Continuing the series for the Miami Dolphins Cheerleader Swimsuit Calendar, we introduce you to Miami Dolphins Cheerleader Macy, who has been unveiled as Miss March 2016. Macy is a fourth year veteran and team captain.
This marks her 3rd year on the calendar shoot, as she was Miss December 2014 and Miss December 2015. Macy currently resides in Palm Beach Gardens. She is featured here in DESPI Swimwear and Lavish Jewelry.
I got in touch with Macy to ask her some questions, and here is what she told me. Also included below is a short 15-second video of Macy.
LS: When did you decide that you wanted to be a cheerleader and what made you feel that way?
Macy: I feel like being a cheerleader for the Miami Dolphins has always been in God's plan for me. My whole life I have loved dance and cheerleading. Growing up I had switched back and forth from ballet to cheer, then poms, competition cheer, jazz class, kick team, hip hop … you name it. And for dancers I guess you could say I kind of jumped around, but for the MDC I feel like I have the perfect combination of all styles to help me be the best I can on this team.
When I entered hairdressing I stopped teaching/taking any dance classes because I wanted to focus on my new craft, but after a little while the yearning to dance arose again. It was 2011 and my family relocated to Florida, I did everything I needed to do, found a new job, gym, and was enjoying the beach, but something was missing: dance. So I did my research, and when I learned of the Dolphins Cheerleaders I lit up inside.
The MDC were everything I wanted to be: glamorous, talented, football loving, positive role models and amazing athletes. And the rest is history, I worked extremely hard from that day until the next audition day to earn my spot on a team that would change my life forever.
LS: What has being a Dolphins cheerleader meant to you?
Macy: Being a Dolphins Cheerleader has meant the world to me, it's like having that "pinch me am I dreaming?" moment permanently. It means that I'm part of something that's bigger than myself, and that I'm so blessed to even be that small part. Every practice, game and performance I get to live out my passion not only for myself but with a group of women who share the same one.
It means that I'm a role model, and not just for the youngsters I know personally, but for girls everywhere who've ever seen or encountered us, in the past or yet to come. That's one of the big ones for me, to touch the life of a little cheerleader/dancer, and show them that anything is possible is such a gift that I will always keep with me.
LS: Has being a Dolphins cheerleader influenced your life, and if so, how?
Macy: Being a Dolphins Cheerleader has definitely influenced my life, I'd say down to the bone. I had no idea how much this experience could move me. Cheering here has taught me how to be a professional out in this world, how to speak to and in front of people, how to work as a team, how to show respect to peers, when and where to speak your mind, and that's just a few.
One of the best influences though I think is the one that shows us how to go after our dreams, that anything is possible, if you want it and work hard enough for it. Why shouldn't we treat everything we do like a special occasion, and that it’s a once and a lifetime opportunity? Everyone I meet now I show the enthusiasm I have when we meet fans of the team, how awesome is that?!
LS: What does being chosen as one of the girls for the Swimsuit Calendar mean to you?
Being chosen as a Swimsuit Calendar girl is so wonderfully overwhelming! Before becoming an MDC I had never modeled or taken any professional pictures, so to see the result of all the hard work that goes into those photo shoots is just breathtaking. To have your face belong to a month in a calendar that is so iconic and carries such a legacy is the neatest feeling in the world.
One of my favorite parts about looking at our pictures is the back story behind them, workouts, makeup, laughs, swimsuits, lighting, locations; things that no one but the ones who were there would know. To see your picture in the calendar makes you feel so honored and blessed that people want to hang your picture up for a whole 30 days. (Haha)
LS: What is your favorite part of being a Dolphins cheerleader? (What do you look forward to the most?)
Macy: My favorite part about being a Dolphins Cheerleader is all of it, honestly. But, if I really have to pick something I would have to say game day. It's our main event, what we came here to be a part of. Before you try out you don't really know about all the other awesome stuff we do, you just know you want to be out there on the sidelines. I love the fans, their excitement for the season, for the game, meeting us, we have the best Dolfans ever.
Game day has it all going on, we have appearances, we sign autographs, we dance and entertain the crowd, it's where our history is made, and I love that I'm a part of that. So many people we meet remember their first Dolphins game, or that time they got a group picture with us and it’s all included under the game day umbrella.
LS: Besides being a cheerleader, do you happen to have any other hobbies or occupations?
Macy: Besides being a cheerleader (which truly is full time commitment) I have lots going on my personal life. Five days a week I work behind the chair as a hairdresser, doing color, cuts, extensions and more. I really love the creative aspect of it and maybe that feeds my dancer side as well. I love that I'm trained in hair because there’s always bound to be a hair emergency in the cheerleader locker room.
Any other free time I have I try to hang out with my family as much as possible, I'm the oldest of 5 kids so there's always someone to go to the beach or ride bikes with. Of course I have to squeeze in gym time, practicing our dances and staying conditioned, I try to get outside when doing that stuff to enjoy the sun and fresh air. In the offseason I like to have a little more fun and go dirt biking, it's fun to go fast and ride the tracks, we really make a day of it. I love anything with speed and competition so motocross fits the bill.
LS: What do you envision yourself doing when your cheerleading career ends?
Macy: In one direction I'd love to further my hairdressing career and either advance to becoming a platform artist or owning my own salon, or both! Who knows? One wonderful thing I've taken from cheerleading is that I can do anything my heart desires, if I want it bad enough.
I'd also love to pop in on special events and style the cheerleaders for pictures or fashion shows, I love making others feel glam and gorgeous. On the other hand I definitely want to stay involved with dance, whether it's with my own self continuing to dance or teaching classes to children, I know I’ll always keep it close to me.
This story was written by Luis Sung. Follow him on Twitter: @FLSportDebater
Follow Macy on Twitter: @MDC_Macy
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