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SI.com: Cheerleaders of the CFL

Sports Illustrated: With the 2015 Canadian Football League in full stride in early August, here are some photos of the league’s cheerleaders, both past and present. [Click here] to check out the gallery.

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Local Dancer Added to Alouettes Cheerleading Squad

From SeawayNews.com

At left is Cassondra Ruest, a Cornwall native who has been added to the Montreal Alouettes cheerleading squad.

At left is Cassondra Ruest, a Cornwall native who has been added to the Montreal Alouettes cheerleading squad.

Cassondra Ruest has a problem. The thing about her new job she is most looking forward to is also the same thing that is making her more than just a bit nervous.

But it’s a great problem to have.

The soon-to-be graduate of Concordia University has been added to the cheerleading squad for the Montreal Alouettes.

Ruest, a Cornwall native, said in an interview she can’t wait for the Alouette’s season opener this summer – but it will be the first time she has performed in front of a stadium full of people.

“This is one of the biggest things I’ve ever done,” she said.

Ruest has been a student of dance nearly all her life. She is in the final year of the dance program at Concordia and has lent her services to small-scale music videos, promotions and the like.

But this was one of her first high-pressure auditions…and she nailed it.

“It’s stressful,” she said, adding about 150 young women turned up for the audution last weekend. “You just go in as a massive group and they split you up.

“They teach you the routines – it’s pretty lengthy.”

Officials reduced the crowd of hopefuls to 50, and then the girls were split into small groups of five and told to perform the routine again.

“Then they announced the call-backs, and I wasn’t one of them,” she said. “I didnt think I had made it.”

What she didn’t know was that Alouette cheerleading officials didn’t need to call her back, they’d seen enough and had already made the decision to keep her.

Ruest is one of six rookies on the 33-member squad, but the only Anglophone.

“I can understand what they are saying, so I should be ok,” she said of the Francophone-dominated squad.

The CFL schedule is expected to be released next week, but Ruest said the cheerleaders are already at work rehearsing.

[Montreal Alouttes Cheerleaders]

Quick – Someone Get Roger Godell on the Phone

That’s a photo from last Sunday’s Grey Cup, the championship game for the Canadian Football League. Every Grey Cup features cheerleaders from all the CFL teams. They perform at events leading up to the game and the game itself. How awesome would it be if the NFL brought in all their cheerleading squads for the Super Bowl?

  • BC FeLions
  • Calgary Stampeders Outriders
  • Edmonton Eskimos Cheer Team
  • Hamilton Ti-Cats Cheerleaders
  • Montreal Alouttes Cheerleaders
  • Saskatchewan Rider Cheer Team
  • Toronto Argos Cheerleaders
  • Winnipeg Blue Bomber Cheer Team
  • Alouettes Cheerleaders offer more than crowd entertainment

    By Andrew Soong
    The Suburban Newspaper
    September 26th, 2012

    The Montreal Alouettes Cheerleaders are not just a few pretty faces shaking pompoms on the football field’s sidelines.

    “We are the link between the stands and the football field,” said Als’ Cheerleaders’ Coordinator Annie Larouche.
    “We are also the ambassadors for the team and represent the team when the players can’t.”

    The 32 members of the Alouettes cheerleaders are chosen from as many as 200 applicants annually from around Montreal drawn from various professional backgrounds contrary to pop culture. Returning cheerleaders are also subject to try-outs as well keeping the team sharp with the skills for on and off the football field.

    According to Larouche cheerleaders must be “dedicated between February to November with solid dancing skills and energetic personality.”

    “I have been dancing since I was three-years-old and this is challenging with dancing,” said four year veteran Als cheerleader Marjorie who is also a mechanical engineer. “The kids are always happy to see you and you get to interact with fans.”

    Practices are mandatory over the course of their season with the Als and can go late into the evenings as the squad practices and perfects their routines. All CFL cheerleading teams are showcased at each Grey Cup even if their team does not travel to the final. According to Larouche “everybody wants to be part of the team including practice.”

    “I danced with the team until one-week before I gave birth and we have another member who still helps out even though she’s pregnant,” said Larouche about the commitment of members of the team. “It may not be cute, but we still dance.”

    In addition to their practices and participation at games the cheerleaders interact with the community at large. Members of the cheerleaders often take part in the outreach programs offered by the Als’ organization including visiting schools with the “Back to School with CN and the Montreal Alouettes.” According to Marjorie “it’s always nice to make at least one little kid happy.”

    2012-13 Montreal Alouettes

    Another update from the Canadian Football league: the 2012-13 Montreal Alouettes Cheerleaders. (Rockin the old skool poms.) Click here to see who is on the team.

    Melissa, Stephanie, Maude, and Josia

    Scenes from the Alouettes Audition

    Making the cut: Photos from the 2012 Cheerleader Auditions
    March 07, 2012

    MONTREAL – The Alouettes roster for the 2012 season may still be coming together, but the cheerleaders finalized theirs at their annual auditions this past weekend.

    Over 130 hopefuls turned up at Molson Breweries’ John Molson Room on Saturday to vie for one of the coveted 28 spots available on the 2012 edition of the squad. Each year, every cheerleader but the captains must try out for the team, and at this year’s tryouts, seven rookies were chosen to join the 25 returnees.

    The competition was fierce and emotions ran high, but luckily our team photographer was there to capture all of the behind-the-scenes action.

    Get your first sneak-peak at some of the girls that will be on hand this year at Percival Molson Stadium by visiting the gallery [click here], and be sure to check back soon for our exclusive video from the event.

    2011 Montreal Alouettes Cheerleaders

    The Alouettes have updated their cheerleader pages.

    Alouettes Cheerleaders

    Profiles are now online for the 2010 Montreal Alouettes Cheerleaders. Click here to learn all about the ladies on this CFL dance team!

    Alouettes Cheerleaders Sonia, Ashley, and Charline


    Alouette Action

    The 2010 season for the Canadian Football League kicked off on the 13th. The Montreal Alouettes haven’t updated their cheerleader pages yet, but there are some great photos of the squad at last Saturday’s game. Click here to see them in action, rocking the poms with those old-school block handles you haven’t see in ages.