Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Front and Center

AAAaahhhhhhh my dear Broncos fans - What a start we have had. A 08/09 season that has graced us with its excitement, triumph and pride - all things that are not lost. This town homes a population of true fans and an organization that has honest appreciation of the support.

So here we are at the beginning of another season; a season that has us at 3 and 1 and many more exciting wins to come. I can’t tell you how amazing it is to have the best seats in the entire house. One of the countless surreal things about being a Denver Broncos Cheerleaders it the fact that we get to watch every single home game play front and center. Sometimes a bit too close as you get to bob and weave the players as the play extends the bounds, the refs and their watchful eye or the camera men that charge down the field after each and every play. It is a dangerous world out there on those sidelines…and I can tell you that we enjoy every second of it.

There is a love for the game of football that comes with being a Denver Broncos Cheerleader and honestly it wouldn’t be the same experience without our fans. We can hear and feel your excitement and so can the players. Your voices do not go unheard, your spirit is constantly recognized and your passion is a major piece of each game day. After five years on this team you continue to impress me. Thank you for your enthusiasm and the life you pump into this organization- it is a continuing inspiration to us and to your players.

-Alex (9/29/08)

Learn from the Pros - Encore Dance Studio

Encore Dance specializes in quality dance instruction for ages 2-102!

Encore Dance promises to provide quality, affordable dance instruction in a nurturing, family friendly atmosphere. Since opening in 1986. Encore Dance (formerly Dance Movement) has had the pleasure of working with numerous talented dancers and helping them to achieve their goals, whether it be in performing in our annual production, becoming a Company member, competing locally or nationally, or dancing professionally. Among our former students we can boast of a Miami City Ballet dancer,Rockette, Carnival Cruiseline dancer, Broadway dancer, Country Dinner Playhouse performer, professional cheerleaders, and numerous dance instructors, some still at Encore Dance! All of our instructors are well trained both in dance techniques and in teaching dance. I thank God for blessing me with the opportunity to work with these beautiful dancers and teachers.

Barbara Boe Markovetz, Studio Director

KATIE LAYMAN studied dance at Dance Movement (currently Encore Dance) and was a member of their performing company for over 14 years. During that time she earned many top awards, titles, and scholarships at regional and national competitions including Miss Onstage America in 2004 and a year long scholarship from LA Dance Magic in 2000 and 2003. Katie spent 3 years on her high school poms squad, 2 of them as captain. After graduating from Rangeview High School with High Honors in 2004, Katie attended the University of Colorado where she was a member of the Express Dance Team. She has also performed with the Radio City Christmas Spectacular as a Rockette in 2005, Ladies on Tap (L.O.T), Six Flags/Elitch Gardens performer in 2005-07, and Colorado Mammoth Lacrosse Wild Bunch Dance Team in 2007. In addition to teaching at Encore Dance, Katie is currently enrolled in the University of Colorado at Denver Fine Arts Program and is a member of the Denver Broncos Cheerleaders. We are very excited to have Katie back and teaching dance and poms.

Encore Dance Studio is located:

18757 E Hampden Ave #162
(7 Hills Shopping Center)
Aurora, CO 80013
phone: 303-699-5678

Monday, September 29, 2008

Where is She Now: Heather Tocquigny

Two years ago former Denver Broncos Cheerleaders Heather Tocquigny moved to Los Angeles to attend the University of Southern California where she just graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in theatre. While studying with prestigious acting professors there, she was actively auditioning and participating in several independent films.

News on one of Heather's latest projects:

Perkins' 14 is about a man named Robert Perkins who builds an army of 14 people, brainwashed through cult-like methods to protect him from his parents' killers. When Perkins is imprisoned, the police unwittingly unleash his followers on a small town and they've only got one thing on their mind: "Kill for Mr. Perkins." It's directed by Craig Singer with Lane Shadgett penning the script. It stars Josh Davidson, Trey Farley, Katherine Pawlak, and Heather Tocquigny with a January 2009 release date as part of the third annual After Dark Horrorfest.

DBC on SI.com

Veterans Alex Taylor and Romi Bean.

Veteran Katie Layman.

Veteran Bri Bateman.

Veteran Bri Bateman.

Veteran Romi Bean.

Veteran Sara Oliver.

Rookie Katie Kosters.

Veteran Bri Bateman.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Semi-Professional Cheerleaders and Dancers Needed!

