In the Preliminary Round, what can I expect to submit along with the application?
- Two Photos: 1 Headshot and 1 Full Length Body
- Two Videos: 20 sec. intro and 60 sec. freestyle dance
- Vaccine Verification: Please note that Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders (DCCs) must adhere to all state, federal and National Football League (NFL) rules related to COVID-19 testing and vaccination requirements. NFL rules required all DCCs to have the COVID-19 vaccination in the 2021 season and such vaccinations may be required for the 2022 season. DCCs will be advised of any NFL-mandated COVID-19 vaccine requirement as soon as it is released.
Is being a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader a full-time job?
No, most Cheerleaders hold part-time or full-time jobs or attend college.
Can you be a mother and a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader?
Yes! Many mothers have successfully fulfilled all DCC obligations.
Are there any height and weight requirements?
You should look well-proportioned in dancewear. We DO NOT have specific height and weight requirements.
Are there any age requirements?
You must be at least 18 by the time of preliminary auditions. There will be no exceptions.
If I am currently a high school senior, but will not graduate until June, can I still audition and be selected for training camp?
Yes, if you meet the minimum age requirement of 18 by the date of the preliminary audition and can participate in ALL Training Camp rehearsals and activities.
I am not a United States citizen. May I still audition?
Yes, you may still audition if you have the correct documentation to work in the U.S. by the date of the preliminary round of auditions.
- International Applicants: When applying for any type of visa, please keep in mind that the Dallas Cowboys do not ‘sponsor’ international candidates. Please work through the US consulate/embassy in your home country to obtain the proper visa for audition travel and be mindful of extended timeline should you be selected as a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader.
- YOU SHOULD BE EXPECTED TO PROVIDE PROOF OF LAWFUL ELIGIBILITY TO WORK IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.
What should I wear to auditions?
You should wear:
- 2-piece attire:
Top: Dance/Athletic Bra Top
Bottom: Hot Pants/Short Boy Shorts (No bike shorts or bikini style bottoms)
- Skin colored Dance Tights (non-shimmery)
- Dance: Slip-on jazz shoes / Cheer: Nike Flex shoes, Nfinity Cheer shoes
Where can I find audition attire?
Audition attire may be found in dance wear stores or ordered online.
What does it take to become a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader?
Our judges will focus on the following:
- Dance Technique
- High Kicks
- Personal Appearance
What are Prep Classes?
Audition Prep Classes are offered to provide excellent preparation for the upcoming auditions. They are taught by current and former DCC during the months leading up to Auditions. For information about our online classes, please visit our Classes page for schedules.
What is Show Group?
The DCC Show Group showcases the advanced dance techniques and vocal skills of an elite group of 12 Cheerleaders. The show often features elaborately costumed, and carefully choreographed and staged production numbers filled with singing and dancing for every taste – from Classical to Country to Rock-n-Roll.
A separate audition process during Training Camp allows interested DCC candidates the opportunity to demonstrate their dance and/or singing qualifications for selection to Show Group.
If I cannot do the splits should I try out?
Yes, if you are a great performer and truly want to be a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader, you should try out. Flexibility and splits are REQUIRED by the start of the football season, but continual stretching and flexibility work can eventually get results.
We recommend that you stretch “warm muscles”. Spend a few minutes with activity that does not require full range of motion.
Then, stretch your body with particular focus on the hamstrings and hip flexors.
When working toward your splits, use support, such as folded blankets on either side of your legs. This will help you maintain your position as you work toward 180 degrees.
Be consistent with your stretching routine and never rush the process. Injuries will lead to disappointment and set you back from your goal.
How should I wear my make-up?
Wear shades that complement your natural beauty. Choose mostly mattes for eye shadows. A little shimmer is okay but avoid a very glittery look. Also avoid false eyelashes that are very solid or very long, as they can make eyes appear heavy and too dark. Cheek and lip colors should be vibrant neutral tones, avoid shades that are loud/bright. Also avoid too much contrast with contouring and highlighting. Finally, a spray tan can look great, but it should be warm without orange tones and with face and body color being similar. Facial features are “lost” when a spray tan is too dark.
How should I wear my hair?
Hair should be worn down and in a current hairstyle that compliments your features. Make sure your hair does not hide your face. You may call Tangerine Salon, our official hair care partner, at 972-393-9200 to schedule an appointment to get the look and style that best suits you for your audition. Click here for a list of services and pricing.
How will I know if my application was received?
Registering for DCC auditions is an online process. Therefore, you will receive a registration confirmation e-mail stating that your application was received. (All audition communication is through e-mail only: DCCAuditions@DallasCowboys.net.)
What is the audition process?
There are three rounds that make up the audition process:
Are there certain dance moves that I must be able to do at auditions?
There are no specific movements that must be executed at preliminaries. Freestyle dance should be a blend of hip-hop/jazz that incorporates movements that you feel comfortable with technically. At semi-finals, the choreography in the dance combination is different each year. However, expect a pirouette to be included. Throughout auditions, the most important performance quality is confidence. So, with any of the dance elements, use great posture, strong, controlled movements, and always, with a smile!
May I try out if I have a tattoo?
Yes, you may try out if you have a tattoo. Our policy is that even the smallest of tattoos may not be visible in the uniform or in rehearsal attire. For tattoo coverage, there are many effective products available at stores or online. Additionally, concealer, followed by setting powder, then bronzer to match color, can also be effective.
Can my family and friends watch Final Auditions?
No, the Final Auditions are closed to the public.