Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team
|Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team|
|Based on||Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||9|
|Original channel||Country Music Television|
|Related shows||NFL Cheerleader Playoffs|
Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team is an American reality television series that premiered in 2006 on Country Music Television. The series follows the auditioning process and the making of the annual Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders squad. The series features DCC director Kelli McGonagill Finglass and choreographer Judy Trammell (both of whom are former Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders from the 1980s), and former Army drill sergeant Jay Johnson (who is the founder of "Boot Camp Fitness" and is responsible for the conditioning drills each girl must perform for testing). Hundreds of young women audition each year and are put through the DCC "training camp" system before being cut down to the final 36 squad members for the first home football game of the Dallas Cowboys' preseason.
The show tracks the progression each candidate must follow in order to make the final roster and premiere on opening day at Texas Stadium (Seasons 1-3) and going forward to AT&T Stadium (formerly Cowboys Stadium); first the open audition "cattle call", then the 5-person audition "cut-down", then the personal interviews, uniform fittings, BMI testing, physical fitness testing, etiquette training, mock media interviews, and calendar shoots. There is also knowledge testing of the Dallas Cowboys and their history, NFL Football in general and the rules of the game, general history, government, and current events. And there is the grueling elite dance choreography that tests each girl's capacity to grasp dance combinations and perform the trademark kick-line/jump-split routine for which the DCC is known. Girls are judged by a hand-picked panel of experts and scoring is based on physical appearance, physical fitness, dance style, poise, grace, intelligence and showmanship.
Once DCC training camp opens, the girls are put through a program of elite dance training and physical conditioning that is comparable to some professional sports training programs. If a girl is struggling, she is generally given a warning stating the nature of her difficulty and an opportunity to correct the shortcoming(s) before she is excused (cut) from the squad. Common reasons for being cut are (1) failure to correctly perform mandatory dance routines, (2) failure to display an elite level of dance skill, and (3) a lack of physical fitness and/or failing to meet body fat requirements. Candidates have also been cut due to past legal problems, morality issues, domestic distractions, lack of preparedness and poor time management skills. And rookie candidates haven't been the only ones who have been cut; even veterans have been cut due to some of the above-mentioned reasons.
The series returned for a second season in 2007, and with the success of the program, the series returned for a third season on October 4, 2008. The fourth season started on October 10, 2009. The fifth season began airing on October 15, 2010. Season 6 began airing on October 20, 2011. Season 7 premiered on September 7, 2012. Season 8 premiered on September 6, 2013. Season 9 premiered on August 1, 2014. 
2014 - 2015 Squad
Veterans: Abby Camille, Angela Rena, Ashley Marie, Ashley Nicole, Brittney Schram, Danielle Marie, Emma Mary, Holly Arielle, Jacie Veronica, Jasmine Raphaella, Jenna Lene, Jennifer Alexis, Jennifer, Jessica Marie, Jessica Allison, Jinelle Esther, Jordan Elizbeth, Katy Marie, Kelsey Lauren, Kinzie Ryanne, Nicole Bulcher, Paige Elaine, Rachel Le-Ann, Samantha Melissa, Sydney Durso, and Veronica Ann.
Rookies: Ashley, Breelan, Caila, Courtney, Erica, Lacey, Loren, Mary, Melissa, and Victoria.
2013 - 2014 Squad
Veterans: Jenna Lene, Ashley Marie, Jacie Veronica, Danielle Marie, Jasmine Raphaella, Amelia Bren, Jessica Marie, Jordan Elizabeth, Kim Nicole, Kinzie Ryanne, Carisa Rose, Lauren Williams, Olivia Rene, Mackenzie Lee, Kelsey Lauren, Holly Arielle, Mia Greenhouse, Brittney Schram, Angela Rena, Alex Hermes, Katy Marie, Jacqueline Bob, Emma Mary, Nicole Bulcher, Sydney Durso, Jennifer Alexis, and Veronica Ann.
Rookies: Morgan Whitney, Samantha Melissa Marie, Paige Elaine, Rachel Le-Ann, Kaitlyn LaRae, Jennifer Kathryne, Courtni Shae, Jessica Allison, Abby Camille, Jinelle Esther, Ashley Nicole, and Hannah Alexandra.
2012 - 2013 Squad
Veterans: Sydney Durso, Melissa Kellerman, Whitney Isleib, Cassie Trammell, Mia Greenhouse, Jackie Bob, Lauren Williams, Nicole Bulcher, Katy Marie, Angela Rena, Courtney Cook, Colleen Meghan, Amelia Bren, Alexandra Caroline, Mackenzie Lee, Emma Mary, Meagan McVay, Holly Arielle, Brittney Schram, and Veronica Ann.
Rookies: Kim Nicole, Jasmine Raphaella, Chelsea Elizabeth, Danielle Marie, Jacie Veronica, Kelsey Lauren, Jenna Lene, Collin Julia, Ashley Marie, Jordan Elizabeth, Olivia Rene, Jennifer Alexis, Kinzie Ryanne, Teri Lynn, Emily Claire, Kali Nicole, Jessica Marie, Carisa Rose, and Alex Hermes.
