DCC Candidate vows to keep chasing her dream

A few weeks ago, the Kilgore Herald began reported about Ally Honeycutt in a “local girl pursues big dreams” article. Ally, an alum of the Kilgore Rangerettes (a prestigious drill team in Texas) made it to finals, but wasn’t chosen for training camp this year. She plans to audition again next year. Click here to watch her dance video from this year’s DCC fan vote.

Honeycutt chases dreams in Dallas
Kilgore News Herald
May 2014

When one dream is put on hold, another dream begins for Kilgore native Ally Honeycutt.

After advancing to become one of the final 55 Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader hopefuls, Honeycutt will have to wait until next year to try out again for the squad.

While she is not giving up on her lifelong dream of becoming Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader, Honeycutt said she will be working toward her other goal of eventually returning home to open her own hair salon.

After she found out she had not being invited to DCC training camp, Honeycutt said she called the Toni & Guy Hairdressing Academy in Dallas and confirmed that she would like to attend.

With classes beginning July 8, Honeycutt will move to Dallas and continue to advance toward both of her dreams. While attending the academy, she said she will continue to dance and stay in shape to prepare for next year’s DCC tryouts.

“That’s my dream as well, but I’m a dancer, so I don’t want to just give up,” she said about looking to next year’s DCC tryouts.

The final round of the 2014 tryouts brought the veteran cheerleaders to compete against the hopefuls for the 2014-2015 team. In groups of five to present a DCC dance, Honeycutt said some had one veteran, but she had two.

“It made me dance really hard because I knew I had to look as good as them, or at least try to look as good as them,” she said.

Her mother, Lisa, said she held her own against the returning dancers.

“She was just like one of them,” Lisa Honeycutt said.

When it came to her solo, Honeycutt said it was the best she had ever performed it.

“I left it totally out on the floor that day,” she said about May 17’s finals.

An interview was included in the process, and Honeycutt said she believes that is what could have cost her. Throughout the year, as she prepares for the 2015 tryouts, Honeycutt said she will be working to gain the experience she lacked this year in the interview.

The extra time will also allow her to improve her knowledge about the Dallas Cowboys current team and history.

“I have all the time in the world,” she said about being able to learn the information without cramming.

Although she believes the interview was a factor into the end result, she said she will never get feedback from DCC Director Kelli Finglass, any judges or anyone else connected with the process.

“I just know that’s the hardest part is walking away, and you don’t know what you could have done more,” she said. She added that she did everything she could, so 2014 simply was not her year to become a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader.

For the first time, family and friends were allowed to watch part of the process on AT&T Stadium’s massive screen spanning nearly the entire length of the football field.

Lisa Honeycutt was there to watch as Finglass and the other judges looked at each of the woman’s “HD face,” Ally Honeycutt explained.

“She was so good,” Lisa Honeycutt said. “I was so proud of her.”

“That was really fun to know that she was there supporting me,” Ally Honeycutt said.

When the tryout’s final list was called, though, it was behind closed doors as the dancers, family members and friends waited many grueling hours for the announcement. As the time kept getting pushed back, Lisa Honeycutt said it was originally set to be announced at 6 p.m., but it was after 9 p.m. before she received a text from Ally.

Although Lisa Honeycutt anticipated the last day of tryouts to be an all-day process, she said, “It was the most nerve-wracking thing I’ve ever experienced.”

The community and the nation can follow Ally Honeycutt’s through the process when “Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team 9” premieres on CMT – Country Music Television – in August.

“It’ll be cool to see my journey on TV,” she said. She understands, though, the need for drama in the show and said she hopes she does not fall victim to the producer’s dicing and splicing to be perceived as something she’s not.

While Honeycutt prepares for her move to Dallas, she said she is thankful for the support she has received from the Kilgore community – both friends and strangers.

“I can honestly say that it was the best experience,” she said.

Now, Honeycutt will look toward developing her skills as a hairdresser while continuing to follow her Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader dream.

“I’m really glad I had another dream like that,” she said. “I still have so much to look forward to.”

