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First Ladies of Football

From the Redskinettes to the First Ladies of Football, the Redskins Cheerleaders are one of the longest running cheerleading teams in the NFL. Founded in 1962, and originally named the Redskinettes, this team has brought worldwide recognition to the Washington, D.C. area, the Redskins football team, and the NFL.

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Partnered with the largest and most prominent Alumni Association among cheerleading teams--in 2017 over 950 strong--the women who have cheered and continued to support the Redskins have also helped raise millions since the team's inception and support more charities and community events every year.

In the most powerful city in the world, the most popular professional sports team is only a part of FedExField. The Washington Redskins Cheerleaders are growing across the country and around the world. They are lighting up the airwaves and the media with new routines, uniforms, attitudes and have raised the bar of excellence for every other NFL cheerleading squad.

Adorned in burgundy and gold, flanking the field on every side and executing routines that would make even the fastest football player gasp for air, these ladies strive for one thing--to make a difference.

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The Legacy

The Washington Redskins Cheerleaders are the oldest active cheerleading organization in the NFL. On September 30, 1962, 30 talented and beautiful women made their debut as the Redskinettes. As they marched down the field in their Native American costumes to join the band, they stepped into history and the tradition began. In their 45-year history, these ladies have become the most talented, innovative and personable in the NFL.

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In the early 1980s, the Redskins Cheerleaders toured Taiwan to promote American-made products; toured Turkey, Italy, Sicily, Spain and France as part of the USO; filmed TV commercials for Sassoon and Barbara Ellen; were featured on the David Letterman's Top 10 list and won the ESPN celebrity pool tournament, and also won the Battle of the NFL Cheerleaders. They have been featured in National magazines such as Newsweek, FHM, Ebony, Black Hair Magazine, Salon One, Cosmopolitan, Maxim and Sports Illustrated; performed with Country Grammy award winner Gretchen Wilson, Latin sensation Ricky Martin, Larry King, Jerry Lee Lewis, James Brown, K.C. and the Sunshine Band, the Pointer Sisters and Nancy Reagan; and filmed two E! Channel specials, are the stars of Comcast SportsNet show "Beauties on the Beach", Are the Champions from the battle of the NFL Cheerleaders at the 2007 Super Bowl and were featured on the NFL Networks Cheerleader Challenge. Men's Journal called the 2007 squad the Best in the NFL and Michael Strahan wrote in his book that the Redskins Cheerleaders are the Hottest in the NFL.

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With their international appeal and stardom on the rise, the First Ladies of Football have transformed into the NFL cheerleaders of the millennium by breaking new ground with their sleek new style and amazing talents. From the simple, yet very visible redesign of the uniform, to the rejuvenated commitment to charity and community, these ladies have established themselves as the premier squad in the NFL.

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The Leadership

​Stephanie Jojokian | Director & Choreographer

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In 2004 Stephanie was hired as the first full-time Choreographer in Redskins Cheerleader history and only the 2nd in the entire NFL. She has choreographed and performed for Master P's 504 Boys "Whodee" Video, Crystal Waters "Just Say Hey" Video and danced with Darrin Henson in his "Darrin's Dance Grooves 2" Video.

Stephanie has performed at the Kennedy Center and in New York City as a member of the modern company, Tony Powell Music & Movement, as well as at Dance Place as a member of Carla & Company. She has traveled to more than 30 Countries on 10 AFE Tours. Stephanie is now honored to be the choreographer for the Redskins cheerleaders and National Champions, Redskins Jr. All Stars (competitive team).

Before that she was the director/choreographer for eight seasons with the NBA's Washington Wizards NBA Dancers, where she danced for two seasons prior to taking over the leadership. She studied dance at UNC-Greensboro and Alvin Ailey in New York City. Stephanie is the co-founder of Capitol Movement (www.capitolmovement.org) the areas largest dance company and non-profit. She works with hundreds of local dancers each year to stage an annual benefit concert. She currently teaches master classes locally and abroad in Japan and Slovenia.

She currently teaches master classes locally and abroad in Japan and Slovenia. Stephanie lives in the DC area and takes dance classes regularly in New York City to help keep the Redskins Cheerleaders at the top of the NFL!

​Jamilla Keene | Assistant Director, Marketing & Programs

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Jamilla is the Assistant Director of Programs & Marketing for the Washington Redskins Cheerleaders.  She joins the team in this role after being a Redskins Cheerleader for ten (10) seasons (2003-2012).  During her role as a Cheerleader, she serves as captain for eight (8) seasons, worked as an Account Executive, Premium Sales for eight (8) seasons, and also was the Junior Redskins Cheerleaders Coordinator for ten (10) seasons.  She represented the 1st Ladies of Football at the 2005 Pro Bowl in Honolulu, HI, and also in Maxim Magazine the same season.  Jamilla continues to travel the world with the Redskins Cheerleaders for their annual calendar trip and Military Appreciation tours to bring a piece of home our servicemen and women.  

Jamilla was born and raised in the Hampton Roads area.  She ventured to the DMV to attend school at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA where she graduated with a BA in Communications.  Jamilla cheered at George Mason University on their nationally-ranked coed cheer squad, and also taught camps for Universal Cheerleaders Association for seven (7) years.  After graduating she helped create the GMU All-Girl team which was nationally ranked all four (4) of the seasons she coached the team.  During her time as a Washington Redskins Cheerleader, Jamilla also danced with for Capitol Movement, Inc, a nonprofit dance company, and now works as their studio manager in Washington, DC.

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