Legendary Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders invade Metro Bank Park

By Joe Hermitt
Central PA Patriot-News
July 16, 2013

Peanuts, hot dogs, Cracker Jacks and cheerleaders? That was the theme for Tuesday night’s Harrisburg Senators game at Metro Bank Park, as the legendary Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders were the featured act. The world-famous squad entertained the crowd between innings and then met with fans later in the evening. Several in attendance wore their Cowboy colors, although a faint E-A-G-L-E-S, Eagles chant could be heard in the distance.

[Click here for photos from the game]

It’s been EIGHT YEARS? Really??

AMERICA’S SWEETHEARTS CHEER THEIR WAY BACK INTO OUR HEARTS IN AN ALL-NEW SEASON OF “Dallas COWBOYS CHEERLEADERS: MAKING THE TEAM”
PREMIERING FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6 ON CMT

Amanda Kondolojy
July 2, 3013

LOS ANGELES – July 2, 2013 – Summer heats up as America’s hottest cheerleaders return for the eighth season of Dallas COWBOYS CHEERLEADERS: MAKING THE TEAM beginning Friday, September 6 at 9:00 – 10:00 p.m., ET/PT on CMT. The network’s longest running non-music series will feature eight one-hour episodes. Each season, the Lone Star State’s most iconic group of women take on more challenging dance routines and face incredibly talented candidates while navigating all the drama that comes with competition; with more action-packed episodes, heart-tugging storylines, challenges and surprises, this season will be no different.

Making dreams come true or crushing them are longtime DCC director Kelli McGonagill Finglass and choreographer Judy Trammell. Once again, the hit series follows the girls as they must survive the rigorous auditions, training camp, the powerhouse technical coaching of former DCC Kitty Carter, meet the demanding expectations of fitness trainer, Jay Johnson and of course rehearsals for their first performance at the enviable Cowboys Stadium. A lot has changed in the sports world since the DCC came on the scene, but one thing remains a constant: The Dallas Cowboys are still considered “America’s Team,” and their cheerleaders, the best in the business.

Rookies have their work cut out for them, however, as an unprecedented 32 veterans return, making this the most competitive season ever. And the competition doesn’t stop with veterans – out of the 500 vying for a coveted spot on the squad, 30 are former professional cheerleaders from other teams, 50% of the girls are from states outside of Texas and cheerleader hopefuls from as far as Japan, Canada and Australia raise the stakes for a Texas-sized showdown the likes of which the friendly state has never seen.

Following Season 8 preliminary auditions, 146 competitors make it to the semi-finals where that number will dwindle down to 86, leaving 47 young ladies to duke it out in training camp for one of the prized 37 spots on the squad. In a never-before-seen twist, this season DCC democratizes the voting process by allowing fans to also vote online for their favorite candidate to make it into training camp. (Voting began on May 9, 2013 and closed on May 17th).

Proving that Season 8 is rife with real emotion and adversity is a storyline of a training camp candidate who tears her ACL on camera while performing a routine and is forced to withdraw from the competition; a 26-year-old single, working mom fights for her right to try for the squad and in a most dramatic, first of its kind, turn of events, Kelli and Judy make an “in the moment” split decision to bring back a veteran who had already been cut, but then pulled four veterans from the “Cameos” photo shoot because she thought they weren’t in good enough shape.

And the cameras never stop rolling as rookies finally settle into Dallas and adjust to life in training. The ladies soon realize that when they are not being tested physically, their emotional and mental strength is put to task. Once the quintessential Dallas Cowboy Cheerleader herself, Kelli understands the importance of image so she calls on world-renowned designer Abi Ferrin who has dressed celebrities such as Carrie Underwood and the Duchess of Cambridge herself, Kate Middeleton, to host a “Do’s and Don’ts of How to Dress Like a DCC,” fashion seminar. The result is a few of the most dramatic makeovers DCC has ever seen. And teaching the ladies new and different styles of choreography are celebrity choreographers, DJ Guthrie (“American Idol,” “Dancing with the Stars”) and Jordan Johnson (“So You Think You Can Dance”).