“Recent ‘Rette rises through ranks of Cowboy Cheerleader hopefuls “

Interview with a Rookie Pats Cheerleader

New Patriots cheerleader perfected pep at D-Y
By Jason Kolnos
Cape Cod Online
May 28, 2014

WEST YARMOUTH — Three cheers for Jacqueline Jamiel!

The Cape native has landed a coveted spot on the New England Patriots cheerleading squad for the upcoming season. Jamiel, a Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School graduate, was one of 28 women chosen out of about 320 applicants for the spirited gig.

Jamiel was a cheerleader for her beloved Dolphins football team throughout high school and will soon have an audience of nearly 70,000 fans when she takes her talents to Gillette Stadium.

“It’s been a whirlwind. I still can’t even believe it,” said Jamiel, 22, during an interview at her family’s home this week. “I’m just so proud to call myself part of the Patriots organization.”

Being a Patriots cheerleader, however, is a little different than offering rah-rahs at high school games. They’ve got to have moves, since the professional routines usually incorporate several varieties of dancing.

“We’re one of the only NFL cheerleading teams to actually do call-out cheers,” Jamiel said. “It’s mostly a lot of dancing, a lot of fun, upbeat jazz dancing, which I’m so used to. So it’s been awesome to work with poms and to keep working it.”

Jamiel has studied dance at Mercyhurst University in Pennsylvania and is studying interior design at Suffolk University while living in Boston. She dreamed of becoming a professional dancer.

“I have always done ballet growing up, always been a part of “The Nutcracker,” pointe shoes, the whole thing,” Jamiel said.

“But I think that I’m a better jazz dancer. And even hip-hop, too. I like to really perform and get out there, and I think the Patriots are perfect for my style.”

Her former varsity cheerleading coach at D-Y, Dawn Capra, said Jamiel excels at both dance and drumming up fan support.

“She was so motivated to get the crowd going. A lot of our spirit and enthusiasm was because of her,” said Capra, who owns Cape Cod Cheer Academy in Hyannis.

“And the fact that she’s beautiful doesn’t hurt her at all,” added Capra.

The roughly monthlong audition process in April was demanding, and Jamiel said candidates were required to learn sometimes complicated dance moves quickly and demonstrate that they could master the routines.

She balanced daily training with being a full-time undergraduate student and waitressing part time.

“It was a lot to make sure I was in the gym, always practicing the choreography,” Jamiel said.

“So it was a full-time commitment before I even found out I was a Patriots cheerleader.”

Ellen Botello of West Barnstable, who was a Patriots cheerleader for four years in the 1990s, said the positives of the experience will outweigh any initial soreness or fatigue that Jamiel will have as she learns new dances under tight deadlines.

“It’s a big deal, for sure, and an amazing opportunity to not just perform in front of thousands of people, but also to get out into the community, volunteer and meet lots of people,” she said.

Jamiel can’t count on being buddies with her favorite player, Tom Brady, however.

Botello, a former longtime cheering coach at Barnstable High School, said fraternizing between the players and the cheerleaders is a no-no for the most part.

Tracy Sormanti, director of the Patriots cheerleaders, said she was looking for the most talented, energetic, community-minded and health-conscious women for the team. There are no age limits to be a Patriots cheerleader.

“It’s my goal to select a squad of women who embody the Patriots’ spirit of teamwork and excellence,” Sormanti wrote in an email to the Times.

Sormanti added that Patriots cheerleaders make hundreds of promotional appearances each year at community and corporate events.

One of those extra events Jamiel that is looking forward to most is a Patriots cheerleader calendar shoot in Mexico scheduled for early June.

Gimme a C-A-N-C-U-N, indeed.

Wizard Girls Auditions and Prep Classes


You think you have what it takes to be a member of one of the NBA’s hottest dance teams? The Washington Wizards are hosting Wizard Girl Auditions, presented by Ciroc, Saturday, July 19th. The Wizard Girls are one of DC’s best dance teams and we are looking for talented, beautiful, highly confident, and versatile dancers for our 2014-2015 squad. The Wizard Girls make countless appearances in the community and travel the world as ambassadors for the Washington Wizards. Want to be a part of the excitement and perform at Washington Wizards home game for thousands of fans? Register today!

