Dancer Jinelle Davidson from East Hawthorn Wins Place in Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders Squad

By Catherine Lambert
Herald Sun

Ms Davidson, 27, of East Hawthorn, said it was a dream come true when she made the squad, after competing against 500 hopefuls for a spot.

“When I first learned about the Dallas Cowboys, they made me fall in love with cheerleading for all the right reasons,” Ms Davidson said.

“It’s a real family team; the cheersquad has the American sweetheart image and is the most famous squad of all. I really wanted to get close to that iconic uniform too. We do a lot of charity work. It teaches you a lot about leadership, as well as being part of a team.”

Ms Davidson has been dancing since she was four and started her first cheerleading job when she was 11, going on to become a member of the Melbourne Storm squad for five years before auditioning for the Dallas Cowboys.

She trained closely at Storm with Trish Squire-Rogers, who gave her the impetus to pursue her US dream.

She had to audition with 500 others from around the world before even making the first cut of 18 hopefuls, who progressed to training camp for the final auditions and 12 were selected for the team.

“At the camp we trained every day, sometimes until midnight, for four to seven hours a day.”

She was lucky to be chosen and shares the squad with girls who are mostly from the US, but a range of nationalities are represented.

Ms Davidson is in Melbourne for a holiday to spend time with her family and boyfriend of six years and still trains daily.

But when she returns to the US in a couple of weeks she is off to Mexico to shoot the Dallas Cowboys’ swimsuit calendar, and a reality TV show about their lives behinds the scenes will go to air in the US later this year.

“I receive fan mail most days of the week and write back to everyone — it’s very flattering,” she says.

“In America, the cheerleaders are just as famous as some players. It’s looked on in a really different light over there.

“We don’t stop and (we) learn about 30-50 different routines but the kick line and jump split that starts off the game is the most famous.”

Edmonton Rush Dancers Welcome the DCC

Saturday night was a big night for the Edmonton Rush lacrosse team. First, because they set a National Lacrosse League record by defeating the Vancouver Stealth, their ninth in a row. And second, because the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders at Rexall Place in Edmonton. The Crush, dance team for the Rush, hosted the Dallas team, with both squads performing for the crowd. Here’s a photo of the both teams together before the game. Click here for photos from the game, and click here for a video of the DCC with a few Edmonton Rush team members.

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DCC and Crush Girls in Edmonton

The Edmonton Rush Crush Girls hosted the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders show group over the weekend. Click here to check out some photos from the evening!

Sarah Shahi: Person of Interest Star Says Being a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader Trained Her for Hollywood

By Nicki Gostin
FoxNews.com

Sarah Shahi plays Sameen Shaw in the CBS drama “Person of Interest” and has also appeared in shows like “Fairly Legal” and “The L Word.” The 34 year old Texan native is descended from Persian royalty, an ex-Dallas cheerleader and a pretty good shot, too. The married mom of a three year old son spoke to FOX411 about the show, being a cheerleader and gun ownership.

FOX411: Your family tree is pretty impressive!

Sarah Shahi: (Laughs) On my Dad’s side I’m descended from the first Shah of Iran. It was the early 1900’s, late 1800’s. That’s great-great grandpa. I still have a lot of family there. I’m very close with my mother and I do keep in contact with some of her family that’s still over there. I would love to go, I’ve never been but you know it’s not very easy to get there.

FOX411: Tell me about your “Person of Interest” character Sameen Shaw.

Shahi: She’s definitely a mix between Jason Bourne and the Catwoman with an appetite for violence. She’s incredibly dark. She has a dark sense of humor. She’s a loner. She’s on the team but she’s not really on the team if that makes sense.

I have a great time playing her. My favorite part of the job is doing all the action stuff. That’s pretty much why I took it. I like to do things that scare me. One of my goals is to be the host of ‘Shark Week’ and I’m terrified of sharks. I would like to go cage diving with them but only if there’s a film crew in front of me because for some reason I feel like if they’re there I’m not going to get eaten.

