“We were on an aircraft carrier in the middle of the Mediterranean ocean, performing for 7,000 service men,” explained Ronda Cates, a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader for six years over a 10 year period ending in ‘99. “As the sun set, we danced on bomb carrier crates, with a huge American flag behind us. In front of us, were the commanders of the ship and there was a large hole (opening) on the side of the ship.” Lining the horizon with her hands, she described an unbelievable memory
While there isn’t a NFL Cheerleader Hall of Fame yet, I am confident that when one is established, Nicole Hamilton will be a unanimous selection. While a member of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, Nicole racked up accolades and accomplishments worthy of Hall of Fame recognition. Rookie of the Year, Veteran of the Year, Show Group Member, 10 USO tours, Calendar Cover, and so many other well-earned achievements highlighted her 5-year DCC career. As a teenager, I wasn’t aware of just how impressive her DCC career
I had the privilege of interviewing Nan Stutts Baker, who served as a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader from 1988-1989. After her time cheering, she became a practicing physical therapist. She is originally from Dallas, Texas and now resides in Rockwall, Texas with her husband. She has two children, a son who recently graduated high school and will be attending the University of Arkansas and a daughter who is a junior at the University of Arkansas. At this time, she is focusing on crossing off ‘bucket list’ items, remaining
At 9 years old, Taylor P. traveled from Arizona to Texas to fulfill a shared dream, dancing alongside the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders during a DCC Dance Academy.
As Black History Month comes to a close, we have been able to reflect on the African-American Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders who helped pave the way, while continuing to push toward creating a legacy for those who will follow. Below, Briana, Chandi, Kat and Ashlee dive into what it means to them to be a part of this important and unique legacy.