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First Game for Allison
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The first game of the regular season was finally here!  It was the game that I had waited for all summer.  I had the perfect mix of anxiety and excitement as my car approached the stadium.  What better way to start off the season than against our rivals the New England Patriots?  As I pulled into the parking lot around 10 a.m. and already saw hundreds of tailgaters excited for game day, that’s when it truly hit me.  We have the best fans in the world, and as a cheerleader, I have the amazing opportunity to bring joy and excitement to all the Dolfans out there!  It is such an incredible blessing to be a part of this amazing organization.

As I entered the tunnel before making our entrance onto the field, I could already hear the roar of the crowd.  It was so loud that I could feel the energy rushing through my veins.  After our opening routine we lined up at the end of the field for the player introductions.  The sound of the pyrotechnics and the blasts of heat from the fire torches made the pregame even more memorable.  Afterwards, when we lined up at the end zone, the announcer stated that everyone in the stadium would be the voice of our national anthem.  Hearing everyone in the crowd join in and sing at the top of their lungs was a true feeling of patriotism.

During halftime, we had the privilege of being able to dance alongside four talented women from the hit TV show “The Voice!”  It was an amazing production.  When the routine was finished we headed back over to our sidelines.  I had so many different emotions as our team began to take the lead.  The crowd was going wild!  It was an unforgettable feeling to see the fans dancing along with us to our famous fight song.

Before we knew it the game had come to an end.  Time really does fly when you’re having fun!  The Dolphins had defeated the Patriots 33-20!  With the help of everyone in the Dolphins community, we definitely proved that we are all Stronger Together!  I cannot wait to be back out there cheering on the greatest football team!

Until then, FINS UP!

Allison

Raquel Appreciates the Whole Season

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Wow! The 10th home game of the season. I cannot believe time went by as fast as it did.  It sounds so cliché but to me it is still so surreal that I am able to cheer and perform in front of thousands of fans.  Cheering at every game always gives me a thrilling feeling but knowing this was our last home game of the season made this such an emotional day.

I started off with my regular routine waking up at 7:00am to get my hair and makeup ready and then car pool with my teammates.  Throughout the morning, my teammates were sending out text messages reminding us how long and memorable this journey has been and how grateful they were to have the team we have today.

Once I got to the stadium, I began unpacking my belongings and putting them in my locker. I just started looking around and started to take everything in and I smiled because of how happy I was to have experience this once in a lifetime opportunity with this organization.

Once the cheerleaders and I practiced our performances, we huddled up and prayed as we always do. It was a great moment for me and I really felt the energy. I was ecstatic to step onto the field for the last time as a rookie.

As we stepped on the field for our pre-game performance, I reminded myself of all the hard work I had put in order to be where I am standing today and it gave me such a warm feeling.  We then performed and got ready to split up into our groups.  My group and I did great. We were all just so excited. We were pumping up the crowd, dancing at all times and just enjoying the game.

This has been truly an amazing experience I will forever be grateful for the memories this journey has brought me.  My group ended up being group of the game and it was such a nice way to end this game.  Although we didn’t come out with a win it was a good game and we had such a great season full of heart and passion.  Hope to see you on the sidelines next season as a veteran, and remember FINS UP!

-Raquel

Unbelievable Game For Jacki

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At 7:30am on a Sunday morning, the average person would be hitting the snooze button on their alarm clock, thinking ‘anyone awake at this hour is insane’…but that person is not your average Miami Dolphins fan, and certainly not one of your Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders.

Before my alarm even went off at 7:30am on December 15, I jumped out of bed and looked over the gorgeous Miami skyline, taking in what a gorgeous day it was for one of our most important and highly anticipated games of the season.

Every game day is exciting for a Miami Dolphins Cheerleader, but this particular game had that much more excitement added to it.  December 15, 2013. We had been told from the very beginning that not only was this a sold out game with an amazing MDC halftime performance, but a win for our Miami Dolphins would be crucial in bringing us that much closer to a playoffs spot. #itsourtime.

Driving around the Turnpike and seeing Sun Life Stadium sends chills of excitement through me since first auditioning for the Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders back in April. It is incredible how quickly this season has flown by…to think that we only have a few weeks left is bittersweet.

Before the game, our entire squad does various appearances throughout the stadium.  For this particular game all of the MDC’s gathered toys for the Toys for Tots organization, and my group was fortunate enough to be able to present the gifts to the Marines on behalf of the entire team.  It is an amazing feeling to be part of such a renowned organization that generously gives back to the community.

