Two of its former cheerleaders, Kiley B. and Emily B. (their last names are not published for privacy concerns), hit the big time as well in May, making the cut for the Atlanta Falcons’ cheerleading squad after a tough week of tryouts in April.
“We had to learn a routine and they kept adding to it periodically, and there was an interview portion and a boot camp as well,” Emily said of the tryouts. “We had to work out and we did it outside. It was one of those 90-degree days.”
The Chiefs played in Sandy Springs their first two seasons before moving to Smyrna in 2012 and draw athletes from around the metro area. The pair cheered for them in 2010 and then worked up to cheering for the Georgia Force, Atlanta’s professional arena football team, for two years.
Kiley, a Brookhaven resident, and Emily, who lives in Midtown, are already well into training for the Falcons’ coming home slate, which begins with a Monday Night Football contest with Peyton Manning’s Denver Broncos Sept. 17 at the Georgia Dome.
The Falcons are on one of the best runs in franchise history, with three playoff berths in four years, albeit without a postseason victory during that time.
Cheering on them to get to that next step, the squad practices twice a week to accommodate other careers, but all ladies are expected to do outside work on their complex routines.
Both Kiley and Emily had tried out for the Falcons before this season, but they credited their time with the Chiefs with helping them hone their abilities.
Kiley called the coaches for the Chiefs, former NFL cheerleaders “Miss” Nicky and Kelly B., cheerleaders for her, Emily and the others as well.
“The biggest thing I needed to work on was the confidence,” Kiley said. “You just need to believe in yourself, and that’s what Nicky and Kelly both showed me.”
“They worked really hard and applied themselves, and they’re the perfect example of what the objective of this program is, to get to that next level,” Kelly said.
Emily tried out for the Falcons in 2009 and 2010, making the finals yet falling short, and realized she needed some extra experience.
“The second time I thought I need to something differently before I come out again,” she said. “The Chiefs were that step for me.”