2018 P-R-O Convention All Star: University of South Florida Sun Doll

There were many professional cheerleading squads and dance teams at this year’s P-R-O Convention in Atlanta.  And there were a few college dance teams there as well.  One of them was the University of South Florida Sun Dolls, a long time participant at the event.  They have a nice little squad that kind of reminds me of a pro style dance team with pro style uniforms and pro style choreography.

Well our next 2018 P-R-O Convention All Star is one of those USF Sun Dolls and I am sure that we’ll see her the sidelines on a Sunday or  basketball court soon.  Unfortunately, I didn’t get her name…I thought I would get it off the internet on the Sun Dolls’ roster page after the convention, but alas it was not to be. 

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2018 P-R-O Convention Memories – The Jets Flight Crew

It was a very busy weekend and I would have liked more one on one time with members of several squads that were in attendance at the 2018 P-R-O Convention in Atlanta.  Unfortunately, there wasn’t the opportunity to be able to feature as many girls as I would have wanted to and one squad that I would have like to have spent more time with was the New York Jets Flight Crew.  And though I didn’t get any one on one time with them, I did get a nice team photo that I wanted to share with our readers.

So without further ado, Denise Garvey’s New York Jets Flight Crew.

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15 Years and Counting: The 2018 P-R-O Convention – Part Two

It was an amazing weekend of dance with some of professional sports hottest cheerleaders and dancers.  There were the usual teams that brought large contingents, you know the Texans, Vikings, Redskins, Cardinals, Titans, Jets Flight Crew, and the Falcons.  And there were teams that brought smaller groups like the Wizards, Honey Bees, Checkmates, and the Buccaneers.  There were a few squads from minor league teams and there were a few college dance teams.  There were even a couple of cheerleaders from Japan that made the trek all the way to Atlanta.

All in all, it was another great year for this auspicious event, the 15th P-R-O Convention.

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The P-R-O Convention in Atlanta is the premier professional cheerleading convention and attracts the very best professional cheerleaders and choreographers in the nation. Squads from the NFL, NBA, NHL, and minor league baseball gathered in Atlanta for a fun filled weekend of dance, team building and networking.

The staff of All-Pro3 gave UltimateCheerleaders.com exclusive access to the convention’s events.  In the second part of my article, we continue our coverage of P-R-O with a report on Sunday’s events.

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SUNDAY

Sunday is always a day that seems packed full of things to do because there is always a lot of dances to learn in a short amount of time.  It’s also getaway day and things get started off early.

Promptly at 8:00 am, the doors were opened to the ballroom and things got under way.  Guest instructor Jerod Fewell started things off by getting the girls stretched out and warmed up.

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Sideline Blitz

For the past few years, the staff have put together a mashup of mini dances that they call the Sideline Blitz.  Each instructor comes up to the stage and choreographs a couple of eight counts and they run the steps a few times before the next instructor comes up and repeats the process.  When all of the sequences have been introduced, they run the music and let it go.  It’s a fun little exercise that gets the girls all pumped up and ready for the real dance instruction to come.

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Session 1

After the Sideline Blitz, it was time for the first session of dance instruction.  There would be four classes in this hour: Derric Whitfield – booty shaking hip hop, Theresa Baugus – rock/kick line, Brandii McCoy – Country, and Denise Garvey – classic rock.

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At the conclusion of the instruction, the girls would showcase what they learned in the grand ballroom.

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Session 2

After the first showcase, the girls hurried off to their next scheduled round of sessions.  In this portion, there were four more classes taught: Alto Gary – funky sass, Jakene Ashford – jazz, Jerod Fewell – funk, Catapult Fit – fitness technique.

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Once again, the girls gathered in the grand ballroom to showcase the dances they had just learned.

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Session 3

At 12:00 p.m., the girls came together for the last dance session. Four more dances were taught: Katie Gibbons – jazz, Kristina Phppen – jazz, Tara Battiato – holiday, Ginger – pom.

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After the instructional period, the girls gathered one final time to showcase what they had learned.

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After the final showcase, all the girls were called back to the floor to perform the group dance to close out P-R-O. One last dance, one last time.  And with that, the 15th edition of the P-R-O Convention came to a close.  I can’t wait to see these routines performed on the field and court side in the season to come.

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I would like to thank Brandii McCoy, Alto Gary, Tracy Rutledge and the staff of AllPro3 for allowing me to cover the 2017 P-R-O Convention.  I had another amazing experience covering your convention.

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2018 P-R-O Convention Memories – NFL Cheerleaders from Japan

Over the years, a trend has developed whereby gifted dancers from Japan have traveled to the United States to make their professional cheerleading dreams come true. And this year, there were two Japanese cheerleaders at P-R-O who made it on to NFL teams: Azusa from the Washington Redskins Cheerleaders and Sayuri from the Tennessee Titans Cheerleaders.

The NFL is a sport with world wide reach. I know we have had a few Australians, at least two British and several cheerleaders from Latin America that have made it onto NFL squads in recent years, so it is no surprise that we would have talented cheerleaders from Japan that have been apart of this wonderful experience. More power to them.

