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“Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team” – Episode Six: Jump Split Reckoning

Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders training camp in Frisco, Texas on June 15, 2018. (Cooper Neill)

There are 45 women in training camp, and the final squad will be 36. It’s week three of training camp, and cuts must start being made.

Before cuts, the training camp candidates are put to the ultimate DCC test … kick line and jump splits! It’s the first time the candidates will be on the football turf and learn the signature kick line that the DCC do at every performance. They also will learn, and need to master, a new combo by Michelle Keys, former DCC and guest choreographer.

The rookie candidates have a very exciting day when they arrive for uniform fittings! It’s the first time the candidates will ever get to wear a DCC uniform, so it can really light the fire in them to make the team and wear the uniform for the rest of the season. Their appearance in the uniform can also contribute to a final decision if they make the team or not. The training camp candidates do not earn the uniform and the 15 stars until they make the squad, just like the rookie Dallas Cowboys players who have to earn the star on their helmets.

Jay Johnson, the fitness trainer of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, hosts a physical fitness test and nutritional counseling seminar at Cowboys Fit during training camp. Jay knows what it takes from an athletic standpoint to be a DCC, but his opinion is also very important because he is a judge and can influence Kelli Finglass and Judy Trammell’s decisions.

Looking for dance skill, stage presence and showmanship throughout all of the rehearsals leads Kelli to make her first cut of the season, and it doesn’t seem like the cuts will be any easier moving forward.

Who will be the first to go? Find out tomorrow night on DCC Making the Team!

Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team airs Thursday nights at 10/9c on CMT.

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