Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Cheers!

It's time to get your CHEER on again! Happy New Cheers is all about songs that make you want to shake your pom poms and get in the spirit of a new year.  We've got some routines to Backstreet Boys, Azealia Banks, Fergie, Eve and tons more! 90-minutes of dance and cheer and smiles for everyone!

We always want to encourage a squad mentality, so we like to make deals on our class price so you bring your friends: We're offering single tickets for $15, 2 for $25, and 3 for $35--the more the merrier! And we always have the poms, but you are welcome to BYOP :)


Here's the deets:
January Cheerobix Workshop
Sunday, January 6th

HiFi Fitness
820 N. Orleans

1 for $15
2 for $25
3 for $35

See you this Sunday!

The Jenarator

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

A Superfun Birthday party with Fun Ellen!

Sometimes we are lucky enough to be called upon to create a unique party experience for a person or group of people.  We have done bachelorette parties, art openings, been back up dancers at Navy Pier, and various other random events, but this was our very first BIRTHDAY PARTY...

Ellen wrote to us wondering if we could put something together for her birthday...


We asked her some questions about herself and from there created brand new cheers all about her....

and routines to songs by her favorite artists [she loves boy bands and divas]

And we even choreographed a routine to Cover Girl by RuPaul that they all learned so fast and then ROCKED it

Her crew brought some adult beverages and snacks, and Ellen made everyone there a personalized jug to quench their thirst with [even us captains!--so sweet!]

And when scheduled fun was done they sang happy birthday, then grabbed their poms and did some tricks

Made a pyramid

took cutie pie pics

And didn't leave until hugging us all goodbye. Such a sweet, enthusiastic bunch of lovelies...

If you like the idea of having cheers written JUST FOR YOU or someone you know,  like to dance/move, and want a unique party experience for you and your friends and family--contact Jena at Cheerobix @ yahoo [dot] com!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012


Hello Squad!
Hope you're all staying warm and enjoyed your Thanksgivings! I can tell you that your captains are ready to burn off some of those mashed potatoes in a really fun way THIS SUNDAY at HiFi Fitness! We have a really fun, silly, special HOLIDAY edition for you to jingle jangle your poms to! As always, expressing your inner cheerleader is always welcome in the form of costuming, so don't be shy with your santa hats and elf skirts or dreidel tanks and silver sequined skirts.

We're also going to be offering our 'bring a friend' special once again: you + a friend is only $25, and you + TWO friends is only $35!  Give the gift of fitness! Come be with your squad for a very special Ho HO HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR!! 

Remember we have a new EARLIER TIME!! 
Pre-register to get your special savings HERE

December Cheerobix Workshop
Ho Ho Holiday Spectacular
Sunday, December 2
1 for $15
2 for $25
3 for $35

HiFi Fitness
820 N. Orleans

Parking is $2 across the street using HiFi code 3437
See you SUNDAY!!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Cheerobix on NBC's 1st Look!

Hey Squad! Jenarator here. Just want to give a big thanks to the 1st Look crew for putting together such an awesome segment about Cheerobix!  Little did we know that the show would be aired outside of Chicago and we have gotten a great response from cities like NYC, Dallas, and LA!  [And now my 6-month pregnant self will forever be immortalized--oy]

To view the segment, click HERE

Thanks to our awesome squad for cheering in front of the camera and giving great interviews. We love you!!

The Jenarator

PS..For any future squadmates that live outside of Chicago, if you would like us to come teach a class/schedule a teacher training where you live, let us know where you live, where you work out, and any other info that could help us get the CHEER to you!

Monday, October 29, 2012

Food and Booty and JOCK JAMS at a NEW TIME!

This November we had a contest to name our theme and the Winner was [drumroll, please....] Brooke Bogner!  She suggested we celebrate November's crush on food with a Cheerobix devoted to it! We loved that idea, and thought we'd expand on it to include Jock Jams in honor of football season, as well as songs about ample booties, [which we celebrate as well!]  That's a great well of thematic  ideas we get to choose from! So far we have come up with routines to Kelis [Milkshake], Sneaker Pimps [Spin Spin Sugar], Black Eyed Peas [My Humps], Freak Nasty [Da Dip] and Nelly Furtado [Maneater], just to name a few... You can pre-register HERE. One ticket is $15, two for $25, and three for $35!

Get a load of this:

I almost peed my pants when we added the poms....

