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Ben-Gals cheerleading final round Saturday

May 10, 2013

[Photos of the preliminary rounds of this year’s auditions]

Every spring, the Ben-Gals seek out women trained in dance (all styles) willing to spend the summer learning routines, rehearse throughout the week in fall and winter, plus work Sunday afternoon home games.

On Saturday, their final roster will be determined.

The Ben-Gals will hold a public, final round of cheerleading tryouts Saturday at the Newport Syndicate. Doors at 7:15 p.m., with the competition starting at 8 p.m.

Tickets are $30 in advance through www.cincyticket.com. It’s open to all ages. More information can be found at: bengals.com/cheerleaders/auditions.html

Check out this video from last year’s finals:

More from Cowboys Cheerleader Auditions

DFW.com has added more photos from this year’s audition process. Click here to check out the gallery from semifinals and the dreaded kickline.

Our next finalist is #89, Courtni. Come on down!

Video: TopCat Finals

Click here to check out some video of this year’s final auditions for the Carolina Panthers TopCats Cheerleaders. And if you missed semis, you can watch that here.

Congratulations to the ladies who made the team! Click the photo to view full size.

Midnight Madness: Charlotte Lady Cats Announce Auditions

Prepare for Lady Cat auditions by attending the Lady Cats prep classes

Fitness Workout Clinic
Wednesday, June 12th
7:30pm – 9:30pm
Time Warner Cable Arena (5th street entrance)
• Get expert advice on how to prepare for auditions from the official fitness trainers of the LadyCats
• Includes a work out and individual personal fitness evaluation from trainers
• $20 (cash only) payable upon arrival
• Class is closed to public

Beauty/Business Prep Class
Monday, July 1st
7:30pm – 9:30pm
Time Warner Cable Arena (5th street entrance)
• A fun class for you to learn helpful hints and tips on how to prepare and what to expect at auditions
• Get expert advice on how to prepare your look for auditions
• $20 (cash only) payable upon arrival
• Class is closed to public

Dance Prep Class

Thursday, July 11th
7:30pm – 9:30pm
Time Warner Cable Arena (5th street entrance)
• Learn LadyCats choreography similar to what will be taught at auditions
• Opportunity to have all your questions answered
• $20 (cash only) payable upon arrival
• Class is closed to public

Follow the Lady Cats on Twitter and Instagram for tips and tricks leading up to tryouts @theladycats

[Complete Lady Cats Audition Info]

Bolivar votes for Lauren

Votes needed for Dallas audition
by Denise Strub
May 9, 2013

Mississippi is teeming with outstanding athletes in all genres of sport from football to basketball, from baseball to golf, from tennis to swimming.

Many of these men and women go on to compete on a professional level.

Well one more Mississippian is attempting to reach that status.

This athlete is vying for a spot with one of the most recognized football organizations in the country, the Dallas Cowboys.

However the football field is not the arena of choice, instead it’s on the sidelines with the world famous Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders.

Lauren Stanley Reed has made it to the final 50 candidates for the 2013 squad and she now needs the public’s help in guarantying her a spot.

Lauren is the wife of Clevelander Caleb Reed, who was an all-state performer as a pitcher and infielder at Bayou Academy and shining star of the Mississippi State University baseball team.

“This is something she has wanted to do for as long as I’ve known her,” said mother-in-law Teresa Reed of Cleveland.

She said Caleb even took Lauren to a Cowboys game in Texas as date so she could see the cheerleaders perform.

Lauren, 22, of Waynesboro was team captain of the Mississippi State University Pom Squad and a Universal Dance Association Nationals finalist.

She has performed at two bowl games and was homecoming queen.

Lauren attended the cattle call-like auditions early this month and after making the top 50 is now back in Mississippi until panel interviews for final auditions on May 17.

Teresa said the cheerleader organization for the first time is allowing the public to select a candidate for the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader camp by voting online.

The website is http://www.dallascowboys.com/dccvote and voting begins today with the winner being announced on May 19.

“Lauren is the only person from Mississippi left,” said Teresa. “We are so proud of her.”

Former MSU Pom Squad Captain Vying For Spot on Dallas Cowboys’ Cheerleader Squad

By Dustin Barnes
Clarion Ledger

Lauren Stanley Reed has been a cheerleader for Mississippi most of her life.

But now the 22-year-old Waynesboro native and former Mississippi State University Pom Squad captain has set her sights on another goal — the Dallas Cowboys and their elite cheerleading team.

