DCC Alumni Spotlight – Ann Powell Skeen
I had the pleasure of speaking with DCC Alumni, Ann Powell Skeen, who cheered for the Dallas Cowboys during the 97-98 season. Ann is one of the most bright and uplifting spirits I’ve ever met, and her memories as a Cheerleader are nothing but positive and inspiring. Ann was born in Atlanta, Georgia and moved to Waco, Texas as a teenager. She was a student at Texas Christian University and a member of the TCU Showgirls. Ann was 21 years old and a junior in college when she auditioned to be a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader. Although she wouldn’t change it for the world, she joked about her crazy study schedule, lack of sleep, and commuting from Fort Worth for practice every day.
Ann was encouraged to audition for DCC by one of her dance mentors. She showed up to the audition scared to death with no clue of what she was getting herself into, but was extremely thankful to find favor in Kelli and Judy’s eyes. She loved the audition process and spoke about the pride and joy she felt the moment she made the team. We bonded over all of the emotions, value and honor that comes with being entrusted with something so special to Kelli, Judy, and the entire Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders organization.
Ann’s favorite memory as a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader was standing in the tunnel and hearing the announcer speak the words, “Often imitated, Never equaled…”. To this day when she hears those words, she is taken back to the moment with butterflies. Ann talked about the great pride she has to be able to say she was a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader. DCC created, in her, an opportunity and motto to live fully and embrace every single day with a full heart. Her experience instilled the work ethic, confidence, and respect she needed to take on her adult life.
After her time as a DCC, Ann went on to teach at Baylor University and work as a professional dancer. Currently, Ann is a stay at home mom and lives back in Waco, Texas with her family.