2008 Semi-Pro Audition Dates

Looking for outstanding Cheerleaders/Stunters, Dancers, & Gymnasts -- Especially guys for the Stunt team and Dancers. Must be 18 (or 17 & graduated High School in 08) for the Semi-Pro team. If you are interested E-Mail ccd@motionexplosion.com to RSVP for the Tryout.

Open Minor League/Semi-Pro Tryouts - Oct 12th @ 1:00 am

Dance Team (Jazz/Pom) and Cheer/Stunt Tryouts - Email for details ($25 Registration Fee)
Co-Ed Cheer/Stunt & Tumble Team - Email for details ($25 Registration Fee)
Check out the practice photos and the Main Titan Page for more recent Photos


When: Sunday, Oct 12th. Doors open for Registration @ 1:00 pm, Tryouts begin at 1:20. Be there on time please.

Where: Rocky Mountain Elite Gym located at 7101 S Fulton., Englewood, CO.

The Denver Titans Minor League Football Team is proud to announce tryouts for their Motion Explosion Cheer & Stunt team for the competition season. Dance team (jazz/pom) for the fall 2008 season starting Oct. We are looking for some great dancers, tumblers, cheerleaders, and stunt members to join the team this year. Minimum age is 18+ (or 17 & graduated HS) for the Extreme Semi-Pro Teams.

Tryouts are held at the Rocky Mountain Elite Gym located at 7101 S Fulton, Englewood CO. Email ccd@motionexplosion.com for more information or to pre-register. Pre-Registration is highly suggested. Save, print and fill out Registration Form and Waiver Form ( 18+ Waiver / Under 18 Waiver), then bring it with you to tryouts (UNDER 18 MUST BRING A PARENT TO SIGN THE RME Gym WAIVER or call RME do it in advance). Please email us if you are planning to tryout.

Audition Attire:

No hard-soled shoes. (Cheer/Stunt - Cheer Shoes or Sneakers / Dancers - Dance shoes)
Dancers - Dance or workout attire (Dance Top & dance shorts/dance pants. Nothing baggy.)
Cheer/Stunt/Tumble – Tight fitting sports top/Tight T-Shirt, shorts or cheer skirt, spankies/bloomers.

Guys - Workout attire, pants or shorts and T-Shirt and Athletic Shoes.
Hair and make-up done as it would be for a performance. Dancers - Usually hair is down or half down. Cheer/Stunt/Tumble – Hair down, half-up or pony but performance ready!

Titan Practices:

Mandatory Practices once per week on Sunday (usually 1:00-4:00 pm). You will receive a calendar if you are selected.
Cheerleaders and Dancers that are selected for the competition team will receive a list of the competitions (plus Nationals, usually in Las Vegas).

Commitment is important! You MUST be able to make all or most of the practices and competitions.
You may tryout for Pro-Teams, College, All-Star or High School Teams while part of the Titans. You may NOT tryout for other semi-pro/minor league teams during the Titan season. You will have to sign a commitment form if selected agreeing to team requirements.

Audition Process:

Registration begins at 1:00 and the audition will start 20 minutes later. Do not be late. Call if you have trouble finding the gym (303) 868-4840.

Turn in your Registration form and pay $25 Registration fee.

Plan on the auditions lasting approximately 3 hrs. Make sure that you bring plenty of water and a snack to keep your energy level up.


The first part of the audition is an "Across the Floor" technical segment which consists of a combination, usually four 8-counts in length, with left and right kicks, a right split leap, a pirouette turn and simple choreography.

The next segment of the preliminaries consists of a short dance combination. This short routine will have the same technical elements as the "Across the Floor" segment (kicks, turns, leaps, etc.) plus additional technique and some jazz and funk moves. This routine will usually be performed in groups. You may also learn 1-2 short Sideline Dances.

Interview will consist of a very short private interview with the judges.

Cheer & Stunt Team

Three Jumps (One must be a Toe-Touch)

Perform a short Cheer & Sideline that will be taught at the tryout (Required for females, optional for Stunt Guys)
Tumbling - Standing and Running Tumbling Pass (if you tumble)
Stunting (Baskets, Partner and Group Stunts as appropriate. Tumblers - Stunting optional)

After all contestants have performed, the results will be scored. This will be after the final tryouts are complete and may be posted that day or it may be Monday before you know the results.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

TOP FIVE announced for Ms. Planet Beach Gen-X International competition.

