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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Gridiron Goddesses – The DCC at Training Camp 

Posted by David Allen Tyau at 8:00 AM ET

Southern California is home to many Dallas Cowboys fans. Perhaps this is because Southern California was the home to the Cowboy’s training camp for many years, dating back to the 1960’s. Like the swallows returning to San Juan Capistrano, the boys are back in town again, but only for one year. So, locals get one more chance to watch some USDA prime Texas beef in the harsh Southern Californian sun (okay, it wasn’t all that hot). And, we few, we happy few, we band of brothers get once more chance to see the world famous Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders perform in all their splendor.


Now the last time you heard from me, I was photographing the Lakers Girls during the NBA finals and if you will recall I said that the Laker Girls and the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders were the two most distinguished cheerleading organizations in all of professional sports. Hyperbole? No. They are simply the best. And to prove my point, ask yourself this question, how many other squads have had feature length movies made about them?


Last time, I said that if you get a chance to see the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders in person, you must do so because they are, in a word, amazing. And being true to my word, I did. So, I made the 73 mile trek to beautiful Oxnard, California to photograph the DCC for our loyal readers.


Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders


Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders


Amid the masses of preteen girls and adult age fanboys, I patiently awaited the arrival of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders. Make no mistake, these girls are rocks stars and people came to training camp just to see them. I did. And I was not disappointed. Gorgeous and talented, these eight young women captivated the audience with their synchronized dance routines and showmanship.


Okay, DCC roll call…here’s Deryn.



Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders


Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders


Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders


Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders


And announcing Makenzi. She’s a fierce dancer.



Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders


Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders


Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders


Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders


Introducing Ally.



Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders


Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders


Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders


Meagan in the house…okay it was a portable stage.



Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders


Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders


Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders


Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders


Here’s Trisha, who has a charming Texas drawl.



Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders


Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders


Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders


And the dynamic Nicole.



Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders


Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders


Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders


Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders


Introducing Brooke.



Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders


Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders


Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders


And last, but not least…Tobie.



Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders


Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders


Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders


Of course, the highlight of any DCC performance is their famous kick line, which climaxes with their signature split jump. Now, we at the Professional Cheerleader Blog do not, as a general rule, publish high kick photographs to protect the cheerleader’s modesty, but you have to witness the DCC in action to fully appreciate their precision kicks. This is what we can show you.



Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders


Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders


Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders


Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders


You get the idea.


After their performances, the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders graciously autographed items from the hundreds of fans waiting in line. As the DCC were seated to begin the autograph session, I joked with them that in the best interests of the Cowboys, they should keep Tony Romo (he is my fantasy football keeper league QB) away from Jessica Simpson. They laughed and Brooke shot back that she’ll do her best. She’s got a great sense of humor and it’s clear that the girls are very poised when interacting with the public. They are impressive representatives of the Cowboys organization.




By the way, I was only half joking. Tony…dude. Keep your eye on the prize, bud.



Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders


Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders


Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders


Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders


Usually the items autographed run the gamut from photographs, calendars, and helmets. But there was this one guy in the autograph line with a huge popcorn box. Remember Terrell Owens celebrating a touchdown reception by throwing down some popcorn. You get the idea.



Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders


Now, I have photographed many beautiful cheerleaders over the years and I have seen a handful of dancers who really stood out because they infused a little bit of their personality in their dancing. I have to say that there’s something about Tobie that just captivates your attention. She’s a great dancer who really sells her moves, but there’s just something special about her that makes her stand out. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that she’s very good looking.



Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders


Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders


Another DCC that caught my attention was Brooke. When she dances, she makes eye contact with you and in that moment, you feel connected and you feel special. I know that sounds corny, but it’s almost like she’s flirting with you while performing. I’ve never seen that and it’s totally cool. That’s what makes her special.


Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders


Earlier, I stated that the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders were amongst the most distinguished cheerleading organizations in all of professional sports. If you have seen the CMT series covering the DCC, I think you know why. Perfection is never attained easily and is only accomplished through the guidance of a visionary leader and a commitment to excellence throughout the organization.


Every detail is scrutinized, from the selection of cheerleader candidates to something as trivial (but noticeable) as the uniformity of leg wear, all contribute to the attainment of that perfect vision. Well spoken, personable, attractive and immaculately attired, these girls conform to that vision of what we expect from a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader…the All-American girl next door.


So, in closing we must recognize the efforts of Director Kelli Finglass, whose vision and attention to detail are the reasons why the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders are what they are today, icons of professional cheerleading.


Where Are They Now?


I expect there are more than a few Megan Fox fans out there and I am sure that many were disappointed when she retired after last season. As one of the more visible Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, Megan seemed like the unofficial spokesperson for the DCC and had many loyal followers. Her fans will be happy to know that she is now the Assistant Choreographer for the DCC and she was in Oxnard this weekend to assist Director Kelli Finglass with all the appearances and performances during training camp’s opening weekend.


Here’s a photo of Megan with blog reader and long time Dallas Cowboys fan Gary at training camp in Oxnard .



Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders


And one by herself…notice the ID badge…it’s Judy Trammell’s!


Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders


Well, that’s all for now. The next time you hear from me will be from my regular stint covering the Charger Girls. And one final note…Tony, please…no Jessica Simpson until after football season!

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