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2020 NFL Cheerleader Audition Dates

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It’s officially audition season and for those prospective NFL cheerleaders, it is time to start preparing and organizing for the upcoming auditions.  Check back here or click on the auditions link at the top of the page for an updated listing of NFL auditions.

UPDATE: With the current Corona virus situation, please contact the NFL teams directly to get the latest information on the status of auditions.
 

NFL Cheerleading Squads (2020)

Arizona Cardinals:  Postponed.  [Details]
Atlanta Falcons:  April 26.   [Details]
Baltimore Ravens:  March 7.  [Details]
Carolina Panthers:  April 19.  [Details]
Cincinnati Bengals:  April 26.  [Details]
Dallas Cowboys:   May 2.  [Details]
Dallas Cowboys Rhythm & Blue Dancers:  [Details]
Denver Broncos:  Postponed.  [Details]
Detroit Lions:  Postponed.  [Details]
Houston Texans:  March 28.  [Details]
Indianapolis Colts:  April 19.  [Details]
Jacksonville Jaguars:  Postponed.  [Details]
Kansas City Chiefs:  Postponed.  [Details]
Las Vegas Raiders:     [Details]
Los Angeles Chargers:    [Details]
Los Angeles Rams:  Postponed.   [Details]
Miami Dolphins:  April 18.  [Details]
Minnesota Vikings:  Postponed.  [Details]
New England Patriots:  Postponed.  [Details]
New Orleans Saints:  April 17.  [Details]
New York Jets:  March 7.  [Details]
Philadelphia Eagles:  March 23.   [Details]
San Francisco 49ers:     [Details]
Seattle Seahawks:  Postponed.  [Details]
Tampa Bay Buccaneers:   May 2.  [Details]
Tennessee Titans:  April 25.  [Details]
Washington Redskins:   Postponed.  [Details]

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Health Heroes: Cardinals Cheerleaders Fight Coronavirus On Front Lines

Editors note: some good news regarding two cheerleaders who are having a positive impact on the community as we undergo this unprecedented time in our country.  We thank Darren Urban and the Arizona Cardinals for bringing this to our attention.

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Cardinals cheerleader Darby, a local nurse, works at her parking lot station this week as she helps screen incoming patients for the coronavirus.

As she watches cars drive up each day, Darby doesn’t know if the person inside will have a mild cough or no illness symptoms at all. She doesn’t know if the potential patient just broke a foot or is showing the serious signs of COVID-19.

But as a nurse, this is what she wanted to do. In another part of her life, Darby is a Cardinals cheerleader (per team policy, azcardinals.com won’t use her last name). But nursing is her profession, and as part of her hospital’s disaster response team for the coronavirus, she has spent the last week in the parking lot screening those that drive up, never knowing for sure exactly to what she has been exposed.

Her hospital has all the personal protective equipment it needs for now. She feels lucky in that regard. But the unknown is reality. Treating someone with no outward symptoms doesn’t necessarily mean anything.

“Right now, I don’t feel in danger, but I don’t really know what’s to come,” said Darby, who has been a nurse for six years and is heading into her fourth year with Cardinals Cheer. “Will supplies change in one week? Two weeks? Three weeks?

“I try to stay in the moment. As a healthcare worker, I think it’s important that we keep our calm. Every day it’s changing.”

Shasta has been a nurse for almost five years. She works with newborn babies and their mothers, in that day or two they are in the hospital for a birth. She isn’t necessarily dealing with COVID patients – “I have a crazy amount of respect for the people that are going in there every single day to do that,” she said – but as a nurse, the coronavirus inevitably was going to touch her life.

Shasta’s mother was diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer three years ago. Shasta bought a house two years ago and both her mom and dad moved in. When COVID-19 arrived, the fear set in, and she saw no option other than moving out.

“I couldn’t stand the thought of potentially coming into contact with (the coronavirus), not knowing if I was positive and exposing her to that,” Shasta said. “That would be more catastrophic than anything.”

Cardinals cheerleaders Darby (left) and Shasta in their work clothes as local nurses.

Shasta, going into her third season as a Cardinals cheerleader, first moved in with a friend, who is also a nurse. That friend – who had only had the mildest of symptoms and tested only when she had trouble smelling and tasting – was soon after diagnosed with COVID-19.

Shasta had to stay home from work. She moved to a hotel for a week to quarantine while she waited for her own COVID test results. Those results came back negative, and she moved in with her brother and was able to return to work. (Her friend is doing well.)

