The Colorado Eagles announced today that auditions for the 2011-12 edition of the Pioneer Press Colorado Eagles Chicks will take place on Sunday, August 28th at 10:30 a.m. at the Budweiser Events Center*.
We're looking for young women who are dynamic, well-spoken, and talented to represent our organization and to continue our established level of excellence. The Eagles Chicks were recently voted the third-best pro cheerleading squad in Colorado!
For more information on the auditions, download the Audition Flyer and Application Form here.
Need help preparing for the audition?
The Eagles Chicks will be hosting a workshop on Aug. 14th for all prospective dancers. Click here for the Audition Workshop Flyer/Registration Form.
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* - Date, time & location are subject to change.
Dancers must be at least 18 years old as of Oct. 1st.
Auditions are closed to observers.
Thursday, July 28, 2011
WOW!!!! Our trip to Vail for our 2012 Calendar has been a blast! It couldn’t be a more perfect place to shoot a calendar that really represents our beautiful state of Colorado.
After a busy first 2 days of shoots, we decided to take a break and have a little fun as a team. What better activity is there for this than zip lining?! We all packed into four cars, and made our way to 4-Eagle Ranch in Wolcott, Colorado (a little town about 30 minutes west of Vail) where Zip Adventures of Vail is based. This ranch is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. There is a display of old cabins and rustic ranch equipment which are carefully placed around the ranch, stunning views of fields and mountains (including the New York Mountains), and a variety of critters that live there- horses, pigs, alpaca, donkeys, chickens, goats, a buffalo, dogs, and barn cats. (We end up taking a couple of our photos there on Day 4 which turned out to be incredible- check them out!) Once we arrived, we signed our waivers and harnessed up!
The guides took us out to the course in a 1973 Pinzgauer, which is a 6 x 6, 12 person military troop transporter that was made for the Swiss Alps.
The course consists of a total of six zip lines. The first five lines string back and forth across the canyon becoming faster, longer, and higher as you progress. The sixth zip line takes you from the end of the course, all the way back to the beginning by going through the canyon. The highest zip line is 200 feet above the canyon floor, the fastest zip gets up to 35 mph, and the longest is about 1000 feet long! It’s a ton of fun!!!!
My favorite part about our zip line adventure was the tandem zips that we did! There are a couple of zip lines that allowed us to partner up and zip together. I have never ‘giggled’ so much in my life! I was partnered up with Becky and we couldn’t stop laughing the whole way…. SOOO FUN! (Even the guides were making fun of us for laughing so much!)
A couple of the girls were really fun to watch: Margaret was doing all sorts of acrobatic moves in the middle of the canyon. She was quite the dare-devil! Lelanna and Jess were very nervous at first (you could tell by the look on their faces as they walked up to the first zip), but they did it and had a blast! Michelle, who zipped last year at Zip Adventures, was now working on her steering skills… I think she finally managed that by the third zip! Becky was not only practicing her high kicks in mid air, but she was also able to fit her ab workout in during her trip across the canyon.
Once we all finished, the guides drove us back to the ranch where we unharnessed. It couldn’t have been a more perfect afternoon. I think our pictures show that!!! It was definitely one of the highlights of my trip.
Thank you to Zip Adventures of Vail, and thank you to our AMAZING guides- Andreas, Kyle, Kyle, and Brian!!
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
The Denver Broncos Cheerleaders’ Race to Keep Kids on Track and 2012 Calendar Release, in short, is a fundraiser featuring calendar signing and go-kart races (in 60mph karts) with the Denver Broncos Cheerleaders.
Complimentary Denver Broncos Cheerleader 2012 Calendar
Wahoo’s Fish Taco
Denver Broncos Alumni Race
… 100% proceeds benefit at-risk youth programs.
The Track at Centennial (near Denver Broncos practice facility at Dove Valley and the Centennial Airport)
13600 Eaglerock Road, Englewood, CO 80112
Friday Evening (ONE DAY ONLY!), August 19th, 2011 @ 6pm
Click here for tickets.
