Cheerleader of the Week 2016: Ambria

Meet the Colts Cheerleader Of The Week

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Dancing isn't just a hobby. For Ambria, it's a way of life.

But it wasn't that way in the beginning.

"I started when I was five and the funny thing is, I actually hated it," she says. "And my family was like, 'Just keep with it for a year. And if you don't like it next year, you can try something else.'"

But by the time that year was up, she was a dancer.

"I loved it and I can't imagine myself doing anything else."

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And the lesson, "Stick with it," stayed with her for life.

Growing up in Indianapolis, Ambria danced her way through high school and into college at Ball State, where she became a member of the Code Red dance team.

"Just from the beginning, it was like a family. The first practice, before I met any of the girls, I could tell they were so nice. Just going into college with that family already made the transition from high school to college so much easier," she says.

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Ambria knew she wanted to keep dancing after college. But at first, she was a little intimated at the thought of trying out for the Colts Cheerleaders.

"I had heard from people that had been on the team before that it was so hard, that it's such a hard process. And so honestly, it kind of scared me away from really chasing that dream because everybody told me how hard it was."

But she went back to that lesson, "Stick with it," and she gave it a shot.

"As soon as I walked in and started dancing, I felt like I was home. It was such a weird feeling. I had never danced in the complex before, but just getting there and dancing, I just felt like I was at home and I was going to go for it. I didn't feel completely ready, but I was like, 'I'm just going to go for it.'"

And just like before, it worked out for her.

"I'm so happy. I can't even imagine anything different. I love it. I love everything about it."

Now in her rookie season cheering for the Colts, Ambria is also working on an advanced degree at Indiana Wesleyan.

Highlights from Ambria's 2017 Colts Cheerleaders Swimsuit Calendar Shoot. (Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN)

"I'm getting my masters in clinical mental health counseling. It's a two and a half year process and I think enough credits of mine transferred, so I have a semester done. So, I have two more years."

And she knows exactly what she wants to do with it.

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"My ultimate dream is to be a dance therapist. With that, it's basically just having new clients come in and you talk about their problems and then you dance them out. I think that's a testament to my life. Whenever I had a problem, I had a bad day or whatever, I'd just dance it out and I'd feel so much better after. So, I want to help clients feel the way I have throughout my whole life. Come in, have fun, and dance your problems out and then feel better afterwards."

And if she sticks with it, Ambria knows she can achieve anything she sets her mind to.

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