Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders Auditions Draw Women From Australia, Japan

Dallas News
May 4, 2013

ARLINGTON — Jinelle Davidson doesn’t know much about football. It’s not really big in Melbourne, Australia.

Yet, she flew 19 hours to join the hundreds of girls at Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders auditions on Saturday anyway.

Davidson has been Rugby League cheerleader for the past seven seasons back in her home country. After seeing country mate Angela Rena make the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders a couple of years ago via CMT’s Reality Show, ‘Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team’, Davidson decided to try it out for herself.

“I was just really inspired by her,” Davidson said of Rena. “I love cheerleading so much that I wanted to come and have a go here too. … The NFL, it’s not big in Australia, so I’ve had to learn a lot so far.

“It’s really complicated.”

Davidson wasn’t the only international auditioning. Natsuki Kaito-Fritz, 31, was an “office worker” and cheerleader for Japan’s football league up until three years ago, when she came to Dallas and won a spot as a Mavericks dancer. She left the Mavericks and tried to dance for the San Antonio Spurs, but couldn’t dance due to visa issues.

“I kept getting approached to try the Cowboys,” Kaito-Fritz said.

Kaito-Fritz was one of two from Japan. Another came from Canada, another from Guam.

Kaito-Fritz didn’t made the first cut, as did Davidson, both advancing the semifinal round on Sunday.

“I’m really just kind of going day-by-day,” Davidson said.

She’ll last at least one more.


Paige Larkins, #71, of Temperance, Missouri and Shelby Haire of Frisco where among the 400 plus who tried out at the preliminary auditions for the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders held at Cowboys Stadium Saturday May 4, 2013.(Ron Baselice/ The Dallas Morning News)
Photo: Ron Baselice/Staff Photographer


Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader hopefuls line up to getstamp a stamped signaling all their paper work was handed in before the start of the preliminary auditions for the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders at Cowboys Stadium Saturday May 4, 2013.(Ron Baselice/ The Dallas Morning News)
Photo: Ron Baselice/Staff Photographer


Jessica Tame of Round Rock uses a stair rail as a ballet barre to stretch as she waits for the preliminary auditions for the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders to begin Saturday May 4, 2013 at Cowboys Stadium.(Ron Baselice/ The Dallas Morning News)
Photo: Ron Baselice/Staff Photographer


Nikki Kirby, #13, of Surprise, Arizona catches her breath after she danced in the preliminary auditions for the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders held at Cowboys Stadium Saturday May 4, 2013.(Ron Baselice/ The Dallas Morning News)
Photo: Ron Baselice/Staff Photographer


Shanelle Paine of Van Alstyne, Texas warms up before the preliminary auditions for the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders begin Saturday May 4, 2013 at Cowboys Stadium. (Ron Baselice/ The Dallas Morning News)
Photo: Ron Baselice/Staff Photographer


Shauna Hamby came from Boone, North Carolina to attend the preliminary auditions for the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders held at Cowboys Stadium Saturday May 4, 2013.(Ron Baselice/ The Dallas Morning News)
Photo: Ron Baselice/Staff Photographer


Dancers had 90 seconds of freestyle dancing to make an impression on the judges at the preliminary auditions for the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders held at Cowboys Stadium Saturday May 4, 2013. (Ron Baselice/ The Dallas Morning News)
Photo: Ron Baselice/Staff Photographer


Yijiao Zhuang of Dallas Is reflected in her makeup mirror as she makes some last minute adjustments on her hair before the preliminary auditions for the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders held at Cowboys Stadium Saturday May 4, 2013. This was her first time to try out.(Ron Baselice/ The Dallas Morning News)
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Susie Sanchez, grandmother and former Oakland Raiderette, tries out to become Dallas Cowboys cheerleader

Dallas News
May 4, 2013

ARLINGTON — More than 200 hundred women came to the Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders auditions on Saturday. Only one was a grandmother.

Susie Sanchez is 39 years old and the mother to a 19-year-old, a 14-year-old, an 11-year-old and grandmother to a two-year-old. She’s also a former Raiderette.

Sanchez quit dancing for 11 years before picking it back up in her early 30s. The California native spent five years trying to become a Raiderette. In 2011, the dream was realized, shortly after her grandchild was born.

“The year I was on that team, some of the girls were born the year I graduated,” Sanchez said. “If you look at the numbers, it’s ‘What am I doing?’ ”

With 40 closing in August, Sanchez wanted to take one more shot. This time with the Cowboys.

