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Meet Megan R.: Cheerleader of the Week

Hey Colts Nation! My name is Megan R, and I am thrilled to be your Cheerleader of the Week!





This is my second season as a Sweetheart of the Horseshoe and I am honored to be back cheering for the best team in the NFL! To say that I am blessed is an understatement. I absolutely love being an Indianapolis Colts Cheerleader and being a part of such an amazing organization. Not only do I enjoy dancing and performing on game days, but also being able to make an impact others' lives and putting smiles on their faces and most importantly cheering on our boys in blue!

I began dancing when I was 3 years old and it has been one of my biggest passions since day one.  I have been a dancer for The Indiana Youth Ballet, The Joffrey Ballet, and The Crown Point Dance team, along with other teams and studios. I have trained in all types of dance and have learned so much throughout the years.

Aside from being a Sweetheart of the Horseshoe, I have a very busy schedule. I am starting my new full time job as a disclosure clerk this week and will be working in the Indianapolis area. I am very excited to take on this job and to start a new chapter in my life.  When I am not at cheer or work, I love to get a good workout in, do some sort of craft project, or cuddle up on the couch with my cat or dog and watch Netflix!

This past week was busy, but very exciting! I moved to my new apartment in the Indianapolis area! I am so excited to be living on my own and to be in the area and not have a commute every week! Other than moving this past week, I had so much fun performing at training camp and being able to sign autographs and take pictures with Colts Nation on family night! It was a blast being able to perform with my teammates, interacting with fans and to see how excited Colts Nation is for this season!

I wouldn't be where I am today without the love and support of my friends and family. To my mom and dad, thank you for pushing me throughout the years to be the best that I can be and for never giving up on me. Thank you for all your time and dedication to make my dream come true! To all my friends and family who have been an incredible support system throughout my journey, I want to thank you for all your encouraging words and for all your support!  I would also like to thank all of the amazing Colts Fans out there! My experience as an NFL cheerleader would not be the same without you all. I am very excited to continue cheering for the best team in the NFL with you!

What do you do in your free time to relax?
I like to spend my free time relaxing outside (when the sun is out of course), hanging out with friends and family, or just watching a movie. I also love to do crafts when I have enough spare time. I am always looking for new projects on pinterest to decorate my apartment!

What is a normal practice like for the Colts Cheerleaders?
A normal practice for us consists of an hour-long high intensity workout with our amazing trainer, Sean Bartram, then a long stretch to keep our muscles warm and to prepare for dancing. After, we usually focus on our big team routines depending on what we are doing at the upcoming game. We usually go through each routine with counts for formations and any changes that have been made and then we run each routine with music until it looks the best! Once we are finished with those routines we break up into our smaller squads and work on our sideline routines and vamps. Usually at practice we perform in front of the other squads so each girl has their counterpart to watch and critique which really helps us prepare for events and games. Once we are finished running through our routines we have a team meeting to go over any upcoming events/appearances or anything else that needs to be discussed. And finally we bring it in and end with a Colts on three!

I think a big misconception about Colts Cheerleaders is…
That cheerleading is our entire life. Yes we spend a lot of time with practicing, appearances, performances, games, and other events, but each girl on the team also has a full time job or is a full time student. We live very busy lives and we all love what we do!

You were a part of the Joffrey Ballet School. What was the most rewarding part of this experience?
The most rewarding part about dancing in the Joffrey Ballet was being able to dance with professional ballet dancers. It was truly an amazing experience being able to dance side by side with some of the professional ballerinas that I looked up to growing up. It was definitely a very rewarding experience being able to have that to look back and reflect on my younger years of dance.

Going into your second year as a Colts Cheerleader, how do you think this year will be different than your rookie year last season?
Going into my second year I think this season will be different because I have already learned the ropes for everything and now I know what to expect throughout the season. My rookie season was stressful at times, but it was a lot of fun being able to experience everything for the first time. So now that I have all of the first time jitters out I think I will be able to enjoy things more and not have to worry so much about if I am missing something or doing something wrong. I think I will be able to soak it all in this year and be able to live in the moment without worrying about things as much! I am excited for this season and can't wait to see what opportunities it brings!

Indianapolis Colts Cheerleader: Megan R.

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