Reed, an MSU graduate, has gone through the audition process, and she’s prepping for a chance to make it to the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders’ training camp this summer to compete for a permanent spot on the team. Votes from her home state could help secure her a spot for the camp.

The training camp experience is filmed and aired later in the fall, part of CMT’s “Making The Team” reality show, Reed said. And while the show’s judges will decide the rest of the participants who will have a shot to impress at the camp, audience votes can guarantee a spot at the camp for one of the contestants.

Already, Reed has seen support pouring in from her Mississippi State friends, coaches and teammates. But as she pointed out, her goal isn’t to just represent MSU but the entire state.

“I’m the only girl from Mississippi, so I’m representing the entire state,” she said. “And I’ve been overwhelmed with all the support.”

The praise for Reed and her dedication also comes from Melissa Nichols, MSU’s Spirit coordinator who worked with Reed during her time on the Pom Squad.

“I would say Lauren is not only beautiful on the outside, she’s also beautiful on the inside,” Nichols said. “She has a caring heart.”

Nichols said Reed was one of the best all-around performers she’s seen on the squad during her time at MSU. “Not only is she good with dancing, but she’s great at catching the crowd’s attention.”

The results of the vote will be revealed on May 19. If Reed doesn’t garner the most votes, she still has the chance to make it to the camp, she said.

To be on the Dallas Cowboy cheerleading team is a chance to take her love of dance and cheer to a much larger level, Reed said.

To her supporters, Reed said, “Be thinking about me. I’m just going to dance my heart out.”

[DCC Finalist Vote]

Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders 2013 auditions at Cowboys Stadium

Special to DFW.com
May 07, 2013

Photo Gallery [Day 1] [Day 2]

ARLINGTON — For many, the first Saturday in May means the Kentucky Derby and the fastest two minutes in sports. To the nearly 500 women in line outside Cowboys Stadium in the unseasonably cold weather, it signaled a grueling 10 hours for the opportunity to make their dreams come true and become a member of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders.

The legendary Phil Whitfield opened the doors at 8 a.m. to welcome the ladies into the $1.2 billion football palace that’s home to the five-time Super Bowl champion Dallas Cowboys as well as the location for all three rounds of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders auditions that lead up to the summer-long training camp. Once inside, the ladies got ready to look their absolute best in the ‘Fluff & Puff’ area before heading down to the field for the welcome address from DCC Director Kelli Finglass.

With the cameras rolling for the eighth season of CMT’s Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team, Finglass explained what the judges would be looking for — from personality and enthusiasm to appearance and dance technique. The 15 judges included Finglass (in her 23rd season at the helm of the DCC), DCC choreographer Judy Trammell, Cowboys Executive Vice President Charlotte Jones Anderson, the Official Trainer of the DCC Jay Johnson, DallasCowboys.com’s Mickey Spagnola and 105.3 The Fan’s Chris Arnold.

During Saturday’s preliminaries, each of the ladies got 90 seconds of freestyle to impress the judges and stand out among the huge crowd that featured women from Melbourne, Fla. to Melbourne, Australia. The large number of international candidates included hopefuls form Shanghai, Japan, Guam and South Africa. Many of the ladies had experience with pro sports teams, including the NFL (Colts, Chiefs, Raiders, Chargers, Redskins, Patriots, Jets and Dolphins), NBA (Mavericks, Thunder, Bucks and Suns) and NHL (Stars and Bruins). Teams such as the Texas Legends Dancers, Allen Americans Ice Angels, FC Dallas Dancers, Cedar Rapids Titans and the former Dallas Desperados Dancers were also represented.

Susie Sanchez, a 39 year-old grandmother from California, had a year on the Oakland Raiders’ Raiderettes squad under her belt. But like more than 300 others, Sanchez did not advance to Sunday’s semifinal round. There were three sets of twins trying out, with two sets of sisters making it to Sunday, but none going on to the finals.

The semifinals began with the ladies going down onto the field to learn a routine and the signature DCC kick line from Trammell and DCC alumni Ally Traylor and Audrea Cowan. Then they performed in groups of five for the judges panel.

Following the judges’ deliberations, Finglass returned and one-by-one announced who would be returning for the final round and welcomed them to join her onstage. With each passing second seeming like an eternity, the suspense continued to build for those still seated as the reality that they would not be advancing began to sink in.

“It’s really hard coming back as a former Training Camp Candidate, because I know what I would be missing if I got cut,” said Kathryn Dunn, Miss Fort Worth 2010, who was one of the ladies to hear her number called.

