Arizona Rattlers Announce the 2017 Sidewinders Dance Team


Phoenix, Ariz. – The Arizona Rattlers’ Sidewinders dance team proudly announced their 18 member team for the 2017 season.  Eight of the members return from last year’s team.

The dancers had to endure three auditions, two rehearsals, panel interviews, new choreography, workouts and a photo-shoot before finally being chosen to represent the team.

“The Sidewinders have been recognized consistently as one of the top AFL Dance Teams in the country” said Angie Baker, the Arizona Sidewinders Dance team Director, Head Coach. “We are excited to make the transition to the Indoor Football League, while continuing to promote the Arizona Rattlers Organization both in the community and on the field.”

The 2017 team is as follows:


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“The Sidewinders’ exciting performances, creative routines and connection with fans have rendered us true national fan favorites,” Baker said.  “Although we are still enjoying the recognition of performing on The Ellen Show and Dancing at the Super Bowl with Katy Perry, every year presents new opportunities and challenges.”

The Sidewinders continually seek to not only be there for the fans on gameday, but also to consistently give back to the community when off the field.

“We continually strive to make a positive impact on our community,” Baker said. “Being a part of the Sidewinders Organization is not just about the dance; we expect and train these ladies how to be professional, poised, responsible, organized, accountable and caring individuals.  The Sidewinders Alumni Group is a perfect example: We have an inspiring group of community leaders that include teachers, nurses, mothers, NFL & NBA dancers, entrepreneurs, business owners and more who have all started their dance career on the turf. Our alumnae continue to support the next generation of Sidewinders and lead by example.”

“I could not be more thrilled with the success of the Arizona Rattlers Organization,” Baker replied. “We owe a huge debt of gratitude to the owner, Ron Shurts, for having faith in my vision and leadership as a Director. Without his support we would not be where are are today as a renowned dynasty in professional dance.”

The Arizona Sidewinders would also wish to thank their partners and Industry Professionals that helped put these auditions together.

EoS Fitness; Shilpi, Ignacio and all their staff

Donna, Alfonso & Cristine from Par Exsalonce

Ashley Ford from Kendra Scott

Laurie Latham from AZ Play It Safe

Lisa Moore from Make-Up by Lisa Moore

Tammi Guenthner from GlamLash

Keith & Randy from Central Phx Gym & Tan

Heather Sutton from

Joyce & Martin Treat from Joyce Treat Costume Design

Larry Helwig from Laser Skin Centre

Felicia Romero from Felicia Romero’s Fit Method

Kyla, Susan, Neeley, Sheryl, Robert, Nick, Erick, Chad, Sumer & Erin

The Sidewinders also wished to thank Sidwinder Alumni for their help: Hillary, Liz, Morgan, Stephanie, Mariah, Tiffany, Shelby, Nicki, Kaylin, Vanessa, Alesa, Lauren, Tierney, Hannah & Alex.

“A special thanks to our Choreographer and Assistant coach Oscar Hernandez.  His creativity and energy keeps us passionate about dance and performing,” said Baker.  “He challenges us, pushes us to take risks and keeps us grounded.  We are very fortunate to work with Oscar again this year. Lastly, big Thanks Rattlers Staff for helping to make this audition a success; Ashley Stovall & Pete Garbow, your help and support is greatly appreciated!  Go Rattlers!”

Music was provided by: Pro Action

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About the Arizona Rattlers

The Arizona Rattlers were founded in 1992, and are proud members of the Indoor Football League (IFL). The Rattlers spent 24 seasons in the Arena Football League (AFL), and in that time made ten appearances in the ArenaBowl, winning in 2014, 2013, 2012, 1997 and 1994. For tickets, call 602-514-TDTD (8383), or visit


Contact: Peter Garbow, (989) 395-3789,

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