By Mary Beard
Special to Stlouisrams.com
Aimee started dancing when she was just six years old at her studio in Fairfeild, Illinois, and she really hasn’t stopped since.
She continued dancing through high school and then became a member of the dance team at Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville. It was there, that she was inspired to try out for the St. Louis Rams Cheerleaders.
“My coach was a past Rams Cheerleader,” Aimee remembers. “I knew I loved to perform and I didn’t want to stop after school, so I just went for it.”
Aimee made the squad right out of college and three years later she is still enjoying her time with the organization.
“I knew I would love all of the game day aspects, but I didn’t expect that we would have this many opportunities for community outreach events,” she says. “That’s where we spend the majority of our time and I think that is so wonderful.”
Aimee counts a trip to a children’s hospital delivering gift baskets to sick children as a part of the Basket of Hope during her first year as one of her most memorable events. And naturally, her most memorable game day was 2012’s primetime victory over the San Francisco 49ers.
When she isn’t working for the Rams, she gives back to the community through the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, a disease that hits close to home for her and her family as her cousin was diagnosed at age seven.
The skills she uses as a Rams Cheerleaders bleed over into her personal life in other ways. Aimee has served as a role model through the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization for the past year. And this past February Aimee made a goodwill trip to visit troops stationed on the island of Diego Garcia as a part of the 2013 All-Star Super Bowl Tour to Diego Garcia sponsored by ProTour Productions and Armed Forces Entertainment!. She currently works as a dance instructor and choreographer at Studio E in Edwardsville, Illinois. A few of her students have even had the chance to come out to games and watch her perform.
“I think it’s great that these girls can see me outside of the studio still doing what I love,” said Aimee. I like being able to be a role model for them and prove that you can find a way to keep performing even as you get older.”