The Colorado Mammoth has announced that Wild Bunch dance team auditions will be held on Saturday and Sunday, September 17-18, at Pepsi Center. Finalists will then participate in training camp at FORZA Fitness & Performance Club for the next two weeks, with the 14-dancer team to be unveiled at the end of September.
“For the past few years, I’ve been amazed at the quality of dancers who audition to become members of the Wild Bunch,” said Amy Jo Wagner, the team’s coordinator and choreographer. “It’s been an extremely competitive tryout, and I envision this year will be no different.”
The Wild Bunch performs at all Mammoth home games, and also appears at community and special events throughout the year.
“Above and beyond their ability to dance, these young ladies are brand ambassadors for the organization and do a tremendous job representing the Mammoth both in-arena and at appearances,” said Mammoth President and General Manager Steve Govett.
Those interested in trying out for the Wild Bunch must be at least 18 years of age and be able to commit to all 2012 home games. More audition information can be found here.
Angela (former Wild Bunch Dancer)
Ashlee (former Wild Bunch Dancer)
Brigitte (former Wild Bunch Dancer)
Brooke (former Outlaws Dancer)
Didi (former Wild Bunch Dancer)
Newly selected team consists of eight veterans and nine rookies
Roster finalized for 2011-12 Denver Nuggets Dancers
By Aaron J. Lopez, Nuggets.com, 7-25-11
The lights drop. The pulsating music begins. The adrenaline rush kicks in.
At that moment, the countless hours of repetition and rehearsal all become worthwhile.
“It almost gives you chills and brings tears to your eyes,” said Miranda, a Denver Nuggets Dancer. “You think, ‘This is so cool. This is what we’ve been practicing and working so hard for.’ ”
After two days of auditions and four training-camp sessions, Miranda was among the 17 women named Monday as 2011-12 Denver Nuggets Dancers. The team consists of eight veterans and nine rookies, including an 18-year-old two months removed from her high-school graduation.
“The girls worked extremely hard for two weeks,” said Denver Nuggets Dancers coordinator and choreographer Amy Jo Wagner. “Everyone did a phenomenal job. The 17 we chose showed they can dance in sync, pick up choreography very quickly and have the work ethic needed to make it through a long and strenuous NBA season.”
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Miranda, 21, proved her ability and endurance as a Denver Nuggets Dancer during the 2009-10 season. She left the team last season after being one of four people selected from 500 applicants to teach dance in Japan as part of the National Dance Alliance.
For more than a month, Miranda spent in excess or 12 hours a day training dancers for Japanese professional sports teams in cities such as Chiba, Tokyo and Yokohama.
“We had a translator, but the cool thing about dancing is you don’t really need to talk or learn a language. You just need your eyes to learn,” she said. “It was different whenever I went out and about. There was nothing in English. I had some freak-out moments and ended up in several different cities I wasn’t supposed to be in.”
Miranda got a reminder of home while conducting clinics for children at U.S. military bases in Tokyo. She also was able to be a tourist after her teaching was complete; climbing 12,389-foot Mount Fuji was one of her favorite highlights.
“The town up there looks like a Colorado mountain town,” she said. “You walk around five or six lakes and you gradually make your way up the mountain. It took a full day. It was amazing. That altitude was pretty brutal.”
Altitude is nothing new for Miranda, a marketing and communications major at Metro State. The Arvada West alumnus grew up in Colorado and started dancing competitively at age 6.
“No one in my family can dance,” she said. “My brother was a really good wrestler, but I couldn’t pick up any other sport. I tried soccer, and it was super-tragic. I can’t run, so I just stuck with dance.”
Miranda’s career goal is to become a police department spokesperson, but she hopes to stick around the Nuggets organization for a few more years. She enjoys representing the team in the community and is determined to prove that dancers have substance to complement their style.
“I always get asked, ‘So do you think you’re better than everybody else?’ It bothers me,” she said. “People assume that you think you’re better than everybody else when the majority of most of these women are so down to earth. Some of the friendships I’ve made will last forever.”
Wagner, entering her fifth season with the Nuggets, can attest to that. She was a member of the Phoenix Suns dance team and knows that team chemistry is an important ingredient for a successful dance team.
