Saturday, April 30, 2011
Friday night, the Buffalo Bills invited season ticket holders to come to the Fieldhouse in Orchard Park to watch the 2nd and 3rd rds of the draft with hundreds of other devoted Bills fans as well as tour the locker room and check out some of the Bills' vendors. In addition, 10 veteran members of the Buffalo Jills were on hand for the event to sign autographs and pose for photos.
2nd year vets Sara, Emily, Morgan, and Amanda V
It actually feels kind of different saying veterans as all but 3 of the girls in attendance were rookies last season themselves. Emily, for one, feels more comfortable about being a vet as, after a year with the squad, she knows more about what to expect when it comes to what lies ahead.
Former Bills C Al Bemiller with the Jills
In addition to the fans and Jills in attendance, several Bills alumni were on hand as well including last year's Wall of Fame inductee Booker Edgerson and former Bills C Al Bemiller who I've known and have talked with for well over a decade myself. Bills 1st rd draft pick Marcell Dareus even put in an appearance to thunderous applause at the end of a busy day for him. See all the pics at http://buffaloprocheerbuffalojills.shutterfly.com/pictures/24942
Of course with several fantastic dancers from the Jills in attendance, you just know they were going to put on a dance performance...or two and we have an HD video of the 2nd of those performances for everyone to view.
Coming up next for the Jills, they'll be concentrating on getting the squad ready for a Uniform Unveiling ceremony (once the lockout is over again), the Jills 9th Annnual Golf Tournament, and the 2011-2012 NFL Season. Stay tuned to the Buffalo Pro Cheer Blog for more news on the 2011 Buffalo Jills!
Friday, April 29, 2011
You can read more about Melissa at http://www.bandits.com/bbio.asp?bandID=Melissa
You can read more about Sara at http://buffalojills.net/article.asp?id=1961266
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
About a month ago, when most of the Jills were appearing at the Buffalo Men's Show, Christina and Natalie were visiting the troops at Fort Bliss along the Texas-New Mexico border. They weren't alone on this visit either as a pair of Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders were there on a visit as well. See all the pics at http://buffalojills.net/Article.asp?id=2005544&spid=34534
- ATTN ALL Former Jills- we will be putting together an alumni pregame dance performance along side the current Jills at the Bills "Billieve" game TBA. There will be a small invest. to cover attire & exp. If you are interested in receiving the details, email the years you cheered to: Stephanie.firstname.lastname@example.org ~Spread the word!
Monday, April 25, 2011
Last week, 2nd year veteran Stephanie of the Buffalo Bandettes won NLL.com's Girl of The Week after some strong support from the fans. This week, with the Bandits about to play host to the Boston Blazers, Stephanie is facing off against a member of the Blazers Dance Team, the Sparks, on ILLIndoor.com So far, the support seems to be strongly in Stephanie's favor with 70% of the vote so far...but that's no reason to get complacent. Go to http://www.ilindoor.com/2011/04/25/ilindoor-coms-nll-girl-of-the-week-its-buffalos-stephanie-vs-bostons-meghan/ and cast your votes for Stephanie...vote as often as you want and make sure Stephanie wins this award as well
Sunday, April 24, 2011
The Buffalo Bandits ended their 2011 regular season showing only a little bit more fire than they showed last week in a 15-9 loss to their Thruway rivals from Rochester, leaving fans worried about what will happen next Saturday in their first round matchup against Boston. With Fan Appreciation Night on the menu, the product on the field wasn't the focus in this meaningless game even with a sellout crowd. Thankfully, the Buffalo Bandettes, even down to 11 girls for the night, put on great performances all night long.
Chrissy and Lauren B at the autograph session
They started by greeting fans with an autograph session outside of the Harbor Club before heading downstairs to get ready to perform.
Captains Kirsten and Lauren S
Ashley, Krista, and Chrissy in the 1st quarter
See all the pics at http://buffaloprocheerbuffalobandettes.shutterfly.com/pictures/3483
Coming up next for the Bandettes, they'll be back in action Saturday, April 30th as the Bandits face off against the Boston Blazers in a 1st round playoff game.