Our halftime performance was the much-anticipated “Partner Half-Time Dance” where girls on the team performed a routine in our gorgeous Santa Suits with a partner of their choice.  Some of our lovely MDC alumni joined myself and four other current cheerleaders on the field at the beginning to perform a lyrical dance to Toby Keith’s “American Soldier”, as a tribute to our troops.  This performance sent an emotional and meaningful message, which left the crowd standing on their feet in applause. It’s these moments that I can’t even begin to describe how lucky I feel to be a part of this organization, doing what I love in front of thousands of fans.

Throughout the entire game the Dolphins were toe-to-toe with the Patriots, who we have not defeated since 2009.  It was evident throughout Sun Life Stadium that our boys were hungry and not going home without a fight. And fight they did…the last 27 seconds of this game felt like the longest 27 seconds of my life! The stadium was filled with 72,000 fans standing on their feet until the very last second, when our Dolphins defense held strong and ended the game with an interception in the end zone! Sun Life Stadium literally erupted with cheers as we proved to everyone that we deserve a chance at the playoffs!

December 15, 2013.  A game that I will never forget, spent with the most amazing teammates and the best fans in the NFL!  I can’t wait to see you on the sidelines for the Jets!

Fins Up!
Jacki

Still a Win for Jacey
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As I pulled up to Sun Life Stadium, I couldn’t help but think that there’s only three home games left in the season. I just can’t wrap my head around it.  Hard to believe the cheerleaders and I have been at this since May 1st.  Time flies when you’re having fun, right?

Everything feels like a routine by now.  We arrive at the stadium before call time, attend our assigned appearances around the stadium, and rehearse our game day performances, all before it’s time to take the field for pre-game.  The seconds we have waiting in the tunnel begin to feel like eternity as my nerves run wild, just as they did my very first game.  That is one thing that will never feel like the normal routine: being out on the field.

Words can’t describe the feeling I get when I look into the stands and see the thousands upon thousands of roaring fans.  Still feels almost surreal that I’m here.  The Season 1 winner of X-Factor, Melanie Amaro, sang our National Anthem.  Chills ran over my entire body.  That girl can seriously sing!  It was then just moments until kick-off and I could practically hear the adrenaline running through everyone’s veins.

This was a huge game!  With playoffs right around the corner, we needed a win, and I could feel it coming.  The first half of the game was awesome!  A blocked field goal, an interception, I couldn’t tell you how hard it is to keep your composure on the sidelines during a game like this.

At halftime, the cheerleaders and I had the opportunity to perform with the AcroAmericas.  They are an acrobatic exhibition team made of high school students that perform for audiences around the world, and we were lucky enough to share the field with them!  Their routine consisted of intricate stunts, flips, pyramids and more.  You will never see us climbing on top of one another’s shoulders with those boots, so it was definitely a half time to see!

As the last half of the game slowly came to an end, with just seconds left we were down by 4.  We all held our breaths and our eyes stayed peeled on the field hoping for a touchdown.  Unfortunately, the Carolina Panthers were able to take the win by the skin of their teeth!  It would’ve been a great game to win, but win or lose, being a cheerleader for the Miami Dolphins will always be a win in my book.

See you on the sidelines,
Jacey

Kelly’s Proud To Be An American
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After celebrating Veteran’s Day, the stage was set for the Dolphins vs. Chargers game on November 17th, which served as our Military Appreciation game.

As I arrived at the stadium, the sky was crystal blue and the temperature was just perfect (it’s finally beginning to feel like fall in South Florida!). There seemed to be a different buzz in the air. Perhaps it was all of the women and men in uniform. The cheerleader locker room was also filled with excitement. There is a lot of preparation behind the scenes and we couldn’t wait to share it all with the fans.

Prior to each game, we perform for the fans in the Ford Sideline Lounge. Our “Every Day Hero”, 1LT Nathan Rimpf, joined us in our studio for the performance. Nathan served as Infantry Platoon Leader with the First Infantry Division and stepped on an IED while deployed in the Middle East in July 2012. Nathan revealed that he received a signed squad photo while he was hospitalized and how grateful he was. My teammates and I were beyond flattered as Nathan put his life in jeopardy for our country. Nathan’s positive energy was infectious and we were eager to take the field and perform!

After our pregame performance, our service members joined us on the field for the player introduction. As Darius Rucker sang the National Anthem, an American flag the size of the field was displayed. Immediately following the Anthem, there was a flyover, which gave me chills!

During the first quarter, we wore a camouflage military jacket and different hats, displaying the branches of our Armed Forces – Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard. We performed our first end zone to “Danger Zone”. If you haven’t seen Top Gun, drop everything you’re doing and watch it! “Talk to me, Goose”.

