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Cheerleaders Stayed Busy With Aruba Trip

July 11, 2008

The 2008 Redskins Cheerleaders have had the busiest start to a season in the squad's history.

Just two days after final auditions, 12 members left to start eight weeks of work in India transforming the Indian Premier League (IPL cricket) into a huge entertainment success.

Within days of the group's return from India, the cheerleaders hit the international stage again: All 40 members flew to the beautiful island nation of Aruba to shoot the next addition of the annual Cheerleaders Calendar.

It was the squad's first time visiting Aruba, nicknamed "One Happy Island."

Melanie Treanor, director of marketing for the Redskins Cheerleaders, worked closely with Francis Purvey, director of marketing for Radisson Aruba, on getting the cheerleaders to Aruba for the last three years.

After months of planning, the trip came off without a hitch and the cheerleaders enjoyed all of the exciting sites Aruba has to offer. With the help of the Aruba Hotel and Tourism Authority, the Redskins Cheerleaders also had access to some unique settings, backdrops and props.

Said rookie cheerleader Stephanie: "I knew that becoming a Redskins Cheerleader would change my life, but I had no idea less than two months after making the squad I would be traveling to so many different countries."

Added Dawn, another rookie: "This is a dream!"

This year's Cheerleader Calendar will be more the just the average swimsuit calendar. It features custom handmade outfits and body-painted attire.

"We like to be sexy and creative with our styling," said Stephanie Jojokian, the squad's director and choreographer.

Some of the body-painted suits took several hours to apply and many of the handmade clothing pieces were literally sewn on the cheerleaders prior to the shoot.

"I think the calendar is a perfect example of what the entire cheerleading program has become for the Redskins," said director of entertainment and cheerleading Donald Wells. "We strive to be creative, innovative and trendsetters in everything that we do."

The calendar is now in its production stage and is expected to be available for purchase at the end of July. Fans can get their copy at the Redskins Online Store on Redskins.com or at any of the Official Redskins Stores.

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