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Cheer Camp Updates from Coach Hannah!!!

Camp DAY 1 proved to be full of spirit!

Athletes moved into their dorms rooms and have been learning to live with communal bathrooms. (I always say camp is a GREAT peak into the fun of college life)!

Some day’s accomplishments:

We met all our UCA Staff today and received our Big Bro and Sis – (Specific UCA Staff that work only with our teams). The day started with our Xtreme Routine, into stunt sessions, Sideline Lessons and evaluations, pyramid class, class-yells, and both teams passed & received their credentials in ‘Safety’- one of the 7 Roles of a Cheerleader.

BOTH JV & Varsity received BLUE ribbons on their sideline evaluations! This was the highest ribbon shared today! WOOT-WOOT!

DV received a shout-out on the “Crush Board” today- recognized by another team attending camp!

Spirit Sticks, Top Banana, and more will be awarded tomorrow night and on… we are looking forward to the opportunity to BRING IT HOME!!

If there are any families wishing to come see what we’ve been up to- on our final day all teams will be performing their learned material starting at 9:30am in the Skydome. Parking in the skydome lot is available at cost. I will also be recording the girls performances and sharing them at the conclusion of camp for all families to see!

Camp DAY 2 was a long one packed with material!

Our captains started their day of with Leadership Training. Teams met with their Big bro/Big sis UCA staff for material review. All athletes learned their Game Day Cheer & Band Dance before moving into private coaching, jump class, & leadership training. Teams continued work on their pyramid for their Xtreme Routine performance & learned their hip hop dance.


We received many shout outs on the “Crush Board” from other teams attending camp.

Leah Murray was awarded in the UCA Staff “Pin It Forward”. UCA Staff selected several athletes that represent all characteristics of a cheerleader and kindness. A true honor! On the final day, Leah will pass a pin along to another athlete from another team that she recognizes as the same.

Camp JUMP-OFF was today! Kira Blasenak, Ashley Cahill, Lauren Conway, Olivia Dudley, & Hailey Engels moved on through 3 ROUNDS! It was a very proud moment to see so many DV athletes left through this piece. Congrats to Lauren Conway, winning Jump-Off 2017!!

Both JV and Varsity received BLUE ribbons for their cheer evaluation.

BOTH JV and Varsity went home this evening with SPIRIT STICKS!

Perhaps our proudest achievement of the day… TOP BANANA!! This is considered the great leaders, highly spirited, & inclusive team of the day. Big stuff! GO DV THUNDER.

I must say how appreciative I am to our families for sharing your summers with us. Having the time to work with these teams through summer practices, prior to camp, really helps us shine and gain new experiences at camp. The UCA Staff have been very complimentary of our athletes.

Lastly, we held our dorm-room decoration expose’ this evening. The girls REALLY brought it this year- there were some EXCELLENT themes- these girls can really create some beautiful environments! If you wish to see them… I took a photo of every room and will be sending them to the girls.

See some photos from today attached! (See our Twitter for more!)


Booster Meeting Tonight!

Just a reminder that our Booster meeting is scheduled for tonight night at 6:00pm in room H103. One of the items on the agenda is the nomination and election process for next year’s Booster Board.
Hope to see you all there 🙂

Varsity AIA State Qualifier Today

Come out and support the Varsity Squad at the AIA State Qualifier today, Saturday, December 3rd at Gilbert High School.
  • Gilbert High School is located at 1101 E. Elliot Road Gilbert, AZ 85234.
  • The schedule  has Desert Vista competing at 10:03am.
  • Awards are somewhere between 11:30am – 1:00pm.
Please note that these times are subject to change.
Here are some facts you should know:
  • Ticket prices: $12 for Adults, $10 for Seniors and Military, $5 for students with ID. Re-entry is allowed. It doesn’t specify, but it’s usually cash only so please be prepared just in case they do not accept debit/credit cards.
  • Flowers will be sold at the venue. Flowers purchased elsewhere will not be allowed in the venue.
  • Noisemakers including sirens, horns, bells, buzzers, or any other kind of artificial noise are prohibited.
  • Megaphones are prohibited by spectators, but allowed for teams to use during their routine.
  • Balloons and confetti are prohibited.
  • In case you were thinking of bringing a laser light, don’t – you will be prosecuted. LOL!
  • You can videotape, but only from your seat. You will not be allowed on the floor. No tripods are allowed and you will not be able use an electrical outlets to charge any devices.
  • You must comply with A.I.A. Bylaw; Article 16.3.4 – basically says you must demonstrate appropriate spectator behavior…..think we’re all good on that!!
  • Cheerleaders will not be allowed in the gym to watch other teams compete. They will be in the Team Holding Area watching on TV. If you want to see your daughter/son, you will have to meet her/him in the lobby area.
  • Concessions will be available throughout the day.
  • Merchandise will be for sale in the lobby.
Our hope is all DV families can sit together so please look for us to see where we are sitting. It will be very hard to save seats, but at least if we’re in the same section, we can be loud for our girls/boys to hear us!!

DV Cheer Holiday Boutique!!

The Holiday Boutique is coming!

When : Saturday, December 10, 2016 – 10am – 4pm

Where : DV Student Parking Lot

Please see the below flyers for more info – Please share these flyers at your local businesses and on your Social Media – Thank you !!!


dv-holiday-boutique-frosh dv-boutique-flyer-jv dv-boutique




Competition Showcase!!!!

Come see the Varsity Squad showcase their competition routine this Friday, 11/18/16 at 6pm!!