Congratulations to Belles Performance Team Owner/Executive Director and Rocky Mountain Rollergirls Cheerleaders Director Cher Fox on making the FINAL FIVE for the Ms. Planet Beach Gen X competition! She will now have an opportunity to be interviewed through a webinar via the world-wide web during the month of October, then visit the World Finals for Ms. Planet Beach International where the Ms. Gen X will be crowned! Keep in mind, this lucky lady could be CHER walking away with a $12,000 cash modeling contract and a waived $30,000 franchise license fee!

100% of the money raised for the voting during the Gen X competition is being donated to the "Make It Right" Foundation. In an effort to continue raising funds to help rebuild the gulf coast since Hurricane Katrina, they now have Cher and four other Final Five ladies still posted on the website. There will no longer be voting, however, there is still an opportunity for everyone to DONATE funds in Cher's name to the "Make It Right" Foundation. This will NOT have any bearing on her score or the FINAL outcome of the Gen X competition.

Continue to donate on Cher's behalf here.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Where Are They Now - Courtney Guttenberg (Lockwood)

2000 - 2003 Denver Nuggets Dancer Courtney Lockwood has come along way from her days on the court at the Pepsi Center. Her last online dancer bio states:

Years as Nuggets Dancer: 2nd
Favorite Color: Baby blue
Best asset: My dedication
Favorite TV Show: ER

Courtney is a fulltime student who would like to one day be a high school counselor. Some of her interests include snowboarding, reading and writing. Courtney is also a dance instructor specializing in jazz and hip-hop. In the future, she would like to travel and start a family.

Her dedication is definitely her best asset, she started her own dance company, an entertainment company and has the family she always wanted. Most people now know her as Courtney Guttenberg, a brunette and owner of Pure Dance Co. and So Fine Entertainment.

Courtney is no stranger to the stage as she began her dance career at four years old. She began taking classes in California and moved to Colorado in 1992. She continued her training and was an active member of competitive teams up until the age of 17. She has had the oportunity to train with some of the top choreographers in the world. Courtney's professional experience began in 2000 when she became a member of the Denver Nuggets Dancers. She was part of the Denver Nuggets Dancers for three years earning the title of Assistant to the Director in her third year. Currently Courtney is the Director of an Elite Dance Troupe here in Colorado.

Courtney has been teaching since 1998 and knew instantly that was what she was meant to do. She believes there is nothing better than being able to take your passion and share it with others. She has been recognized as a teacher including a featured article in the Hub Newspaper in Littleton, Colorado. Courtney has many strong philosophies about the role and importance of a teacher! A couple ways that Courtney incorporates these into her classes are:

*Developing a curriculum and music content that is age and level appropriate.

*Teaching class sizes that allow her to give one on one attention to each dancer.

So Fine Entertainment provides models and go go dancers for Denver's hottest events. So Fine hit the Denver scene in November of 2007, Courtney quotes on her Facebook page:

"I have taken my love for dance and started my own Entertainment Company in October of 2007, SO FINE ENTERTAINMENT! What is that you ask? My team consists of Go Go Dancers/Models. I have incredible dancers and beautiful women on my team! My mission is to provide talented, classy and professional dance entertainment. I pride myself on recruiting and maintaining those who have the entire package; looks, dance training and drive! You can catch us at local hot spots such as Sutra (12th and Lincoln) and Funky Buddha (8th and Lincoln). I'm always auditioning..so let me know if you are interested!"

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Outlaws Dancers in Action

Some pictures from this season by Todd Clark...

Chelsea Hunt autographs the team picture.

Alissa Flanagan and Jenna Tavares autograph the team picture.

Practice time.

Director Brieanna Mercer.

Veteran Stephanie Long.

Audition flashback.

To see more of Todd's work from this season, click here.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Rockstarz Announce Auditions

2008-2009 Rocky Mountain RockStarz

Rock Starz is an elite group of current or former professional cheerleaders and dancers with credentials ranging from the Los Angeles Lakers, St. Louis Rams, Denver Nuggets, and even a former Miss Arizona.

Rock Starz promote community involvement by beinga positive role model for our nation’s youth.

As professional dancers Rock Starz share their talent and professionalism through youth dance clinics, performing, and other community service. Community outreach is Rock Starz number one commitment.

The RockStarz maintain their elite-edge dance style through exclusive performances.


