ebanks. “We are very excited about this season’s squad. The ladies made it very difficult for us to narrow it down to final number as there was a high display of talent.”

The 16-member squad is comprised of six returning veterans and 10 newcomers. Three of the cheerleaders are former Lightning Girls, two are former South Florida Cheerleaders and one is a former Tampa Bay Buccaneers Cheerleader. Eleven of the Cheerleaders are still in college and go to school at South Florida, the University of Tampa or Hillsborough Community College.

Storm Cheerleaders perform at all the Storm home games and dedicate two evenings a week to practice. However, more than being a cheerleader, they also serve as ambassadors in the community with visits to hospitals, food banks, community centers and our military as well as many other programs and charities throughout the Tampa Bay community.

2013 Storm Cheerleader Roster


Stephanie, Captain
Savenah, Captain



2013 Tampa Bay Storm Cheerleader Auditions Are January 13th

Auditions for the 2013 Tampa Bay Storm Cheer leaders will be held Sunday, January 13 at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on the Club Level.

Registration will be from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM on Sunday, January 13. Auditions are closed to the public. All participants should park in the VIP East parking lot and enter the Times Forum at the Suite Entrance located on the West Plaza.

Day of Auditions – Participants should wear form fitting, two piece dance outfits and comfortable shoes. No Jazz pants or baggy pants will be allowed. Dance briefs or boy shorts should be worn with skin tone pantyhose. It is suggested that participants bring make-up/hair products, a towel bottle of water and a snack.

After introductions and warm-ups participants will learn across the floor combinations; including basic kicks and turns and a few short, repeating sideline dance routines. Participants will perform in small groups and then first cuts will be made.

The second round will consist of a jazz or hip-hop routine that will be taught to the remaining candidates. Then a short break will be given to ask questions and rehearse with the music after the routine is taught. The room will then be cleared and participants will perform the routine before a panel of judges two at a time.

Finalists will then be announced. Those candidates will then have a short meeting and interviews. Once the interviews are done participants are free to leave. The 2013 Tampa Bay Storm Cheerleaders will be announced on the team website after 3:00 PM on Monday, January 21. There will be a mandatory meeting for all 2013 Storm Cheerleaders later that week. Practice and workouts will immediately begin on weekday evenings.

Requirements to Register:

· Must be 18 years of age or older and have a high school diploma or equivalent

· Bring photo identification

· Recent photo 4×6 or larger (will not be returned)

· Dance resume (simple typed history of experience if applicable)

· $20 fee – cash or money order

· Completed medical liability release

· Completed 2013 cheerleader application

For more information please call 813.230.2416 or e-mail storm_dancers@verizon.net.