Have you, or perhaps someone you know, dreamed of one day becoming an Atlanta Falcons cheerleader? Well, now is your chance to turn that dream into a reality. The Falcons will soon be holding virtual auditions for their 2020 squad, and those interested are required to register before the June 18 deadline.
I recently spoke with MiKyle, who has been a Falcons cheerleader for the last two seasons, and she kindly shared her experience and how being a part of the organization has positively impacted her life.
What have you enjoyed most about being a Falcons cheerleader?
My favorite part is probably all of the community activities that we get, because that’s our chance to actually be face-to-face with our fans and interact with them. It’s cool to take pictures with little girls or volunteer for veterans and get involved with so many different activities within our community.
Do you have a favorite memory as a Falcons cheerleader?
While we’ve been quarantining, we’ve had to adjust to virtual auditions. We got to surprise a young girl. Her family was going through a hard time during quarantine. So, we got to do a virtual pop-up appearance with her and play tic-tac-toe and read books, and just interact with her virtually. It turns out that her mom recognized me from last season and she actually took a picture with me outside of the gate during a game. It was just cool to see her reaction that it was the same cheerleader that she saw outside of a game and you know, to continue that connection point with her even during hard times was special.
How has being a Falcons cheerleader changed your life?
The Falcons organization in totality is really a family, and a brotherhood and a sisterhood among the cheerleaders. I’ve really been able to build lifelong friendships and mentors and continue to share my passion of dance while interacting with people on a new level and building connections that are going to last me years.
Do you have any advice for those who have already registered for virtual auditions to be a Falcons cheerleader or for those who are considering it?
I would tell those who are looking to register or are scared about registering, just to go for it. Chase your dreams and truly have fun with the experience. Everything happens for a reason and you just never know what opportunity is around the corner from you. The Atlanta Falcons are obviously a great organization to be apart of and it’s going to be a fun season, so we’re just looking for people to be energetic, to have fun in the process, show their personality and truly just share their passion of dance with us.
The virtual preliminary auditions will take place from June 19-26, with semi-finalists being announced on July 6. Finalists will be announced on July 13 and the finalist virtual interviews will be held from July 14-17.
Performers will have the opportunity to submit original dance videos via Vimeo or mobile device for preliminary auditions, and the video must include:
· 30 second introduction: name, hometown and current occupation
· 45 second solo improv/freestyle routine
· Two 8 -counts of straight kicks to the front
Attire for auditions is a two-piece leotard (a sports bra top and dance shorts is fine as well) and skin-tone/matte tights. Additionally, those interested in registering must be at least 18 years of age by June 2, 2020, be a high school graduate (or have a G.E.D.), and must have a part-time, full-time job or be a college student.
Registration is currently open online at atlantafalcons.com/cheerleaders and will close on Thursday, June 18 at 9PM EST. Be sure to register so your audition can be considered, and don’t miss out on your chance to be an Atlanta Falcons cheerleader!