For the halftime performance, we changed into 1800s inspired Solider Uniforms. The main attraction was the air show, we formed “USA” on the field and as the planes flew over we proudly waived our red, white, and blue pom poms.

Throughout the game, the Jumbotron displayed beautiful clips of men and women fighting and serving our country, as well as a live feed from Kandahar, Afghanistan. These elements coupled with all of the service members on the field and throughout the stands, solidified how blessed I am, due to their sacrifices. It was an honor to recognize these invaluable members of our community.

To top it off, we had a win! Ask any of my teammates and they’ll tell you how much I love the fight song and Jimmy Buffet’s “Fins”.  I proudly sang them as we left the field victorious!

Fins Up,
Kelly

Chantal’s Halloween to Remember!

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I can’t even explain the feeling of being a Miami Dolphins Cheerleader.  On those sidelines, on that field, in the Sun Life stadium, it’s amazing.  Every game is just as thrilling as the last. I wouldn’t change it for the world.  Never in a million years would I have thought I’d be a Miami Dolphins Cheerleader.

of the cheerleaders were so pumped for the game to begin on October 31st, Halloween night, our home game was against the Cincinnati Bengals.  All

Since it was Halloween we had a very different pregame performance planned.  We had ‘glow-man’ suits on, and everyone in the stands was given flashing LED bracelets.  When the lights turned off, the bracelets illuminated the stadium.  Then, as the crowd roared, the fireworks went off, and lit up the night sky.  It was such an adrenaline rush.  What an opener, for such an amazing game ahead of us.

Once we were done with our opening act, we took the glow man suits off, and got to cheer on the sidelines with our skeleton costumes.  They were the cutest costumes ever.  We all just had so much fun dancing in them.  It was definitely a Halloween to remember.

I mean, how many other people get to do something they love for an audience, and have fun while doing it!  Speaking of things I love, I especially was excited for our end zone performance in our skeleton costumes.  The dance was super creative, matched the music and everything else about the performance made it a spectacular production to watch.

Guess what else?  During halftime, we had John Offerdahl’s Honor Roll induction ceremony!  All of the cheerleaders escorted an Alumni player out to the field, and it was just an honor to be a part of this ceremony.  It’s so fulfilling to be a part of this amazing team, and share these moments with the whole Miami Dolphins organization.

As if the game couldn’t have gotten any more exciting, the players were working hard on that field, and fighting for a win.  All the fans in the stands were pumping up the stadium, screaming their loudest and giving motivation to our team.  The game ended up going into overtime, and this was actually the first time I’ve cheered a game into overtime.  At this point, my adrenaline was at an all-time high.

To put the cherry-on-top, Dolphins won 22 – 20, in overtime!  It was the third overtime safety in NFL history that won the game.  Everyone jumped out of their seats.  Myself along with my teammates were going crazy with excitement.  It is definitely our time Dolfans!

See you on the sidelines!
Chantal

Feels Like the First Time for Alexis
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This was my fifth official game of the season, yet every time I go out on the field it feels like the first. Every moment of the time I am out there cheering for my team feels like a dream.  Having this amazing experience to be out on the field has been nothing like I have ever expected.

While performing the pregame routine, every game gets me so excited, and my adrenalin pumping.  Watching how excited our fans are gets me even more excited and ready to perform.   While waiting for the amazing Miami Dolphins football players to come out, I look around the stadium and every time I cant believe how lucky I am to be where I am.  It is truly a blessing.

This game we had such a fun end zone performance. It was to one of my favorite songs “A Little Party Never Killed Nobody” by Fergie.  The dance was so upbeat; everyone was having the time of their lives.

The end of the game was bittersweet.  It was such a close game everyone was cheering for our amazing team. Even though we didn’t win this game it was very exciting and the team played a great game and we had lots to cheer about.

Until next time!
~Alexis

Dana Supports BCA
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I would have never imagined when cheering on my high school’s football field and then cheering on my university’s football field, that one day I would be cheering for an NFL team.  And not just any NFL team, but the legendary Miami Dolphins, with the greatest cheerleaders in the league!

Although nothing will compare to the very first time I set foot on the field, my adrenaline and excitement was still through the roof this time around.  Being one of the first ones out of the tunnel to set up for pre-game is so much fun. I love the first glance I get at all the Fins fans in the stands.  The ambiance of the stadium is amazing.  The smell of the grass, the sun in your eyes, and the roar of 70,000 Dol-Fans is an experience I will never forget.