“It’s been a little crazy,” Shasta said.

Darby, who has twice gone to Haiti to help provide free medical care in desperate areas, has a boyfriend who is a firefighter. She said he too has the proper equipment now, but with him as a first responder, they have had conversations about their heightened exposure to the virus.

The fall, with the potential of football and cheerleading, can seem so far away. In these circumstances, it can feel meaningless.

“There are a lot more important things than cheerleading and the NFL,” Shasta said. “But this whole (sports) industry gives people hope. If we do what we need to do to get everyone healthy, I keep thinking this will be something people can look forward to. People won’t take (that life) for granted.”

As for nursing, no matter how dangerous the profession has become, neither has regrets.

“I really have never been so proud to be a nurse,” Shasta said. “That doesn’t mean it’s not scary, to think of what the future holds.”

Darby, in a family full of healthcare workers, long thought about being a caregiver at the bedside, doing hands-on patient care. Given the world around her, the idea of being in a different line of work, “you wonder those things.”

“But I am the type of the person where I want to be responding to this,” Darby said. “I want, with my whole heart and soul, to help people.”

Boston Celtics Dancers Photos

I hope everyone is safe, adhering to the government guidelines, and keeping a positive attitude during these tying times.  Let’s keep our spirits up with a few images of the Boston Celtics Dancers from social media.

More photos after the break.

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Miami Dolphins Announced Virtual Cheerleader Auditions

Virtual Auditions Guidelines

All dates and events are subject to change in the sole discretion of the Miami Dolphins.

Requirements

  • 18 years old by May 31, 2020
  • High school graduate by June 2020
  • 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

Rehearsals are typically Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings with an occasional Saturday afternoon rehearsal.

General Information

  • Preliminary and semifinal auditions will now be virtual auditions. All candidates must fill out the online questionnaire found here as well as submit an online video and headshot to Cheerleaders@Dolphins.com
  • We ask that you submit the questionnaire, headshot and video on the same day
  • Deadline for submissions is May 2, 2020

Guidelines for Preliminary Auditions

Round 1

Must submit online audition questionnaire, headshot and audition video by May 2nd.

We ask that you submit all three pieces on the same day to eliminate any confusion.

Videos and headshots should be labeled with your last name, underscore, first name, underscore, and either video or headshot. Ex. Smith_Jane_video

Video can be the following: YouTube Link, Vimeo Link, or iPhone video

Video must include:

  • 30 second Introduction: Name, where you are from, why you are trying out
  • 45 second improv/freestyle to song of your choice
  • 2 eight counts of straight kicks to the front

Criteria:

  • Creativity in freestyle
  • Fitness
  • Stage presence
  • Performance quality

If you are ready to virtually audition, please click here for the questionnaire.

Round 2

Everyone that auditions will receive an email by May 6th on whether or not they have made it to the 2nd round.

If selected, candidates will have next audition steps in their email. They will be required to learn 8 eight counts of choreography in a fairly quick turnaround and resubmit their new video. Keep an eye on your email so you don’t miss these instructions!

Second round learned choreography video must be submitted by Saturday, May 9th at 5:00pm, EST.

Video must include:

  • 30 second Introduction: Name, where you are from, why you are trying out
  • audition choreography and music full out
  • 2 eight counts of straight kicks to the front

Video can be the following: YouTube Link, Vimeo Link, or iPhone video

Criteria:

  • Ability to learn choreography quickly
  • Kicks
  • Fitness
  • Stage presence
  • Performance quality

Upon submission, any videos, photos or other materials shall become the property of the Miami Dolphins.

ATTIRE GUIDELINES

We want you to feel the most relaxed and yourself. Feel free to wear a comfortable dance outfit with optional dance shoes. You may go barefoot if you would prefer, for your freestyle. We do prefer dance shoes or sneakers for the kickline portion.

FINAL AUDITIONS GENERAL INFORMATION

If you make it to Finals round, you will be contacted by MDC cheer staff.

Finals round is currently still being planned to be held in person, but will be reevaluated in the upcoming weeks.

FINAL AUDITIONS BOOT CAMP WEEK

  • In town interviews in person or video call interviews dates TBD
  • Out of town in person or video call interviews dates TBD
  • Boot Camp Week dates TBD
  • Finals auditions show dress rehearsal date TBD

FINAL AUDITIONS

  • Date: TBD 
  • Location: TBD

Clippers Spirit Dancers Photos

As we endure the corona virus crises and the continued shutdown of the NBA season, let us continue our look back at NBA dance teams from earlier in the year.  This time, we take a deep dive into the Clippers Spirit Dancers from the season that was.

