UPDATE: Who is the First-ever British Cheerleader in the NFL?

UPDATE: An astute reader has emailed me to let me know that there was another cheerleader from Britain who preceded Holly in cheering for the NFL.  Her name is Angela G. who cheered for the San Diego Charger Girls in 2014.  As luck would happen, I photographed Angela and here’s a photo of her as proof.


I was referencing information from the Daily Mail article linked below and it was erroneous.  My apologies to Angela and Holly for the error.

The NFL is going international.  No, not the football teams.  The cheerleaders.  We have had dancers who came from Japan and Australia make NFL cheerleading squads, but we have another first.  The first cheerleader from Britain to make a NFL cheerleading squad.

So who is the first ever British cheerleader in the NFL?  That would be Holly Warden, 25, from Bristol, who auditioned in Mexico earlier this year and beat out hundreds of hopefuls to become one of the 2016-2017 Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders.


Mexico City Finalist Holly

Holly was the subject of an article in the UK’s Daily Mail.  You can read about Holly and her journey here.

Meet The 2016-2017 Denver Nugget Dancers

The Denver Nuggets recently held their auditions for their 2016-2017 Denver Nugget Dancers and they have posted squad photos on their web site.  Let’s meet the new team.



Meet the 2016-17 Denver Nuggets Dancers!


Meet the 2016-17 Denver Nuggets Dancers!


Meet the 2016-17 Denver Nuggets Dancers!


Meet the 2016-17 Denver Nuggets Dancers!


Meet the 2016-17 Denver Nuggets Dancers!


Meet the 2016-17 Denver Nuggets Dancers!


Meet the 2016-17 Denver Nuggets Dancers!



Meet the 2016-17 Denver Nuggets Dancers!



Meet the 2016-17 Denver Nuggets Dancers!



Meet the 2016-17 Denver Nuggets Dancers!



Meet the 2016-17 Denver Nuggets Dancers!



Meet the 2016-17 Denver Nuggets Dancers!



Meet the 2016-17 Denver Nuggets Dancers!



Meet the 2016-17 Denver Nuggets Dancers!



Meet the 2016-17 Denver Nuggets Dancers!


Meet the 2016-17 Denver Nuggets Dancers!



Meet the 2016-17 Denver Nuggets Dancers!




Meet the 2016-17 Denver Nuggets Dancers!



The 2016-2017 Silver Dancers Announced!


The San Antonio Spurs have announced the 2016-2017 Silver Dancers.  Profile photos below.

















SI.com’s Coverage of the Phoenix Suns Dancers Auditions

Sports Illustrated has posted a gallery of images from the Phoenix Suns Dancers auditions.  Click on the image below to view the images.


Introducing the 2016-2017 America First Jazz Dancers

It’s that time of the year…NBA dance teams have held their auditions and are beginning to announce their new squads on their web sites.  Up next, the 2016-2017 America First Jazz Dancers.












Morgan H.

Morgan T.




2016 Sacramento Kings Dancers

The 2016-2017 Sacramento Kings Dancers have been announced!








































To see squad profiles and galleries from their auditions, please click here.

Miami Dolphins Select 36 Women For The Most International Squad In The NFL

Davie, Fla. – The Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders have selected 36 women for their 2016 Squad. These ladies represent eight countries, 28 cities and speak a combined five languages.

 2016 Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders

These 36 ladies were selected from the largest turnout for Miami Dolphins Cheerleader Auditions. More than 800 ladies registered to be the next Miami Dolphins Cheerleader. The organization became the first NFL team to host auditions internationally, searching for enthusiastic, charismatic and talented women in Bogota, Colombia; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Mexico City, Mexico; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and South Florida to represent one of the most prestigious teams in the NFL.

 2016 Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders by Country

One of the most visible entertainment groups in all of professional sports, the Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders have traveled to more than 30 countries on five continents over the past decade and continue to be an iconic and international face of NFL Cheerleaders. The cheerleaders are on the sidelines for all home games and are extremely active in the community; visiting schools and hospitals, as well as charity and corporate events.