“My heart was pounding, so when Kelli actually did call my number, I was so excited and honored because it showed that they still believe in my potential as a DCC,” she continued. “Now I just have to work hard and show them my best at the Final Audition round!”

When Sunday came to a close, 54 women were invited to the Final Auditions, which take place May 18th and will include a record 32 returning veteran cheerleaders from the 2012 DCC squad. Those who survive will be one step closer to performing in front of 100,000 fans at the greatest sports venue in the world.

For more information on the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, check out their Official Facebook Page and Official Twitter Page.

Vote for your favorite DCC finalists

The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders have opened up the judging for input from the fans. Click here to see more of the finalists and cast your vote. You may have to refresh the page a few times. (Note: This group is prospective rookies only. It does not include veteran Cowboys Cheerleaders.)

Congrats, 2013-14 Tennessee Titans Cheerleaders!

From TitansOnline.com

Forty-eight young women gave lively performances before a robust crowd at the Wildhorse Saloon Tuesday night, and 28 were selected as Tennessee Titans Cheerleaders.

The crowd applauded the dances of the young women, and a distinguished panel of judges determined which finalists would hear their name called by Titans director of cheerleading Stacie Kinder to receive contracts and congratulatory roses.

Ashley A., above, will be cheering for the Titans for the second season, and Brittni will be a rookie after they were selected by judges.

The 2013 Tennessee Titans Cheerleaders Final Auditions presented by Sun Tan City concluded an extensive evaluation process by Kinder, who said every finalist should be proud.

“The decisions were so incredibly close and tough,” Kinder said. “We had an incredible pool of talent. I really grew to love all 48 candidates over the course of the audition process. They’re unique and talented in their own way. It’s a bittersweet feeling to have a wonderful team of talented individuals while having to say goodbye to women you really care about.”

Nineteen of the 28 have at least one year of experience with the Titans, but nine will be cheering professionally for the team for the first time.

The veterans and rookies shared in excitement for each other’s accomplishments as each name was called.

The returning members are: Anne B., Anne P., Ashley A., Ashley P., Brintley, Chasity, Erica, Evony, Heather, Heidi, Jena, Jessi, Jessica, Katy, Mariel, Stormi, Tandra, Whitney and Yalea.

The rookies are: Brittni, Brooke G., Hannah, Jocelyn, Kendal, Kiara, Kristen, Monica and Stephanie C.

They’ll develop strong bonds with their teammates through hours of rehearsals, during their photo shoot for the 2014 Titans Swimsuit Calendar, representing the organization at community appearances, and performing on game days at LP Field.

Kinder said there was a crescendo of energy that began when the ladies arrived at the Wildhorse Saloon. Some opted for boots, while others performed in dance shoes in groups of three.

“About 4 o’clock, when they’re all getting here and walk through the doors for the first rehearsal, the excitement is electric, and it is such a unique and wonderful feeling to see all those girls so excited to have the opportunity to try out,” Kinder said. “Then, it’s great to see them have their chance to shine on stage. That’s a part that I really love.”

A distinguished panel of 11 judges that included former Titans/Oilers great Derrick Mason, Kelly Sutton with Fox 17 (WZTV), dance expert Nick Bass and beauty queen Allison DeMarcus scored the performances.

“Our judges were honest, they worked hard, they really scrutinized,” Kinder said. “They knew what they liked, they knew what they didn’t like, and that’s what you want out of a judge: to have an opinion and own your opinion and put that opinion down on paper.”

Clyde “The Glyde” Avant served as host and emcee, and the intermissions were filled with a great routine by DC Dance Factory, and the rocking sounds of the Greez Monkeez.

Rehearsals will begin May 15, and the calendar shoot is scheduled to begin June 1 at Emerald Grande and Harborwalk Village in Destin, Fla.

Scenes from the 2013 Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader Open Call

Click here for tons of photos from Saturday’s prelims!

Drexel Students and Twin Sisters Both Make Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleading Squad

By Alissa Falcone
Drexel University
May 6, 2013

Drexel hasn’t had a football team in decades, but that didn’t stop twin sisters Sage and Gabriella Cifaloglio from trying out for and making the 2013 Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleading Squad. Though Sage, a junior business administration major, had made the squad last year, this marked the first time for Gabriella, a senior design and merchandising major.

Gabriella Cifaloglio, left, joins her twin sister, Sage, on the 2013 Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleading Squad.

The sisters, who are both in the Phi Mu sorority and both used to be on the Drexel Dance Team, were among the 38 girls who were chosen, including 30 returning cheerleaders, to be part of this year’s roster on April 24. Sage, a veteran, still had to try out, but she did not have to attend the open-call audition like her sister and the hundreds of other “rookies.”