“I thought why not?” Sanchez said. “I got to go to the big guys. I’ve got to go to the best team in the NFL.

Sanchez caught a flight in to Dallas on Thursday. Given no. 373, she was one of the last dancers of the day, but not the oldest, which was 41.

Just like the 18-year-olds she was competing against, Sanchez got her 90 seconds in front of the judges. The dream ended a short while later during the first cuts.

“This year I decided this was going to be it for me,” Sanchez said. “I was telling myself, I’m going to end it here.”

Audition for the 25th Anniversary Orlando Magic Dancers

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FINALIST INTERVIEWS:
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Sunday, July 14 through Tuesday, July 16

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[Orlando Magic Dancers Auditions]

3 Kirkland women return to Sea Gals squad, hopeful for Super Bowl win

By RAECHEL DAWSON
Kirkland Reporter
May 1, 2013

With the inkling of a Super Bowl win this season, 34 women were chosen for the 2013 Sea Gals NFL cheerleading squad.

Sea Gals director Sherri Thompson narrowed down the 170 auditions to 62 semi-finalists before choosing the 34 positions during finals held on Sunday.

Three returning Sea Gals from Kirkland share their excitement. The Reporter withheld their last names due to the Seahawks’ privacy policy.


Courtney, 27

Kirkland resident Courtney will embark on her sixth year as a Seahawks NFL Cheerleader. Courtney was added to the group after Sunday’s finals wrapped up a month-long process.Courtney

“I am so excited for this year’s football team,” she said. “We played so well last year, and based on that, and everything that’s in store, I hope we will make it all the way to the Super Bowl.”

The California native has been dancing since she was 4 years old and has stretched her skills to tap, jazz, ballet, hip hop, contemporary and ballroom.

After Courtney’s dancing ended at the University of California at Santa Barbara when she graduated, she decided to take a leap and tryout for the Sea Gals at 22 years old. She had one year to make it as a dancer, said her father. But she soon went on to win a spot on the team.

“The year I decided to audition, I came to Kirkland for Easter and stayed at the Woodmark Hotel,” Courtney said, adding that her mother was from Seattle. “I had never been to Kirkland before. But I went out for a walk with my cousin one day and thought ‘this is such a cute city.’ I felt like I could live here one day.”

After being chosen for the team, Kirkland was the first place she wanted to check out.

And when she saw an apartment complex with a “Seahawks blue, wall” she knew she had made the right choice.

Courtney has been in the Show Group, a smaller team within the Sea Gals, which has allowed her to travel all over the world and perform for the U.S. armed forces. She’s been to Africa, the Middle East, Europe and Hong Kong.

In addition, she’s made 300 appearances all over Washington and has helped with charities such as the Play 60 program. In her second year, her team voted her Sea Gal of the year.

“I was beyond surprised,” Courtney said. “It’s hard to pick one person because you think everyone is so deserving. I was so shocked and humbled.”

She looks forward to getting to know the new Sea Gals and is excited to extend the “sisterhood” of friendship that comes along with being on the team.


Melissa, 31

Although this Sea Gal completed her rookie year last year, she’s not new to dancing. Melissa, a Kirkland resident, was a cheerleader for the Oregon Blazers for eight years before she and her husband moved from Portland, Ore. to a 1950s house in Kirkland’s Market neighborhood a year-and-a-half ago.

“I adore Kirkland,” Melissa said, who enjoys Lake Washington and walking her dog at Heritage Park. “I’m originally from California and I missed being by the ocean [in Portland.] The lake is wonderful.”

Melissa, who was also in Show Group last year, said although she loved dancing for the NBA, she always knew she wanted to be an NFL cheerleader.

“Meeting new friends was one of the best things of the whole year. It also ended up just being this ridiculous season,” she said, adding that the Seahawks’ success, rebranding of the Sea Gals, the new swimsuit calendar and being invited to go to Hong Kong were among her favorite moments.

Melissa, a project manager for a local leadership consulting firm, said she is proud to be a part of the Sea Gal organization and is excited to get to know the seven to eight rookies this year. And of course, she is hopeful for a Super Bowl win.

“I think we’ll hopefully go to the Super Bowl, we have a really good chance,” Melissa said. “I’m looking forward to that, I have high hopes.”


Natalie, 26

After taking time off to finish school and have a little boy, Kirkland resident Natalie is ready to resume her life as a Sea Gal.

Three years ago, Natalie had finished three consecutive years as a Sea Gal. But now she’s ready to come back and dance, even though much has changed.