Friday, April 22, 2011
You can read more about Lauren at http://www.bandits.com/bbio.asp?bandID=LaurenS
You can read more about Alyssa at http://buffalojills.net/article.asp?id=1961012
- 12th season: captain Omarlla
- 6th season : captains Christina and Valerie
- 5th season: captain Keisha, co-captains Lisa and Laura, Amanda F
- 4th season: Murissa
- 3rd season: co-captain Loren, Alyssa, Courteney, Ruby, Gabrielle and Nicole
- 2nd season co-captain Natalie, Amanda V, Emily, Gina, Jaclyn, Jill, Lindsey, Morgan, Reena, and Sara
- rookies: Kristina, Briana, Kelly, Beth, Melissa H, Jennifer P, Krystin, Jami, Jessica R, Myesha, Rebecca, Jessica M, Shannon, and Miranda
- Gina was a rookie ambassador last season and switched to dance this season
- rookies Beth and Melissa H have actually been covered by the Buffalo Pro Cheer Blog longer than any current Buffalo Jill except Omarlla after switching over from the Bandettes
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
NLL.com: Congratulations on winning the NLL.com Girl of the Week voting! Are you currently residing in Buffalo?
Stephanie: I was born in Buffalo (Getzville) and am currently living here. I loved growing up in Buffalo and have made great memories and friendships in this city.
NLL.com: What does your schooling background consist of?
Stephanie: I am currently an accounting major at the University at Buffalo and will be graduating in May. I will also be beginning a master's program at UB for accounting in the Fall.
NLL.com: What does your dancing background consist of and how did you get started?
Stephanie: I started dancing around four years old. I continued dancing and cheerleading throughout middle and high school as well as in college before I tried out for the Bandettes. I have to thank my mom and sister for getting me started in both dance and cheerleading. If it was not for them, I might have never even tried it!
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Many vets paired up together after practicing together and many of those pairs wore matching outfits. Amanda V and Jill, 2 girls who were rookies last season, tried out together last year without planning to and decided to pair up again this year as they figured "why mess with success?"
See all the videos at http://s15.photobucket.com/albums/a375/buffalojills2005/2011/1st%20cut%20videos/
I said it when I posted the photos the other day and I'll repeat it...everyone who tried out this year, whether they made it through 1st cuts or not, should be proud of themselves because it can't be easy putting yourself out there like that in front of judges and the public the way they did on Sunday. Anyone who didn't make it shouldn't give up if becoming an NFL Cheerleader is what you really want. Many noted Jills over the years missed the cut before trying again to make it.
- 8/13 Bills-Bears 8pm
- 8/20 Bills-Broncos TBD
- 8/27 Jaguars-Bills 7pm
- 9/1 Lions-Bills 630pm
- 9/11 Bills-Chiefs 1pm
- 9/18 Raiders-Bills 1pm
- 9/25 Pats-Bills 1pm
- 10/2 Bills-Bengals 1pm
- 10/9 Eagles-Bills 1pm
- 10/16 Bills-Giants 1pm
- 10/30 Redskins-Bills in Toronto 405pm
- 11/6 Jets-Bills 1pm
- 11/13 Bills-Cowboys 1pm
- 11/20 Bills-Dolphins 1pm
- 11/27 Bills-Jets 1pm
- 12/4 Titans-Bills 1pm
- 12/11 Bills-Chargers 415pm
- 12/18 Dolphins-Bills 1pm
- 12/24 Broncos-Bills 1pm
- 1/1 Bills-Pats 1pm
Monday, April 18, 2011
Sunday, April 17, 2011
Katie K and Eileen on hand to help out
As in previous years, several alumni were on hand to help out with everything including 4 girls who just left the squad after last season.
Kelli interviewing an Ambassador hopeful
See all the pics at http://buffaloprocheerbuffalojills.shutterfly.com/pictures/24651
Bandettes alumni on hand for the game (minus Erin J)
With the 10th anniversary of the Bandettes, former Bandette, Bandettes coach, and Jills Pro Bowler Erin J reached out to her former squadmates to bring them together for a reunion performance and all together, 9 Bandettes alumni joined the 12-girl Bandettes squad at the game with a combined performance during 1st intermission before the alumni put on their own performance at halftime.
Bandettes alumni Tina, Melanie, Amanda F, and Jenni
Prior to the game, fans coming in got greeted by the alumni handing out collector's cards commemorating Rich Kilgour's career before lining up for autographs outside of the Harbour Club with the current Bandettes squad. Following the game, many of the Bandettes alumni and Bandettes were joined at the postgame party by several more Bandettes alumni from more recent years. See all the pics at http://s17.photobucket.com/albums/b87/bandettes/2011/Blazers2/
Friday, April 15, 2011
You can read more about Noelle at http://www.bandits.com/bbio.asp?bandID=Noelle
While fans didn't get to see Michelle dance at the Ralph after the Bills Open Practice last year, as seen in her tryout video, she really knows how to bring it and put on a great performance.
