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||10|
|Original network||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 DCCs 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. Successful candidates must also complete a knowledge test on various subjects; including, but not limited to: the Dallas Cowboys and their history, NFL Football in general and the rules of the game, general history, government, and current events. There is also 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. Season 10 premiered on August 6, 2015. 
2015 - 2016 Squad
Veterans: Angela Nicotera, Ashley Holland, Caila Sims, Danielle Barhold, Erica Wilkins, Holly Hubbard, Jacie Scott, Jenna Jackson, Jennifer Amburn, Jessica Purdy, Jinelle Davidson, Kelsey Bond, Kinize Rusco, Lacey Munoz, Loren Roeder, Mary Dill, Melissa Wallace, Paige Cavalieri, Rachel Lunsford, and Victoria Carriere.
Rookies: Amy Trader, Amy Leonall, Chantel Jones, Claire Brown, Elizabeth, Holly Powell, KaShara Garrett, Kat Rogers, Jaclyn Tisdale, Megan Carcioppolo, Raylee Faythe, Robin Richardson, Simone Culwell, and Stephanie Larson.
2014 - 2015 Squad
Veterans: Abby Bertrand, Angela Nicotera, Ashley Ferrel, Ashley Holland, Brittney Schram, Danielle Barhold, Emma Dutton, Holly Hubbard, Jacie Scott, Jasmine Goode, Jenna Jackson, Jennifer Colvin, Jennifer Amburn, Jessica Purdy, Jessica Allison, Jinelle Davidson, Jordan Daigle, Katy Fink, Kelsey Bond, Kinzie Rusco, Nicole Bulcher, Paige Cavalieri, Rachel Lunsford, Samantha Clark, Sydney Durso, and Veronica Lind.
Rookies: Ashley Prochazka, Breelan Statham, Caila Sims, Courtney Russ, Erica Wilkins, Lacey Munoz, Loren Roeder, Mary Dill, Melissa Wallace, and Victoria Carriere.
2013 - 2014 Squad
Veterans: Jenna Jackson, Ashley Marie, Jacie Scott, Danielle Barhold, Jasmine Goode, Amelia Smith, Jessica Purdy, Jordan Daigle, Kim Tong, Kinzie Rusco, Carisa Rose, Lauren Williams, Olivia Renee, Mackenzie Weeks, Kelsey Bond, Holly Hubbard, Mia Greenhouse, Brittney Schram, Angela Nicotera, Alex Hermes, Katy Fink, Jacqueline Bob, Emma Dutton, Nicole Bulcher, Sydney Durso, Jennifer Colvin, and Veronica Lind.
Rookies: Morgan Jordan, Samantha Clark, Paige Cavalieri, Rachel Le-Ann, Kaitlyn Phillips, Jennifer Amburn, Courtni Shae, Jessica Allison, Abby Bertrand, Jinelle Davidson, Ashley Holland, and Hannah West.
2012 - 2013 Squad
Veterans: Sydney Durso, Melissa Kellerman, Whitney Isleib, Cassie Trammell, Mia Greenhouse, Jackie Bob, Lauren Williams, Nicole Bulcher, Katy Fink, Angela Nicotera, Courtney Cook, Colleen Meghan, Amelia Smith, Alexandra Caroline, Mackenzie Weeks, Emma Dutton, Meagan McVay, Holly Hubbard, Brittney Schram, and Veronica Lind.
Rookies: Kim Tong, Jasmine Goode, Chelsea Chaney, Danielle Barhold, Jacie Scott, Kelsey Bond, Jenna Jackson, Collin Sarvis, Ashley Marie, Jordan Daigle, Olivia Renee, Jennifer Colvin, Kinzie Rusco, Teri George, Emily Claire, Kali Drake, Jessica Purdy, 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 Dutton, Holly Hubbard, Kamilah Brett, Amelia Smith, Meghan Michelle, Brittney Schram, Amber Lea, Courtney Cook, Alexandra Caroline, Jenna Brooks, Angela Nicotera, Mackenzie Weeks, Katy Fink, Alyssa Torres, and Veronica Lind.
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, and Crystal Trevino.
Rookies: Evan Anderson, Jacqueline Bob, Sunni Cranfill, Carey DePasquale, Mia Greenhouse, Vanessa Jenkins, Brandi Kilby, Joannah Liad, Meagan McVay, Malia Morales, and 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, and 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.
2006 - 2007 Squad
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, and Carmen Butler.
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