Brenda Holloway - Owner and Director of Program



Coach Brenda was born and raised in New Haven, Connecticut where she found her love for gymnastics and cheerleading at a very young age. She trained in gymnastics for five years at the UJIMA Gymnastic Center at the Dixwell Community Center, formally called the Q House. She was trained under the coaching leadership of Reginald and Tony Wilder. Coach Brenda continued to pursue her dream of being a cheerleader in high school at Wilbur Cross High School and later at Norfolk State University in Norfolk, VA where she graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Finance.  Coach Brenda has over 13 years of coaching experience from Recreation to All Star cheer.
She coached the varsity recreation team for two years for the City of Alexandria, Nannie J. Lee Recreation Center. In 2006, Coach Brenda along with other recreation center coaches decided to form their own all-star team called, Hot Topic All Stars, Inc. Since 2006, Hot Topic has impacted the lives of so many athletes and have watched them grow into not only great athletes, but phenomenal young ladies as well.  Coach Brenda’s motto is to always incorporate life’s experiences in teaching our girls how to be the best in everything they try to achieve. It starts with getting a great education, making good decisions and giving 100% in everything you do. It’s not just about excelling in cheerleading, but also excelling in LIFE! Also, making the best out of every situation and looking for God’s guidance and direction all the time. Throughout Brenda’s life, she has overcome many obstacles that could have broken her spirit for good, but through God’s grace and a strong foundation instilled by her parents, she was able to make some new decisions in her life that helps keep her grounded as well as focused on her God given PURPOSE!
Coach Brenda currently works for the City of Alexandria as the Assistant Manager for the Therapeutic Recreation Program at the Nannie J. Lee Recreation Center. She supervises programs that are geared towards the special needs population in the City of Alexandria as well as preschool and general education students. She truly has a love for working with kids and feels it is the most rewarding thing she can do in life. Brenda has seen it first hand, how doing something you truly love can change your life for the better. “I have seen some of my HT Alumni cheerleaders transformed right before my eyes and it’s a great feeling knowing our program had a little something to do with it.” “I have several cheerleaders that have moved on to college and they still contact me whenever they need me or just to say hello.” “My most important purpose in life is to make a major impact in a person’s life and to sow a seed that will last a lifetime.”

Iyona Hawkins-Director of Cheer

 Awesome, incredible, perfectionist is some of the traits that best describe Coach Yona. She really enjoys coaching and setting positive examples for the youth that she serves. Coach Yona has over 15 years of cheerleading and dance experience. She started cheering at the age of 3 at Nannie J. Lee Recreation Center in Alexandria, VA and continued cheering until the age of 14. She also took tap and ballet at Sudo Dance Company in Langley Park, MD for 3 years and ventured to Footsteps Dance Company in Washington, DC for 3 years. At the Age of 14, Coach Yona wanted to explore other aspects of cheerleading. She asked her mother, Tanya Banks, if it was possible to take over the Junior Varsity squad at Nannie J. Lee Recreation Center. Her mother without a doubt granted Coach Yona her first opportunity at coaching. In her first year of coaching, Coach Yona’s creative and innovative routine won her the first City-wide cheerleading championship. She continued to be very successful at the Recreational level, winning two back to back JV championships, and one Varsity cheerleading championship. Coach Yona felt that her Recreation team could handle competing in other cheerleading competitions, so she took them to the "Reach the Beach" competition in Ocean City, MD and pulled out a 1st place win. Her team then advanced to Chicago, IL where they competed in a NCA National Championship and won 1st place.
In 1998, Coach Yona went off to college and her cheerleading career was at a stand- still. After graduating college, Coach Yona was asked to return to Nannie J. Lee Recreation Center as the Head Coach for the Junior Varsity cheerleading squad. That is where she met Brenda Holloway, who at that time was the Head Coach for Nannie J. Lee’s Varsity squad. At that time, she started her recruiting process. Using her dynamic ability and creativity, Coach Yona went back to the drawing board and came back the next season and won yet another City-wide 1st place cheerleading championship. She then had a vision along with Brenda Holloway and Shenika Farmer to create the Hot Topic All Stars. Through determination, drive and commitment, Hot Topic All Stars has continued to prevail and grow larger and stronger every year since 2006.
Currently, Coach Yona is one of the Directors at Hot Topic All Stars (HT). Coach Yona’s motto is "Success is not giving to us, we have to earn it. Practice is our competition, so come to practice with a purpose and at the end the day, we just have to show up and receive our awards." Coach Yona is a graduate of one of the most prestigious historically Black Universities, Bethune-Cookman University. She is also a member of THE Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. In her personal life Coach Yona loves to shop, spend time with her family and friends, crack jokes and love on her husband and daughter Jersey!

