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Thursday Round-Up: Behind The Scenes With Rookie Seahawks Dancer Geena

Jessica Walz of Inside Dance Magazine spoke with three rookie NFL cheerleaders about their first seasons and how they prepare to perform on the big stage.


Good morning, 12s. Here's a look at what's out there today — Thursday, February 10 — about your Seattle Seahawks.

Behind The Scenes With Rookie Seahawks Dancer Geena

The Seahawks played most of their games during the 2020 season in stadiums without any fans due to the COVID-19 pandemic. That changed in 2021, as the were 12s back in full force at Lumen Field as the most passionate fanbase in the NFL.

But it wasn't just fans that were cheering — the Seahawks Dancers also play a vital part in creating the atmosphere and energy that makes Lumen Field one of the most enjoyable places to see a football game. Geena is a former University of Washington cheerleader who just finished her rookie season as a Seahawks Dancer, and she recently spoke with Jessica Walz of Inside Dance Magazine about the experience of auditioning for the team, engaging with fans and the community, and being a part of the big stage that is the National Football League.

As far as preparing for the actual dance elements, Geena says that dabbling in different dance styles went a long way in her development. "I took all different styles; Salsa, Jazz, Hip Hop, and NFL Jazz/Pom to help get me used to picking up choreography and challenging my brain and body to do different styles of dance," Geena said. "I believe that pushing yourself out of your comfort zone and trying new styles enables you to grow as a dancer. I knew that virtual learning could be a part of the NFL season this year, so getting myself comfortable with that was a skill I wanted to be strong at."

Geena says cheering in college also helped prepare her for the community and fan elements of the NFL. "Her coach told the team to always 'perform for the highest level in the stadium and always engage with fans… and to put power and purpose behind every move,'" Walz writes.

Geena also mentioned an event where Seahawks Dancers got to meet and hang out with local high school cheer and dance teams, which she says is one of the main reasons she wanted to cheer in the NFL. "I had such wonderful conversations with them," Geena said. "Not just about dance, but about college, life, and how I got to where I'm at. I love helping others chase their dreams, so getting to engage with these dancers who also have the same goal is by far my favorite part about being an NFL cheerleader."

Click here to read Walz’s full piece on Geena and other rookie NFL cheerleaders this season.

Some of the best photos of Seahawks Dancer Geena throughout the 2021 season.

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