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At 2016 Broncos Cheerleaders final auditions, one sets squad record

2016 DBC Finalists_Christina ChristinaChristina, making her eighth Broncos Cheerleaders squad, has set a team record.
Ben Swanson
April 25, 2016

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[Photos from Finals]

DENVER — The Broncos players are back preparing for the 2016 season, and the team’s cheerleading squad has done the same, finishing up their auditions to narrow down their list of 48 finalists to the final team.

New seasons bring new, talented dancers to the tryouts, and that adds competition for the cheerleaders who are looking to return to the team for another season. What’s unique about this year’s tryouts, though, is that one dancer set a team record with her eight time making the cheerleading squad.

“I’m very excited and very honored to be back for an eighth season,” Christina said. “It never gets easier. It actually gets harder every single year trying to earn your spot back and there are so many incredibly talented women that try out every year, so I’m just very humbled and excited to be back.”

Over the past eight years, she’s seen the squad evolve in some ways and stick to its same prestige at the same time.

“It evolves with women every year, but the legacy is the same,” Christina said. “The program that [former Broncos Director of Cheerleaders] Teresa Shear started and then [current Director of Cheerleaders] Shawna [Peters] has done an amazing job of carrying it on. It has the same roles; it has the same legacy to it and I just feel like each year it’s a brand new group of amazing women that just carry on that legacy.”

While Christina continues her historic run with the Broncos cheerleaders, some select women are just beginning theirs, like one rookie, Sydney.

“Every audition process is tough. I respect any woman who goes and puts herself out there and goes through this whole week of routines and choreography,” she said. “It’s hard on your body and it’s hard on your mind, but the tough ones stick it out, and I just have so much respect for anyone who auditions for any team.”

Now that her entrance onto the team is secured, Sydney is excited to get to the most thrilling part of the gig on game day.

“I am looking forward to walking out of that tunnel when there’s Broncos players running through the middle, and just performing on the sidelines for the best fans in America.”

Videos: Los Angeles Rams Cheerleaders Final Audition

More videos here.

Sea Gals 2016 Auditions


The Sea Gals began their search for their 2016 squad by holding an open audition at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center. [Watch Video] [Photo Gallery]

The Sea Gals semi-finals auditions are complete. Find out who moves on to compete for a spot on the 2016 roster! [Watch Video] [Photo Gallery]

Real Lives of Vikings Cheerleaders

Rams Cheerleader Candace Valentine gets a big surprise

Chiefs cheerleaders hard at work for Friday’s home debut


by Chris Oberholtz
August 17, 2015


The Kansas City Chiefs cheerleaders have been working hard for months, gearing up for the first home preseason game.

And after practicing for hours, multiple days a week, they’re ready to take the field Friday at Arrowhead Stadium.

“We cheer really long games, it is multiple hours,” cheerleading coach Stephanie Judah said. “So, to be able to physically do it, they have to train like an athlete.”

chiefs rehearsalThe 33 women who make up the Chiefs cheerleading squad have been training like athletes every week since auditioning back in March.

“We have practice for 4 hours, twice a week and games on Sunday,” said Chiefs cheerleader, Hannah. “Outside of that, we have personal trainers. So they’ve given us our own individualized plans we follow on our off days.”

Outside of the training and practices, these women also have full-time careers.

“I have nurses, I have teachers, we’ve had lawyers before,” Judah said. “When you have a job, when you have a full-time student schedule on top of practices and appearances, you have to learn to be organized, learn how to be responsible, but also, learn to be the best you can.”

It is a balancing act for most of the women, who say the hectic lifestyle pays off when their boots hit the turf on game days.

“My favorite thing is interacting with the fans on Sunday their energy is so high it feels like a family, you feel like you’re home and it’s so cool to be a part of something so major in this city,” Hannah said.

For these women, it is not just about connecting with fans on the field but creating a lasting impression in the community.

“The main role of being a cheerleader is being a role model for young girls, women of all ages,” Hannah said.

You can see the Chiefs’ cheerleaders in action on Friday when the Chiefs take on the Seattle Seahawks at Arrowhead Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. You can also watch the game on KCTV5.

The Sidewinders Dance Team, Featuring a Very Special Guest

New Miami Heat dancers selected after ‘tough’ selection process

WSVN-TV – 7NEWS Miami Ft. Lauderdale News, Weather, Deco

August 7, 2015

They popped it, dropped it, and locked their spots down.

Forty girls vying to land a coveted spot as a Miami Heat Dancer showcased their skills at the American Airlines Arena Friday night, the final step in what many described as a grueling selection process. The candidates competed for one of roughly two dozen spots on the hottest dance team in professional sports.

The group underwent a four-day boot camp, commanding the court as coaches assessed their skills, fitness and dance ability. The dynamic dancers said the process was tough, but the end result makes it all worth it. “It was tough to say the very least,” said Dancer Lindsey Murray.

“Oh, my God, it’s the toughest thing I’ve ever done, but it’s paid off because now we’re here with the Miami Heat,” said new Dancer Belinda Roberts. “We made it!”

In the end, the creme de la creme rose above the rest as the 2015-16 season’s group of girls was finalized. “They’re such talented dancers. It was an honor to dance with everybody, and I wish everyone made it,” said Murray. “I can’t believe it!”

The team is a four-time winner of the NBA’s Most Popular Dance Team competition.

Bucs Cheerleaders Calendar Reveal

2015 Bucs Cal Reveal

Last spring all 30 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Cheerleaders traveled to Anna Maria Island off Florida to shoot their 16-month swimsuit calendar. Now the result of all that hard work has come to fruition. Click here to check out photos from the team’s calendar reveal, and click here to watch the video. Also click here for scenes from the photo shoot.