I love to do things that kind of intimidate me, that I’ve never done before. The idea of having to do your own stunts and be very physical. This show almost has an adult comic book graphic book feel to it. It’s very stylized and I’ve never been a part of anything like that before.

FOX411: What was it like being a Dallas Cowboy Cheerleader?

Shahi: It was hmm… how to put this in the most PC way? It was very competitive I will say that, it was a great learning experience at the same time. Those cheerleaders make show business look like babies foreplay. They weigh you to the 100th of a pound. If you’re above your goal weight you have to sit outside of that week’s game. When it’s time for water breaks the veterans go first. It’s not a democracy. With all that being said, I’m not trying to paint them out to be villainous in any way. I learned a great deal about what it’s like to be disciplined and rehearse. We rehearsed for eight hours a day every single day and I was a full time college student. To be able to have that kind of foundation going into Hollywood was fantastic.

FOX411: And isn’t the pay really crappy?

Shahi: In Texas to be a Dallas Cheerleader is a very big deal. You’re told not to fraternize with the players. That this is not where you’re going to get your next husband. I think some of them, that’s exactly what they’re thinking. And yes you definitely do not do if for the pay. You know what you’re getting into though, they’re very upfront about it.

FOX411: And you’re pretty nifty with a gun.

Shahi: I am a marksman. I own a Glock 9mm.

FOX411: Do you feel like gun ownership is viewed differently in Texas than say…

Shahi: California? Absolutely. Texas is a right to carry state. I was not raised with guns. My first introduction with guns came when I was cast in a show called “Life.” My character was a detective so I took it upon myself to become familiar with a gun. There’s a couple of ranges out in L.A. that I go to and it’s really fun. I keep a gun at home and it’s locked up in a place that my son is not aware of. It’s a hobby that I’ve picked up.

It’s hard to talk about guns and then not mention the mass shootings that have happened. I definitely feel like something needs to change one way or another. It’s a terrible situation. You drop your kid off at school thinking they’ll be safe, then the next thing you know, half the class is gone.

If you own a gun you need to educate yourself. It can’t fall into the wrong hands. There should be mental checks. More background checks go into adopting a dog then someone walking into a store and being able to buy a gun. I think that’s not right.

FOX411: It must be hard you working in New York and your husband and son being in L.A.

Shahi: It’s kind of miserable. It’s definitely a balancing act and it’s a lot of going back and forth. A lot of sleep sacrificed on my part but I guess when you become a mother you make this unspoken promise that you are going to put your kid first no matter what price you have to pay, so that’s what I’m doing, so I don’t turn into “aunt mom.”

FOX411: What do you like to do in your time off?

Shahi: Every hiatus I try to pick up a trade of some sort. Last hiatus I learned to ride a motorcycle and this year I’m thinking of harmonica lessons. I think it’s important to keep learning a new skill. You never know Bob Dylan might need some backup.

Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader gets that feline feeling in ‘Cats’ at Casa Manana

By Nancy Churnin
Dallas News
February 27, 2014

Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader and former Rockette Olivia Carter plays Victoria in Cats, opening Saturday at Casa Manana Theatre in Fort Worth. We caught up with Olivia for an email Q and A on her journey from Lake Highlands to the Jellicle Ball.

Q: Where are you from? Was there any point growing up when you thought you would be a Dallas Cheerleader — or a ‘Cat’?

Olivia: I was born and raised here in Dallas. I grew up in the Lake Highlands area and attended Lake Highlands Junior High and High School. Dance was always my main passion and I trained extensively growing up at the Academy of Dance Arts in Allen, TX. My professional career started with concert work and slowly made its way to musical theatre roles. I toured with the Rockettes as a part of the ensemble and have been seen on the Casa stage in their productions of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Evita (as the lead tango dancer) and in Hairspray (as Lou Anne). [photos] The role of Victoria in Cats is an iconic and dream role for dancers. It is an absolute honor to be playing her! I never expected to be given the chance at such a dream role.

Q: What made you want to be a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader?

Olivia: I was inspired to become a cheerleader because of my mother-in-law, [former Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders] Kitty Carter. I wanted to continue her legacy with the organization.

