In a celebration of Father’s Day, we bring you a series this week where we asked a few of our Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, as well as their dads, about their journey to becoming one of America’s Sweethearts.
This coming Sunday is when we’ll take the time to honor the old man, pops, papa, father, ATM machine or, of course, daddy. Wanting to show a little love to those dedicated few who sat through countless hours of dance rehearsals and cheer competitions, we posed questions to several of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders and the men who helped raise them. Today, meet Jacie and Charles.
Happy Father’s Day!
What do you remember about your relationship growing up as a dancer?
Jacie: My dad was very supportive of my dance career growing up. Before I had a car, he brought me to my rehearsals. He was at every recital. He was at those competitions that happened to fall on the same day as the big games, and he didn’t complain about it. Those were the moments I appreciated, especially knowing how busy he was (and how important those games were).
Charles: I remember the excitement that she had, the frustrations she felt, but the “never quit” in her. When she was younger, I never thought it was a big deal because I always thought she would move on to something else. I thought it was just a fun thing for her at the time. But as she continued to hang with it, I realized it was something she had a passion for.
What was the conversation like when you talked about trying out for the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders?
Jacie: DCC auditions conflicted with my college graduation date. The cap and gown had been bought, invitations, etc. So when I had the conversation with him, I thought it would be a debate because I would be missing my graduation and losing money. Surprisingly, he was very understanding and excited about it. He knew it would be a sacrifice, but he also knew it was the path I wanted to take. Like always, he supported my decision. And since he’s a huge Cowboys fan as well, I instantly became the favorite child when I made the team!
Charles: I was excited and I thought it would be a great opportunity. I’ve been a lifelong Cowboys fan, so knowing this was an interest for her was a proud moment for me.
Have you been surprised with what goes into being a DCC, from the tryouts to the games to the appearances?
Charles: “Yes and no. I think the biggest surprise I’ve had is that the veterans have to try out every year. Yet, having grown up with her being apart of different dance organizations, I understand that there’s hard work in all of it.”
How does dad handle seeing you perform, not to mention posing in calendars, with millions watching you?
Jacie: My dad is the definition of “cool as a cucumber.” I don’t think I’ve ever seen him nervous. So if he does get nervous about me performing in front of millions, he is a pro at hiding it.
Charles: No. I don’t get nervous, and I don’t think I should be. First, I’ve seen her perform and watched her grow up in that atmosphere. Second, her current uniform is better than some of her high school and college ones. Third, security with the Cowboys is greater than what we had at the high school and college level, so I feel pretty good.
What has your dad’s love and support meant to you?
Jacie: My dad’s love and support means the world to me. He’s really been my rock over the past few years, and I wouldn’t be where I am today if it weren’t for the sacrifices he’s made for my family. Words could never express how grateful I am to have a father like him.