Chicago Cheer & Dance Workshop

Dance & Cheer Choreography & Leadership Workshops
Saturday, July 23-Sunday, July 24, Chicago, Illinois

For cheer and dance performers, directors, choreographers and hopefuls from all levels. Learn from the pros and meet others in the cheer and dance industry during this weekend retreat in beautiful Chicago!

Saturday, July 23:
Cheer & Dance Leadership Workshop, 10:00am-2:30pm
All State Arena, 6920 N. Mannheim Rd, Rosemont, Illinois
Whether you are an aspiring or current coach in high school, college, semi-pro or pro levels of cheerleading and dance, this event will help guide you in your endeavors. You’ll meet others in the industry while hearing from seasoned professionals. Lunch included. Presenters include directors of the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks Energee! Dance Team and the NHL’s Chicago Blackhawks Ice Crew, as well as Angela King Designs and Integrity Fitness.
Saturday, July 23:
Chicago Rush Arena Football Game, 3:00-10:00pm
All State Arena, 6920 N. Mannheim Rd, Rosemont, Illinois
Go behind the scenes at one of the best game day environments in arena football. Tour the stadium, watch the dance team field rehearsal, enjoy a great, action-packed game, and socialize with the directors and coaches throughout the night!
Sunday, July 24:
Cheer & Dance Choreography Workshop, 8:30am-1:30pm
HiFi Fitness, 820 North Orleans, Suite 100, Chicago, Illinois
Ideal for current dancers and directors seeking pro style choreography, as well as future pro dancers seeking to develop performance experience. Material will include two routines in length of 45-60 seconds as well as several short sidelines in the NBA and NFL styles. You’ll enjoy “Pro Tip Breaks” with advice in hair, makeup, attire, communication, fitness and more. Choreographers hail from the NBA, NFL, NHL, AFL and more.
Recommended Hotel:
Rosemont Chicago O’Hare Hotel
5550 N. River Road, Rosemont, Illinois
Across the street from Saturday facilities, transportation will be provided to Sunday events
847-678-4488 | Request $89.00 per night Going Pro single / double room rate


Lois Wagner Koepke, Director of the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks Energee! Dance Team. On Saturday, Lois will present “Going Pro – What I Wish I Would Have Known Before I Took The Job!” Whether you coach at the elementary or high school level, the semi-pros or pros, there are effective coaching approaches and attainable professional goals. By learning how to run a team like a business, you will learn the difference between coaching as a mentor and coaching as a professional. Both approaches work – knowing when to use which technique is the key.

Wynne Lacey, Director of the NHL’s Chicago Blackhawks Ice Crew and the IFL’s Chicago Slaughter Dance Team. On Saturday, Wynne will present “Emotional Intelligence: Getting the Most of Yourself and Your Team.” As a professional director and life coach, learn how to define your optimal success as an individual and as a team. Break through learned patterns and behaviors and empower yourself to achieve new opportunities. On Sunday, Wynne will present sideline choreography that can fit various entertainment settings.

Brandon Sobotka, Integrity Fitness, Sports Performance Consultant for Indiana University, North American Director of Community Programming for the Global Fitness Challenge. On Saturday, Brandon will present techniques to challenge your team for optimum performance. Well rounded in the scope of business, fitness and sport, Brandon understands profit and loss, leadership, people, performance turnaround, programming, customer service, training and development, integration and retention. His techniques will aid you in understanding how to challenge and drive people in a fun and purposeful style.

Pierce Hutchings, Personal Trainer, HiFi Fitness. On Sunday, Pierce will lead the group in a fun, challenging boot-camp style work out. Take this work out back to your team and learn how to set team and individual goals in the areas of fitness and nutrition.

Gloria Esposito, Director of the AFL’s Chicago Rush Adrenaline Dance Team. Gloria was a 4-year NBA dancer and captain in Chicago. As a member of the Chicago Rush Dance Team, she was selected to the AFL All Star Dance Team. She continues to perform in the Chicagoland as a member of the Brooze Brothers and contributes as a staff member of Wynning Teams. On Sunday, Gloria will teach an NBA-style routine.