Q: Why did you want to be in Cats?

Olivia: I wanted to be a part of the continuing legacy of Cats. It is one of the most well-known and loved musicals of all time. I feel like I will now have a tiny part of its history and that is such an honor!

Q: What’s the most challenging part of being a ‘Cat’? What’s the best part? Do you have a favorite moment in the show?

Olivia: Everything about being a ‘cat’ is challenging: the movement, the acting the singing. You really have to transform yourself. The physicality of the dancing in the show is probably the most demanding part. My favorite moment in the show is my moment with Grizabella in the closing scene.

Q: What do you like best about the cat that you play?

Olivia: I love Victoria because of the dancing she does. My background is primarily dance so it is nice be in a role that relies heavily on that!

Q: What’s next for you? Are you planning on doing any more singing, dancing or acting?

Olivia: Hopefully more roles and more dancing!! I plan on continuing my career as a professional performer.

Interview with Rookie Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader Paige

I’m Just Saying … With Paige Elaine
By Jeff Arnold
Northwest Herald
January 4, 2014

Paige Elaine fell in love with the Dallas Cowboys when she was 14. Part of the appeal of America’s Team was the team’s iconic cheerleading squad. The 2006 Jacobs graduate just completed her rookie season with the 39-member squad after appearing on the reality show, ‘Making The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders’’. She also continues her full-time career as a personal banker. For personal security reasons, we are not printing her last name.

Everyone knows the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleadersand that kind of sets them apart from everyone else. The class that they bring to the organization and just the role models that they’ve been for little girls, I’ve never heard of another cheer team being talked up or talked about as much as The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders. But there’s definitely a responsibility. You never know who’s looking at you, you never know what little girl is wanting to be you. I was that little girl at one point and so I know that they’re out there even though it’s kind of tough to think of yourself in that aspect.

Even now, even after a full season, there’s still the me that always wanted to be (a Cowboys cheerleader) and wanted to be on the show and that thinks ‘Be this’ and ‘Present yourself this way’. Then there’s the me that has lived it and who goes out every game and I do what I need to do and hit the routines I need to hit. I still get surreal moments and I almost want to cry when I see my family and friends in the stands because my worlds still haven’t combined that I’m actually living my dream that I have always watched (on TV). So that’s still kind of crazy to me.

I remember the exact moment when I found out I made it. Just sitting outside on our training field and it was unbelievable and surreal. I couldn’t believe it had just happened. I didn’t have words. The rookies either just teared up or kind of had blank stares just because for three months, you were on edge and stressed. Then, for it to just kind of wrap up and to be on the team and say, ‘Alright, that’s over and now we’ve got a game in a week’, there was no skipping a step. It’s just like, let’s get out there. It’s almost a tease to put on that uniform (before making the team) but when you put on that uniform in front of your locker with your photo above it knowing you’re going on that field as one of the 39 cheerleaders, I kept looking at my roommate saying, ‘We made it’. It’s the best feeling in the world.

I feel like I’m part of Texas. It’s kind of weird – being part of a tradition and being a big part of a Texas tradition, I’m learning the ropes a little bit. But I’m settled. It took me a season, but I feel like I was always meant to be here. It’s just a new life. It’s really exciting. There’s moments when people realize I’m a cheerleader and their eyes kind of get big and there’s a reaction. I’m still not used to it. Even when we’re making appearances and we’re in uniform and a little kid comes up and asks, ‘Are you the real Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders’, you just want to tell them, ‘I’m real – I’m just like you’. But it’s different being in that light. But it just comes with the uniform and the territory just because it’s such a big tradition.

Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders Visit Camp Casey

US soldiers receive an unexpected holiday gift
Story by Staff Sgt. Carlos Davis
2nd Infantry Division
Defense Video Imagery &Distribution System
January 2, 2014

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CAMP CASEY, South Korea – Normally around this time of year, most people are trying to finish up their holiday shopping, but a few lucky fanatics received an early holiday gift at the Hansen Field House Gymnasium and the Community Activity Center on Camp Casey.