Wizard Girls Auditions, Presented by Ciroc
Saturday, July 19, 2014
Trinity Washington University (Trinity Center)
125 Michigan Ave., NE
Washington, DC 20017
8:30AM Registration

Additional Information

• Interested candidates should expect 2-3 rounds of choreography focusing on jazz and hip-hop genres.
• Please wear 2-piece outfit (halter/crop top and shorts) and shoes with NON-MARKING SOLES.
• Must be in performance ready hair and make up
• Please bring a professional photo/head shot and dance resume
• 30-40 Finalists will be selected into Wizard Girls finalist training camp
• Training camp runs July 21st –August 2nd. Finalist should expect to attend 3-4 nights per week.
• Wizard Girl Audition Finals Showcase, presented by Ciroc, will be held August 4, 2014 at The Howard Theater

620 T Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001
Doors 6:00PM
Show 7:00PM
$10 pre-sale
$15 event day

If you have further questions, please contact Derric Whitfield, Dance Team Manager, at dwhitfield@monumentalsports.com or call (202) 292-1918.

Wizard Girl Audition Prep Classes, presented by Ciroc are the best resource to prepare you for the 2014 Wizard Girl Auditions. We offer six classes and each focuses on a different audition topic and the Wizard Girl dance style. Classes are $25 each. Attend all six classes and receive a round one bye! Additionally, one lucky young lady will receive a round two bye at every class! Classes begin June 9th, register today!

June 9th – 2014 WG Audition Process; Full WG Style Dance
June 12th – Basic Dance Technique Review; WG Style Dance Combination
June 17th – Fitness and Nutrition, Full WG Style Dance
June 19th – Advanced Dance Technique Review, WG Style Dance Combo
June 22nd – Coach Derric’s Tips to a Successful Audition & Audition Attire Fashion Show, Full WG Dance Combination
June 26th – Mock Audition Round 1 Choreography Taught

Registration begins at 5:30p.m.
All classes from 6:30p.m. – 8:30p.m.

If you have further questions, please contact Derric Whitfield, Dance Team Manager, at dwhitfield@monumentalsports.com or call (202) 292-1918.

[Wizard Girls Official Site]

After personal tragedy, woman fulfills dream of being Pats’ cheerleader

By Mike Chaiken
The Plainfield Observer
May 25, 2014

On the sidelines of the New England Patriots’ home games at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. this coming season, Bristol residents may see a familiar entertain the crowd. And her journey toward this accomplishment is an example of overcoming physical adversity. Karen Link, the former Miss Teen Bristol in 2007 (and then Miss Connecticut’s Outstanding Teen 2007), is the one of the newest members of the Patriots’ cheerleaders.

“I feel like the luckiest girl in the world. Not only do I get to do what I love each day but I get to do perform at Gillette stadium, in support of my favorite sports team, in front of 70,000 fans,” said Link via email. “Talk about the dream job.”

The gig also gives Link the opportunity to use one of her lifelong talents.

“I’ve been a dancer consistently since the age of 2 and dancing professionally post-college has always been a dream of mine,” said Link.

However, Link’s journey might have been unthinkable years ago after she broke her back in a car accident.

“(M)y senior year of high school… my world was turned upside down after being a passenger in a head-on collision. I broke my spine in the accident and immediately was rushed into a spinal-fusion surgery, which inserted rods and screws along my spine to hold the vertebras together,” said Link.

“The recovery process was a long one, I had to learn how to walk again and do things like climb stairs and sit down and stand up. I was devastated to hear that I would never be able to dance at the level I had before,” said Link. However, here Link is getting ready to dance up a storm for the Pats.

“I don’t take ‘no’ for an answer… and fought through the long rehab process to ease my way back into being active and eventually found my way back to the dance floor,” said Link. “Looking back at that unexpected obstacle in my life I realize how very blessed I am,” she said.

Link said joining the cheerleaders marks off an item on her bucket list.

