Cheerleader Profile: Ladies of Ontario Fury Dancer Lizzie

Let’s get to know Lizzie, a first year member of the Ladies of Ontario Fury.

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Why did you become a professional cheerleader?

My dance teacher from childhood started her professional dance career as a Laker Girl so it inspired me to keep the cheer path open as a way to pursue my dreams.

What was your favorite experience as a professional cheerleader?

My favorite experience has been bonding with ladies and getting to know them individually. It’s really quite amazing that everyone has something unique that she brings to the team, and I believe that is what makes our team so special and great.

What is your favorite dance style?

Jazz, especially the 80’s style.😍

What is your favorite dance move? What is your go to dance move?

Give me a good pas de bourree any day! My go to dance move would have to be any type of groove, I like to feel music.

What are the three words that describe you?

Adaptive: I don’t mind change.
Observational: I always try to keep in mind others and my surroundings.
Hopeful: I have good feelings about the future and I have faith in the workings of the universe.

What is something that most people don’t know about you?

That I am surprisingly versatile, it even surprises me sometimes ha ha. I enjoy a wide range of things from country line dancing, nascar, hikes to fantastic views, anime, and reading.

What is your guilty pleasure?

Sleeping for hours!

Who is the one person that inspires you the most?

The people who inspire me the most would have to be my family. They are so strong, and they support me beyond belief.

What is your motto to live by?

“All you need is love…and a cat.” Ha ha ;)

What advice would you tell someone who aspires to become a professional cheerleader?

Grab every opportunity that you can! Don’t give up, always strive for improvement, and you will eventually find where you fit.

Where do you see yourself in ten years?

I see myself successfully immersed in my profession and possibly married with a family!

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Come and say “hi” to Lizzie and the rest of the Ladies of Ontario Fury at their next home game on February 13th at the Citizens Business Bank Arena. For more information about the Ontario Fury, please visit their website here.

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Cheerleader Profile: Ladies of Ontario Fury Dancer Sativa-Skye

Let’s meet Sative-Skye, a second year member of the Ladies of Ontario Fury.

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Why did you become a professional cheerleader?

I always knew that dancing and cheering would be more than just a hobby for me. Through my many many years of dancing, and eventually being a cheerleader on the high-school and collegiate level, I realized that being a professional cheerleader would be a dream come true. Being able to dance, entertain a crowd, and cheer on my favorite sports team makes my heart so full.

What was your favorite experience as a professional cheerleader?

Last year a few members of the Ladies Of Ontario Fury along with myself, were selected to live in Mumbai, India for two months to perform on and film a live television show. Having that experience with my teammates was such a life changing experience and I am forever grateful. I would have never imagined that an opportunity of that nature would ever come my way, and it was even more amazing because I was able to dance alongside my beautiful and talented friends.

What is your favorite dance style?

Up until the age of about 14 Ballet was my heart and soul. Now I would definitely have to say that a solid Hip-Hop routine and sassy Jazz combo really get me going!

What is your favorite dance move? What is your go to dance move?

That’s a tough question… you can never go wrong with some hip rolls and a hair toss. But I’d have to say that high kicks and a leg tilt are always my go-to.

What are the three words that describe you?

Dedicated, caring, and witty

What is something that most people don’t know about you?

I actually really love to read and write! Once I get wrapped up in a book there’s no stopping me until I finish. Journaling is also one of my outlets besides dance that I use to unwind after a long day, or just a way to get some feelings out.

What is your favorite music genre? Who is your favorite musical artist?

It’s too hard to choose just one favorite music genre! I love everything from Top 40 pop, to hip-hop and indie alternative. If I had to pick a few favorites: definitely Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber, James Blake, The XX, G-Eazy, and Lorde.

What is the one thing you can’t live without?

The support from my mom and all of my wonderful friends and family. There is never a day that goes by where I don’t think about how incredibly lucky I am to have such great, loving people in my life.

Who is the one person that inspires you the most?

