Hopefuls shake and shimmy to join New York Jets Flight Crew Cheerleaders

This year’s squad is looking for 15 rookies to fill out the 40-woman roster. About 170 tried out on Saturday at MetLife Stadium.
By Joseph Stepansky AND Corinne Lestch
New York Daily News
Saturday, April 13, 2013

The New York Jets hosted their 2013 Flight Crew Cheerleaders auditions at MetLife Stadium.

Dozens of fresh-faced New York Jets fans hoped to fulfill life-long dreams — dressed in skimpy sports gear — by competing in Flight Crew Cheerleaders tryouts Saturday.

Crew director Denise Garvey said it was the “Year of the Rookie” — 15 spots out of 40 needed will be filled by beginner beauties who can shake their stuff and stand out in a crowd.

Tia Dipietro dances during the Flight Crew Cheerleaders auditions.

“I want no regrets,” said Lauren Strumpf, 22, a graduate student at Hunter College. “I’ve been hitting the gym really hard.”

A Flight Crew hopeful kicks things into high gear during tryouts.

A Flight Crew hopeful kicks things into high gear during tryouts.

Wearing a sequined Jets tank top, the Hoboken, N.J., native echoed many other hopeful Gang Green girls who said they jumped at the chance to combine two passions: football and performing.

Mary Papuyo competes during the Flight Crew Cheerleaders preliminary round.

About 170 flexible females between ages 18 and 30 stretched, twirled and did splits in the Lexus Club, overlooking the 50-yard line at MetLife Stadium.

“It’s very important being in the right technique, but holding your core for that long can be difficult,” said a nervous Tia Dipietro, 23, wearing a gold-sequined sports bra.

Dana Gioia takes a minute to pose during Flight Crew auditions at MetLife Stadium.

Dana Gioia, a special education teacher from Long Island sporting a tiny Jets tank top, came back to audition a second time.

Kathleen Christatos does the splits while competing during the Jets' Flight Crew Cheerleaders auditions.

“I’m more mentally prepared,” the 27-year-old said. “This would mean the world to me. It’s pursuing a career in something I love.

Victoria Nunez (left) from Long Island, Beth Sergeant (center) from Manhattan and Christie Kascak (right) from Manhattan pose during the auditions at MetLife Stadium.

Dana Gioia takes to the dance floor during tryouts for the Jets' Flight Crew. About 170 hopefuls showed up for the auditions.

Dancers wait for their turn to try out during the Jets' Flight Crew Cheerleaders auditions.

Tia Dipietro warms up before the auditions. There are 15 spots open for rookies on this year's squad.

More from Redskins Cheerleader Auditions

Redskins.com has more photos from this year’s audition proceess. Check out round 2 and round 3

WOW, that’s a lot of finalists!

MiamiDolphinsCheerleaders.net: Finatics, it’s your turn to help us choose the 2013 Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders! Vote on your top five by clicking on your favorite photos. [HERE]. Voting is open until Friday, April 26th at 12:00pm.

Also, don’t miss the live Final Auditions at Fin Fest on Saturday, April 27th at Sun Life Stadium at 10:00am, where you will have your last chance to vote for your favorites via text. Fin Fest is free of charge and open to the public!

Raiderette candidates prep for finals

Final auditions for the 2013-14 Oakland Raiders cheerleaders are tomorrow. Earlier this week, the finalists learned the dance routine for tomorrow’s dance off. Click here to check out the photos.

Scenes from Gold Rush Finals

Final auditions for the 2013-14 San Francisco 49ers cheerleaders took place a few days ago. The team hasn’t been revealed yet, but there’s plenty of coverage on the team’s website to keep you entertained in the meantime.

Click here for photos from finals

Click here to watch the video

Meet the 2013 Charger Girls

Ricky Henne
Managing Editor
April 12, 2013

Photo Gallery: Charger Girl Final Auditions
Video: Finals

With the talent level constantly increasing, the competition for the coveted roster spots keeps getting harder and harder year after year.

“It gets more difficult each year because we keep raising the bar,” said Charger Girls Director Lisa Simmons. “The talent is extraordinary. The beauty is extraordinary. There are so many incredible women, and because of that it becomes difficult. We’re looking for the complete package when making our decision. It’s all about talent and performance and entertainment. Were we entertained and intrigued by what she showed us? If she was, she scored extremely high.”

