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,
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
You know you’re doing something you love when you wake up each morning just as excited as you were the first time. That is exactly how I felt the morning of our eighth game at home. I still had the butterflies and excitement that I had the very first preseason game. It is true what they say about us having the greatest fans in the NFL and their energy is contagious.
Walking into the dance studio, I was instantly reminded that giving back is of one of the most gratifying parts of the MDC experience. I walked in to see all of the toys collected for Toys for Tots. Being an educator of young children, I am made very aware of the effect that even a small sticker or toy can make on a child’s day. I knew these toys were going to brighten the holidays for many children. I feel all children deserve to feel special and these donated toys would definitely do the trick.
When lining up to do our pregame intro, I was reminded of another very important part of the experience as a Miami Dolphins Cheerleader, which is the amazing opportunities we are often afforded. I was waiting to walk onto the field to line up when I noticed that our five-year veteran cheerleader Amy was on the jumbotron. She was presented with a lei and hula skirt and announced as the Pro Bowl Cheerleader for 2013. I can only imagine the excitement she must of felt at that moment when given the opportunity to represent our amazing organization. The opportunities are truly endless and we are so blessed.
The game against the Patriots was the most crowded game I have ever cheered at. The excitement in the stadium was unmatched and as always I could feel the energy from the fans. I wanted to make sure I was giving back as much energy as the fans were. This is a game I feel as though I really left my heart on the field. Don’t worry though; I’ll be back to get it for games nine and ten at home. Although our team lost to the Patriots, they played hard all the way into the fourth quarter. I was proud as I always am. Win or lose, it is always fun to be a Miami Dolphin.
Fins up ~ Brittany M.
What a great way to end November! I couldn’t ask for anything more than a Dolphins win to close the Thanksgiving weekend. The stadium was packed with the best fans in the NFL and their excitement during the game showed our team that they stand with them no matter what. This is the type of support and spirit that helped our team fight through the last seconds of the game for a 24-21 win over the Seahawks and the kind that energizes our cheerleaders as well. Personally, this game was filled with many moments that I will never forget.
During a small break, I was able to spot my family members who came to support me at the game. Hearing them scream and cheer for not only the football players, but for me as well, always adds excitement to the game day atmosphere.
For me, it’s always a touching moment when troops are recognized for their service at each of our games. Amongst the troops who were recognized this game, was my friend’s father. Their deployment to Afghanistan the day after the game was announced and the entire stadium rose to their feet to wish them farewell. I found myself cheering the loudest because I wanted to let him and the other troops know that I thank them for their service.
Halftime was another memorable moment for me- I got to live out a dream to perform as a backup dancer for a musical artist! Austin Mahone performed his hit single “Say Something” and I had the opportunity to dance to fun choreography alongside the greatest teammates I could have. I have had so much to be grateful for this Thanksgiving and this game was yet another reason. Until our next game, Fins up, Miami!
The military holds a very special place in my heart. As the sister of a U.S. Navy serviceman, this game hit close to home. My brother has been to Afghanistan and will be deployed in January once more. So you can imagine how wonderful it was for me to have the brave men and women of our armed forces come together and support the Dolphins for our Veterans Day game against the Tennessee Titans.
I arrived early to the Stadium so that I could take pictures with the men and women in uniform on the field. This was very exciting. It meant a lot that I could be a part of their special day. One of the most exciting parts of the morning was recognizing the gentlemen of the US Coast Guard Cutter Dolphin. I met them during a visit to the Port Of Miami, and was very happy that they could come see a game. I had the chance to take pictures with them as well.
At 1:00 pm, it was finally game time! We started with our pregame cheerleader performance and then one of my favorite parts of the game: the National Anthem. Our service members joined us on the field in formation along with the unveiling of our nation’s flag. A military band played the national anthem. I felt goose bumps on my arms. Seeing an entire stadium filled with thousands of people standing together to represent and respect our country and soldiers was truly heartwarming.
There is no greater joy than when I get out onto the field and start performing for the fans. Our first end zone dance was military themed. We danced to Stars and Stripes and changed into these adorable blue, red and gold soldier costumes. Throughout the entire game the Jumbotron showed clips of men and women overseas fighting for our country. Every time I would catch one I couldn’t help but smile and just think of how grateful I am to have these amazing people serving. They risk their lives so that we can be here in America having football games and live freely.
As the game drew to an end, it still felt as if it were my first game. The excitement of being a cheerleader for the Dolphins will never fade away. I will have these beautiful memories forever and cherish them for years to come.