“Most people think that we’re just automatically on the team every year, but veterans aren’t guaranteed a spot at all,” Sage said.

During the semi-finals round, the prospective cheerleaders had to introduce themselves to an audience and a panel of judges, which included a select group of season ticket holders. The girls also had to perform a dance on stage in a group of three. Those who called the hotline number and made it to the finals had to participate ina “fitness” round, where they modeled a bathing suit, and then go through a different round of interview questions and perform a different dance.

Both girls had tried out for the 2012 squad, though Gabriella did not make it.

“I wasn’t going to try out this year but Sage pushed me to do this,” said Gabriella.

The support of the veteran cheerleaders also contributed, as Sage said, “everyone who was on the team with me last year was really rooting for her, and I think it made her more nervous that we were watching but it was nice at the same time.”

Once the news came out that both sisters made the team, friends, family and even veteran cheerleaders called and texted their congratulations.

“I was excited, obviously, to make it back but I was more excited that she made it this year,” Sage said.

The 2013 Eagles cheerleaders received their poms and uniforms April 30 during the first meeting with the squad.

“It was great for the rookies, because we got to see what it was going to be like,” Gabriella said.

The first official event with the new squad will be on May 8, when the cheerleaders will shoot the photos for this year’s Eagles calendar in Cape May. The net proceeds will go to the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund.

“The majority of Eagles fans are from the South Jersey area and they give so much to the Eagles, so much support and so much fan dedication. I think it’s really great that the Eagles wanted to give back to the fans,” Sage said.

The veterans from last year spent the final day of the NFL Draft at the Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

“We got to see a different crowd and there were fans from different NFL teams as well as the Eagles,” she added.

Though she spent the first day of the draft at a party at the Lincoln Financial Field with a bunch of fans and was there when Eagles had their first pick, Sage was overwhelmed by the excitement at Radio City Music Hall.

“It’s cool because you get to see it on TV and then it’s huge when you get to see it in person. It’s crazy,” she said.

Sage felt the same way her first game cheering for the Eagles at Lincoln Financial Stadium for the first time, she added.

“I remember the first game I had to do an appearance, before we went out for the first time to dance,” she said. “I have been an Eagles fan my whole life and I’ve watched tons of games but I’d never actually been to a game. So when I stepped on the field, it was like the craziest feeling.”

Gabriella went to Eagles games last year but sat in box seats, so she couldn’t really see her sister that well. This year, she’ll be right there with her cheering on the field.

Starting in June, they will have rehearsals Tuesdays and Wednesday nights and other additional types of obligations and appearances. On home game days, they have to be at the stadium four hours in advance, to spend a total of eight hours at Lincoln Financial Field.

Eagles Cheerleaders Finals

Final Auditions for the 2013-14 Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleaders took place at the Kimmel Center on April 22nd.

Outside the theatre, fans lined up with signs in hand.

Backstage Cheerleaders were getting ready.

And former Cheerleaders Lauren, Amy and Jennifer stopped by to watch the next generation of cheerleaders.

Jennifer is now coaching the cheerleading teams at her alma mater LaSalle University.  One of her cheerleaders made the Baltimore Ravens squad earlier this year and two of her cheerleaders were in the Eagles finals.

Kind of a meta thing going on here: posting a photo of Jessica’s mom holding up a poster of a photo I took of Jessica.

Continue reading Eagles Cheerleaders Finals

Scenes from Flight Crew Finals

Click here to check out the photo gallery. Looks like Director Denise Garvey changed it up this year and put all of of the finalists in matching outfits. This effectively put an end to the tradition of the veterans wearing matching outfits at finals. I’ve been wondering when she was going to put a stop to that. On the one hand, I’m sure it gave the vets a little confidence boost to walk into the room dressed like a team, that also had to be ridiculously intimidating for the aspiring rookies.

What it’s like to audition to be a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader

By Michael Florek
May 5, 2013

ARLINGTON — Lauren Herington is the last in her group of five. In a purple-with-pink trim dance outfit, she smiles as she faces the two rows of judges.

After the four other members introduce themselves, Herington takes the microphone. Cameras from a CMT reality show focus in. She has 10 seconds.

“I’m Lauren Herrington. I’m 19 years old and I’m from Decatur, Illinois. I’m a full time student working on my biology major and I’m also a client care representative at the local veterinary in my home town.”

