2019 Washington Redskins Cheerleaders Auditions

Auditions Schedule

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All of the preliminary audition rounds and finalist rehearsals will be held at FedExField: 1600 FedEx Way, Landover, MD 20785.

All preliminary audition rounds and finalist rehearsals are CLOSED to the public.

Friday, March 22: Interviews
6:00 PM | Registration begins for Ambassadors only
7:00 PM | Interviews begin for Ambassadors only
7:00 PM | Registration begins for Cheerleaders
8:00 PM | Interviews begin for Cheerleaders

Saturday, March 23: Preliminary & Quarterfinal rounds
Two (2) rounds of cuts will be made during this period.
8:00 AM | Check in begins
8:45 AM | Welcome (everyone must be checked in by this time)
9:00 AM | Preliminary Auditions: Freestyle & Technique
11:00 AM | Preliminary Auditions End
11:30 AM | Quarterfinalists Announced
12:00 PM | Quarterfinalists Learn Routine & Kickline for Semifinal Round
1:30 PM | Break
2:00 PM | Quarterfinalist Dance Performance
4:30 PM | End of Auditions
5:00 PM | Semifinalists Announced

Sunday, March 24: Semifinal Round
Several rounds of cuts will be made during this time.
10:00 AM – 6:00 PM | Semifinalists Rehearsal

Monday, March 25: Finalists Photo & Video Shoot
6:30 PM – 10:30 PM | Swimwear and Uniform Photo and Video Shoots

Finalists Rehearsals and Interviews
All Rehearsals and Interviews are from 6:30 PM – 10:30 PM
Tuesday, March 26
Thursday, March 28
Friday, March 29
Monday, April 1
Tuesday, April 2
Wednesday, April 3
Thursday, April 4

Friday, April 5: Final Auditions
The 2019 Washington Redskins Cheerleaders will be announced at the completion of Final Auditions. Final Auditions will be OPEN to the public.
Location: Howard Theater, 20 T St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Doors open at 6:30 PM | Audition Show starts at 7:30 PM
Check back later for Final Audition ticket information.

Saturday, April 6: Squad Meeting
3:00 PM – 6:00 PM | Mandatory

Those from out of town will need to relocate immediately.

Other Important Dates:

*Rookie Rehearsals
Tuesday, April 9
Thursday, April 11

*Team Rehearsals
Tuesday, April 16
Thursday, April 18
Tuesday, April 23rd

Cheerleader Audition Photos and Videos
The cheerleaders typically perform at Redskins Draft Fest the week of April 25, 2019. The team will travel for the 2019 – 2020 Calendar shoot in late May/early June.

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Frequently Asked Questions:

What are the minimum qualifications to be a Washington Redskins Cheerleader?

  • Must be at least 18 by April 5, 2019.
  • Hold a full/part-time job, or attend school full time, or have a family
  • Have a High School Diploma or G.E.D.
  • Ladies from all over the country audition each year. If you are chosen to be a Washington Redskins Cheerleader, you must relocate to the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.

Are there any height and weight requirements?
You should look physically fit; but we have no set limits. We do not have a minimum or maximum height/weight requirement.

Will I make the squad if I have a tattoo or facial/body piercings?
If tattoo is visible in the uniform or practice wear, you must have it covered with make up at all times. Facial and Body piercings must be removed when in uniform or practice wear.

Is there an age limit?
You must be at least 18 by April 5, 2019. There is no maximum age limit.

How should I wear my hair and makeup?
Your hairstyle and makeup should complement your features. Think glamorous. You may want to contact the official hair salon for the Washington Redskins Cheerleaders, Robert Andrew Salon, to ask for advice on the perfect hairstyle for you. You may also attend our Bonus Workshop that will feature our hair & makeup artist for additional advice.

What type of photo should I submit with my application?
All applicants must submit a recent full body photo in athletic wear with their application.

What should my video include with my application?
Think elevator pitch & tell us about you in 0:30 to 1 minute.

Can my family watch any part of the auditions or Prep Classes?
No, the Prep Classes and the first rounds of auditions are closed to the public. However, the Final Audition Show is open to the public. It is being held at Howard Theater on Friday, April 5, 2019

Do I have to take Prep Classes?
No, however it is highly recommended that you take as many prep classes and seminars as possible. This is where you will learn all of our various dances and styles even from our captains, leaders on the team and cheerleader directors. Those that attend all 10 Prep Classes will advance to the Quarter Final round Saturday afternoon. Candidates must still attend interview and preliminary rounds.

Can I take the Prep Classes even if I am not going to audition?
Yes, these are among the best adult dance and fitness classes offered in the area. If you miss dancing and want to take the classes to improve your dance technique or stay in shape, then these classes are for you.

Do I have to attend all days of the auditions?
YES, you must start the first night and should plan on staying during the entire audition process.

Is the squad more dance-oriented than cheerleading and stunting?
Dance! We have our own style of dance with emphasis on Jazz and Hip Hop. Tumbling is a plus.