Simmons and the entire judging panel believe they found that “complete package” and are thrilled with the makeup of the 2013 Charger Girls.

“Every single girl that made the team this year is extremely talented,” she continued. “We want to do the best job we can do in putting together a team that’s diverse and will work together as a cohesive unit. We need a great team all around, so it’s difficult to make those choices, so we took quite a bit of time to deliberate tonight. But we’re confident that we put together the best possible team of 28.”

One of those 28 is Meredith, who is returning for her second straight season as a Charger Girl. For her, auditioning this time around was far more nerve-wracking than a year ago as she knows what she’d be missing had she not made the team.

“Last year I didn’t know what to expect, but now that I know what I had to lose, it was my scariest experience ever because I wanted to be on the team so badly,” she said. “Getting to dance in front of thousands of fans, be an ambassador for the Chargers organization and being out there in the community, it changes your life for the better.”

Including Meredith, there are 17 returning members while there are 11 newcomers, including Karissa. The newest Charger Girl represents the dedication, passion and work ethic that epitomize the dance team.

“This is my fourth time auditioning,” she said. “This is what I wanted. I have the perseverance and dedication to be on this team. I know the ins and outs of it. There was no way I wasn’t going to come back and try again. I’m still in shock. It’s so surreal right now. My hands are shaking I can’t get it under control. Hearing my number was like fireworks going off. It’s the best thing I could ever hear. I worked so hard for this. I woke up at 6:00am every morning Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday to practice and make sure my choreography was on point. It was all worth it!”

Another newcomer to the Charger Girls is Nicole, but she’s no stranger to dancing for an NFL team. She was a member of the Seattle Seahawks dance team for three years, but decided to move to San Diego to audition for the Charger Girls. The decision paid off.

“This audition more than other ones I’ve been in had so much more talent that it was intimidating,” she said. “The women are stunning, well-rounded dancers, so I was on edge all night. I still feel like my number hasn’t been called. I’m trying to soak it all in. I’m so excited. I can’t wait to meet all the girls. They seem like such a family with great bonds.”

The Charger Girls play an important role for the organization, representing them on the field as well as out in the community. Thus, each and every one of the 28 members is expected to excel as ambassadors not only for the team, but for the entire city of San Diego. If Thursday night’s announcement is any indication, it appears they will do just that.

Desert Bloom: The 2013 Arizona Cardinals Cheerleaders Auditions

Spring time in Arizona is a wondrous site to behold.  The flowers are in bloom and the weather is pleasant.  It is a beautiful time, indeed.

This past weekend I was in Phoenix, not to enjoy the flora, but to cover the 2013 Arizona Cardinals Cheerleaders auditions.  It too, is a wondrous site to behold with over a hundred beautiful women trying out for a handful of spots on the Cardinals cheerleading squad.

Continue reading Desert Bloom: The 2013 Arizona Cardinals Cheerleaders Auditions

Falcons pick new cheerleading squad

By Nelson Hicks
April 11, 2013

[Photo gallery]

ATLANTA — The Atlanta Falcons will have a number of new faces on the sidelines when the NFL returns to the field later this season.

Sure, the Falcons signed Steven Jackson and Osi Umenyiora, but today, it’s the new cheerleaders that are making news.

GALLERY: Atlanta Falcons cheerleader auditions

The Falcons picked the 2013 Atlanta Falcons cheerleading team Wednesday night. More than 300 women began the audition process on Sunday. Thirty-six women made the team.

Hopefuls went through two series of cuts, an interview and had to learn two dance routines before Wednesday night’s finals.

“There’s so much more than what the average fan sees on the field,” former Falcons cheerleader Natalie Dale told Nelson’s News. “I think they see glitter, they see pom-poms, they see sequins, they see spandex, they see boots, but it goes a lot beyond that. It’s a long process. There are a lot of dance cuts. It is a dancing job. But every Atlanta Falcons cheerleader has to be a role model in the community.”

Dale noted cheerleaders spend about 85 percent of their time as a member of the team in the community making appearances.

All of the cheerleaders must either be students or have a job, too.

