Originally posted on Philly Sports Live  |  Last updated 7/13/12

Captain of Philadelphia Soulmates  Dance Team Amanda Joan


When the NFL Season ends in February with the Super Bowl, there is a Gap that football fans are waiting to get their fix of football back in late July with NFL training camps. From March to end of July there is football going on that is called Arena Football, there are 17 teams the play Arena Football, The 17 teams that make up Arena Football are the Following:

  1. Philadelphia Soul
  2. Cleveland Gladiators
  3. Milwaukee Mustangs
  4. Pittsburgh Power
  5. New Orleans VooDoo
  6. Georgia Force
  7. Jacksonville Sharks
  8. Tampa Bay Storm
  9. Orlando Predators
  10. San Antonio Talons
  11. Chicago Rush
  12. Iowa Barnstomers
  13. Kansas City Command
  14. Arizona Rattlers
  15. Utah Blaze
  16. San Jose Sabercats
  17. Spokane Shock

Philadelphia is where one of those teams is located, The Philadelphia Soul began play in Arena Football back in 2004. The Soul has 1 Championship to show for, winning ArenaBowl XXll in 2008 over the San Jose SaberCats 59–56 in New Orleans. The Soul was owned by Rock Legend Bon Jovi along with Former Philadelphia Eagles & Current ESPN NFL Analyst Ron Jaworski & Craig Spencer when the Soul won their only Championship back in 2008. Now the Team is owned by Ron Jaworski & Craig Spencer along with the Owner of Chickies & Petes Pete Ciarrocchi & Cosmo DeNicola who was the owner of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Pioneers from the now-defunct af2 league. Listed below is my Interview with the Captain of Philadelphia Soulmates Dance Team Amanda Joan

1. How many years have you been with the Philadelphia Soul as the Philadelphia Soul Soulmates?
Amanda: ” I have been with the Philadelphia Soul Soulmates for two seasons. This season I was honored with the position of being Captain”

2. How did you get involved with the Philadelphia Soul Soulmates?
Amanda: ” I actually got involved with the Soulmates after attending their Jr. Soulmates program in 2008. I heard about the Jr. Soulmates audition on the radio the day before and thought that it would be a great experience and it absolutely was. I made the Jr. Soulmates dance team and was able to dance for half of the seasons home games, after one of the games the director and choreographer of the professional dance team at the time approached me and thought I would be candidate for the pro team. After I graduated high school I could not wait to try out for the Pros and when the time came I was so excited. After a long and grueling audition process, I was the youngest and only Jr. Soulmate to ever make the Professional Soulmates Dance Team; but, little did I know two days after making it the AFL would go on hiatus and my dreams were crushed. Then in 2011 I heard the Soul would be returning and I auditioned and luckily made the team and again this year!”

3. What was your memorable game to be at as a member of Philadelphia Soul Soulmates?
Amanda: ” My most memorable game to be at as a member of the Philadelphia Soulmates would have to be the first game in 2011 after coming off the hiatus. It was the organizations first game after winning the Arena Bowl in 2008 and my first appearance as a Soulmates, it was a moment that I will never forget.”

4. What was your Reaction to Represent the Philadelphia Soul at Arenabowl XXV?
Amanda: ” When I found out that I was going to represent the Philadelphia Soul at Arena bowl XXV, I honestly was jumping up and down crying because I was so excited yet so grateful that the organization thought so highly of me and trusted me to represent them in New Orleans!”

5. What does it mean to you to represent the Philadelphia Soul at Arenabowl XXV?
Amanda: ” It means the world to me to represent the Philadelphia Soul at Arena bowl XXV! The Soul is an organization that is very close to my heart and for them to pick me to represent them in New Orleans is a complete honor and a dream come true!”

6. What do you do in the offseason to stay active for each new season?
Amanda: ” During the off season to stay active for the next season, I am a dance instructor. I am consistently teaching the art of dance as well as taking class to keep my technique and well as my figure in the right shape for the following year.”

7. What are some of the things that the Philadelphia Soulmates do in the Community?
Amanda: ” The Soulmates do a lot of things within the Philadelphia community. A few weeks ago the Soulmates along with the players and front office were involved in Building a Healthy Neighborhood in Philadelphia. We went into the Overbrook section of Philadelphia to work on about thirty homes owned by low-income families. We installed a new playground, provided new landscaping as well as new painted walls throughout their entire home. The Soulmates are always in the community doing different things to make the city of Philadelphia that much nicer.”

8. Take us through Gameday as a member of Philadelphia Soulmates?
Amanda: ” Game day is a very long day for a Soulmate. We arrive at the Wells Fargo Arena always five hours before kickoff to prep for the big game. Our hair and make up team from Phoenix Salon and Spa arrive an hour after we are there to start half of the girls hair and make up before we have our field rehearsal. Three hours before kickoff, we have field rehearsal where we run through the two routines we will be performing that game. Once we are done with our routines we walk through the entire pre game show with everyone that is involved and then we are free to go back to our dressing room to finish getting ready for the game. Once each girl is dressed and ready to go we wait in the huge inflatable helmet until Vinny announces the 2012 Soulmates! This is my favorite part of the game, because Kristan (the other captain) and myself ride out on motorcycles to great the crowed. Once we are finished our first routine and the national anthem is sang we exit the field and walk up into the concourse to dance in the stairs with the fans. During the first time out we do a routine in the stairs while the stunt team is on the field doing a stunting sequence. When the time out is over we go back down to the field to dance in the “wedge” or the corners of the end zone for the remaining of the first half of the game. At half time is when we are allowed to relax for about ten minutes and then it is back to the wedge. When there is three minutes remaining in the third quarter we exit the field and wait in the tunnel until it is time for us to perform our final routine of the night. After our performance we return to the wedge until the end of the game. When the game is over half of our team will stay on the field for an autograph session and the other half will go and appear at Chickies and Pete’s on Packer Ave.”

9. What has been the exciting thing about the 2012 Season for the Soul?
Amanda: ” There are so many exciting things that have happened in the 2012 season of the Soul that it is too hard to only pick one! The first exciting thing was being picked as the Captain of the Soulmates, then I was picked to represent the team at Arena bowl XXV and now our team has the best record in the AFL and will hopefully be joining me in New Orleans. I don’t think there could have been a better season for me if I tried!”

10. How fans Philadelphia Soul Fans stay in Contact with you & the Rest of the Philadelphia Soulmates (Facebook, Twitter)?
Amanda: ” Philadelphia Soul Fans and keep in contact with me via Facebook at Facebook.com/AJphiladelphiasoulmate

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