The Washington Redskins Cheerleaders, deemed the "First Ladies of Football," will be 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 (IPL), in their inaugural game on April 18.
Twelve Cheerleaders and two choreographers will spend 18 days touring the country and performing at major events, and to cheer on the Royal Challengers during their first four games.
Traveling with the group will be Entertainment and Cheerleading Director Donald Wells, who took the helm in 1997.
Just two days after their arrival in Bangalore, on April 13, they will hold the first ever Pro Cheerleader audition in India.
The Cheerleaders will return from India at the end of the month, and 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/Choreographer of the Redskins Cheerleaders. Jojokian will spend 10 days working with the Bangalore Cheerleaders.
"I am 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 this project is complete, the Redskins Cheerleading department will have spent over 10 weeks creating a new cheerleading world in India.
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.