For the fifth consecutive year, the United States Army’s Golden Knights invited the Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders to tandem skydive with them at Homestead Air Reserve Base. Check out their photos and video!
The trip to Afghanistan was definitely one to remember. Before departing, I checked the weather and to my surprise it was snowing! I bet most people probably don’t even realize it snows in Afghanistan. We were all pretty excited to get to see and play in the snow!
Our first stop was Manas, in Kyrgyzstan, which is a transient center for military either getting ready to go into Afghanistan or getting ready to make the long journey back to the states. At around 1 a.m. we boarded a C130 military aircraft suited up in our amour and helmets and headed to Afghanistan. We arrived in Mazar-e-sharif, Camp John Pratt around 3 a.m. It was very cold and rainy so we headed to our tents to get some rest. To our surprise, everything was covered in a blanket of snow when we awoke!
During our stay, we got to experience some pretty awesome things such as riding in a black hawk, Chinook, and getting a tour of the base and learning about the great work our military is doing over there.
It was also so much fun performing for the troops. We had four performances during our stay and it was a nice way to entertain the troops and get their minds off of their jobs for a little while. We also got to watch the Super Bowl with them! We awoke at 3 a.m. and headed over to the USO tent and enjoyed the game and watched everyone cheer on their favorite team.
The most memorable part of the trip was sitting down with the troops everyday for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and being able to gain insight on being in the armed forces from their perspective. Their daily routines, the families they have left behind to fight for our country and the determination they have to keep pushing forward until their mission is complete.
This was truly a humbling experience and we are so grateful to Armed Forces Entertainment for sending us over. The other cheerleaders and I feel extremely honored to have had this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. We live in the best country in the world and we must never forget the brave men and women who are fighting for it.
The Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders were named the Godmothers of the Norwegian Getaway, Miami’s ultimate ship. The Miami-themed Christening ceremony took place Feb. 7th with 17 cheerleaders on board to celebrate and perform for the inaugural cruise.
The cheerleaders entertained with other celebrities including, Brooke Burke, The Cake “Boss” Buddy Valastro and Mr. 305 himself, Pit Bull. The three-day event included autograph signings, visits to the Getaway’s themed shows and restaurants, touring the recreational ropes courses and sporting activities and interaction with the traveling crew.
“We feel so honored to be named the Godmothers. Norwegian is a first class organization and a well-known brand in our community, making this an ideal partnership!” said Emily Snow, Director of the Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders. “The Norwegian staff and crew went out of their way to make the christening a memorable day, one the cheerleaders and I will never forget!”
“To cruise on the Getaway was awesome, it is so elegant and beautiful! You are at a 5-star hotel, but you are on water.” said 2-year veteran Carissa. “It is such an honor to be named the Godmothers, one I will remember always. I can’t wait to tell the grandkids I was a Godmother, maybe they will even be able to cruise aboard it one day!”
Jessica, Kelly, Alexis, and I were lucky enough to be asked to travel to Atlantis, Bahamas for this past Super Bowl! It is the most anticipated game of the year and we would be watching from one of the most gorgeous islands in the world.
On the day we arrived, we had the full day to ourselves to enjoy the resort and we wasted no time. After settling into our beautiful waterfront rooms, we hopped into our bikinis to enjoy the sun and anything water. We began our aqua adventure with the Lazy River, awaiting to build up the courage for their infamous slides. The Abyss is one of their tallest slides that goes for 120 ft. This slide was given the perfect title as it truly seems as though you are traveling into the abyss, however you land inside a pool surrounded by an aquarium full of exotic looking fish. Although we mustered up the courage for The Abyss, we still didn’t have it in us to go on the Leap of Faith. So as our day was coming to an end, we figured we would save that slide for later.
The day of the Super Bowl was a nice day of relaxation by the pool before it was time for our appearance at the party. The girls and I met in front of the ballroom by our call time at 3 o’ clock. From the decorations to the food to the seating arrangements, the ballroom looking amazing! We had a meet and greet with the 750 guests as they arrived before the game started. Even though it was a blow out for the Seahawks, we still had a great time.
As our last day at Atlantis came to be, we had only a few more hours to soak in the sun before we had to head back home. We had all promised each other we would go on the Leap of Faith before we left, and after another 30 minutes of nervousness watching others go down, we finally all did it! This time the end of the slide went through the shark tank! I can’t speak for the other girls but my eyes were glued shut the whole time, even still, it was a great ending to an amazing weekend. And they call this work?
Thank you Atlantis, Bahamas for the amazing hospitality!
Five Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders along with Dolphins alumni Lousaka Polite and Derrick Rodgers will be traveling to Kyrgyzstan and Afghanistan to visit our troops for the Super Bowl. The group will make various stops to sign autographs, perform and meet our brave men and women serving overseas.
Lily, Karina, Megan, Grace and Alison were selected for this trip, which is the first military tour of the year and the Dolphins’ second tour to Afghanistan in the past two years.
This is the first military tour representing the Dolphins for Polite and Rodgers.
For more information, please visit http://www.armedforcesentertainment.com/miamidolphins2014.htm
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!
Natalie, a 4-year veteran and 2-year captain has been selected as the MDC representative for the 2014 Pro Bowl. A native of Little Rock, Arkansas, she received her Bachelors Degree from Ball State and is currently a financial coordinator. Natalie was the overwhelming favorite for the honor, voted on by her peers.
Each year, one cheerleader from each NFL team is selected to fly to Hawaii and represent her team at the 2014 Pro Bowl. The group of elite cheerleaders visit hospitals, hold clinics at schools and perform throughout the islands for football fans from all over. Being selected Pro Bowl Cheerleader is considered to be the highest honor a Miami Dolphins Cheerleader can receive.
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!
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!