Come join us THIS SUNDAY to get down with your co-captains as we jump, prance, spin and drop it low all in the name of TURKEYS AND TOUCHDOWNS at an ALL NEW TIME! 11AM-12:30PM

Cheerobix November Workshop
Turkeys and Touchdowns
Sunday, November 4th

HiFi Fitness
820 N. Orleans
$15 each
2 for $25
3 for $35

The Jenarator

Monday, October 1, 2012

Dia de los Muertos!

OMG, Squad.  It's time....
We are so excited to be BACK with another power-packed 90-minute Cheerobix workshop! For October, we thought we'd play off the Halloween/Dia de los Muertos holiday and honor some of our favorite artists who have left this earthly world, but have left some gems of heavenly music behind...

You'll get to shake your poms to Michael Jackson, Brittany Murphy [yes, she actually sang] Beastie Boys [RIP AdRock!] INXS, Amy Whinehouse, Notorious BIG, and much more!  We've 'dug up' some old favorites and are amped to finally be cheering with you in our long format workshop once again THIS SUNDAY!! 

There also a great deal! Two tickets for $25!! So bring a friend and save $5, or bring TWO friends and save $10!  Mattrick, Jyldo and I look forward to dancing, prancing, and sweating with you this SUNDAY! We always have poms [which I am thoroughly disinfecting today] but feel free to BYOP :)

HERE is where you can pre-regsiter to save your spots.  

Cheerobix October Workshop
Dia de los Muertos: A Tribute to Fallen Angels
Sunday, October 7th

$15 for one/$25 for two!

Much love to you! See you Sunday!
The Jenarator

Monday, September 10, 2012

Two chances to CHEER!

We are so excited to be back at it after a month hiatus from our workshop schedule that we have TWO workshop opportunities to offer you!  First is our monthly CHEEROBIX EXPRESS:

Cheerobix Express
Sunday, September 16th, 2012
1:00PM - 2:00PM
**Register HERE**

Of course, like all our Express workshops, we give you favorite routines from the past and prance through them all in only one hour.  It's the quickest way to burn over 500 calories!


The following Wednesday, we have our second appearance at STARBRIGHT DANCE.  This will also be an hour-long event located in the beautiful Southport area!

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012
1511 W. Barry
Chicago, IL 60657
              Register HERE

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Cheer for Charity THIS SUNDAY!

We are so pleased to announce a one-hour Cheerobix class happening at 3:30pm this Sunday, August 26th at Indigo Studio. The charity we will be cheering for is called Avenues To Independence, which is a local non-profit organization that provides vocational training and independent living opportunities to adults with developmental disabilities, including cerebral palsy, autism and Downs Syndrome

100% of the proceeds from this event will go towards the down payment on a new home for four Avenues' residents who, through no fault of their own, must vacate their rental home of over 12 years.  This new home will allow them to remain in their neighborhood, contributing to their community and living their lives with dignity and independence. 
We do hope you will join us for this very special Cheerobix event! Click HERE to save your spot! If you are unable to attend, but would still like to donate any amount, please also click the link and your entire donation will go directly to Avenues [you will not be responsible for any service charge whether you attend class or just make a donation]  Please email me if you have any questions 

Cheerobix! for Avenues To Independence

Sunday, August 26th

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

It's time to PRANCE!

It's workshop time again and we are gearing up for songs that make you wanna DANCE!  This month's new routines' tracks include Rhianna, Pink, Destiny's Child, TLC and much more!  We'd love to prance with you this Sunday!  You bring your smiles, we'll bring the poms!  You can pre-register to save your spot HERE

Cheerobix August Workshop
Sunday, August 5th

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Cheerobix is coming to Starbright Dance!

Hi Squad!

We are getting ready to shake our poms at Starbright Dance for the first time ever!  This studio is located in the lovely Southport area, and we'd love to see you all there!  Mattrick Swayze and the Jenarator will be your co-captains for this event, and as with all our workshops, the cost is only $15.  We hope to meet some new squad mates, as well as see some of our old friends there as well.

Click HERE to pre-register to save your spot! Registration is highly encouraged for this event, as space will be limited. See you next Wednesday!

Cheerobix! at Starbright Dance

Wednesday, July 25th

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Wet Hot American Summer!

