This is what happens when you’re the most famous cheerleaders EVER

Everyone wants to be you.

Happy Halloween!

Raise your hand if you ever dressed up like a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader for Halloween! I’ll admit I did it. (Not for long, though. My mother put a stop to it when she saw me running around with the hem of my blue t-shirt pulled through the collar so my tummy would show “just like the real cheerleaders.” I think I was 8 or 9 at the time.) I also remember being very disappointed in my pom poms. I had a blue one and a white one. They were kind of limp, and nothing at all like the real thing. And I didn’t have boots. I really wanted the boots. But my mom was a firm believer that the only white shoes kids should have are sneakers. (Scuff marks, don’tcha know.) But I digress…

I am 100% convinced that you could go to any state in this great country of ours and find somebody, somewhere, in a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader costume. (And you will also find someone else taking a picture of it to post on Facebook.)


Often imitated, never equaled.

Indeed.


That’s a 12k run. Can those “boots” go the distance?


Is this the “show group” on tour overseas?


Showing up to a game dressed like a DCC. That’s one way to get attention.


What’s with the shiny fabric on these outfits?


The belt was clearly a last minute decision.


Why the chair?


This one is Hooters girl at work. No, really.


This is Jennifer Gareis, a soap star (Young & the Restless, Bold & the Beautiful)


This is Caprice Bourret, American model who has her own line of clothing, “By Caprice Lingerie”

Is it me or do Jennifer and Caprice look an awful lot alike?


This is way better than the costume I had


“I have to do jump splits?”


Ok, she’s just stinkin’ adorable


Perhaps the DCC should explore the idea of a dress instead of shorts.


This one’s getting shipped right to Dallas.


The hat is a nice touch, kid


Cue the drag queens!

(Showing your ta-tas is the only way to get noticed when you are with these two fellas.)


He said it was “hazing.” Riiiiiight.


I get the feeling this guy does this for a living


Dee Snider as a DCC?


Like you didn’t see this coming


I’m glad the real DCC outfits don’t have a giant hole in the backside. Brrrrr – drafty!


Here’s a switch: a real DCC in a fake DCC outfit. Pennie Booker was a DCC from 1994 to 1999.
I think this photo was for the sales catalog. She didn’t actually were this trick or treating.
Or at least I hope she didn’t. That would be weird.

Cowboys Cheerleader & Former Appalachian State University Dance Team Capt Carisa Rose

By John Miller
AppStateNation.com

How long has being an NFL cheerleader been a dream of yours?

I actually never thought that I would pursue the career of a NFL cheerleader. Stage performance was always my focus growing up. When I got to high school, I joined the dance team, and then went on to join Appalachian State’s dance team, where I was the captain for my last two years. It wasn’t until my senior year of college that I realized that I didn’t want my dance team experience to be over, and that is what led me to try out for the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders.
When did you start dancing/cheering?

I started dancing when I was three years old. I studied ballet and jazz intensively all the way until the end of college.
What do you think has been your biggest challenge transitioning from a College Dance Team to an NFL cheerleading squad?

My biggest challenge I’ve had to face in the transition from a college dance team to an NFL cheerleading squad would be the style of dance. The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders have their own unique style of dance. The style is very fun, but big and powerful at the same time. It is hard to adjust when coming from such a strong ballet background. I am learning though!
Why did you choose to attend Appalachian State and what was your major?

The first thing that pulled me towards Appalachian State was the beautiful campus. I could really see myself fitting in there and being happy with the environment. The second thing that interested me was the dance department. I wanted to pursue a degree in dance, and choreography had always been a huge interest of mine. The dance program at Appalachian State provides a lot of opportunities for students to choreograph, and focuses on how to do so creatively. (I graduated with a degree in Dance Studies with a Minor in General Business.)
What did you envision yourself doing if you didn’t end up as an NFL cheerleader?

If I weren’t an NFL cheerleader, I probably would have auditioned for a few contemporary dance companies. That was kind of the plan my whole life. I trained hard growing up in the hopes of joining a dance company, but I ended up having a change of heart and falling in love with a different pathway.
What do you miss most about Boone/Appalachian State?

What I miss the most about Appalachian State is the close-knit community and the amazing weather! I loved that wherever I would go in Boone, I would run into at least one person that I knew, and everyone was so friendly to each other. And of course, the fall weather was my favorite part of the year. Boone is absolutely gorgeous when the leaves start to change, and I love it when the air starts cooling off just enough for it to be a little chilly, but still be enjoyable.
In all of the App State games you danced at, does one stick out in your mind as the most memorable?

