CBS 4 kicks off the coverage of the search for the 2008 - 2009 Denver Broncos Cheerleaders.
More then 200 young women showed up at Invesco Field at Mile High Saturday to take part in the first round of the Denver Broncos Cheerleader tryouts for the 2008 squad.
Slideshow: Denver Broncos Cheerleaders Tryouts Part 1
Slideshow: Denver Broncos Cheerleaders Tryouts Part 2
Slideshow: Denver Broncos Cheerleaders Tryouts Part 3
Video: Denver Broncos Cheerleaders Auditions Part 1
Video: Denver Broncos Cheerleaders Auditions Part 2
Video: Denver Broncos Cheerleaders Auditions Part 3
Monday, March 31, 2008
CBS 4 kicks off the coverage of the search for the 2008 - 2009 Denver Broncos Cheerleaders.
We are excited for you to experience a different kind of audition situation, one with a lot of coaching and feedback so you are comfortable and challenged every step of the way.
The Pre-Audition workshop is rapidly approaching. Thursday, 8 - 10 pm, at the 24 Hour Fitness on the corner of Colorado and Alameda near Cherry Creek. Auditions, same location, Saturday, registration starts at 11:30 am, Auditions start promptly at noon.
We have received some great questions from interested ladies that we would like to share the answers to.
What should I wear to the pre-audition workshop?
Whatever you are comfortable dancing in. This does not have to match the requested audition attire of a sports bra and form fitting shorts but for the coaches to give you good feedback, you should wear form fitting clothing pants and shirts so they can see how your body moves and make the appropriate critiques for your audition preparation.
Do workout shoes count as dance/tennis shoes?
Yes. Cross trainers count as tennis shoes. If you already have dance shoes, it is recommended that you wear them so you can turn to your fullest ability on the wood dance floor. But many current members practice in tennis shoes so you can still do a great job and be comfortable.
Does sports bra and form fitting shorts mean the bejeweled bikinis worn for other team's auditions?
No. You do not need to spend a fortune or be so exposed in an audition outfit for the Belles. We are looking to see what your current fitness level is and how your body moves while you dance. Many of our uniforms are 2 piece midriff exposing but not near as small as a bikini. Rhinestones and skin are not necessary to judge the talent and personality of a performer.
Where do I get audition materials, applications, etc.?
Applications and waivers will be handed out at the Pre-Audition Workshop. They will also be available the morning of auditions at registration. To complete this beforehand, the application and waiver will be available online at www.bellespt.com all day Friday and Saturday morning. There will be links to these documents on the Audition page of the website.
What if I can't do the splits, will this hurt me at auditions?
Although this is a required skill to complete at auditions, the lack of this skill may not keep you from being selected to bootcamp. Bootcamp will give you 3 more weeks to continue to work on achieving this skill. 24 Hour Fitness will be working with the team vigorously during bootcamp to improve flexibility, strength, fitness and endurance. If flexibility is a weak area for you, then speak up and get the help you need to solidify your spot on the team during bootcamp. If we can see progress in the right direction, this will keep you moving forward in the BPT selection process. In the meantime, stretch, stretch, stretch!
What is the age maximum to participate on the team?
The Belles have no age maximum, we just require that you are 18 and older to audition for legal reasons. The owner of the team has previously performed with beautiful, fit and talented ladies into their early 40s so if you've still got it, bring it!
Good luck at Auditions!
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Since the Dallas Cowboys made them popular in the 1970s, no professional football team is complete without the cheerleaders (just look at the XFL.) The USFL Denver Gold Cheerleaders were known as “Pure Gold.” The cheerleading squad featured traditional cheerleaders and even a baton twirling “Ms. Twirl”.
Ahh, the 80s. Fabulous...
The Metropolitan Academy of Dance, Inc. Company and School has an impressive faculty but one instructor stands out, especially as one of the favorite faces of the Denver Broncos Cheerleaders, Keela Harris.
Keela has been dancing for the past fifteen years, nine of which were spent studying at the Metropolitan Academy of Dance. She performed with the Senior and Junior Companies in numerous charity events and competitions and on a Carnival Cruise Ship. Keela also performed the roles of Snowflakes and Arabian in The Nutcracker. She taught and choreographed for Metropolitan for three years and was awarded a dance scholarship to the University of Northern Colorado where she continued her training and teaching. Keela is currently a second year veteran with the Denver Bronco Cheerleaders, and she is an instructor for the Junior Denver Bronco Cheerleading program. She performed at the John Elway Hall of Fame game in Canton, Ohio, and she was selected to join eleven current and former DBC's to lift the spirits of our military personnel performing in shows in Afghanistan, Qatar, and Bahrain. She recently appeared and was interviewed on the John Lynch show. Keela's ability to teach skills, and to share her passion and dedication with her students is a hallmark of her style. She brings her own excitement about the art of dance to the classroom!