Tune-in to find out who gets the privilege of MAKING THE TEAM for the 2013-2014 season and representing “America’s Team.” DALLAS COWBOYS CHEERLEADERS: MAKING THE TEAM is produced by Triage Entertainment with executive producers Stu Schreiberg, Stephen Kroopnick, Eugene Pack, Adam Vetri, Peter Zasuly and Kelli McGonagill Finglass. Melanie Moreau and Jayson Dinsmore are executive producers for CMT.

Seven Questions with Melissa Rycroft of Dancing with the Stars

Sitcoms Online: Today we have a special “Seven Questions” interview with the very likeable Melissa Rycroft, who of course won Dancing with the Stars: All Stars last fall! Paired with professional dancer Tony Dovolani, Rycroft “waltzed” her way into America’s hearts and into a third place finish on season eight of the hit ABC series Dancing with the Stars (and later on the All-Star edition). Soon after she took on co-hosting duties on Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin New Year’s Eve with Ryan Seacrest for ABC, as well as joined ABC News as a special contributor for Good Morning America, delivering fun and uplifting stories from across the country and from Hollywood’s most glamorous red carpets. She has also been a host or reporter for Entertainment Tonight, The Insider, and Bachelor Pad. In the midst of her entertainment career taking off, Rycroft found time to reconnect with the true love of her life, Tye Strickland. In little time the two were married and welcomed daughter Ava Grace to the world. Rycroft first gained fame as a member of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, appearing on two seasons of CMT’s Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team. Then she followed with a stint on The Bachelor. She has graced the cover of the People magazine and was featured among their 100 Most Beautiful People of 2009. Rycroft has also been named to Maxim’s Hot 100 list. Rycroft graduated from the University of North Texas with a degree in marketing and resides in Dallas with Tye and Ava. She had her own CMT reality series last spring called Melissa & Tye, as they packed their bags and moved to L.A.

We talked to her about the Dancing experience obviously, but she is now promoting the launch of the Unconditional Fun Sweepstakes to celebrate the Banana Boat® ultimate fun family! We find out how she got involved with this brand, her experiences on Dancing with the Stars, what she thinks of the Results Show being eliminated next fall and if she has any acting aspirations next. So let’s get right to another installment of “Seven Questions!”

SitcomsOnline: It is so great to finally interview you! We have been a fan and a supporter of yours for quite some time. Hope you remember us and our tweets! Anyway, so glad you have partnered with Energizer Personal Care, the makers of Banana Boat® sunscreen. Can you tell us how you got into this?
Melissa Rycroft: I have always been an active person and was raised in a very athletic family, but since becoming a mom I feel like I’ve been more active than ever! My family really enjoys being outdoors, and during our family fun time outside, I want to be sure we’re protected from the elements. With summer just around the corner, it was the perfect time to partner with Banana Boat® and their Unconditional Fun Sweepstakes to encourage families to get out and experience memorable moments together while protecting their skin from the sun.


Melissa with Tye and Ava

SitcomsOnline: So you mentioned there is a sweepstakes portion for Banana Boat® sunscreen as well. How can families enter and what prizes are in store?
Melissa Rycroft: That’s right! For seven weeks, Banana Boat® is giving families the opportunity to enter to win summer fun prizes including an outdoor swing set, an inflatable waterpark, and bikes for a family of four; and one family will win the ultimate four-day, three-night family getaway to any of the ten U.S. Great Wolf Lodge® Waterpark Resorts. Families can enter to win by uploading a picture of their family having fun in one of the 7 conditions or simply by clicking “Enter to Win” on the Banana Boat brand Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BananaBoatBrand

SitcomsOnline: Your daughter Ava is really an angel and I can’t believe it has been 2 years since she was born! Does she like playing outside in the sun with you and Tye? Using that sunscreen will sure come in handy today in this hot and humid day here in NY. (Note: This interview was conducted last week.)
Melissa Rycroft: Yes! Ava adores being outside in the sun. We love spending time taking family trips to the lake or the beach, or just doing anything outdoors! I also feel like that time outdoors is important not only for building family memories, but also to showing Ava how important a sun protection regimen is to helping keep your skin safe from harmful UV rays. She’s growing up so fast, and I hope that teaching her healthy skin care habits now will give her the tools she needs to continue those habits in the future.

