This off-season, the Miami Dolphins have traveled farther and wider than any team to find new talent for their cheer squad. This Saturday, the search for new members will take place in their own backyard.
Last month, New Times spoke to the football team about how its unprecedented search for cheerleaders would take the Dolphins through Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro, Mexico City, and Bogota. The team had planned auditions in all four cities with the hopes of finding a select few who would come to Miami for the final round of tryouts.
Now that the international search is complete and the results are in, it looks like Part 1 of the mission is accomplished. Miami Dolphins senior director of brand impact and entertainment, Dorie Grogan, tells New Times about the results and how the auditions will move forward.
"Nineteen women selected during our international search will be coming to Miami for the finals," Grogan says. "These 19 women represent six countries, including Venezuela and the United Kingdom."
After the Miami auditions, she estimates 50 to 60 women will continue on.
The Dolphins are the first team to conduct a cheerleader search of this nature, Grogan says, but the decision just felt right. "Miami is the gateway to Latin America, and we have always been fortunate to have women who represent many cultures. This just seemed like a natural next step for us, and we do think it will set us apart."
The Dolphins want to make it clear they didn't expand their search because they felt there was something missing from their existing squad. But rather, they just thought this was another step in advertising their brand, much like the games played in London might do for football fans.
"We did not start the search because we felt we were lacking anything," Grogan says. "This was a unique opportunity to expand our brand and continue to grow our team with the addition of international performers. "
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Grogan says the Dolphins already have a plan to make the international contestants in town for the finals comfortable. "Much like we do for players and employees from out of town, we have a full process to help them get acclimated. We will assist them with securing proper documentation and make sure they are taken care of during their stay in our country."
Tomorrow, Miamians heading out to the audition will not compete against the bombshells from Latin America, but instead other locals. After the semifinals, selected candidates will go through interviews and audition clinics before the culmination May 1.
International or otherwise, if you're interested in auditioning for a spot on the Miami Dolphins' cheerleading team, drive to Davie in your Spandex best and give it a shot — or rather, a twirl.
Miami Dolphins Cheerleader Auditions
Saturday, April 23. Click here to register. Auditions will take place at the Doctor’s Hospital Training Facility (formerly known as Miami Dolphins Training Facility), located at 7500 SW 30th St., Davie. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., and the competition starts at 10 a.m. Visit dolphinscheerleaders.com.