2019 New Orleans Saintsations Auditions

SAINTSATIONS AUDITIONS
Friday, April 5 • 5:00PM • Ochsner Sports Performance Center

Thank you for your interest in auditioning for the Saintsations, the official cheerleading team for the NFL’S New Orleans Saints! Incorporating high-energy routines with professionalism, this elite group has earned the reputation of being one of the most versatile and entertaining squads in the league. In addition to performing at NFL Saints home football games, members of the Saintsations take part in community outreach, media relations, and game day appearances. The Saintsations have traveled to Iraq and Afghanistan to visit our troops, and to Mexico City, China and London to promote the NFL. The Saintsations are comprised of well-rounded individuals who play a vital role in our mission to provide the “best” cheerleading team that represents not only the Saints, but our community throughout the world.

Applicants should be able to possess public speaking skills, extensive dance technique, showmanship, and confidence/poise in the spotlight. Ideal candidates are professional, outgoing, energetic, hardworking, and have positive attitudes. Because the Saintsations are influential role models to the youth in our communities, we will select candidates who are committed to leading a healthy, productive lifestyle. The Saintsations will have a busy and exciting year. We look forward to seeing you at the preliminary auditions.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Candidates must be at least 18 years of age on or by the date of preliminary auditions. NO EXCEPTIONS. Proof of age is required with a valid photo ID.
  • Must be a high school graduate.
  • Recent headshot (4X6 or larger preferred). Photos will not be returned. Photos are for identification and should be a current representation of what you look like or will look like at the audition.
  • Resume including professional and dance/cheer background.
  • Please complete the Application and Release Forms (2) and bring with you to auditions. DOWNLOAD AN APPLICATION HERE || DOWNLOAD RELEASE/WAIVER HERE
  • Attire: solid black athletic wear – leggings with black tank top preferred – jumpsuit acceptable. No shorts or midriff tops.
  • Performance ready appearance is expected. No pony-tails.
  • All candidates must be of good moral character and successfully complete all pre-employment screening. The Saints organization is a drug-free workplace. Drug test screenings will be conducted for finalists.
  • All candidates must be available for all phases of the audition process and be prepared to stay as long as necessary (no exceptions!).
  • Finalists selected at the end of the preliminary audition will advance to Finalist Training Camp. Dates and details below

WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR:

  • Showmanship, energy and personality
  • Professionalism and maturity
  • Dance technique and style
  • Commitment to the job
  • Positive attitude and teamwork skills

We are committed to a diverse, inclusive team. We welcome all individuals, regardless of age, sex, ethnicity, disability, race, color, national origin, sexual orientation or gender identity or any other basis prohibited by law.

Finalist Training Camp Dates:
Sunday, April 7th
Saints Indoor Practice Facility (5800 Airline Highway, Metairie)
3PM – 8PM

Wednesday, April 10th
Ochsner Fitness Center (1200 S Clearview Pkwy, Harahan)
6:30PM – 10PM

Final Auditions:
Thursday, April 11th
Saints Indoor Practice Facility (5800 Airline Highway, Metairie)
6PM – 10PM

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Is there an age limit?
You must be 18 years old by the audition date. You must present a valid photo ID.

What is the time commitment involved?
The Saintsations practices at least twice a week, usually on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, for a minimum of 3 hours per practice. Practices are held at a Metairie area location. There are 10 home games (2 preseason and 8 regular season) that usually take place on Sundays, but some Monday or Thursday evening games may be required. Promotional appearances and other booking may occur though out the year.

Saintsations do not attend away games, but are expected to perform at all home games as well as any additional home pre-season or playoff games. Should the Saints play in the Super Bowl, the team may make the trip. All members of the Saintsations Team will need to have reliable transportation to all rehearsals and performances.

What do the judges look for at auditions?
The judges are looking for individuals who are outgoing, energetic and dynamic performers. They are also looking for those who have the dance skills necessary to catch on to routines quickly and perform with precision. Ideal candidates are team players. They are well spoken, professional and hard working.

We are committed to a diverse, inclusive team. We welcome all individuals, regardless of age, sex, ethnicity, disability, race, color, national origin, sexual orientation or gender identity or any other basis prohibited by law, subject to legitimate casting objectives.

Is dance experience required?
You are not required to have any professional dance/cheer training or experience in order to audition; however those with dance training will likely have an advantage and be better prepared for the audition process. Dance ability, performance quality, and technique will be important factors determining who is selected for the team. Personality, poise, and public speaking skill will also be important factors determining who is selected for the team.

How are the Saintsations compensated?
Members are paid an hourly wage for any and all events in which they are representing the New Orleans Saints. This includes practices, games, appearances, dance clinics, photo shoots, etc.

Is there an audition fee?
There is no fee required to audition.