SitcomsOnline: Let’s talk Dancing with the Stars for a bit, you were so great on season eight and then in the All-Star edition. I know you never thought you’d win the all-star edition, but we had a feeling you would. Can you share some secrets from behind the scenes of DWTS that many people probably don’t know about? It seems like such a fun place.
Melissa Rycroft: Dancing with the Stars: All Stars was really an amazing experience, and it definitely topped my first round on dancing–though that’s probably because we won! All around it was a great experience. The cast became so close, rehearsals became fun rather than a chore, and I had a blast with Tony!

SitcomsOnline: Which stars do you think should hit the dance floor on the upcoming fall season?
Melissa Rycroft: You know, I would recommend Dancing with the Stars to anyone and everyone that is considering joining the cast; it’s such a fantastic experience and not one I will ever forget – plus it gets you in incredible shape! I won’t name names, but I can certainly think of a number of people that I would personally love to see hit the floor!

SitcomsOnline: What is your take on the Dancing Results Show being eliminated this fall? How do you think they will handle the elimination process now on the performance show itself? It sounds action-packed!
Melissa Rycroft: I think there are lots of viewers that look forward to the results show (and I know I did as a contestant!), but there will still be two full seasons next year and it will give the competitors more time to train for their dances and competition. As for how they will handle the elimination process moving forward? I guess we’ll all have to tune in and watch!

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SitcomsOnline: Finally, what’s coming up next for Melissa Rycroft? Any more GMA correspondent stories or another series? You need to be on TV every day. Frankly, we think you have the charisma and charm to star in a sitcom…any acting aspirations? Thank you for your time and hope we can actually meet one day!
Melissa Rycroft: Thank you! To be honest, right now I’m enjoying my family time. Summer is definitely the best time to take a few months off and relax with loved ones. We’ll see what’s in store in the future, but right now my focus is on family.

We definitely appreciate Melissa for taking the time to give us an interview to promote Banana Boat® and their Unconditional Fun Sweepstakes. She is so very nice and don’t forget to enter the sweepstakes for your chance to win! That’ll do it for this installment of “Seven Questions,” stay tuned next time for another brand new interview! But first, don’t forget to check out Melissa Rycroft all over the web and social media. Follow her everywhere!

Melissa Rycroft Official Website
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Dallas Cowboys Star Magazine Swimsuit Edition Features Team’s Iconic Cheerleaders

As if the Cowboys weren’t offering up enough to talk about this off-season, the Dallas Cowboys Star Magazine has released its annual swimsuit edition featuring the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders.

For the third time, the cheerleaders were photographed in Cozumel, Mexico, for the annual calendar. The magazine cover features Emma Mary, a three-year veteran of the squad.

The edition can be found at ShopCowboys.com, Dallas Cowboys Pro Shops and DFW-Area Albertsons, Hastings and Barnes and Noble stores.

DCC Training Camp

The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders website has an official group photo of this year’s training camp candidates. Hopefully we’ll have all of the names sorted out soon, so we’ll know who is who. Click here to see the full size version.

Barbie’s Day at the Salon

You gotta love someone willing to go to these lengths just to give a member of her team a warm fuzzy.

[Check out the photo gallery!]

“Barbie Goes Red”
By Kelli Finglass (Director, Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders
DallasCowboysCheerleaders.com
May 30, 2013

Every now and then I get a wacky idea that is next to impossible to execute, but I will fixate until the mission is accomplished.

Each year at auditions, I select a few Director’s Choice Awards for outstanding solos performed by the candidates. The prize? My pride and joy in my journey as DCC director – the coveted DCC Barbie.

The DCC Barbie represents determination to me because, beginning in 1992, I wrote letters and made phone calls to Mattel with the hope of partnering on a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders Barbie. I have all the copies of my letters and the “Thanks, but no thanks” responses I received back from Mattel in my file of “determination.”

Long story short, in 2006 I received a phone call from Robert Best, who was a designer for the Barbie Collectible Division. Robert also was the lead designer for the annual Holiday Barbie! He was based in Hollywood, had been a judge on Project Runway and was a fan of Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team on CMT. He continued the call by asking if I would ever consider lending the DCC image to a Collectible Barbie. He mentioned he was originally from Dallas and he loved the DCC uniform and how it could translate on Barbie.