You can read more about Michelle at http://buffalojills.net/article.asp?id=1961237
In addition to the free Open Workshop that the Jills hold to introduce potential rookies to becoming a member of the squad, an additional workshop is also held not only for those that can't make the Open Workshop, but also as some additional help for any rookies or vets who might want some extra practice with the captains.
After Stephanie and Nichole went over the informational portion of the workshop with the rookies, Valerie and Loren led everyone through some stretching exercises before it was time for everyone to learn and re-learn the dance from the Jills captains and choreographer.
After Kelli and the captains demonstrated the dance, they took them through the routine step by step before splitting everyone up into 3 groups to perform first with the captains and then on their own.
See all the pics at http://buffaloprocheerbuffalojills.shutterfly.com/pictures/24575
1st cuts are Sunday at 1pm at the Buffalo Bills Fieldhouse in Orchard Park and are open to the public for the 3rd year in a row. Doors will be open for girls trying out at noon while the public, who can get in for free, will be let in starting at 12:30-12:40. Sportservice will be on hand for the event providing concessions but everyone is asked to keep all foods and drinks off the turf. See all the details on Sunday's tryouts at http://buffalojills.net/Article.asp?id=2098800&spid=34534
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Dance vets perform the routine after learning it
See all the videos of the girls learning the routine at http://s15.photobucket.com/albums/a375/buffalojills2005/2011/Open%20Workshop/practice/
After the groups learned the routines, they returned to the front of the Fieldhouse to perform for Jills Director Stephanie M and Coordinator Nichole, who were spending time talking with potential rookies and Ambassadors, letting them know what to expect as well as what will be expected of everyone who makes the final squad.
First group performs for Steph, Nichole, Ambassadors, and the second group
See all the performance videos at http://s15.photobucket.com/albums/a375/buffalojills2005/2011/Open%20Workshop/
There's still time to learn the routine from the Jills in an attempt to make the 2011 Buffalo Jills with a workshop being held at Gold's Gym in Williamsville at 8-10pm on Thursday, April 14th. The fee for the workshop is $10 for the info portion and $10 for dance. Get the details at http://buffalojills.net/Article.asp?id=2098800
Don't forget that 1st cuts are open to the public on Sunday at 1pm at the Buffalo Bills Fieldhouse.
Also, if you're looking to see some Jills alumni back in action, keep in mind that the 2001 Buffalo Bandettes squad was comprised primarily of members of the 2000-01 Buffalo Jills and they'll be joining the 2011 Bandettes at halftime of Saturday night's Bandits game for a big performance choreographed by former Bandettes coach Erin J.
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Monday, April 11, 2011
The 2011 Jills captains and co-captains
It's that time of year again as the Buffalo Jills are starting work on putting their 2011-2012 squad together and this year, the Open Workshop was held at the Buffalo Bills Fieldhouse. In addition to all the vets looking to make a comeback, there were a lot of new faces as well in Orchard Park on Sunday learning about becoming a Buffalo Jills Cheerleader. This year, we even have 4 ambassadors who are at least looking at transitioning over to dance.
Everyone listening to Stephanie's opening introduction
After Stephanie introduced herself and everyone to all the prospective rookies, the group was split in two with the veteran dancers and several prospective rookies joining the dance captains at the other end of the Fieldhouse to learn the routine. Meanwhile, Steph and Nichole went over the basic requirements and rules about becoming a Jill with the ambassadors and rest of the dancers.
Learning the routine, 3 prospective rookies with Michelle, Gabrielle, and Jill
After the first groups got their information on dance and requirements, the groups switched with Steph and Nichole talking with the rest of the rookie dancers. The rookie dancers they talked to earlier joined several veterans who stuck around to learn some more with the captains in the dance area.
Alyssa, Angelina (Not trying out...sorry guys) and Amanda F
See all the photos at http://buffaloprocheerbuffalojills.shutterfly.com/pictures/24392
Friday, April 8, 2011
You can read more about Chelsea at http://www.bandits.com/bbio.asp?bandID=Chelsea
Unfortunately, we don't have a tryout video for Morgan but her work in college on performance dance showed when she did the tryout routine. As seen at the Jills Open Practice held last June, she showed she was adapting to the Jills style of dance quite well only 2 months into it.
You can read more about Morgan at http://buffalojills.net/article.asp?id=1961251
Thursday, April 7, 2011
The Jills Open Workshop is at 1pm this Sunday for all interested dancers and ambassadors. Even with the NFL labor situation up in the air, there is still a high demand for the Jills with plenty of appearances all year long.