Not only is it an honor and privilege to be on the field every game, but this Sunday’s game against the Ravens was extra special because it was the Dolphins’ “Crucial Catch” game, in recognition of breast cancer awareness.  Sun Life Stadium, the players, the staff, the fans and even our squad were all “pinked out” in honor of breast cancer research.  This cause is specifically close to me, as I have spent the last four years in college raising money and awareness for this cause.  Breast cancer education and awareness is the official philanthropy of my sorority, Zeta Tau Alpha.  I have participated in countless fundraisers and walks supporting this cause.  I even ran into some sorority sisters before the game passing out pink ribbons!  I was so proud to be out there with pink ribbons on my boots and pink poms in my hands.

Maybe an experience even more incredible than being on the field is being on the field with Grammy Award winning artist, and overall legend, Gloria Gaynor.  I felt so blessed to be on the field dancing while she performed “I Will Survive” and I’m sure I wasn’t the only one with chills as her voice echoed through the stadium.

The amount of team spirit from the fans this game was unbelievable.  I could definitely feel the will to beat the Ravens from everyone.  The Dolphins were amazing, and played hard all the way to the end.  Although the outcome wasn’t favorable, I was so proud to be out there cheering on our team next to all my amazing teammates.  I can’t wait to cheer the Dolphins on to many more wins in the future, because remember… it’s our time!

Fins Forever,
Dana

Monica’s First Game
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The time has finally come. It’s the day we’ve been working so hard all summer for – the home opener!  It was such an indescribable feeling strutting onto the field shaking our pom poms and getting ready to do our first pregame performance of the season.  Just looking up into the stands, I thought to myself “Wow, we truly have the best fans in the NFL and they’re still cheering for us in the pouring rain.”  I have always looked up to the Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders since I became a cheerleader myself at the age of 6. It feels incredible being the one on the field.  Knowing that you may be inspiring a future cheerleader is an incredible feeling.

 

Dancing on the sidelines was such a blast!  The thought of having so much energy at a Dolphins game and being able to use that energy and dancing for such an amazing organization is a blessing.  Throughout the first quarter, I had many emotions.  Not only was I performing what I put so much effort into, but looking up to see my family in the 140 section waving at me with huge smiles across their faces made all that work feel so rewarding.  At halftime we performed with Austin Mahone, a 17-year-old pop singer who has an immense amount of talent.  We had been preparing the dance for almost 2 weeks and we did such a great job performing it!  I know we rocked that performance!

 

One of the many memorable moments that happened on Sunday was seeing the military surprise right in front of my eyes in the 2nd quarter.  Looking up to see one of our military troops saying hello to his loved ones, telling them to enjoy the game and wishing he was there with them brought tears to my eyes.  Little did the family know that he was there and would soon be running to them on the field as the video ended.  It was the most beautiful surprise I have ever witnessed.  The looks on their faces were the happiest ever.

 

Before I knew it, it was the end of the fourth quarter.  Between the non-stop dancing and cheering, the game flew by and we won 27-23 as Ryan Tannehill’s touchdown pass to Dion Sims was complete!  A one handed catch that proved this is our time!  Cheering to the fight song after such a great win was so fun!  I didn’t want to get off the field.

 

Four months ago, I could’ve never imagined how exciting and rewarding it would feel to be dancing for the Miami Dolphins and to know that a simple audition led to doing what I love and performing in front of 70,000 enthusiastic fans.

 

Fins up!!!

Monica

Courtney’s Last Game As A Rookie

It feels like only yesterday that I heard my name being announced as a Miami Dolphins Cheerleader for the first time. Now it’s the last home game of the season against the Buffalo Bills.  Before the game started, I thought about my rookie year and how fast it went.  I couldn’t be any happier to dance with the Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders and be a part of such a wonderful team. Knowing that this was the last game of the season we would be cheering at was bittersweet! My body was filled with gratitude.

Although this season is coming to an end, I had so much to look forward to during this game.  I had family in town who had never been to a NFL game. They came to support and watch my sister and me cheer.  I was excited to share my experience with them. I knew it was going to be a fun and entertaining game for them to watch.

A special moment for me was our half time performance.  We danced to Christmas music with the Junior Cheerleaders.   I always enjoy watching how much fun they have out on the field.  During a section of the dance I was able to partner dance with my father and I was really proud of him!  We had so much fun together. I couldn’t have had a bigger smile.

In the fourth quarter, the Bills scored a touchdown, but that wasn’t keeping us from a win.  We ended the game winning, 24-10.  I really enjoy cheering for the Miami Dolphins and these are just some of the memories that will last a life time!

Forever Fins,
Courtney

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