Open call to begin auditions for the 2013-14 Buccaneers Cheerleaders squad is still over a month away, but candidates who want to kick-start their chances will once again have an opportunity to do so through the pre-audition dance and technique classes being offered by the team.
The two classes will cover basic dance techniques, NFL-style choreography and kickline drills and will give attendees a better idea of what to expect when the actual auditions begin. The classes are not mandatory but tryout hopefuls may attend one or both of the workshops, and participation is on a first-come, first-served basis. The classes will be held on Sunday, January 27 and Sunday, February 10 at the USF Sun Dome, and there is a $35 fee for each one.
"It's definitely a chance to be as prepared as possible for when auditions begin," said Cathy Boyd, the Buccaneers' Cheerleading & Mascot Manager. "I think it could become a real advantage for some of the participants. Those who attend will get a better understand and feel for our style of performance and learn some specifics of the choreography they'll be asked to follow. Generally, I just think it will make the process less mysterious for the candidates when the tryouts roll around, and it will be particularly helpful for those without a significant dance background."
In addition, the Buccaneers will conduct a one-time only Audition Seminar on Wednesday, February 6, at team headquarters from 6:30-8:00 p.m. This seminar is also voluntary but will include much helpful information about the audition process on such specific topics as audition attire, interview tips and hair and make-up suggestions. Attendees will be given an information packet and will have an opportunity ask questions with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Cheerleading department and alumni of past squads. The cost of the pre-audition seminar is $50.
For more information, such as directions to the USF Sun Dome, and to register for the pre-audition classes, please click here.
Cheerleading hopefuls may also register for the February 16 open-call auditions here.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers Cheerleaders, long considered one of the best cheerleading squads in the NFL, have been entertaining fans at Buccaneer games for more than three decades. In addition to being an important part of the game-day experience for fans, the Cheerleaders are also valued team representatives in the community. Buccaneers Cheerleaders make hundreds of appearances at charitable events throughout the year and even travel the globe to bring cheer to members of the U.S. military stationed overseas.
Becoming a member of this elite group of performers and team ambassadors is a tremendous achievement, and pre-audition classes offer every candidate the best chance to take advantage of the opportunity.
Candidates for the 2013-14 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Cheerleaders squad must be 18 years or older by July 1, 2013 and must have a high school diploma or a G.E.D. by July 1, 2013. Candidates with all levels of dance/cheer experience are encouraged to audition.