TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – With auditions underway, tensions are high as the cheerleader hopefuls are invited back to One Buc Place for a dance workshop. Tara Battiato,
Tara Battiato, TBBC manager and choreographer, is joined by three judges. These individuals are trained professional dancers who work with the ladies trying out for the squad to break down some of the moves and skills they’ll need for the field.
On Day 2, the candidates sit down management to talk about their lives off the field in the “interview” phase of the tryouts.
“Interviews never get easier. Never. Because there’s almost an expectation that is set for you, especially as a third-year vet,” explains Ali, a cheerleader with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the past two seasons.
During the fitness portion, situps, sprints and planks test the endurance of the cheerleader hopefuls. Going into finals, it’s all about taking the ideas and corrections given to the talent hopefuls.
But as the deadline came, something wasn’t right. “..and immediately when she [Tara] walked in I knew something wasn’t right,” recounted one veteran cheerleader.
A gut drop moment filled the room as Tara stood on stage and said, ” I am not prepared to select a squad right now.” Tara decided that she needed to extend the auditions by an extra week in order to make her decisions.
Moments after Tara’s announcement, the ladies hoping for a chance to become Tampa Bay Buccaneer Cheerleaders huddled. Nervous, speechless, rattled and unexpected are how the ladies described the shocking announcement.
Who did Tara pick? And who did she finally choose to be captains of the squad? Find out in the video player above.