“I’m extremely happy to have Miranda back with us,” Wagner said. “She’s an excellent hip-hop dancer, an all-around friendly girl and a great overall representative of our organization.”
Now that training camp is over, Miranda can’t wait to get started again in the fall. She will juggle a class schedule with a dance schedule that includes 10 to 12 hours of practice every week.
She will exercise, follow a healthy diet and memorize dozens of new routines.
And when the lights go down at the Pepsi Center, she will enjoy the moment when that familiar adrenaline rush kicks in.
Thursday, July 21, 2011
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Today is Day 5 and I have decided to sleep in. My photo shoot was scheduled for early morning on day 6, so I was going to take advantage of the extremely comfortable beds at the Ritz Carlton. I hear a knock at my door. Naturally, I ignored it. Its Sunday 9 a.m. and the person knocking clearly has the wrong room. The knock continues and I got out of bed to answer it. Two of my teammates, Allyson and Margaret, are at the door. They inform me that my photo shoot has been changed to today. My first thought was “No big deal, I am just going to roll with the punches.” Plus, the crew was already shooting at the first location so I assumed I wouldn’t have my shoot until later in the day. My second was to get back into my bed. No more than five minutes later I hear another knock at the door. I get up and it’s Allyson again telling me that I have to be on location for my photo shoot ready to go in less than one hour. I thought she was joking around, but when I started to wake up a bit, I picked up on her sense of urgency. Ultimately, I decided that if I wanted to have my calendar photo taken I should probably get out of bed sooner than later.
I am not going to lie to you Broncos country, I had an overwhelming feeling of panic when I shut the door the second time. I wasn’t prepared to take my photo today. I will spare you the details but trust me friends, I needed more time than one hour! I had made it a personal goal to take the best photo I could. I was worried that being rushed was going to ruin that goal. My panic stopped when I reminded myself, that there are real problems in the world and having to rush around for a couple of hours to have my photo taken was not one of them. So, I got some coffee, I got over myself, and in less than one hour I was ready to depart to the location for my photo shoot.
A short car ride later I arrived at a beautiful house called “The Ski Castle” located in Arrowhead Colorado. I was warmly welcomed by the home owners Scott & Janie Cliver. I was honored to meet some of their family and enjoy the delicious coffee cake and cookies that Janie had made for our entire crew. After arriving at the home I had the opportunity to watch three of my teammates take their photos. The first shot of the day was third year veteran Katie Kosters. She was breathtaking in her gold suit standing in the main arch way of the home. Katie’s smile lights up the room and it ended up being a wonderful way to start the day. Next up was one of our rookies Patricia. Patricia’s photo was taken in a fantastic brick waterfall that was located on the back deck of the home. As I watched Patricia I was blown away by her ability to take the direction from Rob, our photographer. She looked beautiful and I was so proud of her. Last but not least, was second year veteran Lelanna. The setting for Lelanna’s photo was the Grotto located inside the home. The grotto area, for those of us without them, is basically an indoor hot tub. It was all stone, had a waterfall, and the most inviting seating area. Lelanna wore a red suit and looked absolutely amazing.
I blinked and I was up next. It was now or never and I said a little prayer as I walked up the stairs for my shoot. I took my photo on the “Romeo and Juliet” balcony located in the front of the home. I wore a navy blue laced monokini (it is a real word, I am not making it up) and I was put at ease when my coaches and a couple of my teammates were there to cheer me on. With the help of them and the crew I started to relax. I had a blast and the photo turned out beautifully with the architecture of the home and mountains as my back drop. Scott and Janie even jumped in and took a couple photos with me!
After we got back to the Ritz, I went downstairs to the lobby and caught some of Sam’s photo shoot taking place in the hotel bar area. Sam is a second year veteran and professional model. Sam looked flawless in her sequined black suit and sliver heels. As I watched Sam I was thinking two things; I can’t believe someone’s legs actually look like that in real life, and Sam is just as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside.
