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Cheerleaders' Tour In India Gets Extended

The Redskins Cheerleaders have been so well received in India that they extended their trip through May 28.

Twelve cheerleaders and two team choreographers are in Bangalore, India helping to bridge two cultures by creating the first-ever cheerleading squad in that country.

They have been performing at Royal Challengers Bangalore cricket matches since April 18.

The cheerleaders arrived in India on April 13 and quickly became the focus of public curiosity as they cheered at the Royal Challengers' first four matches in the Indian premier league.

The cheerleaders were scheduled to return to the United States at the end of April. Now that their tour has been extended, they will stay on for Royal Challengers' last 10 cricket matches.

"This is a real compliment," said Donald Wells, director of the cheerleaders. "Because we will now travel to the teams away games we will get to see more of the country, including the Taj Mahal. It's a dream for us all and everyone has been great."

While in India, the Redskins Cheerleaders will continue to conduct auditions and teach dance and choreography to Indian women.

The cheerleaders' trip has not escaped the notice of world media, with numerous Indian television and newspaper outlets chronicling their activities. In the United States, the New York Times has published an OP/ED column about the first-ever cheerleading squad in India and its cultural impact on the country.

On April 18, the Washington Post had a front page news article about the cheerleaders' trip to India.

And ABC News produced a news video and news article with interviews of the Redskins Cheerleaders and Indian cricket fans.

The official web site of the Royal Challengers has posted a news article about the reception that the Redskins Cheerleaders have received in India.

The Royal Challengers web site also has posted a music video by pop singer Katrina Kaif with the Redskins Cheerleaders serving as background dancers. (To watch the video, click on the multimedia section on the right side of the home page.)

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