2011 - 2012 Squad
Veterans: Ally Traylor, Whitney Isleib, Kelsi Reich, Melissa Kellerman, Brittany Evans, Cassie Trammell, Kaitlin Ilseng, Sydney Durso, Mia Greenhouse, Ashton Torres, Ann Lux, Lauren Williams, Meagan McVay, Sunni Cranfill, Sasha Agent, Jackie Bob and Nicole Bulcher.
Rookies: Colleen Meghan, Cassie Kathleen, Emma Mary, Holly Arielle, Kamilah Brett, Amelia Bren, Meghan Michelle, Brittney Schram, Amber Lea, Courtney Cook, Alexandra Caroline, Jenna Allison, Angela Rena, Mackenzie Lee, Katy Marie, Alyssa Torres, and Veronica Ann.
2010 - 2011 Squad
Veterans: Brooke Sorenson, Trisha Trevino, Tobie Percival, Tia Williams, Meagan Sharp, Meredith Oden, Ally Traylor, Jordan Baum, Michelle Keys, Crystal Trevino, Kaitlin Ilseng, Brittany Evans, Jordan Chanley, Sydney Durso, Cassie Trammell, Kelsi Reich, Melissa Kellerman, Whitney Isleib, Carey DePasquale, Joannah Liad, Meagan McVay, Jackie Bob, Ashton Torres, Evan Anderson, Mia Greenhouse, and Sunni Cranfill.
Rookies: Kaitlin LeGrand, Stephanie Heymann, Sasha Agent, Ann Lux, Alyssa Sarasani, Olivia Stevanovski, Lauren Williams, and Nicole Bulcher.
2009 - 2010 Squad
Veterans: Sarah Gourley, Nicole Hamilton, Justine Phillips-Orf, Trisha Trevino, Tobie Percival, Brooke Sorenson, Kristen Gauthier, Abigail Klein, Meredith Oden, Meagan Sharp, Ally Traylor, Tia Williams, Jordan Baum, Jordan Chanley, Sydney Durso, Brittany Evans, Kaitlin Ilseng, Whitney Isleib, Melissa Kellerman, Michelle Keys, Amy Reese, Kelsi Reich, Cassie Trammell, Crystal Trevino.
Rookies: Evan Anderson, Jacqueline Bob, Sunni Cranfill, Carey DePasquale, Mia Greenhouse, Vanessa Jenkins, Brandi Kilby, Joannah Liad, Meagan McVay, Malia Morales, Ashton Torres.
2008 - 2009 Squad
Veterans: Sarah Clay, Deryn Derbigny, Kristen Gauthier, Sarah Gourley, Nicole Hamilton, Kandi Harris, Julie Jacobs, Erica Jenkins, Abigail Klein, Dara McFarlane, Meredith Oden, Tobie Percival, Justine Phillips-Orf, Ryan Ray, Meagan Sharp, Brooke Sorenson, Makenzi Swicegood, Ally Traylor, Trisha Trevino and Tia Williams
Rookies: Jordan Baum, Lauren Castillo, Jordan Chanley, Sydney Blaine Durso, Brittany Thornton Evans, Kaitlin Taylor Ilseng, Whitney Christine Isleib, Melissa Rae Kellerman, Jordyn Ashlee Ketchum, Michelle Christina Keys, Jennifer Lynn McMahon, Stefani Peterson, Amy Reese, Kelsi Reich, Cassandra Trammell, Crystal Michelle Trevino.
2007 - 2008 Squad
Veterans: Erica Perry, Julie Jacobs, Tobie Percival, Kandi Harris, Leah Mullinax, Brooke Sorenson, Misty Duncan, Christina Parker, Andrea Rogers, Sarah Gourley, Starr Spangler, Carmen Butler, Justine Philips, Jennifer Nix, Nicole Hamilton, Makenzi Swicegood, Deryn Derbigny, Trisha Trevino, Megan Fox, and Melissa Rycroft.
Rookies: Gina Becchetti, Kelly Jo Stauffacher, Natalie Woods, Dara McFarlane, Michelle Mozek, Sarah Clay, Ryan Ray, Kristen Gauthier, Meredith Oden, Sarah Shelton, Christina Murphy, Candice Carr, Tia Williams, Meagan Sharp, Ally Traylor, Erica Jenkins, Abigail Klein, and Loni Lindsey.
Deryn Derbigny, Tobie Percival, Andrea Rogers, Leah Mullinax, Kristin Hager, Yoshiko Danjo, Dulce Rosales, Brooke Sorenson, Julie Jacobs, Jen Hill, Sarah Gourley, Makenzi Swicegood, Cori Robinson Brown, Megan Fox, Whitney Ott, Kandi Harris, Leah Wilkins, Misty Duncan, Justine Phillips, Lynlee Allen, Elizabeth Davis, Starr Spangler, Trisha Trevino, Erica Perry, Monica Moore, Carrie Stilwell, Andrea Richards, Melissa Rycroft, Jennifer Nix, Nicole Hamilton, Becca Gambel, Christina Parker, Emma Dawson, Lisa Henslin, Carmen Butler
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