Today! Come get hot at Cheerobix!  We've got a little Kanye, Sisqo, JT, Spice Girls, and LMFAO for your summer fun.  See you at 1PM!  Pre-Register HERE

Wet Hot American Summer
Sunday July 1st 2012

HiFi Fitness
820 N. Orleans

Monday, June 11, 2012

Bow wow WOW!

Cheerobix & Be Fido's Friend Fundraiser
You'll be panting away this Sunday as we partner with Be Fido's Friend for the next Cheerobix Express! Although it can be a little ruff to get through one of our heart-pounding classes you'll be happy to know that all your hard work will be to help support a wonderful animal rescue organization that fosters and places rescue dogs in loving homes.  We hope you will join us THIS SUNDAY for a very special Cheerobix Express 

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Big Cheer Weekend

Hello Squad!

We are happy to have our very first squad field trip over to the Self  Workout in the Park event this Saturday, June 2nd from 11-3pm.  We'll be sweating with all sorts of peeps, spreading cheer, and getting to know each other better ALL DAY LONG.

Here's the deets:

What: SELF Workout in the Park
When: Saturday, June 2nd
Time/Place: Programs run from 11:00AM to 3:00PM in Butler Field, Grant Park*Note* We will meet at 10:00AM at the Starbucks at 55 East Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, IL and walk over to Butler Field together
Planning on joining? Great! E-mail us at to let us know you're joining, if you have questions or if you need ideas for your outfit (i.e. we can e-mail a jpeg of the Cheerobix logo in case you need an iron-on transfer!).

How: Tickets and a list of the workout classes offered are available via the following link: We recommend bringing a water bottle, towel, extra socks (in case it rains the night before), sunscreen, a mat and your best cheer outfit!

**In the event it rains, please keep an eye on Facebook and Twitter for updates. We will post whether or not we plan on attending by 8:30AM on Saturday morning.

And, of course, THIS SUNDAY:

June Cheerobix Workshop - Daddy Issues
Sunday, June 3rd
HiFi Fitness
820 N. Orleans #100
Parking is $3 across the street using HiFi code 3437

Oh yes, squad, we're dealing with our daddy issues during June's Cheerobix workshop by sweating to the greatest paternal-related jams we could find! Your requests were plentiful, so come by to experience the musical genius our very own squad came up with to pay homage to June's fatherly theme. Join us for an hour and a half dance fitness class featuring brand new pom-shaking, smile-inducing, fat-blasting routines! 

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Bachelorette Party!

We had so much fun with these darlings on Cinco de Mayo [or as they called it: Cinco de Sara, in honor of the bride-to-be's special day]

12 friends and family came and learned cheers about their favorite bride and danced and laughed and made amazing formations.  We kept it [fairly] clean because mom was there [Hi Nance!] but still offered up our usual cheekiness.  Not ones to break with cheer tradition, Mattrick and I broke out the puffy paint and ribbon to make personalized hair ribbons for all the girls, as well as the bride's very own cape!

We love doing bachelorette parties! The bridesmaides give us all the dirt they are willing to offer on the bride and her groom and we craft a special day just for you. It's really fun, brings all the friends and family closer, as well as gives you all sorts of dances to do out in the clubs that night [or at the wedding!]

Let us know how we can make a party that you're having more full of sparkle and spirit!

email me at jena[dot]ertel[at]gmail[dot]com

Ready? OK!

Monday, April 30, 2012

Sunday Sunday Sunday

Hello Squad!
It's time once again for CHEEROBIX!  This Sunday we've got some spicy tunes from all your favorite Latin pop stars and more!

Registration is easy. 
You can do it HERE
Or, you can pay cash at the door

We're so excited to shake our maracas with you!
The Jenarator

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Cheerobix at the Windy City Rollers!

Look at that squad! This here is a group of 20 people who rocked the UIC Pavilion on Saturday night. And a look back at the footage tells me that in only FOUR REHEARSALS everyone looked great, smiled, and had become so unified as a squad that we gracefully handled a pretty lengthy stage crashing by some intoxicated young gentlemen. Unfortunately one of those gentlemen *might* have gotten in Mattrick's 'way' and was knocked to the floor... woops.

HERE is a video a Windy City Rollers fan captured of the show!

Many thanks to the all around awesome Lauren Lavorato for organizing the troops and making spreadsheet after spreadsheet :)

Many thanks to Julian [Ada Hatelace] with the Windy City Rollers for always inviting the Power of Cheer back to bend and snap at your halftime shows. <3

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

You ready for more Cheerobix?