Twelve Dallas Cowboys’ cheerleaders visited with soldiers, family members, Department of Defense civilians, and Korean nationals Dec. 20, 2013.

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” said Sgt. 1st Class Edward Smith, from Oklahoma City, a platoon sergeant assigned to 333rd Field Artillery Target Acquisition Battery, 1st Battalion, 38th Field Artillery Regiment, 210th Field Artillery Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division. “I think it is a great opportunity for the kids to interact with one of America’s favorite teams.”

As much as the troops and family members were happy to receive their holiday gift, the cheerleaders were honored to meet some of their heroes.

The United Service Organizations and the Dallas Cowboys’ cheerleaders have been teaming up to visit troops all over the world in a tradition that has been growing strong for 77 years.

“First of all, I am honored to be one of the 12 cheerleaders chosen to be a part of this opportunity,” said Olivia Rene, from Dallas, in her second year as a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader. “We have been doing this for a really long time and not a lot of people get to go and visit troops in their environment and to be able to tell them thank you face-to-face during the holidays.”

During the visit, the cheerleaders interacted with more than 60 boys and girls in a two-hour football and cheer youth clinic and signed more than 100 autographs.

According to Rene, their overall message to the kids during the clinic is teamwork, being a good leader, and health and nutrition.

For Maj. Michelle Myers, from New Orleans, a communications officer assigned to 2nd Infantry Division, having the cheerleaders here in Korea for the children is a wonderful opportunity.

“It is a great motivation for the girls,” said Myers. “They are able to learn the importance of everything that is incorporated in being a cheerleader, not just cheering.”

“They must have other skills associated with that,” Myers continued. “When the cheerleaders introduced themselves, a lot of them went to college and received their degrees. Just by them doing that it shows the girls it’s more to being a cheerleader than just the games.”

Having the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders here in Korea was a wonderful experience. Whether Cowboys fans or not, everyone involved made memories for lifetime.

“Thank you all from the bottom of our hearts,” said Rene. “It really means a lot to us that you accommodate us and let us come visit you. We are so thankful for your service, and as much as we can give back to you we are willing to do that.”

Jackie Bob is the DCC Pro Bowl Cheerleader

From DallasCowboysCheerleaders.com

Today, the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders announced fifth-year veteran Jackie Bob as this season’s Pro Bowl representative.

She was selected by her teammates and the DCC staff based on her dance ability, showmanship, poise and leadership. Fans were also invited to cast a ballot for their favorite cheerleader.

Jackie will travel to Honolulu, Hawaii, for the Jan. 26 event, joining a prestigious group of NFL representatives. She will learn over 20 new routines, perform in a nationally televised halftime, and make public appearances throughout the entire Pro Bowl week of festivities.

Jackie’s selection is very unique in that she has cheered in the NFL for nine seasons, ­ four with the 49ers and five with the Cowboys. Having represented San Francisco at the Pro Bowl in 2009, she will become the ONLY NFL cheerleader in history to make a REPEAT appearance on different teams at the Pro Bowl.

[Jackie at DallasCowboysCheerleaders.com]

Game Day with the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders

By Jay Betsill
Special to DFW.com
Dec. 24, 2013

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On a crisp football Sunday in December, the parking lot at Valley Ranch is filling up just before 9 a.m.

Rookies and veterans, wearing their sweatsuits and game faces, have arrived early to get in some extra practice for what will be one of the most crucial days of the season.

The bus leaves at 10 for the 3:25 p.m. kickoff at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, where more than 91,000 fans will watch their every move on the giant HD screen hovering above the field. Millions more will see them in action on the national TV broadcast.

But the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, the most iconic and recognizable squad of dancers in the NFL (in the world, actually), are used to the spotlight. They’ve got their own TV show on CMT and four popular calendars, and the team’s 38 members regularly make public appearances and have growing fan bases on Twitter.

On weeks like these, though, the glitz and glamour of being one of America’s Sweethearts can be overshadowed by the sheer hard work it takes to make things look so seamless.