Visit Metropolitan Academy of Dance here.
The Wolfpack would like to know if any one would like to take over and form the 08 squad, please Email Ncowolfpack@aol.com if you are interested.
Some faces we recognize and their former teams:
Ciara Bradbury, Belles Performance Team & Pony Xpress
Crystal Gardner, Motion Explosion/Denver Titans & Crossover
Kelli Rowe, Pony Xpress
Maliakah Williams, Belles Performance Team & Pony Xpress
2nd Auditions will be held April 6th at Cherry Creek Dance at 11:30 am. Visit them on myspace or email email@example.com.
Brieanna Mercer, formerly Daddio, is the new Dance Team Director for the Denver Outlaws.
Brieanna started dancing at the age of five with Colorado School of Ballet and was asked to join the English National Ballet School in London at the age of 16. She then went on to dance with the Boston Ballet and Colorado Ballet starting at the age of 18. Brieanna taught ballet and jazz at Colorado School of Ballet and Shelly True Dance Academy for four years.
She was also a cheerleader for the Denver Broncos for four years as well. Brieanna has choreographed for the Colorado 14ers basketball league and many regional dance competitions. She is very excited to start her first year with the Denver Outlaws. Brieanna is married to Preston Mercer, the Denver mortgage man who chose love over a million bucks on the NBC reality show For Love Or Money, and they have a cat named Harley.
You can contact her about upcoming auditions by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Former Colorado Crush Girl, now Las Vegas resident, Ashley Mull checks in with the RMS Blog (props to her former teammate Kim who sent us the scoop).
It's FINALLY time to start voting. I'm a week 1 finalist for the 2008 Miss LAX bikini contest. Please vote for me starting tomorrow morning (Thursday the 27th) and keep voting til Wednesday April 9th...I want to use the prize money ($100,000) to pay off my student loans. So, help a Kindergarten teacher out and vote!!
Come to LAX on the 9th to see the bikini finals! I really appreciate all your support!
Please vote for me here.
In a 43% to 57% upset, the Nuggets Dancers were knocked out of the NBA bracket by last year's 2nd place team, the Houston Rocket Power Dancers. The Rockets submitted some provocative pictures that were tough to beat at initial glance.
The Power Dancers move on to face the Seattle Sonics Dance team today. The Sonics have been pulling down 70% voting so will be a tough match.
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
This Saturday hundreds of girls will show up to audition for the Denver Broncos Cheerleading squad, which brings the 2007-2008 year to an official close.
This is always a bit sad for us as each year veteran cheerleaders decide not to audition for a variety of reasons. This year we have girls going back school to become teachers, some wanting to start a family, others moved to different cities, and a couple who are ready to retire from dancing.
However, it is also very wonderful because it is a time for new girls to make the team. It is always fun to meet the rookies and to hear about their interests, experiences, and ideas. They bring a new perspective to the squad.
It was a hard decision for me, but I will not be auditioning for next year’s team. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time on the team and will miss it tremendously, but my life is changing. I am getting married this fall and wanted to spend the year focusing on my relationship with my fiancé, the wedding, and my family. I also wanted to have more time to develop my career. Being a cheerleader is a huge commitment and I did not want to spread myself too thin.
However, I would like to take a moment to encourage girls to audition on March 29th. If you love dancing, being a member of this team is a life changing experience. It’s amazing to take something that you are passionate about and to share it with others who love it as well. Also, being part of this team is a challenge, both physically and mentally, but it is a very rewarding challenge and one that makes you grow as a person.
I will be at Finals with the other alumni cheerleaders supporting everyone that is auditioning this year. Good luck!
- Laura Sobon (3/25/2008)
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
The Belles Performance Team had the privilege of performing to kick off this televised event as well as several BPT members modeled bridesmaid and wedding gowns for the fashion show.
Hair and Makeup by Cuttin' It Loose Salon, Littleton.
Bridesmaids gowns by Bella Bridesmaid, Cherry Creek.
Wedding Dresses by The Little White Dress Bridal Shop, Castle Rock
Visit Your Wedding TV.com.
Hundreds of thousands of people gathered in downtown LoDo, Saturday, March 15th to celebrate St. Patrick's Day with the largest parade west of the Mississippi. The Belles were there for their 5th anniversary appearance with some surpises of their own.