More photos after the break.

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Brooklyn Nets Dancers Photos

With the current state of affairs in the nation and sporting events suspended, let’s take a look back to earlier in the NBA season and focus our attention on the Brooklyn Nets Dancers.  Enjoy and stay safe.

More photos after the break.

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Portland BlazerDancers Photos

Well with the NBA and the rest of the sporting world canceling games, we will have to look back to the recent past to get our fill of NBA dancer photos.  So, let’s take a break from the Corona virus pandemic and check out some Portland BlazerDancers photos from earlier in the season.

More photos after the break.

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Los Angeles Rams Cheerleaders Auditions Postponed!

Per the Los Angeles Rams:

Due to the evolving corona virus situation, the Los Angeles Rams Cheer Auditions and Workshops have been postponed until further notice.  We will provide an update once new dates and times are confirmed.  All workshop registration fees will be refunded by Friday, March 27th.  Thank you for your understanding.

Boston Cannons Dance Team Auditions Announced!

The Boston Cannons Dancers are a professional dance team that performs at all Boston Cannons Home Games throughout the regular season. The squad was founded in 2002, one year after the Boston Cannon’s inaugural season, making them the longest standing Major League Lacrosse dance team in history. 

Under the leadership of Director/Coach Ines Costa, the Dancers practice once a week on Monday nights for 3 hours. In addition to home games and practices, the Boston Cannons Dancers frequently appear in the community at various promotional opportunities and charity events.

Audition to become a dancer for Major League Lacrosse’s Boston Cannons!

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

  • high school graduate or GED
  • at least 18 years old at the time of audition
  • possess dance/cheer experience
  • be able to attend practice once a week from April-Aug 2020
  • be able to attend home games from June-Aug 2020 in Quincy, MA
  • if selected for the team, dancers must be able to attend a mandatory orientation that will take place at the Boston Cannons Main Office in Quincy on Wednesday April 15, 2020 from 6-8pm.

WHAT TO EXPECT:

Check in from 12:30-1pm. The official audition process will begin promptly at 1pm and end no later than 5:30pm. Candidates will be judged on their technique, showmanship, enthusiasm, personality, personal appearance and fitness. The audition process will consist of four rounds; a short personal interview, an across-the-floor combination, a stylized jazz/pom/hip hop dance routine and an improvised solo. All music will be provided. Cuts will not be made the day of auditions. Current Dancers are expected to re-audition on a yearly basis. All dancers auditioning will be emailed regardless if they are selected for the team or not. Dancers are welcome to ask for feedback after the final team has been announced.

WHAT TO WEAR:

  • neat workout attire in the form of shorts and a sports bra
  • flesh-colored nylons or tights
  • sneakers or jazz shoes
  • makeup ‘game-day ready’ (think glam)
  • hair down and ‘game-day ready’ (no pony tails or buns).

WHAT TO BRING:

  • current 5×7 headshot (will not be returned)
  • professional resume
  • dance resume
  • pen & planner
  • warm up suit
  • plenty to drink
  • snacks and/or a lunch
  • $30 registration fee ($25 for reauditioning dancers)

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

For questions regarding the audition process, please contact Ines Costa, Boston Cannons Dancers Director & Coach, at danceteam@bostoncannons.com.

Check out the Latest from the Pro Cheerleading Podcast: Interview with Kelsey Pesola

This is the episode you’ve all been waiting for, especially for those who are getting ready to audition to become an NFL cheerleader. This week, Mhkeeba sits down with her dear friend and Personal Trainer, Kelsey Pesola, to discuss all things fitness, everything from having the right mindset to get your body on track for auditions to how to keep in shape during the season. Kelsey offers some amazing advice on how to break your fitness goals down to attainable small wins that will help deliver the results you are looking for to be the best version of yourself.

During Cheer Chat, Mhkeeba talks about this insane coronavirus that’s hit hard in Seattle, a belated shout out to Black History Month performances and celebrations by NBA dance teams, and a cool VIP fan vacation package the Patriots Cheerleaders are hosting during their fitness calendar shoot in Turks and Caicos. Kelsey shares a Locker Talk story of her infamous reputation of being late to final auditions!

Click here to listen to this episode of the podcast.

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