Saturday, October 06, 2007

St. Louis Rams Cheerleaders 

Posted by James at 6:46 AM ET

The St. Louis Rams Cheerleaders have taken their website up a notch. There are lots more photos and videos.

They've also started a new "Meet the Cheerleaders" feature and they're kicking it off with Captain and Six-year veteran Natalie.:

Natalie knew early on that she’d always be on her toes.
Natalie, St. Louis Rams Cheerleaders
The Jonesboro, Ill., native began dancing at age 8, taking part in jazz, ballet, tap and just about any other style of creative motion she could think of. Now she’s making it a career move as well, performing with the Ashley Liane Dance Co. while captaining a line of the Rams cheerleading squad.

As a member of the professional dance company, which formed in summer 2007, Natalie already has performed around town at events like Fair St. Louis, Creve Coeur Days and Loop in Motion. She practices two nights a week and usually performs about once a month. “I’m the ‘second in command’ at the dance company,” Natalie says. “I’m also a stylist, helping with costumes and other decisions. I love it.”

As a dancer, Natalie stays in tune with a broad range of music, anything that’s got a beat—country, hip hop, R & B and even classical. “Any chance I get, I’m dancing. It’s how I work out and stay in shape,” she says. Later in her career, she plans to land an agent and show off her moves in music videos and on tour with headliner musicians. Justin Timberlake and Janet Jackson are some of the artists she’d love to be on stage with.

Now living in Creve Coeur, Natalie also works days as a media sales consultant for Yellow Book USA. She turned that page of her career in summer 2007 after getting her degree, and enjoys helping companies develop print and online advertising plans so they can grow their businesses.

Natalie studied business marketing and mass communications at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. She continues to tend bar occasionally at Al Hrabosky’s downtown, where she had a job before graduating. When she’s not working—or dancing—you might find her in the kitchen, cooking or baking for friends and family. “I make great sugar cookies with icing, and I’d love to take a cake decorating class,” she says.

Natalie enjoys the charitable appearances she’s able to make with the Rams, and envisions herself stepping into volunteer roles with children’s hospitals, Alzheimer’s organizations or other nonprofits. She’ll soon become an aunt for the first time, and looks forward to having a family of her own.

Check out the Rams Cheerleaders online here.

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