By Phillip Ramati
Alexa Gregory has danced nearly her entire life. However, it’s a safe bet that she’s never danced on as big of a stage as she will this fall.
As a new member of the Atlanta Falcons cheerleaders, Gregory, 21, a graduate of Mount de Sales Academy, will be dancing in front of nearly 75,000 fans at the Georgia Dome — and millions more on television — when she takes to the sidelines this fall.
“I’ve never performed in front of that many people,” Gregory said Friday with a laugh. “But it’s something exciting to look forward to.”
Gregory nearly made the cheerleading squad last season, but she fell just short. But over the past week, Gregory was one of the 36 dancers who stood out among nearly 200 women who auditioned.
Gregory said the audition was a grueling process in which the dancers had to learn routines, survive the early cuts, then be interviewed before the final round of dancing.
Chato Hendrix, the cheerleading team’s coordinator, said Gregory managed to stand out among so many.
“She had a great performance,” Hendrix said. “She did exceptionally well in the interview, which is 50 percent (of the criteria). She had great showmanship. We really thought she would be an asset to our team.”
Gregory, a senior at Georgia College in Milledgeville, is majoring in biology. She said she hopes to become a physician’s assistant. Gregory said the Falcons require cheerleaders to be either employed in a full-time job or be a full-time student.
“They’re always looking out for your best interests,” Gregory said. “They want women who have something in their lives besides the Atlanta Falcons.”
She said she’s not worried about time conflicts between her studies and the team because the Falcons know all the dancers have full-time jobs or are in school, so they plan their schedule accordingly.
While Gregory has never before been a cheerleader, she said she’s danced competitively throughout middle and high school. She said she had a feel for what she needed to do during the tryouts.
“I’ve always had a passion for dancing,” she said.
The Falcons cheerleaders work on one-year contracts, Hendrix said. Veteran dancers must try out along with everyone else for positions on the cheerleading roster.
That means Gregory had to go against many veteran Falcons cheerleaders during her audition. But Hendrix said the team uses a blind judging process that puts everyone on equal footing.
“We try to give everyone a fair shot,” she said. “The judges aren’t familiar with who was on the team last year and who wasn’t.”
Gregory said she wants to put the money she earns into a savings account and use it to help pay for her post-graduate studies.
After learning routines and getting to know their fellow cheerleaders in May and June, Gregory and the squad will make their first appearance in August at the Falcons’ Friday Night Lights exhibition. The NFL’s preseason starts soon after that.
“I’m just grateful for everyone who has encouraged me, especially my parents,” she said.
“They told me that anything you set your mind to, you can achieve.”
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Vikings.com has tons of coverage of this years MVC auditions, including a three part, hour long video series on how this year’s squad came together. Click here to check out the videos and all the photos from tryouts!
By Steve Shaw
OKLAHOMA CITY –
A 20-year-old Choctaw woman just found out she’s been chosen as a member of the 2014 Denver Broncos Cheerleading Squad.
Hayle Johnson has been dancing since she was two years old.
Earlier this month, Johnson spent nearly two weeks in Denver, where she competed with 152 other ladies for 26 slots.
Johnson plans to move to Denver in a few weeks to begin preseason training with her other 25 teammates.
“I would have to say that I wasn’t for sure going to make it, or not, just because there were so many good girls there,” Johnson said.
Two seasons ago, Johnson danced on an elite cheer squad that performed during the 2013 Super Bowl.
On the last Saturday on March the NY Jets Flight Crew held auditions for the 2014-15 squad.
The following day about 100 semifinalists returned for the next round.
Flight Crew Director Denise Garvey is now in her 8th season of running the squad.
April, Andrea, Cassandra and Gabby
Denise taught the semi-finalists a dance performance…
and a kick-line routine…
followed by the dancers dropping into a split.
Next up: The Finals!
KVAL.com has pictures from this year’s open call for the Seattle Seahawks cheerleaders. click here to check it out!
