A relatively recent phenomenon is the number of dancers from Japan who try out and make it onto NFL and NBA dance teams. This year there were a few pro cheerleaders from Japan who made to P-R-O.
(From left to right: Sayuri – Titans, Nao – Vikings, Masako – Redskins, Nami – Jets, and Mari – Titans)
In my experience, dancers from Japan tend be very technical and skilled and I can understand why they would want to come to America and try their hand at making an NBA or NFL squad…it’s the pinnacle of professional cheerleading.
My thanks to Redskins Cheerleader Captain Masako for rounding up all the professional cheerleaders from Japan that were here in Atlanta.