Buffalo Jill and Buffalo Bandette of The Week

Buffalo Jill and Buffalo Bandette of The Week
Natalie and Chrissy

Friday, April 18, 2014

Bandette of The Week Chrissy

This week, we focus on 4th year vet Chrissy as our Buffalo Bandette of The Week. Dancing on Kirsten's line on gamedays, she's become a lot more vocal and confident over the years and has been Kirsten's co-captain in 2014. Quite the change from the quiet girl she was in 2011 when she was a rookie surrounded by some vets who had a lot more experience than she does now. A big country music fan, she's hoping to be working in the sports industry one day when she's done dancing with the Bandettes if not sooner. The big key to her is finding a job she loves so it doesn't seem like work, something that few people wind up doing but the ones that do are the happiest I know. A romantic at heart, Chrissy feels her biggest strength is her willingness to help others, a trait that serves her well as one of the longer-tenured girls on the squad as she's someone the less experienced girls can go to for help. You can see all of Chrissy's photos at http://buffaloprocheerbuffalobandettes.shutterfly.com/bandettesindividualpics/487 Chrissy's secondary photo is from the 2nd home game against the Toronto Rock. Shown performing during the 1st quarter are Chrissy and Lauren K.
Chrissy and Lauren K

Buffalo Jill of The Week Natalie

This week, we take a look at rookie dancer Natalie as our Buffalo Jill of The Week. Spending gamedays in 2013 dancing between Lisa and Emmy on Lisa's line, this gorgeous redhead is originally from down south but has grown to love it in Buffalo since moving here for college. Buffalo isn't the only place she's spent time in for higher education. In addition to working on her BA in dance in Buffalo, she spent a summer in Chicago with the prestigious Giordano Scholarship dance program. With all that focus on dance, she definitely wants to keep dancing for several years to come and eventually teach children to dance as well. Natalie has another side to her as well. Here at the Buffalo Pro Cheer Blog, we've noted a few singers and even a professional actress. Natalie likes to paint so maybe one of these days we'll see some of her work in an art gallery just as we've seen Theresa on TV and Ashlee and Aimee onstage. You can see all of Natalie's photos at https://buffaloprocheerbuffalojills.shutterfly.com/jillsindividualpics/64808 Natalie's secondary photo comes from the 1st quarter of the Jets game. Shown along the sidelines are Allysha, Natalie, Emmy, and Shelby G.
Allysha, Natalie, Emmy, and Shelby G

Monday, April 14, 2014

Buffalo Jills Final Auditions

Alexandra Vitale of BuffaloBills.com was at Jills tryouts Sunday afternoon and shot some video and talked with Jills choreographer Kelli Wagner about her own  nervousness about what the new squad will  be like as well as with prospective rookie Shannon as well as Kelsey, Bandettes alum Carissa, and prospective rookie Mackenzie.
http://www.buffalobills.com/video/videos/Buffalo-Jills-Final-Auditions/c4f1fa14-db87-4849-9153-45c58a791767
The final list of numbers of which girls made the squad can be found at http://www.buffalojills.com/news_story.php?ID=28
Congratulations to those of you who made the cut. To those who didn't, take heart because with the way the squad has shrunk so much the past few years, a lot of girls who are easily good enough to make it don't get selected. You can either try out again next year (several girls who have missed the cut have come back to have noteworthy careers with the Jills like retired captains Lisa, Keisha, and Amanda F) or try something different. There are other avenues to cheer in the pros nearby like the Raptors Cheerleaders(1 former Jill currently is with them), Cavalier Girls (I know of 1 who went there...there may be more), and the Bandettes (several have chosen that route)to name a few. Maybe you'll even decide you like the other squad enough that you'll prefer that. I know a number of girls who did just that and never looked back. Either way, just to try out and put yourself out there says a lot about each of you, whether you made it or not.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Video from 1st cuts

Alexandra Vitale of BuffaloBills.com was at 1st cuts today and shot this video of today's 1st cuts of 2014 Buffalo Jills tryouts. Included are talks with Kelsey and prospective rookie Shannon in the video. Follow Alexandra at @alexandrabills on Twitter and go to http://www.buffalojills.com/news_story.php?ID=27 to see the audition numbers of the girls who made it through 1st cuts
http://www.buffalobills.com/video/videos/Buffalo-Jills-Day-2-Cut-Day-/4cb1575d-5daa-4f54-82d9-019bbc3dcafe

Friday, April 11, 2014

Bandette of The Week Chelsea

This week, we take a look at 5th year vet Chelsea as our Buffalo Bandette of The Week. Dancing on LB's line on gamedays, she's stepped up into a co-captain's role, a role she's long been well-suited for. The reason I say that is because on the Bandettes, a captain or co-captain is like a big sister to her linemates and Chelsea was already a devoted big sister even before joining the Bandettes. Her little sister was a common fixture at post-game parties when they were held at Pearl Street and was even with her in Toronto at the big halftime event with Hinder and the Jills. Chelsea didn't view having her little sister along as a chore but she did ensure her sister enjoyed herself all the time, which I'm sure she still does these days whenever they spend time together. Something tells me that they don't spend enough time together for Chelsea's taste. She thinks her biggest weakness is caring too much but truthfully, if more people were as caring as she is, I think the world would be a much better place. I've seen first hand and heard stories about how she's gone above and beyond for others...she truly sets a great example for others. You can see all of Chelsea's photos at https://buffaloprocheerbuffalobandettes.shutterfly.com/bandettesindividualpics/1198 Chelsea's secondary photo is from the Bandits-Swarm game when LB's line was signing autographs in the concourse before the game. Shown smiling for a photo are Kelsey and Chelsea.
Kelsey and Chelsea