Admission and parking are free. Enter at at Gate C. The fun starts at 10am!
Last Saturday was the opening and semi-final rounds of the current year auditions to become “your” Miami Dolphin Cheerleader. Always a fun day in Dolphinland as hundreds of potential candidates invade Sun Life Stadium following their dream. Every year the MDC loses some very impressive talent to retirement etc, but I have to admit that the new candidates knocking on the doors are stunning. I did hear the word “wow” a few times during introductions.
The skillful candidates who made it through to Finals number 56, they will complete with 25 returning veterans for the approximate 44 member cheer squad. Sharpen your dancing shoes young ladies as the pyramid starts to narrow.
Finals are this Saturday, May 10 and are open to the public. If you’re in South Florida come out and see the showcase that these talented and beautiful young ladies present. Fan voting is available online: (voting link).
Lily demonstrating choreography for tryout candidates
Candidate Kasey (last cheered on MDC in 2012)
Fan favorite alum Amy Madill now doing the judging
Candidate awaiting start of registration
MDC Showtime demonstration
[Dolphins Cheerleaders Audition Gallery]
A Miami Dolphins Cheerleader
This month is our Tenth Anniversary and to celebrate we’re posting some of our all-time favorite photos.
Tatiana at 2012 Finals
The Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders put on quite a production for their Final Auditions. They open the show to the fans on Draft day. The Finalists do a solo performance, group performances, kicklines, you name it. And no waiting to find out who made the squad. The new team is announced at the end of the day. This year the Finals are May 10th at Sun Life Stadium
A total of 25 Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders traveled to La Romana, Dominican Republic to shoot their 2015 Cheerleader Swimsuit Calendar. Shot on location at Casa de Campo “Home of the Sporting Life” and hosted by the Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism (MITUR), this marked the fifth year that the team has traveled to the world-class destination. The swimsuit calendar will be unveiled later this year during the cheerleaders’ annual fashion show reveal party in Miami.
During shooting, the ladies created a special treat for fans with their third video lip dub, a mashup by DJ Earworm, the newest video includes a medley of songs. The ladies conducted the video during an eight day shoot at iconic locations throughout Casa de Campo and Dominican Republic’s La Romana, including Catalina Island, Saona Island and the world famous golf course, Teeth of the Dog. The video comes on the heels of the previous two years’ lip dub of Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” and Taylor Swift’s “22.” One of the most visible entertainment groups in all of professional sports, the Miami Dolphins cheerleaders video lip dubs have garnered over 23 million views on YouTube.
The results are in and DolFans voted popular Brianne the winner in the latest cheerleader showdown poll on Dolphins.com
This will be Brianne’s 5th year on the squad. Here are some photos of Brianne last season.
[Brianne at DolphinsCheerleaders.com]
A Miami Dolphins Cheerleader
~Must be 18 years old by June 1, 2014
~High School graduate by June 2014
~Must be able to attend all cheerleader rehearsals for the entire season
~If selected, must live in or relocate to South Florida and have means of transportation.
~Preliminary & Semi-Final Auditions will be held at Sun Life Stadium on Saturday, May 3, 2014
~Registration begins promptly at 8:30 am. Competition begins at 10:00 am.
~Between 9:00 am and 10:00 am contestants learn audition choreography that will immediately be performed at 10:00am. (This choreography will also be taught on Friday, May 2nd, at prep class.)
~Applications will be accepted now through registration on May 2, 2014 at 5:00pm.
Pre-Registered applicants arriving by 8:30 am will receive the first contestant numbers. You will also need to fill out a bio sheet and bring a photo to registration with you. Pre-registered applicants must present a photo ID to receive their contestant number.
Applicants not pre-registered need to bring a completed application form, bio form and photo to registration on the day of auditions. Blank application forms will be available at registration.
This portion of the audition process is CLOSED to the public.
It will be a long day, so please bring your own snacks and drinks.
Mirrors, restrooms and outlets will be available for your convenience and use.
For Audition Questions email: email@example.com
WHAT TO WEAR
Crop/half top with trunks (dance style boy shorts)
Nude/flesh colored tights or panty hose
Dance shoes (sneakers, jazz shoes, character shoes, etc.)
No dance pants, warm-ups or shorts.
Wear your hair in a fashion that compliments your features and does not hide your face. This is not a typical dance audition, THINK GLAMOROUS!
The judges will rate you on poise, smile, personality, energy, figure and dance ability.
OVERVIEW OF THE AUDITION PHASES
Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 8:30am (times are approximate) – Registration doors open – pre-registered applicants will be allowed in first. All contestants must have an application, bio sheet and photo at the registration table. Applications can be filled out online by registering and those pre-registered will be the first to enter.
9:00am – 10:00am – Contestants learn audition choreography. This choreography will also be taught on Friday, May 2nd, at prep class. To register for prep class, click here.