“Being a member of the New England Patriots Cheerleading squad has been a dream of mine for a while now,” said Link, who graduated from Holy Cross High School. “I remember doing research on the team my sophomore year of college, five years ago, which is when I really started thinking about what I needed to work on to gain a position on this squad and if it would be feasible to be a member while I was in still in college.”

The 23-year-old Terryville native explained, “I decided to delay trying out until my senior year of college and made it through to finals, but unfortunately that’s where the dream stopped.”

“After I graduated from Endicott College,” said Link, “I moved to New York City for a job in fashion and beauty public relations.”But, Link said, “I simply couldn’t stay away from Boston though and decided to move back last year, with the goal of being a member of the Patriots cheerleaders on the forefront of my mind.” (She currently works in the corporate communications department at a speech recognition company, Nuance Communications, at its headquarters in Burlington, Mass., communicating with the press and analysts about Nuance’s technologies and innovations.)

“Since last June,” said Link, “I’ve been taking dance classes in Boston, working out and focusing on healthy eating in anticipation of tryouts which began with the workshop this past February.”

Link said she wanted to be part of the Pats’ organization and the cheer squad because “aside from being a Patriots fan from a young age, The Kraft Organization is truly world class and something that is an absolute honor to be a part of. They place a large emphasis on qualities like working hard, helping others, and respect.”

Additionally, Link explained, “Something that doesn’t get as much attention as it should is the amount of community service that members of The Kraft Organization (including the Patriots players and the cheerleaders) participate in, it is truly unparalleled.”

Asked to speak about the process of becoming a Pats’ cheerleader, Link said the process began in February with an optional workshop. “This gives cheerleader hopefuls the chance to understand what it takes to be on the team, both in terms of dance ability and what the schedule the job requires,” said Link. Then, the preliminary auditions were held in Gillette Stadium at the beginning of April. Link said this pulled in 200 potential candidates.

“The day began at 10 a.m. and ended around 6 p.m.,” said Link of the auditions. “We learned a variety of dance combinations and three rounds of cuts were made.”

Link then was selected as one of 40 new candidates who would advance to the April 19 finals.

“In between,” said Link, “we had a one-on-one interview with the coach, Tracy Sormanti, and we learned additional choreography to be performed at finals.”

“At finals,” said Link, “the 40 new girls auditioned alongside the returning veteran cheerleaders and at the end of the day just under 40 girls total moved on to boot camp.”

Link said, “Boot camp lasted two weeks and involved learning a number of dance routines, cheers, and sideline dances, while also participating in media training, running the stadium ramps and workouts with the official Patriots Cheerleading trainer (and inventor of the workout regimen called BMAX), Andy Berler. ”Sometimes the reality of auditions differs from expectations. But Link said she had a pretty good idea of what was coming, especially after the workshop in February. Between February and April, Link said, “The biggest areas I focused on for the audition process were improving my dancing, flexibility, and physical fitness through taking dance classes weekly and dedicating lots of time at the gym.”

With 200 women at the beginning of the auditions, Link said of the other competitors, “The ladies I met during the audition process all possess amazing qualities. The judges and coaches emphasized along the way that they look for candidates who are well-rounded and possess the values important to The Kraft Organization. This was so apparent in the women I met, not only were they trained dancers but they were smart, goal-oriented, motivated, and friendly. I met some really awesome ladies along the way and will stay in touch with many new friends.”

“The girls on the squad, both rookies and vets, are so extremely motivated,” said Link of her fellow teammates. “These girls are smart go-getters who each have hearts of gold. They form a sisterhood throughout the year and I can’t wait to get to know each of them better, both on and off the field.”

The selected cheerleaders were announced via the Pats’ website on May 3. But Link didn’t know right away she made the final cut.

“My mom actually called me with the news that the list had gone live; she said ‘I see a list, and you’re on it.’”

“Honestly,” said Link, “I’ve been on cloud 9 ever since and I don’t think I’ll come down anytime soon. It took a lot of work and dedication over the past couple of years but every ounce of it was worth it and I am so honored to have been chosen to be a member of The Kraft Organization and cheer for the Pats.”