It's time for the squad to re-assemble this SUNDAY for Cheerobix Express! An hour of routines you know and [hopefully] LOVE. Get ready to prance and sweat and enjoy every minute of it!
Sunday, April 15th
Indigo Studio

There's still time to make requests! Make sure to reserve your spot by pre-registering HERE

The Jenarator

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Cheerobix This Sunday!

We're so excited to show you our new routines! We're honoring Spring Fever with some dance jams from Brittney, JT, Ludacris and more! We'll even get to do some old favorites [Jump!]

We hope to see you!

click HERE to register

Cheerobix! April Edition:
S p r i n g F e v e r
HiFi Fitness
820 N Orleans St. #100
Chicago, IL 60610

Monday, March 5, 2012

The MaDNesSs AND 190 North in one day!!

Hey Squad--What a fun Cheerobix that was yesterday! Thanks for bringin it! A whopping 36 squadmates! We're getting to be quite an army of pep and sparkle. We can't wait to see you again in TWO WEEKS!

Cheerobix Express
Sunday, March 18th
1:00PM- 2:00PM

Indigo Studio
213 W. Institute Pl.
Chicago, IL 60610

Register NOW to save your spot! They go fast :)

The Jenarator

Oh! And then the 190 North segment on ABC aired Sunday night! Thanks to Cathy at 190 North and JJ from Indigo for making this happen [and also big thanks to YOU--our squadmates for life!]

Monday, February 27, 2012

MArcH mADneSs!

Cheerobix is MAd about MArcH! Come shake and bounce with us THIS SUNDAY MARCH 4 at
HiFi Fitness! We've got songs about bein crazy, getting crazy, losin your mind, and much more! Spend 90-minutes smiling, sweating and having blast
So come get cRazY, mAd, INsAne and FreaKy with us! It's going to be mADneSs

Cheerobix! February Workshop
MArcH mADneSs
HiFi Fitness
820 N Orleans St. #100
Chicago, IL 60610

Click HERE to register!

The monthly Cheerobix workshop is special! We debut 90-minutes of all-new routines with some old favorites sprinkled in. You get the mandatory ab-tastic Pom Pass, plus Conditioning, Cardio and Sculpting thru fun, simple pom routines set to fun music of all kinds. Bring your smile, supportive shoes and clothing, water bottle and perhaps a towel. [Because your moves are gonna be HOT] No experience required. Smiles unavoidable :)

PS--Thank you for buying your ticket thru this service. It will guarantee your spot in the class. We apologize for the very small fee [$1.82] that will be incurred to allow for this...

See you soon!

The Jenarator

Sunday, February 19, 2012


Special thanks to the Cheerobix squad today for bringing the smiles, hoots, energy, and SPIRIT for our class today! You all looked great and will no doubt be signing autographs once that 190 North episode lands on Chicago!

P.S. your kick lines were Ah-may-zing

The Jenarator

Monday, February 6, 2012

Love, Cheerobix

Dearest Squadmates,

Your energy is what makes Cheerobix so special. We hope you get more than a good workout from your time in class, that you enjoy expressing your inner cheerleader, and watching all those poms shake in unison.

Thank you to the 36 squadmates that sweat it out with us yesterday. We had so much fun!


Sunday, February 5, 2012

Cheerobix ..::LOVE::..

The day is here! So much LOVE to share with our squadmates! See you at 1PM for the SOLD OUT February Workshop.

We can probably squeeze a couple more squadmates in if you want to come pay cash at the door. And we'd ..::LOVE::.. to see you!

P.S. Special thanks once again to Chris Ertel for our awesome monthly workshop pic design. You're hot

The Jenarator

Monday, January 30, 2012

Soooo THIS Happened today...

We got to cheer in a room RIGHT NEXT TO TOM SKILLING. Thanks to the very kind and easy going staff and anchor at WGN Midday Fix for putting on the sparkly lights for us! And to our squad today: Brian Hinkle, Megan Calto, Angela Loiacono, Jaclyn Jones, and co-captain Jyldo for offering your time to shake poms with us!

First stop WGN. [click link to view video]

Next stop THE WORLD

Saturday, January 21, 2012

So much CHEER!

Hey Squad!

First of all, we got new poms. Black ones. Because we're rebels

Second of all, we're having a really busy month of cheer! [which we are so excited about] Last week we did a team building workshop for a group from the Museum of Science and Industry which was so much fun!

