Representing the NFL�s Houston franchise, the Houston Texans Cheerleaders have been around since the team�s inaugural 2002 season.
While their look has evolved slightly over the squad�s history, the midriff-baring tops have remained a constant (much to the delight of their fans).
Houston Texans Cheerleader All-Stars
The Houston Texans Cheerleader All-Stars allow girls ages 13 to 18 to perform with the Texans Cheerleaders in front of 71,000 fans at Reliant Stadium. This popular program is open to all members of cheer, dance and drill teams.
Texans Cheerleading Swimsuit Calendar
In 2007, it was announced that the Houston Texans Cheerleaders would be unveiling their first-ever swimsuit calendar. Shot in Galveston�s Moody Gardens, the calendar featured 15 cheerleaders modeling ultra-sexy swimsuits. Calendars went on sale on November 8th, 2007, and all proceeds benefited the Methodist DeBakey Heart Center and Houston Texans Foundation.
Junior Cheerleading Program
Designed for girls ages 6 to12, the Junior Cheerleading Program gives participants the opportunity to dance on the field beside the renowned Texans Cheerleaders. The cost of participation includes autographs from all cheerleaders and a custom Junior Cheerleading costume.
The Houston Texans Cheerleaders are available to make personal appearances throughout the year. If you�re considering booking such an appearance, here are a few things to keep in mind:
Requests must be sent four weeks prior to the event.
An appearance fee will be determined based on the nature of the event.
Parking and a dressing room must be provided for the cheerleaders. Water must also be provided in the dressing room.
Cheerleaders reserve the right to walk away from any performance deemed harmful or unsafe to the performer. In the case that this happens, no refunds will be given.
Texans Cheerleaders Tryouts
Each year in April, hundreds of young women attend the Texans� training facility in the hopes of becoming a Houston Texans Cheerleader. In 2008, for example, over 400 women showed up to claim just 35 spots.
This number also included returning cheerleaders, as they are required to win their spot on the squad each year. To make the finals, girls have to advance through four rounds of cuts.
Following registration, a panel of more than 100 judges (including players and corporate sponsors) quickly reduced the field down to around 200 girls.
Player judges included Amobi Okoye, Mario Williams and Will Demps.
In the second round of the competition, girls were given 45 minutes to learn a dance routine. They were then broken up into groups of 10 and asked to perform it for judges. Afterwards, cuts were made.
Round three saw the arrival of returning veteran cheerleaders, as they were exempt from the first two rounds. Another dance was performed, and more cuts were made.
The hardest dance was reserved for the fourth round, and the candidates were reduced to 49 following the completion of the routine. A few days later, the girls would learn another dance routine and be expected to perform it at the finals.
For several years, the Texans have also allowed fans to choose the final member of the quad. When one spot is left, the top three remaining candidates are voted on by the fans. The winner receives a spot on the squad, while the other girls go away with nothing but happy memories. In 2008, the Texans received over 60,000 votes through their website.
Requirements To Be a Cheerleader
To be a Texans Cheerleader, you must be at least 18 years of age. There is no maximum age limit. Cheerleaders are expected to make promotional appearances, perform charity work and cheer at all home games.
During the NFL season, the position demands around 25 hours per week, while it is reduced to around 15 hours a week in the off-season. Many Texans Cheerleaders also hold down full-time positions in the workplace, or as mothers or students.