Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Benton graduate set to debut as St. Louis Rams cheerleader 

Posted by Sasha at 4:04 PM ET

By Becky Malkovich
The Southern
September 13, 2008

BENTON - Lauren Moore has been performing in front of crowds since her very first dance recital, but none quite as large as the crowd she will perform before today.

Moore, 22, is set to make her regular season debut as a St. Louis Rams cheerleader in front of a sold-out crowd at the Edward Jones Dome, home to the St. Louis Rams football team.

And a sold-out Edward Jones Dome translates to 66,000 fans in attendance at the club's home opener against the New York Giants.

"It's more than I ever imagined, much more than I ever expected," Moore of Benton said. "They say the atmosphere at the home opener is unreal. It's very, very exciting."

Moore, the daughter of Hugh and Lisa Moore, grew up with a love of dance, fostered by her mother who had a dance studio and is the longtime coach of the Benton Consolidated High School Rangler Girls team.

Moore was a four-year member of the Rangler Girls and went on to four years with Murray State University's dance team, where she was a captain for three years. She graduated last May.

"I've been dancing my entire life. It's a lot of work but also a lot of fun and it keeps me connected to the athletic scene. I always enjoyed sports and always played. I can dance and still be a part of a sport," she said. "And I love performing and entertaining."

A 2004 BCHS graduate, Moore is among the 24 Rams cheerleaders who made it through a tough audition process last April.

Theresa Mancini, the Rams' entertainment assistant and cheerleader coordinator, said Moore was a perfect fit for the squad.

"Lauren was chosen as a St. Louis Rams cheerleader not only because of her dance ability, but she is professional, has great communication skills and is a team player," Mancini said.

The team has gotten together for practice twice a week since last spring to get ready for the season. They also take part in promotional activities for the club.

The squad performs five dance routines on the field and also does sideline dances during the game, she said.

"We're really busy right now, but it's a good busy," Moore said.

Kickoff is at noon today.

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