This past Saturday, the Ontario Fury of the MASL held their auditions for their 2014 dance team, the Ladies of Ontario Fury. Last year was their inaugural season and I can testify that their dance team made an audacious debut. The squad is under the direction of Lynae de Leon, a former Clippers Spirit dancer, and she has a gift for developing local dance talent and training them for higher level professional sports dance teams. This past year alone, several of her former dancers have gone on to making the Charger Girls and the Clippers Spirit and making the finals for the 49ers Gold Rush, the Golden State Warrior Girls and Seattle Sea Gals.
I was excited to see what would come of these auditions and to anticipate the great things to come with this new squad. A new season brings a new beginning and a renewal. Gone were a few veterans, so that there were some openings available for a few talented candidates. But the competition would be fierce.
So things began with the perfunctory selfie by returning veteran Michelle C.
Girls and selfies go together like root beer and vanilla ice cream…don’t you agree?
This past Saturday, the Phoenix Suns held their preliminary auditions for their dance team at the Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona. Over a hundred girls tried out for roughly 18 positions. With 13 veterans trying out again, in reality the 100 hopefuls were essentially auditioning for five open slots, give or take an unexpected vacancy or two.
It was clear that the returning veterans were clearly a cut above the majority of those trying out. A season’s worth of rehearsing and performing was evident in their technique, showmanship and ability to learn the audition routine quickly. From this person’s perspective, there was a clear difference between the veterans and the other girls at this audition.
That is not to say that there weren’t any qualified candidates in attendance. In fact, I saw many girls who had previously tried out for the Suns Dancers or the Arizona Cardinals Cheerleaders and many of them were quite talented and good looking. But with only a handful of openings in any given year, many talented dancers go wanting.
But I am getting ahead of myself…
It’s football season again! Well…pre-season football and you know what that means. The Dallas Cowboys drove down from their training camp in Oxnard to battle the Chargers’ second teamers in a titanic battle of the bench warmers. On this night, the Chargers second team bested the Cowboys second team, 27 – 7. At least the Cowboys found their back up QB of the future in Brandon Weedon, who was an efficient 13 of 17 for 107 yards and a TD.
If the football was less than stellar, the Charger Girls were simply breathtaking in their military inspired uniforms, a tribute to the servicemen and servicewomen who have sacrificed so much for this country.
San Diego is a military town, the Navy and Marine Corps in particular, and each year the Chargers honor them with their Salute to the Military night. As you can tell, the main feature of this night is the Charger Girls wearing special military themed uniforms, which is a nice way to honor our men and women in uniform.
This game was our first look at the 2014 Charger Girls in action and this is a year of change for the squad with 14 rookies making up half the team. But before we get to the newbies, let’s begin with 2014 Captains: Angela M., Natalie, Katelyn and Clarisse.
Did I mention that there were a lot of rookies on this year’s team? And one of them was our first Charger Girl of the Day for 2014…introducing Bridget J.
I first saw our final honoree at last year’s P-R-O Convention and she made quite an impression. She was a rookie, but she owned the floor and was anything but a wall flower. To say she had a presence was an understatement and you could tell that she would stand out amongst a crowd of talented professional cheerleaders…let’s just say she had a certain charisma about her.
Fast forward to this year and her sophomore campaign and my impression of her changed little. They say that you want to stand out at auditions, and those that do are likely the ones that people in the last row of the stadium will be watching on game day. Well, I was up front at P-R-O and I was watching her.
Our final 2014 P-R-O Convention All Star hails from the Houston Texans Cheerleaders…introducing Caitlyn.
This concludes our coverage of the 2014 P-R-O Convention, the premier professional dance convention. 300+ hundred cheerleaders, 7000 images, and endless hours of post processing…all to present to you, the very best cheerleaders from professional sports, the thirty three 2014 P-R-O Convention All Stars.
Only 11 more months until we begin this process all over again!
Did I mention that I really enjoyed the Tennessee Titans Cheerleaders this year? I will say it one more time…they have one of the best looking squads in the NFL and they have some great looking uniforms. This all makes for some wonderful photo ops and our final Tennessee Titans Cheerleader that we are honoring here is Heather…our next 2014 P-R-O Convention All Star.
Good job, Tennessee Titans Cheerleaders…see you next year.
We are coming down to the end of our coverage, but there’s one more girl to honor…
The Ladies of Ontario Fury, the hottest dance team in the Major Arena Soccer League, are holding auditions on Saturday, August 16th.
Date: Saturday, August 16, 2014
Time: Registration Starts at 9am (Auditions begin promptly at 9:30am)
Location: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Claremont (555 W. Foothill Blvd, Claremont CA 91711)
- You must be at least 18 years old by October 15, 2014. Applicants under the age of 18 at the time of auditions must have a parent or guardian sign the waiver form
- All dancers must have flexible schedules for rehearsals, games, and appearances starting immediately
- A total commitment is required to the Ontario Fury
What To Wear
- 2-piece attire (crop top w/ briefs)
- Skin colored nylons
- Jazz, dance or athletic shoes (non-marking soles)
- Hair must be worn down; Full hair and make-up
- All tattoos must be covered up
For further information, contact Dance Team Director, Lynae de Leon at Ldeleon@ontariofury.com.
The Gotham City Cheerleaders have always left a lasting impression at P-R-O and they got new uniforms this year. I was fortunate to be able to snag one of them GCCs in their new attire to photograph. Her name is Kaitlyn and I think you can see why she is our latest 2014 P-R-O Convention All Star.
Only a couple more left, see who’s next!