Behind the Scenes

Welcome To Training Camp!

As I’m pulling into Valley Ranch for what must be at least the 600th time over the past three years, I get an overwhelming rush of nerves and butterflies. While it’s totally normal to have these feelings every time you step into the DCC Studio (yes, every single time. In fact, I would argue it’s cause for concern if you were completely relaxed going in!), this sensation was particularly overcoming. For this was the first official practice of Training Camp.

I’ve experienced Training Camp a time or two. Well, technically three. I’ve been a Training Camp Candidate twice, having been cut on the last night of camp my first go-round. But I persevered, returned and made the team after my second try. Now I’m going into my third season as a DCC and beginning my fourth Training Camp. You’d think it would be as easy as pie at this point; jump splits, 30-plus dance routines, kick line … piece of cake, right? Ha, hardly. Nothing about being internationally acclaimed is a cakewalk.

Training Camp is no bake sale.

DCC Training Camp

While it is certainly different going into Training Camp as a DCC compared to a TCC, the amount of work (and sometimes nerves) is still the same. It’s only shifted. We learned the dances, but now we need to perform and sell it. We know all the rules, and now we have to exemplify them. We are aware of the prominence that comes with the uniform, now we are expected to uphold it. We know the legacy and tradition, we want to continue it. And there is always the notion that no position on the team is ever guaranteed.

DCC Training CampBut that is what makes the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders world-renown. The standard of excellence is not forgiven to anyone. Whether you are going into your seventh season as one of America’s Sweethearts or pursuing the famed 15 stars for the first time, the expectations are to be nothing less. As a rookie, dedication, ethics and responsibility are instilled instantly. As a veteran, complacency, assumptions and exceptions are never pondered. You are who your rookies become. It is this mentality that keeps the team in top form, and Training Camp is where the groundwork is laid. Oh, and not to mention the weeks and months of kicking, stretching, dancing, dieting, training … you get the idea! Who needs lounging and carbs? This is Training Camp!

Yet, the experience creates a bond bigger than sisterhood. It’s almost ironic how you’ll look back at all the hard work and realize that you made the best memories and had some of the greatest times ever throughout the experience of Training Camp. I wouldn’t trade all the sweat, tears and cheers for a cakewalk.

Funny how that works.

So whether you’re viewing it on television as a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team fan or witnessing it first hand as a DCC hopeful, when Kelli approaches that podium in the always anticipated first meeting at the beginning of Training Camp, and she says with a beaming smile and excited expression, “Welcome to Training Camp!” We can all only imagine what is in store!

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  • Comments

    1. Sherri McFadden says:

      They ever going to print the names of all the candidates?

      • i dont see why they dont. i like to know who the candidates r. training camp just started?

        • sara a olsen says:

          I glass we will all have to wait till aug 16 2013 to see the list of all training camp candidate that is the date the show will be on CMT making the tram season 8 will air so for now we all wait thank you

    2. that was a wonderful peice that Brittney wrote….with the exception of Cassie Trammels first and last year……the DCC was flawed…even though i do like Cassie she got a wavier…and a discount onn those years…

    3. wowee,brittney you are beautiful,pretty,cute,sweet,wonderful and special and i thinkm all these tcc candidates and the dcc girls are all beautiful,pretty,cute,sweet,wonderful and are very special as well. and i’ve been a dallas cowboys fan since 1993 and a dcc fan since 2001 it’s been such a long time brandi ance i’ve written to,ryan ray,and brittney schram too

    4. 2010…was the best squad ….in the last 8 years…in my opinion….

    5. Okay….HEAR ARE THE NAMES…… Kim Nicole, Jasmine Raphaella, Chelsea Elizabeth, Danielle Marie, Jacie Veronica, Kelsey Lauren, Jenna Lene, Collin Julia, Ashley Marie
      Jordan Elizabeth, Olivia Rene, Jennifer Alexis, Kinzie Ryanne, Teri Lynn, Emily Claire
      Katy Marie, Kali Nicole, Angela Rena, Courtney Cook, Colleen Meghan, Amelia Bren, Jessica Marie, Alexandra Caroline
      Carisa Rose, Mackenzie Lee, Mia Greenhouse, Sydney Durso, Lauren Williams, Emma Mary, Alex Hermes
      Nicole Bulcher, Meagan McVay, Melissa Kellerman, Whitney Isleib, Cassie Trammell, Jackie Bob, Holly Arielle
      Brittney Schram, Veronica Ann

      • Those are the names from last year. Cassie, Melissa, Whitney, Meagan, Alexandra, Colleen & Emily retired. Collin, Kali & Teri were cut at this year’s final auditions.

    6. Why is there such a drought to get some beautiful Asian cheerleaders on this squad??? It also seems that very little Latinas make it also. I am bored to death to see the Peroxide Bleach Blonde Brigade. Looks like going to another year and little Hispanic & Asian girls should not put their hopes and dreams of ever becoming a DCC. I thought this was America’s Sweethearts. I guess minorities don’t matter in America.Yeah we know you have your sista quota or it would be obvious then what is going on. I didn’t know the Center of the Universe was dictated by blonde girls for a guys attraction. Give me Asian and Latinas any day in the week.Don’t give me any bull that they can’t dance. Latinas can’t dance? LOL!!.Yeah right.Try some other lame excuse for the drought while you look to other teams cheerleaders have no problem getting them.

    7. mary beavers says:

      can’t wait for this season!!!!!!! GO VETERANS !!!!!!!!!

    8. If you guys are wondering when they are going to post the names, it will be posted on the show when DCC: Making the team 8 comes back on September, 6 on CMT at 9/8c

    9. I love team and dallas cowboys cheerleaders , keep me in events , can,t wait for the games to start this fall love michelle keller.

    10. Kaytelynn says:

      Love your outfits

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