Cheerleader of the Week 2016: Hannah

Meet the Colts Cheerleader Of The Week

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The youngest of three girls, Hannah basically grew up in a dance studio.

"I've been dancing since I was three," she says. "My mom managed the dance studio, so that was our normal. I watched my sisters dance before I could dance. That's just what we did our whole lives."

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For Hannah and her sisters, dancing was a family affair – even their dad played a role.

"We did a family dance every year at the recital," she says. "We met up with a teacher and they taught us a dance for the recital. It was just the three girls and my dad. It was actually his idea. It was the tear-jerker number at the recital. So, that's something I'll always remember."

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Now in her third season with the Colts Cheerleaders, Hannah is finishing college at IUPUI next semester – in three years. Being 18 when she joined the squad, Hannah says her cheer sisters inspired her to grow in many ways. 

"I think doing the Colts Cheerleaders and school, I was kind of in the mentality that all the girls were grown and they just taught me how to be more mature and I just wanted to get done with school and get started in the real world."

In the meantime, she still teaches at the studio.

"It's just another way to share my passion of dancing. They all look up to me, which is kind of special to be a part of their lives and inspire them to keep dancing and pushing each week to be better."

And in her spare time, Hannah also coaches some of the dance moms. They came out to the Colts Cheerleaders' fitness clinic in January and afterwards, they asked her to work with them.

It started out small.

"We started doing every Monday and Wednesday, working out at the dance studio. We also formed a Facebook group and I would help them with their eating or just staying motivated throughout the week when we couldn't work out and on the weekends and people would post when they were struggling. So, it's kind of like a support group for 15 women at the dance studio and that number ended up growing, now we have sometimes 25."

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It turned into a lifestyle change for their families and many of the dance families.

"Now, they'll go and walk around outside when we aren't doing workouts and they've gotten their daughters on a kick of eating a little healthier too," she says. "So, it's kind of been an overall studio change, which has been really awesome to see and be a part of since that's the studio I grew up at."

The girl who grew up in the dance studio is still growing with Colts Cheerleaders.

Highlights from Sarah's 2017 Colts Cheerleaders Swimsuit Calendar Shoot. (Mooresville, IN)

"When I went into it at the age of 18, I didn't know exactly what being a Colts cheerleader was and I didn't want to be Hannah the Colts cheerleader. I wanted to be Hannah the girl that she always was. The fun-loving, helping, caring person and I just think the Colts have been an outlet for me to enhance all of what I was doing and help more people and make more people smile."

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