2016 Atlanta Falcons Cheerleaders Announced

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Another year of AFC auditions is in the books. Final auditions took place on Wednesday night, and 36 ladies were selected for the team. 26 of those are veterans, so it was a tough year for rookies. Congratulations ladies!

[Video: 2016 Final Audition Highlights]

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Buccaneer Draft Party

Crazy night last evening at Ray Jay Stadium as the Buccaneer faithful welcomed the selection of Tampa Bay native Vernon Hargreaves to the team.

The TBBC were represented by line captains Kymberli, Chelsea, Tessa and Ali. The full squad is expected to be announced next Tuesday—can’t wait.

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A look back at this year’s MVC auditions

The Minnesota Vikings Cheerleaders, one of the classiest squads in the league, wrapped up their 2016 auditions with the selection of 42 dancers. As they head into preparations for the upcoming season, let’s take a look back into how they got there.

Open auditions were a crush. More than 100 dancers arrived at Winter Park on April 3, ready to strut their stuff for the judges. As usual, the candidates were the best dressed crew in the NFL. Many of the ladies showed out in fabulous purple, gold, black, and white designs from our friends The Line Up, which luckily for them, is locally based. The dancers went through several rounds of cuts, at and the end of it all, 60 were still in the running.

[Photo Gallery: 2016 MVC Open Call]

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A couple of days later, the finalists participated in panel interviews and a photo shoot. During the shoot they posed in white outfits of their own choosing, which would be used for the finalist vote. They also posed in one of the newer MVC uniforms, the purple vest and shorts. Those photos would be used for the team announcement.

[Photo Gallery: Interviews and Photo Shoots]

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On the evening of April 10th, the finalists participated in a semi-final show, which was open to the public. The event included a pre-show, swimsuit strut, onstage interview, solo and group dances, and a post-show. That evening, director Tami also announced the top 10 scorers. Every year, the lady who fronts the cover the team’s calendar is of those the ladies with the ten (or so) highest scores, so doing well at auditions has other benefits besides making the team. The high scorers aren’t guaranteed to make the team, but it’s certainly a leg up!

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The 2016 audition process wrapped up with the traditional finals show at Rotunda in the Mall of America. The candidates participated in a vigorous bootcamp to prepare for the show. On April 19, they took the stage in groups of four for the group dance, and each also had a chance to do a solo performance for almost two dozen judges. It was a jam packed audience, with admiring viewers watching from all four levels in the mall.

[Photo Gallery: Finals at the Mall of America]

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It was an extremely competitive audition, and when the dust settled, 28 ladies were chosen for the dance team, and 14 chosen for the new ambassador group. Congratulations to those who made the team. Now the hard work really begins. We look forward to seeing more of you this year, starting with the Vikings annual draft party TONIGHT!

Pats cheerleader approaches retirement at 22

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April 26, 2016

AUBURN — A three-year veteran and line captain as a Patriots cheerleader, 22-year-old Hannah LeBeau is prepping for her final season with the squad while looking back on some amazing memories.

“We don’t travel to away games, but when the Patriots went to the Super Bowl we got to go and be a part of so many great things,” LeBeau said. “In Arizona (in 2015), it was about 80 percent Seahawks fans and only 20 percent Patriots fans, and the best appearance we had was an all-Patriots fans event.

“We walked in and they were so happy to see us — I have never felt more loved in a roomful of strangers,” she said.

“When Butler caught that interception, we were all amazed — nobody really knew who he was then,” she said, of Patriots rookie Malcolm Butler’s catch with seconds left in the game. “I knew that it was for real when I saw them switching out the confetti cannons, taking out the ones for Seattle and setting up the red ones for the Patriots.

“When they won and everyone was storming the field, our coach said we could, too. It was incredible,” LeBeau said.

LeBeau, the daughter of Laurie and Joseph LeBeau, lives in Auburn with her mother. She’s been dancing since she was 4 years old and trained at a dance school in Easthampton from the age of 12 through high school.

