Our staff travels around to colleges, high schools, and middle schools to teach valuable skills used in cheerleading today. We specialize in tumbling, stunting, jumps, and dance, and we teach to boys and girls of all age groups. We also offer choreography and private lessons for both teams and individuals.
Another component of Xtreme Cheer CT is our All-Star program.
We currently have 9 teams.
Xtreme Cheer is owned and operated by Michael E. Talbot. Mike has over 20 years of cheerleading and tumbling experience. In addition to his participation in cheerleading through high school, and college where he was a cheerleader for the UConn Huskies, Mike has worked for various organizations associated with cheerleading from regional to national levels. He was a member of the UCA staff for 7 years, a member of Best Cheerleading for 3 years, and is also a member of Xtreme's IOC5 team that is currently top 10 in the world.
Mike has been a judge on local and national levels, as well as being certified by the USASF in tumbling, stunting, and baskets through level 5. He has trained National Cheer leading Champions New Rochelle High School for the past 10 years and is also a members of Worlds recognized Xtreme Cheer Inferno. Additionally, Mike is safety certified in the state of Connecticut for CPR and First Aid.
Assistant Coach Dana Talbot has 20 years of Gymnastics and Dance experience. As a former gymnast at Southern CT State University, Dana competed at a National Level. Dana was also the former head coach for the Southington YMCA program up to level 9 for over 3 years and Assistant Coach to the High School Team. Dana joined Xtreme Cheer in 2003 where she has assisted in tumbling, dance and choreography. She also manages all operations behind Xtreme Cheer. Dana is USASF certified in tumbling up to level 5.
Dilmer is a former professional cheerleader for the New Jersey Nets and has been with Xtreme Cheer for the past 15 years. He is involved in coaching, tumbling and also helping with choreography inside and outside the gym. His background is based on cheering and dancing, gymnastics, high school and college cheer. Dilmer is also a member of Xtreme's Worlds recognized Xtreme Cheer Inferno.
Angel joined Xtreme Cheer in 2010. Angel is a coach to the All-star Program and has been cheering for over 15 years. Angel was all FCIAC in 2002 & 2004 and All State cheerleader. Angel specializes in stunting and helps runs Xtreme's flight school. Angel was also a Level 7 gymnast and is a member of Xtreme's Worlds recognized Xtreme Cheer Inferno. He is USAG certified and CPR certified.
Ricky coached YWCA Gymnastics, Westchester Gymnastics, Tumble Bugs and Tumble Town. Also coached at the formally known Liberty Allstars, and Gold Coast Allstars, and also worked for Planet Stunt. Ricky specializes in tumbling technique and strength conditioning. He is currently studying business with a minor is nutrition, and has cheered and coached for Xtreme Cheer's International Open Coed Level 5 team for the a last 4 years achieving World recognition.
Lauren is a former CCSU (2006) & Stamford High (2002) Cheerleader. At Central Connecticut State University Lauren competed at the national Level. Lauren has over 20 years of experience in dance, cheerleading and tumbling. She is a former judge for local High School Cheerleading competitions. Lauren helped coached Westhill High School in Stamford and was the head coach at Darien High School. Lauren joined Xtreme Cheer in 2017 coaching the Tinys Team. She is a mother to 1 girl & 2 boys and is a certified State of CT Elementary School teacher.
For the last 19+ years, Markie has been very successful in coaching at all levels of cheerleading from Pop Warner, High School, Rec, all the way through All-Star Cheerleading levels 1-6 Tiny to Senior age athletes. He has coached at many of Connecticut’s past and present All-Star Programs. Markie joined XCA last season and helped coach both worlds teams. Markie is USASF credentialed all the way through level 6, as well as First Aid & CPR Certified. Fun fact that no one knows about Markie: He’s obsessed with Disney, which is great for Xtreme since we compete there annually!