I love the Home Opener games of every season. I think that is when the fans are the most excited because it’s their first time back at the stadium and they are anxious to see how the team will perform. The energy is always great! With that being said, I think the most memorable App State game that I danced at would be the first game of the season my senior year. I think it was that game that I realized how much I loved being out there cheering along with all of those crazy mountaineer fans. I knew that I was going to really miss the love and energy App State fans have during football games, so I did my best to hold onto every second of that game.
How do you think your ex-boyfriends must feel now that you’re a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader?

I think that my ex-boyfriends are very happy for me now that I’m a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader. Most of them have reached out to tell me congratulations, which I appreciate deeply. It makes me happy that I’m still friends with a lot of them and that they are genuinely excited for my new success.
What drew you to the Dallas Cowboys in particular?

The Dallas Cowboys are an amazing organization. They really value their fans, and take pride in being “America’s Team.” They also adore their cheerleaders. The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders are known as the best NFL cheerleading squad in the world, and I think the growing success stems from the support they get from the Cowboys organization and the love that the fans have for them. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of such a great family?
What game on the Cowboys schedule are you most excited about?

I think the game that I am the most excited about is the Thanksgiving game. It is a little bittersweet that I will be away from my family this year for the holiday, but I know that it will be such a cool experience. I can’t wait to participate in the halftime show and find out which singer is performing!

[Carisa on Twitter]

Exclusive Interview: Cowboys Cheerleader & Former App State Dance Team Capt Carisa Rose

By John Miller
Appalachian State Athletics Blog
October 15, 2012

Awhile back, I broke the news here on the site that Carisa Rose, former App State Elite Dance Team captain, had been selected to be a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader. That turned out to be one of the most popular posts EVER on the site.

So I figured why not ask her to do an interview? Luckily, she was kind enough to agree. In it, she talks about her favorite memories from App State, her transition from collegiate dancing to the NFL, and even what her ex-boyfriends think of her now.

The Dallas Cowboys were also kind enough to send a few pictures which I collected in a photo gallery at the end.

Besides seeing Carisa on TV during the games, you might catch her on season 6 of the hit reality show “DCC: Making the Team” which airs on CMT. Also be sure to follow her on Twitter.

So without further ado:

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How long has being an NFL cheerleader been a dream of yours?
I actually never thought that I would pursue the career of a NFL cheerleader. Stage performance was always my focus growing up. When I got to high school, I joined the dance team, and then went on to join Appalachian State’s dance team, where I was the captain for my last two years. It wasn’t until my senior year of college that I realized that I didn’t want my dance team experience to be over, and that is what led me to try out for the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders.

When did you start dancing/cheering?
I started dancing when I was three years old. I studied ballet and jazz intensively all the way until the end of college.

What do you think has been your biggest challenge transitioning from a College Dance Team to an NFL cheerleading squad?
My biggest challenge I’ve had to face in the transition from a college dance team to an NFL cheerleading squad would be the style of dance. The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders have their own unique style of dance. The style is very fun, but big and powerful at the same time. It is hard to adjust when coming from such a strong ballet background. I am learning though!

Why did you choose to attend Appalachian State and what was your major?
The first thing that pulled me towards Appalachian State was the beautiful campus. I could really see myself fitting in there and being happy with the environment. The second thing that interested me was the dance department. I wanted to pursue a degree in dance, and choreography had always been a huge interest of mine. The dance program at Appalachian State provides a lot of opportunities for students to choreograph, and focuses on how to do so creatively. (I graduated with a degree in Dance Studies with a Minor in General Business.)

What did you envision yourself doing if you didn’t end up as an NFL cheerleader?
If I weren’t an NFL cheerleader, I probably would have auditioned for a few contemporary dance companies. That was kind of the plan my whole life. I trained hard growing up in the hopes of joining a dance company, but I ended up having a change of heart and falling in love with a different pathway.

What do you miss most about Boone/Appalachian State?
What I miss the most about Appalachian State is the close-knit community and the amazing weather! I loved that wherever I would go in Boone, I would run into at least one person that I knew, and everyone was so friendly to each other. And of course, the fall weather was my favorite part of the year. Boone is absolutely gorgeous when the leaves start to change, and I love it when the air starts cooling off just enough for it to be a little chilly, but still be enjoyable.

In all of the App State games you danced at, does one stick out in your mind as the most memorable?
I love the Home Opener games of every season. I think that is when the fans are the most excited because it’s their first time back at the stadium and they are anxious to see how the team will perform. The energy is always great! With that being said, I think the most memorable App State game that I danced at would be the first game of the season my senior year. I think it was that game that I realized how much I loved being out there cheering along with all of those crazy mountaineer fans. I knew that I was going to really miss the love and energy App State fans have during football games, so I did my best to hold onto every second of that game.

How do you think your ex-boyfriends must feel now that you’re a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader?
I think that my ex-boyfriends are very happy for me now that I’m a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader. Most of them have reached out to tell me congratulations, which I appreciate deeply. It makes me happy that I’m still friends with a lot of them and that they are genuinely excited for my new success.

