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GETTING TO KNOW CHEERLEADING HOPEFUL ALLIE J.

Posted by Kevin Bowen on April 9, 2013 – 3:00 pm

The Indianapolis Colts are in the midst of trimming down a group of ladies that started over 100 into a final roster that will comprise the 2013 Indianapolis Colts Cheerleading Squad. Training began back in January and the team will hold final auditions for 49 women on April 17. Over the next week Colts.com will introduce you to a few of the hopefuls. Below is Allie J, a native of Centerville, Ohio and is a two-year veteran with the Colts.

Allie J., Centerville, Ohio

Past cheerleading or dance experience:  Allie was a cheerleader all through high school, including winning a dozen national championships through competitive cheerleading. She made the transition to NFL cheerleading after coaching and doing choreography for local teams. Allie has spent the last two years on the Colts Cheerleading Squad.

Main reason on why she tried out this season: I was a cheerleader for the past two seasons and it’s just gotten better and better each year. I could only imagine this would be the best year yet,” Allie said.

Favorite TV show:  Dance Moms

Favorite Movie:  The Social Network

Favorite Actor:  Anthony Hopkins

Favorite Musical Artist/Group:  Bing Crosby

Favorite Song to Cheer or Dance to:  “Taking Care of Business” by Bachman Turner Overdrive.

Favorite community experience with Colts:  The Henryville Tornado cleanup with members of the Colts staff.

Advice for aspiring cheerleaders:  “Be confident. That’s what it’s all about. It’s a big game of confidence and if you come prepared and you do your homework than you will be fine,” Allie said.

Cheerleading hopeful Allie J.

Cheerleading hopeful Allie J.


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GETTING TO KNOW CHEERLEADING HOPEFUL JULIA P.

Posted by Kevin Bowen on April 8, 2013 – 1:37 pm

The Indianapolis Colts are in the midst of trimming down a group of ladies that started over 100 into a final roster that will comprise the 2013 Indianapolis Colts Cheerleading Squad. Training began back in January and the team will hold final auditions for 49 women on April 17. Over the next week Colts.com will introduce you to a few of the hopefuls. Below is Julia P., a native of Delphos, Ohio and is a two-year veteran with the Colts.

Julia P., Delphos, Ohio

Past cheerleading or dance experience:  Julia danced for five years growing up, along with cheering competitively in high school and for the basketball team. She would go on to cheer for one year in college and has been a member of the Colts Cheerleading Squad each of the last two seasons.

Main reason on why she tried out this season:  “I’ve been on the squad for two years so it’s something that I love. I know I’m not going to be able to do it forever and it’s going to be absolutely heart wrenching to (eventually) give it up. I see it every year, every single vet that has to walk away, I’m not looking forward to that because it’s going to be hard,” Julia said.

Key factors that she thinks the staff is looking for when filling out a squad:   “I think definitely your dance, your technique. Showmanship is huge because you could have the greatest technique in the world but if you aren’t fun to watch and engage the fans when you’re dancing on the sidelines, than that’s not really a great fit for an NFL team,” Julia said.

Favorite TV show:  Friends

Favorite Movie:  Pretty Woman

Favorite Actress:  Julia Roberts (not just because they share a first name)

Favorite Musical Artist/Group:  Michael Buble

Favorite part about cheering for the Colts:   “I love to perform so definitely the games are a great aspect of cheering but I do really love appearances because just seeing a look on a kid’s face or a fan that is meeting you for the first time. That’s the closest some people will ever get to the Colts. It’s really neat to see when you make someone’s day so I love that,” Julia said.

Advice for aspiring cheerleaders:  “If you are even close to thinking about doing it, then go for it. Before I tried out, I didn’t think it was attainable. I really did not think I had a shot at making it. You just always have to pursue things that are tough and go for it. If anything, you are going to learn something from it and make new friends along the way,” Julia said.

Cheerleading hopeful Julia P.

Cheerleading hopeful Julia P.


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GETTING TO KNOW CHEERLEADING HOPEFUL LAUREN M.

Posted by Kevin Bowen on April 4, 2013 – 1:16 pm

The Indianapolis Colts are in the midst of trimming down a group of ladies that started over 100 into a final roster that will comprise the 2013 Indianapolis Colts Cheerleading Squad. Training began back in January and the team will hold final auditions on April 17. Over the next week Colts.com will introduce you to a few of the hopefuls. Below is Lauren M., a native of Greenwood, Ind. who has previously cheered two seasons (2009, 2011) with the Colts.

Getting to know Lauren M.:

Past cheerleading or dance experience:  Lauren has been dancing since she was three-years old. She was a cheerleader in middle school and high school and was also on the Colts squad in 2009 and 2011.

Main reason on why she tried out this season:  “I’m excited for the new opportunities that the Colts Cheerleading Organization has this year. I’ve missed dancing and I’m just ready to be back on the field,” Lauren said.

Key factors that she thinks the staff is looking for when filling out a squad:   “They are looking for positive role models. Women that can be looked up to in the community. I think they are looking for women who have careers, not just looking to be a cheerleader. Just people that the fans can get to know and talk to,” Lauren said.

