The Miami Dolphins have taken their search for beautiful and talented ladies to join their cheerleading squad worldwide. Somewhere Pitbull is fist-pumping.
In an effort to further widen the talent gap between itself and the rest of the NFL, the football team has expanded its cheer auditions to a global search. Tryouts in Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro have already been conducted. Auditions are scheduled for Mexico City and Bogota in the coming weeks.
"Miami is the gateway to Latin American, and the Dolphins cheerleaders are one of the most diverse groups in professional sports," Miami Dolphins senior director of brand impact and entertainment Dorie Grogan tells New Times. "We see this as the continuation of our goal to add diversity and international talent to our squad. "
Miami is the first NFL team to host auditions internationally.
The women who make the team could be in for quite a culture shock when they move to Miami. But the Dolphins have everything in place to make the transition to their new life as smooth as possible.
"Ladies who are selected to be a part of the final team will be required to relocate to the Miami area for nine months," Grogan explains. "Much like we do for players and employees who are not local to the area, we have a process to get them settled. We will work with them to secure all proper work authorizations in the U.S."
The Dolphins have already selected six dancers from more than 200 who turned out for the Rio de Janeiro audition. These ladies are guaranteed a spot in the final tryouts May 1 in Miami. The final round of auditions will consist of a week of dance clinics, interviews, and photo shoots that will culminate in the announcement of the complete 2016 Miami Dolphins cheerleading squad.
While the Dolphins have taken the time and effort to broaden their search for topnotch cheerleaders, they have made it clear that the best ladies will make the squad regardless of what their passport says.
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"We are hosting the first rounds of the auditions in four international locations and in Miami. All candidates selected at the preliminary rounds will advance to the final round and compete on an equal level," Grogan says. "In each of these preliminary auditions, we are selecting candidates who have the best opportunity to compete well and make the final team. We expect that 90 to 100 women will be competing in the final round for the 35 to 40 open spots on the team."