Mhkeeba Pate cheered five seasons in the NFL as a Sea Gal for the Seattle Seahawks. She cheered in Super Bowl XLVIII and XLIX and performed at over 50 home games and various community events throughout the Pacific Northwest. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling with her friends, watching sports and writing her first fictional novel. Mhkeeba graduated with a degree in Marketing from Georgetown University and completed her J.D. and M.B.A. from Temple University.
Brittany Corley cheered six seasons in the NFL as a Sea Gal for the Seattle Seahawks. She cheered in Super Bowl XLIX and performed at over 60 home games and various community events throughout the Pacific Northwest. In her spare time, she loves traveling to new places, trying new cuisine, cooking for her family and exploring with her puppy Mocha. Brittany graduated with a degree in Art, Media & Culture from University of Washington.
Brittany and Mhkeeba interview Michelle Vaughn, one of the hottest choreographers for several NBA dance teams and NFL cheerleading squads! The ladies learn all about her background as a professional dancer in Los Angeles performing with exciting artists like Nicki Minaj and Flo Rida, and her perspective on changes in the pro dance industry from influence of social media. Michelle also shares how she balances her career as a master teacher at pro dance training programs and dance conventions all over the U.S. and internationally at the pro, college and high school level! During this week's Cheer Chat, Mhkeeba and Brittany discuss the trend of branded video content on the various social media sites of pro cheerleading teams and wonder if this concern with re-branding the team image is getting a little bit overplayed. The ladies also discuss economic justice and pay equity for female athletes in sports as it pertains to professional dancers and cheerleaders. The ladies have fun getting to know Michelle with the Drop It Like It's Hot segment!
In this very important bonus episode, Brittany and Mhkeeba share the disturbing news of the Sacramento Kings and Dallas Mavericks terminating their pro dance teams in exchange for a hip-hop focused co-ed dance and entertainment crew. The ladies host four women from the Sacramento Kings Dancers - Ariana Hirschfield, Daphnie Coon, Kellie Jackson, and Mariah Palmiter - to share their stories of how this decision was poorly communicated to them and how it has impacted their lives. More importantly, the ladies discuss the overall negative message these teams are sending to the youth and aspiring pro dancers that their profession is not respected and that their voices do not matter. With this interview, Mhkeeba and Brittany want to ensure that their voices are heard loud and clear!