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Going Pro Expo - Chicago

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Sunday, June 24, 2012 from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM (CDT)

Going Pro Expo - Chicago

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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
General Event Entry   more info Ended $12.00 $0.00
Choreography Session 1: 9:30-11:00am, Rebecca Girard - Jazz   more info Ended $20.00 $0.00
Choreography Session 2: 11:00am-12:30pm, Gloria Esposito - Hip Hop   more info Ended $20.00 $0.00
Choreography Session 3: 1:30-3:00pm, Laura Eilers - Pom Thrash
Includes event entry fee. Choreographer Laura Eilers, PIFL director, former NFL cheerleader. Please see bio below. If you've purchased a General Entry ticket, get $10.00 off this class by entering promotion code POM.
Ended $20.00 $0.00
Choreography Session 4: 3:00-4:30pm, Melanie Austin - Jazz   more info Ended $20.00 $0.00
Technique Session 5: 4:30-6:00pm, Rebecca Girard
Get $10.00 off this technique class when purchasing at least one choreography session - just enter promotion code TECH below. Includes event entry fee. Instructor Rebecca Girard, former NBA dance team director. Please see bio below.Includes event entry fee. Instructor Rebecca Girard, former NBA dance team director. Please see bio below.
Ended $20.00 $0.00
Going Pro Convention Tank Top   more info Ended $26.00 $0.00

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  • Chicago Going Pro Expo
  • Sunday, June 24, 2012
  • 9:00am-6:00pm
  • HiFi Fitness, 820 North Orleans, Suite 100, Chicago, IL 60610

HiFi Fitness 

Bringing together women in the industries of ...

  • Fitness
  • Dance
  • Pageants
  • Modeling
  • Entertainment


Activities include ....

  • Vendors & Shopping
  • Active Workshops
  • Choreography Sessions
  • Fitness Workouts


Costs ....

  • General admission $12.00 online, $20.00 at the door, includes:
    - Vendors such as food, clothing, makeup and more
    - Active workshops by the best in the industry
    - View workshops    - View vendors   - Become a vendor
  • Choreography sessions $20.00 online, $25.00 at the door
    - Includes admission
    - Learn hot original choreography from the NFL, NBA, AFL and beyond
    - View choreographers
  • Event Tank TopGroup discounts available when registering 5 or more participants for choreography sessions. Receive $5.00 off each class and additional general entry tickets at no cost. Please contact event management with the choreographers and presentations you would like to attend and number of participants. Group discounts must be arranged within 24 hours prior to the event.
  • Event tank top $25.00
    - Black with red, white and blue logo
    - Racer back tank is perfect for dance and fitness or paired with your favorite jeans!
    - Available in XS, S, M, L adult sizes. Limited availability. Order top larger to wear oversized with a peek-a-boo sports bra or order smaller to wear fitted.





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Please click on the choreographer's name for photo and background. Each choreography session requires a $20.00 enrollment, which includes unlimited free expo workshops. Each choreography session is 90 minutes in length. Routines are 45-60 seconds in length, pro dance style with complimentary music files and routine videos after the event. Some routines may have groups and formations. 

9:30am Rebecca Girard JAZZ - Former Dance Team Director of the NBA Detroit Pistons

11:00am Gloria Esposito HIP HOP - Director of the AFL Chicago Adrenaline Rush, Former NBA Dancer of the Chicago Bulls

1:30pm Laura Eilers POM THRASH - Director of the PIFL Richmond Lady Raiders, Former NFL Cheerleader of the St. Louis Rams and Kansas City Chiefs

3:00pm Melanie Potesta Austin JAZZ - Season 3 "So You Think You Can Dance," Former NBA Dancer of the Indiana Pacers

4:30pm Rebecca Girard TECHNIQUE - Former Dance Team Director of the NBA Detroit Pistons


Workshops will allow you to actively engage in conversation and learn from the best in the industry. Unlimited workshops are included with admission or choreography enrollment. Space is limited so pre-registration is encouraged. Please click on the workshop title to read more about the presenter.

9:30am - 6:00pm Fitness Sessions - HiFi Fitness Personal Training Staff. Walk in to sessions throughout the day ranging from 30 to 60 minutes in length. Sessions will include stretching, toning, boot camp, abs and more. Check the schedule upon arrival, or indicate your interest during registration. 

10:15am Take A Bite Out of the Competition - Pierce Hutchings, Personal Trainer. You know what you should and should not eat, but how do you make a plan that works? Pierce will guide you through a nutrition plan for getting the body you desire and developing the mind of a champion.