Auditions are open to any former professional cheerleader or dancer residing in the Denver Metro area.
Sunday, October 19th
Place: Motion Underground
www. MotionUnderground.com

Audition candidates must prepare their own one minute choreography piece. Performances cannot be more than 1 minute. Choreography can be jazz, hip hop, modern, lyrical, or a mix. No tap or ballet. Candidates must come with a labeled CD, music will not be provided.

Candidates should be prepared to learn additional choreography at the audition. All audition candidates must e-mail director, Megan Savage, by October 16th to schedule an audition time.

Audition Requirements:

Auditions are open to any former professional cheerleader or dancer residing in the Denver Metro area.
Audition candidates must be 18 years of age.
Audition candidates must be a high school graduate.
Audition candidates must want to develop as a dancer, share their passion for dance through community involvement, and be a positive role model for our nation’s youth.

Audition Attire:

Briefs, hot shorts, or jazz pants
fitting crop top (stomach must show)
jazz shoes/soft sole shoes
Audition Informational Meeting:
Tuesday, September 23rd at 7:30 pm/Location: ClockTower @ 16th and Arapahoe

For questions or additional information continue to check the Rock Starz website or e-mail director Megan Savage. Individual audition times will be posted on the website for your convenience by October 17th.

DBC featured again at SI.com

Rookie Christina Connolly.

Rookie Jessica Flores.

Veteran Nicole Moore.

Veteran Sara Oliver.

Rookie Jessica Flores.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

MHSM Girl in Your Corner - Candice Vecchiarelli

Name: Candice Vecchiarelli
Age: 21
Profession: Dancer for the Denver Outlaws, Student

What’s been the best part of dancing for the Outlaws?
Dancing at Invesco field. Even though the stadium isn’t sold out, we’ve had over 20,000 people come watch a game. Plus the Fourth of July game! All of us girls sit and watch the fireworks show from the field. This past July, we even got to see a small fire on top of Invesco Field from the fireworks!

When you first heard of this opportunity, had you ever really watched or knew about outdoor lacrosse?
No, actually I had never even seen a single game of lacrosse. The first time I actually watched lacrosse was my first game as a Denver Outlaws dancer.

The lacrosse guys have a reputation for being fun guys, very fan friendly and ultra-accessible. Give an example of this.
I actually didn’t get to spend much time with the guys this season. I know they are all really great guys and they do a lot for their fans and the community.

Describe the perfect date.
I’d say a glass of wine and a great conversation.

What do you find appealing in a guy?
I am constantly laughing and having fun, so I’d have to say someone who has a great sense of humor, confidence, and someone who doesn’t take himself to serious all the time.

Lots of kids attend the Outlaws games. Kid’s say the darndest things; tell us your funniest “kid story.”
When I was signing autographs after the game, a 12-year-old boy came up to me and asked if I would kiss him on the cheek because he had never been kissed before. I asked him what his mom would think of that, and he said that we could start slow, be boyfriend/girlfriend and work our way up to kissing. All I could do was laugh. Kids definitely say the darndest things

Outside of lacrosse, who’s your favorite athlete?
Although he didn’t win the last Wimbledon, I would have to say Roger Federer. The man has won five Wimbledons! And the 2008 Wimbledon was the best tennis match I have ever seen. It was incredible.

What is your favorite team outside of lacrosse?
Easily the Denver Broncos! I love watching football!

What is your favorite movie (and why)?
I love watching movies! I can’t choose just one but I love romantic and action movies.

What are the top three songs in your iPod?
“All I Need” by Shawn McDonald, “Live Like You Were Dying” by Tim McGraw and “Bleeding Love” by Leona Lewis

If you could drive any car, it would be…
Actually, I’m really content with my Four-Runner, Chi-Chi. But if something did happen to her, I would love to drive a white Porsche Cayenne.

Everyone has a celebrity crush. Who is yours?
Nick Lachey. If I would’ve met him when I was younger, I probably would have asked him the same thing that 12-year-old kid asked me.

You ladies do a lot of community service. What has been your favorite thus far?
I love all the opportunities that we get to serve in the community! I think my favorite this year was when we went to Children’s Hospital to perform and hang out with the kids. It was an incredible experience. I left there so touched; I began to understand how precious life truly is and how much I take every little thing I get to do for granted. Those kids are so strong and I think they made a bigger impact on me then I did on them. I was so moved that day. After we had finished there, I got in my car and cried until I got home.

