Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team

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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.

Show style

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 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, calendar shoots; knowledge testing of the Dallas Cowboys and their history, NFL Football in general and the rules of the game, and general history and current events; and 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 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 aforementioned 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 will premiere on September 7, 2012.

2012 season

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 Jackson , Collin Julia, Ashley Marie, Jordan Elizabeth, Olivia Rene, Jennifer Marie, Kinzie Ryanne, Teri Lynn, Emily Claire, Kali Nicole, Jessica Marie, Carisa Rose, and Alex Hermes.

2011 season

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, Sunni Cranfill, Sasha Agent, 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 season

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 season

2009 - 2010 Squad

Veterans:'Sarah Gourley, Nicole Hamilton, Justine Phillips, 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 season

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, Cassie Trammell, Crystal Michelle Trevino.

2007 season

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 McFarland, 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 season

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
Carmen Butler

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