In this week’s edition of Flashback Friday, we take a look back to 2009 to one of the fan favorite Charger Girls…Casie. I seem to remember her as a rookie, looking young and wide eyed innocent, but by the next year, she was an experienced Charger Girl who played it up to the crowd and earned the devotion of the fans in our section.
So let’s enjoy this look back to 2009, when the Chargers were still in love with San Diego and San Diego was still in love with the Chargers. You stay classy, San Diego!
This past Sunday, the Los Angeles Rams held their preliminary auditions for their 2019 cheerleading squad. As you might expect after a Super Bowl appearance, interest in the Rams is at an all time high and the preliminary auditions attracted over 250 young women and men.
Last season, the Los Angeles Rams became the first NFL team to select a male, two to be exact, for their dance team. The Baltimore Ravens and Indianapolis Colts have had co-ed stunt teams for several years, but I believe the Rams were the first team to select a male for their dance team. The New Orleans Saints also selected a male for their dance team last year, but I believe they held their auditions after the Rams.
This year, there were several men in attendance at the preliminary auditions and there were two very special individuals with unique qualities that also tried out. This was in addition to the two hundred talented young women who were among this year’s hopefuls.
I think you could certainly say that these auditions were the most inclusive in history. And judging by the caliber of young men and women trying out, these auditions were certainly most auspicious…perhaps an indication of the shape of things to come.
More images after the break.
In 2015, I said the Charlotte Honey Bees was the hottest dance team in professional sports and that was not an exaggeration. I photographed the Honey Bees at the 2015 P-R-O Convention in Atlanta and I saw them in the flesh and they did not disappoint.
One of the most beautiful and photogenic cheerleaders a the convention was Laura from the Charlotte Honey Bees. She was perhaps the most striking of the Honey Bees and that is a compliment because that entire squad was absolutely gorgeous. I guess Michael Jordan likes them hot looking…who am I to go against the wishes of the G.O.A.T.
Here’s a bonus pic of Lauren.
In this edition of Flashback Friday, we take a look back at the 2017 Los Angeles Charger Girls auditions. Held at UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion, the Charger Girls auditions attracted over 250 girls from Southern California and included former cheerleaders from the Laker Girls, Clipper Spirit, Arizona Cardinals Cheerleaders, 49ers Gold Rush, Ladies of Ontario Fury, the UCLA Dance Team and other notable local dance teams.
One of the former cheerleaders in attendance was a former 49ers Gold Rush member and a former Ladies of Ontario Fury dancer named McKenzie. I photographed her while she was cheering on the MASL Ontario Fury and I remember her as being one heck of a dancer, so it didn’t surprise me when she made the 49ers Gold Rush in 2016. A number of McKenzie’s Ladies of Ontario Fury dancers would go on to other major league cheerleading squads, such as the Sacramento Kings Dancers, Clippers Spirit, Los Angeles Rams Cheerleaders, Laker Girls, Denver Broncos Cheerleaders, and of course, the Charger Girls.
Here’s a bonus pic of McKenzie.
In 2011, I made the trek up to Sacramento, California to cover the Sacramento Kings Dancers auditions and it was quite an experience. The auditions were held at the Thunder Valley Casino and the ballroom had a nice black backdrop that nicely accented the performance area. All in all, it was ideal photo shoot location.
There were many beautiful and talented dancers in attendance that day and the above image was of one of the hottest dancers I have ever photographed at an audition. She was a returning veteran and definitely had the NBA dancer look. It’s no surprise that she made the squad again and I got some remarkable photos of her that night.
In this week’s Flashback Friday, we take a look at one of the hottest cheerleaders in the NFL, Tennessee Titans cheerleader Elizabeth. This photo was taken at the 2015 P-R-O Convention in Atlanta where I first saw her. And from that first moment, I knew Elizabeth was special. Fast forward to the 2018 season and Elizabeth is now a team captain…special indeed.
The Titans have an amazing squad and I was fortunate that their team was wearing their game day uniforms, which always make for a more colorful and interesting image. See what I mean.
Yeah, I’m not sure why I’m posting this photo of Laker great Kobe Bryant in a blog dedicated to professional cheerleading except for…it’s Kobe “freaking” Bryant. Okay, there are a couple of Laker Girls in the background.
I went to Fiesta Lakers to shoot the Laker Girls and look who showed up…true story.
In this edition of Flashback Friday, we take a look back at one of the most popular Charger Girls of all time…Marlina Moreno. She always seemed to get a lot of attention from the people in my section, Field Level 39, and from the people who sneaked down into our section to get a better look at the lovely Miss Marlena.
This photo was taken at one of the last Halloween dress up days. The Charger Girls used to dress up in these costumes if game day fell within a day or two of Halloween, but they seemed to stop dressing up after the 2009 season. I think that might have been because the Halloween costumes got to be a little too skimpy or overtly sexy. In October, we have great weather in Southern California and one year the girls were wearing some costumes that showed a lot of skin. Perhaps that’s what did in this festive tradition. I don’t know for sure, but I know that there were many fans who were very disappointed.
As for me, I didn’t mind so much because I feel the regular Charger Girl uniform is a classic, one of the most remarkable and second only to the venerable Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders uniforms.
But getting back to Charger Girl Marlina…here’s another photo from that Halloween dress up game day.
In this edition of Flashback Friday, we take a look back at 2013 Charger Girl Jessica. Jessica was also a member of the 2013 Anaheim Bolts Dance Team and that squad had a number of girls who would go on to big league cheerleading squads, like the Charger Girls, Clippers Spirit, Los Angeles Rams Cheerleaders, and the Laker Girls…pretty much all of the major league dance teams in Southern California.
That 2013 Anaheim Bolts Dance Team was coached by Lynae De Leon, a former Clippers Spirit dancer who had a reputation for developing dance talent as Director of the Anaheim Bolts Dance Team and later as the Director of the Ladies of Ontario Fury. Jessica was one of Lynae’s girls who made it up to the big leagues and all of them were special.
Here’s a bonus pic of Jessica as an Anaheim Bolts Dance Team member.
I get to see a lot of beautiful cheerleaders at the annual P-R-O Convention in Atlanta and in 2015, one of the prettiest cheerleaders in attendance was a young and memorable Jets Flight Crew cheerleader named Tara. She left a lasting impression and for good reason. A couple of years later, Tara would try out for the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders and make that squad…and the DCC seem to select only special girls and Tara was special.
Here’s a couple of bonus pics. If I recall correctly, I took these photos after the convention had officially ended. Tara and a couple of Jets Flight Crew cheerleaders had a later flight back to New York (they usually leave early on Sunday) and I asked her to pose for me before the staff took down this backdrop. We hurried up and got these photos…the very last of that convention.