My momma. I can only imagine what being a young single mom must have been like for her, and she still managed to give me the world. She obtained a Master’s degree from USC while raising a kid and working full time, so if she can do that I feel like there is no reason I can’t continue to follow my dreams.

What is your motto to live by?

“Just keep swimming”. There are going to be tough days, and rough patches along the way. But that should never ever be a reason to give up. You gotta just keep swimming and eventually all of your hard work will pay off.

What advice would you tell someone who aspires to become a professional cheerleader?

It is going to take a lot of hard work and dedication. Not only by bettering yourself as an athlete and dancer, but by dedicating time and effort to your team! Never let the fear of competing with other talented girls keep you from showing up to an audition. If you have dreams of performing on a court, field, turf, or ice, you show up to that audition and stay confident in yourself and your abilities! You will hear a hundred “no’s” before that “yes” so just keep showing up to those auditions with a bright happy smile on your face. My best wishes go out to you.

Where do you see yourself in ten years?

I see myself very happy in ten years, as I am very happy now. Hopefully I’ll be traveling the world with my husband! Maybe recently have started a family? I will have completed college by then and will have put in my time as an NBA and NFL dancer ;) I know that as long as I keep working hard to accomplish my goals, only the best is to come.

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You can see Sativa-Skye and the rest of the Ladies of Ontario Fury at their next home game on February 13th at the Citizens Business Bank Arena.  For more information about the Ontario Fury, please visit their website here.

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Game Day With The Ladies of Ontario Fury

This past weekend, I spent some quality time with the Ladies of Ontario Fury. Game day is always special because at the Citizens Business Bank Arena, you can get up close and personal with the girls and because of the intimate setting, I always get some great photos of the girls in action.

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Cheerleader Profile: Ladies of Ontario Fury Dancer Brittany

Meet Brittany, third year member of the Ladies of Ontario Fury.

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Why did you become a professional cheerleader?

I’ve cheered and danced all my life so once it was time to make the transition from an adolescent all-star team, to the professional world, I was very excited and honored to be a part of such a great team in a very elite field!  Being a professional dancer is one of my greatest accomplishments and deepest passions!

What was your favorite experience as a professional cheerleader?

There’s no other adrenaline rush that can beat running onto the field with all of the fans cheering for you as you line up for the music to start, I love that of course!  But, I really enjoy our post game autograph sessions where I get to meet with our fans and connect on a personal level!

What is your favorite dance style?

I am the most trained and technically best at ballet, but I enjoy hip hop the most and it’s the most common in my industry!

What are the three words that describe you?

Passionate- I am consumed in doing the things I love with the utmost passion.
Dedicated- I am 100% committed and involved in everything I do to the end.
Playful- I am a girly girl and a tom boy all wrapped into one. I’m goofy and love adventure!

What is something that most people don’t know about you?

Most people don’t know that I was painfully shy growing up and I was bullied.  Only because of pageants was I able to overcome these obstacles, helping me develop into an outgoing, brave woman today who is proud to be your Miss California United States 2015-2016!

What is your guilty pleasure?

I LOVE frozen yogurt, you can call me a yogurt snob! ;)  I know the best spots and I have a rewards card at all of them.

What is the one thing you can’t live without?

I can’t live without WAZE!  With my very hectic lifestyle in LA, I rely on Waze to help me navigate my life on a timely schedule.

What is your motto to live by?

“She is clothed with dignity and strength, and laughs without fear of the future.”  Proverbs 31:25  I am a strong woman with integrity and have faith in God to take care of my life.

What advice would you tell someone who aspires to become a professional cheerleader?

It takes a lot of hard work and dedication.  It may not happen your first try, but a passionate person never gives up for what they truly want.  Stay in dance class and become knowledgeable in the industry.

Where do you see yourself in ten years?

In ten years I see myself living in Malibu, married with 2-3 children.  I hope to have starred in a few major motion picture films and owning my own pageant system!

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You can see Brittany and the rest of the Ladies of Ontario Fury at their next home game on February 13th at the Citizens Business Bank Arena.  For more information about the Ontario Fury, please visit their website here.