“I feel like a rookie again,” Natalie said. “They have so much to look forward to and a lot of stuff has changed. There’s no greater experience than your first year in dancing for the NFL.”

Natalie, who works as an esthetician at Oasis Spa and Salon, moved to Kirkland a few months ago from Federal Way and enjoys the Juanita area, where she is close to the beach. “I love it here,” she said. “It’s a really good community.”

Her passion for dancing stemmed from her mother who had a performing arts company in the back of her childhood home.

Natalie would dance from age 2-14, and begin gymnastics competitions at age 9 before switching to cheerleading in high school.

After cheering at Washington State University for awhile, her passion took her to try out for the Sea Gals at age 20.

During Natalie’s first three years she made Show Group and was able to travel and perform for U.S. troops to places such as Japan, Guam and Hawaii. Although she looks forward to making many more friends, nothing can beat the loud, energetic fans on Seahawks’ game days.

“It’s so exciting to be on the field,” Natalie said. “Now, our boys are great again. I think it’s going to be so much more fun.”

Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders Final Auditions

Every year the NFL cheerleading auditions have a plus and minus theme attached to the process. The negative is that the known cheerleader retirements of multiyear fan favorites become official. The plus is that hundreds and hundreds of very attractive artistic young ladies are knocking at the door. The MDC loses some pretty impressive talent this year; Amy, Sam, Tatiana, NatalieD, Nikki and others were all well known fan favorites. Fortunately, the South Florida (and beyond) talent base will allow Dorie Grogan and Emily Snow to reload and mold an impressive 2013 squad.

Last Saturday’s all day finals were open to the public and coincided with the Dolphins Fan Fest activities being held through out Sun Life Stadium. The building was buzzing with alacrity. The day started with 79 candidates paired down from the semi final process of the last two weeks. In a very fast pace precision presentation the candidates showcased themselves to the judge’s table multiple times. They started with introductions, groups of five dancing, kick lines and culminated with a one-minute individual talent dress sketch performance that was very entertaining to the audience. The afternoon session included another performance on the club level stage before heading out for a final performance on the field stage.

Joy and sadness was experienced as the live introduction of the 2013-14 Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders were announced at end of day. By my count the 44 person squad consists of 21 rookies and 23 returning vets—I would have voted to keep all 79 but that’s just me.

Props out to Ariann Denison, MDC dance choreographer and show coordinator, for a great showcase. Now hoof over to that maternity ward and have your baby.

I sure hope the Dolphins “call me maybe”—I want to return to see a game day performance. Enjoy the photos everyone.

Brianne

Brianne

Jackie

Jackie

Kiley

Kiley

Lauren J.

Lauren J.

Lily

Lily

Macy

Macy

Natalie

Natalie

Ainsley

Ainsley

[Dolphins Cheerleaders Finals Gallery]

Dissed by the Sea Gals? Well…no.

Last night, we had a little “incident” here at UltimateCheerleaders.com. It’s over now, but some of you may have logged on during the drama and, as a person who hates to be left hanging, I feel it’s important to provide a little closure. Those of you who know “how I am” know that I tend to go on and on, so I’m afraid this is going to take a while. Get a cup of coffee or a Snapple or whatever and get comfortable.

For those who have no idea what I’m talking about, keep it moving. There’s nothing to see here.
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Last night, around 7:30, I was in a crappy mood, because I’d completely forgotten about Sea Gal finals, and tuned in almost two hours late. At the same time, I was grumpy because I was trying to finish up a project for work today, and it’s just not fun working for The Man during one’s personal time. So I had one eyeball on the Sea Gal finals, and one eyeball on my project, and when I heard something that translated roughly into “UltimateCheerleaders.com is, like, the creepiest website ever,” I sat right up and took notice.

It was a very middle school moment: I thought I heard somebody say that she heard somebody else say something bad about this website. Instead of being rational about it, and considering the source of the information, I bought into it hook, line, and sinker. You know how it is when you get an idea in your head, and there’s no one around to tell you to snap out of it, and you just work yourself up into a real mad-on for whoever done you wrong?

It was like that.

Basically, this year, sisters Jessica and Krystal were in Sea Gal finals together. And if you’ve been with us for a while, you know I’m all “Hooray for sisters!” I just think it’s cool when you can share a rare opportunity like this with a close member of your family. So I was watching the webcast when the host said something about Jessica/Krystal mentioning some creepy website that talks about all the sisters who’ve cheered together in the NFL.

