Flashback Friday – UCLA Dance Team Member

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The PAC 12 Basketball Tournament used to be held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and in between games, they used to hold a “battle of the bands” contest whereby the spirit squads and bands would perform for the crowd in attendance.  I attended a few of these events and brought my camera to take some photos of the festivities.

In this edition of Flashback Friday, we take a look at a UCLA dance team member from 2011.  Unfortunately, the PAC 12 Basketball Tournament is no longer held in Los Angeles…a victim of poor attendance.  The PAC 12 brain trust wisely moved the tournament to Las Vegas, where attendance has skyrocketed…I wonder why.

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Flashback Friday – St. Louis Rams Cheerleader Tiffany

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The Los Angeles Rams were my team when I was growing up and to this day, the Rams have a soft spot in my heart.  Back in 2012, I decided to expand my photographic horizons by photographing the 2012 St. Louis Rams Cheerleaders auditions for UltimateCheerleaders.com.

I had always thought that the St. Louis Rams Cheerleaders were hot and they wore some of the most sexy uniforms in the NFL, which were designed by the same designer (Angela King Twitero) who makes the Charger Girls uniforms.  So it was a “no brainer” to want to shoot their auditions.  Thankfully, their director Keely Fimbres was supportive of our efforts and we were granted credentials to shoot the event.

The final auditions were a pageant style audition showcase and the 2011 captains kicked off the festivities with a brief dance performance, where I was able to take this wonderful photograph of Captain Tiffany.

Oh and if you are wondering what a pageant style cheerleader audition looks like…well click here to find out.

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Flashback Friday – Washington Redskins Cheerleader Amanda

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Road trips are always fun and a few years ago I was able to catch a Washington Redskins game in Landover, MD.  I have never been to D.C. and technically, I still haven’t been, but I’ve always wanted to go.  Unfortunately, FedEx Field was as close as I got.

Back then, one of the squads that I always wanted to photograph was the Washington Redskins Cheerleaders because they had one of the hottest cheerleading squads in the NFL and they wore the sexiest uniforms in professional cheerleading…kind of ironic because the Mid Atlantic states tend to be rather conservative, particularly when you get to the more rural areas.  People out there love their religion, love their football, and love their cheerleaders to wear skimpy outfits…and so do I!

Anyway, this photo was taken before the game at one of the ticketed party areas inside the stadium.  Two lines of the WRC made appearances there and they performed for 10 minutes each session…and I mean 10 minutes of solid and continuous dancing.  That was something that I had never seen before…a squad dancing for that long at a pregame party.

Good times!

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Flashback Friday – Ladies of Ontario Fury

A few days ago, I learned that the Ontario Fury has decided not to field a dance team this year.  With the passage of the cheerleader minimum wage law in California, the economics of offering a dance team did not work for the Ontario Fury and I would imagine several other minor league sports are also feeling the pinch.  I know that the San Diego Sockers came to the same conclusion last year and the Socker Girls were eliminated.

Fact of the matter is that although professional cheerleaders were egregiously underpaid over the years, dance teams are a significant expense for most franchises and in an era of increasing costs, they have become, in many cases, expendable.  And that is truly unfortunate because I know first hand the value of the Ladies of Ontario Fury and the goodwill that they fostered for the organization with their public appearances, community outreach efforts and junior cheerleader programs.

For me this loss is devastating because I have covered the Ladies of Ontario Fury and their predecessor organization, the Anaheim Bolts Dance Team, for several years.  And the most impressive thing is that under the direction of Lynae de Leon, these two programs have been a hot bed of dance talent and a breeding ground for major league cheerleaders.  Lynae’s girls have gone on to perform with the Laker Girls, Charger Girls, Clippers Spirit, Sacramento Kings, 49ers Gold Rush, Denver Broncos and the Los Angeles Rams Cheerleaders.

In this Flashback Friday post, we recognize the Lynae’s efforts in developing dance talent to fulfill their potential and achieve higher level success.  So here are a few of Lynae’s girls from the past few years that have made it to the next level.  We present: McKenzie, Sativa-Skye, Kellie, Lizzie, Krista, Courtney, Diana, Alex, and Madison.

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I hope the Ontario Fury finds the resources to bring back the Ladies of Ontario Fury because they are an asset that cannot be described by mere dollars alone.

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Calibrate Your Monitor in Windows For Best Color Representation

I bought a new ultra book laptop and I was reminded that for the best color representation, you should calibrate your monitor. While perusing some of the websites that I frequent commonly, I noticed that the colors were a bit off…too yellowish green. Windows has a nice tool to calibrate your display and the following video shows you how to do so.

As for Mac users, I am at a loss as I am strictly a Windows guy. I suppose you’ll have to use google to figure out how to calibrate your Mac.

So, if you want to optimize your viewing enjoyment of this site and others, by all means calibrate your monitor!

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Flashback Friday – Los Angeles Chargers Audition Hopeful

The Chargers held their first auditions in their new hometown this past May and the turnout was amazing.  I recognized many former cheerleaders from a variety of professional and semi-professional teams, as well as cheerleaders from several notable universities.  Los Angeles is a hot bed of dance talent and that was readily apparent on this day.

I was well acquainted with one of the audition hopefuls, having photographed her many times at Ontario Fury games. Jessica is a member of the Ladies of Ontario Fury and I have enjoyed photographing her over the past few years. She is a next level dancer and I think we will be seeing her on a major league dance team soon.

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Flashback Friday – Los Angeles Raiderette Michelle Budano

Long before I became a Chargers season ticket holder, I used to be a Los Angeles Raiders season ticket holder.  That was back in the 1990’s…yeah…that long ago.  Football in L.A. was cool and the Raiderettes were very accessible.  Back then, they would come out an hour before kickoff and go up into the seating area and take photos with the fans and sign autographs.  There wasn’t that barrier between the fans and the Raiderettes that you have today.  It was a different time, a more innocent time before things became more serious and unsafe, if you know what I mean.

One of my favorite Raiderettes back then was a girl name Michelle Budano.  She and her sister Melissa were on the team together and it was special.  So in this edition of Flashback Friday, let’s take a look at one of Football’s Fabulous Females…Michelle Budano.

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