Here they are:

We had them make up their own cheer names, made up science cheers for them and with them--did some routines, made a spirit tunnel, did the pom pass, and even made up a special routine to a fun song about science. It was a blast and they were such a great group of enthusiastic and willing people. Special thanks to squadmate Heather Barnes for setting this up with us!

THEN on Friday we got SNOWED OUT so couldn't make it to Glenview for our Girls' Night Out event, but no worries! We'll be there next Friday

And of course this Sunday we have CHEEROBIX EXPRESS!

Indigo Studio
213 W. Institute Pl #704

Can't wait to shake our NEW POMS with you!

The Jenarator

Tuesday, January 10, 2012



What a squad! Big thanks to all of the squadmates that brought it at the Disco New Year's workshop on Sunday. What a joyful experience to swim in a sea of THIRTY-FIVE people shaking their poms! Thank you to those who ventured out and tried something new, to the friends who bring their friends, and the ones that prance with us all time [and everyone in between]

See you again in TWO WEEKS at Indigo Studio!

Cheerobix Express
60 minutes of routines
Sunday, February 22nd


Reserve here now, if you like! Space is limited and we'd love to see you, so save your spot! :)

The Jenarator

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Cheerobix Fever!

It's time to register for the next installment of CHEEROBIX! This month we're finding all the greatest Disco tunes from yesterday and today and swingin our poms to those inspirational grooves. Come join us at HI FI FITNESS on Sunday, January 8th at 1PM

Click HERE to buy your ticket!

Your Spirited Leaders

Cheerobix is a magical dance fitness class with poms! You'll be drenched in sweat while you dance, prance and drop it low. This is your squad. Come cheer dance with us!

Matthew Hollis [Mattrick Swayze]

Matthew Hollis has been committed to fitness for over 6 years as a certified personal trainer and iron-pumping addict. He trains individuals, teaches various group classes and boot camps, and will whip your hot tail into gear. His no nonsense approach keeps his clients focused and working hard throughout every workout. Your results are his top priority, but lucky for you, he is also very charming and fun to have around. You can find Matthew teaching and training and Cheetah Gyms, Columbia College, Indigo Studio and corporate classes at Google!

Jena Ertel [the Jenarator]

Jena began her on-again off-again experience with poms in middle school and has had cheer in her heart ever since. A degree in Dance from Columbia as well as a Dance Education certification from UWM led her to over 10 years [so far] of teaching dance and movement of all sorts to people of all ages. Jena currently teaches group fitness and yoga classes and loves the booming sound of unison pom swishes. She is a certified yoga instructor and is constantly building her knowledge of anatomy and kinesiology so she can be the best educator to her students. If she is not practicing her body rolls and high kicks, you'll probably find the Jenarator smothering her little doggie and baby Emmitt with kisses or obsessing over flora or fauna of some sort.


Well, Mattrick and the Jenarator have been great pals for just about ever, meeting as dance students in college. They have performed together and separately for over a decade and have been cheering together for about 6 years.

In 2007, Matthew created a performance group/concept called the "Power of Cheer" based on his need to be his own best cheerleader. So began an honest, funny, raw series of performances done with two other men, and sometimes just he alone.

As the popularity of the Power of Cheer grew, so did the squad. A core group of 5 males and 4 females began to form and not only did Matthew create, produce and execute a hugely successful full-length evening performance piece, but this core squad also began performing full-scale pom routines and original cheers for the halftime shows for the Windy City Rollers, as well as pranced and kicked on a moving float for 3 consecutive Gay Pride Parades.

It seemed evident that the practice that went into rehearsing for these shows was so physically demanding, that it would make for a really fun, cardio-tastic form of group fitness. With that in mind, in summer 2010, Matthew was asked by the City of Chicago to lead a series of ‘Cheerobics’ classes in Millennium Park, which was wildly popular.

One night, Jena and Matthew were dancing around in an empty beergarden and he showed her some of the moves from these ‘Cheerobics’ classes and Jena got so excited she said, “We HAVE to do this. People would LOVE this! “

And now here we are. Present day. Jena joins forces with Matthew to co-create a Cheerobix curriculum and pedagogy to take to all the inner cheerleaders out there. Because it's fun to dance, its fun to prance, and darn it--its fun to play with pom pons!