Your Lady 716ers coaches!

Your Lady 716ers coaches!
Director LaToya and Coordinator Loren

Sunday, August 23, 2015

There's going to be not 1, but 2 dance teams with the 716ers this year!

We told you a couple of weeks ago about how Bandettes alum LaToya and Jills alum Loren will be heading up the Lady 716ers this season, with tryouts happening September 11 at King Charter Central School.
Well, there is also the new 716ers Street Crew. Headed up by Caitlin Bowers, this group will be the Hip Hop Dance team for the 716ers and planned to be a co-ed squad with tryouts taking place on September 25th at the King Charter Central School.
As far as Caitlin's credentials, she has performed for the Bill Evans Dance Company, Kristi Ann & Dancers, Tom Truss, and she has done work with the Kista Tucker Dance as well.
She has performed in the Boulder Jazz Dance Festival, the Built On Stilts, and Silk City Arts Festivals. She has choreographed for the New Dancers' Showcase at SUNY Brockport, multiple First Fridays, and the Boulder Jazz Dance Festival. You can contact her for more details at
If you have the desire to dance on a professional level, don't let the Jills being temporarily shut down dissuade you from pursuing your dreams. The 716ers have 2 squads to audition for now and the Bandettes have long been a gold standard when it comes to the NLL dance teams. I've talked to several young women over the years who wanted nothing except the Jills when it came to dancing/cheering on the pro level and I've always thought that was a shame. I know several girls who have loved the Bandettes enough that trying out for the Jills again was never a thought...and I'm sure there will be plenty who make it as a Lady 716ers squad member or a Street Team member that will love where they're at as well.

Friday, August 21, 2015

1st Annual Blondes Vs Brunettes Buffalo game-revisited

In 2009, a new kind of football game hit the Queen City as the BvB Buffalo organization put on its first ever game in October of that year and it started off with a very heavy Buffalo Jills presence with 2 players on the Brunettes and 8 of the Jills dancers there in support. Even the Jills blonde choreographer, Kelli Wagner, was on hand for a portion of the game and showed more loyalty to her director than to her own hair color!
Kelli showing off one side of her sign
The Brunettes Lisa, Murissa, Katie K, and Gabrielle
Blondes Jennifer, Christina, Lynn, and Jackie
Kelli couldn't stick around long as she had classes to teach at Fusion Dance Studio so she left the sign with Katie and the rest of the brunettes who, when they weren't selling raffle tickets, were cheering on the brunettes as hard as they usually did at Bills games.
Katie showing off one side of Kelli's sign
Jennifer and Gabrielle with raffle tickets for sale
At halftime, it was time for the Jills to really put on a show as they put on an inspired dance performance with 1st just the blondes and then the brunettes before they joined up to perform together.
As for the game itself, it was a close affair all game long as neither team could maintain enough momentum to get a real lead but the Jills' presence on the field wasn't restricted to the sidelines as the Brunette team's offense was powered by the running of 1998-2002 Jills alum Danielle H. The covergirl of the 2001-2002 Buffalo Jills Swimsuit Calendar picked up 1st downs with regularity and had a big TD early in the game as well as another big play on a reverse that led to a TD the next play.
Danielle making one of her big runs in the game.
Afterwards, both teams retired to Average Joe's Sports Bar for a victory party to collect awards, eat, drink, and even got shots bought for them by the game's referees. We were joined by Jills alum Francine (2000-02), still looking as great as she did during her cheering days.
Brunette MVP Danielle at the Victory Party

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From the Bandettes comes a photo from halftime of the March game against Toronto. This started out as a pose from Chrissy and Stephanie but when a few of the girls pose for a photo, many of the other girls will usually join in! lol
an impromptu squad photo

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Bandettes Dance clinic and tryouts set!