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
by Heather Cartonia
It’s that time of year again, when girls across the country put all of their hard work and preparation to the test in hopes of becoming a part of the 2011-2012 football season. April marks the month when most of the NFL teams have either announced their 2011-2012 squads or are in the process of their auditions. I wanted to cover this topic this week because one of the most common questions I have been asked is, “What does the audition process consist of?”
Of course every team varies a little, but for the most part many follow a very similar structure. It is a lot more intensive and complex than people sometimes may think. There has been some public exposure from reality shows in the past that featured different NFL teams “making the final cut.” Each year, thousands of girls try out but only a small percentage will make it to the final round.
Read the rest of Heather's column at http://proplayerinsiders.com/making-the-cut/
Jills tryouts start this weekend at the Buffalo Bills Fieldhouse in Orchard Park with the Open Workshop. Get all the details at http://buffalojills.net/Article.asp?id=2098800
Monday, April 4, 2011
"As a Buffalo Jill, I am given many responsibilities," said Stefanie. "During the season I have to complete a minimum of 20 appearances in a wide variety of functions for numerous charities, community events, our armed forces and local businesses." Stefanie was trained in professional etiquette to prepare for meet and greets, posing for photographs, dance performances, and working with children; just a few of the common duties for a Jill.
Recently, her spot on the Jill roster led her to Kuwait, Oman, Abu Dhabi, and Saudi Arabia to visit and entertain stationed troops. Stefanie, along with seven fellow Jills, performed a show that included six dances, various trivia games, and the occasional dance-off. "We are able to get the guys and girls over there to loosen up, have fun, and take their minds off things for a little while," said Stefanie. "It's a ton of fun!" Fun, but tiring; the Jills were on a taxing schedule that required back to back performances, with little time for rest. "One of the days we were in Abu Dhabi we performed at 8 p.m. and then came out and did another show at 1 am for the people that were on the clock for the 1st show," said Stefanie. "Although these trips take a lot out of us, it is a huge honor and it's the least we can do for the men and women over there."
In turn, the honor proved to be rewarding for Stefanie because she was able to connect with the troops on a personal level; allowing her to gain as much from the experience as she gave. "The men and women over there are so respectful and so eager to share stories and pictures of their families back home," said Stefanie. "My favorite part of the show is at the end when we all introduce ourselves and tell a little about what we do back home." The open-ended communication gave Stefanie the opportunity to challenge the preconceived notion of a cheerleader, and bond on a real level. "The biggest misconception about being a cheerleader is that all we do is cheer, and aren't the brightest," said Stefanie. "But the majority of us are either in school, or have full time jobs."
The education was reciprocated, and Stefanie was able to take a peek into the full time job of a troop; every day life. "We get to live like they do for a week or so," said Stefanie. The Jills stayed in tents for three days and flew commercially almost every other day.
The short time spent with the troops as a Buffalo Jill left a lasting impact on Stefanie, and reinforced the pride she associates with being part of the team. "It is also nice to know that you were able to make some kind of a difference no matter how small," said Stefanie. "It is an amazing feeling when I see the e-mails and facebook posts on the Jills wall from the men and women over there, and sometimes even their family back home."
Such experiences make Stefanie appreciate the ties she has formed with her teammates. "The Buffalo Jills are a second family to me, and it is amazing to know that a lot of these girls will be life long friends," she said. Traveling the world, making a difference, lifelong friends…another perk for Stefanie? "How can I forget, it's pretty amazing getting a perfect up close ‘seat' to my favorite team!"
Sunday, April 3, 2011
Lauren B, Justina, Noelle, Lauren S, Jessica M, Beth, Kirsten, Krista, and Danielle before pregame
Bandettes and Jr Bandettes cheering on a goal at the end of the 1st
Lauren B, Chelsea, Kirsten, Jessica M, and Lauren S in action during 3rd intermission
See all the photos at http://s17.photobucket.com/albums/b87/bandettes/2011/Stealth/
Coming up next for the Bandettes, after the Bandits travel to Toronto and Rochester next weekend, they return home to HSBC Arena on April 16th to see if they can complete a 3-game sweep of the Boston Blazers. Waiting for them to dance and cheer them on will not only be the Bandettes, but a big halftime performance with some Bandettes alumni. The alumni performing are primarily from the first Bandettes squad that performed in 2001 with faces recognizable from the Buffalo Jills 2000-01 squad as the squads were run together at the time. This is definitely going to be a can't miss performance!
Friday, April 1, 2011
You can read more about Krista at http://www.bandits.com/bbio.asp?bandID=Krista
As seen in her video from tryouts with Kelly, Angelina's dance ability is also one of the things she's big with.
You can read more about Angelina at http://buffalojills.net/article.asp?id=1961032