Where Are They Now - Celina Nightengale

Celina Nightengale grew up in Denver, Colorado and has danced her whole life. Celina trained with various dance academies including Hill Academy of Dance, Cleo Parker Robinson, Colorado Ballet, and Motion Underground. Celina attended the University of Denver and received her B.A. in Communications with a minor in Marketing.

While attending DU she danced for the University of Denver Dance Team and was a member of Motion Underground’s Lyrical Company. She also danced professionally as a member of the Colorado Mammoth Wild Bunch of which she served as captain for two years. Some of Celina’s other performances have included dancing for Chingy’s opening act DC, and dancing for the half time show of the 2005 NBA All-Star game.

Photography by Don Cudney

Celina received a scholarship from the Edge Performing Arts Center that brought her to Los Angeles to further her career in dance. Celina recently signed with the dance agency Bloc and is looking forward to continuing success in her career.

Watch for Celina in the new music video, "Easy" by Paula DeAnda featuring Bow Wow.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Meet The New Pioneer Press Eagles Chicks!

The Pioneer Press Eagles Chicks have been voted the best cheerleading team in the CHL for the past two years, and over the weekend, tryouts were held to select the members of the squad that will aim to uphold that tradition for the upcoming season. The Eagles would like to congratulate the young women chosen to be the 2008-09 Pioneer Press Eagles Chicks!

Top Row (left to right): Kimberly, Alyssa*, Laura, Michaela, Laina, Jillian, Catelyn & Courtney
Bottom Row (left to right): Rachel*, Emily*, Annie*, Bethany, Katheryn & Katy*

* Denotes Veteran

Movers and Shakers: Jillian is a former member of the Colorado 14ers Dancers and the Denver Pirate Cheerleaders. Catelyn and Courtney are former members of the Belles Performance Team and Rocky Mountain Rollergirls Cheerleaders.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Partner Spotlight - Planet Beach Contempo Spas

Planet Beach Contempo Spas is an official business partner of the Belles Performance Team and the Rocky Mountain Rollergirls Cheerleaders. Planet Beach provides the BPT/RMRGC with UV Tans, Mystic Tans, Lumiere Facials, Aqua Massages and Hydration plus product discounts. Planet Beach® is an automated day spa featuring spa treatments, UV therapy, skincare, mental renewal and superior customer service…all within a private setting. Sound perfect? Get rejuvenated at your local Planet Beach Contempo Spa®! Print your FREE Planet Beach guest pass here! With over 380 locations across the US, Canada and Australia, there's one right where you are!

Relax. Glow. Renew: You’re at Planet Beach®!

Cher Fox, Owner and Executive Director of both teams, is currently representing Planet Beach as Ms. Planet Beach Gen-X Colorado. Rita Case, new member to the BPT and RMRGC, is currently representing Planet Beach as 2008 - 2009 Ms. Planet Beach Colorado. Both ladies will head to nationals at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi in November to compete for the National Titles. 2007 - 2008 Ms. Planet Beach Colorado Crystal Wolf and 2006 - 2007 Ms. Planet Beach Colorado Jennifer Cabral, were also members of the Belles Performance Team during their reign.

Would you like to win a one year membership to Planet Beach, as well as a Modeling Contract, Broncos Tickets, Max Muscle Gift Cards, Surfboards, T-shirts, Hats, Free Drinks and More? Treo at Lone Tree is hosting a Beach Party this Saturday, September 13th, with a Bikini Contest to win all of the above named prizes. Interested contestants should be at Treo by 7:30 pm with their bikini handy.

If you don't plan to enter, but would like to attend, there will be many great giveaways, including guest passes to Planet Beach. See you Saturday!

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Choreography Resource

Okay guys, if you haven't already, you HAVE to check out JigTV. com and see what its all about.

We are helping out a friend, here in Denver, who has created a ridiculously cool dance website called JigTV. com.

In a nutshell, its 'Dance on Demand'. Choreography by AMAZING choreographers broken down for the sake of teaching or using it. Some of the people on board with her for the project are: Brian Friedman, Blake McGrath, Tony Testa, Suzi Taylor, Dee Caspary, Shane Sparks, Jason Parsons, Many Moore, Nick Bass, Nick Lazzarini, Terry Beeman, Travis Wall... etc, etc, etc.

Go to JigTV.com and let me know what you think. And, better yet, please please please spread the word via MySpace, FaceBook, email, phone, word of mouth... however! On top of their JigTV. com website, they are also on MySpace... add them as a friend! We appreciate your help!