10:00am – Contestants will perform a :30 freestyle routine, followed by audition choreography learned in groups of five. After all contestants have auditioned the judges will retire to make their decisions. At approximately 12:00pm call backs for the Semi-Final Phase will be posted outside the admittance gate. Those selected will re-enter the stadium at this time.
*All contestants who received a “Free Pass” at the Prep Classes must arrive by 11:00 am to register for the Semi-Final Phase.
12:00pm – Contestants must bring their Preliminary contestant number or their “Free Pass” to re-register for the Semi-Final Phase. After registration is complete, the Cheerleader Choreographer will refresh the choreography learned earlier and kick line. Immediately following, contestants will perform the dance combination and kick line in groups of five. Upon completion of the dance section, the judges will retire to make decisions and return shortly for the announcement of those selected to advance to the next phase. Those selected will stay for a brief meeting to discuss the final phases of the Audition process: Interviews, Clinics and Performance.
(only for candidates selected at Semi-Finals)
FINAL CANDIDATE INTERVIEWS
Monday or Tuesday, May 5 or 6 @ Sun Life Stadium, Gate G
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm – You will sign up for a specific interview time slot on one of the above dates.
FINAL AUDITION CLINICS
Tuesday, May 6 @ Sun Life Stadium, Gate G – 6:30pm – 10:00pm – Clinic 1
Wednesday, May 7 @ Sun Life Stadium, Gate G – 6:30pm – 10:00pm – Clinic 2
Thursday, May 8 @ Sun Life Stadium, Gate G – 6:30pm – 10:00pm – Clinic 3
Saturday, May 10, 2014 – 9:00 am- 3:00 pm @ Sun Life Stadium
Open to the Public – the final phase of the auditions will take place in a public location in front of an audience.
[Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders Audition Information]
Here’s an off season NFL special: a supplemental album of the young ladies from South Florida. In November I attended the Panthers at Dolphins game and have enough shots for a second compilation of photos from that contest. Love covering the MDC.
Natalie–Pro Bowl selection
By Alex Pena
Stars and Stripes
Two former players for the Miami Dolphins and five members of the team’s cheerleading squad swapped the sand and sun of South Florida for snow at Camp Marmal in northern Afghanistan to meet with troops on the eve of the Super Bowl.
Troops based at Camp Marmal turned out to meet the former players and cheerleaders and get autographs.
Former Miami Dolphins linebacker Derrick Rodgers, who served in the Air Force before being drafted into the NFL, spent two of his four years in the service in Okinawa.
“Me coming over here is part of my giving back, because I understand that being over here sometimes can be monotonous,” Rodgers told Stars and Stripes. “You’re going through this situation, and not being appreciated is one of the biggest things that goes on in their minds.
“So when I get back and tell everybody what happened, I’m going to tell them there is a lot of individuals out here that care about their country,” Rodgers said.
Rodgers, former NFL fullback Lousaka Polite and the cheerleaders were on a trip organized by Armed Forces Entertainment, a Defense Department agency that provides entertainment to U.S. military overseas.
They signed autographs for the troops, posed for pictures, and had servicemembers sign a Dolphins banner that was to be brought back and hung in the stadium in Miami.
Jamie Quadrozzi, events coordinator for the team, said the Miami Dolphins have been participating in such “morale booster” trips since 2001.
“We do at least one tour a year, and sometimes we do more than one. This is our third tour in Afghanistan,” she said. “All the rest of the 37 cheerleaders that we left at home are dying to be here. For a trip like this, it’s a big deal for us. So we chose our top five girls, and they always say yes. They always want to be here.”
As Super Bowl Sunday turned to Super Bowl Monday in Afghanistan — the game aired live at 4:30 a.m. — the troops made their way to the USO at Camp Marmal for the official viewing party. Most of those interviewed admitted to not being fans of either the Denver Broncos or the Seattle Seahawks, who won 43-8, and said they were disappointed with the play.
“I’m from Miami, so I like to support the Dolphins. So I was watching it for the thrill of it,” said Pfc. Luis Ortiz, with Company D, 1st Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment. “Usually you hope for the Super Bowl to be a really close game, but it was just a blowout. I was disappointed that it wasn’t even close at all.”
“Manning has to do better next time,” said Sgt. Sergio Lujan, also with the 1-227 and a Redskins fan, referring to Denver quarterback Payton Manning. “The Manning curse is going on, so he has to break that curse and keep the family going strong.”
Lujan and Ortiz both said the outcome of the game was not that important. “It’s pretty much about trying to have as much fun as possible. You’re in a combat area, but you’re just trying to have a good time with soldiers, fellow enlisted and officers,” Lujan said. “We’re just trying to make the best of the situation. We’ve got snow out here and it can’t get any worse I don’t think.”
“It’s different, because we don’t have the same amenities that we have at home,” Ortiz said. “But I’m with the people I’m close with, my boss — we’re all friends, so it was good watching with them.”
The Dolphins contingent had planned to travel to some of the surrounding forward operating bases in Regional Command North, but heavy snow prevented their travel.
