TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – With the stress of auditions running high, we head to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Cheerleader training camp. It’s April 2014 and training camp is all about selecting the 30 most amazing individuals to become official NHL Cheerleaders for the Buccaneers.
Sprints and fitness tests help Tara Battiato, the Cheerleader Manager for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, see their endurance. She’s looking to see who will push through and who will quit under the intensity. With cheerleaders expected to be dancing virtually non-stop during a typical 4-hour game, Battiato takes careful notice to cheerleader hopefuls who walked instead of ran during the fitness portion of the auditions.
As auditions progress, smaller groups are formed to gain a greater understanding for how the females interact and perform together. For Battiato, it’s a process of being able to narrow the field to the individuals they believe have what it takes to be one of the next Tampa Bay Buccaneers Cheerleaders.
During day 2, the hopefuls took part in a swimsuit photo shoot. It’s all preparation for the team’s annual calendar packed with photos of the cheerleaders and the team.
And as auditions continue, our cameras follow the ladies through draft day, May 8, 2014, as they spend time interacting with die hard fans. The process is designed to test how well the ladies can interact in a fun and personable way.
But in the end, tough decisions are made and some ladies are sent packing while others celebrate the culmination of tests, choreographs and practices that has resulted in their dream come true – becoming an official Tampa Bay Buccaneers Cheerleader.