Although, she completely redeemed herself when asked what superpower she’d most want to have—reading minds.Tiana is a professional model/bartender, which is unsurprising.The job comes with perks, such as game tickets and stadium parking passes, and sometimes free travel.Being an NFL cheerleader also can be a route to more prestigious and better paying entertainment opportunities, such as modeling or acting.“Whenever we go on USO Tours or make charitable appearances, basically anytime we interact with Cowboys fans, they’re always shocked to find out that veterans must re-audition,” says Jennifer, a veteran group leader.“You have to prove that you’re good enough to make it back. As a rookie, judges can only evaluate you on the 90 seconds you’re on the dance floor.They must attend practices before games, during the week and during off-season and also attend photo shoots, autograph signings and other events.There is no additional compensation for much of this extra work.
Dee recruited one of the top dancers in America, Texie Waterman, who also owned a dance studio in Dallas, to judge at the auditions and help create a squad of dancers to grace the sidelines of Texas Stadium. When the 1972-73 NFL season kicked off that fall, it was a major turning point in Cheerleader history.
Everywhere across the country or around the world that any of these young ladies appear thousands of fans congregate looking for the opportunity for a photograph, an autograph, or a few moments to say hello. Tex Schramm, the Cowboys general manager at the time, with his extensive background in television, recognized that professional football had become more than sports – it was sports entertainment. In 1960, he tried hiring professional models for the sidelines. The models were beautiful, but they were not athletes. As was the standard in professional football throughout the 1960’s, 1961 ushered in the era of the “Cow Belles & Beaux.” These high school students from the Dallas/Ft. They cheered on the football teams success all the way to the 1971 Super Bowl Championship.
America’s Sweethearts have truly become the darlings of the National Football League. More than 3 hours of exertion in the hundred degree heat of the sidelines had left them in worse shape after the game than the football players. But, during the Cowboys preparations for the defense of their World Championship title in the 1972 season, a new idea was born.
the name itself brings to each of us images of an American icon – beautiful ladies decked out in blue and white uniforms cheering America’s Team on to victory; precision dance routines that require a combination of stamina, flexibility and timing that would leave most of us gasping – yet they smile and dance on; or for some, it’s the time that we met one of them and she signed an autograph and we spent a few minutes talking…the images differ, but each holds a special place.
And today’s phenomenon of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders is equally special.