Laura Eilers, Director of the SIFL’s Richmond Raiders “Lady Raiders” Dance Team. Laura was an NFL Cheerleader for 6 seasons, 5 years in Kansas City, where she was a captain, and 1 year in St. Louis. Laura performed in 7 countries with the Armed Forces Entertainment, cheered at the NFL Hall of Fame Game and represented a special tour for NFL Mexico. She was a 4-year instructor for Universal Dance Association, is the current choreographer for University of Richmond and was recently crowned Ms. Virginia United States 2011. On Sunday, Laura will teach an NFL-style routine.

Angela King Designs Go Wild! Wear. AKD is the international leader in cheerleading and dance fashion for 21 years. Founder Angela King Twitero has created looks for the Denver Broncos Cheerleaders, Chicago Luvabulls, Chicago Adrenaline Rush, Chicago Blackhawks Ice Girls, Tampa Bay Buccaneers Cheerleaders, San Francisco 49ers Gold Rush, Los Angeles Laker Girls and more. On Saturday, AKD will present “Creating A Brand: What Your Attire Says About Your Team.” National sales director Laura Eilers will discuss how professional attire during performances as well as rehearsals can change the dynamics of your group. Learn how to define your team’s look, work within a budget and fund raise for costuming. View the Go Wild! Wear collection on both Saturday and Sunday, and receive a 10% discount on future orders.

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Sea Gals offer audition prep workshop

Intensive Workshop We are adding a special workshop designed to give audition contestants a deeper look at what it takes to be a Sea Gal. It will be directed by Sea Gal Director, Sherri Thompson. The workshop will be 3 hours consisting of dance critique, hair and make-up information, costume choice advice, tips on speaking, and in depth Q&A session. In order to give more attention to each individual this Intensive Pre-audition Workshop will be limited to a maximum of 30. You must preregister online.

These workshops are not open to current Sea Gals or Sea Gals Alumni

Click here to register now

Charger Girls workshop approaches

Jennifer Rojas

SAN DIEGO – When you think of the Charger Girls, images of beautiful women dancing and shaking gold pom-poms in front of 70,000 fans at Qualcomm Stadium comes to mind. But being a Charger Girl is more than the glitz on game day. The Chargers Girls spend much more of their time away from the field reaching out to the community.

“We expect the complete package in a Charger Girl,” said Charger Girls Director Lisa Simmons, who will oversee the April auditions. “We not only look at talent, performance and showmanship elements, but also for their passion to give back to the community.”

One of its largest programs, the Junior Charger Girls, allows girls ages 7-to-15 to learn a dance routine from the Charger Girls and perform on the field at halftime of a Chargers game. Since its inception in 1999, Junior Charger Girls has raised nearly $1 million for the Chargers Community Foundation and the Make-a-Wish Foundation.

“In just the last decade alone, the Charger Girls have raised nearly $400,000 to grant wishes for San Diego kids,” Make-a-Wish Foundation of San Diego President and CEO Chris Sichel said. “But they do so much more than raise money … they have brought hope, strength and joy to our wish kids, shared their hearts time and time again and serve as true role models to the many young ladies who participate in the Junior Charger Girls program. The Charger Girls are an amazing group of talented, caring and dedicated leaders in our community.”

To 15-year-old Make-a-Wish recipient Darren Sharks, the Charger Girls hold an even more special place in his heart. After learning of Sharks’ fight with cancer and his selfless wish of providing new uniforms to his football team at Patrick Henry High School, the Charger Girls invited him to be their water boy for the 2010 season.

“The experience is something I can never forget,” Sharks said. “I met so many new people and had the best time working with the Charger Girls. It was just fun. I’m also happy my story and my wish made such an impression on them. My ultimate goal is to help others and hopefully along the way change people’s way of thinking from “I” to “we”.”