2015 Pats Action_Hannah “My mom drove me there every day, and I did my homework in the car,” she said.

She graduated from Auburn High School in 2011, and went on to get her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Dean College in 2015.

She works as a brand ambassador for Quest Nutrition, a job she says gives her the flexibility to keep her commitments to the Patriots. And she choreographs competitive dance routines, most frequently for the Paula Zawalich Dance Academy in Worcester, where she is also a substitute teacher.

Unlike the players, the cheerleaders do not have an off-season. Auditions for the next year’s team start each year in February, with an all-day preliminary audition that begins the six-week process.

“You have to audition every year, and there are no guarantees,” LeBeau said. “But as veterans, you do get to skip the preliminaries.”

Cheerleaders are only permitted to be on the team for four years, although those years do not have to be consecutive.

“There are about 300 people at the preliminaries, and anyone can come,” LeBeau said. “There are three cuts that day, and if you make it through that, you are invited to the finals.”

The final audition consists of two group dances, one solo dance, walking in a bathing suit and an interview question from the panel of judges.

Candidates who pass final audition are invited to a two-week boot camp at Gillette Stadium, where they work on media training, fitness, and a lot of dancing.

“And after boot camp, the team is posted on the website,” LeBeau said.

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“This is the largest team yet,” LeBeau said. “Usually we are about 24, so it’s really four line captains and a team of rookies. There are a lot of things they will need to learn, and I will do my best to help them out along the way.”

Official team practices started last week; in the off-season the team practices for three hours on Tuesday and six hours on Saturday. “Once the season starts, we will practice for three hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays.”

“I do my practicing in my kitchen, which is what I’ve done my whole life,” she said. “When I go to practice, I view that as my next performance, and I always make sure that I know what we have already learned, so that I can focus on what we are working on at practice.”

On game days, the cheerleading team gets to Gillette Stadium five hours before kickoff. “We spend two hours rehearsing and going over the dance and cheers we are going to do,” LeBeau said.

During the game, some of the cheerleaders will make appearances in the season ticket holders’ boxes and sign autographs.

As for the money, LeBeau said that the cheerleaders do not make the kind of money the players do.

“It’s a part-time job, with full-time commitment,” she said. “We get paid every time we work, whether it’s for appearances, practices or games, and I make a little more because I’m a line captain.

“When I first tried out, I didn’t even know we got paid,” she said. “I was just so excited to be doing it.”

As she enters her last year with the team, LeBeau said that she would like to stay on with the Kraft organization, perhaps in its human resources department.

And to all the young dancers who aspire to become a Patriots cheerleader one day, she has this advice:

“You’re going to hear a lot of no’s before you get that yes. And sometimes, it’s just not your year,” she said. “You have to trust the process.”

Vote for your favorite Dolphins Cheerleader finalists

The judges have selected 87 ladies to participate in the final auditions for the 2016-17 Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders. Click here to cast your vote for your top five to make the team!

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60 advance to Falcons’ cheerleader finals

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Atlanta Journal Constitution
April 24, 2016

FLOWERY BRANCH – A total of 60 women advanced to the finals from the Atlanta Falcons Cheerleader tryouts held on Sunday at the Georgia Dome.

Nearly 150 women tried out for the squad.

Longtime Falcons cheer coordinator Chato Hendrix and choreographer Jakene Ashford led the auditions.

The finals will be held on Wednesday and the team will select the Atlanta Falcons 2016 cheerleading squad.

[Click here to see the finalists]

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Final auditions for Broncos cheerleaders tryouts pack full house

by Drew Engelbart
Fox31 (Denver)
April 24, 2016

DENVER — The 2016 Broncos cheerleading squad was introduced in front of a packed house Sunday night.

The roster consists of 16 veterans and 10 rookies. The final auditions took place at the University of Denver’s Gates Concert Hall. The seating capacity is about 1,000 and nearly every seat was full as the cheerleaders put on a show for the fans.

Natalie is a student at the University of Colorado and can now call herself a Broncos cheerleader.