“We all have a passion about something different,” cheerleader Brittiney Wall said. “My best friend of the team is Reena. She’s a prosecutor for Fulton County. Christie is entering medical school in the fall, but right now she’s a team leader for the (Centers for Disease Control). I work in investment banking. Everyone is just across-the-board a wow woman.”

Congratulations 2013-14 Atlanta Falcons Cheerleaders

More than 60 Atlanta Falcons Cheerleaders hopefuls, both veterans and finalists, tried out for a panel of judges Wednesday night in downtown Atlanta and the 2013 Atlanta Falcons Cheerleaders have been named.

In front of a panel of judges at Terminal West at King Plow Arts Center in downtown Atlanta, 62 ladies performed for the final chance to be named a member of the 2013 Atlanta Falcons Cheerleaders.

At the end of the night, 36 were chosen to form this year’s edition of the team, including 21 veterans.

On Sunday, preliminary tryouts were held at the Falcons’ facility in Flowery Branch, Ga., where 200 hopefuls were worked down to just 36. Those 36 then joined 26 returning veterans Wednesday night for finals.

The ladies will begin practices in June, after having their annual cheerleader retreat at the end of this month, which serves as the official welcome of each new team.

[Meet the 2013 Atlanta Falcons Cheerleaders Gallery]

[2013 Atlanta Falcons Cheerleaders Final Auditions Gallery]

Over 1000 Turn Out For Houston Texans Cheerleader Auditions


More than 1000 Cheerleader hopefuls fill the Methodist Training Center.

By 11:15pm on Saturday night, the numbers had been whittled down to 300.

By Sunday Night there were only 50 left.

Final tryouts will be April 17th.

And the winners announced at the Texans Draft Day Party.

This year’s squad will consist of 32 Cheerleaders on the field, and 8 appearance-only cheerleaders who won’t dance on the field.

[Texans Cheerleaders Auditions Gallery]

Minnesota Vikings Cheerleader Auditions Underway

2013-14 MVC Starts To Take Shape

Vikings.com: The first step toward comprising the 2013-14 Minnesota Vikings Cheerleaders took place on April 7 as Open Auditions were held at the Winter Park Field House.

Click here to watch the video

Click here for photos from the open call

Click here for photos from finalist interviews

Purple, gold, and white from wall to wall. I must say, this is certainly the best dressed group of auditionees I've ever seen.

2013 Gold Rush Tryouts: Opening Round

Check out photos from the opening round of 2013 Gold Rush tryouts here.

Vote for your favorite 2013 Texans Cheerleader Finalists

HoustonTexans.com: There are 51 finalists who are vying to represent the Houston Texans Cheerleaders during the 2013 season. Help us decide who will make the final squad!

View the finalists [here], and vote for your favorite cheerleaders by texting the designated keyword to 88222. (*Message and data rates may apply.)

Meet your 2013 HTC hopefuls! Video 1 l Video 2

Voting is open from April 8, 2013 – April 16, 2013 at 5 p.m. CT.

Moving on to Raiderette Finals

Rebecca Corman

Yesterday, the 2013 Raiderette Preliminary Auditions, a significant step in becoming a member of Football’s Fabulous Females, were held.


Yesterday, the 2013 Raiderette Preliminary Auditions, a significant step in becoming a member of Football’s Fabulous Females, were held. Hundreds of women from around the Bay Area, across the country, and even a few from Japan, gathered to try to prove to the panel of judges that they deserved the opportunity to earn a spot in the next step in the Raiderette process.

“There is no experience like Raiderette Auditions,” said Raiderette Director Jeanette Thompson. “Whether or not the candidates make the squad, they have participated in a unique Raiders tradition.”

Over the last couple of months, boot camp classes were held at Core Dynamics Fitness in San Leandro, giving Raiderette hopefuls a chance to get in shape for auditions. Several preliminary audition participants took advantage of the classes, not only to get in shape, but also learn the stamina it takes to cheer on the field on game day.

A prep class was also held March 23 with over 100 Raiderette hopefuls in attendance. The class was a fun opportunity to learn dance techniques, as well as Raiderette choreography. Current Raiderettes helped the choreographers teach the class and answer questions from the attendees.

