Cheerleading – Pom Stars
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTORCarla 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, and 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 and Co-founder of Game Day Glamorous, entertainment companies providing a variety of services including freelance choreography, cheerleading and dance team camps, competition choreography,professional cheer and dance audition prep classes, fashion show stage production, and the creator of the PCDL Pro Cheerleader Development League. Program completers of the PCDL program are now gracing the sidelines of professional sports as entertainers. She is the Cheerleader Coordinator for the official NFL Alumni Tampa Bay Chapter and Co-Chair for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Cheerleaders Alumni organization.
Clients include the NFL, NFL Alumni, AFL, ABA, AIFL, NIFA, MLB, NHL, Nintendo Wii, Firestone Grand Prix, Macy’s, City of Tampa, HSN,Director of the MMA Xtreme Fighting Championships Dolls Dancers,Darrel Jackson (NFL San Francisco 49ers) Annual Celebrity Basketball Tournaments, Wayne Gandy (NFL Atlanta Falcons) Annual Youth Football and Cheer Camps, Sports Illustrated, City of Tampa Santa Fest,John Robert Powers Modeling and Talent Agency, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, Girl Scouts of West Central Florida, and YMCA.
Carla was a cheerleader with the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers for five years, served as Team Captain in seasons 1998 through 2002, a Head Instructor for the Junior Tampa Bay Buccaneers Cheerleaders Program during her tenure, 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 (5 seasons). 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 cheerleader team’s game-day and sideline performances through the 2002 season as well as choreographed special performances during the 2016 season for the GDG Hip Hop dance squad. Carla also served as Director and Choreographer for the Junior Tampa Bay Storm Cheerleaders, while acting as the Artistic Director for the Tampa Bay Storm Cheerleading junior Clinic, which hosted 100+ 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 and Tampa Bay Rain Dance Teams.
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 in Tampa, FL. She also served as Camp Director of Cheer and Dance Hawaii USA, a collegiate preparatory cheer and dance camp in Honolulu, Hawaii annually.
Carla is excited to bring her and her staff’s industry experience and knowledge to The Prep South Tampa with POM STARS! – A Youth pom and cheer drill team experience!