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