Does my headshot need to be professionally taken?
The headshot is simply used to identify you at auditions. It will not be returned, so a recent snapshot will be fine. It is not necessary to have a professional photo taken.

Are there any height or weight requirements?
No. All applicants must simply fulfill the minimum age requirement.

What can I do to prepare for auditions?
Beginning now, you should brush up on dance and technique skills. It is important that you are putting in the work necessary to look your best. The Audition Workshops are a great way to fully understand the audition process. You will learn requirements for being a member, opportunities that come along with the team, as well as round one audition choreography. Technical skills that may be incorporated into other choreography will also be reviewed.

Are auditions open to the public?
No. Every segment of auditions is closed to outside guests. Some rounds may be live streamed for our fans to follow along.

Do I need to bring a prepared routine to auditions?
No, you do NOT need to prepare a routine for preliminary auditions. You will be taught the routines as part of the audition process. Should you be selected as a finalist a solo may be required. Upon selection of finalists, all details on finalist training camp will be distributed to make sure you are fully informed.

New Orleans Saintsations Audition Workshops

AUDITION WORKSHOPS
Audition workshops are designed to prepare you for our audition process. You will learn actual choreography from last season, practice basic technique and receive valuable audition tips. We will educate you on the entire audition process and you will have the opportunity to ask your own questions on what it takes to become a 2019 Saintsation.

Sunday, March 17 • 2:00-4:00PM
Tari’s School of Dance
9166 Perkins Road, Baton Rouge

Wednesday, March 20 • 7:30-9:30PM
Ochsner Fitness Center
1200 S. Clearview Pkwy., Harahan

Saturday, March 30 • 12:30-2:30PM
Ochsner Fitness Center
1200 S. Clearview Pkwy., Harahan

As an added bonus we’ll teach you the actual routine that will be taught during the first round of our preliminary auditions! This is a HUGE advantage that will help you to be confident and well prepared to impress the judges. Workshops are optional, but strongly suggested. You are welcome to take as many classes as you’d like.

The basic structure of each Audition Workshop will be similar and the same audition choreography will be taught at each. However, sample choreography will be different at each class so that you have as much practice as possible before the big day. There are no attire requirements; just come ready to dance!

A registration fee of $40 per class, or $100 for all three workshop classes will be collected.

*In order to reserve your spot, registration forms and payment must be received at least 24 hours prior to selected class. Walk-ups will be accepted based on availability. Only cash payments will be accepted the day of the class. If you’ve pre-registered and are not present at the start of the class you’re spot may be given away to another participant. Sorry no refunds for missed classes!

Click here to register for the audition workshops.

NFL Divisional Playoffs – The New Orleans Saintsations

The New Orleans Saints continued their winning ways with a victory over the Philadelphia Eagles in the divisional round.  The Saints will next square off against the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC Championship game, featuring the top two teams in the conference. 

Let’s take a look at the most recent Saintsations photos from last week’s game and to see the full gallery click here.

NFL Regular Season Week 12 – The Saintsations

Another week, another important game.  This week, it was a game against their division rival Atlanta Falcons, a one time favorite to win the NFC Championship who has fallen on hard times the past few weeks.  Still, the Falcons are a formidable team on paper with a high powered offense and a defense that has lost quite a few key players.

The Saints defense came up big, forcing three Falcons turnovers inside the Saints 20 yard line and they were as effective on offense.  Drew Brees passes for 171 yards and four touchdowns and the Saints rushed for over 150 yards to defeat the Falcons, 31 – 17.

With the win, the Saints eliminated the Falcons from NFC South contention.  Now let’s turn our attention to this week’s Saintsations photos.  Click here to view this week’s gallery.

NFL Regular Season Week 11 – The Saintsations

We continue our coverage of Week 11 of the NFL regular season with another look at the Saintsations.  Please click here to view the Saints game day gallery.

NFL Regular Season Week 9 – The Saintsations

There weren’t any bigger games on the schedule in Week 9 than the one between the Los Angeles Rams and the New Orleans Saints, the teams with the two best records in the NFC.  People expected this game to be a shoot out and it did not disappoint.  Young and talented, the Rams Jared Goff passed for 391 yards and three touchdowns, but the Saints have a future Hal of Fame quarterback in Drew Brees, who matched Goff’s touchdown total and added another one for good measure.  Alvin Kamara chipped in two rushing touchdowns to help lead the Saints to the victory.  Final score: Saints – 45, Rams – 35.

This game was as good as advertised and with the win, the Saints move ahead of the previously undefeated Rams to become the new favorite to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl.

With the game recap out of the way, let’s take a peek at this week’s Saintsations photos.  Click here to view the Saints game day gallery.

