2016 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Cheerleader Squad: Making the Krewe Part I

2016 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Cheerleader Squad: Making the Krewe Part I
2016 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Cheerleader Squad: Making the Krewe Part I

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Nerves were high as auditions for the 2016 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Cheerleader Squad were recently held at the USF Sundome. The auditions mark the beginning of the 41st season of cheer for the group.

Planning and choreography planning began in February for the April auditions, according to Tara Battiato, TBBC manager and choreographer.

Hundreds tried out and went through initial training and practice routines, but only 73 were selected to move into the semi-finalist round.

The cheerleader hopefuls were then divided into two groups where they then went through a panel interview. Up next, they were tested for fitness and Buccaneers knowledge before learning an additional routine.

As pressure to pick the best cheerleaders mounts, Battiato and her leadership team ends up calling back 7 individuals for a round of dance-offs. A gut drop feeling overwhelms some veteran cheerleaders when they learn one of last year’s team captains is among those selected for a dance off.

Then…an unexpected announcement from Battiato sends the hopefuls nerves into overdrive.

Watch 2016 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Cheerleader Squad: Making the Krewe Part I in the video player above to catch up on the excitement, the nerves, the intensity and the pressure for perfect performance auditions.

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