(For the record, I do think J and K are the first pair of relatives to cheer for the Sea Gals, either separately or together. I could be wrong about that, but I’ve never heard otherwise.)

For those who may not be aware, we have a sisters/twins/relatives page on our site. It was my idea. I did the research. I do the updates. That page is my baby. It is mineminemineminemine, and the word “creepy” brought out all of my mama bear instincts.

My first mistake was assuming they were talking about UC. I will fully admit to a little professional narcissism here. Whenever I hear anything about a website about pro cheerleaders, I immediately assume they’re talking about us.

My second mistake was forgetting everything I know about cheerleaders. I’ve met a lot of pro cheerleaders through this site. And none of them have been mean and nasty like that. While I’m sure it’s possible to be truly evil and be a pro cheerleader, it’s probably very difficult. Not does the Director bend over backwards to weed out that kind of thing at auditions, but the nature of the position requires you to be a pretty decent human being. And finally, outside of the mafia, foreign drug cartels, and the entertainment industry, evil isn’t much of a team activity.

My third mistake was overlooking the fact that I know good and well that there are a lot of creepy pro cheer fans out there. Well, maybe not a LOT, but I’ve run across all kinds of weird cheer-related shizzle over the past years. I know it exists. I know there are sites with all manner of trashy things to say, sites that dig into and publish cheerleaders’ personal information and photos, sites for people with creepy cheerleader fetishes. There’s a healthy amount of eeeeeyyyyyyew out there.

But I wasn’t thinking about that. I was thinking “Somebody out there is talking smack about us, I have no way of proving what was actually said, no way of addressing it, no way to defend myself, and I’m royally pissed off.” Next thing I know, I’m firing off a post about the unfairness of it all.

We’re not about bashing people on this site. We’re about the opposite of that. I wasn’t planning to post anything about this. But I also knew that posting about it was the only way I was going to (a) get any sleep that night, and (b) get any clarity on the issue. Not that I expected to hear from any of the people directly involved, but I wanted to know if we have somehow developed a rep for creepiness. If that’s the case, I need to know about it. STAT. (Anyone know what STAT means? I don’t. just like to say it.)

That word just keep going around and around in my head. Creepycreepycreepycreepy.

I posted and deleted. Posted again. Deleted it again. Posted it, edited it, edited it some more, watered it down, and deleted it again. Finally, I posted it and left it. It wasn’t a furious, threatening, ranty, obnoxious post (I don’t think so, anyway), but it was clearly a “what the HELL is going on here???” post. I emailed James to let him know I’ve completely lost my sense of perspective and I needed him to read it and take it down if he thought I was out of line. I might have said something to him along the lines of “The Sea Gals are dead to me. As God is my Witness, I will never post another thing about them on this website. EVER.”

(Hey, I’m female, ok? I have the Drama Gene just like everyone else with two X chromosomes.)

Then I shut down my computer for the night and took a few doses of televised prozac, in the form of back-to-back episodes of “Too Cute” on Animal Planet.

By the time I hit the sack last night, I wasn’t angry anymore. Just sad. I really thought we were doing a good thing here. It sucks to be so misunderstood. (Helllooooo “victim” mode.)

When I woke up this morning, my first thought was – I’m not even kidding – “Ooooh! Let me go check and see who made Sea Gals!”

And then I remembered I had resolved to shun the Sea Gals until The Very End of Time.

So much for seeing things differently after a good night’s sleep.

Got up. Got dressed. Went to work. Considered looking into therapy for all of this.

Come lunch time, I checked my email. First message was from James. He had taken my post down, he said. He understood where I was coming from, but pointed out that we really don’t need the drama. And he is right. That’s not how we handle things here. It’s not our style. Over the past 9 years (today is our 9 year anniversary – huzzah!) we have had a very small number of incidents with particular individuals who were cold, rude, offensive, or downright crazy. When that kind of thing happens, we don’t engage. We just move on. This is a hobby. We do this for fun. Anything that makes it NOT FUN is a waste of our time.

The next email I received was from Sister Jessica. Ha. That makes her sound like a nun. Sister Jessica of Our Lad y of Perpetual Cheer. Heh heh. But what I mean is Jessica of the “sisters Jessica and Krystal” who unwittingly lit the match on my temper last night.

I didn’t read her email. I thought to myself “No. We are not friends anymore. I don’t care to hear anything you have to say.”

And then I thought well technically, we’ve never actually met. Never had any contact whatsoever. You can’t really Unfriend someone you never Friended in the first place. Now, if we’d ever met and exhanged brownie recipes or Xmas gifts or whatever, then this would be a legit Girlfriend Breakup. But obviously that is not the case. So I guess it’s only fair to hear her out.