“It’s been a dream of mine for a long time,” she said. “I was a Junior Denver Broncos cheerleader and I was just told that I am the first junior cheerleader turned big cheerleader, so it’s been a dream of mine since I was 6 years old,” she said.

Kate made the squad for the fourth season in a row, and she said the feeling never gets old.

“It feels amazing every time,” she said. “You know how amazing this team is and you want it that much more every year.”

Now that auditions are complete, next up is the famous swimsuit calendar photo shoot in Mexico.

At 2016 Broncos Cheerleaders final auditions, one sets squad record

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DenverBroncos.com
April 25, 2016

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DENVER — The Broncos players are back preparing for the 2016 season, and the team’s cheerleading squad has done the same, finishing up their auditions to narrow down their list of 48 finalists to the final team.

New seasons bring new, talented dancers to the tryouts, and that adds competition for the cheerleaders who are looking to return to the team for another season. What’s unique about this year’s tryouts, though, is that one dancer set a team record with her eight time making the cheerleading squad.

“I’m very excited and very honored to be back for an eighth season,” Christina said. “It never gets easier. It actually gets harder every single year trying to earn your spot back and there are so many incredibly talented women that try out every year, so I’m just very humbled and excited to be back.”

Over the past eight years, she’s seen the squad evolve in some ways and stick to its same prestige at the same time.

“It evolves with women every year, but the legacy is the same,” Christina said. “The program that [former Broncos Director of Cheerleaders] Teresa Shear started and then [current Director of Cheerleaders] Shawna [Peters] has done an amazing job of carrying it on. It has the same roles; it has the same legacy to it and I just feel like each year it’s a brand new group of amazing women that just carry on that legacy.”

While Christina continues her historic run with the Broncos cheerleaders, some select women are just beginning theirs, like one rookie, Sydney.

“Every audition process is tough. I respect any woman who goes and puts herself out there and goes through this whole week of routines and choreography,” she said. “It’s hard on your body and it’s hard on your mind, but the tough ones stick it out, and I just have so much respect for anyone who auditions for any team.”

Now that her entrance onto the team is secured, Sydney is excited to get to the most thrilling part of the gig on game day.

“I am looking forward to walking out of that tunnel when there’s Broncos players running through the middle, and just performing on the sidelines for the best fans in America.”

Miami Dolphin Cheerleader Auditions—Prelims

This past Saturday I spend the day among hundreds of beautiful and talented cheer dancers down in South Florida. No time to visit the cruise ships in Port as this was a full action day.

The first and semi-finals rounds for the 2016 MDC was held on the campus of Nova Southeastern University in Ft Lauderdale. The “Bubble” also happens to be the Dolphins Training Camp facility.

A panel of seventeen judges had the pleasure to evaluate and choose the candidates deemed worthy to advance to next week’s finals. The judges take their assignment very serious and although this is a prestigious gig, establishing the cut line is not envious.

Fifty candidates were picked to go forward this week for in depth interviews and additional choreography training. The ladies will compete with the returning veterans and also against twenty impressive candidates that were previously chosen during the South America audition trips (more on that later).

Ultimate Cheerleaders  will cover the “open to the public” May 1st finals. Please tune in next week for our reporting.

Finals are held in the Miniaci Theater, Nova Southeastern University, 3100 Ray Ferrero Jr Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33314. Doors open 9:00 AM, Sunday May 1st.

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Congratulations 2016-17 Seattle Sea Gals

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Final auditions took place last night and a team of 33 dancers was chosen to represent the Seahawks this upcoming season. Of the 22 veterans, two return to the squad after being cut from auditions in previous years. Way to go Jalanda and Michelle. Now that’s tenacity! Woot!

Click here to see who else made the team!

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[Video: 2016 Sea Gals Finals – Squad Announcement]

Kings/Cowboys Alum in the running for cover of Redbook

Redbook magazine is running it’s 3rd annual “Real Women Style Awards” contest. Readers were asked to submit their best, most stylish photo for the chance to be on the cover of the magazine. Six women will front the September issue, as a homage to real women (not celebrities, not models) who are stylish in their everyday lives. Redbook narrowed the entries down to 25 finalists, and has opened the competition up for public voting.

