Thursday, April 10, 2008

Cheerleaders Head to India to Create Squad 

Posted by Sasha at 9:05 PM ET

April 9, 2008

The Redskins Cheerleaders are traveling to India on April 10 to create the first-ever cheerleading squad in that country for cricket's Royal Challengers Bangalore, part of the new Indian Premier League.

Twelve Redskins Cheerleaders and two choreographers will spend 18 days touring the country and performing at major events, including cheering on the Royal Challengers during their first four games.

Traveling with the group will be Redskins Entertainment and Cheerleading Director Donald Wells.

Just two days after their arrival in Bangalore, on April 13, they will hold the first ever Pro Cheerleader audition in India.

"I have been working for weeks creating the new uniforms and working on the smaller details that it takes to create a squad from scratch," Wells said.

The cheerleaders have taken their style of dance and have had Indian Dancers come in and teach Bollywood Hip Hop for a dance routine.

"This fusion of dance backgrounds has created a new amazing style," Wells said. "I am really looking forward to the reaction of India towards the Redskins Cheerleaders. I've known what we are doing is cutting edge and it's great to see that we are going to start this squad off on the right foot."

The cheerleaders will return from India at the end of April, but Wells and two-year veteran Sharica will stay behind for three more weeks.

On May 14, Wells will hand over the new squad to Stephanie Jojokian, director and choreographer of the Redskins Cheerleaders.

Jojokian will spend 10 days working with the Bangalore cheerleaders.

"I'm looking forward to coaching the India team and watching them unite as team, improve as individuals and feel the same type of pride and dedication our cheerleaders feel by working hard and accomplishing goals," Jojokian said.

By the time the project is complete, the Redskins Cheerleaders department will have spent more than 10 weeks creating a new cheerleading world in India.

The Royal Challengers' first game is April 18.

The Royal Challengers cricket franchise is owned by Dr. Vijay Mallya, through his company Royal Challengers sports private limited--a 100 percent subsidiary of United Spirits Limited.

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