Alexandra has been with Xtreme cheer since 2014, she began coaching at Xtreme in 2019. Alexandra has been cheering for 23 years beginning with pop-Warner and joining all-stars when she was 9 years old. She started junior coaching at the age of 16, and coaching at age 23. Alexandra has been a level 6 athlete for over 15 years and has competed at worlds 14 times! Alexandra has recently won the 2019 USASF cheerleading world championships! Alexandra’s specialties are flexibility, jumps, tumbling/mental blocks, and technique tumble. Outside of the gym Pookie has a 5 year old daughter and is currently a member of Xtreme Cheer Inferno.
Kristen Barrese has been a part of XCA for the past 19 years. She coaches our junior teams and cheers on our NT Coed team, Smoke. Kristen began as a volunteer coach for us when she was 15 for our Youth 2 team Radiance. From there she continued on as a coach to the junior teams and assist wherever it is needed . Kristen has also coached at Staples High school for their Junior Varsity team. Besides coaching, Kristen is a Licensed Esthetician and Makeup Artist.
As an elite team of dancers, tumblers and stunting professionals ranging in age from six to thirty, the Xtreme Cheer athletes are available for a variety of opportunities. They have appeared in feature films, photo shoots, high profile events and corporate retreats. We are conveniently located 30 minutes from New York City.
... “What is most impressive about the XCA is their balanced approach to team development. Dana and Mike are focused on developing a true team environment in and out of the gym. They make sure that the team bonds, that everyone feels important, and that no kid feels left out.” ...
“As a parent, finding a program that stresses good sportsmanship, teamwork and promotes self-confidence is equally as important as the sport itself. Mike Talbot's expertise, professionalism and priority on safety convinced me that Xtreme Cheer was a program that would help my daughter improve her cheerleading and gymnastic skills and increase her self-confidence while having fun and staying safe!”
“When it comes to spotting and instructing tumbling at the high school level the only answer is Mike Talbot. He is professional, educated, knowledgeable, and skilled at the craft of spotting tumbling. I know that when my athletes try new skills, they are safe because they are in Mike's hands, but more importantly, my athletes also know that they are safe. They trust Mike wholeheartedly which allows them to take the risks needed to push their skills to new levels. My team has seen such growth and development because of the instruction they have received from Mike. The relationship that Mike builds with each and every single one of my cheerleaders in incredible; he is sincere, funny, and kind, yet stern when need be. He has a genuine love for the sport of cheerleading and it shows when he is working with his athletes. He is not only the most qualified and skilled tumbling instructor in Fairfield County, he is a strong role model committed to positively influencing young athletes both on and off the mat. As a high school cheerleading coach you cannot make a better decision than to hire Mike Talbot and make him a part of your team.”
“In the world of All Star Cheerleading, Xtreme Cheer CT is a home away from home for their athletes. Owners Mike & Dana Talbot, along with a top-notch coaching staff are all about the kids and their families. They have the unique ability to tap into any child's talent and nurture that to their desired level of skill. Additionally, the bond that forms between them and their athletes is second to none. They have an open door policy for anyone -- parent or child -- to discuss with or listen to, any topic, any time. That accessibility allows for their athletes to be focused and driven which is a skill set they will use throughout their lives. Through the years we have seen many cheer families jump from gym to gym, but once they find Xtreme Cheer, they have found the place that all the other gyms aspire to be. Their motto of “One Team, One Family” perfectly describes Xtreme Cheer!”
“I just want to say what an outstanding program Xtreme Cheer is. Under the coaching of Mike & Dana Talbot (and all the coaches), my daughters have not only learned some amazing cheer skills, but life skills as well. There is no place they'd rather be than in the gym, and that's always a good thing when your kids say that! Mike & Dana foster a sense of warmth, welcoming, and encouragement, no matter what the skill level and no matter if they win or lose. They are always looking out for the best interests of ALL the athletes, and truly, genuinely care about each and every one. There are not enough words to say how proud I am to be a part of this extraordinary program, and how I consider Mike & Dana to be a part of my family!”