One of the ladies in the running is wife, mother, educator, former Sacramento Kings Dancer and former Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader Sasha Agent. With almost 17,500 votes (as of right now), she is on the leader board, but every last vote helps. Click here to see the finalists and vote for your favorite. Voting is open until May 10. You can vote once each day.

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Photos From The Tampa Bay Buccaneers Cheerleaders Open Call Auditions

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers posted a large gallery of images from their open call auditions.  Click on the image below to see the photos.

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LA gets its first NFL cheerleaders in 20 years

Twenty-eight talented ladies beat out 400 to make the Los Angeles Rams cheerleading squad
By Ashley Collman
Dailymail.com
April 18, 2016

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* Final try-outs for the Los Angeles Rams cheerleading squad took place on Sunday at the Forum arena
* Twenty-eight women made the team from 66 finalists who were called in for an interview, swimsuit contest and dance performance
* The audition process began back on April 2 when around 400 women turned out to try out
* The 2016-2017 season marks the first time the Rams will be back in their original city of Los Angeles
* From 1995 until 2015, St. Louis was the Rams host city

Dozens of primped and polished ladies put their best faces forward on Sunday, to compete in the final round of try-outs for the Los Angeles Rams cheerleading team.

The 66 women who made it to the last round spend the evening wowing the judges in the swimsuit competition, dance performance and final interview at the Forum arena in Inglewood.

In the end, 28 women were selected to join the squad – the first to be back in Los Angeles since the Rams moved to St. Louis for 20 years in 1995.

‘I was so excited. I was overwhelmed with emotion. I started crying and I think I hit myself in the face,’ one of the new cheerleaders told KCAL.

Newly chosen Los Angeles Rams cheerleaders celebrate after receiving their team jackets during final auditions for the cheerleading squad in Los Angeles, California on April 17

Newly chosen Los Angeles Rams cheerleaders celebrate after receiving their team jackets during final auditions for the cheerleading squad in Los Angeles, California on April 17


Newly chosen Los Angeles Rams cheerleaders celebrate after receiving their team jackets during final auditions for the cheerleading squad in Los Angeles, California on April 17

Former Rams player and pro-Football Hall of Fame member Marshall Faulk was part of the five-man, four-woman panel that selected the final team.

Lisa Estrada, vice president of entertainment and facilities for the Los Angeles Lakers, and John Peters, Rams cheer choreographer, also helped in making the final decision.

Auditions for the team started on April 2, when 400 women turned out to try-out for the team at the Galen center.

For the following two weeks, the scores of women went through preliminary auditions, professional interviews and dance rehearsals.
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The Rams NFL football team is returning to Los Angeles for the 2016 season after having left the city along with the Los Angeles Raiders after the 1994 season

The Rams NFL football team is returning to Los Angeles for the 2016 season after having left the city along with the Los Angeles Raiders after the 1994 season

Try-outs started April 2, and included more than 400 women. By the final auditions on Sunday, just 66 women were left

Try-outs started April 2, and included more than 400 women. By the final auditions on Sunday, just 66 women were left

During final tryouts on Sunday, the women showed off their talents in a swimsuit contest, dance performance and interview.

During final tryouts on Sunday, the women showed off their talents in a swimsuit contest, dance performance and interview.

Los Angeles Rams cheerleader hopeful Sativa M. performs during the swimsuit portion of the squad's final auditions on Sunday (she later made the team).

Los Angeles Rams cheerleader hopeful Sativa M. performs during the swimsuit portion of the squad’s final auditions on Sunday (she later made the team).

On the right, Newly chosen Los Angeles Rams cheerleader Samantha O. is greeted by former Rams cheerleaders.

On the right, Newly chosen Los Angeles Rams cheerleader Samantha O. is greeted by former Rams cheerleaders.