First off, the recent ice storm made it impossible for the squad to get in their usual number of practices before a game. Fifth-year cheerleader Jackie Bob sent videos of the new dance moves to each team member so they could work on them during the thaw.

When they were finally able to resume practice at the stadium, five days before the game, the pressure was on, because this game — Cowboys vs. Packers — would also showcase the DCC in their Christmas Extravaganza halftime show. The DCC would be joined on the field by several high school dance teams, tumblers and flag teams, which made practices even more intense and intricate than usual.

“For our rehearsals on the week of a home game, we are at the stadium every night. We get here at 6:30 with practice beginning at 7,” said Sydney Durso, a six-year veteran who is the only team member from the franchise’s days at Texas Stadium. “We basically run through the entire game — player introductions, all four quarter changes, our dances on the decks — and this week we have the Christmas show. Sometimes we will do everything twice, sometimes three times if they are not perfect.

“Each night this week, we have been here past 11.”

When they step onto the field on Game Day, all of that stress falls away and their sweat equity begins to pay off.

They are a study in grace, precision and synchronicity.

“The group leaders did an amazing job of making sure we were ready,” said third-year cheerleader Brittney Schram. “In spite of the added stress with the ice storm.”

The crowd loves them, too, and many of the cheerleaders have big groups of friends and family in attendance to see the Christmas performance. Nobody’s family came farther than Angela Rena’s. The third-year veteran moved here from Australia to be a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader.

“This week’s game has an extra meaning for me because my family will be able to see me perform as a DCC for the first time,” she said. “We work so hard for this uniform, and being able to look up in the crowd and see my family and being able to share this game-day experience with them is very special.”

And no matter how long you’ve been cheering, says Mia Greenhouse, a fifth-year DCC, each game day feels special.

“When I started cheering my rookie year, I was only 18 and everything was new. The stadium was new and we had new choreography,” she says. “Throughout the years, I’ve learned time management and I know the choreography, which allows me to perform with more confidence, but every time I go out there on game day, it’s like my very first time. You practice the routines all week, but the moment you go out and the stands are filled, it is a completely different vibe. Everyone’s excited, everyone is cheering, and every game, there are always new elements that make it great.”

‘A crazy juggling act’

On the Friday evening before the game, Kelli Finglass, director of the DCC for 22 years, invites the squad to her house for a tacky sweater/pajama theme party. They exchange gag gifts and compete for best dish — rookie Paige Elaine’s buffalo chicken dip takes top honors.

It’s a chance for the tight-knit group to relax and laugh after a tough week of practices.

While just about any of the 38 members of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders will tell you it’s a chance of a lifetime to be on the team — hundreds of women audition for the squad each year — they all have busy lives off the field.

“I’m a graphic designer, photographer and mother,” said Morgan Whitney, in her rookie year on the team. “I stay at home all day with my daughter, who is 2 years old. So after I get her situated, I am basically on the computer working for most of the day. Before I know it, it is her nap time, and that is when I get ready for practice. It can be a crazy juggling act.”

All of the cheerleaders are required to either be full-time students or hold a full-time job. This year’s squad has jobs ranging from patient care coordinator and pediatric physical therapist to personal banker and financial analyst. Several are dance teachers, while another manages the Bar Method fitness studio in Dallas.

Their pay — $182 per game, with 10 home games per season — can be supplemented with appearances, which are paid based on their tenure, according to Katelyn Nichols, spokeswoman for the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders.

DCC alumnae have gone on to act and to appear on TV shows like The Bachelor and The Amazing Race, but most are lifelong Cowboys fans who have dreamed of wearing the silver and blue.

“I studied dance when I was younger and transitioned into cheerleading in high school and college, and deep down I always dreamed of being a DCC,” said Morgan Whitney. “My dad is a die-hard Cowboys fan and I have never seen him smile like when I spot him in the crowd during the games. It makes me all choked up just to think about it, knowing how proud my parents are that I achieved this dream.”

A flawless first half

As the squad’s Wynne Motorcoach steers through the underground tunnel at AT&T Stadium on Sunday morning, winding its way toward the DCC locker room, you can feel the energy building.

