Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: 5 Surprises about DCC Auditions
5 Points Blue is counting down to 2017 DCC Auditions which begin Saturday, May 6th.
The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders are known internationally as America’s Sweethearts. But how much do you as a Dallas Cowboys fan know about the DCC audition process? For the past 16 seasons I’ve had the privilege to serve as a judge for auditions, so please allow me to share these “5 Surprising Facts about DCC Auditions”.
Returning DCC veterans must re-audition every year.
Just because they were on the squad last year doesn’t mean a veteran automatically returns to this year’s squad. Veterans must audition every year. They never automatically keep their spot on the squad, but they do skip the first two rounds and go straight to the third/final round which in 2017 takes place on Saturday, May 13th.
There’s a written test for all finalists.
Finalists entering Round 3 take a 100-question written test which is factored into the overall evaluation. The test includes current events, pop culture, general football knowledge, and Cowboys’ team history.
Examples of previous questions include: Who is the current U.S. Secretary of State? Who is the owner and general manager of the Dallas Cowboys? How many yards are assessed for a personal foul penalty?
There’s a panel interview for all finalists.
DCC represent the Cowboys’ brand to fans, sponsors, corporate executives, military members and political leaders around the world. They must be articulate and knowledgeable.
“On the Friday before the Final Round, you come to the stadium for the panel interview,” explains Melissa, a 3-year veteran. “Interviews are a level playing field because you don’t know the questions in advance. The judges sit across the table from you and the questions come rapid-fire. Hopefully you know the answer and maybe you can add a little humor and wit. You want to show some personality, but it’s more important to get the answer right.”
There’s a minimum age requirement, but not a maximum.
One of the very few requirements is candidates must be at least 18 years of age on the day Round 1 is held. But there’s no maximum age. So middle-aged (and beyond) hopefuls in their 50’s and 60’s have auditioned in the past. There’s also no gender specification. So, yes, a man has auditioned (I can’t remember the exact year, but it was at least 10 years ago).
Other specific requirements are that you must be a high school graduate (or in the case of an 18 year old, a graduate that spring); or candidates must have a G.E.D. They must attend all rehearsals and DCC activities. And international applicants must have the proper visa for audition travel.
Survive all 3 rounds and you’re still not a DCC…you’re a Training Camp Candidate.
About 40 to 45 candidates will survive all 3 rounds of auditions, but they still face a full summer of rehearsals. Several candidates will be cut during the three month camp which includes rehearsals each weeknight for approximately 3 hours each of those nights. Only 36 DCC will earn their boots for the coming season.