As an avid “planner” I realized being rushed every once in a while isn’t always a bad thing. If I hadn’t shot on day 5 I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to meet the Cliver family. I also wouldn’t have been able to take a moment to be reminded of the true beauty of each one of my teammates. My teammates and coaches talked me through my anxiety and put my mind at ease. It was with the love and support of my Broncos family that I made it through my rushed day, and made my third calendar experience my most successful.
Day on the Ranch – Day 4
Day 4 was a big day with 6 cheerleaders all prepared to capture their perfect shot. The morning began with an early 4 am call time for hair and make-up to make the 5:45 am departure. Nikki and Katie W. traveled to a private residence with a gorgeous view and spectacular pool. It was a cloudy and chilly morning and the girls were freezing, but the shoot must go on! Katie W. was first and looked stunning as she layed poolside in her Blue and Orange bikini. Time was not our side today because we were fighting the clouds and rain all day. By the time Katie W. wrapped up her shot, it was time to head back to the hotel, and Nikki’s shoot was pushed back to the afternoon. But first both girls had to jump in the hot tub to rejuvenate their bodies from the cold.
The day continued back at the Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch were the next group of cheerleaders were getting ready for our next location. Nikki, Kim, Jenna, Lauren H. and Jess all headed back out to 4 Eagle Ranch and spent the day as “cowgirls” YEE HAW!
Nikki started us off as our “Patriotic Cowgirl” complete with her red bikini, American Flag and of course her rustic cowboy boots. She looked adorable and stunningly beautiful as she saluted to our soldiers.
Next to shoot was Kim as our “Flamin’ Hot Cowgirl” cozied up on the porch with her black hat and boots and the fire roasting in the background.
Mid-afternoon the clouds finally rolled over and opened up a gorgeous backdrop for our next shoot. Jenna, our “All-American Rodeo Cowgirl” headed out to the pastures for her scenic shot. She rounded up her Palomino horse named Tony while strutting her “daisy dukes” and classic cowboy hat.
Lauren H. was our “Barbie Doll Cowgirl” all “dolled up” in her pink and white polka dot bikini and of course, our infamous white cowboy boots! Her playful and cute personality shined as she captured her photo on the ranch’s swing set.
Our day wrapped up with Jess, our “Frontier Cowgirl” as she posed perfectly in an old, wooden wagon. Her black and white themed bikini and cowboy boots fit great with the ambiance and setting while capturing a rustic, cowgirl shot.
In true Broncos fashion, our “cowgirl” cheerleaders and crew had a great, successful day on the ranch!
Another beautiful morning here in Beaver Creek! We start today with our first shot at the famous Holden Cabin right on the Beaver Creek Golf Course. Becky is our first model of the day and our first western theme. Shepler’s Western Wear provided us some really beautiful cowboys boots and hats for this year’s calendar shoot that are perfect for quite a few of our locations. We loaded up the cars for the quick drive from Bachelor’s Gulch to Beaver Creek (just around the corner), unload our staff and equipment and get started. We have a 9 a.m. deadline to finish before the first round of golfers make their way to hole 14, right where we are shooting at Holden Cabin. Becky is stunning and in incredible shape. Her job requires it as the Director of Fitness for a local fitness company and a Broncos Cheerleader. I love the setting of her photo and the way that it captures the feel of Beaver Creek.
Next up on the schedule was Tristan, one of our rookies. Anderson Cabin, right around the corner from the Ritz Carlton Bachelor Gulch, was the setting for her photo. For Tristan, we decided on a snow shot and borrowed some really cool white furry Tecnica boots to complete her outfit. Right in the middle of her photo shoot, a huge storm rolled in and fast! We barely had time to get the equipment covered and Tristan covered before everything was soaked. 15 minutes later, it was clear and sunny!
Our next location was a little further up the mountain at the famous Trapper’s Lodge. This lodge is so cool! It is right on the ski run and during the winter, guests are shuttled up the mountain on the snow cats with their luggage. You can even hire a personal chef to cook for you all week while you ski and enjoy the scenery. We had originally scheduled to shoot 2 cheerleaders at the Lodge, but the weather would not hold up. Kara, another rookie to the team, enjoyed the stormy weather in the hot tub at Trapper’s Lodge until another major rain cloud rolled in and we headed down to find an indoor location for Lindsey.
