Oakland Raiders Cheerleaders
The Oakland Raiderettes, also known as “Football’s Fabulous Females,” are the official cheerleading squad for the NFL’s Oakland Raiders franchise.
Besides cheering on their team at McAfee Coliseum each Sunday, these lovely ladies also make over 300 appearances each year at charity, community and corporate events.
Oakland Raiderettes History
The Raiders began play as part of the AFL in 1960, and the Raiderettes made their first appearance the following year.
In 1982, the team moved operations to Los Angeles, and the squad became known as the Los Angeles Raiderettes. Owner Al Davis once again moved the team back to Oakland in 1995, and the cheerleaders resumed their Oakland Raiderettes moniker.
Oakland Raiderette Auditions
Each summer, open auditions are held for any young woman who wishes to be an Oakland Raiderette. On average, around 300 girls show up for the first part of the tryouts. During this phase, each girl introduces herself to the judges. Later, the group is culled down to 122 candidates, and Phase II information packets are distributed.
During Phase II, girls must learn an audition dance routine. In addition, they must also take part in an interview with a panel of 16 judges. This interview is designed to test the social skills of each girl, and a little Raider trivia is thrown in for good measure.
After the interviews, candidates are split up into two groups and asked to perform the dance routine which they’ve learned. Afterwards, judges confer and decide on the latest batch of Raiderettes. In 2008, 40 Raiderettes were chosen in all (13 rookies and 27 veterans). It should also be noted that veterans have to try out for the squad like everyone else.
Junior Raiderettes Program
Open to girls ages 7 to 15, the yearly Junior Raiderettes program gives 300 young cheerleaders the chance to learn from the best. No auditions are required. Upon payment of the entry fee, each girl will receive the following: four dance clinics taught by Raiderettes, one pregame performance, one halftime performance, official junior Raiderette uniform, silver pom poms, 2008 Raiderette calendar, certificate, and a commemorative DVD of the game performances.
High School Spirit Explosion
For girls who are too old to join the Junior Raiderettes, there’s also the High School Spirit Explosion. This event allows cheerleaders from all across California to come together and have some fun. During the most recent meeting, over 500 cheerleaders participated. On Saturday, the girls learned a dance routine in just four hours, and then they performed it live at a Raiders’ home game the following day.
Oakland Raiderette Appearances
Raiderettes are available to make personal appearances throughout the year (except for April). The following are the standard rates:
- Standard Appearance – Four hours for $400 per cheerleader (minimum 2 cheerleaders). Each additional hour over 4 hours (with a maximum of is $100 per cheerleader per hour. This includes such events as grand openings, conventions and golf tournaments.
- Fundraising Appearance – Three hours for $100 per cheerleader (minimum 2 cheerleaders). This includes charity gold tournaments, school or church carnivals and community events.
- Charitable Appearance – Three hours for $35 per cheerleader (minimum 2 cheerleaders). This includes hospital visits, make-a-wish visits, homeless shelter visits and many more.
- Out-of-area Appearance – Four hours for $600 per cheerleader (minimum 2 cheerleaders). Each additional hour over 4 is billed at $100 per cheerleader.
Famous Oakland Raiderettes
A number of Raiderette cheerleaders have went on to achieve success in other fields. Here are some of the most famous:
- Jovann Canada – Has also cheered for the 49ers Goldrush squad (2003 – 2006) and was a cheerleader for the San Francisco Demons of the XFL.
- Kiana Tom – Actress, model and TV fitness instructor.
- Erica Arana – Model and actress.
- Danielle Gamba – Chosen as Playboy’s Cyber Girl of the Month in October of 2004.
- Jenn Greave – Appeared on MTV’s The Real World: Denver.
- Anjelah Johnson – Member of MADtv cast and stand-up comic.