The women wheel in their gear in matching pink bags and begin to get ready — stretching, putting on makeup, going over the routines one last time. Each cheerleader has a “cameo” photo taken during training camp posted above their lockers — a reminder of how hard they worked to get here.

At about 10:30 a.m., nearly five hours before kickoff, they take the field in practice attire for a full dress rehearsal.

Later, back in the locker room, Finglass and choreographer Judy Trammell give the dancers specific corrections to focus on. Then they break for lunch and to touch up their hair and makeup, and two groups head up to the party plazas to perform for fans arriving early.

Before you know it, the DCC are on the field performing their opening routine to AC/DC’s Thunderstruck. The crowd is pumped.

After the national anthem, the cheerleaders divide into groups and head to the corners of the stadium. The first half could not have gone any better. The Cowboys dominated both sides of the ball and took a 26-3 lead into halftime. Division rival Philadelphia had already lost, so a win would put Dallas back atop the NFC East.

The cheerleaders make their way into the locker room at the 8-minute mark of the second quarter and re-emerge at halftime wearing Santa-inspired outfits with red and white long-sleeve tops and red shorts. Their Christmas Extravaganza performance, a six-minute routine consisting of a five-song medley of holiday music, is flawless.

“I was beyond proud and impressed,” Trammell said. “This was one of our more intense productions, but they delivered a high-energy, high-quality performance for our fans. It is a great feeling when everything comes together to pull off a perfect halftime show.”

A ‘difficult’ second half

And then the second half gets underway and the tide shifts.

Green Bay scores 14 points in the third quarter and begins the fourth with an 80-yard touchdown drive. The Cowboys faithful are stunned, and Packer fans are going nuts.

Though the Dallas cheerleaders are not a traditional cheerleading squad, this is the time in the game that can make the women’s job much more difficult.

“It’s always our goal to keep the crowd positive,” said four-year veteran Nicole Bulcher, who moved to Dallas from Idaho. “At the same time, we are invested in what the team is doing and do our best to get the crowd loud on defense and quiet on offense.

“Our job on game day is to make the experience for the fans more enjoyable, so it was considerably more difficult when the action on the field was not going our way,” she continued. “When there is an interception, the last thing our fans want to see is someone who is smiling ear to ear. So I’d say it’s actually more important that we are on our toes when something bad is happening on the field.”

When the two-minute warning arrives, the cheerleaders head up to the Touchdown Decks, the raised platforms behind each end zone. They are very close to the fans and in position to rally them, but on this day, in a cruel twist for the home team, the Packers intercept Tony Romo for the second time and put the game on ice: Green Bay 37, Dallas 36.

This was Green Bay’s first trip back to AT&T Stadium since its 31-25 triumph over the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLV in 2011. This unlikely comeback victory was nearly as sweet.

In the locker room following the game, Finglass and Trammell give the squad positive feedback on their day, specifically the halftime show.

The bus ride back to Valley Ranch is quiet — the cheerleaders are busy on social media, posting pictures and answering questions from fans on their official DCC Twitter accounts. There is little time to dwell on the heartbreaking loss.

The 12 cheerleaders who make up the DCC’s elite Show Group are scheduled to leave the next morning for the organization’s 77th USO tour. So they exchange hugs with their teammates and head home to finish packing for the eight-day trip to South Korea.

“We are going to visit some troops overseas to show our thanks and gratitude for what they do for us,” Schram said. “It is truly a win-win situation because the soldiers are happy to see something from home and we are so grateful for them. It is such an amazing experience that I’d say it’s the highlight of my entire 20s.”

There is no rest for the other DCC members, either.

At 9 a.m. Monday, Cowboys players and cheerleaders visit Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth, Children’s Medical Center of Dallas, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Dallas and Medical City Children’s Hospital.

For many, the trip overseas and the visits to the hospital put everything into perspective, especially the loss Sunday.