The Ritz Carlton has several Penthouses on the top floors of the hotel that are privately owned. The management of the Penthouses was kind enough to let us shoot Lindsey inside and we were able to stay on scheduled despite the weather! Again, I can’t say enough how accommodating the Ritz Carlton staff has been for our hectic week in Beaver Creek. Really incredible!
Our last shot of the day was Toni. We had been rained out the day before and were hoping for a beautiful sunset after a day of rain and sure enough, we got it! There is a beautiful lookout spot just up the road from the hotel and it was an amazing Broncos Sunset. So many Broncos fans stopped by to watch the shoot along with a few fans of other teams that we converted to the orange and blue.
More to come tomorrow!
We started Day 2 with a 4:00 am hair and makeup call for Margaret and Heather for a beautiful sunrise shot at Lake Dillon. We were fortunate enough to have our friend Rick donate his sailboat for the morning. First up was Heather on the bow of the sailboat “Mischief” with the Colorado sunrise reflecting off the water. It made for an absolutely gorgeous shot to start off our second day. Next up was Margaret, who posed gracefully in front of the main sail. Her blue and white striped suit certainly fit the nautical theme of the morning shot. Although the weather was chilly, both girls toughed it out and ended up with the perfect Rocky Mountain lake snapshot.
The second photo session of the day was Kristin back in the lobby of our “home base” hotel – the Ritz Carlton. The fireplace was roaring (good thing because it was raining outside!) It was a shot that definitely depicts the entire feel of the Ritz Carlton Bachelor Gulch.
The third shot of the day was Allyson and Bachelor, a 16 week old St. Bernard puppy. Bachelor, named after Bachelor Gulch, is the 7th “Bachelor” for the Ritz Carlton. The shot took place along side of Ritz Carlton-Bachelor Gulch. Although the puppy was excited (and distracted!), the pictures of Allyson turned out great. It was a fun and playful shot. Not everyone is lucky enough to shoot with a dog let alone a puppy that is as sweet as Bachelor.
Last shot of the day was Toni! Our design team got her all ready to go in her Blue and Orange Broncos bathing suit. She looked absolutely stunning. We brought her up to the top of the mountain for a gorgeous sunset shot and it began to downpour! Although the landscape with the mountains and wildflowers looked gorgeous in the rain, Toni’s hair and makeup wouldn’t hold up so we moved her sunset shot to the next day.
Seven cheerleaders are done shooting and we have another 19 shots to go! All the ladies are looking beautiful and I can’t wait to tell you about all the exciting shots to come!
The Ritz Carlton Bachelor’s Gulch is beautiful and the perfect setting (and home base) for our 2012 Denver Broncos Cheerleader Calendar! We can’t thank the Ritz Carlton Bachelor’s Gulch enough for their partnership for this year’s calendar. The staff, service and resort are amazing. Today, we spent the day at the pool, spa and the night time hot spot – the fire pit. Our very first shot today featured a local Vail girl and second year team member- Megan Brooks. Next up, Michelle Sommers – both at the beautiful pool and hot tubs. For our third shot of the day featuring Lauren, we moved to the Spa’s Grotto Room – an incredible place to relax after a massage or spa treatment.
For our last shot of the day, we waited until the sun had set and the fire pit was roaring. We did our best to make sure that all the resort guests had their fill of s’mores (a nightly activity at the fire pit) and then moved in for Lindy’s night shot. Day 1 was a success and we are off to bed for an early morning call time – 4:30 a.m. for hair and make-up as we make our way to Lake Dillon for sunrise on the lake. Stay tuned all week for day by day updates from the Denver Broncos Cheerleaders 2012 Calendar Shoot at the Ritz Carlton Bachelor’s Gulch.
The 26 finalists to be Denver Nuggets Dancers take part in training camp at Forza Fitness and Performance Club. Liz Weglicki / Movement Strategy
After emerging from more than 100 hopefuls who took part in auditions, 26 women began training camp this week in their pursuit of a becoming a Denver Nuggets Dancer. The finalists will take part in four training-camp sessions, with the 18-person team set to be announced on July 25.