The full squad is below, with their hometowns listed:

Abril (Acapulco, Mexico)
Adrianna (Parkland, FL)
Agustina (Capital Federal, Argentina)
Alexandra (Lighthouse Point, FL)
Alison (Lighthouse Point, FL)
Allison (Boynton Beach, FL)
Ally (Coral Springs, FL)
Amanda (Boca Raton, FL)
Amina (Port-Au-Prince, Haiti)
Ana (Sao Paulo, Brazil)
Breann (Cooper City, FL)
Britt (Miami, FL)
Chelsea (Port St. Lucie, FL)
Érica (Sao Paulo, Brazil)
Etta (Winter Park, FL)
Felicia (Hollywood, FL)
Holly (Westbury, England)
Jennifer (Havana, Cuba)
Jess (Miami, FL)
Jessica (Miami, FL)
Jessica Anna (Staten Island, NY)
Jodi (Miami, FL)
Kiana (Dallas, Texas)
Kristan (Sumter, South Carolina)
Monica (Miami, FL)
Morgan (Chicago, IL)
Nidia (Jalisco, Mexico)
Paige (Jupiter, FL)
Rachael (Wichita Falls, Texas)
Rebecca (Miami, FL)
Romina (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
Stephanie (Miami, FL)
Tamara (Posadas Misiones, Argentina)
Terra (Lincoln, Nebraska)
Vera (Brasilia, Brazil)
Yosy (Caracas, Venezuela)

2016 Phoenix Suns Dancers Auditions

This past Saturday, I made the trek to the Valley of the Sun to cover the 2016 Phoenix Suns Dancers Auditions.  The Suns have a new coach, Earl Watson a former standout at U.C.L.A. whose NBA playing career spanned over a decade, and there is a tangible sense of excitement over the team’s future prospects.  And this excitement extended over to the Suns Dancers auditions, which drew over 80 hopefuls to the Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona.










Continue reading 2016 Phoenix Suns Dancers Auditions

2016-2017 Cavalier Girl Auditions

The Cleveland Cavaliers are looking for the hottest, most exciting, fun loving, talented, energetic, outgoing Cleveland Cavalier fan ever… is that you? THEN YOU COULD BE THE NEXT CAVALIER GIRL! The Cavalier Girls Dance Team is a group of phenomenal women who uphold a high standard of professionalism and top notch entertainment on and off the basketball court. The Cavalier Girls also serve as ambassadors of the Cleveland Cavaliers organization spreading our culture of pure determination, passion, fun and excitement throughout the community.


Preliminary Auditions

Saturday, August 6th, 2016
Independence Civic Center, 6363 Selig Blvd, Independence, OH 44131
11 a.m. Registration Opens | 12-6 p.m. Auditions

For more information, please click here.

2016-2017 Warriors Dance Team Auditions


Preliminary Auditions

Saturday, August 13
9 a.m. Registration | 10 a.m. Audition
2675 Mitchell Drive
Walnut Creek, CA, 94598

For more information, please click here.

Charlotte Honey Bees Audition Photos

It’s audition season for NBA dance teams!  The Charlotte Honey Bees recently held their auditions and they posted a gallery on their website.  To view the gallery, please click on the image below.


Clippers Spirit Dance Team Auditions Photos

The Clippers Spirit recently held their dance team auditions and they posted a gallery on their website. Click on the image below to see the gallery.


Los Angeles Clippers Announce Open Call Auditions and Pre-audition Workshops for the Kid Clippers



NBA Dance Team Audition Dates Updated

I’ve finally gotten around to updating the audition dates page with the most recent NBA Dance Team auditions dates.  We will be updating this page on a regular basis, so stay tuned for the latest audition news.