All of this preparation led to the preliminary auditions. Hopefuls, who had never auditioned before, those who were auditioning again, and former Raiderettes making a comeback, took their turns in front of the judges. “This morning I had to set three alarms because I didn’t want to oversleep. I set one for 4:30, 4:45 and 5:00 which is when I actually got out of bed,” said first-timer Sarah. “I was just rushing around to get ready this morning and do full hair, full makeup. Then I drove from San Jose here. There was actually a lot of traffic and I was stopped on the freeway for about 15 minutes. I was like, ‘do I get out and walk? What do I do? I can’t be late for this.’ It ended up working out. Everything was fine.”

The day was filled with nervous energy, excitement and anticipation of the results. Even those who had been through the process before were anxious. “I’m nervous. It never gets any better,” explained Brooke, who cheered for the Raiderettes in 2009. “You feel more prepared but it doesn’t get any easier.”

Brooke is returning because of her previous experience as a Raiderette. “I’m auditioning again because I love performing and I feel like there’s no better audience than Raider Nation,” said Brooke. “They’re the best fans in football. I tried out for the Raiderettes in 2009 and it was my rookie season. It was just amazing, such a different experience than anything I’ve ever done before. It was incredible and I’d love to try it again.”

Jennifer from New Jersey, whose uncle is a die-hard Raiders fan, auditioned for the first time. Although her family’s fandom was factor in her choice to audition, the biggest reason was Football’s Fabulous Females commitment to the community. “The number one reason I want to be a Raiderette is because of all the charity events they get to do,” said Jennifer. “I really enjoy those the most, outside of performing. It’s my understanding the Raiderettes do a lot of that kind of work.”

After going through the preliminary audition process, finalists’ numbers were called. There was excitement and disappointment in the room. Those whose numbers were called move on to the next step in the process – the final audition prep classes. Each finalist, including returning 2012 Raiderettes, is taught the same routine to perform for the judges. Two classes are held to teach the choreography before Sunday’s finals.

Come Sunday, each finalist will interview and perform that dance routine for the judges. The judges will then determine members of the 2013 Raiderette squad.

Exclusive coverage from the 2013 Raiderette Final Auditions can be found on Raiders.com. Follow along on Raiders.com for live streaming video from inside the audition room, interviews with prospective Raiderettes, and more.

Photos: Cardinals Cheerleaders host tryouts for 2013 squad

by Alice Kleinpeter
April 7, 2013

[Photo Gallery]

PHOENIX — It was a rush of nerves for many of the women auditioning for a spot on the Cardinals Cheer team.
Just ask Amanda Kukkola, who has dreamed of trying out since she was five years old. And to top it off, the 18-year-old has had to work harder than most to get here.

“I had actually gotten open heart surgery over… last year, winter break,” said Kukkola adding, “Once I ended up healing, going through my full recovery from having my open heart surgery…I’m able to be able to prepare myself more physically now.”

The 18-year-old did just that by attending the Cardinals Cheerleaders Audition Bootcamp in February as well as the dance clinics taught by current cheerleaders.

“I’ve done everything that I could possibly do to prepare myself for this audition,” she said. “I’ve gone to the clinics and I’ve done all the tips that the girls have given out and that Heather has given us. So I’ve prepared myself mentally and physically for this and I’m just so excited to be here right now.”

Cardinals Cheerleaders Director Heather Karberg has been with the team for ten seasons and has high expectations for those who want to be a part of the organization.

“I am looking for the perfect girl,” she said. “Somebody who not only can dance but has the communication skills because a lot of what we do is out in the community.”

Karberg is looking for girls who are well-rounded and prepared to take on the responsibility that comes with the title, adding that she wants, “good dancers but also people who are goal-oriented and understand that this is a job as well. It’s not just your typical high school cheerleading team.”

Nearly 250 team hopefuls attended the clinics. About 40 finalists would make it through by the end of Saturday’s audition. And returning cheerleaders had to put in just as much work as the newcomers.

“Their spot isn’t guaranteed,” said Karberg. “I think that the returners know what they have to lose and so I think that they’re almost more nervous than the people who are in there who have really no idea of what the whole program entails.”

There is no set number of finalists or team members, but Karberg expects the team to be, “anywhere from 25 to 32.”

The finalists who would make it through to audition Sunday were announced and Kukkola was excited to hear her number called.

“It’s so so exciting to make it to finals,” she said. “All these thoughts are just going through my mind and I’m just so excited to be here right now.”

Members of the team will be announced later this week.