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|Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders|
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|Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders|
The original cheerleading squad was a made up of a male-female group called the CowBelles & Beaux. The group made its sidelines debut in 1960 during the Cowboys' inaugural season. Local high school students made up the squad, which was typical of other high school and college cheerleading squads throughout the 1960s, rarely getting much attention.
During a game between the Cowboys and the Atlanta Falcons at the Cotton Bowl during the 1967 season, the scantily clad, well-endowed Bubbles Cash, a stripper by profession, caused a tremendous stir in the crowd that turned to cheers when she walked down the staircase stands on the 50 yard line carrying cotton candy in each hand. She became an instant public sensation in Dallas, also gaining attention from Cowboys General Manager Tex Schramm. Understanding the importance of the entertainment industry to the Cowboys' profitability, Schramm was inspired to form a cheerleading squad dressed in similar fashion to Cash. By 1969, it was decided that the cheerleading squad needed this new image and the male cheerleaders were dropped from the squad and an all-female squad from local high school cheerleading squads in the Dallas-Fort Worth area were selected. From that point on, the CowBelles & Beaux became the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders.
Preparing for the 1970 season, Schramm decided to change the Cheerleaders' image to boost attendance. At first the main change was to create an all-female squad and change the uniforms and style of cheerleading routines to be more primarily dance and less like traditional acrobatic routines like that of high school or college cheerleading squads. The ten local high school cheerleaders whom were selected for the 1970 season were also involved in the task of totally redesigning the uniforms and creating new dance style cheer routines under Dee Brock's direction and with the help of a choreographer. In 1971, the qualification rules changed to allow not only local female cheerleaders to compete for a spot on the squad, but also high school drill team officers. Then in 1972, Texie Waterman, a New York choreographer, was recruited and assigned to auditioning and training an entirely new female squad which would all be over 18 years of age, searching for attractive appearance, athletic ability, and raw talent as performers. And since the 1972 squad consisted of adults, this allowed the possibility of again redesigning the uniforms to introduce a more revealing, sexier look closer to the classic DCC image we know today. This modified squad first appeared on the sidelines during the Cowboys' 1972 season.
Even greater national attention came in 1978 when the squad appeared on two network TV specials, NBC Rock-n-Roll Sports Classic and The Osmond Brothers Special on ABC. Also that year, the DCC produced their own one-hour special, The 36 Most Beautiful Girls in Texas, which aired on ABC prior to the season opener of Monday Night Football (which coincidentally was a game that the Cowboys hosted). On January 14, 1979, the made-for-TV movie The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders (1979) aired. Starring Bert Convy and Jane Seymour, it had a 48% share of the national television audience.
On January 13, 1980, a sequel to the original TV movie called The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders II (1980) aired. Throughout the years that followed, the Cheerleaders have made many other TV appearances; and their likeness has been featured on various merchandise, such as posters, T-shirts, bubblegum cards, and calendars.
The Cheerleaders have also toured throughout the US (on and off field) and overseas. Included in this are regular appearances in United Service Organizations (USO) tours. This started in the Christmas of 1979, for US troops stationed in South Korea. Since then, it has remained a regular function for the squad.
The Cheerleaders release an annual swimsuit calendar.
Held a ceremony inaugurating the second game of 1994 FIFA World Cup between Spain and South Korea.
Since 2006, the Cheerleaders have produced their own reality television series, Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team, which airs on Country Music Television (CMT) during the NFL football season. The series follows the auditioning process of the annual squad.
Held an opening ceremony and podium of 2013 United States Grand Prix in Austin Texas.
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The uniform itself is a carefully guarded trademark and may not be duplicated in any way without the written permission of the DCC.[dubious ] The internationally recognized ensemble of blouse, vest, and shorts was originally designed by Paula Van Wagoner.
Since first introduced with the formation of the squad in 1972, the basic uniform has been modified only six times:
Each modification has been approved by Director Kelli McGonagill Finglass and implemented by Leveta Crager, who for twenty-four years made and hand tailored every uniform worn by a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader. Upon her retirement, at the start of the 1996 season, designer Greg Danison was selected to continue the tradition of individual craftsmanship.
The Cheerleaders have appeared on variety of TV shows and specials as performers, guest acting roles, and game show contestants. Some of the shows on which they have appeared include:
In addition to these guest appearances, the squad produces its own reality television series Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team, which aired for each season since 2006. The series, which airs on CMT, chronicles the audition process and performer selection for each season's squad.
Many former DCCs have gone on to achieve fame in show business or succeeded in other notable endeavors. They include:
The DCC on board USS Harry S. Truman.
The DCC visit U.S. sailors on board USS Nimitz.
Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders come to a forward operating base in Iraq to entertain troops.
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