I squealed, laughed at the fact that I had been writing my annual letter to Mattel each year, never took no for an answer, and the final ask came from Mattel to me by a lovely designer who was a Dallas native!

With impressive attention to detail in designing Barbie’s makeup, uniform and boots, every detail was articulate, right down to the crystal earrings she wore. In 2007, Barbie hit the market and sold out in just three days.

Told you so!

We released a blonde, brunette and an African-American Barbie as part of the collection, and you can now only find them on EBay and similar websites.

Fast forward to the present, and I am awarding Emma Mary, a third-year DCC veteran, the artistic excellence award for her outstanding solo at Final Auditions.

Challenge: Emma has red hair and we didn’t make a redheaded Barbie, a mistake I admit now.

Blonde barbie safe in her box Because I’m a visual perfectionist, and can be “over the top” on gift giving, I was bound and determined to transform one of my treasured Barbies (that we keep locked in a closet) into a vibrant REDHEAD. I mentioned it to my staff in a team meeting, and they all rolled their eyes with one of those “you gotta be kidding” moments. (This motivates me even more, by the way.)

So, my own hair color appointment was the next week at Premier Atelier, and I thought I’d take Barbie along for the ride, and see … just see … if the experts at the Salon could help me achieve my vision of “Making Barbie Red.” My concern was Barbie’s hair was synthetic, and we’d probably wind up with “Bald Barbie” instead of a vibrant redhead like Emma.

Barbie got a consultation and giggles from the pros at Premier Atelier, and it was decided that instead of doing permanent color and foils, Barbie would get a spray on color by the fashionable Bumble and Bumble product line.

After a painful attempt at getting Barbie out of her Collector’s Edition Box without damaging the packaging, we then had to get her “unwired” from the box. We almost made the fatal decision of pulling her head off for the procedure.

Jonny and Lindsay began the process of coloring Barbie as I looked on. I was getting my red refreshed, too! When the initial color was done, Lindsay did some touch-up red to Barbie’s roots and then laid her down to process. Barbie looked as if she was in post-surgery on a steel table as she was wrapped in a towel while her hair was “processing.”


Barbie checks out her new look

At the conclusion, the Barbie was a vibrant redhead and sat in the salon chair admiring her now look! We all giggled with pride and anticipation of how shocked Emma would be to not only win the Barbie, but also be the ONLY person in the world to have an Official Custom Redhead Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders Barbie!

Emma and her BarbieI felt the joy of Christmas when I presented Emma her Director’s Choice Barbie, and the DCC in the room squealed when we revealed the one and only “Emma Barbie.”

In total, I awarded nine Director’s Choice Awards from this season’s Final Auditions: Jacie Scott, Olivia Rene, Carisa Rose, Hannah Alexandra, Mackenzie Lee, Mia Greenhouse, Jennifer Alexis, Ashley Marie, and Emma Mary. A fun time for all!

Photo of the Day – May 27


A Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader

Photo of the Day – May 24


Jessica at 2009 NY Jets Flight Crew Auditions. Jessica is now a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader Training Camp Invitee!

Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders 2013 Finals Auditions at Cowboys Stadium

By JAY BETSILL
Special to DFW.com
May 21, 2013

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What began two weeks ago with close to 500 women from all over the world in Arlington for the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders preliminary and semifinal auditions culminated in the Finals Auditions on May 18 at the home of the five-time Super Bowl champions.

The action officially got under way when Mr. Phil Whitfield opened the Cowboys Stadium doors at 8 a.m. and welcomed the 86 ladies (54 from the auditions and 32 returning vets) inside the $1.2 billion football palace.

The hours ahead would be a rollercoaster of emotions for many of the ladies who followed their dreams to become a member of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders and were one last, agonizingly long step away from advancing to training camp.

The day began with the individual talent portion, which gave the competitors 90 seconds to impress the judges and could include singing, dancing or even dramatic interpretation. The ladies performed their solos to musical choices ranging from AC/DC’s Back in Black to the Broadway classic Singin’ in the Rain to multiple Britney Spears songs such as Stronger, Circus, Oops!…I Did It Again, Toxic and …Baby One More Time.

Following a short break to change from the solo outfits into DCC audition attire, the candidates made their way down to the field to perform the dance routine they learned at call-backs and the signature DCC kickline.

The judges’ panel was seated in the stands directly under the owner’s suite for a fan’s perspective and a direct view of the massive 160-ft wide and 72-ft high HD video board.

Returning veteran Danielle Marie had to overcome a painful foot injury that occurred three weeks earlier during a practice session for her solo performance just to be able to walk into the stadium. As she battled through the pain to finish her second kickline, the returning vets were cheering her on as if she was about to cross the finish line of a marathon. As each group of five took their place on the Cowboys star at the 50-yard line, it became very apparent how close the group of returning veterans were as they rooted for one another like they were all apart of a big family.

“The whole football season is my favorite time of the year,” Brittney Schram, who just finished her second season with the DCC, said. “Gameday is so amazing that I get goosebumps just thinking about it, and I can’t really even put it into words. It’s adrenaline mixed with emotion and a complete awe factor, and you are getting to experience it with some of your closest friends who become like your sisters.”

The judges began deliberations shortly after 3 p.m. with the results expected to arrive between 6 and 7 p.m. In the meantime, the ladies, who couldn’t leave the stadium, were awaiting word if their dreams were coming true or their hearts were going to be shattered.

Just after 9:15 p.m. the big announcement came. The CMT cameras, filming for the eighth season of Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team , were rolling as DCC Director Kelli Finglass returned along with Judy Trammell and Charlotte Jones-Anderson.

“This has been the most talented group of finalists ever,” Finglass said before announcing the names of the 47 ladies who would be advancing to the two-month long training camp.

When she called the final name, the veterans on stage dealt with the bittersweet emotions of celebrating their own success while having their family dynamic changed: three of the ladies who had re-auditioned from last season were not invited back to training camp. But 29 of the 32 returning veterans did advance, and will join 18 of the 54 rookies who survived the semifinals. Among those who will be in training camp are the winner of the DCC Fan Vote, Vivian and veterans Jackie Bob, Sydney Durso, Brittney Schram and Chelsea Elizabeth.

“Being a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader has been better than I ever dreamed,” Chelsea Elizabeth said, of her experience in her rookie season. “Game days and appearances are incredible, but there is something special about being able to make someone’s day. When we visit people in the hospital or when we visited West (following the tragic explosion), I have been put in a position where I can make people happy and that is what I was born to do.”

The ladies who make the final squad out of training camp will not only be at the 10 Cowboys home games, but are ambassadors for the organization all over the world from visiting U.S. troops overseas to corporate functions to swimsuit calendar photo shoots in exotic locales and, of course, waving at little girls in the crowd who dream of growing up and someday be a member of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders.

Cowboys Cheerleaders Strut in Final Rounds of Auditions

By Michael Florek
Pegasus News

How much would you give up for a part time job, one that’s only guaranteed for a year and pays as little as $150 a week? What if that job involved stars and white boots?
Katy Marie auditions for the Cowboys Cheerleaders at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, TX on May 18, 2013.

The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders practice anywhere from two to five times per week during the season. Attendance is mandatory, and there are extra sessions for rookies and the Show Group — a sort of special ops group of 12 cheerleaders who dance and sing — on weekends.

Training camp in the weeks before the season is tougher, with its nightly rehearsals that can last up to five hours and could result in more cuts.

If the cheerleaders make it out of training camp, they’re are paid $150 per home game, with opportunities for paid appearances. Oh, and just because you make it one year doesn’t mean you’re back the next. Everybody has re-audition.

“It’s really common for veterans to get cut,” said Sydney Durso, now in her sixth-year on the team. “I remember when I first made the team five years ago, I think five or six veterans were cut.”

Final auditions concluded on Saturday. Those chosen will take on the burden and head to training camp. Some left their lives in other states or countries for the right to wear the uniform.

Why?

“It’s a worldwide brand,” said Brijet Finister, who made two trips from Stockton, California in order to audition for the first time but didn’t end up making the cut. “The image of the DCC is one that a lot of people desire to be a part of.

“You almost become a hero to thousands of girls across the world.”

Perhaps no one knows more about the opportunities than Durso. The 23-year-old is now the longest tenured Cowboys Cheerleader on the team.

She has been on three USO tours with the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, making trips to Japan, South Korea, Kuwait, and Bahrain to visit troops.

“I love performing of course, but there’s something about our iconic uniform about that is so different than anybody else’s,” Durso said. “You can make people smile with just our uniform.”

Jinelle Davidson came to Texas from Australia two weeks ago for opening auditions, leaving her job, her studies, her family, and her cheerleading team in Australia.

“I literally left everything behind,” Davidson said. “There’s an energy behind cheerleading that I’m really passionate about.”

And the Cowboys were the best, so she wanted to follow in the footsteps of fellow Australian Angela Rena and try out.

It ended in success. Davidson, Rena, and Durso heard Kelli Finglass, director of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, call their name called after a 12-hour day audition day.

They’ll be training camp at the end of the month, ready for another year being “America’s Sweethearts.”

“It is perfect,” Durso said. “I love it. I love what we do.”

That’s all the justification she needs.

Plenty more photos here.

Despite long hours and low pay, Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders find plenty of talent

By Michael Florek
Dallas News Cowboys Blog
May 19, 2013

ARLINGTON — How much would you give up for a part time job, one that’s only guaranteed for a year and pays as little as $150 a week? What if that job involved stars and white boots?

The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders practice anywhere from two to five times per week during the season. Attendance is mandatory, and there are extra sessions for rookies and the Show Group — a sort of special ops group of 12 cheerleaders who dance and sing — on weekends.

Training camp in the weeks before the season is tougher, with its nightly rehearsals that can last up to five hours and could result in more cuts.

If the cheerleaders make it out of training camp, they’re are paid $150 per home game, with opportunities for paid appearances. Oh, and just because you make it one year doesn’t mean you’re back the next. Everybody has re-audition.

“It’s really common for veterans to get cut,” said Sydney Durso, now in her sixth-year on the team. “I remember when I first made the team five years ago, I think five or six veterans were cut.”

Final auditions concluded on Saturday.

[Photo Gallery: 2013 DCC Finals]

More than girls will take on the burden and head to training camp. Some left their lives in other states or countries for the right to wear the uniform.

Why?

“It’s a worldwide brand,” said Brijet Finister, who made two trips from Stockton, California in order to audition for the first time but didn’t end up making the cut. “The image of the DCC is one that a lot of people desire to be a part of.

“You almost become a hero to thousands of girls across the world.”

Perhaps no one knows more about the opportunities than Durso. The 23-year-old is now the longest tenured Cowboys Cheerleader on the team.

She has been on three USO tours with the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, making trips to Japan, South Korea, Kuwait and Bahrain to visit troops.

“I love performing of course, but there’s something about our iconic uniform about that is so different than anybody else’s,” Durso said. “You can make people smile with just our uniform.”

Jinelle Davidson came to Texas from Australia two weeks ago for opening auditions, leaving her job, her studies, her family and her cheerleading team in Australia.

“I literally left everything behind,” Davidson said. “There’s an energy behind cheerleading that I’m really passionate about.”

And the Cowboys were the best, so she wanted to follow in the footsteps of fellow Australian Angela Rena and try out.

It ended in success. Davidson, Rena and Durso heard Kelli Finglass, director of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, call their name called after a 12-hour day audition day.

They’ll be training camp at the end of the month, ready for another year being ‘America’s Sweethearts.’

“It is perfect,” Durso said. “I love it. I love what we do.”

That’s all the justification she needs.

Congrats DCC Training Campers

Hot off the presses! Click here to view full size, courtesy of (Daughter of DCC Director Kelli Finglass).

Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders thank Yongsan troops

Sgt. Kevin Frazier (IMCOM)
Army.mil
May 14, 2013

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YONGSAN GARRISON, Republic of Korea –The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders brought some of their team spirit from Texas to USAG Yongsan, to boost the morale of the troops during a meet and greet at the R & R Bar and Grill here, May 10.