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Cheerleader Profile: Ladies of Ontario Fury Dancer Erika

Let’s get to know Erika, a third year member of the Ladies of Ontario Fury.

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Why did you become a professional cheerleader?

I was given the opportunity to start cheering/dancing at the age of 9, and ever since then I have been fully captivated by the sport!  Inspired by a former Clippers Spirit Dancer, it was my dream to perform in front of thousands of people someday & that someday finally is here!

What was your favorite experience as a professional cheerleader?

My favorite experience as a professional cheerleader was being selected to perform on a live television show in India called, “Extraaa Innings” for the Indian Premier Cricket League.  It was incredible to be able to take my profession overseas and to perform in front of millions of viewers!

What is your favorite dance style?

I have many different dance styles, but it’s a close tie between hip hop and bachata.

What is your favorite dance move? What is your go to dance move?

When in doubt, Pop Lock & Drop it!  The drop split is my go to dance move, and really gets the crowd pumped!

What are the three words that describe you?

Inspirational, Innovative, Adventurous

What is your favorite music genre? Who is your favorite musical artist?

Anything I can dance to is my favorite kind of music!  Lately I have been listening to a lot of Bollywood & Bachata music.  My favorite music artist is Jennifer Lopez, she is incredible!

What is your guilty pleasure?

Sweeeeeeeeeeeets! Cookies & Milk are my ultimate guilty pleasure snack.

Facebook, Instagram or Twitter? Or some other app.

I’m a very active instagram user, although I don’t like to be on my phone all the time.  My favorite app has to be shazam because when I listen to a new song & want to save it to my phone I immediately press the button and SHAZAM the song is saved!  It’s also great to see what kind of music is trending in other countries around the world!

Who is the one person that inspires you the most?

The one person who truly inspires me is my mother.  My mom is hard working, determined and lets no one bring her down.  I often catch myself doing things my mom would do and I am proud to say I am my mothers daughter.

What advice would you tell someone who aspires to become a professional cheerleader?

Keep focused.  Especially when it comes down to audition day, go in with a positive attitude and show the judges everything you have worked for all year!  There are hundreds of other girls who want that spot on the team, so make it known that you are hungry for it.

Where do you see yourself in ten years?

10 years from now I see myself starting new goals, and helping others achieve theirs!  I see my current business growing and would love to open more locations overseas in europe!  With a great support system, I would love to start a family of my own & be a supermom!  I plan on investing in a prestigious dance studio and prep future professional dancers/cheerleaders worldwide!  I want to inspire and volunteer my time by hosting students abroad into our community.  My ultimate goal is to receive the opportunity to be featured on Tedx or Forbes!

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You can meet Erika and the rest of the Ladies of Ontario Fury at their next home game on February 13th at the Citizens Business Bank Arena.  For more information about the Ontario Fury, please visit their website here.

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Top 10 Cheerleader Photos of 2015

Another year has come and gone and as we look back at 2015, we feature our top 10 favorite cheerleader photos from the past year.

10. Charlotte Honey Bee Kat at the 2015 P.R.O. Convention

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I have been going to the annual P.R.O. Convention in Atlanta for the past several years.  The P.R.O. Convention is the premiere professional cheerleading and dance convention in the world.  And every year, I get to photograph some of the most beautiful cheerleaders in professional sport and 2015 was no different.

This year, I was treated to a bevy of absolutely gorgeous Charlotte Honey Bees and one of them was a girl named Kat who looked stunning while doing something as mundane as learning a new dance routine.  Stunning….absolutely stunning.

9. Ladies of Ontario Fury Dancer Sativa-Skye

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The next image on this list is more about the girl than the photo.  To me, the real reason why this photo is compelling is because the girl, Ladies of Ontario Fury Dancer Sativa-Skye, is an amazing dancer and a beautiful girl.  I first saw her at last year’s Ladies of Ontario Fury auditions and I knew she would make the squad…she was that memorable.  In my opinion, she is a next level talent and she was a finalist for this year’s Phoenix Suns Dancers, barely missing the cut.  It is only a matter of time before she makes it big.  Comparing photos from last year to this year, you can see a beautiful and talented girl blossoming into womanhood.