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We have more to share from the 2018 P-R-O Convention, so check back soon for our Day 2 coverage with more than 150 images of the hottest cheerleaders in professional sports.

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2018 P-R-O Convention All Star: Houston Texans Cheerleader Sierra Q.

Our next 2018 P-R-O Convention All Star was one of the freshest faces at the convention and her bubbly personality really stood out.  She is a rookie Houston Texans Cheerleader and I am sure we will see more of her in the future…introducing Sierra Q., our newest 2018 P-R-O Convention All Star.

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There were more than 250 amazing cheerleaders in attendance at the convention. Check back soon to see who is our next 2018 P-R-O Convention All Star.

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2018 P-R-O Convention All Star: Arizona Cardinals Cheerleader Coley

Our next 2018 P-R-O Convention All Star is from San Diego and a two year member of the Arizona Cardinals Cheerleaders.   When I first saw her a couple years ago at the Arizona Cardinals Cheerleaders auditions, she reminded me of a young, blonde Demi Moore.  She is another one of those cheerleaders who is beautiful, talented and photogenic…aren’t they all!  Introducing Arizona Cardinals Cheerleader Coley…our newest 2018 P-R-O Convention All Star.

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There are many more 2018 P-R-O Convention All Stars to come and please check back in a few days for our Day 2 coverage of the 2018 P-R-O Convention where will feature even more amazing cheerleaders and dancers.

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15 Years and Counting: The 2018 P-R-O Convention – Part One

“To dance is to be out of yourself. Larger, more beautiful, more powerful.. This is power, it is glory on earth and it is yours for the taking”
― Agnes De Mille

This is the fifteenth year that the P-R-O Convention has been providing usable choreography to professional cheerleaders and dancers.  Few such business endeavors endure that test of time and that is testament to the people behind this effort and the nature of the service they provide.  I think it is because of their love of dance and their passion that this convention has endured so long.

I have been coming to this event since 2010 and every year, I challenge myself to get the best images that I am able and to capture the spirit of the dancers and choreographers that make this event special.  It is grueling work, but it is my passion that makes me strive to be the best I can be with respect to documenting this wonderful event and it is this desire that keeps me coming back each year for more…nine years and counting.

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The P-R-O Convention is the premier professional cheerleading convention and over 250 dancers from all over the country gathered in Atlanta, Georgia for two days of intensive dance training and team building.  This year, we celebrate the 15th year anniversary of the P-R-O Convention.  And if you weren’t in Atlanta, keep on reading to see what it is like to be a part of this wonderful event.

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2018 P-R-O Convention All Star: Charlotte Honey Bee Lauren

One of my absolute favorite dance teams to photograph at P-R-O is the Charlotte Honey Bees. There are, as I have said before, arguably the hottest dance team in all of professional sports and this year, they have some amazingly beautiful and photogenic dancers. And our next 2018 P-R-O Convention All Star is a veteran Honey Bee and a former Charlotte Panther TopCat named Lauren. She is a great dancer and remarkably photogenic. So without further ado, introducing Honey Bee Lauren, a 2018 P-R-O Convention All Star.

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Who is next?  Check back tomorrow because we have many more 2018 P-R-O Convention All Stars to feature and be sure check out our Day 1 coverage of the 2018 P-R-O Convention which will published on Monday.  That article features more than a hundred and fifty images of your favorite cheerleaders taken on the first day of the convention…you don’t want to miss that.

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2018 P-R-O Convention All Star: Tennessee Titans Cheerleader JoJo

The Tennessee Titans Cheerleaders are one of my favorite squads to photograph and this year they brought an impressive contingent of girls.  And one of the freshest faces at this year’s convention was a second year Titans Cheerleader named JoJo, our next 2018 P-R-O Convention All Star.  She kind of reminds me of the actress, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, who played Gina, the sister of Tony Montana in the 1983 movie Scarface.  Needless to say, that movie was a little bit before her time and we had to look it up on the internet so I could convey to her the resemblance, but it is a point well taken.  JoJo is quite photogenic and I appreciated that she changed into her game day uniform skirt for this photo session…something that made her session more special.

So let’s take a closer look at our next 2018 P-R-O Convention All Star…Tennessee Titans Cheerleader JoJo.

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2018 P-R-O Convention All Star: Houston Texans Cheerleader Mallory

Our 2018 P-R-O Convention coverage is here!  It was another amazing weekend of dance and I took more 7,800 photos during the course of the two day event.  And as I begin the laborious process of individually selecting and post processing the hundreds of final images, let me whet your appetite by beginning our coverage with a true All Star…Houston Texans Cheerleader Mallory.

I first met Mallory a few years ago when she was a rookie Texans cheerleader at this convention and what stood out in my mind was that she placed herself front and center in the ballroom, something that more veteran and talented cheerleaders do.  That takes a lot of moxie to do that…and frankly…she kicked ass.  Needless to say, I was duly impressed.

So as I finish up my image editing, let’s take a look at our first 2018 P-R-O Convention All Star…Mallory.

 

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