New England Patriots Cheerleader Program
Since their formation in 1977, the New England Patriots Cheerleaders have been supporting their team at home games and participating in a number of community events.
Given the recent success of the Patriots, the lovely ladies from New England have experienced a major boost in popularity.
Besides entertaining American troops in more than 25 countries, they have made appearances on the following television programs: CBS Early Show, Good Morning America, On-Air with Ryan Seacrest, Entertainment Tonight, E! Television, Fox News National, Inside Edition and the Late Show with David Letterman. They’ve also been included on the pages of Men’s Style, Muscle and Fitness, Maxim and FHM.
New England Patriots Cheerleaders – Requirements & Auditions
To be a Patriots Cheerleader, you must be at least 18 years of age. There is no maximum age limit, nor is there a height requirement.
24 ladies are selected to the squad each year, and auditions usually draw around 300 hopeful candidates. Auditions are usually held in March, and 75 contestants are selected in the first round of the process. This number is then whittled down to 50, and then the final 24 are announced at the end of the month.
Besides demonstrating skills in dancing and public relations, Patriots Cheerleaders are also asked to take a short quiz when arriving for tryouts. This is to ensure that they have a basic understanding of the NFL and the Patriots’ organization.
Girls selected to be on the squad are considered part-time employees of the team. They will be compensated for games, practices and public appearances.
Two rehearsals are held each week at Gillette Stadium. Tuesday practices normally run from 7 pm until 10 pm, while practices on Saturday or Sunday last from 10 am until 4 pm. From October thru January, the second practice of the week is usually held on Thursday evenings.
Cheerleaders will be expected to perform at all 10 home games, as well as any home playoff games. If the Patriots make the Super Bowl, the cheerleaders will be flown to the game.
All members of the squad will also get to participate in a yearly swimsuit calendar. In addition, women on the squad will receive a number of discounts on hair, tanning, cosmetic and dental services.
Each member of the New England Patriots Cheerleaders is under a one-year contract with the team. No cheerleader can be selected to the squad for more than three years. This is done to ensure that the squad’s roster stays fresh.
Public Appearances – Patriots Cheerleaders
Besides performing at the games, Pats cheerleaders appear at functions around the globe. They can be booked to sign autographs, perform dance routines or a variety show and even pose for pictures. The entire squad can be hired to appear, or as few as one or two girls. Team mascot Pat Patriot can also be booked to appear.
Examples of their most frequent appearances include:
- Autograph Sessions
- Photo Shoots
- Grand Openings
- Trade Shows
- Sales Meetings
- Awards Ceremonies
Junior Cheerleading Clinic
Each year, the Patriots Cheerleaders hold a Junior Cheerleader Clinic for girls ages seven to seventeen. After completion of the clinic, participants will receive a number of commemorative items, as well as the opportunity to perform alongside the Patriots Cheerleaders during an NFL pregame show.
Notable Patriots Cheerleaders
From practicing law to raising a family, cheerleaders from the Patriots squad have been successful in all walks of life. However, these young ladies may be the most recognizable to a national audience:
- Kristin Gauvin – 2005 Miss Massachusetts
- Alysha Castonguay – 2002 Miss Rhode Island Teen USA
- Michelle Carlucci – Chosen as one of FHM’s 10 sexiest cheerleaders
Patriots Director and Choreographer
The director and choreographer for the New England Patriots Cheerleaders is Tracy Sormanti. She first served as a cheerleader for the Patriots in 1983, and she was selected to multiple squads over the following years. She was then hired on full-time at her present position, a job which she has now held for over 18 years.