Earning a coveted spot on a professional cheerleading team is a dream many cheerleaders have yet few will actually achieve. Professional cheerleaders are athletes who support professional teams across a wide variety of sports. Pro cheerleaders are experts in the fields of dance and cheerleading. Furthermore, they are women who exude confidence, charisma, and professionalism on and off the field. Professional cheerleaders possess the ability to execute dance routines perfectly while also serving as ambassadors for their teams and charities in their surrounding communities. Becoming a professional cheerleader takes a great deal of time and effort. However, there are a few tips that can help an aspiring professional cheerleader maximize her chances of success. 1. Take a dance class ‚ One of the biggest differences between competitive and professional cheerleading is dance style. Traditional cheerleading prides itself on stiff movements and eye-catching stunts, while professional cheerleading uses dance routines that require fluid movements. A couple of dance classes at your local studio can truly improve your chances of making a team, especially if you are not used to this style of dance. In addition, many professional cheerleading teams offer prep classes leading up to auditions. I would highly recommend attending these classes if presented with the opportunity. Prep classes give audition hopefuls a chance to learn the dance style of their prospective teams. In addition, these classes can be an exceptional opportunity to receive guidance from current and former professional cheerleaders, as well as coaching staff. 2. Wardrobe ‚ Say goodbye to your usual audition attire of shorts and a baggy t-shirt! Professional cheerleading auditions require a completely different wardrobe look. Most teams require candidates to audition in a crop top (sports bra), shorts, dance tights, and sneakers and/or dance shoes. The color and style of the outfit is completely up to you. However, many girls buy bedazzled outfits for a more glamorous look. I would also highly suggest picking a bright color that complements your skin tone and stands out in a crowd. Judges may not remember your name or number. However, they may remember you by your outfit choice and can use that as a reference point while deliberating. Also, don’t fret over selecting an expensive audition wardrobe. A simple triangle top paired with black hot pants can work as long as it accentuates your features. Make sure all your outfit items are clean, especially your sneakers! Many girls overlook small items like this. However, something as simple as dirty sneakers can leave a lasting impression on judges. Overall, you should have a very polished and clean look. 3. Glam ‚ Take a look at professional cheerleaders and one word comes to mind: glamorous. Unlike traditional cheerleading where your hair is in a sky-high ponytail, professional cheerleaders wear their hair down in a flowing style. This helps to create the “hair drama ” that looks great during certain dance routines. The overall look varies by team. Some teams require their girls to wear straighter styles while others prefer curly. Your makeup should also be very polished and flattering. Smoky eyes and dramatic fake eyelashes are the keys to completing your perfect look. I would highly suggest taking a look at the website of the team you are auditioning for. Most teams have a team photo on their website as well as personal profiles of each cheerleader. Try to mirror your look around the current cheerleaders if you are unsure of how to arrive. Overall, make sure that your hair and makeup complement your features and make you look your absolute best! 4. Fitness – Most professional cheerleading uniforms are revealing, especially in the midriff section. This requires cheerleaders to have a toned physique. Start training early so you can achieve the results you are striving for by the time of your auditions. Eating clean and exercising regularly helps increase your stamina and overall mood, as well. 5. Flexibility ‚ Take a moment and think about the world-renowned Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders. Many would report that an image of the team performing its phenomenal kick line flooded their mind. Flexibility is an essential part of cheerleading and most professional teams will require candidates to split on at least one leg during the audition process. Daily stretching will increase your flexibly as well as the height of your kicks. 6. Supporting Documents ‚ The majority of professional cheerleading teams will require you to submit an application, resume, and headshot. The judges will use these documents to gain a better understanding of who you truly are. Make sure to include any cheerleading/dance background that you have. In addition, be sure to list any leadership roles you may have taken as well as any interesting facts about you. This is your chance to show the judges who you are “behind the pom-poms. ” Also, make sure that your headshot is similar to the way you will look on audition day. The judges are going to see hundreds of girls in an extremely short amount of time. This means that they may not remember you individually while they are deliberating. They will refer back to your headshot to help jog their memory. Do not hand in a headshot where you are sporting a short blond bob if you are planning on attending the auditions as a longhaired redhead. You’ll want your headshot to be a true representation of you on audition day. Lastly, I would recommend packing a couple of light snacks and water as auditions can be long and grueling. It may also be a good idea to pack a couple extra pairs of tights and other essentials like safety pins, tape, and hairs pray. Now you can walk into your audition feeling fully prepared and ready to conquer! See you on the sidelines!