INDIANAPOLIS – Olivia M. attended Ball State after growing up in Madison, Indiana. She danced and was an instructor for many years and now is with the Colts, fulfilling a long-held dream.
The 2014 season will be her first with the Indianapolis Colts Cheerleaders.
Questions and Answers with Olivia M.:
What is your education background and occupation?
College: Ball State University; Degree: Sociology-Minors in Psychology & Interpersonal Relations
Occupation: Customer Success Coach at Kareo, Medical Billing Software.
What is your dance experience?
I was a member of the Ball State Code Red Dance Team for four years.
Do you have any fitness or public speaking experiences of note?
I was a Zumba, Kickboxing and Hip Hop Hustle instructor. I also was a presenter and troubleshooter of student issues in Henry County Public Schools. I was a 2012 Ball State Spokesperson for the Henry County project.
Images of Olivia through the entire cheer audition process.
What is your greatest accomplishment?
My greatest accomplishment would be graduating from Ball State University and being a part of BSU Athletics on the Code Red Dance Team my four years there. Also, of course, making the Colts Cheerleading Squad!
What is an interesting fact about yourself?
My birthday is on Valentine's Day. I grew up in a big, pink house. I ran the Indy Mini-Marathon the past two years.
What is your favorite thing about Indianapolis?
My favorite things are the opportunities and events in the city. Coming from the small town of Madison, Indiana, we did not have the same type of events and opportunities that Indianapolis has to offer. There is something for everyone here, whether you want to go to a concert, attend a festival, walk on the Monon Trail or walk around downtown. There is always an entertainment event of some sort going on in the city. I love downtown Indianapolis. There is a certain buzz in Indianapolis that is contagious.
Why did you decide to audition for the Colts Cheerleaders?
I auditioned for the Colts Cheerleaders for multiple reasons. One reason is dance has always been a part of my life. Taking two years off from dancing was the hardest thing for me. I was hoping to keep my passion for dance alive and continue dancing and being a part of a team as a Colts Cheerleader. I also want to cheer on the sidelines for the best team in the NFL! Also, since I am fairly new to the Indianapolis area, I would love to get more involved in the community. Since the Cheerleaders are involved with charities and other organizations, I want to be a part of that and get involved in my new city. That was a huge factor in auditioning for the Colts Cheerleaders.
What was the most difficult part of the audition?
The most difficult part of the audition process was overcoming an injury. I pulled my hamstring during auditions, so I had to see a Physical Therapist throughout the process. In my entire dancing career, I was never once injured until then. It was hard for me to overcome the injury and continue dancing with a smile through the pain.
What did you take away from the audition process?
During the audition process, I took away friendships. I met so many girls throughout the clinics and finals, and it was a great experience to meet other dancers in Indianapolis. I love meeting new people and being able to share our dance backgrounds with one another.
What are you looking forward to the most being a Colts Cheerleader?
I am looking forward to dancing, of course. Also, being part of a team. I love the bonding experiences, and I can't wait to get to know these other 27 girls. I love being a part of a team and the memories that are made.
What does the Horseshoe mean to you?
The Horseshoe represents the Colts' community. The Horseshoe represents the unity of a team and the city of Indianapolis. It unites the fans of the Colts and represents a powerful team and an even stronger community.
Explain your feelings and thoughts about your first game day.
My feelings about the first game are pure excitement. I get an adrenaline rush just going to a Colts game. The energy in Lucas Oil is phenomenal. I can't wait to feel the energy and adrenaline on the field. Putting on the uniform for the first time for the game will be surreal. It has always been a dream of mine to be a Colts Cheerleader, and all of the sweat and tears through the audition process will all be worth it at that moment. I already can't wait for football season!