Who are the Redskins Cheerleaders Ambassadors and how can I become one?
Newly branded along with our Fan Team, the Ambassadors are a non-dancing group do a variety of appearances at FedExField during Redskins home games including in-game pregame performances with the Cheerleaders and video board presence. The Ambassadors also make appearances throughout the Metro area during the season. This group will be selected from all rounds of auditions. The Ambassadors along with our Fan Team members have mandatory monthly meetings and must attend all home Redskins games.

Do I have to come to the Auditions if I only want to be an Ambassador?
Yes, you will need to go through the interview round to audition for Ambassadors. Please indicate that you only want to be considered to be a Redskins Cheerleaders Ambassador on the Application. If you DO NOT dance and would like to only be considered for an ambassador position, please indicate that on your application and you will be only judged for that position.

Who are the Fan Team Members and how can I become one?
The Fan Team is an energetic group that engage and entertain fans during Redskins home games. Fan team members are comprised of men and women who interact with fans at FedExField from the time parking lots open until the end of each game to keep fans energized and excited. Fan Team members along with our Ambassadors have mandatory monthly meetings and must attend all home Redskins games. This group will hold a separate audition in the Spring/Summer 2019.

Do I have to come to the Auditions if I only want to be become a member of The Fan Team?
No. Fan Team members will be selected during the Spring/Summer 2019 through a separate audition process. You may submit on your application that you are interested in being contacted for the Fan Team audition. If you are interested in being contacted for Fan Team only auditions, feel free to email keenej@redskins.com.

If I am selected as an Ambassador or Fan Team member and want to still become a Redskins Cheerleader, can I audition next year?
Absolutely! This is a great way for you to learn what it takes to become a Washington Redskins Cheerleader and be involved with our fans to help to achieve this goal. You will also be working closely with Redskins and Cheerleader Staff on game days.

When, where and how much do the Washington Redskins Cheerleaders rehearse?

  • Anywhere from 2-5 times per week.
  • Full squad rehearsals are primarily held on Tuesday and Thursday nights from 6:30 pm until 10:30 pm. Saturday and/or Sunday rehearsals may be in the morning or afternoon and will be scheduled several times throughout the year.
  • If you are selected for additional traveling appearances, rehearsals for this will be in addition to the regular scheduled rehearsals.
  • All rehearsal will be held at FedExField in the Cheerleader Studio. A few rehearsals throughout the year will be held at Redskin Park in Ashburn VA.
  • All rehearsals are mandatory.

What will the judges focus on during auditions?

  • Showmanship
  • Dance Technique
  • Personal Appearance
  • Personality
  • Communication Skills
  • Energy
  • Kick Technique
  • On Camera Presence

What is the photo round?
Each Finalist will go through a photo and video shoot. They will be judged on comfort level in front of the camera and the final shots will be given a score.

Do I have to make up my own routine?
No, for the first round of auditions you will be required to free-style dance and we recommend you not pre-choreograph this. This will take place to a one minute upbeat piece of top 40 style music. This is a way for the judges to see your natural movement and your choreography is not judged. For all other rounds, you will be taught all the choreography you will dance. Free-style will be worked on during the prep classes.

How much of a time commitment is being a Washington Redskins Cheerleader?

  • In addition to attending every rehearsal and home games, the Redskins Cheerleaders participate in several hundred appearances a year all over the world. Each cheerleader should plan on making at least twenty (20) appearances during the year.
  • The time spent a week at rehearsals, games and appearances can range from 12 to 20 hours 
  • At the prep classes you will be able to meet several of the current squad members and ask them how they manage their time.

Do I have to pay for the uniform?
No, all uniforms, practice attire, warm-ups, earrings, shoes, boots, and poms are supplied for each cheerleader. You are responsible for the care of the uniforms and attire supplied to you.

What should I wear to auditions?

  • Your outfit can be any color and any style, and must be two pieces (i.e. a crop top/sports bra and dance trunks/briefs/shorts). Torso must be visible. If you wish to order a costume, you may do so from www.thelineup.com. Keep in mind the judges need to be able to picture what you would look like in the Washington Redskins Cheerleaders uniform.
  • Sample audition attire will be available for purchase during our Bonus Workshop & Vendor Showcase.  
  • Flesh-colored pantyhose
  • Dance sneaker, dance boots, or jazz shoes.

Are all the Prep Classes different and can I audition if I do not attend any of the classes?

  • The Prep Classes are designed to offer different choreography each day. 
  • You may still audition if you do not attend any of the Prep Classes. The Prep Classes are optional, but strongly recommended. Even if you have danced your entire life you will still learn important information about the Washington Redskins Cheerleaders.

What do I need to bring to the auditions?

  • Bring a lunch or snack and a water bottle.
  • Extra audition outfit and tights. Just in case anything happens.
  • If you have not attended a Prep Class, please bring $60 cash, money order or credit card for the registration fee.
  • If you have attended prep classes, there is NO FEE to audition.

What is the best way for me to find out if I have what it takes to be a Redskins Cheerleader?
Attend at least one prep class EARLY! Many people wait until the last week when you don’t have to time to prepare.