“Hospital visits are my favorite day of the year. It doesn’t matter if we won or lost, it’s all about the kids,” said second-year veteran Kelsey Lauren. “It is one of the greatest feelings in the world to put on this uniform and make these kids’ day, and it warms my heart to see their smiles and know that I can make a difference in someone’s life.”

Vote for the Dallas Cowboys’ Pro Bowl Cheerleader

DallasCowboysCheerleaders.com: In January, we will send one cheerleader to Hawaii to represent the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders in the Pro Bowl!!! The Pro Bowl requires a DCC that can handle a rigorous appearance and performance schedule in addition to learning approximately 10 new sideline dances. She will be heavily photographed, make numerous appearances, and dance alongside other NFL cheerleaders.

Like the NFL Pro Bowl player representatives, this year’s Pro Bowl cheerleader will be selected through a combination of DCC, staff and fan voting. We’d like to hear who YOU think deserves this honor.

You should choose the one DCC who has exemplified the following:

Attitude
Cooperation
Team Spirit
Personal Behavior
Performance
Leadership
Self-confidence
Public Speaking Skills
Poise
Powerful Dancer
Showmanship
Projection

[Click here to cast your vote for one of this year’s veterans.]

Photo of the Day – December 5


2011 Pro Bowl Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader Brittany at Ohana Day

Photo of the Day – November 12


A Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader

Fmr DCC Expecting Baby #2

‘Bachelor’ winner Rycroft expecting baby
Newsday
October 22, 2013

Season 13 “The Bachelor” winner Melissa Rycroft and her husband of nearly four years, Tye Strickland, are expecting their second child, Newsday contributor Frank Lovece reports. The reality star and former Dallas Cowboys cheerleader, 30, said yesterday on ABC’s “Good Morning America” that she is due next spring. The couple have a daughter, Ava, 2.

Get “On The Mat” with Makenzi Swicegood

CHEER CHANNEL INTRODUCES NEW INDUSTRY TALK SHOW “ON THE MAT” WITH MAKENZI SWICEGOOD


Cheer Channel Inc. (CCI), the #1 online news and entertainment network for the spirit industry, announced today that it will launch a new cheer industry talk show On The Mat, hosted by Makenzi Swicegood. The show will take viewers behind-the-scenes of cheerleading gyms across the country and offer an inside scoop on gyms and teams throughout the industry. The CCI original series will have its world premier in October and will continue with bi-weekly episodes which can be viewed on the Cheer Channel Network YouTube channel, Cheer Channel website, and On The Mat Facebook page.

The host of On The Mat, Makenzi Swicegood, is an actress, model, spokeswoman, former Cheer Athletics and Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader. She is the daughter of Jody Melton and Ginger Swicegood-Melton, owners of Cheer Athletics All Stars in Plano, Texas. Swicegood has also previously been a host for the Cheer Channel at cheer events. “I am thrilled to join this project with Cheer Channel,” commented Swicegood. “Creating an outlet for exciting, unique, and uplifting messages from gyms across the country is a great way to show that all-star cheerleading is more than just cheerleading. It is a world of strong and positive individuals making a difference in their communities as well as on the mat.”

Viewers of On The Mat can expect to see industry highlights, two featured “Gyms-of-the-Month,” coach and cheerleader interviews, and who to watch on the road to worlds. Swicegood will also be following causes and showcasing teams from around the country that are making outstanding achievements in communities, causes, and campaigns. Viewers will also have the chance to get involved in the show by participating in show contests for a chance to win prizes from Cheer Channel and On The Mat sponsors. Fans may submit special stories or teams for recognition on the official show Facebook page.

“Makenzi was the obvious choice for this show,” said Cindy Villarreal, CEO of CCI. “She is such a known and respected figure in the industry and we know she will do a terrific job bringing the real world of cheer gyms to life.” CCI and Swicegood were present at the Cheer Athletics Showcase in Plano, Texas on October 3-5 to film and conduct interviews for On The Mat.

[CheerChannel on YouTube]

Kelli and Judy Will Be Live Tweeting Tonight’s DCC: Making the Team

[Kelli on Twitter]

[Judy on Twitter]