Foxborough, Mass. - The five-time Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots Cheerleaders will hold open auditions for the 2017 squad on Saturday, March 4, inside the Pieri Gymnasium at Dean College in Franklin, Mass. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m., with the day concluding at 7 p.m., for those advancing past all rounds of the preliminary tryout.
From a biochemical research associate and an electrical engineer to a nursing assistant, financial planner and middle school teacher, last year's team was comprised of a spirited group of individuals hailing from a number of exciting and eclectic backgrounds. Approximately 28 members will make up the 2017 Patriots Cheerleading Squad, and women who are 18 years or older are invited to audition.
Aspiring members must first complete an online application. On the day of the auditions, candidates will be taught choreographed dance routines and will be given an opportunity to perform a freestyle combination. At the end of the preliminary rounds, judges will narrow the field to a group of 40-50 participants who be invited to the final round of auditions on Saturday, March 18. A more detailed description of the audition process can be found here.
In addition to performing at all Patriots home games in front of nearly 70,000 fans, those selected to the team will have the opportunity to participate in various community involvement experiences, and are requested to attend a minimum of two rehearsals per week. Members of the squad will also be able to take part in a number of travel opportunities including a trip to the Dominican Republic in June for their annual calendar and video shoot. Since September 11, 2001, Patriots Cheerleaders have visited deployed military troops in more than 25 countries and performed in over two dozen combat areas. Most recently, during the team's trip to Houston for Super Bowl LI, Patriots Cheerleaders appeared on nationally-televised programs such as "Good Morning America," ESPN's "First Take" and "Inside Edition." The squad has also been featured in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition, Maxim and Muscle and Fitness Hers.