Each year the Charger Girls select one organization to benefit from its calendar sales. The selected non-profit receives a percentage of the calendar sales, which can be as much as $10,000. Past recipients include the American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Association, Rady Children’s Hospital, Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

“The annual swimsuit calendar is a great tool to help raise awareness of the great work organizations like the American Cancer Society and Rady Children’s Hospital do in the community. We’re happy to help in their effort in any way we can,” Simmons said.

Aside from preparing for their performance on game days, the Charger Girls make more than 300 community visits a year to homeless shelters, convalescent homes, hospitals and military installations. They also support causes like Becky’s House whose facilities provide transitional housing programs for survivors of domestic violence, and the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation by participating in mentor programs and walk-a-thons.

The Charger Girls work hard, committing themselves to being ambassadors of goodwill in the community as well as entertaining crowds on game day.

Charger Girls auditions are set for April 3-7 at University of San Diego’s Jenny Craig Pavilion. A March 13 workshop will prepare dancers for the auditions. For more information or to register for the workshop and auditions, visit

Real Deal Houston Workshop is March 19th

8th Annual Real Deal Workshop Houston!

Humble Civic Center
8301 Will Clayton Pkwy
Humble, TX 77338

Registration 11:00 AM
Event 12:00 PM-5:00PM

Early Bird Special
Special Ends March 5, 2011
Reg $99.00

Attire: Dancewear

Learn from the Directors and get face to face time!

Guest Instructors:

Coach Alto Gary
Houston Texans Cheerleaders Coach/Choreographer, Former WCW Nitrogirls, NBA Atlanta Hawks and Charlotte Honeybee Choreographer

Derric Whitfield
Houston Energy Dance Team Director

Angela Marchette
Team Director with the Houston Stallions Cheerleaders

Brandii McCoy
AHL Charlotte Checkmates Director and NBA Charlotte LadyCats Director/Choreographer

Learn tryout tips from:
Houston Dynamo Girls’- Marilu Harmon and Former DCC & Director of the San Antonio Roses- Cynthia Trinidad

More TBA!

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Professional Cheerleaders Alumni hold 4th Annual Audition Prep Classes

pcaThe Professional Cheerleaders Alumni, Inc. comprised of former Professional NFL Cheerleaders, are launching the Fourth Annual Audition Prep Classes to prepare ladies (17 & over) interested in auditioning for professional or semi-professional cheerleading or dance teams. Many pro teams in Jacksonville begin holding auditions as early as February for the 2011 season, and these NFL Alumni are offering their experience and advice to help make the cut.

Audition Prep Classes will be facilitated by NFL alumni cheerleaders who will instruct and mentor attendees in prep classes held every other Saturday from January through March at Bailey’s Powerhouse Gym on Baymeadows Road in Jacksonville.

Instructors of this program have extensive backgrounds in dance, from the fundamentals of ballet to advanced gymnastics. Their goal is to share the fundamentals of each discipline so that every participant gets a well-rounded experience and preparation of what to expect at an audition, and understand the responsibilities that come with being a professional cheerleader/dancer. The classes will include:

* Choreographers teaching dance styles such as jazz, hip-hip, kicks, and NFL-style techniques required for most auditions such as turns, leaps and combinations across the floor, proper kick and split techniques, jumps, and other skill requirements. A personal training expert will also conduct targeted exercise workouts and provide nutrition suggestions that the attendees are recommended to follow through auditions.
* Advice from alumni about Presentation, Projection and Attire including audition application tips, choosing the proper head shot, giving a professional and memorable introduction to the judges, interview skills, presenting yourself with confidence and professionalism, proper posture and voice projection and audition attire tips for best fit, color, styles, etc.
* Hair and make-up experts will demonstrate styling and application techniques to apply eye makeup, liner, shadow, and eyelashes, as well as choosing correct colors for specific skin tones, lip color, and recommend tips for long lasting make-up.

The President of Professional Cheerleaders Alumni, Kristin Doakes, says “Over the past three years we have mentored over 150 young ladies to prepare them for professional level auditions. Last year several of our participants made NFL and semi-pro teams and have expressed how helpful these classes have been in preparing them. It’s an honored opportunity to watch them transform and grow, especially in their confidence. Past participants have said that even if they didn’t make the team they are auditioning for, they have grown from the experience we teach in classes.”