Sativa-Skye is special and she’ll make it onto an NBA dance team soon, but for now we can enjoy her talents as a Ladies of Ontario Fury Dance Team member.

8. Los Angeles Laker Girl Jessie

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Last year I made it out to a LA D’fenders game to photograph the world renowned Laker Girls.  Los Angeles NBA D-League team is nothing special, but their cheerleaders are and whenever you get a chance to photograph one of the most iconic dance teams in professional sports, you should avail yourself of that opportunity.  And I did and I snapped this shot of Laker Girl Jessie, who is one of the most gorgeous girls on the squad.

Coincidentally, I photographed Jessie a few years ago at the PAC 10 Basketball Tournament at the Staples Center…she was cheering for the Arizona Wildcats at the time.

7. Jets flight Crew Cheerleader Tara at the 2015 P.R.O. Convention

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One of my favorite events to cover is the annual P.R.O. Convention in Atlanta.  It is the premier professional cheerleading and dance convention in the world…no lie…there are literally hundreds of gorgeous cheerleaders in attendance…and I pretty much get to shoot them all!  Now I’ve got to be honest and fess up that I had my eye on one particular girl, a pretty blonde Jets Flight Crew cheerleader named Tara.  And I made it a point to put her on my shoot list.

When I think of Tara, I think of the girl next door that you grew up with playing catch football and trapping polliwogs in the creek out back.  Then one day, perhaps when you come back from college for the holidays, you suddenly realize that this girl next door has grown up into the hot girl next door…who happens to be a professional cheerleader.

That who Tara is.  She’s a dream girl…a girl who loves to play and watch sports (hockey and football in her case) and is a professional cheerleader for the New York Jets!  What’s not to love.

Well, I got my chance to shoot her up close and personal…coincidentally, she was the last cheerleader I shot at P.R.O that year and we had a blast.  And this is my favorite shoot from that series, which you can see here!

6. St. Louis Rams Cheerleader Finalist

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Another one of my favorite events to shoot is the St. Louis Rams Cheerleaders Final Auditions.  Its unique for me in that it is a pageant style audition with three distinct phases to cover: an interview portion, an swimsuit portion and a dance portion.  So it makes for some interesting photographs and every year, the Rams seem to attract the hottest girls from the Midwest for their auditions.  And this year was no exception.

To me, the hottest girl at the audition was this girl, but unfortunately she didn’t make the cut. Ironic, since she was exceptionally good looking and a pretty good dancer.

I hope there will another audition for the St. Louis Rams next year but I think the odds are that they will be the first NFL team to relocate to Los Angeles.  Whether that’s in 2016 or 2017, who knows.

5. Minnesota Vikings Cheerleader Blair at the 2015 P.R.O. Convention

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The Minnesota Vikings Cheerleaders are one hot squad…one of my favorites to shoot at P.R.O.  And the hottest Minnesota Vikings Cheerleader is Blair.  I first saw her a few years ago at P.R.O. and she left a lasting impression with her drop dead gorgeous looks and amazing dance ability.

Its been a while since I last saw her and so I made it a priority to snap a few shots of this amazing cheerleader.  She has a lot of personality that shows when she dances and combined with her gorgeous looks, she’s has become one of my favorite cheerleaders to shoot.  It’s too bad I live in Los Angeles…Minneapolis is so far away.  But the Vikings have a new stadium next year, so a road trip might be in order!

4. Tennessee Titans Cheerleader Elizabeth at the 2015 P.R.O. Convention

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It has been my opinion that for the past several years, the Tennessee Titans Cheerleaders have one of the hottest squads in the NFL.  They have some of the most beautiful girls in the NFL and this year they got some super sexy new uniforms made by The Line Up…the leader in create performance apparel.  I have always believed that there are two things that make a hot squad: 1) hot girls and 2) sexy uniforms.  The Tennessee Titans Cheerleaders have both.  And the hottest Tennessee Titans Cheerleader is a second year veteran named Elizabeth.  I guess I have a soft spot in my heart for tall, leggy blondes that have pretty faces…so sue me.