Update: Detroit Pistons Dancers & Phoenix Suns Dancers auditions dates added


NBA Dance Teams (2016)
Atlanta Hawks Cheerleaders: TBD. [Details]
Boston Celtics Dancers (Boston Audition): Friday, July 8th. [Details]
Boston Celtics Dancers (NYC Audition): Wednesday June 16th. [Details]
Boston Celtics Dancers (L. A. Audition): Wednesday, May 18th. [Details]
Brooklynettes: Saturday, June 4th. [Details]
Charlotte Hornets Honey Bees: Saturday June 25th. [Details]
Chicago Bulls Luvabulls: Saturday, July 23rd. [Details]
Cleveland Cavaliers Cavalier Girls: TBD. [Details]
Dallas Mavericks Dancers: Saturday, July 9th. [Details]
Denver Nuggets Dancers: Friday, July 15th. [Details]
Detroit Pistons Dancers: Saturday, July 23rd. [Details]
Golden State Warrior Girls: TBD. [Details]
Houston Rockets Power Dancers: Saturday, July 9th. [Details]
Indiana Pacers Pacemates: TBD. [Details]
Los Angeles Clippers Spirit: Saturday, June 25th. [Details]
Los Angeles Lakers Laker Girls: Saturday, July 9. [Details]
Memphis Grizzlies Grizz Girls: TBD. [Details]
Miami Heat Dancers:TBD.[Details]
Milwaukee Bucks Dancers: Friday, July 15th. [Details]
Minnesota Timberwolves Dancers: TBD. [Details]
New York Knicks City Dancers: Saturday, June 11th. [Details]
New Orleans Pelicans Dance Team: Saturday, July 16th. [Details]
Oklahoma City Thunder Girls: TBD [Details]
Orlando Magic Dancers: Saturday, July 23rd. [Details]
Philadelphia 76ers Dancers: Sunday, June 26th. [Details]
Phoenix Suns Dancers: Saturday, July 30th. [Details]
Portland Trailblazers BlazerDancers: Sunday, July 10th. [Details]
Sacramento Kings Dance Team: Friday, June 3rd. [Details]
San Antonio Spurs Silver Dancers: Saturday, July 16th.[Details]
Toronto Raptors Dance Pak: TBD. [Details]
Utah Jazz Dancers: Monday, June 6th. [Details]
Washington Wizards Wizard Girls: TBD. [Details]


Behind the scenes of the Dallas Cowboys cheerleader auditions

Dancers wait to enter the field before the 2016 Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders final auditions held at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas Saturday May 21, 2016. 11th season of CMT's "Making the Team" was being filmed during the auditions. (Andy Jacobsohn/The Dallas Morning News)

Dancers wait to enter the field before the 2016 Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders final auditions held at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas Saturday May 21, 2016. 11th season of CMT’s “Making the Team” was being filmed during the auditions. (Andy Jacobsohn/The Dallas Morning News)

Michael Hamtil/Photo Editor
Dallas Morning News
May 21, 2016

On the field, at games, and at auditions, we often see photos of the game faces and poses of the Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders — the ‘peak action’ they are so good at and are paid to do.

Shooting it is what we call fish in a barrel. The hair, the legs, the smiles, the bods, the moves … they are so perfect, polished and well-executed all the time that there’s usually little variation in the expected images, despite the ever-changing cast of cheerleaders.

Tryouts are another story. They offer a small glimpse of what is happening off the stage and because it’s more uncommon that is what interests me more. Not to be trite, but the best photojournalism is often about showing us more than we already know. Yes, really good photos of the commonplace are always fun to look at and any photos of Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders will always be super popular with their fans. But to journalists, getting past the surface is our real challenge. Many readers will always want to know as much as they can about the cheerleaders, and would eat it up if we were able to visually:

• follow a cheerleader through a full game day
• be with someone when they got the news of making the team
• show how much the cheerleaders do all week to prepare and stay in shape
• show what other jobs some of the cheerleaders do when they aren’t cheerleading
• do videos or portraits and interviews where the cheerleaders explain why they want so badly to do this job

Andy Jacobsohn had a chance to shoot cheerleader auditions today and he turned in an array of photos covering both performance action and context.

Here are some of his peak action images, and some that begin to touch on the unexpected. [Photo Gallery]