Meet our incredible staff!

Andrea Needle, Owner and Director

Hometown: Davis, CA

Experience: Andrea, a native of California, attended American University in Washington, DC where she earned a degree in psychology. Andrea's background is in dance - ballet, jazz and modern - and prior to moving to the east coast, she trained and performed with various dance companies in California, the Midwest, and Canada. Andrea founded Dream Allstars in 2005 (after her daughters fell in love with the sport) in an effort to create a cheerleading "family" that simultaneously promotes competitive excellence, growth as both an athlete and, perhaps more importantly, as a person, and to provide a home away from home for everyone who walks through the doors.

Kim Fitts, Assistant Director

Hometown: Thousand Oaks, CA

Experience: Kim began her coaching career at Magruder High School as the junior varsity cheerleading coach. During her twelve years in the position, Kim coached nine teams that earned bids to the NCA High School National Championships. Following her time at Magruder, Kim also coached junior varsity at Quince Orchard High School and Gaithersburg High School. Kim began coaching Allstar cheerleading in 2002 and joined the Dream family in 2007. Throughout her fifteen years with the program, Kim has refined her expertise in coaching levels 1-3 and choreographing level one stunts. 

Certifications: CPR/First Aid/AED, NSCI Background Clearance

Braedan Bloom

Hometown: Potomac, MD

Experience: Braedan began his cheer career during the inaugural season of Dream Allstars and continued competing for 16 years. He was a member of the first-ever Worlds team for Dream, Mirage, in 2009 and went on to compete a total of 11 times at the World Championships. Braedan has achieved numerous individual accolades, including 3x So You Think You Can Tumble champion, Nfinity Legend, and Flip’n Amped athlete. Braedan has accumulated a wealth of knowledge through his 16 years as an athlete — learning both Allstar and Collegiate techniques. Braedan returned home after graduating and began his coaching career in 2021. He looks forward to sharing his passion of cheer with all his athlete.

Certifications and Credentials: CPR/First Aid/AED, SafeSport, USASF Tumbling levels 1-6, USASF Stunting levels 1-6

Carly Sanders

Hometown: Norman, OK

Experience: Carly's early love for tumbling made her a standout athlete in both cheer and diving. She soon found herself coaching diving in 2008 when she began coaching cheer exclusively. She has coached at all levels from Rec to High School and World's level allstar. Carly has NFHS certifications for concussions in sports, sportsmanship and the coaches education stunt progression. Carly has her National Safety Certification from AACCA, and has competed the UCA 5 star coaches program. Carly was also certified as an elite American cheerleader by UCA.  Since 2012 she has also been certified AAAI/ISMA personal fitness trainer, and was also a NPC (Nation Physique Competitor) athlete and has won numerous titles, including the East Coast Champion. She is USASF certified at all levels of stunting and has a unique talent for connecting with the inspiring athletes no matter their skill level. Carly is currently coaching  Vivid (Jr. 3) and is current with her NICS background check.   

Jourdan Bloom

Hometown: Potomac, MD

Experience: Jourdan began her cheerleading career two seasons before Dream Allstars opened its doors, and continued to cheer with Dream from its inception in 2005 until graduating from high school in 2013. Upon graduation, Jourdan attended Oklahoma State University for two years, where she spent a season on both the school’s All Girl and Large Coed teams. In addition to cheering for her university’s program, which allowed her to cheer at sports games and compete at the NCA Collegiate National Championship in Daytona, FL., Jourdan spent her freshman year also cheering Allstar with Twist and Shout Obsession, going on to win the Cheerleading World Championship in 2014. In 2015, Jourdan moved back to her home state where she attended and cheered for the University of Maryland at College Park, finishing up her collegiate career as the team’s captain. Upon her return to Maryland, Jourdan began coaching at Dream for the 2015-16 season, and has continued to coach for the program since then. In 2017 Jourdan was hired to coach the cheerleading team at Montgomery Blair High School, leading them to win the Division 3 Montgomery County Cheerleading Competition in 2019. Jourdan is thrilled to have learned from so many wonderful programs and coaches, and feels privileged to pass on both her knowledge and passion for cheerleading to her athletes at Dream.

Certifications: CPR/First Aid/AED, National Center for Safety Initiatives, SafeSport, National Federation of State High School Associations (bullying/hazing, concussion in sports, sudden cardiac arrests, heat illness prevention, and fundamentals of coaching)

Kimberly Fitts

Hometown: Gaithersburg, MD

Experience: Kimmi has thirteen years of competitive cheerleading experience, eight of which she spent at Dream. In her time as an athlete, Kimmi cheered on Dream’s first level five team and competed at the Cheerleading Worlds with them in 2009. Kimmi also cheered on Dream’s senior level five team in the years following, competing at the Cheerleading Worlds another four times. This year will mark Kimmi’s fifth season Gaithersburg High School’s varsity cheerleading coach. In 2021, Kimmi coached her high school team to win the Montgomery County Division 3 Cheerleading Competition. Kimmi returned home to Dream in 2019 and is beginning her fourth season with the program in her new role as a coach. Kimmi is CPR and Safesport certified and maintains an NCSI background clearance.

Certifications: CPR/First Aid/AED, National Center for Safety Initiatives, SafeSport, National Federation of State High School Associations (bullying/hazing, concussion in sports, sudden cardiac arrests, heat illness prevention, and fundamentals of coaching)

Marlo Bloom

Marlo cheered with Dream Allstars from 2004 until her graduation from high school in 2011. During that time she cheered on all level teams, including our Worlds team, and coached one of our most successful youth teams to countless victories. She also coached our special needs team and traveled to New York with them for an appearance on Good Morning, America. Upon graduation from high school, Marlo attended American University where she cheered all four years of college and competed at college nationals.
Marlo has spent the past five years in Boston pursuing her Doctorate of Psychology (her focus is working with youth with trauma histories). She is returning to the area  for her internship, the final step in her doctoral program. We are so excited to welcome Marlo back to gym where she will share her experience with our youngest athletes, guided by her extensive training in child development. 
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Ryan Shorter

Hometown: Columbia, MD

Experience: Ryan began his cheer career at Howard Highschool. After his first year, Ryan joined Maryland Marlins and competed on a Senior Restricted 5 (equivalent of current level 5). After high school, Ryan attended Marshall University for one year prior to transferring to Trinity Valley Community College. While at TVCC, Ryan also continued his Allstar career as a member Cheer Athletics Claw 6 where he won the World Championship in 2016. After TVCC, he transferred to Oklahoma State University where he was a member of Large Coed from 2016-2018. Ryan has made many coaching stops along the way, working with various high schools and all-star gyms. He has coached teams levels 1-5 and worked tumbling with athletes level 1-6.

Eric Thompson

Eric heads up our program and his dedication to hard work, mixed with heavy motivation and a fun personality, runs through all of our teams.  Following his time as a three sport athlete in high school, Eric discovered his love, and talent for Acro. Traveling the world in college to perform, a drive to coach soon came to the forefront. With over a decade of training many of the elite tumblers in the country, Eric has coached and trained athletes at the high school, allstar and college levels, including The University of Maryland and Towson University. He is USASF certified in tumbling and stunting at all levels and has the ability to inspire athletes to achieve skills they never even dreamed that they were capable of. Eric is currently coaching Eternity (Sr. coed 5) World's team and he is also current with his NICS background check clearance.

Nikao Kerr

Hometown: New York City, NY

Experience: Nikao Kerr began is acrobatics career at the Garden State Academy his freshman year of high school. Nikao received a scholarship to Washington Adventist University, formerly known as Columbia Union College, where he was on the Acro team for four years, serving as team captain his junior and senior years. Nikao began coaching tumbling his sophomore year of college and continue to do after graduation at TNT Explosion, Unique Allstars, Maryland Marlins, and Maryland Twisters. Nikao joined the Dream staff in 2010 as a tumbling coach, but expanded his role by also coaching cheerleading for the years 2011-2016. Nikao returned back to his original role as a tumbling coach in 2017, as this is his true passion. In addition to working at Dream, Nikao travels all over the country teaching tumbling clinics for his personal company, Mr. Flip. Nikao is CPR/First Aid and Safesport certified. He is also USASF certified to coach levels 1-6.

Certifications: CPR/First Aid/AED, Safesport, USASF tumbling level 1-6