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Dallas cowboys cheerleaders enter training camp phase


by Orlan H. Ree, Jr.
Cheer Times
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After two exhausting weekends in which better than 700 hopefuls sweated and toiled through three rounds of auditions, the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders selected 44 candidates for training camp.

In professional cheerleading, there is nothing else like the DCC’s Training Camp, a two and a half month long process in which candidates experience a myriad of sculpting, from learning table etiquette and public speaking to hair pops and leg kicks.

“We are looking for attractive, poised and talented entertainers who can be molded into elite performers and outstanding role models for our world-class organization,” said Kelli Finglass, Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders Director.

By the end of training camp, the final roster will be trimmed to approximately 36 cheerleaders.

A note from Sasha: You’ll recognize a few familiar faces, I’m sure, including the veterans and some ladies you may remember from prior seasons of “Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the team.” However, you may or may not recognize Malia (back row, second from the left), and Jackie (2nd row, 5th from the left.) Malia was a Houston Texans Cheerleader (2005-2007) and Jackie was a member of the San Francisco 49ers Gold Rush (2005-2009). Work it out, ladies!

There are a couple other faces that look familiar, but I can’t quite place them. If you recognize anyone else in the photo drop me a note at sasha@procheerleaderblog.com 🙂

Judges: What it Takes to be a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader


Second round underway for ‘America’s Sweethearts’
Amanda Salinas
The 33 News
May 29, 2009

DALLAS, TX – By the end of this weekend, 45 women in North Texas will be on a much sought-after list. Those ladies will move on to the final round of tryouts for the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders.

Today I asked the judges what it takes to make the squad.

They’re pretty and poised all smiles in their suits, ready for an interview that will make or break their chance to become a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader.

Inside the studios, Nicole Hamilton is done with her panel interview. If she makes the squad, this will be her fifth year on the team, “This has been the most rewarding experience I can honestly say I’ve ever had,” Nicole said. This year more than 600 girls turned out for the first round of auditions. Only 75 got callbacks, one of which is Nicole Palas. “It is tough though it is very hard,” Palas said about the team’s tryouts.

The last part of the auditions happens the training studio, where the finalists will undergo a rigorous two-month training camp, cutting the squad down to just 36 women.

Kelli Finglass, the squad’s director, said the team has rehearsals almost every night with physical fitness, all while learning up to 50 routines over the summer.

Finglass has helped transform the squad and make it a marketable brand, from the successful bikini calendars to the hit reality TV show.

Country Music Television is filming the Cheerleaders fourth season of “Making the Team,” making the process very public.

“The disappointments are bigger; the dreams are bigger,” Finglass said.

The women who have those dreams, like veteran Nicole Hamilton, say it’s all worth it. “You workout, you eat right, you uphold your beauty and your poise. You can be anything; you just have to work hard at it.”

Finglass told us this year the new Cowboys Stadium in Arlington is playing a role during tryouts. They have to think about how a girl will look on a 60-yard high definition screen.

Former DCC Melissa Rycroft to Join Dancing With the Stars

People Magazine reports:

Melissa, DCCJilted by Jason Mesnick on the season finale of The Bachelor, Melissa Rycroft will rebound nicely — on Dancing With the Stars, PEOPLE has learned.

Rycroft, 25, is to fill the slot vacated by Access Hollywood host Nancy O’Dell, who had to withdraw from the competition on March 5 due to a knee injury. According to a source close to the production, the Dallas beauty, who has had only days to rehearse, is expected to perform live on Dancing’s Monday premiere.

Melissa is the third former Pro Cheerleader/Dancer to appear on Dancing with the Stars. Former Miami Heat Dancer Trista Rehn-Sutter was the first contestant eliminated in the show’s premiere season, while former Baltimore Ravens Cheerleader Stacy Keibler finished in third in the show’s second season.

2009 Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders Friends and Family Show

Go here to view NBCDFW’s slideshow from the Cowboys Cheerleaders annual Friends and Family show.

Will Jason Choose Melissa? Finale of The Bachelor Tonight


Melissa, DCC

The Bachelor airs at 8pm E/PT on ABC.

Wedding Bells in the Future for Emily Kuchar

Former Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader Emily Kuchar and Kansas City Royals pitcher Zack Greinke are engaged.


From MLB.com

For 7 1/2 years, since high school at Apopka (Fla.) High, Greinke has been in a relationship with Emily Kuchar. She’s a bright, energetic former Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader, a dancer and a model, and Miss Daytona Beach USA 2008. Emily even has her own
Web site.

And now, at last, Zack and Emily are going to be married.


“Sometime this offseason,” he said. “She tried to make it Oct. 10. I told her, ‘That’s probably not going to work out, Emily. You know how much trouble I could get in if you do that? Please push it back.'”

Clearly, in the world of Zack, that part of the calendar is marked “Playoffs.”