(Honest to God, this is what goes on inside my head. Fully formed conversations, with logical arguments and visual aids.)

Then I saw the timestamp on Jessica’s email. Hella Early o’clock this morning.

Uh oh. I have a feeling I’m about to feel really bad about all of this.

Um. YEP. Because I behaved badly. I jumped to conclusions. I made assumptions. I did the thing that annoys the crap out of me about every single cast member on every variation of the “Real Housewives” franchise: I created an enormous amount drama out of nothing that anyone cares about.

So Jessica apologized for the misunderstanding. Which she shouldn’t have had to do because – in case I haven’t been entirely clear about this – NONE OF THIS WAS HER FAULT.

Let’s recap:
* Did Jessica say that UltimateCheerleaders.com sucks? No.
* Did she say UltimateCheerleaders.com is creepy? No.
* Did she say anything whatsoever about UltimateCheerleaders.com? No.
* Prior to yesterday, did she even know UltimateCheerleaders.com exists? Well, she does now, obviously. But I expect that’s a relatively new development.
* Did Jessica’s sister Krystal say, imply, hint, or ever spend two seconds of her time pondering the existence and/or creepiness of UltimateCheerleaders.com? Probably not.

Jessica is up there in Seattle, trying to audition, trying to get chosen for the team, and have her sister with her. They both make the team, they’re all happy. Their friends and family are happy. They’re celebrating. And somehow, in the wee hours of the morning, Jessica gets wind of my little hissy fit. And now I have effectively ruined her good time. Rained on her parade. Peed in her cornflakes. And probably her sister’s cornflakes. And several of her teammates’ cornflakes.

Jessica didn’t say any of this, of course. She was busy saying it was a misunderstanding (which of course it was) and she feels awful about it. And now I feel even worse, because she’s being nice about it. Gracious. Sincere, even. Crap. I’m sorry.

This is so typical of my life. Somehow, I have gone from being “righteously” angry at the entire Sea Gals team, to being righteously hated by the entire Sea Gals team, I’m sure.

Crap. I hate being wrong.

On the one hand, my overblown sense of importance assures me that all of the Sea Gals veterans, newbies, and probably a few alumni are busily emailing each other about what a total bee-atch I am. On the other hand, reality tells me the vast majority of women who are (or ever were) Sea Gals have probably never heard of me or this website.

So now I feel awful. Really awful. Major League Awful. What if this has damaged Jessica and Krystal’s standing on the team? NFL/NBA dance team directors are real sensitive about the stuff that gets written about their team. Sometimes the dancers themselves are held responsible. Should I contact the Sea Gals’ Director?


(Um…Negative, Ghost Rider, the pattern is full.
I doubt Sherri has heard about any of this, and I am
for sure not going to be the one to bring it to her attention.)

And I can’t even be all “Woohoo, congrats!” to Jessica and Krystal. Or to their teammate Shelly, who I’m almost positive joined the Decade of Dance club last night, because I’ve kind of been a jackass and I know it.

Times like this, I really wish I could be one of those women like you see on “Bridezillas,” one of those “the world revolves around me and everyone else is WRONG” kind of women. One of those “I am never wrong, but even when I am wrong, I am still right, and YOU are wrong for even suggesting I’m wrong” kind of women. You know what I’m talking about.

So, I’m very sorry for starting all of this, and I think maybe I need to go sit somewhere and think about what I did. As a matter of fact, I am officially grounding myself. No UC for a week. Maybe two weeks. (And that really blows, seeing as how the Titans and Jets haven’t announced their teams, and Cowboys Cheerleader auditions haven’t even started yet.)

(However, one thing I am NOT sorry about is the Wonder Woman graphic I used last night. It is awesome, and I am going to post it as often as I can fit it into the conversation.)

You may now return to your regularly scheduled programming. See ya in a couple weeks.

TopCats Final Audition Live, Tonight!

Monday Night Football may be a few months off, but Monday Night Auditions are here! Watch the TopCats Final Audition tonight on panthers.com beginning at 7:00 p.m!

Gotham City Cheerleaders Announce Audition Dates

Big year ahead for the GCC, including their first ever calendar shoot!

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Flight Crew Semi-Finals

Sunday, April 7th at MetLife Stadium, the Semi-Finals for the 2013-14 New York Jets Flight Crew Cheerleaders took place.

Hopefuls performed a routine taught earlier in the morning…

Along with a kick line routine…

Splits….