11:00am Winning: Pageantry 101 - Shanon Lersch, Miss Illinois USA 2008 and Laura Eilers, Ms. United States 2011. In less than six months, Laura entered and won a state and national pageant with no previous pageant training. Shanon has allowed her Miss USA state title to launch her into international broadcasting and dance. Learn how you can get the winning edge or get started in pageantry with these two pro dance alums.

11:45am Break Into Hollywood - Melanie Potesta Austin, Season 3 So You Think You Can Dance. It's a reality TV world. Do you have what it takes? How can you get noticed? Are you prepared for being selected? Find out the truth behind Hollywood contests and how to prepare your application, interview and auditions.

1:30pm Fitness Modeling 101: Learn How to Get Discovered - Alicia Harris, IFBB Figure Pro & Nicole Duncan, IFBB Fitness Pro. Both ladies are Olympia athletes who know a thing or two about representing the fitness industy. If you've ever wanted to model for a sports nutrition company, become a fitness cover model or win a competition, they've got you covered. With the right attitude and tips, you could be the next big thing and still manage to live a healthy balanced life!

2:15pm Director's Corner - Rebecca Girard, Former NBA Dance Director. Bring your cheer or dance team to the next level and perfect your skills to become an amazing coach. Ask the tough questions and learn how to break into the coaching industry. 

3:00pm Perfect Your Social Media Portfolio - Mickey Oliver, DJ/Casting Agent. Facebook? Twitter? Website? How do you portray yourself in the entertainment business? Mickey will help you know where to start and how to save time and money creating your social media profile. 

3:45pm Your Face is A Canvas - Alberto Daniel, Makeup Artist. We all have a face, now make it beautiful! Get tips in color, techniques, tools and more. Bring your mirror and makeup kit for a hands on session with one of Chicago's most talented makeup artists. 

4:30pm Hair Power - Chrissy McClaughry, Hair Stylist. Let your hair reach its full potential no matter the length, color or texture. Unlock your potential through styling, color, extensions and more. 

5:15pm Light Up the Room - Wynne Lacey, Sports Entertainment Director, Certified Life Coach. Do you catch the director's eye as soon as you enter the room? Wynne will discuss how you can channel your energy and stand out from the crowd.


Rebecca GirardRebecca Girard - Former Dance Team Director of the NBA Detroit Pistons Automotion. Rebecca is the former 10-year Director of the Detroit Pistons Automotion Dance Team, where she also was a performer on the inaugural team. She has choreographed and produced halftime shows and routines for the NFL, NBA, WNBA and AFL. Rebecca founded the Oakland University Dance Team, where she earned a degree in business, dance and psychology before being inducted into the college’s Athletic Hall of Honor. She has coached the nationally ranked University of Michigan Dance Team as well as MTV America's Got Talent Regional Finalist crew. Additional consulting and judging experience includes Universal Dance Association and the Miss USA Michigan/Miss Teen USA Michigan pageants. She has directed large scale high school dance/pom competitions, has experience in movies, pageants, singing, acting, modeling, and motivational speaking. Rebecca is also the mid-north regional Style Pro for Angela King Designs - Go Wild! Wear. Rebecca will teach a pro jazz routine at 9:30am, technique at 4:30pm, and will present "Director's Corner" at 2:15pm.

Melanie AustinMelanie Potesta Austin - Season 3 "So You Think You Can Dance," Former NBA Dancer of the Indiana Pacers. Melanie was a dancer with the Indiana NBA Pacers “Pacemates” for eight years, serving as captain for three. With over 26 years of training in Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, Lyrical, and Contemporary, Melanie has earned finalist positions for the NBA Laker Girls as well as Season 3 of “So You Think You Can Dance.” She is a certified kickboxing and pilates-yoga instructor. Melanie’s studies include paralegal and broadcasting. She will soon complete a degree in broadcast meteorology and recently welcomed her first child! Melanie will teach a jazz routine at 3:00pm and present "Breaking into Hollywood" at 11:45am.

Gloria EspositoGloria Esposito - Director of the AFL Chicago Adrenaline Rush, Former NBA Dancer of the Chicago Bulls. Gloria was a 4-year NBA dancer and captain for the Luvabulls. As a member of the Chicago Rush Dance Team, she was selected to the AFL All Star Dance Team and now enters her 4th year as the team's director. She continues to perform in the Chicagoland as a member of the Brooze Brothers and contributes as a staff member of Wynning Teams. Gloria will teach a hip hop routine at 11:00am.

