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Cheerleader of the Week 2016: Megan R.

Meet the Colts Cheerleader Of The Week


Growing up in Crown Point, Indiana, dance was a part of Megan's life as far back as she can remember.

"Growing up I did tap, jazz, ballet and then when I was in middle school, I tried out to be in the Joffrey Ballet in Chicago."

She made it. And for two years, her life was split between Crown Point and the Windy City.

Highlights from Megan's 2017 Colts Cheerleaders Swimsuit Calendar Shoot. (Indiana Dunes State Park - Chesterton, IN)

"It wasn't every day, it was a couple days a week and the weekends were strictly in Chicago," she says. "It was very scary, but it was cool growing up with those professional ballerinas. It was a great experience."

She quit ballet when she was in high school and danced on her school's dance team. But it wasn't until dance was taken away that she realized how much it meant to her.

"My senior year in high school at state, I tore my hamstring. My coach was like, 'You're not doing our next routine.' And I'm like, 'Yes, I am. This is the last time I'm ever going to dance. I'm competing.'"

What she thought was her last dance was just the last page of a chapter in her dancing career.


"I was like, 'My dance career is done.' I never thought I would dance again. So I took a year off and I saw that the Colts were having auditions and I really missed dance, so I was like, 'Why not?' I tried out not knowing what I was capable of doing still, since I ended on an injury."

It went well enough that she made the team. Now a veteran of the Colts Cheerleaders, Megan says it's her teammates that have made the past three seasons so special.

"I think it would be the friendships. Growing up, I have my close friends and everything, but I never really had a big group of girlfriends. And so, the relationships I have made being on this team, I'll always have those friendships."


She knows the day will come when she'll have to move on, but when she does, she'd like to find a way to keep dance a part of her life forever.

"It's very hard to think about," she says. "Dance has been my entire life and one day, it might not be in my life. But I would love to coach or stay involved somehow."


For Megan, dancing is both a way to reach in and reach out.

"I think it's great because it's a way for us to just forget about everything else. When we come to dance, we show our love for dance through our movements and everything else that's going on outside of it just leaves our brains. It's just a way for us to relax and that's our time."

And in the meantime, she's having the time of her life.

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