This month is our Tenth Anniversary and to celebrate we’re posting some of our all-time favorite photos.
St. Louis Rams Cheerleader Stephanie at the 2012 Final Audition.
One of my favorite events of the year to photograph is the St. Louis Rams Cheerleaders Final Auditions. It is a wonderful event to cover, a very glamorous and entertaining pageant style audition. There’s always something interesting to photograph and the venue offers a great environment to shoot the girls.
So in 2012, I’m in St. Louis and I am thinking to myself as Stephanie walks the stage modeling her swimsuit, “she may be the most beautiful girl, I have ever photographed”. And she very well may have been.
St. Louis is an amazing place to visit and the Rams Cheerleader Final Audition is a wonderful event to be a part of.
David Tyau, National Correspondent
2014 HoneyBees Auditions
Must be at least 18 years of age by June 7th, 2014 (must present valid ID)
Audition Day Tips:
Come dressed in your Hornets inspired dance gear. Show off your love for the Hornets in purple and teal! Must include a midriff top and shorts and non-marking shoes
What should I do to prepare for Tryouts?
Do I need to have formal dance training?
Can my friends and family come to auditions?
What do I need to wear to auditions?
How should I wear my hair and make up?
Will there be compensation?
What is the time commitment and is this a full time job?
What are some of the perks of being a HoneyBee?
What other dates should I be prepared for in June?
If you have any further questions, please email HoneyBees Coach Brandii McCoy at email@example.com
Follow the Lady Cats on Twitter and Instagram for tips and tricks leading up to tryouts @theladycats
Auditions for the 2014 Bearfoot Dancers will be held on Sunday, April 27th at ‘All 4 Dance Performing Arts Studio’ 155 Roseland Ave #7 Caldwell, NJ 07006.
Registration begins at 9:30am and the Audition begins at 10:00am.
The Bearfoot Dancers are a Major League Dance Team who performs for the Somerset Bears Football Team. The Bearfoot Dancers also perform for charity and community events throughout NJ.
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or email with any questions.
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. The Denver Broncos Cheerleaders held tryouts a couple of weeks ago and one of the newest recruits started her career on the Western Slope. Katie Martin was one of 26 girls to make the team.
Martin spent four years on the Fruita Monument High School POMS team. After graduation she went to CSU where she is now a junior studying Fashion Merchandising. She has been on the CSU dance team since her freshman year and a few of her teammates will join her in the Mile High city.
“The girls are so amazing and just seeing how close they are with each other… I’m just so excited to build those relationships with them,” Martin said.
The tryout process she went through was a little over a week long and over 200 dancers tried out. There was a series of routines she had to learn, interviews and tests about football.
“So many people have helped me,” Martin said. “My parents have helped me so much and supported me through everything I have done and I have had so many dance coaches along the way at Fruita and at CSU.”
Her mother, Sheryl Martin, says it was one of the most intense audition experiences she has ever been through. About halfway through tryouts Martin pulled her hamstring, but pushed through and was still able to perform well.
“It was fun going through it with her even though it was nerve wracking and very stressful. It was really a hard audition to go through,” Sheryl said.
Her parents have been there every step of the way and couldn’t be more proud. They plan to attend every home game and even travel to some away games. Her family, including her brother, even went to Denver for the last night of auditions to cheer Martin on.
“I couldn’t be more proud,” Sheryl said. “I have watched her since she was a little girl dancing and wanting to do this so I think it is pretty inspiring to live a dream.”
Katie said the most vital part about tryouts was being physically fit because the routines were so high energy. The team has already started prepping for football season and they will have a training camp during May. Martin won’t be on the CSU team anymore, but she will have to drive to Denver a few times a week for practice.
“I’m most excited for the first game when I get to be in the stadium and on the field and it’s real, because right now it just doesn’t seem like it’s real at all,” Martin said.
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