Grace — one of the cheerleaders, who were not permitted to give their last names — welcomed the change of scenery from her home in Florida. “It’s completely different from Miami.”
From 2010 – Amy of the Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders
This Sunday’s Pro Bowl will feature four-year Miami Dolphins Cheerleader veteran Natalie
, a two year MDC captain. Photo courtesy of our Florida Correspondent Jackson.
Dotti Groover-Skipper thinks every person has key life events that shape the person he or she becomes. For her, it was her time as a Miami Dolphins Cheerleader and as a self-esteem instructor in Tampa that led to her work fighting human trafficking. As chairwoman of the Community Campaign Against Human Trafficking-Tampa Bay, she’s heavily involved in raising awareness of the issue and promoting January as National Human Trafficking Awareness Month. Tampa Bay Times staff writer Caitlin Johnston talked with Groover-Skipper, 57, recently to learn more about the issue.
I know trafficking itself has been going on for decades, but when do you think it became the prominent issue it is today?
I have to give a lot of the credit to the Commission on the Status of Women, of which I’m vice chair, who held a fall forum back in November 2012 and really shone a spotlight on the issue of child sex trafficking. We brought community leaders together to begin a dialogue of how can we work together to eradicate child sex trafficking … We were then charged to go back to the county commissioners with the recommendations that we gleaned from the forum on what the county could do to help solve this problem of child sex trafficking.
Can you tell me a little more about the Abolish Movement?
The Abolish Movement is just amazing. Ad2 Tampa Bay was the creative organization that put this campaign together. It’s very edgy, I think. Very youth oriented, which is a target that we wanted to go after as well. And it’s a week of events to bring awareness to the community on the issue of child sex trafficking.
Can you feel awareness growing?
Absolutely. A year ago, when I first took over the helm of the community campaign, I would say most everybody I talked to had no idea that this happened in our community. And now I would say probably one out of three people I talk to knows, or has at least heard, about human trafficking. But I think we still have a long way to go.
I’m noticing the questions are shifting more from “What, that’s a thing here?” to “Oh, I’ve been hearing about that, but I don’t really get it.”
Exactly. That’s what I’m seeing, too. People still need to learn a lot more about the signs to look for and what to do if they see the signs. And that’s what we’re anticipating this whole Abolish Movement will do.
How did you get into this work in the first place?
There were two major events for me. One was when I was a (Miami Dolphins) Cheerleader. I was thrown into a world that I had never experienced before. And luckily I made good decisions back then, but all around me I saw these beautiful young women who were not making good decisions and willing to sell themselves for a cheap high. And I was like the mother hen. I’ve always been that way. But that really opened my eyes.
The second major transformation for me was probably about 20 years ago, about 10 years after the cheerleading incident. I was commissioned to teach self-esteem classes in the projects here in Tampa. And in my class there was a 13-year-old girl who was extremely angry. She asked me if she could bring her 4-year-old sister to the next class. She brought her, and something in my gut told me there wasn’t something right about the 4-year-old. Upon further investigation, it was discovered that the 13-year-old and her little sister lived with their grandmother, and their grandmother was selling them on the street every night for drug money. And the little 4-year-old girl had gonorrhea.
I can’t tell you how that shook me to the core. Because I was still living in the Beaver Cleaver world. I could not believe that there was such evil that a 4-year-old’s grandmother would sell her on the streets to get high.
What led you to become a Miami Dolphins Cheerleader?
I was dared to go down to the Orange Bowl and try out. And I kind of did it just as a joke, thinking, “There’s no way.” There were 500 strong women trying out, and I kept making all the auditions and going back. And they finally cut it to 30, and I made the 30. And they made a first string and a second string, and I was on the first string. So it was all very exciting.
But again, that’s when I was thrown into that world. All kinds of parties. And in the late ’70s and early ’80s in Miami Beach, that was the disco era. A lot of drugs. I look back now and think, “How did I make good decisions?”
That’s always been a question to me, what drives a person to make good decisions when so many people around are making not-so-good decisions and having the consequences that follow.
You can almost compare that to children growing up who are getting the whole world thrown at them. What is it that leads some children, or adults, to go one way instead of another?
Exactly. I know many of the cheerleaders were invited to be in Playboy, because it was really big then. And I actually was in the magazine, but I had my clothes on. So I only made like $1,000, where if you took your clothes off you made $10,000. But I just wasn’t going to go there.
What’s interesting is that I remember saying back then, “You know, what if I have children one day? What if I have a son?” And lo and behold, I have seven children, six sons. So I’m glad there’s no back issue where they can go back and say, “Whoa! Mom!”
A Miami Dolphins Cheerleader
Natalie, a 4-year veteran and 2-year captain has been selected as the MDC representative for the 2014 Pro Bowl. A native of Little Rock, Arkansas, she received her Bachelors Degree from Ball State and is currently a financial coordinator. Natalie was the overwhelming favorite for the honor, voted on by her peers.
[Natalie at DolphinsCheerleaders.com]