Cheer Girl Entertainment
Carla C. Thomas-Johnson, is a native of Tampa, Florida, and a graduate of the University of South Florida with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration / Marketing, as well as a Master’s degree in Education.She has over 25 years of dance and cheerleading experience at both the local and national levels. She is the Director and Founder of Cheer Girl Entertainment, an entertainment company providing a variety of services including freelance choreography, cheerleading / dance team camps, competition choreography,professional cheer and dance audition prep classes. Clients include Nintendo Wii, Director of the MMA Xtreme Fighting Championships Cage Dolls Dancers,Two ABA (American Basketball Association), Darrel Jackson (NFL San Francisco 49ers) Annual Celebrity Basketball Tournaments, Wayne Gandy (NFL Atlanta Falcons) Annual Youth Football and Cheer Camps, Sports Illustrated, NFL Tampa Bay Buccaneers, AFL Tampa Bay Storm, MLB Tampa Bay Rays, AIFA Lakeland Thunderbolts, ABA Tampa Bay Strong Dogs,ABA Tampa Bay Rain,CC Event Productions (Gasparilla Illuminated Knight Parade), Santa Fest,John Robert Powers Modeling and Talent Agency, Boys and Girls Clubs of America and YMCA.
Carla, a former cheerleader with the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers for five years, served as Team Captain in seasons 1998 through 2002, served as a Head Instructor for the Junior Tampa Bay Buccaneers Cheerleaders Program during her tenure and a Team Leader and guest choreographer during the squad’s appearance at Super Bowl XXXVII. In addition, Carla worked as Cheerleader Captain (for two seasons) with the AFL’s Tampa Bay Storm Cheerleaders and as their Director, Choreographer, and Artistic Director (seasons 1998 through 2002) Carla was also the Artistic Director for the squad’s appearance in Arena Bowl XI.
Carla began with the Tampa Bay Storm in 1996, and choreographed the team’s Game-Day and sideline performances through the 2002 season. Carla then served as Director and Choreographer for the Junior Tampa Bay Storm Cheerleaders, while acting as the Artistic Director for the Tampa Bay Storm Cheerleading Clinic, which hosts 200+ junior cheerleaders annually. Carla’s other professional dance team Director positions include two seasons with the AIFA’s Lakeland Thunderbolts as the Director and Choreographer of the dancers, juniors dance team, as well as the Choreographer and Artistic Director at their appearance in the 2007 Championship Bowl. She was also the Director and Choreographer for one season with the ABA Tampa Bay Strong Dogs Dance Team.
She served as Program Coordinator and Competition Routine Choreographer for the Tampa Bay Youth Football League’s Junior Buccaneers, as Director and Coordinator of its cheerleading and dance programs, and performed the same duties for the Jr. NBA Cheerleading and Dance Team, the YMCA, and local chapters of the Boy’s and Girl’s Clubs. Carla was voted NCA All-Star Cheerleader by the nationally recognized NCA Cheerleading Camps and additionally has acted as Head Cheerleading Coach for both the JV and Varsity cheerleading squads at Chamberlain High School, Tampa, FL. She also currently serves as Camp Director at Dance Hawaii USA, a collegiate preparatory dance camp, in Honolulu, Hawaii annually.
Carla has trained with dance industry giants such as Laurie Ann Gibson,Brian Friedman, Fatima, Chris Judd, Darrin Henson, Tina Landon, John Peters, Joe Tremaine, and also with Pam Chancey,Frank Hatchett and Ephrat Asherie at the Broadway Dance Center in New York City. She has had various freelance choreography works appear on ESPN, ESPN2 and Sunshine Network programming.
FunkFest Tours (2011-current)
Official choreographer for JacQui S, R&B vocalist. Tours include St. Petersburg,Jacksonville.
The Skills Center-Tpa Bay-Tampa Bay Youth Sports Expo (2011-current) Event stage show
SantaFest and ArtsFests (2010-current)
City of Tampa- Stageshow Performances
American Cancer Society Relay for Life(2009-Current)
Worked with the St. Petersburg Florida ACSRFL event providing entertainment for the opening ceremonies.
Nintendo Wii (2008)
Worked with Guerilla gaming and Nintendo to assemble choreographed combinations for the international release of “Cheer Wii” Nintendo game. Worked in conjunction with choreographer Tony Gonzalez and dancers from the motion picture "Bring it On" (Release date winter 2008)
XFC- Xtreme Fighting Championships (2008- current)
Dance Team Choreography for televised performances as well as national tour
Blake Magnet High School Varsity Cheerleaders , Tampa, FL. (2008)
MLB- Tampa Bay Devil Rays (2007)
Ray Team auditions choreography
Darrell Jackson (NFL SanFrancisco 49ers) Celebrity Basketball Tournament (2005, 2006,2007 and 2008)
Choreographer of Hip Hop Dance Team for annual tournament in benefit of the Darrell Jackson Family Foundation
Wayne Gandy (NFL Atlanta Falcons) Celebrity Golf Tournament and Football/Cheer Camps (2006- current)
Choreographer of dance team appearing at various events to include orchestration and direction of annual cherleading clinics.
NFL, Super Bowl XXXVII, Tampa Bay Buccaneers Cheerleaders (2003)
Choreography provided for game day end zone and sideline material
AFL, Arena Bowl XI, Tampa Bay Storm Cheerleaders (1998)
Artistic Director and Choreographer for Pre-game, Half-time and Quarter-break performances
NFL, Tampa Bay Buccaneers Cheerleaders (1998,99,00,01,02)
Guest choreographer for various Pre- Game, Half-time, Quarter break and Timeout Game Day routines. Sideline filler performance material as well as routine choreography for Fort Hood and Eglin AFB performances
NFL, Junior Tampa Bay Buccaneers Cheerleaders (1998, 99, 00, 01, 02)
Half time routine choreography for designated age group, as well as other field choreography.
AFL, (Arena Football League) Tampa Bay Storm Cheerleaders (1998, 99, 00, 01, 02)
All pre game, half-time and quarter break routines including filler sideline dance material
Artistic Director and Choreographer of Arena Bowl XI.
Choeographer of all dance material.
AFL, (Arena Football League) Tampa Bay Storm Junior Clinic (1999, 00, 01, 02)
Conceptualization and development of all choreography for the annual Junior Clinic half time performances featuring youth cheerleaders ages 7-14.
AFL, (Arena Football League) Tampa Bay Storm Junior Cheerleaders (1999, 00, 01, 02)
Junior cheerleaders participating throughout the Arena Football Season. Conceptualization of Junior program performances, themes, costuming, music concepts and promotion.
NIFL, (National Indoor Football League) Lakeland Thunderbolts Dancers (2006)
Various Pre- Game, Half-time, Quarter break and Timeout Game Day routines. Sideline filler performance material and Choreographer for all material for both on field performances as well as community appearances.
AIFA, (American Indoor Football Association) 2007
Various Pre- Game, Half-time, Quarter break and Timeout Game Day routines. Sideline filler performance material.Choreographer for all material for both on field performances as well as community appearances.
Gasparilla Performances ,Tampa, Florida (2006 -2008)
Stage production choreography provided through CC Event Productions stage shows
YMCA, Jr. NBA and Cheerleading Programs Coordinator,Tampa Florida (2003-2004)
Choreography provided for all youth dance/cheerleading teams
Boys and Girls Club, Tampa, Florida (2003)
Choreography provided for Youth and Adult Hip Hop Class Programs
ESPN and ESPN2 (2002)
ProDance 2002 choreography feature
Tampa Bay Youth Football League (1998, 99)
Football Season and Hip Hop competition routine choreographer
University of South Florida Dance Department (1994, 95)
Various productions under the direction of John Parks, dance professor
Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center (1996)
Off Broadway production, dance choreography solo
Shaquille O’Neal Celebrity Basketball Game (2002)
All Choreography for dance team’s pre-show, timeout and half-time routines
Sports Illustrated (2004)
All Choreography provided for 50th Anniversary tour stage show
Disneyland Dance Team Competition (2004)
Bonneville HS (Roy,Utah) award-winning competition material) Nationally ranked routines
Big Walnut, High School Nationals Competition Routine (2006)
(South Carolina) Hip Hop Competition material
Eastside High School Nationals Competition Routine (2007&2008)
(New Jersey) Hip Hop Competition material