And Link said she is fortunate to have the support of family and friends.

“I actually didn’t tell anyone I was trying out again with the exception of my immediate family and my roommates,” said Link. “I let the cat out of the bag to a few more folks after I made it past finals and was in boot camp and then made an announcement on Facebook after they announced the final team.”

“The outpouring of congratulations and support after the team was announced has been really heartwarming. I’m so happy to have made my family, friends, and community proud.”

Link’s day job has been in public relations. And she feels this will be an asset for the cheerleaders. “(It) has taught me how to communicate with people from all different walks of life. Just as I aim to represent my company in the best light each day, I’ll aim to represent The Kraft Organization to the best of my abilities as well. Working in public relations has reinforced that no matter if your meeting Patriots fans, volunteering for a charity, or cheering at a game, you can’t go wrong with having a smile on your face and being kind to each person you meet.”
As for what’s in store next for the Patriots’ newest cheerleader, Link said, “It’s been a whirlwind with practices and appearances having already started. We practice three times a week and have promotional appearances in between. Coming up fast is our calendar shoot in Cancun for a week in the beginning of June and we’ll be working hard in preparation for preseason which begins in August. I can’t wait to see what this year has in store.”

“Go Pats!”

2014-15 Nuggets Dancers Auditions Begin On Saturday, July 19!

Perform at Denver Nuggets home games in front of 19,000 fans per game.
Travel nationally and internationally for our annual calendar shoot, dance conventions, and NBA appearances.
Choreograph for the best dance team in the NBA.
Participate in community service projects.
Inspire young dancers through the DND Juniors program.
Perform at multiple events throughout the year.
Perform for national television audiences.
Receive benefits from multiple sponsors including hair styling, tanning, waxing services, gym and yoga memberships, and cosmetic dentistry.
Get paid for doing what you love while making lifelong friends!

Audition Requirements:

be at least 18 years of age or 17 years of age with a parent or guardian present to sign a waiver on the participant’s behalf
hold a high school diploma or equivalent education
wear a cropped top, fitted shorts or dance skirt, and shoes with non-marking soles
submit non-returnable 8” x 10” headshot
submit a dance resume including any previous dance teams, classes or workshops, current employment and training, educational background, and 3 professional references
complete and submit the 2014 DND Audition Registration Form and the 2014 Liability Waiver & Release.
live in the Denver area and have reliable transportation to and from all DND practices and at least 80% of the home games in the Denver Nuggets 2014-15 season (schedule TBD).

2014-15 Audition Details

Prep Class Information

Frequently Asked Questions

If you would like to receive email updates with the latest DND audition news, please email DND Manager Amy Jo Wagner at ajwagner@pepsicenter.com.

Congratulations 2014 Cincinnati Bengals Cheerleaders

The Bengals have announced a team of 30 Ben-Gals to take the field during the 2014-15 NFL season. Click here to see who made the team! (You can also Click here to see all of this year’s finalists.)

Rookie Ben-Gal Sarah L.

Grand Rapids New NBDL Team Seeks Cheerleaders and Dancers

We are currently recruiting dancers and cheerleaders for our new NBA D-League team! We’re looking for both females and males that have a background in cheerleading and females that have a background in dance and can use their skills to pump up the crowd for our 2014-15 season.

Tryouts will be held at MVP Fieldhouse – 5435 28th Street Court SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546 – on June 8 from 1 to 5 PM. Please arrive early to allow yourself time to check in and stretch as registration opens at noon.

Ideal individuals will be local to the Grand Rapids area and must be available throughout the November–April season. There will also be mandatory public appearances outside of games for team members to attend. We are looking for individuals who are physically fit, have an upbeat personality, and possess the ability to execute basic stunts and tumbling for cheer and choreography for dance.