When : Friday, 11/18/16; 6pm

Where : Small Gym

Please come out and support our girls as they wrap up preparations to head to competition this Weekend – See you There!!!



Hike for Hope!!!

This Saturday, November 12th, DV Cheer will volunteering at Starbright Foundation’s Hike for Hope on South Mountain’s Telegraph Pass. The cheerleaders will be stationed along the trail handing out water. Starbright was kind enough to provide each cheerleader with a event t-shirt to wear for the event.
In efforts to help make this event successful and to assist Starbright with one last push to promote Hike for Hope, we are asking our Cheer families to help spread the word about the hike on Saturday. Please feel free to share the following link on your social media; Starbright Foundation’s Hike for Hope.
If you are not familiar with the Starbright Foundation, here is their mission statement:

Mission Statement:

Our mission is to rescue children and young adults from human sex trafficking and modern day slavery, as well as other dangerous and abusive environments in association with local law enforcement and governing authorities. Our purpose: is to be advocates for children whose voices are silenced by fear and suffer alone, through intervention with services that protect, educate and restores hope for a brighter future through unconditional love.

How we do this:

Starbright has established a “safe house” which provides maximum safety for endangered children with plans for more to come, as environments for healing. We provide hope through crisis counseling, trauma therapy and education of those in the house and the public outside. We offer new beginnings through specialized care for victims of cultic, clergy, incest, mental, physical and sexual abuses; as well as comfort for their families. The standard of care will be personalized to the needs of each individual. We will promote awareness in the community on the escalating crimes of child abuse, sex trafficking, pornography and exploitation, which cause human suffering within our communities, our nation, and the world. We will be encouraging monetary, volunteer, and community assistance support through their time, talents, and treasures which are all graciously accepted. We strive to be the beacon of light for those children that are in need of love that doesn’t hurt and trust that won’t be broken.

DV Cheer is proud to be helping with Starbright Foundation’s Hike for Hope. Starbright relies heavily on donations so please help us spread the word about the hike. It is our hope this event will be very successful for them.




Football Cheer Clinic

Learn cheers, chants, jumps, and dance from the Desert Vista High School Cheerleaders! All participants will be invited to perform during half-time of a Desert Vista High School Varsity Football game.

Who: All students in grades Pre-K through 8.

When: Saturday, September 10, 2016 from 1:00 to 4:00pm

(Doors open for registration at 12:00pm)

Performance will be Friday, September 16, 2016 during half-time of the Varsity Football Game.

Where: Kyrene Altadena Middle School

14620 S. Desert Foothills Parkway, Phx 85048

Cost: $35 Pre-registration, $40 Walk-in, $5 Sibling discount.

Fee includes instructions, cheer clinic t-shirt, poms, refreshments,

and admission for one adult to attend the Varsity Football Game.

Please visit our Cheer Camp! page for a registration form and liability consent

Payment will be collected on the day of the clinic by cash, check, or credit/debit. Make checks payable to “Desert Vista High School Cheer.”

Please bring completed registration form and liability consent form to check-in the day of the event.

QUESTIONS?  Contact Liz Dudley at or Susan Rust at

Would you like to Sponsor our Cheer Clinic? Visit our Sponsor page, or click here for information!


Upcoming dates and reminders!!

With the start of the school year quickly approaching, we have a lot of events coming up. Please mark your calendars for the following dates:

Thursday, July 28th – POOL PARTY
Our pool party for the girls will be held from 5:00 – 8:00 at Meghan Lang’s house.

Wednesday, August 3rd – Last Day for Impact Testing
Please make sure your daughter has completed her Impact testing.

Thursday, August 4th – UPDATED PHYSICALS
The last day to hand in your updated physical forms is Thursday, August 4th. Please make sure you have your forms completed and turned into the Athletics office so you are cleared to participate in Cheer.

Thursday, August 4th – Parent Information Meeting for Freshman/Transfer Student Tryouts
If you know of anyone interested in trying out for Freshman Cheer or someone who transferred to DV and wants to tryout for JV, please tell them there is an informational meeting in the cafeteria from 6:00PM – 7:00PM for parents and athletes.

Saturday, August 6th – PICTURE DAY FOR VARSITY and JV
All cheerleaders are to be “picture ready” in their uniform and on the football field at 6:15AM! The picture order form will be sent in a separate email.

Monday, August 8th – Thursday, August 11th – Tryouts for Freshman and Transfer Students

Friday, August 12th – BEACH BASH (Sponsored by Football, Cheer, and Band)
This event will be held at the DVHS football stadium from 6:30PM – 8:30PM and entrance is free!! All 3 Cheer squads will be required to attend. We will also need parent volunteers to help with this event. Please use the following link to sign up for a shift.

Wednesday, August 17th – CHEER BOOSTER MEETING
The Booster meeting will be held in Room H103 beginning at 6:00PM. One parent from each family is strongly encourage to attend. We will be going over a lot of information and discussing upcoming events.

August 29th – September 15th – Gold Canyon Candle Fundraiser
Our Gold Canyon Candle Rep will be at practice on August 29th to discuss the fundraiser and hand out the order form packets.

Saturday, September 10th – CHEER CLINIC
This is our biggest fundraiser! We will need a lot of parent volunteers to help run the event so please mark your calendars for the entire day. More information will be coming on this soon.

$50 Activity Fee
In past years, the $50 activity fee has always been paid in the bookstore when you pick up your books. However, this year, they are doing it differently. It looks like we will be paying the fee online. We are waiting for clarification on this and will update you shortly so please stay tuned.