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NFL Cheerleader Auditions: What Are They Looking For? Atlanta Falcons Cheerleaders - CheerTime 101
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NFL Cheerleader Auditions: What Are They Looking For? Atlanta Falcons Cheerleaders

Here is the inside scoop on what the directors and judges are looking for…

Atlanta Falcons Cheerleaders

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The Atlanta Falcons are looking for enthusiastic ladies with a dance/cheer background, a positive attitude, a winning smile and the dedication to be the best.

-Atlanta Falcons Cheerleaders 

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Screenshot 2015-05-03 07.44.04Crowd Appeal:  Within a professional organization such as the Atlanta Falcons, it is very important to select cheerleaders that are appealing to the crowd.  You must keep in mind that the goal of this organization is to find “enthusiastic ladies with a dance/cheer background, a positive attitude, a winning smile and the dedication to be the best.”  During the many pauses that exist within an exciting football game—somebody needs to maintain the energy of the stadium.  So who better than cheerleaders?  This organization is looking for cheerleaders that will make the fans want to watch them perform.

  • Do they look well put together?
  • Do their face expressions entertain the crowd and make them want to keep watching?
  • Do they look like they can serve as an ambassador to the organization?

Precision:  Precision, or accuracy—when it comes to dancing is extremely important.  One Screenshot 2015-05-03 07.48.01thing to keep in mind about professional cheerleading is that pro cheerleaders are really dance teams.  Most pro cheerleaders grew up in the dance studio and are very familiar with dance technique.  With the Atlanta Falcons Cheerleaders, they are looking for dancers that can perform not only as an individual, but also as a team.

  • Is their timing accurate with the music and counts?
  • Are they capable of dancing as a team?  Or do they stand out in a way that is distracting to the eye?
  • Do their motions and dance moves match those of the choreographer?  Or does the dancer lack the fundamentals skills when it comes to arm placement or technicality?

Screenshot 2014-02-24 17.48.24Power:  Power when dancing is a skill that is usually universal when it comes to professional cheerleading—and the Atlanta Falcons Cheerleaders are no different.  They are looking for cheerleaders that can produce movements that are sharp, powerful and big!  This is a must for the enormous stadium they are performing within.  If you paid attention to their performance in the video, you can tell this team has a lot of power.

Physical Appearance and Athletic Ability:  I would hate to be a judge when it comes to scoring based on physical appearance, because how can you score looks?  However, the reality is that physical appearance is another big part of being selected as a professional cheerleader.  The Atlanta Falcons have beautiful women that seem to take care of their bodies.

  • Do they look physically fit?  Or will their body compliment the team uniform?
  • Do they have enough stamina to perform with full energy for a 4 hour NFL game?

Professionalism:  Like stated in the introduction, the Falcons are looking for enthusiastic Screenshot 2015-05-03 07.56.28ladies. Within any professional organization—especially when you are expected to represent that organization, it is very important to carry yourself with professionalism.  This means that you should appear as an individual that the team can be proud of.  In most cases, cheerleaders are expected to attend appearances, thus representing the organization.  This means showing up on time with a smile on your face, and being able to answer questions, or handle situations in a manner that represent the team well.

  • Can they speak to an audience in a professional manner?
  • Do they show signs of being prepared?  Did they show up on time with everything that was asked of them?

Screenshot 2015-05-03 07.54.23Technical Dance Ability:  Many people think it doesn’t require any skill to be a cheerleader, however, when they show up to the open call audition, they are often times surprised.  Professional cheerleading requires an extensive background in dance.  In most cases, you must have some knowledge in Jazz, Pom, and Hip Hop—NFL cheerleading is usually a combination of the three.  The Atlanta Falcons Cheerleaders look like they incorporate all three dance styles.  What I love about this team is their athleticism.  Watch their team performance from above and you’ll see everything from tumbling, stunting, leaps, and hip hop.

  • Does the individual demonstrate proper technique with turns, kicks, leaps, etc…?
  • Are they able to catch on quickly to the choreography?  Can they perform the choreography after it was taught?

Homework:

  1. Study the history and current football team facts.
  2. Make sure you know the name of the cheerleaders’ director their background.
  3. Watch videos of the cheerleaders to study their dance style.
  4. Work on building stamina by doing cardio at least 4 times a week.
  5. Study current events.
  6. Experiment with hair and make up and use their current cheerleaders as a guide.
  7. Work on getting abs by using my fitness resources.
  8. Start looking around online for audition attire.  See here for emergency audition attire.
  9. Start working on eating well-balanced meals to keep your body energized–No crash dieting or fasting!
  10. Take dance technique classes and choreography classes.

For more information on the Atlanta Falcons Cheerleaders and their audition process, click here!

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