For more information, or to register for Audition Prep Classes, go to

Southeast Pro Dance Workshop in Orlando This Saturday

stheast-dance-2010-1Are you a current, former or prospective professional dancer or cheerleader? Does your team need hot choreography? Would you like to meet others in the industry or hear about audition opportunities?

Then get ready for the Southeast Pro Dance Workshop in Orlando, Florida on Saturday, December 4, 2010!

** Learn choreography from elite alumni and directors
** Representing the NFL, NBA, AFL, MISL, MLS, MLB and AIFA
** Get tips from the pros on fitness, nutrition, makeup, attire and more
** Network with other performers from the east coast (and beyond!)
** Receive giveaways from sponsors including attire and cosmetics
** Directors receive complimentary lunch sponsored by Angela King Designs

** Morning (9:00am-12:00pm): $45
** Afternoon (1:00pm-4:00pm): $45
** Full day (9:00am-4:00pm): $79
** Directors: Bring 2 or more squad members and receive complimentary admission. All directors receive complimentary lunch and director’s roundtable session sponsored by Angela King Designs.
** Refund Policy: 75% of registration fees may be refunded through November 29, 2010

Our choreographers are top alumni and directors of dance and cheer teams in the NFL, NBA, AFL and other sports leagues. They will teach 6 sidelines and 2 routines in length of 45-60 seconds, representing all major sports leagues. Read choreographer bios and view photos here!

Trisia Brown, NFL Cheerleader – Miami, NFL Pro Bowl Cheerleader, NFL & Pro Bowl Choreographer, Dance Studio Owner-FL

Danielle Berger-Meyer, NBA Dancer – Orlando & Atlanta, NBA Choreographer – FL

Miranda Lobs, NFL Cheerleader – Miami, CIFL Choreographer and Director, – NJ

Deanna Clover, NBA Dancer – Orlando, WBA, AFA, & ABA Choreographer and Director – Orlando

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Featuring experts in the area of hair, makeup, attire, and interview skills:

Megan Clementi – expert in interview skills. Miss FL USA 2010, current Orlando Magic Emcee, former Magic dancer 5-yrs/team leader

Chyna – expert in Fashion and Hair design.  A top hair dresser at Ego Lab Hair Salon and Boutique in Orlando.

Michael Cairns – expert in creating the perfect headshot.  Premier sports photographer in Orlando with clients that include the Orlando Magic Dancers.

Body Tecz Training Facility
3869 Wekiva Springs Rd
Longwood, FL 32779


Magnuson Grand Hotel Orlando
230 W. State Rd. 436
Altamonte Springs, FL 32714

Just 11 minutes from the training facility
Mention the “Going Pro Entertainment December Convention” to receive the group rate

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East Coast and Southeast Pro Dance Conventions


Are you a current, former or prospective professional dancer or cheerleader? Does your team need hot choreography? Would you like to meet others in the industry or hear about audition opportunities? Get ready for one of these two upcoming events sponsored by Going Pro Entertainment.

** East Coast Pro Dance Convention – Philadelphia – Saturday, November 6, 2010
** Southeast Pro Dance Convention – Orlando – Saturday, December 4, 2010
** For a complete 2010-2011 event listing visit

** Learn choreography from elite NFL, NBA and AFL alumni
** Get tips from the pros on fitness, nutrition, makeup, attire and more
** Network with other performers from the east coast (and beyond!)
** Receive giveaways from sponsors including attire and cosmetics
** Directors receive complimentary lunch

** Morning (9:00am-12:00pm): $45
** Full day (9:00am-4:00pm): $79
** Discount: 15% off early bird registration
** Directors: Bring 3 or more squad members and receive complimentary admission. All directors receive complimentary lunch and director’s roundtable session.

** Featuring top pro dance alumni of the NFL, NBA and other major sports leagues.
** Learn pro-style sidelines and routines!
** See event pages for an up to date listing of choreographers.