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Friday, August 03, 2007

The Fort Wayne Mad Ants Present the Madame Ants 

Posted by James at 5:35 PM ET

Group of 14 ladies makes history as the first dance team to represent the franchise

From NBA.com
On a long hot weekend in mid-July, dozens of local ladies braved the steamy weather to audition for the Fort Wayne Mad Ants dance team, the Madame Ants. Held in the Schaefer Center at Indiana Tech in Fort Wayne, tryouts involved learning two high-intensity routines and participating in personal interviews.

After the arduous process, Coach Sheenah Johnson selected fourteen women to comprise the first dance team in franchise history. Johnson was not without help while making this difficult decision; local radio personalities Andy (Majic 95.1) and Big Kess (Wild 96.3), Mad Ants intern Ashley Frye, IPFW basketball player Zeljko “Zee” Egeric, and Barbara Johnson, owner of SheeKriStyle Academy of Dance Arts, provided constructive criticism and comic relief during the weekend.

Team President Jeff Potter approved of the judges’ decisions in choosing the Madame Ants: “I think that Fort Wayne will be incredibly proud of our dance team. These women are beautiful, both inside and out, as well as intelligent and very personable,” he stated.

Making history, the Madame Ants will be Coach Sheenah Johnson, Kimberly Ingle, Cassidy Colvin, Natalie Kuehnert, Chelsy Vaughn, Carly Shaleen, Kelly Horne, Sarah Bowser, Dashielle Tinker, April Wirt, Naomi Shaw, Nicole Mikolay, Ashley Parrish and Brennan Speilman. Although November 23 (the date of the Mad Ants’ first home game) is still months away, the Madame Ants will immediately start to appear throughout the community to promote the team. In addition to their regular dance schedule, these women will act as representatives of the Mad Ants at many community and professional venues.


Ft.Wayne Madame Ants
2007-2008 Fort Wayne Madame Ants
Back Row: Kimberly Ingle, Cassidy Colvin, Natalie Kuehnert, Chelsy Vaughn, Carly Shaleen
Middle Row: Kelly Horne, Sarah Bowser, Dashielle Tinker, April Wirt, Naomi Shaw
Front Row: Nicole Mikolay, Coach Sheenah Johnson, Ashley Parrish
Not Pictured: Brennan Speilman

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