Hey Colts Nation! I am so excited to be this week's Cheerleader of the week and share a little bit about me with you all!
This is my fourth season as a Colts Cheerleader. I feel beyond blessed to be back for another year as a Sweetheart of the Horseshoe. I have experienced the most incredible opportunities and made many amazing memories during my time as a cheerleader, so far! Some of my favorite opportunities include traveling to Djibouti, Africa to visit our troops with fellow CC Stefanie B, being on Jimmy Fallon during Super Bowl XLVI and our recent trip to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico to shoot the 2015 swimsuit calendar. Besides the countless memories made with my teammates, a couple of my favorite memories are from two particular games. The game that Coach Pagano returned is one. It was so powerful and inspirational. The other is this past season's Broncos game. I have never heard Lucas Oil so loud! I loved it! As you can see, blessed doesn't even start to explain my experiences.
Not only do I cheer for the Colts, but I also work fulltime as the Youth Cheer Coordinator for the Colts. I am all Colts, all time, and I love every minute of it! I love being able to share my joy for Colts Cheer and the Colts Organization with all the Junior Colts Cheerleaders. When I am not working or cheering, I am spending time with my family. Whether it is being at my family's lake house or having a game night, I wouldn't want to spend my free time anywhere else!
Although, being a cheerleader has been one of the most incredible experiences of my life so far, it is very time consuming. I would not be able to do all that I do and live my dream without the support from my amazing husband and family. I cannot thank them enough. They keep me strong and humble, and without them, I would not be where I am today. I would also like to thank all of you, Colts Nation, for being the best fans in the NFL, and I am so excited to join all of you in cheering on the Colts this season!**
You work close with the Junior Cheer program. What do you enjoy most about the organization?** Since I started dance at a very young age, I know how positively dance can influence a young girl's life. Dance is so much more than just movements. It can teach discipline, a healthy life style, respect for your peers and healthy competition. All my stress and worries seem to disappear when I dance. I have such a passion for dance and the Colts and nothing makes me happier than sharing my joy with the Junior Cheerleaders!On game days, as a captain, is there anything specific you have to do to prepare your squad for the field? Practice is key for being prepared on game day. My job, as a captain, is to make sure my squad is dancing in unison and that all members feel comfortable and confident. We, as a squad, have to trust each other. Trust is so important between teammates. They need to have trust in my decisions as a captain, and I need to have trust in them to come prepared to practice and game days. I am so proud of the members of my squad. They are incredible women, and they each bring something different to the team. They make my job as a captain easy! Love you Squad 3!!What is a normal practice like for the Colts Cheerleaders?
The Colts Cheerleaders practice every Tuesday and Thursday from 6-10 PM. Practice is where we put in the hard work for game days, but they are also filled with laughter and bonding moments between teammates.
We are fortunate to be able to dance in front of a mirror at Curtain Call Dance Studio on Tuesdays, so this day is typically when we learn and clean dances. By watching the routines in the mirror, we can confirm that we are dancing the same.
On Thursdays, our practice is held on the practice field at the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center. We always begin practice with a workout, or how our trainer, Sean Bartram from Core Pilates and Fitness, would describe it, "Evil" and trust me, they are evil! Even though the workouts are "evil", we are so lucky to have Sean. He goes over and beyond to make sure we look our best on game days by providing us with all the resources we would need. After our work out, we set our formations on the field and practice the dances we cleaned on Tuesday.Everyone knows you love dogs. When did you get your two labs and how did you choose a name for them?
My heart is so big for all animals, but dogs are definitely at the top of the list! I have two rescue lab mixes from Lucky Lab Rescue. My first dog, Zoe, is a five year old black lab mix, and we got her in 2009. We came up with a list of names and had our friends and family vote. It was between Zoe and Gabby and Zoe won.
My second dog, a two year old chocolate lab mix, came to us after being posted on Lucky Lab's Facebook page that she was going to be euthanized if she was not taken out of the shelter. My husband and I were not about to let that happen, so we adopted her! She came to us with the name Abby, but we decided to give her the name Gabby. Gabby definitely fits her! We are crazy about them! They are our four legged children!What's your favorite outfit essential your teammates know you are obsessed with?
My family and friends could answer this question for me without hesitation. Without a doubt, my favorite outfit essential is shoes! "Give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world"- Marlyn Monroe.
Indianapolis Colts Cheerleader: Anna