Cutting footloose: 250 vie for spot on Patriots spirit squad

By Renee Nadeau
The Boston Herald
March 1, 2009

About 250 exuberant hopefuls got their pompoms on yesterday, vying for a coveted spot on the 2009 New England Patriots [team stats] cheerleading team.

The first round of auditions at Gillette Stadium saw the athletic and attractive ladies master two dance routines, in addition to showing their talents in a freestyle segment.

Two rounds of eliminations cut the contestant pool to about 50 by the end of the day. The lucky finalists will be grilled in interviews this week before tackling the final auditions Saturday. Up to 28 cheerleaders will make the cut.

After the painstaking auditions, the pompom crew can relax on the beaches of Aruba, where the gang is jetting in April to shoot the 2010 Patriots Cheerleaders swimsuit calendar.

Patriots cheerleaders, who practice twice a week as a squad, perform at every home game in Foxboro and visit U.S. armed forces stationed overseas.

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2009 Patriots Cheerleader try-outs