What drew you to the Dallas Cowboys in particular?
The Dallas Cowboys are an amazing organization. They really value their fans, and take pride in being “America’s Team.” They also adore their cheerleaders. The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders are known as the best NFL cheerleading squad in the world, and I think the growing success stems from the support they get from the Cowboys organization and the love that the fans have for them. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of such a great family?

What game on the Cowboys schedule are you most excited about?
I think the game that I am the most excited about is the Thanksgiving game. It is a little bittersweet that I will be away from my family this year for the holiday, but I know that it will be such a cool experience. I can’t wait to participate in the halftime show and find out which singer is performing!

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Special thanks to Carisa for taking the time out of her busy schedule to help me out! Also, thanks to the Dallas Cowboys Organization for giving me permission to do the interview!

Cowboys Cheerleaders Swimsuit Calendar Released, CMT to air Mexico Swimsuit Photo Shoot


June 2013 features Melissa

Here’s the date to remember for CMT’s show Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team: Friday, Nov. 2.

That’s the air date for the episode when the cheerleaders fly to Mexico for the annual Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders swimsuit calendar photo shoot.

For the current season, the CMT reality show has expanded to 11 episodes and this will be the first time the calendar shoot is included in the TV show.

Video: The History Of The Dallas Cowboys’ Cheerleaders

This year marks the 40 Anniversary of America’s Sweethearts!

Kaime is a “Southwest Girl”

I’m not entirely sure how this works, but Fox Sports seems to have two or three “Sports Girls” for each of their regions. The girls are out and about, visiting various college, pro, and semi-pro sporting events in their region. They do interviews, hang out with fans, help generate excitement for the game, etc. There’s the North Girls, the Arizona Girls, the Carolinas Girls, the Florida Girls, and so forth. When it comes to the Southwest, they’ve got two sports girls, one of which is Kaime O’Teeter, former Dallas Stars Ice Girls, and someone you may remember from a few seasons of CMT’s Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Squad. I’m not sure how long she’s had the gig, but it looks like fun!Click here to see what Kaime (rhymes with Jamie) has been up to since she retired from the Stars.



Southwest Girls Liddy (left) and Kaime

2012-13 Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders

The Dallas Cowboys CHeerleaders website has been completely redesigned. The new site looks great, and includes the team photo, individual photos, and profiles for this year’s team. Click here to check it out!

File this under: For the love of God, look away!

Tigers rookies dress as Cowboys cheerleaders
Fox Sports Southwest
September 27, 2012

If the Detroit Tigers fail to make the playoffs, at least two of their rookies might be able to find work in Dallas when the season is over.

On Thursday, as the Tigers headed to Minnesota for their final road trip of the season, the team’s rookies had to go through a common baseball tradition of dressing up for their final flight.

They had to dress up as Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders.

And while this tradition has been around for some time, the ugly truth of it is just now starting to become common knowledge . . . thanks to Twitter.

Unfortunately for Tiger rookies Avisail Garcia and Brayan Villarreal, the world now knows what they would look like if they were members of America’s Sweethearts.

Green Hope grad dons Cowboys boots

Aliana Ramos
Cary News
Sep 18, 2012

APEX – Six hundred women auditioned this year for the chance to wear the famous blue and white uniform of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders. Only 39 made the team, and one of them was Carisa McMillan of Apex.

After two months of training camp, where McMillan feared getting cut from the squad nearly every day, the reality that she made it didn’t sink in until she saw her life-size photo hanging above a locker in Cowboys Stadium.

McMillan, 22, tried out for the squad while preparing for finals at Appalachian State University, where she graduated as a dance major with a minor in business.

“I was about to graduate when I realized I wasn’t done performing,” said McMillan, who was captain of ASU’s dance team. “I thought, what if I went out there and gave it a shot? I figured I would go big or go home.”

McMillan knew a little bit about the audition process for one of the most famous dance squads in the world from watching CMT’s reality show “Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team.”

But auditions were tougher than she expected.

“Every round was so hard,” McMillan said. “You think it’s going to get easier, but no. Toward the end it’s psychologically, physically and mentally draining. Every night you are worried it’s going to be your last night. Every night you hold your breath and hope Kelli doesn’t say your name.”

Kelli Finglass is the director of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders. Anyone who has watched the show knows that getting called into Finglass’ office is almost never a good thing.

McMillan got called in during training camp.

She wouldn’t say much about what happenend [sic]; she didn’t want to ruin the surprise for viewers who tune in to the show’s seventh season, which is airing now. “But,” McMillan said, “it wasn’t what I expected. It was good feedback.”

McMillan said it was hard at first to get used to cameras following her every move.

