The Denver Broncos Cheerleaders are the official cheer and dance squad for the NFL’s Denver Broncos franchise.
Besides supporting the team at home games and working with various off-the-field charities, the cheerleaders also release an annual swimsuit calendar and maintain a website and blog.
During games, they are supported by the Denver Broncos Stampede, a group of 16 precision drummers from the Denver area.
Denver Broncos Cheerleaders History
The first cheerleaders for the Broncos organization were the Bronkettes, a dance team comprised of little girls. In 1971, the all-adult Bronco Belles arrived on the scene – started by Dr. Jess Geradi, the Broncos’ Director of Entertainment. The team was led from 1971-’73 by Kim Thorney, and from 1974-’76 by Pam Jones Stockhouse, and they evolved into the Pony Express during the 1977 season.
When two members of the Pony Express posed topless for Playboy, the group was disbanded in 1980. After a 13-year absence, the Denver Broncos Cheerleaders were resurrected in 1993.
Broncos Cheerleaders Uniforms
Featuring some of the NFL’s most distinctive uniforms, the Broncos cheerleading squad has a decidedly western flair. In the fall months, the girls are attired in leather chaps and jackets. They switch to ski-wear for the cold months of December and January, and they’re equally at home in the leather skirt and vest reserved for the warmer months.
Broncos Cheerleaders Public Appearances
In an average year, the girls of the squad will log more than 1,000 hours of community service and appear before nearly 100 Colorado organizations. While there’s an emphasis on the local community, the group also makes appearances abroad. To boost morale, the squad has visited U.S. military bases in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay.
Junior Denver Broncos Cheerleaders Program
Designed for girls ages six to 14, the Junior Denver Broncos Cheerleaders program promotes self-esteem and discipline. Girls will be instructed in cheers and dancing, and they’ll also get to perform with cheerleaders during pre-game and halftime shows in INVESCO Field at Mile High. No tryouts are required, and registration is limited to the first 400 girls.
Broncos Cheerleaders Calendar and Merchandise
Each year, the Broncos Cheerleaders produce a swimsuit calendar. In 2008, the calendar was shot in Cozumel, and it is still available for purchase at the price of $19.99. Other available items include:
2007 Swimsuit Calendar $8
2006 Swimsuit Calendar $6
2006 Squad Poster $3
8 x 10 Individual Head Shots $10 each
Blue & Orange Pom Poms $15
Denver Broncos Cheerleader Tryouts
Each spring, hundreds of young women audition to be the next Denver Broncos Cheerleader. Usually, around 300 women try out for only 34 positions.
On the first day, a simple routine is taught to candidates and performed afterwards. Based on their performances, the field is then cut down to 100 girls.
In the second round, girls will be taught a routine similar to one performed by the cheerleaders at a game. Following this performance, the field will be reduced down to 60.
The remaining girls will be divided into two groups and attend a Finalist Workshop. There, they will learn another routine, and more cuts will be made.
The finals begin with a business interview to judge each remaining girls’ personality and skills at interacting with the public. Finalist will then change into dance attire and perform the routine learned at the Finalist Workshop. Afterwards, the final squad of 34 will be announced.
The 2008 Denver Broncos Cheerleaders consist of:
Jen Kelly, Jessica Flores, Valerie Scott, Kaoruko Horiike, Shelby Britton, Lindsey Dudley, Serita Archuleta, Melissa Lopez-Aust, Stephanie Smith, Perry Jackman, Katie Kosters, Romi Bean, Terita Walker, Sarah Karlan, Kimberly Hidalgo, Bri Bateman, Stefanie Buttars, Alex Taylor, Erica Golding, Amanda Brophy, Janelle Mangrum, Amanda Lofland, Lauren Gardner, Elizabeth Harris, Nicole Moore, Rebecca Bolan, Katie Layman, Christina Connolly, Jessie Greenberg, Sara Oliver, Mary Johnston, Brenna Lee and Jamie Dukehart-Conti.
Famous former members of the Denver Broncos Cheerleaders include Katee Doland (Miss Colorado USA 2001) and Tatiana Anderson (host of ESPN’s Kiana’s Flex Appeal).