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Tuesday, July 12, 2011
By Aaron J. Lopez, Nuggets.com, 7-11-11
Over the next two weeks, 26 women will experience the dancing equivalent of boot camp.
The payoff will be one of 18 spots with the Denver Nuggets Dancers.
The 26 finalists were selected from of a field of more than 100 candidates who took part in two days of audition at the Pepsi Center on July 9-10. Up next is four days of training camp at Forza Fitness and Performance Club on July 12, 14, 19 and 21.
“Everyone who came out for the auditions was amazing,” said Denver Nuggets Dancers coordinator and choreographer Amy Jo Wagner. “The judges had the difficult task of finding the top 26. We are very excited to see how they perform during training camp.”
Seven of the finalists were members of the 2010-11 Denver Nuggets Dancers, while four others were on the squad in previous seasons.
Wagner emphasized that previous experience with the Nuggets does not guarantee a final spot on the 2011-12 dance team.
“The biggest thing about being a returner is you know what to expect,” Wagner said. “That’s half the battle, being able to prepare yourself mentally for the two weeks ahead. I don’t think (first-time candidates) understand how difficult training camp is.”
Each training-camp session will include a one-hour workout with a personal trainer and two hours of dancing. The finalists learned two dance routines during auditions and will add two more during training camp.
“Four routines is a lot to learn in just two weeks,” Wagner said.
Wagner and a panel of judges will select the final 18 dancers, with the roster scheduled to be announced on July 25.
Here is a list of the 26 finalists, along with their professional dance experience.
Amber – Rookie Candidate
Angela – Rookie Candidate / Mammoth Wild Bunch 2005-11
Ashlee – Rookie Candidate / Mammoth Wild Bunch 2011
Brigitte – Rookie Candidate / Mammoth Wild Bunch 2011
Brooke – Rookie Candidate / Denver Outlaws Dancer 2010, 2011
Casey – Denver Nuggets Dancer 2010-11
Cassie - Rookie Candidate
Chelsea – Denver Nuggets Dancer 2009-11
Didi – Rookie Candidate / Mammoth Wild Bunch 2010
Dominique – Rookie Candidate
Emily - Rookie Candidate
Jacqlyn – Denver Nuggets Dancer 2008-10
Jana – Denver Nuggets Dancer 2009-10
Jessica – Denver Nuggets Dancer 2008-09, 2010-11
Kady - Rookie Candidate
Kali - Denver Nuggets Dancer 2009-11
Kate - Rookie Candidate / Mammoth Wild Bunch 2010, 2011
Katie – Denver Nuggets Dancer 2008-09
Kirsten – Rookie Candidate
Krista – Denver Nuggets Dancers 2008-11
Koko – Rookie Candidate
Miranda - Denver Nuggets Dancer 2009-10
Morgan – Denver Nuggets Dancer 2010-11
Peyton – Rookie Candidate
Ryann – Denver Nuggets Dancers 2010-11
Torrie – Rookie Candidate
Monday, July 11, 2011
More than 100 women tried out for the 2011-12 Nuggets Dance Team, with 26 advancing to take part in training camp. The finalists were selected after two days of face-paced auditions at the Pepsi Center as the Nuggets sought bright, energetic women to be part of one of the top dance teams in the NBA.
So you think you can dance for the Denver Nuggets?
July 9, 2011
Credit:Carly Rose Moser
Girls traveled from near and far to try out and show off their stuff to the judges and possibly make the cut to become one of the elite Denver Nuggets Dancers. And trust us, just watching these girls rehearse their 1st audition piece is exhausting.
This weekend the Nuggets hosted the preliminaries and semi-final dance auditions for new dancers for the 2011-2012 season. Those that make it through this weekend will go through a vigorous training camp next week and then have their final audition on July 21st. These judges have their hands full with talented girls giving it their all, but we're pretty sure they don't hate their jobs. We wouldn't either. Are you still reading? — Carly Rose Moser, special to Metromix
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
The Colorado mammoth Wild Bunch Dance Team performs "Momma Said Knock You Out" on April 15, 2011.