NFL Regular Season Week 5 – The Saintsations

Monday Night Football is a big deal.  It’s the biggest stage during the regular season and it’s the place to make a statement, so you’d better come ready to play because millions of people are going to be watching.  Last Monday, the New Orleans Saints came to play and thoroughly outclassed the visiting Washington Redskins.  Saints QB Drew Brees threw for 363 yards and three TDs on the way to setting  an NFL record for all time passing yards.  Melvin Ingram, fresh off of his four game suspension, rushed for two touchdown and reminded people that the Saints have one of the most dynamic offenses in the NFL.

In contrast, the Redskins looked listless and incapable of stopping the Saints offense.  Alex Smith regressed to what people have come to expect from him, a dink and dunk game manager.  Last year’s deep ball throwing prowess has proven to be a fluke year for Smith and he has done little to make people forget Kirk Cousins, who has generally thrived in his new surroundings in Minnesota. 

Bottom line…the Redskins are not a better team with Smith at the helm and as for the Saints…well they appear to be the same old high scoring, play off contending Saints.  Final Score, Saints – 43, Redskins – 19.

Let us turn our attention to what we are all here for…the Saintsations.  Click here to view the Saints gallery of images from the game.

NFL Regular Season Week 2 – The Saintsations

The resurgent Cleveland Browns came to town to play one of the favorites to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl, the New Orleans Saints.  It was a surprisingly close contest and the Saints had to sweat out a missed extra point by the Browns that could have won the game, before pulling out the win on a late field goal, 21 – 18. 

So with the recap out of the way, let’s take a look at this week’s game day images of the Saintsations.  Click here to view the Saints’ game day gallery.

NFL Regular Season Week 1 – The Saintsations

Its new season in the NFL and it appears that several cheerleading squads have adopted new looks.  Perhaps it is a response to recent current events or perhaps just the evolution of professional cheerleading in 2018.  One of those new look squads is the New Orleans Saintsations.  Click here to take a look at the Saintsations game day gallery.

She must be thinking what I am thinking…Ryan Fitzpatrick…really? 400 yards and five total touchdowns…seriously?

Male Cheerleaders Set To Make NFL History in 2018

By Ralph Warner, NFL.com
Published: Aug. 6, 2018 at 07:24 p.m.

The 2018 season is still 31 days away, but it’s already shaping up to be a historic one. For the first time in NFL history, there will be male cheerleaders on the sidelines.

Napoleon Jinnies and Quinton Peron will be cheering on the Rams cheerleading squad. The Saints will have a male cheerleader on their cheer team, too. Jesse Hernandez, a 25-year-old male dancer who made the Saintsations, said he was inspired by Peron and Jinnies.

“My mom had sent me a link about the L.A. Rams cheerleaders that just had made the team a couple weeks ago,” Hernandez told KATC in April. “She told me that it was my time to shine.”

Cheerleading has been a part of the NFL since 1954 when the Baltimore Colts added a cheer squad to their marching band. Today, 26 of the 32 teams in the NFL have official cheerleading squads.

View from the Sidelines: NFL cheerleaders 2017

Fox Sports Kansas City has posted a gallery of cheerleader images from the 2017 NFL season.  Click here to see the images.

2018 Pro Bowl Cheerleaders – NFC Cheerleader Profiles

NFL.com has posted a gallery of photos of the 2018 Pro Bowl Cheerleaders with some biographical information.  Let’s take a look at the NFC Pro Bowl Cheerleaders.

Chandalae – Carolina Panthers

Chandalae is excited to be in her fourth season as a TopCat while finishing up her degree in English with a concentration in creative writing and fiction at North Carolina State University. She’s the assistant director at a dance studio in Winston-Salem with her mother. She enjoys reading, writing, thunderstorms, her puppies, arcade games, and special effects makeup. She’s excited to graduate from NSCU and find a place for herself in the professional sphere. Fun fact: Chandalae has dual Canadian citizenship! Chandalae’s favorite charity is WindDancer Foal Rescue, dedicated to adopting and rehabilitating foals to place them in good homes.

Chloe – Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Chloe is a fifth-generation Floridian who always dreamed of being able to mix her passion for performance and football. After cheering from the stands since the age of six, she has had the honor of cheering on the sidelines as a Tampa Bay Buccaneers cheerleader for the past four seasons. She obtained her B.S. in Information Technology from Florida State University and is currently employed at i9 Sports as a Marketing Manager. She is grateful for her teammates, coach, fans, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers organization and God for the opportunities, support and lessons they have taught her.

Hailey – Seattle Seahawks

This is Hailey’s second year with the Sea Gals, and outside of cheering for the Seahawks, she is a Business Development Associate at a private market data company in downtown Seattle. In 2016, she graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication from the University of Washington, where she spent her junior and senior years on the Cheer and Dance Team. Hailey is also part of the Sea Gals Show Group, which toured with Armed Forces Entertainment in March, performing for troops in Kosovo, the Netherlands, and Germany.

