The past Denver Broncos season was truly incredible. The AFC West Champions won eleven games in a row to finish the regular season 13-3 and earned the number one seed in the AFC. While on the field the Broncos proved that they are a major force to be reckoned with, off the field Broncos Nation showed its strength and came together “United in Orange”. Although this season left many ofus wanting more, it showed the potential for even greater seasons to come.
Hi, my name is Lindsey and this is my second season as a Denver Broncos Cheerleader. Now that the season has come to an end, I’ve turned my focus to preparing for the 2013 season. Auditions for the 2013-2014 Denver Broncos Cheerleaders are just a few months away, so I thought I’d give a little insight into what it takes to become a Denver Broncos Cheerleader.
Auditions are a week long, but cheerleader hopefuls prepare for months and years in advance. Most cheerleaders have had years of formal cheer and/or dance training. Brushing up on dance skills, getting into top physical shape, practicing public speaking and modeling are among activities that can help prepare candidates.
The first day of auditions attracts hundreds of hopefuls. Upon arrival, all contestants turn in a photo and short application, to help the judges identify them. First, in groups of two or three, the contestants perform a short “across-the-floor” dance combination, which includes many of the fundamental skills required of Denver Broncos Cheerleaders. Next, a dance routine is taught and contestants perform for the judges. Throughout the day, several cuts are made, and by the end of the day, around 60 individuals are selected to move on to finals.
Over the following week, each finalist will attend two workshops. At the workshops, the participants are taught new routines, practice routines from DVDs provided on the first audition day, and are evaluated on various dance skills. In addition to the dance workshops, a written test is administered to assess football knowledge, the contestants take photos with a professional photographer, and formal job interviews are conducted in front of a small panel. The workshop days are also used to stage and prepare for the live audition show.
The live audition show, performed for an auditorium full of friends, family, Broncos fan, and judges, takes place over the next weekend. This is the final opportunity for hopefuls to perform the routines they have learned over the past week,as well as a self-choreographed solo. After routines are performed, judges deliberate and scores are calculated. After what seems like an eternity to the eager finalists, the selected cheerleaders are announced backstage. The 2013-2014 Denver Broncos Cheerleaders are then announced to the auditorium and they perform their first routine together as a team.
26 members are selected to be part of the Denver Broncos Cheerleaders team. Since the moment I was selected to be a cheerleader, my life was changed for the better. From cheering on the greatest team in the NFL with the greatest fans in the NFL, to making lifelong friendships and memories with my teammates, to having countless opportunities to make a positive impact in the community – I have been truly blessed. All veteran cheerleaders are required to audition every year, and no spots are guaranteed. My last two seasons have been a blast and I’m hopeful for a third, so wish me luck as I prep for the 2013-2014 auditions! Go Broncos!