The TopCats, also known as the Carolina Panthers Cheerleaders, can be found supporting their team from the sidelines of every home game in Bank of American Stadium.
The squad performs a number of high-energy dance routines designed to appeal to fans of all ages, and they also make public appearances at both charity and corporate events. The TopCats average 27 members each NFL season.
Topcats Public Appearances
Throughout the year, the TopCats are available to make appearances in the Carolina area. This includes corporate functions, charitable events, hospitals and schools. Different rates are charged depending on the type of event. Requests for an appearance should be made at least 30 days before the date of the event.
Carolina Panthers Cheerleader Tryouts
Each year, hundreds of women audition to become a member of the prestigious TopCats cheerleading squad. In order to become a member of the team, all potential candidates must meet the following requirements:
Must be at least 21 years old.
Must have a high school diploma or GED.
Strong dance skills and physical fitness are mandatory.
Must be able to practice two to three times per week in April through July. From August to September, rehearsals are held twice a week.
Must be able to cheer at all home games.
Must be able to make public appearances and perform charity work during the season.
Tryouts are comprised of the following rounds:
Round 1 – Following registration, each candidate will be asked to perform a short self-choreographed dance routine. Candidates will be judged on physical fitness, dance skill, showmanship and presentation. Cuts will then be made, and the survivors will return for the second round.
Round 2 – Contestants will next perform a dance routine taught to them by the squad choreographer. Afterwards, more cuts will be made.
Semifinals – This round will consist of an interview, meeting, two rehearsals and a competition. Finalists will then be selected.
Finals – Finalists will undergo a two month evaluation period. Rehearsals and meetings will be held two to three times per week. After this trial period, the official members of the TopCats will be announced.
The 2008 squad is comprised of women from many different backgrounds and career paths. Besides listing the 2008 TopCats squad, we have also included their current professions.
Brooke (Captain) – CT Technologist
Chika – Data Analyst
Christy – Dance Team Coach
Dana – Teacher
DeAnna (Captain) – Media Specialist/Student
Erin – Human Resources Assistant
Hodges – Wellness Coordinator
Jana – Student
Jill – Retail Sales Associate
Kelli (Captain) – Student
Kelly (Captain) – Wedding and Event Planner
Kim K. – Director of Community Reinvestment
Kim S. – Branch Office Administrator
Kimberly – Public Relations Specialist
Kristen – Pharmaceutical Business Development Manager
Kristie – MRI Technologist
Laura – Teacher
Leslie – Pediatric Physical Therapist
Lisa – Apparel Consultant
Megan – Registered Nurse
Nicole – Case Manager
Sara – Administrative Assistant
Shannon (Captain) – Social Work Investigator
Shauna – Dance Instructor
Shelby – Legal Administrative Specialist
Tara – Executive Assistant/Technology Team Support