Elizabeth is one of the most beautiful cheerleaders I have ever photographed and she is, like many of the other girls on this list, a great dancer.  That in combination with a sexy uniform makes for some compelling photographs and that is why this photo of Elizabeth is one of my top photos of 2015.

3. Charlotte Honey Bee Sam at the 2015 P.R.O. Convention

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The Charlotte Honey Bees have the hottest dance team in all of professional sports.  They have the hottest girls and some of the sexiest uniforms, if in a sort of minimalist way.  And I was fortunate to photograph most of them at the 2015 P.R.O. Convention in Atlanta.

One of the new girls at the convention that caught my eye was one named Sam and like the other girls on her squad, she is drop dead gorgeous and a great dancer.  Sam is tall, leggy and rather statuesque…which makes for some impressive images.  Another quality that she shares with her teammates is that she is very photogenic, particularly while performing.  There were many beautiful girls at P.R.O. but not all of them were photogenic and Sam was one the most photogenic girls there.

You can see more photos of this amazingly beautiful cheerleader here.

2. Charlotte Honey Bee Victoria at the 2015 P.R.O. Convention

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I said this before and I will say it again, the Charlotte Honey Bees are the hottest looking dance team in all of professional sports…bar none.  And it’s no coincidence that I have featured two girls from that squad, but the hottest cheerleader at P.R.O. and perhaps the hottest cheerleader in the NBA is a Charlotte Honey Bee named Victoria Vesce.

Victoria is a second year member of the Charlotte Honey Bees and she’s a dancer, model, and beauty pageant winner.  I have photographed many beautiful cheerleeaders over the years, but I cannot think of one that is more beautiful and photogenic than Victoria.  She is, perhaps, the most beautiful cheerleader I have ever photographed.  She is a rare beauty, indeed.

You can see more photos of her here and read more about her on her facebook page.

1. Charger Girl Shelbi Buchholz.

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Shelbi is one of my favorite Charger Girls to photograph because she has this wonderful joie de vivre while she dances along the sidelines.  I describe her as fun, sexy, flirty, joyful, exuberant, and playful.  She has this wonderfully vampish look at times and sometimes she has this wonderful girl next door look…and I don’t know which look I like better (okay…its Shelbi as the vamp).  Regardless, she always is pleasure to photograph because she rarely takes a bad or uninteresting photograph.  And it doesn’t hurt that she is remarkably good looking with her blonde locks and piercing blue eyes.

Vamp. Temptress. Girl next door.  All American girl.  Shelbi is all of these and more.  And for this, she makes the top of our list of favorite photographs of the year.

Here’s a bonus pic of our golden girl.

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2015 was a good year…a very good year.

Well that’s all for now…I don’t know what is ahead in the coming year, but I will endeavor to do my best to photograph the most beautiful cheerleaders in all of professional sports.

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The Wisconsin Badgers Dance Team at the 2015 Holiday Bowl Pep Rally

My good friend Mad Max the road warrior was in town…or I should say in the region to shoot a variety of sporting events over the holidays.  As is our custom anytime he is in the area, we get together to shoot a pep rally or two and catch up on old times.  You may remember, we’ve photographed the Wisconsin Pep Rallies in Southern California for the past two NCAA basketball tournaments.  And since the Badgers were in San Diego to play (and beat!) the USC Trojans in the 2015 Holiday Bowl, we decided to meet up at Wisconsin’s Pep Rally on December 29th.

The Badgers brought their entire spirit squad, but from my vantage point at the venue, I was only able to shoot the first line because the dance team was performing on a small platform that the girls had to stand in four or five lines deep.  They didn’t swap out the lines, so basically I only got shots of a few girls…but here’s what I got.

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