Get your pompoms and those high-kicks ready — the Montreal Alouettes are looking for new cheerleaders for the upcoming season.
The CFL team is looking for female cheerleaders and male stunters. Last year, men were added to the Stunter Squad on the cheerleading team for the first time, but this year, they’ll be allowed to try out for the Dance Squad as well.
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“We are looking for energetic and dynamic girls and boys with an outgoing personality,” reads the audition page. “We do not have specific physical criteria however well-groomed appearance is required.”
There is no age limit to be part of the cheerleading squad, recent ages of cheerleaders have ranged from 18 to 37, according to the website.
It’s not all backflips and dance moves though, the cheerleading squad puts in work. From February 25 until October 28, there’s two and a half hours of practice per week and five hours of practice per week starting from November 4, until the CFL playoffs (end of November).
Cheerleading hopefuls must also be free to travel to Calgary for the Grey Cup from November 21 to 25.
“Everyone must be present at all home games three hours before kick off,” reads the audition FAQ. “Taking part in promotional activities is voluntary and each event is booked depending on individual availability.”
The squad is paid for home games and promotional activities, cheerleaders and stunters don’t get paid for rehearsals, however.
Auditions take place Saturday, February 23 at Saint-Jean-Vianney College.
- 8:30 am to 12 pm for Stunters
- 12:30 pm to 4 pm for Dancers
Visit the Montreal Alouettes’ Cheerleader website for more information and don’t forget to shake your pom-pom.