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The Lady Jets

Of course you’ve heard about the Atlanta Falcons, but have you heard of the Georgia Jets? The Georgia Jets is a football team that competes in the semi-professional league. Cheering them on to victory are the spectacular Lady Jets! 

Every member has a genuine passion for dancing. Kavonna, who has been on the team for two years, explained that she enjoys “the rush from performing”. She said that she was “glad to start the season with a team full of talented women”. While dancing is a huge component of remaining on the team, keeping up a good image is equally, if not more, important. Shanniqua stressed that it is imperative that everyone “upholds a positive, public appearance because everyone and their actions are a reflection of the team”.

The captain, Sharron, has been involved with dancing since she was eight years old and has been a Lady Jet for three years. As captain, she leads the Lady Jets on the field during half-time performances, schedules practice dates, and serves as a liaison between the team and the coach.

She said, “What I love most about being captain is…just being a resource for the girls, [and] helping them whether it’s dance-related or not.”

     Lachun Thornton is the coach for the Lady Jets. She has been dancing since high school and expressed how much she loves it. Thornton has worked with many dance teams and has even worked with a youth dance group in Lapos,  Italy. When it comes to the Lady Jets, she puts a lot of energy toward the group to ensure that they maintain their skill and image.

“I am very happy with the squad this year,” she said.

Thornton described dance as an “art form”, and she is proud that the Lady Jets execute it so well.

“When I’m watching them dance, I’m like ‘Yes! Yes! That looks fun!’”

Thornton never took dance lessons, but she encourages everyone to take classes in order to cultivate their craft.

Besides performing, the Lady Jets participate in community service activities including female football camps, community camps in Lithonia, and working with the Kevin Henry Foundation.

Almost everyone described the team as a way to help accomplish their dreams and goals. Kavonna wants to cheer for the Atlanta Hawks someday.

“[The semi-pro league] is great practice for anyone who wants to go pro,” she said.

Kennya, who wants to be a music artist, said that being on the team helped her get used to performing in front of crowds.

“The team is fun and it helps you to be more ‘out there’.”

CeAir, first-year team member, has been a cheerleader since she was four and wants to go on to become a cheerleader for the Atlanta Falcons. In the meantime, she wants to brush up on her dance skills as a semi-pro cheerleader.

“I’m very interested in coming back,” she said.

Tryouts for the Lady Jets are held every Spring. You must be 18 years of age or older and you must be working full time, part time, or be enrolled in school. For more information, visit them at http://www.facebook.com/AtlantaDiamonds-Pearls

Editor-in-Chief: Raena S.

Originally published August 12, 2012

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