“I really enjoyed the visit from the cheerleaders,” said Pfc. Lim Hong-seo, from USAG Yongsan Public Affairs Office. “This was my first time experiencing something like this and it was great to feel the appreciation from them.”

The cheerleaders brought a taste of their hometown spirit to Korea, and a familiar face to the Yongsan community.

“I have the best memories of being here in Korea,” said Jenna Lene Jackson, a current Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader. “This is where I met the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders during a USO tour, and it’s always an honor to come here to give back to my community.”

Jackson attended Seoul American High during her Junior and Senior year while her father was stationed here in the army. Her fellow cheerleaders visiting Yongsan were Brittany Schram, Mia Greenhouse, Jacqueline Bob, Syndey Durso and Lauren Williams.

“Don’t give up on your dream, keep pushing forward and never let outside influences bring you down no matter how tough the road is to get there,” Jackson said.

“This is definitely a good thing that they do for the troops,” said Maj. Aaron Basham, from Special Operations Command Korea (SOCKOR). “It boosts morale and lets the Soldiers know they are appreciated for all their hard work.”

The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders thanked everyone for coming out and also thanked American Airlines for providing them with transportation to make the trip possible.

Vote (again) for your favorite DCC finalist

The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders have narrowed the field of finalists down to the ten who had the most votes. One of those ten women will get to bypass the final audition and go straight to Training Camp. Click here to vote for your choice.

Breelan, Courtni, Hannah, Jamie, and Kathryn

Lauren, Lexie, Natalie, Paige, and Vivian

TAMUCC graduate and Hammerheads cheerleader makes top 54 finalists for Dallas Cowboys cheer squad

Contributed Photo. Cassandra Liska, 27, graduated from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi in 2008 with a Bachelor’s degree in marketing and danced on the Corpus Christi Hammerheads cheer squad, “Lady Hammerheads.”

Sarah Acosta
Caller.com
May 14, 2013

A Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi graduate and former Hammerheads cheerleader has made it to the top 54 finalists during the Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders tryouts for the 2013 squad.

Cassandra Liska, 27, graduated from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi in 2008 with a Bachelor’s degree in marketing and danced on the Corpus Christi Hammerheads cheer squad, “Lady Hammerheads.”

Liska tried out for the Dallas Cowboys cheerleader squad in 2010 and also made it to the top finalist round. She appeared on CMT’s season 5, “Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team.”

She said being a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader has been a dream of hers for as long as she can remember.

“It’s something you don’t do for the money,” Liska said. “You do it because you love performing and entertaining.”

More than 500 girls from all states and even other countries tried out during the preliminary round on May 4. About 150 auditioners made it to the semifinals round on May 5, where the top 54 rookies were announced.

Liska and the other 53 rookie auditioners will do their final interview rounds Friday and find out if they will be going to training camp Saturday.

“The hardest thing during this whole process is not comparing yourself or letting yourself be intimated by all the other beautiful and talented girls,” Liska said. “And the fact that it is all televised adds a little bit of pressure as well.”

Liska moved to Austin in 2008 when she got a job at the Internet marketing company Reach Local. She married this past summer to Trey Pazderny who met during her freshman year at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.

She said her husband has been super supportive through this entire process and has been driving her to the auditions and helping her with football trivia.

This is the first year that fans can vote online for their favorite rookie trying out for the Dallas Cowboys cheerleading squad.

Even if Liska makes it to training camp, which lasts all summer, no one is guaranteed a spot on the squad until the official first game day.

“It’s a long process,” Liska said. “I can potentially relocate my entire life and not even make the squad.”

Despite the difficult and unsure process, she said it’s all worth it.

“I have a contagious personality and want to be able to share it with the Cowboys fans and get people at the games excited,” Liska said.

The rookie who receives the most votes will get a guaranteed invitation to training camp.

Voting is open online at DallasCowboys.com/dccvote until May 17 and will be limited to one vote per email address.

View Cassandra’s profile and try out dance video here.

The auditions for the Dallas Cowboys 2013 cheer squad will be documented in the CMT show, “Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team” and season 8 will air this fall.

Fans can vote for Cassandra here.