Founded in 1998, the Baltimore Ravens cheerleading squad is actually comprised of an all-female dance team and a co-ed stunt team.
The entire group is made up of 56 members, and this includes 34 stunt team performers and 22 dancers.
In addition to cheering, the Ravens Cheerleaders also make a number a appearances in the community throughout the year.
Baltimore Ravens Cheerleaders – The Playmakers
The Playmakers differ from the cheerleaders in that they don�t perform at Ravens� home games.
Instead, their specialty is interacting with the public on game day and throughout the season. They are most likely to be found at Baltimore-area bars and restaurants on the days leading up to a home game.
Ravens Cheerleaders Squad Requirements and Info
To be a member of the Baltimore Ravens Cheerleaders, you must be at least 18 years of age. There is no maximum age limit, and the squad has had members who are nearly 40. Candidates must also have a high-school diploma or GED, and they must either have a family, attend college or hold down a full or part-time job.
Cheerleaders are required to perform at all 10 home games, and they must arrive at the games 5 hours before kickoff. Practices are held two days a week from April through January. Each practice lasts from 6:30 pm until 9:30 pm. Practices rotate between an indoor facility in Owings Mills and a cheerleading gymnastic center. In June, there is also a mandatory training camp weekend.
Ravens Cheerleaders are expected to make at least 20 appearances per year, not including home game performances. Girls are paid $100 per home game, and they also receive compensation for each personal appearance made.
Baltimore Ravens Cheerleader Auditions
On average, around 200 men and women audition for a spot on the Ravens� cheer or stunt squads. There are a total of five audition rounds Dances are performed during rounds one and two, and cuts are made following the routines. Round three features an interview, while the fourth round involves a physical from Ravens� team doctors. More cuts will be made in the fifth and final round, and the remaining candidates will be invited to two additional practices.
Ravens Cheerleaders Personal Appearances
Cheerleaders are available to make personal appearances from May through December. Since practices are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays, girls cannot make appearances on these nights.
Appearances will range from two to four hours in length, and at least two cheerleaders must be contracted to appear. Fees will range from $125 to $250 per hour, per cheerleader, based on the type of event. Fundraisers and charity events, for example, cost only $125 per hour, while corporate functions are $250.
Ravens Cheerleaders Swimsuit Calendar
In 2008, the Ravens Cheerleaders released their first-ever swimsuit calendar. Featuring 16 months of beautiful women in bikinis, the calendar was shot in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. Calendars sell for $14.99, and supplies are limited.
Stacy Keibler – Former Baltimore Ravens Cheerleader
The most famous Baltimore Ravens Cheerleader is former professional wrestler Stacy Keibler. Following a stint with the Ravens, Keibler won an audition to become one of WCW�s Nitro Girls.
From there, she moved into a managerial role. After the purchase of WCW by the WWE, she moved to that company and managed such wrestlers as the Dudley Boyz, Test and Scott Steiner. She also performed in the ring and wrestled such notable women as Trish Stratus and Victoria.
She was a contestant on the second season of Dancing with the Stars, and she finished the show in third place. During her time there, she was nicknamed �The Weapon of Mass Seduction,� due to her dancing abilities and her 42-inch legs.
Keibler has appeared on the pages of Stuff and Maxim, and had also demonstrated her acting ability on shows such as What About Brian, October Road and George Lopez.
Baltimore Ravens Cheerleaders Fan Mail
The Ravens Cheerleaders are one of the few squads in the NFL which actually posts a fan mail address on their website. You can write to your favorite cheerleader at the following address: