2014 Broncos Cheerleader Auditions

The Denver Broncos have photos and video from yesterday’s open call. Check ‘em out!

A new goal for Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders legend

by George Riba
Kens5.com
March 31, 2014

DALLAS — When you see the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders take the field these days, they carry with them lots of history.

The group – formed in 1960 and originally with high school students – were then known as the Cowbelles & Beaux’s.

By 1970, General Manager Tex Schramm decided to change their image to boost attendance. Five years later, Suzanne Mitchell, who started as Schramm’s secretary, took over as the director of the cheerleaders, but it wasn’t until the Super Bowl in Miami in January 1976 that things started to change.

“Everybody paid so much attention to the girls on the sidelines, and Tex started getting all these phone calls like crazy,” Mitchell said. “He said, ‘Somebody has got to manage these girls. Why don’t you do that in your spare time?’ So that was it.”

Mitchell would be director of the cheerleaders until Jerry Jones bought the team in 1989.

“Tex had given me my opportunity,” Mitchell said. “It was my loyalty to him that made me leave, because he gave me every opportunity to do what I did with the cheerleaders.”

To this day, Mitchell gets credit for molding the image of the cheerleaders into what you see on the field.

“What I did, especially the first few years, was say ‘no’ a lot, because Hollywood was calling, William Morrison [Agency] in New York was calling, and they had all these things they wanted us to do, to sponsor, to advertise, but they were not in keeping with the image that Tex wanted and what I wanted,” she said.

Opportunities continued to stream in.

“Then some things like TV shows like the Love Boat, the Oakridge boys, the Osmond brothers, The Country Music Awards, and things of that sort,” Mitchell said. “We started doing a little bit at a time, and mainly because the fans wanted to see the girls, and it progressed from there and I just held on tight.”

What followed were trips to visit the troops overseas, preforming in hangers and on aircraft carriers, and even carrying messages home from the troops to their families. Mitchell’s impact was being felt worldwide.

Today, the jacket she wore during those trips is kept at the cheerleaders’ headquarters at Valley Ranch.

“The first tour of Korea at Christmas, a young soldier came up and put a pin – his unit crest pin – on my jacket,” Mitchell said. “One after another, the boys kept doing, a pin, a pin. Well, the jacket ended up weighing 14 pounds, but I wore it every night.”

These days, Mitchell isn’t fighting for her girls, but instead is in a battle to save her life. Last July, she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and is working with the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network to raise money to find a cure for the disease.

A 5k and fun run, held at Clyde Warren Park in Dallas, raised $500,000 last year. On Nov. 8 this year, they’re trying to double that amount.

“The thing about this cancer, and the reason I want to do thing like this is whatever time I have left – because only six out of 100 that are diagnosed live five years – so I don’t know how much time I have, but I want to spend that time trying to increase the awareness, because there is less funding for pancreatic cancer than there is any cancer,” Mitchell said.

To help raise money for research, Toni Washington, who was a cheerleader for Mitchell, designed what she calls her “Suzanne bracelet.”

“What she did – not just for me, for so many woman around the world – and I’m a better mother because of my mother and Suzanne,” Washington said. “Just the touch of her is unbelievable.”

LINK: Information about Suzanne bracelet for pancreatic cancer research

Mitchell has seen many former cheerleaders step up to help.

“I was just blown away,” she said. “Most of the cheerleaders have bought one or are going to, and we’re hoping it’s going to help.”

In the meantime, Suzanne Mitchell, who has called herself “the luckiest lady that has ever lived,” continues to fight for her life.

Washington expressed her feelings to the woman who help mold her.

“You are my world,” Washington said. “I am the woman I am today because of you. And I love you more than words will ever know. The Suzanne bracelet will carry your legacy, and it’ll out live me.”

Denver Broncos cheerleaders perform for love of the game, not money

By Joey Bunch
The Denver Post
March 30, 2014

The 154 candidates for the 26-member Denver Broncos cheerleading squad Sunday afternoon needed more than high kicks and a beautiful smile.

They also might need a second job.

“We want beautiful women out there representing the team, but they have to be intelligent,” said Teresa Shear, the Broncos’ director of cheerleaders and game entertainment, as dozens of women clad in blue and orange practiced dance steps and twirls nearby. “They interact with the fans and represent the team.”

Besides cheering at 16 regular-season games and the playoffs, the squad makes more than 100 other appearances and instructs the Broncos’ Junior Cheerleaders.

Before the 56 finalists can make the team, they must undergo background checks, interview with team officials and take a test on their football knowledge.

[PHOTOS: Denver Broncos Cheerleader tryouts]
[VIDEO]

NFL teams won’t discuss how much cheerleaders earn, but the low pay has become a controversy. Online petitions seek to raise the wages, noting the millions of dollars players and team executives earn.

Stephanie Anderson of Niwot was trying out for the fourth time. Her sister Brittany made it last year.

“I’ve been dancing since I was 2,” said Stephanie, who also teaches dance. “It’s in my blood.”

Claire von Nieda said her company would relocate her job from Salt Lake City if she makes the squad. Gioia Bartalo came from Florida. Her father, Steve Bartalo, played running back at Colorado State before a stint with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

“Being from Tampa, my favorite games were always the Broncos and the Bucs,” she said.

Toni Gabrielli moved to Denver from Minneapolis two years ago as she made the squad, and within a week also had a job as a career counselor at the University of Denver.

“Fate kind of worked things out,” she said.

The finals are next Sunday at 6 p.m. in the Ellie Caulkins Opera House.

Game Day With The Washington Wizard Girls

Early this month, I was lucky enough to be able to watch and shoot the Washington Wizard Girls.

To get the full effect of Coach Derric Whitfield’s high energy choreography, watch the Wizard Girls performance from the game here.

 

Set

Captains Brittney, Amber, Julia and Tara

You can find the Wizards Girl on the concourse behind section 109/110 before every game.

Wizards In Game Arena Host GeNeinne. You should remember GeNienne from her time as a Redskins Cheerleader  (She went to Pro Bowl) and as a Wizard Girl.

 

[Wizard Girls Gallery]

[Wizard Girls at SportsIllustrated.com]

[Washington Wizard Girls]

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Showcase New Uniforms

The Bucs opened Raymond James Stadium the other night to their season ticket holders to introduce and showcase the new Nike uniforms. Glitz and strobe lights were the props of the night as a playful session of questions were presented to the returning and newly signed players. The Unis are nice but in my (ever consistent) opinion, the TBBC’s opening performance stole the thunder.

Difficult lightning conditions for photographing but I did manage to click off a few shots. Enjoy.

Tricia, Kari & Megan

Crystale

Tricia

Megan


Kari

New Uniform

Doug Martin

[Bucs Cheerleaders Gallery]

[Buccaneers Cheerleaders Auditions are Sunday, April 27th]

St. C. Native Makes Rams’ Cheering Squad

By Seth Staskey
Times Leader

Alexis Laurine spent most of her childhood and teenage years dancing and cheering.

The 2012 St. Clairsville High School graduate will now be spending some time of her adulthood doing the same things.

Laurine was chosen as one of 32 St. Louis Rams cheerleaders for the upcoming season after a highly competitive two-week try-out process.

“This experience has been a dream come true,” Laurine said.

Laurine had given some thought to looking into the process of what it would take to become a cheerleader for the Rams, but it wasn’t until late last year after the urging of her boyfriend, Elliott Linton, that Laurine really seriously considered the idea.

“I had thrown the idea around, but after a conversation with my boyfriend, I looked into the organization and after watching videos of them performing and learning more about all the community outreach they did, I knew I wanted to be a St. Louis Rams cheerleader,” Laurine said.

Thus, the process was under way.

After some workouts, additional research and auditions, Laurine began the actual audition process.

“I was fortunate to have so much support from my family, boyfriend and close friends,” Laurine said. “With all of their help, I felt fully prepared for this endeavor.”

The audition process included a photo shoot, a preliminary audition dance and then the field was cut before the final audition, which included a longer dance, an interview, modeling, an on-stage question and a final dance performance.

“A St. Louis Rams cheerleader is a well-rounded woman who is a performer, but she’s also a representative of the city itself, so all of these areas are necessary for the audition process,” Laurine said.

Laurine learned she made the squad just a little more than a week ago, but she admits there’s still a time when she feels like pinching herself to make sure it’s real.

“I was in shock, and I know my mouth dropped a mile (when I heard my name called),” Laurine said. “Even days after that night, I was still replaying the emcee announcing my number and name in my head.”

Laurine, who is a sophomore dance and technical theater major at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri, will continue the pursuit of her degree.

“Going into this opportunity, I was fully aware of the commitment that it required with rehearsals, games and appearances, so I altered my schedule before the auditions in hopes of making the team,” Laurine explained.

Though the NFL hasn’t formally announced the 2014 schedule yet, Laurine is already thinking about her first game in the Edward Jones Dome in September.

“Just thinking about that (first) game gives me chills,” Laurine said. “The fans in St. Louis are very supportive of their teams, and I know the energy for that first game will be amazing, and to be a part of something so important to so many people makes me that much more eager to get on the field.”

Laurine was introduced to dancing at the age of 2 at the Toni Zeakes Performing Arts Center. She then went to Turn It Out Dance Academy in high school, studying ballet, jazz, tap, acrobatics, hip hop, pointe and contemporary.

She also cheered for six years at St. Clairsville.

“I credit most of my dancing ability today to my years of cheering at St. Clairsville,” Laurine said. “Those years really made me focus on being a chean dancer and reinforced the importance of teamwork to achieve your goals.”

As a freshman at Lindenwood, Laurine cheered and the squad qualified to NCA Nationals in Daytona Beach.

Laurine also expressed her sincere appreciation to her family and friends.

“After I made the first cut, more people found out and reached out to me, sending well wishes,” Laurine said. “Since it’s been announced, the reaction from my family and friends has been overwhelming. I feel so blessed to have so much support from everyone in the Ohio Valley. My hometown and the people in it will always hold a special place in my heart.”

Photo of the Day – March 31


Angel at Jets Flight Crew SemiFinals on Sunday. April is a former Philadelphia Wings Angel. She made the cut and is headed to Finals!

Congratulations Flight Crew Finalists!

After a very long weekend, 44 dancers have advanced to the Flight Crew Finals where they will compete with 19 returning Flight Crew Veterans for a spot on the 2014-15 squad.

New York Jets Flight Crew auditions

Auditions for the 2014 squad started this weekend.

NewYorkJets.com has a lot of great photos: Gallery 1 | Gallery 2 | Gallery 3

ROAR Auditions Underway

Jacksonville.com also has an extensive photo gallery from the first round of auditions. Click here to check ’em out!

2014 Colts Cheerleader Auditions

Lots of photos on the Colts website!

But before you go check those out, we need to check on Crystal Anne. Some of you may recall that Crystal Anne and one of her teammates both got a buzzcut in the middle of halftime at a game during the 2012-13 NFL season. Since then, every time I read something about the Colts, I have to check on Crystal’s follicular situation. Below are her audition photos from 2012, 2013, and now 2014. I’d say she’s just shy of the halfway point. That girl is as cute as a button, with any hair. But I’ll bet you money she doesn’t go all the way back to her original length. It would be hard to go back to all that maintenance.

Open call candidates

Audition candids 1 | 2

Fitness shoot 1 | 2 | 3

Fitness candids

Finalist candidates 1 | 2

Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleaders Open Call Auditions

Auditions for the 2014-15 Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleaders got under way with Open Call Auditions this past Saturday.

A change of pace this year at the auditions were held not at Lincoln Financial Field, but at the Eagles Training Facility in the near by NovaCare Complex

Eagles Cheerleaders Choreographer Dwayne Townsend and a quartet of veterans

Amy

Waiting their turn

Morgan

 

 

Waiting to hear her number called


Next up Semi-Finals on Wednesday and then in May, Final Auditions will take place.

[Eagles Cheerleaders Open Call Gallery]

Congratulations to the 2014 AKD Model Search Winner

Arizona Cardinals Cheerleaders Auditions Begin Saturday, April 12th

Dates and Information

Preliminary Auditions: April 12,2014
Semi-Finals: April 13, 2014
Finals: April 14-16, 2014

Please read through the packet thoroughly and email questions to the Coach: Erin La Grassa at Cheerinfo@cardinals.nfl.net

General Information

  • Auditions (Saturday and Sunday) will take place at the Arizona Biltmore Resort
    • Address: 2400 E Missouri Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85016
    • Please report to the McArthur Ballroom (see parking map)
    • Registration begins on Saturday at noon.Finals (April 14th-16th) will take place at the Cardinals Training Facility at 8701 S. Hardy Drive in Tempe from 6:30 – 8:00pm
  • The auditions are CLOSED to the public – this means your family & friends
  • ALL JUDGES DECISIONS ARE FINAL
  • What to Wear
    • Crop/half top
    • Shorts
    • Wear your hair and make – up in a fashion that compliments your features
    • Dance shoes or sneakers (please no platforms or heels)
    • It is recommended to wear an outfit that makes you stand out.
    • Audition attire will be available for purchase at all clinics

Registration Information (12:00 on Saturday):

  • Pre-Registered applicants (those who have turned in the application prior to March 30th) will receive the choice of contestant numbers.
  • Applicant’s not pre-registered need to bring a completed application packet to registration on the day of auditions. It is recommended that walk-ups arrive promptly at noon to ensure sufficient time to register.
    • Include cash or money order for the registration fee ($25.00) payable to the Arizona Cardinals. Checks will not be accepted.
    • Include a non returnable recent photo with application (minimum size 5×7)
  • Applicants must be 18 years of age as of May 1, 2014. All applicants must bring a valid government issued photo ID with them to the audition. Applicants who are not of age will need the waiver signed by a parent or guardian.

 

Commitment Information

Members of the 2014 Cheerleading team must meet the following requirements:

  • All applicants
    • Must have a full time job or be a full time student
    • Must be available for practices at the Cardinals training facility on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays (6:30 – 9:00 p.m.).
    • Must be available to attend outside workouts 2 – 3 times a week
    • Must have a reliable source of transportation to all practices and events
    • Must be at least 18 years of age by May 1,2014
  • Members of the 2014 cheerleading squad will be required to make a year long commitment and sign a contract committing time through to May 2015
  • All 2014 members must be available for the following mandatory events
    • Draft day practice – April 30th, May 1st, and May 7th (6:30 – 9:30pm)
    • Draft Day Performance – May 8, 9 or 10th – Time TBD
    • Mini Camp – May 16 – 18, 2014
    • Photo Shoot – May 31st all day and June 1st – All day (tentative)
    • Saturday Practice – June 7th, July 12th, August 2nd
    • Optional: All-PRO dance camp – June 28 – June 29th

** Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday practices will begin after mini camp

For more information, please click here.

 

Photo of the Day – March 28


Tampa Bay Storm Cheerleader Shani