Must be 18+
High school grad or GED
Available for all 24 home games and 1-2 practices per week
Must have dependable transportation

What to wear:
Dance Attire
Non-Marking Shoes
Full Hair and Makeup

What to bring:
Signed Waiver
Completed Application
1 Non-Returnable Headshot
$10 Registration Fee

Recommended cheer skills:
Standing tuck
Standing back handspring
Jumps to back handspring/tuck
Females: All girl stunting experience (liberty, heel stretch, full down)
Females/Males: Partner stunting experience (toss to hands, liberty, and heel stretch)

This responsibility will include representing Grand Rapids and West Michigan in many different ways, and we want people who are genuinely passionate about our city! To register for the tryout, please click HERE to download the registration form and click HERE to download the waiver. Please sign and initial all forms. For more information, contact us directly at grdleague@ssjgroupllc.com.

*Please bring the $10 registration fee to MVP Fieldhouse on June 8. A portion of all proceeds will be donated to a local charity.

Flight Crew Finals – Individual Performances

The 1st half of the Jets Flight Crew Final Auditions feature the dancers in individual performances. They choose the music, the outfits and the dance. And the choices run from jazz, to lyrical, to tap and just about anything else.






[Flight Crew Audition Gallery]

2014 MDC Rookies

Congratulations to the 21 ladies selected as rookies to the 2014-15 Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders! Click here for photos of the newly-minted rookies at this year’s final audition.

Minnesota Timberwolves Dancer Audition and Prep Class Details

Open Auditions: Saturday July 19, 2014 – 12:00pm

Location: Timberwolves Practice Facility – Lifetime Fitness (downtown) – Target Center
Address: 600 First Avenue North, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Registration: 11:00am
Registration Fee: $20 (cash, credit card, or check payments accepted upon arrival)

Audition Requirements:

Must be 18 years of age or older by July 19, 2014 (Please bring a photo ID)
Must provide a current dance and/or professional resume (if applicable)
If selected to the team, a one year commitment is required
Must provide one current headshot and one current full body shot (5×7 or larger preferred; photos are non-returnable)
Closed audition – no guests or spectators allowed
Walk-ins are welcome on the day of auditions

Audition Attire:

Dance or athletic cropped-top (midriff must be exposed)
Hot pants, booty shorts or briefs (no high waist bottoms or lengths lower than upper thigh
Dance or athletic shoes with non-marking soles
Performance ready hair and makeup

Please note that if you are selected as a finalist, there will be mandatory training camp events scheduled between Sunday, July 20 and Tuesday, July 29.
The Finalist Selection Show will be held on Wednesday, July 30.

Prep Classes: May 31, June 21, July 12

[Complete Audition Information]

Scenes from Ben-Gals Finals

Click here to check out photos from the final round of auditions for the 2014 Cincinnati Ben-Gals. No word yet on who made the team, but hopefully that’s coming soon!

Bucks County natives make Eagles cheerleading squad

Bucks County Courier Times
May 19, 2014

The dreams of cheering on their favorite team will soon come true for two Bucks County residents.

Renee Carelli, 25, of Bensalem, and Julie Warner, 22, of Bristol Township, have been chosen to join the 2014-2015 Philadelphia Eagles cheerleading squad. The two made it through a number of physical fitness, dancing and modeling tryouts before making the 38-member team.

Renee Carelli and Julie Warner

“I’m born and raised in Philadelphia and have been cheerleading (since I was young), so I’ve always wanted to do this,” Carelli said.

The 2007 Nazareth Academy High School graduate cheered for Father Judge High School before spending four years cheering for the Penn State Nittany Lions. She holds a 2013 master’s degree from La Salle University and works as a speech pathologist.

“I have two brothers and a very big family that loves the Eagles,” she said. “I am really looking forward to cheering at all the home games.”

Warner said she remembers watching Eagles games as a child.

“All my family would come over for Sunday games,” she said. “Ever since I was little, I wanted to be a cheerleader.”

The 2010 Neshaminy High School graduate, who grew up in Middletown, is an assistant manager of a clothing retail store. She said her background in dance includes training in tap, jazz, ballet, hip hop, contemporary and musical theater. “I started dancing when I was 2 years old,” she added.