Los Angeles Rams cheerleader hopeful Gaebri A. performs during the swimsuit portion of the squad's final auditions. Gaebri did not make the team.

Los Angeles Rams cheerleader hopeful Gaebri A. performs during the swimsuit portion of the squad’s final auditions. Gaebri did not make the team.

Los Angeles Rams cheerleader hopefuls perform during the dance portion of the squad's final auditions in Los Angeles on Sunday.

Los Angeles Rams cheerleader hopefuls perform during the dance portion of the squad’s final auditions in Los Angeles on Sunday.

Newly chosen Los Angeles Rams cheerleader Stephanie E. is greeted by former Rams cheerleaders and the team's mascot after the cheerleading squad's final auditions on Sunday.

Newly chosen Los Angeles Rams cheerleader Stephanie E. is greeted by former Rams cheerleaders and the team’s mascot after the cheerleading squad’s final auditions on Sunday.

Newly chosen Los Angeles Rams cheerleader Micki J. is greeted by former Rams cheerleaders and the team's mascot after the final auditions in Los Angeles, California, USA, 17 April 2016

Newly chosen Los Angeles Rams cheerleader Micki J. is greeted by former Rams cheerleaders and the team’s mascot after the final auditions in Los Angeles, California, USA, 17 April 2016

 Newly chosen Los Angeles Rams cheerleader Jennifer P. is greeted by former Rams cheerleaders and the team's mascot after the final auditions for the cheerleading squad in Los Angeles, California, USA, 17 April 2016.


Newly chosen Los Angeles Rams cheerleader Jennifer P. is greeted by former Rams cheerleaders and the team’s mascot after the final auditions for the cheerleading squad in Los Angeles, California, USA, 17 April 2016.

Los Angeles Rams cheerleader hopeful Michelle S. performs during the dance portion of the squad's final auditions on Sunday. Michelle later made the team.

Los Angeles Rams cheerleader hopeful Michelle S. performs during the dance portion of the squad’s final auditions on Sunday. Michelle later made the team.

‘They only cheer one day a week. Those other six days they have to carry around those horns and make sure they are just as respectable off the field as they are on the field,’ Faulk said.

In addition to cheering at games, NFL cheerleaders are also required to carry out 1,500 hours of community service each year, and take part in other team appearances and rehearse. They also pose for the annual Rams Cheerleading Swimsuit Calendar and Rams Cheer Poster.

Recently, several cheerleading squads have lodged lawsuits against their teams for wage theft.

In one lawsuit, filed by the Oakland Raiders cheerleaders, it was claimed that they were being paid less than $5 an hour when all of their time was accounted for.

Cheerleading teams for the Buffalo Bills, Cincinnati Bengals, New York Jets and Tampa Bay Buccaneers have also filed similar lawsuits.

Four of these lawsuits have been settled with teams agreeing to pay out a combined $2.5million in back wages, while admitting no wrong doing.

The Raiders are now paying their cheerleaders minimum wage.

Newly chosen Los Angeles Rams cheerleaders celebrate after receiving their team jackets during the final auditions for the cheerleading squad.

Newly chosen Los Angeles Rams cheerleaders celebrate after receiving their team jackets during the final auditions for the cheerleading squad.

The 28-woman crew will perform at games, as well as take part in 1,500 hours of community service.

The 28-woman crew will perform at games, as well as take part in 1,500 hours of community service.

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Videos: Los Angeles Rams Cheerleaders Final Audition

More videos here.

Miami Dolphins Select 50 Participants In South Florida Audition For Cheerleader Finals

The Miami Dolphins selected 50 ladies from the South Florida cheerleader auditions to participate in the Finals. Nearly 300 registrants came to participate in the culmination of the NFL’s first international cheerleader audition.

These 50 ladies join 20 finalists from cheerleader auditions in Buenos Aires, Argentina; Mexico City, Mexico; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; and Miami as well as returning cheerleaders to participate in the Finals on May 1. The Finals are open to the public and will be held at the Miniaci Theater at Nova Southeastern University.

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