Alumni BPT dancers were invited back to participate in the parade and celebrate the anniversary
Winter Watson of Dubbs Design (& former BPT member) poses with Cher Fox, Owner/Executive Director, as they unveil the 5th anniversary BPT logo
The BPT poses with the Edgewater Fire Department
2005 - 2006 member Nicole Hurdle, 2006 - 2008 Nuggets Dancer
2004 - 2005 member Anna Lisa Dawson, 2005 - 2007 Crush Girl Dancer
2001 - 2004 member Erica Golding, 2008 - 2009 Denver Broncos Cheerleader, 2006 - 2007 season Wild Bunch Dancer, 1 season Colorado Rapids Cheerleader
2002 - 2003 member Shalisa Pouw, 2 season Nuggets Dancer
2001 - 2003 member Katie Kosters, 2008 - 2009 Denver Broncos Cheerleader, 2006 - 2008 Wild Bunch Dancer
2001 - 2003 member Katie Weeks, 2007 Colorado Rapids Cheerleader
2001 - 2003 member Melissa Plum, 2007 - 2008 Colorado Eagles Chick, 2004 Colorado Crush Girl
2002 - 2003 member Ann Schroeckenstein, 2005 - 2007 Colorado Crush Girl
2003 - 2004 member Janelle Mangrum, 2006 - 2007 Colorado 14ers Dancer, 2007 Denver Outlaws Dancer, 2007 - 2008 Wild Bunch Dancer, 2008 - 2009 Denver Broncos Cheerleader
2001 - 2002 member Kelly Troester, 4 season Denver Broncos Cheerleader
2001 - 2003 member Heather Balogh, 1 season Colorado Rapids Cheerleader
Visit the CU Buff Gold Dance Team here.
Monday, March 24, 2008
The Belles are excited to announce their 2008 Spring Auditions. The BPT is the only adult team in Colorado to hold auditions twice every year.
The Belles Performance Team is Colorado’s ONLY independent professional dance team for adult women. The BPT performs nationally for over 1.5 million people and participates in the community over 2250 hours each year. Since they are not affiliated with a specific sports team, the Belles are never on the sidelines, they are always a Main Event!
The Belles Performance Team provides team members with:
Professional Level/Style Dance Routines (they use ProDance!)
Jazz Dance Technique Classes
Performances - including top Colorado Venues and Minor League Sports
Promotions - including autograph signings for fans
Community & Charity Appearances
Professional Music Editing
Professional Photo Shoots
Hair, Makeup and Skincare Tips and Training
Fitness & Weight Training
The Exclusive BPT Eating Plan
Fitness Gym Membership
Professional Photo CD Portfolio
Product & Service Comps/Discounts (Tanning, Skincare, Uniforms, etc.)
Exclusive Cover Model Opportunities with Sidelines Romances Novels
Seminars/Master Classes with Professional Cheerleaders/Dancers
Free Tickets for Family/Friends to BPT Events
Opportunity to Attend Annual ProDance Convention
Custom Performance Uniforms (they use The Line Up!)
Audition for the Belles organization today and learn what it takes to be a successful professional level cheerleader and/or dancer.
Auditioners must be women ages 18 and older, have a high school diploma, have a flexible schedule with open evenings and weekends, have reliable transportation, and be physically fit. Must be able to commit to a 6 month season, April - September 2008. Due to the athletic nature of participation, selected members must have their own health insurance.
Auditions to join the BPT will be held at 11:30 am, Saturday, April 5, 2008 at their sponsor 24 Hour Fitness, club location at the corner of Colorado and Alameda in Denver. There will also be a pre-audition workshop held Thursday, April 3, 2008 at 8 pm, same location. Interested applicants must pre-register to attend both the workshop and auditions.
Additional audition information can be found on their web site here. You can also select the photo above for a larger version.
Jessica Smith (formerly Jessica Mason-Evans, Nuggets Dancer), Mrs. Colorado-International 2007, gives the RMS Blog an update.
"Thank you so much for this great page! I am honored to be a part of it and grateful something like this exists! Just wanted to give you an update... Thanks again!"
Jessica placed 3rd at the Mrs. International Pageant in Chicago in July 2007 and is currently teaching at Mile High Dance and Foothills Rec Center. She is also an Ambassador for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
She will be competing for Mrs. Colorado-America this May (she will keep us posted).
Jessica wearing the Mrs. Colorado-International crown (she also won "Most Photogenic", "Best In Evening Gown", and "Best In Interview")
Jessica at the Mrs. International pageant in Chicago w/ Mrs. International 2006 Suzy Bootz.
"Thank you again for this great resource for Denver Dancers!"