Behind the Scenes of the Dallas Cowboys Rhythm & Blue Dancer Auditions

‘Bring Back the Jills’ T-shirts now a thing

October 9, 2014

BUFFALO, NY – If you’ve been on Twitter and Facebook lately you may have been seeing a lot of the hashtag “Bring Back the Jills.”

A former Buffalo Jill is rallying to bring back the NFL cheerleading team with a new T-shirt campaign and she’s using that hashtag to help do it.

Gabrielle Farah has created these shirts to bring awareness not only for the fans who are feeling the loss of the Jills on game day but to show that the Jills are missing being out on the field as well.

“It’s pretty much to get our name out there,” she told 2 On Your Side. “People are missing us on the field. We were such a big voice in Buffalo.

We had such a strong leadership role for women in our community.”>

She hopes that under the new ownership of Terry and Kim Pegula that the Jills will be back someday soon.

The shirts come in red and blue with the phrase “Bring Back the Jills” on each side.

There is also a limited edition grey shirt as well.

The proceeds from the shirts will go toward fundraising for their comeback, and a portion will be donated to Hunter’s Hope.

Houston Texans Cheerleaders Bring Back “Freestyle Fridays”

Back to school with the HTC!

Former Cowboys Cheerleader steps out at movie premiere

Last night was the NYC premiere of “Transformers: Age Of Extinction.” Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader alumna Abigail Klein, who has a small part in the film, stepped out on the (silver?) carpet with her fellow cast mates. Click here and here for photos and here for video.

2014-15 Atlanta Hawks Cheerleaders Announced

The Hawks have chosen 28 ladies (was the team always this huge?) for their 2014 dance team. Congratulations ladies!

Click here for the video announcement. (I recommend watching this on mute. The music really stays with you.)

Click here for video from the finalist mixer

Click here for photos from the entire audition process

Interview with a Rookie Pats Cheerleader

New Patriots cheerleader perfected pep at D-Y
By Jason Kolnos
Cape Cod Online
May 28, 2014

WEST YARMOUTH — Three cheers for Jacqueline Jamiel!

The Cape native has landed a coveted spot on the New England Patriots cheerleading squad for the upcoming season. Jamiel, a Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School graduate, was one of 28 women chosen out of about 320 applicants for the spirited gig.

Jamiel was a cheerleader for her beloved Dolphins football team throughout high school and will soon have an audience of nearly 70,000 fans when she takes her talents to Gillette Stadium.

“It’s been a whirlwind. I still can’t even believe it,” said Jamiel, 22, during an interview at her family’s home this week. “I’m just so proud to call myself part of the Patriots organization.”

Being a Patriots cheerleader, however, is a little different than offering rah-rahs at high school games. They’ve got to have moves, since the professional routines usually incorporate several varieties of dancing.

“We’re one of the only NFL cheerleading teams to actually do call-out cheers,” Jamiel said. “It’s mostly a lot of dancing, a lot of fun, upbeat jazz dancing, which I’m so used to. So it’s been awesome to work with poms and to keep working it.”

Jamiel has studied dance at Mercyhurst University in Pennsylvania and is studying interior design at Suffolk University while living in Boston. She dreamed of becoming a professional dancer.

“I have always done ballet growing up, always been a part of “The Nutcracker,” pointe shoes, the whole thing,” Jamiel said.

“But I think that I’m a better jazz dancer. And even hip-hop, too. I like to really perform and get out there, and I think the Patriots are perfect for my style.”

Her former varsity cheerleading coach at D-Y, Dawn Capra, said Jamiel excels at both dance and drumming up fan support.

“She was so motivated to get the crowd going. A lot of our spirit and enthusiasm was because of her,” said Capra, who owns Cape Cod Cheer Academy in Hyannis.

“And the fact that she’s beautiful doesn’t hurt her at all,” added Capra.

The roughly monthlong audition process in April was demanding, and Jamiel said candidates were required to learn sometimes complicated dance moves quickly and demonstrate that they could master the routines.

She balanced daily training with being a full-time undergraduate student and waitressing part time.

“It was a lot to make sure I was in the gym, always practicing the choreography,” Jamiel said.

“So it was a full-time commitment before I even found out I was a Patriots cheerleader.”

Ellen Botello of West Barnstable, who was a Patriots cheerleader for four years in the 1990s, said the positives of the experience will outweigh any initial soreness or fatigue that Jamiel will have as she learns new dances under tight deadlines.

“It’s a big deal, for sure, and an amazing opportunity to not just perform in front of thousands of people, but also to get out into the community, volunteer and meet lots of people,” she said.

Jamiel can’t count on being buddies with her favorite player, Tom Brady, however.

Botello, a former longtime cheering coach at Barnstable High School, said fraternizing between the players and the cheerleaders is a no-no for the most part.

Tracy Sormanti, director of the Patriots cheerleaders, said she was looking for the most talented, energetic, community-minded and health-conscious women for the team. There are no age limits to be a Patriots cheerleader.

“It’s my goal to select a squad of women who embody the Patriots’ spirit of teamwork and excellence,” Sormanti wrote in an email to the Times.

Sormanti added that Patriots cheerleaders make hundreds of promotional appearances each year at community and corporate events.

One of those extra events Jamiel that is looking forward to most is a Patriots cheerleader calendar shoot in Mexico scheduled for early June.

Gimme a C-A-N-C-U-N, indeed.