Saturday featured a pair of Jills appearances to be covered, both featuring a performance by Jackie, Loren, Eileen, Omarlla, and Ayeshia.
First up was the Day of Dance appearance at the Eastern Hills Mall. Unfortunately, road and traffic conditions caused me to just miss the dance performance that the Jills were joined in by a few members of the Jr Jills. Day of Dance, sponsored by Kaleida Health, was an event designed to help teach families about staying healthy through dance. Besides the Jills performing as well as handing out info on the Jr Jills program and on Jills auditions coming up, other groups performed dances as well. One of those groups put on a West African dance routine and invited several members of the audience up on stage to learn and participate, including Lisa and Valerie, on hand to cheer on their squadmates.
The evening's appearance was a little bigger, the annual Buffalo Jills Adult Comedy Show at Club Paradise in Blasdell. In addition to the above-mentioned performance, there were 3 comedians who took the stage to entertain the crowd. First up was local comedian Dan Pordum, who put on a show talking about, among other things, how much better Buffalonians handle bad weather than other people around the nation. Check out his website at http://www.danpordum.com/ The 2nd comedian onstage was no stranger to Jills fans as he's been running the 103.3 The Edge Away Game Parties the past 2 seasons. I'm talking of course about Edge DJ and Program Director James. You can check out a little more about him, as well as see him perform a few of the jokes he performed at the Comedy Show at Skunkpost, who sat down with him last month at Mode Restaurant. Check it out at http://www.skunkpost.com/news.sp?newsId=1407 The final comedian, Jocko Alston, is from Montreal and touched on a variety of topics including how similar dance styles actually are and raved about how beautiful Buffalo women are, based on the solid representation from the Buffalo Jills. Jocko has a few DVDs out on the market and, at the end of the show, sold some with a portion of the sales going to the Jills Calendar Shoot fund, helping cover some of the costs of the Jills' trip to Jamaica in May to shoot their 2010-2011 Swimsuit Calendar. Take a look at Jocko's site, complete with clips, DVDs, and tour dates. http://www.jockoalston.com/
This year's Jills Comedy Show also featured a few extra celebrities of a sort in the audience. One thing that I, as someone who's gotten to know many of the Jills over the years, looks forward to with these events, is when Jills alumni show up to support their former squadmates. I'm not alone in this by any means as current members of the squad get pretty excited to see former squadmates show up as well. This event featured longtime Jills Ambassador Captain Kelly (2002-08) as well as a pair of 2005-07 alumni in Autumn and Rachael, all of whom posed for pictures as if they had never left the squad. There was also one more extra celebrity in the crowd as Pro Bowl Dan made the trip up from Virginia to take in the show and take some photos. For anyone who's not sure who Pro Bowl Dan is, he's been going to every Pro Bowl for the past several years and has been getting a lot of good shots of all the Pro Bowl Cheerleaders for UltimateCheerleaders.com You can check out his most recent batch of photos, including the vivacious Christina, at http://ultimatecheerleaders.com/2010/02/pro-bowl-cheerleaders-game-time/
Check out all the photos from the day at http://s15.photobucket.com/albums/a375/buffalojills2005/2009/DanceandComedy/ and stay tuned to the Buffalo Pro Cheer Blog and UltimateCheerleader.com for Dan's photos as well.
While the focus of the night was comedy, there was one saddening aspect as well as it was the last Jills appearance for a pair of the Jills in attendance as 2nd year vet Lynn and Swimsuit Calendar Covergirl Katy have decided to move on from the Jills. Hopefully they, along with other departing vets like Stephanie B and Liz, still make the appearances at events as several other alumni do frequently.
There is one other medium-sized appearance left for this edition of the Buffalo Jills at next week's Buffalo Men's Show, which takes place at Seneca Niagara Casino's Events Center. Check out all the details at http://www.wedg.com/Article.asp?id=640206&spid=22409
Jills tryouts are fast approaching and they start off with an optional prep class for aspiring rookies on Saturday, March 6, at Gold's Gym in Williamsville. Get all the details including registration info at http://buffalojills.net/appearances/details.php?recordID=79