“The first weekend it was really strange,” she said. “I just wanted to not sound silly. But by the next round you start forgetting they are there and you realize it’s about people getting to see your authentic experience. They got a couple of embarrassing shots of me crying my eyes out.”

They were mostly happy tears, like when McMillan found out she was one of 25 rookies who made it into training camp. She immediately hugged her mom.

“I’m proud of her for putting herself out there,” Cassandra McMillan said. “This was a real risk to move out to a brand new city not knowing if she was going to make it. I admire her for being willing to pursue her dreams.”

Making the squad doesn’t mean life is always easy, though. Carisa works two part-time jobs in addition to her part-time gig as a Cowboys cheerleader.

Green Hope roots

For McMillan, the road to Dallas began at Green Hope High School.

She was originally assigned to attend Apex High, which didn’t have a dance team. Her mother requested a transfer.

“I don’t think I would have fallen into this pathway if I wouldn’t have gone to Green Hope,” McMillan said. “It made such a difference in my life.”

Before joining the high school dance team, she had mostly performed solo. She began dancing when she was 3 and went on to dance in a Carolina Ballet production of “The Nutcracker.”

At Green Hope, she learned to appreciate team dancing.

“I loved the energy and atmosphere of team dance,” McMillan said. “I love the team camaraderie.” And now, she loves wearing blue and white.

“You always hear people say they don’t want to take (the uniform) off,” McMillan said. “It’s true.”

Former Cowboys cheerleader Sarah Shahi named ‘TV’s sexiest star’ by Maxim

By Guide Live Group
Dallas News
September 10, 2012

Former Dallas Cowboys cheerleader and Euless native Sarah Shahi is Maxim’s October cover model, having been declared “TV’s Sexiest Star” by the men’s magazine.

Shahi, 32, is the star of in the USA drama Fairly Legal, which wrapped up its second season in June. She plays Kate Reed, an unconventional mediator who holds the broken legal system in contempt.

She talked to Maxim about her time as a Cowboys cheerleader: “Everyone knew I wanted to be an actress, so they said, ‘Why don’t you try out for the Cowboys Cheerleaders?’ because back in 1995 they were on Saturday Night Live. So I figured that could be my way in; I tried out just to get on SNL.”

That cheerleading gig led her into an acting career, according to a 2011 interview with Dallas Morning News freelancer David Martindale. She met director Robert Altman, who was using the Cowboys cheerleader rehearsal facilities to shoot a movie, and “he took me under his wing and explained a few things to me. One day he asked me what I wanted to do, and I said, ‘I want to be an actress.’ He said, ‘Then you should move to LA. I think you have what it takes.’ And that’s what I did.”

Not a bad call, since Shahi has landed quite a few prominent supporting roles, including in The Sopranos and Old School, and starring roles in Showtime’s The L Word and NBC’s well-regarded but short-lived police drama, Life, before getting the lead role in Fairly Legal.

Another tidbit from the Maxim interview: Before becoming a Cowboys cheerleader, she admits that she wasn’t much of a Cowboys fan. “You know, I never really paid attention to sports, which, coming from the mecca of football in Texas, is kind of odd,” she admitted.

Cowboys cheerleaders show is back on TV

The TV show “Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team” returns to CMT tonight at 9.
Lynn Hoppes
ESPN.com
9/7/2012

Judy and Kelli eyeball the talent

Judy Trammell, head choreographer for the Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders, said her 36-member troupe doesn’t just love being cheerleaders.

“We live and die by the Cowboys every year. No matter what they do on the field, they are winners in our eyes,” said Trammell, who has been head choreographer since 1991. “You can’t help become so attached to them. They are a part of our lives. But I’m not going to lie: We want to go to the Super Bowl.”

On Friday, Country Music Television will broadcast the start of the seventh season of “Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team” at 9 p.m. ET.

Trammell, director Kelli McGonagill Finglass and vice president Charlotte Jones will spend 11 episodes narrowing the field as it heads to the first performance at Cowboys Stadium and an appearance in the swimsuit calendar.

“Our one stipulation for doing the reality TV show is that it has to be real,” Trammell said. “We have a limited time before our first game, so we can’t just perform for the cameras. We have a job to do.”

Trammell said the positives of doing the show are obvious: “It’s good for the girls and good for the brand.”

But there is a downside: “I just don’t like the idea of making cuts on camera. You’re also revealing the real personal lives of these dancers. But that’s just part of doing reality TV. It is what it is.”

It’s tomorrow night, peeps

Photo of the Weekend – September 1 & 2

August 25, 2012 – Emma, a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader, preps for pre-game rehearsal.
More pics from this set on the official DCC facebook page.

Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team : Season 7 Sneak

Former Pacemate Jessica now a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader

Congratulations to three-year Pacemate, native Iowan, and Indiana State grad Jessica for “making the team” as a rookie on the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders!