DCC Alumni Spotlight – Liz Porter Medrano
Elizabeth Porter was a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader from 2004-2005. She was a very trained dancer from ages 3-18 where she danced in a studio in St. Louis, Missouri. She went to college and received a BFA in Dance from Oklahoma City University. Before becoming a DCC she was living in LA dancing professionally for a year.
She explained that she has so many good memories the year she was on the team. One of her favorites was when Misty Duncan and she would always try and give each other the hardest movie lines to guess which movie they were from while they were blocking formations on the field. They even still message each other some from time to time. Another favorite memory is getting the opportunity to go to Europe with Show Group. She remembers being the only one able to stay awake on the bus so that she could see the county. They saw four countries and only two weeks and it was such an amazing experience for her. Her last favorite memory was when she sang the National Anthem for the Cowboys vs. Steelers game. She says that she remembers Dan holding her hand and she was so nervous she thought she would be sick. Bill Parcells was the coach this season and after she was done, he gave her a high five and told her how great she did. This is something she will never forget. A favorite tradition of hers was the pinky ring as well as the Show Group Christmas stocking tradition while in South Korea.
Elizabeth still speaks to many of her old teammates today. She has sung at their weddings, been bridesmaids, and welcomed their babies into the world! She even has a godson from another former cheerleader. Being a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader helped her so much in learning about being a team player, working with groups, being able to speak well in interviews and building strong relationships. When asked for advice, Elizabeth says that you must take it all in and never take anything for granted. If there was anything she could have done differently during her time on the team, she would have been more present, taken more photos, and thought about cheering for at least one more year.
After Elizabeth’s time as a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader, she moved back to Los Angeles where she worked as a professional dancer and assistant choreographer. She has worked on and off screen for TV films and movies for the past 15 years including six seasons of NBC;s Community, Mike and Molly, Dr. Ken, The Office, Austin and Ally, The Bring It On series, Minute Maid, Fresh and Easy, So You Think You Can Dance, Heart of Dixie, Home Again, and others. She currently teaches dance at a studio in LA and is the assistant company director for their competition team. Elizabeth travels across the country and judges dance competitions as well as teaches master classes. She has been lucky to travel to Japan, Costa Rica, and Canada to name a few!