And turns…

Back for her 7th year, directing the Flight Crew is Denise Garvey. Denise is a former Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader and Knicks City Dancer. And you can definitely see the DCC influence in her audition process.

Continue reading Flight Crew Semi-Finals

Sumner High Senior Sets Sights on Seattle Sea Gals

Christian Fernandez is one of about 60 women who have cleared several rounds of tryouts toward becoming a 2013 Sea Gal – the final round happens this Sunday and you can watch the live webcast online.

By April Chan
BonneyLake-Sumner Patch
April 24, 2013

Sumner High School senior Christian Fernandez has studied dance for 15 years. Her family’s had Seattle Seahawks season tickets for just about as long.

Having that opportunity to watch the glamorous Sea Gals year after year, it was only natural that Fernandez aspired to one day don the uniform of a Sea Gal and cheer on the Seahawks herself. “I always looked up to them,” she said.

She may get there soon, as Fernandez has made the cut to the final round of competition this Sunday when the 2013 Sea Gal team will be selected from a pool of about 60 women.

Fernandez, speculates she may be one of the youngest in the group. “I decided the year I turned 18 is the year that I’m going to make the goal to try out,” she said. She turned 18 just this last Saturday.

The process began with an optional set of workshops that Fernandez attended to begin preparing for her auditions in April. Open auditions were April 14, semi-finals were April 21, and she sat down with team leaders this past Monday for a formal interview.

In that time she received advice from a 2012 Sea Gal through family friends in order to start learning the squad’s style and techniques.

The rest was all on her, and she brings a hefty dance background to the audition process. Fernandez began dance studies as a child at Dancemakers Northwest in Bonney Lake. Currently she dances at The Surge Dance Center in Lake Tapps as well as Westlake Dance Center in Seattle. She is also dancing at the Academy of Ballet in Enumclaw.

“I do everything except dance en pointe,” she said. “I can’t do pointe because of my back. My favorite styles are probably lyrical and tap.”

Looking ahead to Sunday, Fernandez admits feeling “excited” and “anxious,” and despite her young age, she’s wise enough to savor the moment. “I’m taking it all in, one step at a time,” she said. “It’s a lot.”

Regardless of how Sunday will turn out, Fernandez has a solid plan post graduation: she’ll be attending UW Tacoma and studying business “because I’d love to hopefully open up my own dance studio,” she said.

So really, it’s not the end of the world if she isn’t selected. “If I don’t get it, I’ll just try out again. Hopefully I’ll make it, fingers crossed.”

The final auditions will be shown in a live webcast at www.seahawks.com beginning at 5 p.m. this Sunday, April 28. The 2013 squad consisting of 24 to 32 members will be announced at the end of the competition. The direct link to the webcast page is: http://www.seahawks.com/videos-photos/live.html

Denver Broncos Cheerleader Finals

The 2013-14 Broncos Cheerleaders were selected on Sunday night. Congrats to the 26 veterans and rookies on this year’s team!

Finals coverage: Photos | More Photos |Video

Top Row: Margaret*, Tara*, Christina*, Liz, Candace*, Eboni, Tristan*, Sam*, and Lindy*
Middle Row: Heather*, Kate, Michelle, Lindsey*, Toni D, Lelanna*, Angela, Brittany, Kisato*
Bottom Row: Katie B, Emily M, Emily G, Kendal, Ashley*, Toni G*, Patricia*, and Lauren*

*Veteran

Photo of the Day – April 24


Marissa – Backstage at Monday Night’s Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleaders Finals

Congratulations, Deonna!

Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleaders Final were last night and I’ll be posting photos later this week. But I just wanted to take this chance to say congratulations to a long time friend of the blog.

I think I first met Deonna at Jets Flight Crew Auditions back in 2009 or 2010. She had cheered at Rutgers and was looking to take the next step and dance in the NFL.

She made a semi-pro team in North Jersey, and most recently cheered for the Philadelphia Soulmates of the Arena Football League. But she never gave up on the dream, and today the Eagles announced their new squad, and there she was.

So, Congratulations, Deonna! You did it!

See the entire 2013-14 squad here.

Calgary Outriders Auditions

Photographer Mark Mennie also shot the recent CFL Calgary Stampeders Auditions and shared a few more of his photos with us:

Continue reading Calgary Outriders Auditions

Watch the Eagles Cheerleaders Finals Tonight on PhiladelphiaEagles.com

Sixty hopefuls battling for thirty-eight spots. It all starts at 7:30 EDT.

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