KaShara – Dallas Cowboys

KaShara is 26 years old and from Irvine, Kentucky. She has been with the Dallas Cowboys for three seasons and is currently a group leader on the team. She also works as a barre fitness instructor in Southlake, TX. KaShara received her Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education at Eastern Kentucky University in 2013 and plans on furthering a career in Physical Therapy.

Leslie – Atlanta Falcons

Leslie is a fifth-year member of the Atlanta Falcons Cheerleaders and a second-year captain. She graduated with highest honors from Georgia Tech and works as a senior supply chain analyst. It was in college that she was inspired to become an NFL cheerleader by her dance team coach, Brandy, the Falcons’ 2012 Pro Bowl Cheerleader. Her time with the Falcons has taken her from London to the Super Bowl and now to the Pro Bowl, and she greatly enjoys the opportunity to give back, particularly through the NFL’s Salute to Service initiative to honor veterans and active military.

Marshe’ – New Orleans Saints

Marshe’ was born in the New Orleans area. She’s a graduate of the University of New Orleans with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing. Marshe’ currently works at iHeartmedia as an Account Executive. She is also a mentor and instrumental in raising money for back to school programs. Marshe’ enjoys traveling with her husband. She represented the New Orleans Saints in Canada for NFL PLAY 60 and was featured as Cheerleader of the Week for Sports Illustrated. This is her fourth season as a Saintsation and she is honored to represent the New Orleans Saints at Pro Bowl.

Nikki – Arizona Cardinals

Nikki is a fourth-year veteran and a second-year team captain and was a member of our former Show Team. She has traveled internationally with the team to Mexico and the UK. Nikki is a talented choreographer whose routines are often showcased on game day. One of her favorite parts of being an NFL Cheerleader is giving back to the community.

Nina – San Francisco 49ers

Nina is in her fifth season as a 49ers Gold Rush cheerleader and in her third year as a captain. She owns her own dance company, is a traveling choreographer, and is graduating in the spring from San Jose State with her degree in communications. When she isn’t performing on the sidelines, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, cooking, and being a Disneyland fanatic. Her favorite part about being a member of the Gold Rush is creating memories and performing with her Gold Rush sisters. She can’t wait to represent her team at the 2018 Pro Bowl!

Saral – Minnesota Vikings

Saral is a seven-year team veteran and four-year team captain. She has represented the Vikings cheerleaders abroad for several military tours and international appearances, such as Japan, Guam, Kwaj, Hawaii, London, and Canada. Saral has been voted and awarded Team Pride, Glamor, Perfect Attendance, Fight Row Charge, and Rookie of the Year throughout her career with the team.

Sativa-Skye – Los Angeles Rams

This is Sativa-Skye’s second year as a Los Angeles Rams Cheerleader. She is currently in her final year of college at Cal Poly Pomona pursuing a Bachelors degree in Communication with an emphasis in Public Relations. Sativa-Skye has had the opportunity to represent the Rams in London, Hong Kong, and Mexico as well as on NBC’s 2016 Sunday Night Football commercial. She is incredibly honored to serve as an ambassador for her team at the 2018 Pro Bowl.

Stacey – Detroit Lions

Stacey is a second-year captain for the Detroit Lions cheerleaders. She was selected as a captain during the team’s inaugural season, and has enjoyed contributing to the program’s development. With a passion for performing arts, she received her BFA in dance with a business double major from Marygrove College in 2017, and aspires to open her own dance studio. Stacey enjoys instructing dance to children of all ages and was excited to assist with the first ever Junior DLC Program. She is honored to be a Detroit Lions cheerleader representing the Lions organization at the Pro Bowl!

Symone – Philadelphia Eagles

An accomplished performer, Symone plans to pursue a professional dance career after graduating from the University of the Arts in May 2018. Symone was honored to participate in the onstage televised announcement of an Eagles draft pick during the 2017 NFL Draft. She is involved in humanitarian outreach within the U.S. and internationally. Recently, she spent time helping orphaned children in Higuey, Dominican Republic. Born in Japan at Yokota Air Force Base, Symone is very proud of her African-American and Asian heritage and her family’s service in the United States military.

As of 01/15/18, there was no listing/bio for a Washington Redskins Cheerleader Pro Bowl Kellie in NFL.com’s article.

Tomorrow we will publish the AFC Pro Bowl representatives.

Saintsations Photos from Wild Card Weekend

The New Orleans Saints have posted a gallery of cheerleader images from Wild Card Weekend.  Click here to view the images.

 

Saintsations Photos from Week 16

The New Orleans Saints have posted a gallery of cheerleader images from Week 16.  Click here to view the gallery.

Saintsations Photos from Week 15

The New Orleans Saints have posted a gallery of cheerleader images from Week 15.   Click here to view the gallery.