Date: Tuesday, Sept. 22
Registration: 6:30 p.m.
Learn/Practice Choreography: 7-9 p.m.
Cost: $20
*This is your chance to get familiar with the Bandette dance style and have your questions answered!*
Day One - Saturday, Oct. 3. Registration 12-12:30 p.m. Learn choreography 12:30-3 p.m.
Day Two - Sunday, Oct. 4. Arrival/review 12-12:30 p.m. Auditions 12:30-4:30 p.m.
Cost: $25 (Receive $5 discount if you also attend clinic)
Both clinic and tryouts will take place at Catalyst Fitness, 1402 French Rd., Depew, NY 14043.

Friday, August 14, 2015

2009 Buffalo Jills Open Practice-revisited

In 2009, the Jills started something that was a huge success both in raising funds for the squad and in reaching out to the community. Their Open Practice, just a few days after the Calendar Release Party, was held in the Bills Fieldhouse where the Jills have normally practiced over the years. They started advertising the event in late August as an event in which the younger generation of cheerleaders could come and work with the pros for an evening before showing off what they learned. Since it was the 1st of these events to be put on, we weren't sure what kind of turnout we'd get so when the entrance to the Fieldhouse started overflowing with children and their coaches and parents, we were happily surprised.
Kelli going over how things will work
After Kelli went over how the event would go, the captains led everyone through stretching exercises before splitting everyone off into groups led by 3-4 Jills dancers while the Ambassadors started circulating around, talking to parents and coaches about the Jr Jills program as well as selling raffle tickets for the prizes donated by the Bills and other sponsors.
Ambassadors Ruby, Amanda, and Laura
I spent the bulk of the evening walking around, getting photos of the Jills dancers leading their young charges through practice and talking with the ambassadors and with Stefanie. Stefanie, in her 4th season with the Jills in 2009, had injured her foot and was sidelined for a few weeks.
Anna and Kaitlin working with one group
Kelly Ann and Nichole
Vincenza gives one little lady some one-on-one instruction
After the Jills got all their proteges trained in a routine, they demonstrated what they learned for the parents and coaches in attendance and followed that up with a dance performance by the Jills dancers alone before they split back up into groups to pose for pictures before everyone but the Jills left for the evening, who had to stick around to continue their own practice.
Loren, Amanda, and Katy with Loren's protege
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From the Bandettes comes a photo from halftime of the March game against Toronto. In 2015, the Bandettes had a large influx of rookies but they had but 2 in 2014. What they lacked in numbers, they made up for in beauty though as seen in this photo of these two young women. Shown posing for the camera are Janelle and Mandy.
Janelle and Mandy

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Lady 716ers moving forward

As many may know, last season's 716ers Girls dance team was short-lived and we only got to see them in action early in the season. In an effort to make improvements on whatever caused that, the Lady 716ers Dance Team is taking a new direction for the 2015-16 season. To start with, their new coordinator is no stranger to the Buffalo dance/cheer scene. Spending 4 seasons on the sidelines at Ralph Wilson Stadium as a member of the Buffalo Jills, including the last two as co-captain, Loren is well-qualified to lead this squad forward into the future. Besides her experience as a Jill, she brings to the job outstanding choreographical skills, class, and a strong work ethic.
Director LaToya and Coordinator Loren
Their new director also brings pro experience to the job as 2015 Buffalo Bandettes rookie LaToya was hired for the job earlier in the week. Besides her time on the Bandettes, LaToya spent 2014 as a member of the Queen City Classic Dance Team. I haven't known LaToya as long as I have Loren so the biggest thing I can say about her based on personal observations is that with her as director, the squad will definitely be great in front of the camera as LaToya was an ace in that area this spring.
LaToya and Loren are hitting the ground running as they're already hard at work getting set for tryouts next month. September 11 is the date and the King Charter Central School is the location as tryouts take place from 6-8 that evening with registration starting at 5:30. The audition fee is $15 and if you make the squad, you will make that back as the 14 spots on the squad are a paid gig!
In addition, they're launching a kid's dance program with auditions for that happening on September 18th! They'll be taking 60 kids ages 12-17. Email for more info.