After a moment, Kelli Finglass, director of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, releases the group to the floor. Ninety seconds of freestyle dance would either validate or repudiate Herington’s past six months.


Herington made the decision back in October. This year was the year. She was going to audition to become a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader.

She began working out three hours a day and found a full-time job in order to have the money to come to Dallas. When college got in the way, she switched to online classes.

“Some of my family was like, ‘Oh you need to just focus on your schooling,’ ” Herington says. “I’m still managing to go to school full time. I still have good grades. I’ve just got to stay up late and devote time to homework and everything like that.

“But my family has always been supportive. They know I’ve always wanted to do this.”

Herington is one of over 400 at Cowboys Stadium on this first Saturday in May.

They come from 36 states and four countries. They are missing graduations and coming home from honeymoons. They are 18-year-old high school seniors and experienced dancers in their 30s and 40s. They are twins and grandmas, collegiate dancers and cheerleaders from eight other NFL teams.

“Everybody knows the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders are the cheerleaders,” Herington says. “Might as well shoot for the stars and miss rather just land on something that’s OK.”

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)

The girls spread out among the concourse, applying makeup and fixing hair in the mirrors of the “Fluff and Puff Station”, taking pictures in front of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders sign, and finding empty spaces to practice steps and pirouettes. But most of all, they wait.

They wait for the others to check in. They wait for the first announcement. Herington arrives at Cowboys Stadium at 7:30 a.m. They aren’t brought to the section 123 and met by Finglass until 10:15.

Finglass is the leader, a former Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader now in her 23rd year of overseeing auditions. She stands on top of the field-level suites and lays out the journey.

Today, Saturday, is the preliminaries, a simple 90-second freestyle dance. Make the cut and you’re into to the semifinals on Sunday, where you’ll learn a choreographed dance routine. Then it’s on to the personal interview. Ace that and the finals await, consisting of a written test, a 90-second talent presentation, and a choreographed dance combination and kick line. From there, it’s on to training camp, where the veterans await. And by the way, more of them are returning than ever.

The judges grade on four criteria: appearance, figure, showmanship, and free style.

“Do you look attractive?” Finglass says to the group. “Does it look like you fit into our uniform?

“We want showmanship and bright smiles, dynamic people who can bring notice to us.”

There is still an hour until auditions begin. More pirouettes, more puffing and fluffing.

Eventually, the auditionees are instructed to take their seats on either side of the dance floor. The judges are coming. There are 15 in total. Finglass and Charlotte Jones Anderson, the Cowboys Executive Vice President. Choreographer Judy Trammel and fitness instructor Jay Johnson. Media members, sponsors, even the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders official dentist.

Around 11:15, it’s time to start.

Herington is No. 345, closer to the end than the beginning, and for more hours of waiting. She watches some performances, keeps her head down for others.

“I try to think (positively) so I don’t get in my head like, ‘Oh, I’m not good enough to do this,’ ” she says. “You just have to go in and be like, ‘I’ve got this.’ ”

The hour lunch break arrives. Herington still hasn’t gone.

That means more counting of steps, more dancing, more thinking.

“You have so many people back at home that are like, ‘Oh, you’re going to do this! You’re going to do this!’ ” Herrington says. “You don’t want to have to come home and be like ‘I didn’t do it.’ ”

And if that happens?

“I don’t know. I’m living day-to-day.”

Just after 3 p.m., a full seven and a half hours after first arriving, Herrington makes her introduction and gets her 90 seconds.

When the Top 40 music dies down and the flurry of hair flips, spins, and leg kicks stops, the contestants are brought to the front for one more pose. The judges make their final “yes”, “no”, or “maybe”, marking on their scorecards. Herington’s audition is over.

She dons a smile as she returns to her seat. It felt good.

“The routine I had ready, it didn’t really happen,” she says with a laugh. “I just started doing something.

“Once we got done we were like ‘We want to do it again.’ I was just so excited just to be up there. … It’s such a rush.”

The rest of the girls perform. The judge leave to deliberate. They say they’ll be ready with the semifinalists by 5:30. The white board containing the numbers of the semifinalists isn’t rolled until after six o’clock.

Security guard Phil Whitfield has that honor. He takes it outside, where a gray morning has turned into a cloudless afternoon and the girls wait in front of CMT’s cameras. Slowly, Whitfield rolls himself in the sheet, revealing the numbers.

There are screams and hugs and interviews with CMT. Herington stands way in the back, wiping away tears.

One hundred and thirty seven names were on that board. No. 345 wasn’t one of them.