Favorite Song to Dance to:  “We Got it Going On” by Bon Jovi

Favorite TV show:  The Bachelorette, Revenge

Favorite Movie:  Legally Blonde

Favorite Actress:  Jennifer Aniston

Favorite Musical Artist/Group:  Lauren listens to a variety of genres. Country is Lauren’s favorite type of music and she also enjoys Broadway tunes.

Favorite Community Experience:   Singing Christmas carols at Riley Hospital. “Just going into each individual room and seeing the kids and their faces light up touched my heart,” Lauren said.

Advice for Aspiring Cheerleaders:  “Believe in yourself. You’re going to have your ups and your downs. You’re going to have your strengths and your weaknesses. Focus on your weaknesses and make them better. Just embrace your strengths and let those shine,” Lauren said.

Colts Cheerleading hopeful Lauren M.


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Natalie’s Notes #3-Q and A part 1

Posted by coltscheer on February 7, 2013 – 4:09 pm

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Hey, everyone! We’ve received a lot of questions on Twitter and Facebook so I thought I would go ahead and answer your questions in a Q and A format. I will answer any questions you have for me about auditions, appearances, games or any part of the NFL cheerleader life. I hope to give you all a little more insight into the professional cheerleader world.

Q: How much of your time is dedicated to being a Colts Cheerleader? – Erica

A: We, as cheerleaders, invest quite a bit of time in order to be ready for anything the season may throw at us. We practice for 4 hours twice a week as a squad. Then, there’s working out, appearances and even extra practice time on our own. So, it’s a lot more time than most would think! But, most girls are either a full-time student or have a full-time job, so if you manage your time wisely it can be done.

Q: Is being a Sr. in HS too early to try out for the team? – Abby

A: I actually auditioned and made the team my first year when I was a senior in high school! Yes, it is definitely possible!

Q: If you could only give one piece of advice to the rookies, what would it be? – Angela

A: I would have to say confidence! It is so important for each girl to be confident in everything they do throughout the whole audition process. So, no matter what color top you wear, how you perform, or the style of your hair as long as you are confident, then that’s half the battle!

Q: What kind of top do the girls typically wear to auditions? – Danielle

A: You will want to wear a top that shows your stomach and that you are comfortable in. Many will wear swim suit tops, sports bras or dance tops. (see Natalie’s Notes #2)

Q: I am only 5 feet tall. Would that hurt my chances of making the team? – Amber

A: Absolutely not! we have a full range of height on our squad. There is no height requirement or maximum for our team. So, it doesn’t matter if you are 4’10” or 6’2″, just rock it!

I hope these answers help you girls out! And remember, submit ANY questions to our Facebook or Twitter page and don’t forget to use hash tags #NataliesNotes and #ColtsCheer2013!

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Natalie’s Notes #2- Audition Attire

Posted by coltscheer on February 3, 2013 – 11:08 pm

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Hey, it’s Natalie and I’m back again for another round of my notes!

We’ve received a few questions about the kinds of tops to wear for auditions, so I thought I would go ahead and address the type of outfit to wear. As you can see on the website, every girl must show their stomach and legs throughout auditions. That being said, this is where girls really like to get creative and express their personality! Here are some tips on picking the BEST audition outfit for you.
Some girls will wear swimsuit tops, sports bras or dance tops. One main question to ask yourself when choosing a top is, “Can I dance in this?” Dancing is the main part of our auditions. We will learn approximately 4 routines, so you want to be able to move comfortably without any kind of wardrobe malfunction. Also ask, “Is this top flattering on me?” Everyone’s body is different, so every top isn’t going to look the same on every girl. Just because something looks great on a hanger or in a picture doesn’t necessarily mean it will look great on you. Choose something that will showcase your body the best! And most importantly, ask yourself, “Am I comfortable in this top?” The auditions alone are nerve racking enough, you don’t want to add being self conscious about your top into the mix. So, going off of what I said before, it may look great but if you are uncomfortable in it for any reason, then it’s not the top for you.
Now for your bottoms, most girls will wear shorts, though some choose to wear skirts. Either one works great. When choosing your shorts here are a few things to keep in mind. The fit is a big thing, you want to make sure they are form fitting so they show off your figure. That being said, you don’t want them to be too tight or too small, so make sure all private parts are completely covered ladies. Also make sure the length is proportionate to your body. For example, if you have shorter legs wearing long biker shorts is probably not the best choice for you.
Another important aspect of your audition outfit is tights! Yes, it is highly recommended for every girl to wear tights throughout auditions. Tights just give your legs a smoother and more polished look and what girl doesn’t want that? When choosing tights, make sure they match your skin tone! Wearing tights that are three shades too light or dark for you never looks good. It’s just like finding the right foundation. Tights can be found almost anywhere, ranging from your nearest Walmart to Hooters restaurants. But again, size and color are the most important things to remember when choosing them.
Now, once you’ve chosen your outfit, be sure to try it on before the first day of auditions. This will give you the chance to see what kind of bra you need to wear, make sure everything fits and that you won’t have any malfunctions on audition day. Check out colts.com to see pictures from last years auditions to get a more visual idea. My last bit of advice is that a little sparkle can go a long way. So whether it be sequins or rhinestones, adding a little to your outfit will only make it and you more noticeable! I hope this makes you aspiring cheerleaders feel more prepared for auditions.

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Sincerely,

Natalie

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