Renee and Julie at finals (Photo credit: Philadelphia Eagles)

Warner said she made it through to semifinals last year before being cut in the interview round. To her surprise, she was cut early in this year’s tryouts before organizers sent her an email asking her to return, she said.

“I was heartbroken,” she said. “It was a rough ride for me, but getting that email was everything.”

Warner said she believes her professionalism during tryouts were a big reason she got the callback.

“It is just the best feeling … my whole life changed,” she said. “You always have to be on your best behavior and have a professional manner at all times.”

Carelli, who auditioned for the first time this year, said she wants to participate in the squad’s community outreach programs. The cheerleaders spend hundreds of hours volunteering for charities that include the Eagles Youth Partnership, Eagles Tackling Breast Cancer and Eagles Go Green initiative, according to philadelphiaeagles.com.

“Each girl has something (a cause) close to their heart,” she said “I’m really looking forward to being a part of this great opportunity.”

Warner said she’s excited about helping the National Football League’s Play 60 campaign, which encourages kids to eat well and play at least 60 minutes every day, according to fueluptoplay60.com.

“It’s fun to keep the kids active,” Warner said. “I knew it (Eagles team) was a great organization to be a part of … I consider myself lucky.”

“We have very passionate fans and I’m looking forward to experiencing that,” Carelli said.

More on 2014 DCC Training Camp

The Dallas Cowboys have released the official group photo (full disclosure, I tampered with it to correct the color and alignment) and the names of the ladies selected to their cheerleader training camp.

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Row 1 (back row): Hannah, Ashley N, Alexandra, Jennifer A, Victoria, Kinzie, Mary, Nicole, Caila, Mallory, Abby
Row 2: Vivian, Erika, Veronica, Rachel, Loren, Melissa, Breelan, Ashley P, Samantha, Jennifer K, Lacey
Row 3: Paige, Jenna, Jacie, Brittney, Holly, Katy, Danielle, Jordan, Kelsey, Chandler, Emma
Row 4: Jessica A, Jinelle, Angela, Sydney, Jessica M, Christina, Meagan, Courtney, Ashley, Jasmine

This here’s your scorecard for “Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team” Season 9:

Congratulations 2014 Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders Training Campers

Today’s final audition resulted in 43 ladies invited to participate in the team’s three-month training camp. This includes 27 veterans and 16 potential rookies. The final team will be announced in August. Congratulations ladies!

Extra congrats to veteran Sydney, who is back for her seventh season. (Barring any major issues during training camp.) I don’t think anyone has been on the team that long since the 90s. That is not easy to do. This is a team that cuts veterans almost year (and this year was no exception. Three veterans were not invited back.) Also congrats to rookie candidate Vivian who (I’m almost positive, but will not swear to it) won the fan favorite vote again this year. Hopefully this year, she’ll take it all the way!

Update with additional details! Loren won the fan vote, not Vivian. However, I’m raising an eyebrow on this one. I checked the voting status all day on Saturday, and each time I checked, Vivian was in the #1 position. Dare I say…shenanigans? Maybe they decided on a “one win per candidate” policy.

Also, I didn’t intend to name the veterans who have been cut. That seems like rubbing salt in the wound, but then someone pointed out to me that if you’ve been cut from a team, it’s highly unlikely that you’re spending any time here in the days immediately after it happens. (If ever again.) So with that in mind, and because so many people have asked, the veterans in question were Morgan, Courtni, and Alex. Morgan and Courtni were rookies last year and Alex was a 2nd year veteran. Amelia, Carisa, Jackie, Kaitlyn, Kim, Lauren, Mackenzie, Mia, and Olivia retired. Everyone else is back for 2014 training camp.

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Footage From The 1976 Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders Tryouts

In this segment, taped for KDFW’s “Eyewitness News” in 1976, Dallas-based reporter Jim Ruddy covers the first open tryouts held by the Dallas Cowboys to select the team’s cheerleading squad for the 1976-1977 football season. The tryouts, which took place at Texas Stadium in the Dallas suburb of Irving, drew over 130 cheerleading hopefuls. Included in the footage are interviews with several of those cheerleading hopefuls, as well as scenes from the selection process.