Laura EilersLaura Eilers - Ms. United States 2011, Director of the PIFL Richmond Lady Raiders, Former NFL Cheerleader of the St. Louis Rams and Kansas City Chiefs. Laura was a six-year NFL cheerleader, spending one year with St. Louis and five years with Kansas City. During her years with the NFL, she received honors such as captain, choreographer, swimsuit calendar model, junior program leader and ProBowl Cheerleader runner up. She is the reigning Ms. United States, receiving the national title representing Virginia in summer 2011. In her third year as director of the PIFL Lady Raiders, Laura has also coordinated dance teams and cheerleaders for the MiLB, ABA, AFL, college and high school and serves as the creative director and choreographer of the USA Science Cheerleaders. Laura is the founder of Going Pro Entertainment and national sales director for Angela King Designs - Go Wild! Wear. In 2011, Laura was named #15 on the Bleacher Report's Most Notable NFL Cheerleaders. Laura will teach a pom thrash routine at 1:30pm and present "Winning: Pageantry 101" at 11:00am.

Shanon LerschShanon Lersch - Miss Illinois USA 2008, Former NBA Chicago Luvabull, Director of DePaul Spirit Programs. Shanon is a Chicago native and postgraduate student who attended DePaul University with a dual Masters in Sociology & Communications. She was Miss Illinois USA 2008 and has had the opportunity to travel to Japan, Greece, Cyprus, Turkey, Hong Kong, China, France, Italy, the Netherlands, and all of Southeast Asia as a Professional Model, NBA Dancer, and Spokesperson. She has been featured in national magazines and advertising campaigns including a feature article in the 2008 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition. For six seasons, Shanon was an NBA dancer and captain with the Chicago Bulls. She is currently the Head Coach and Director of the Spirit Programs for DePaul University. Shanon has served as the Talent Manager for NBA China and recently completed season three of China's NBA Competition / Reality Dance Show “Dance Passion” where she was a Host, Choreographer, Dance Coach, and Celebrity Judge. The SUNTIMES has labeled Shanon as the next Paula Abdul of China. She also enjoys serving as the on-air host for NOW TV Sports, covering professional rugby, soccer and basketball for Hong Kong’s largest cable operator. She is also the current in-arena emcee for DePaul Basketball and the AFL's Chicago Rush. Shanon will present "Winning: Pageantry 101" at 11:00am.

Wynne LaceyWynne Lacey - Director of the NHL Chicago Blackhawks Ice Crew, Former NBA Dancer of the Chicago Bulls and Milwaukee Bucks. In her 10th year as the Ice Crew director, Wynne consults teams across the country as they launch ice girls and promo / performance teams. Wynne has also directed the IFL Chicago Slaughter and the AFL Chicago Adrenaline Rush dance teams. She founded Wynning Teams and continues to work with women as a life coach. Wynne will present "Lighting Up the Room" a guide to making a good first impression, at 5:15pm.
Alicia HarrisAlicia Harris - Current Member of the International Federation of Bodybuilding (IFBB). Alicia is an accomplished International Figure Competitor, turning Pro in her 2nd season. This former Track & Field athlete at Eastern Illinois University uses her athletic background along with nutrition to propel her to be one of the top International Figure Competitors. Her success as opened many doors. She does apparel modeling for the Chicago Bears, has a national add with Midas Auto & has done on-camera broadcasting for the Big Ten Network. Alicia also represents Optimum Nutrition and Bodybuilding.com, traveling the world as an official spokesperson for both companies. In 2009 she graced the cover of Muscle & Fitness HERS, and most recently March 2012 graced the cover of Oxygen Magazine. Alicia currently helps many girls with stage presence, nutrition consulting, and motivation regarding the sport that may carry over into other arenas and life in general. Alicia and Nicole will present "Fitness Modeling 101" at 1:30pm.

Nicole DuncanNicole Duncan - Current Member of the International Federation of Bodybuilding (IFBB), Alumni Atlanta Falcons Cheerleader. Nicole resides near Atlanta where she is an accomplished fitness competitor, pro cheer consultant and personal trainer. Nicole was an NFL Cheerleader for the Atlanta Falcons, competed in the NFL Network's "NFL Cheerleader Challenge" and has served as a collegiate dance team director. She is a graduate of the University of Alabama majoring in television broadcasting. Nicole has received titles including 2010 Fitness Olympian, 2010 Arnold Athlete, 2009 Fitness Olympian, 2009 Arnold Fitness Athlete, 2008 Fitness Olympian and 2006 NPC National Fitness Champion. She has been featured in numerous magazines including Oxygen. Alicia and Nicole will present "Fitness Modeling 101" at 1:30pm.

ChrissyChrissy McClaughry, Hair Stylist. Chrissy is a hair stylist and makeup artist at Alberto Daniel Salon. As a former Adrenaline Rush and Chicago Slaughter dancer, she knows how to get hair photo shoot and performance ready. Chrissy will teach "Hair Power" at 4:30pm.

Alberto Daniels SalonAlberto Daniel, Makeup Artist, Owner of Alberto Daniel Salon. Alberto Daniel operates his fantastic salon in Schaumburg, IL "Alberto Daniel Salon." ADS is the official salon of the NHL Chicago Blackhawks Ice Crew. Alberto will teach "Your Face is Your Canvas" at 3:45pm.