Shenika Farmer-Director of Cheer

 Coach Shenika was born and raised in the City of Alexandria, where she was involved in many sports activities including cheerleading. Shenika started her coaching career helping as a volunteer parent working with a motivated group of cheerleaders for the City of Alexandria Recreation Program in Alexandria, Virginia. She coached cheerleaders of all ages. Coach Shenika has won numerous coaching awards for her leadership and dedication to the City of Alexandria Cheerleading program, including Best Coach award in 2005.
After many outstanding seasons, serving the City of Alexandria Recreation program as a Head Coach, Coach Shenika decided to move on to the Hot Topic All Stars Organization in 2006. Coach Shenika now serves as Director of Cheer, Head Coach and Choreographer for Hot Topic All Stars.
Shenika has an exceptional understanding of what it takes to shape young athletes and has placed special emphasis on this as part of her professional development program. She believes in the power of the sport to teach valuable life skills and to produce well rounded young people. Her ability to guide, develop and produce quality cheerleaders from beginners to National Champions is demonstrated by the success of all her athletes.
Coach Shenika believes that cheerleading takes a special kind of personality, the skills can be taught but the WOW comes from within. Coach Shenika says that dedication and preparation are both the key to success. Shenika really enjoys coaching and hopes to continue to learn new things and pass on that knowledge to her athletes and their families. Her amazing daughter Shakayla participates in cheer and dance at Hot Topic.
"It's not about being the best... It's about being better today than you were yesterday

Director of Dance Program - Brandy

 Coach Brandy is forever a student but has a strong passion for teaching dance. She has over 10 years’ experience with teaching ages ranging from 7 to 50 in styles ranging from hip hop to liturgical. She is currently a member of the Ebony Day Dance Company under the direction of Ebony Day, which provides private dance instruction and choreography to clients throughout the DC, MD and VA area. She has such a strong love for dance that she started her own dance company.
Coach Brandy loves to see the joy in her students when they are learning something new, mastering the skill and having fun while dancing. She is a firm believer that EVERYONE can dance, and she is excited to prove it!


Cheer Coach and Tumbling Director - LaTasha

 LaTasha Lane "Coach Tasha" has over 15 years of cheer experience. She began cheering at age 5 for New Carrollton Boys and Girls Club and continued her cheer career in Recreation at #14 Boys and Girls club in Washington, D.C. In 2002, her mom started the Capital All Stars Inc., where she cheered until 2008. Coach Tasha has not only cheered but has coached cheer, tumbling and choreography since 2005. She has had the privilege to choreograph the dance section for the University of Maryland Eastern Shore Cheerleaders in 2011 and 2012. She has won choreography awards while at Capital All Stars that include Best Dance (Champion Cup Nationals 2009 and 2010), Best Jumps and Tumble Sequence (Cheer and Dance Extreme 2011) and many more awards over her career. She is USASF certified in levels 1-5 and coaches’ levels 1-4 tumbling.
Her motto is "Winning isn't everything but preparing for the Win is!" She currently attends Medical School.

Cheer Coach - Abosede

Coach Abosede (Bos) has coached for 8 years; two years for the City of Alexandria, Recreation Department and 6 years with All Star Cheer. Before beginning her adventure in coaching, she had three daughters who all cheered with Hot Topic All Stars. In addition, she was team mom for two years. While at Hot Topic, she decided to pursue her interest in coaching and took on the role of being the Head Coach for the City of Alexandria, William Ramsay Recreation Center. Two years later, she started coaching with Hot Topic All Stars.
Coach Abosede has experience coaching Mini, Youth, Junior and Senior levels 1 and 2. In 2017, Coach Abosede helped lead her J1 team "Starburst" to a Summit Bid in Orlando, FL. Having a team compete at the D2 Summit was the first in Hot Topic’s history. Her team was ranked 12th out of 43 teams which was truly an amazing accomplishment.
Coach Abosede’s goal for each season is to get her team to become the best of the best and continue to help her kids grow in cheer. Her favorite quote is "Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success." – Henry Ford

Cheer Coach - Amber

 Coach Amber was born and raised in Alexandria, Va., and is a graduate of T. C. Williams High School and Virginia State University where she received her Bachelor of Science in Information Systems and Decision Sciences. As a child, Amber enjoyed being a member of the Alexandria Athletic League Drill Team until high school where she then was a member of the T. C. Williams Marching Titans and later, a Varsity Cheerleader.
Amber began her all-star cheer experience as a Team Mom at Hot Topic All Stars where her daughter was an athlete for 5 years. She later received her coaching experience from CNN Allstars in Woodbridge, VA. Amber bring 3 years of coaching experience at levels 1-3.
Amber's philosophy is "if you set your mind to it, you can accomplish anything".

Cheer Coach - Brenda L

 Coach B, has been a Program Owner and Coach for twenty-one years. In 1997, she was the Commissioner for the New Carrollton Boys and Girls Club. As her knowledge of the sport grew, she was asked to become a Cheerleading Director for the Metropolitan Boys and Girls #14. After numerous achievements including Local, Regional and National Championships in Recreation, she decided to enter the all-star cheer arena. In June 2002, Capital All Stars Cheer and Dance Teams Association Inc., was formed with four (4) teams (Pride, Liberty, Freedom, and Justice). In 2007, we added two (2) more teams (Peace and Power). The success of the teams was amazing, and the achievements never wavered. These 78 girls had arrived on the scene chanting "CA ". So, in November 2009, the decision was made to use the name "CA" and the way these ladies took the floor to performed had them instantly recognized as "Stars" hence the new name "CA STARS " and its catchy tag phrase "New Name, Same Game!"
In my twenty-one years of coaching, I truly believe that it takes "Team Work to make the Dream Work." I am dedicated to ensuring that each athlete grows to be a well-rounded and successful individual who can achieve whatever they dream possible!

Cheer Coach - Jasmine

 Jasmine was born and raised in Springfield, VA, where she cheered all throughout middle school and high school for Capital Cheer All Star and South County Secondary School. She left Northern, VA to attend college in Norfolk, VA at Old Dominion University. During her time in college, she worked for the university’s Child Development and Research Center, which sparked her love for children. After graduation, she received a job as a Marketing Specialist for a large DC law firm, which brought her back to Northern Virginia, where she, shortly after, found her love of coaching. She has been coaching with Hot Topic All Stars for one year and has experience coaching cheerleaders from 6 – 12 years of age.
Coach Jasmine believes in sowing a seed into every child that enters the Hot Topic building and others within her community. She uses her positive attitude to set an example for all the cheerleaders within the program and instills in them the skills they can use for the rest of their lives, on the mat and off. She encourages the girls to challenge themselves and lives by the motto "do the thing you think you cannot do."

Cheer Coach - Lauren

 Coach Lauren was born and raised in New Jersey, where she found her love of cheerleading! She has 13 years of cheerleading experience that includes recreation, high school and all-star cheer. After 5 years of cheering for South Jersey Storm, Coach Lauren knew that she wanted to start her coaching career in the all-star industry. She began her coaching career at Maryland Marlins, while pursuing her Bachelor of Science Degree. She has also coached for All Pro All Stars, CNN Allstars and Ntensity Cheer All Stars.
Coach Lauren’s love of the sport shows through her dedication to making her athletes the best they can be on and off the mat. She cherishes the moments with her teams when they excel at a new skill or win a 1st place title. Her goal every season is to make her athletes well rounded cheerleaders, as well rounded and respectful individuals.

Cheer Coach - Shante

 Shante developed the love for cheerleading at a young age. She officially began her cheerleading career in middle school and continued all the way through high school. In High School, she kept herself busy with cheer all year long by cheering during football season, basketball season as well as on the competitive cheer team. Post-secondary school she continued to cheer for two semi-pro football organizations. She has been coaching off and on since 1999, which began with the CBA All Star cheerleading organization in Culpeper, Virginia, then she moved on to assist coaching at Springfield Youth Center. In 2017, she picked back up with her love for cheer by joining with Hot Topic All Stars. She assisted with the Tiny Prep Level 1 and the Mini Level 1 teams.
Shanté says, “To watch the children listen to your instructions, soak it in and display excellent results makes coaching rewarding.  We are providing them with the tools to not only perform in 2:30 second increments but also how to adapt these skills in the real world. The most amazing part of coaching is that the children do not realize that they are a blessing to us and in return we are learning from them as well. 

Cheer Coach - Teyonna


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