Mickey OliverMickey "Mixin" Oliver, Music Pioneer. Mickey is a high-energy, friendly and cheerful presence, one of the original innovators of house music in the early 80s. He has done work for Michael Jordan, the Chicago Sports Channel and the Arnold Schwarzenegger movie Red Heat. Mickey recently launched Chicago's dance musical "Intensi-T" containing beautifully choreographed dancers, sketch comedy, and an electronic live group performing his original hits. The Vegas theme show also features aerialists and specialty performers. Mickey has been named by the London Observer as one of the 10 most influential DJs of all time. The City of Chicago has recently recognized Mickey for his contributions to Dance Music and has named a street after him, making him a part of American History. Mickey has set his sights on the Las Vegas Strip and is getting ready to launch a live stage show. Mickey will teach "Perfect Your Social Media Portfolio" at 3:00pm.

Pierce HutchingsPierce Hutchings, Personal Trainer. Pierce holds a master's degree in physiology and exercise science. For over 13 years, Pierce has worked as a private fitness trainer for professional athletes, teams, celebrities and models specializing in athletic performance, weight loss, body sculpting and intense core training. As a former triathlete and Division I dual sport athlete, Pierce offers his clients a functional, creative and intense cross-training style of workouts to educate and empower his clients to not only get quick results but learn a skill for life. Pierce will teach "Take A Bite Out of the Competition" a guide to your nutrition plan at 11:00am. His staff will lead fitness sessions throughout the day.






Go Wild! WearGo Wild! Wear by Angela King Designs is your premier source for today's hottest styles in professional cheerleading and dance. Whether you are looking for audition outfits, rehearsal wear, a performance costume, or accessories, AKD's Go Wild! collection includes the most sought after designs in the industry. Select from a wide range of fabrics including solids, sparkle and sequins, and embellish with rhinestones, logowork, embroidery and more. Their unique designs and 20 year history in the pro-cheerleading industry includes major brands in the NFL, NBA, NHL, UFL, and beyond. Service is top notch, with alumni pro cheerleaders representing multiple major markets in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom and other international territories. Don't wait! Now's the time to experience perfection. Visit www.gowildwear.com.


Science CheerleaderDarlene Cavalier is a Philadelphia NBA alumni dancer who founded the Science Cheerleader to unite the citizen’s desire to be heard and valued, the scientist’s growing interest in the public’s involvement, and government’s need to garner public support. The Science Cheerleader features cheerleaders and dancers who work in or study science, math, engineering, health and other related fields. Launched in 2010, the Science Cheerleaders performance team has rocked the industry with live performances, ground breaking online videos and even shattered a world record! The Science Cheerleaders have performed in the Philadelphia, New York City, St. Louis, Las Vegas, Dallas, Washington, DC and other cities across the United States. Submit your application to join the performance team by visiting www.sciencecheerleader.com.



Going Pro EntertainmentGoing Pro Entertainment is the premier resource for professional cheerleading and dance services. Developed by former pro dancers from all United States sports leagues, GPE provides exclusive services in audition coaching, team consulting and choreography, and alumni talent management. GPE events feature choreography and mentorship by Pro Cheer All Stars in multiple cities, including Phoenix, Los Angeles, Reno, Denver, Kansas City, Chicago, St Louis, Omaha, Oklahoma City, Houston, Atlanta, Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Minneapolis/St Paul, New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington DC, Virginia Beach, Charlotte (NC), Miami, and Orlando. Visit www.goingproentertainment.com orwww.procheerallstars.eventbrite.com.


Are you interested in reaching women over the age of 18 who are in the industries of fitness, dance, pageants, modeling and entertainment? Showcase your business at the Going Pro Expo for $150.00. Space is limited! Contact Pierce at 312-544-9787 or pierce@bodyfitlab.com.


Have questions about Going Pro Expo - Chicago? Contact Going Pro Entertainment

When & Where

820 North Orleans
Suite 100
Chicago, 60610

Sunday, June 24, 2012 from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM (CDT)

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Going Pro Entertainment


Going Pro Entertainment is the premier resource for professional cheerleading and dance services. Developed by pro dancers from various United States sports leagues, Going Pro provides choreography, training and consulting for performers, with special emphasis on college, semi-pro and professional teams. Instructors and consultants are located nationwide and include elite current and alumni performers, choreographers and directors from the NBA and NFL. 

Please Note: Going Pro Entertainment is not directly affiliated with any professional sports league, team, cheerleading or dance squad. Audition candidates are advised to follow proper audition procedures in accordance to the official team website and training program.

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