Eagles seek new cheerleaders

Posted: February 21, 2013

New head coach ... new coordinators ... new veep of player personnel ... next up, new cheerleaders!

Typically, the new squad debuts at the Eagles' NFL Draft party in late April.

The approach of spring is worth cheering about, and the Eagles will get in the spirit by holding a series of workshops and tryouts to determine which 38 young women will form the 2013 squad.

The key required date is Saturday, March 23, when the free Open Call Auditions will be held at Lincoln Financial Field. Registration begins at 11 a.m. Contestants must be 18 and already have graduated high school.

Last year, 500 showed up to strut their stuff, second in attendance only to 2005, after the Birds went to the Super Bowl.

First, though, to help prepare the latest wannabes, two optional evening workshops will be offered ($45 each, or $75 for both). The Mock Audition, Beauty, and Fitness Workshop at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 5, will cover all the bases, from makeup to modeling to learning the actual dance routine performed at the Open Call Auditions.

The Dance Prep Workshop at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 13, will be an intensive three-hour class in the Eagles' style of choreography.

Registering by mail, instead of through Ticketmaster, saves a $7.50 fee. Go to PhiladelphiaEagles.com for more details about the workshops.

Last year, 101 women survived to the next round at the NovaCare Complex, where more than 100 season ticket holders winnowed the field to 30 newcomers plus 30 members of the outgoing cheerleading squad.

Once again, the public will be invited to the final audition show, scheduled this year for Monday, April 22, at the Kimmel Center. Tickets, $24 each, are available through www.kimmelcenter.org.

The Eagles, in announcing the tryouts, said last season's squad had a series of distinctions.

For the third year in a row, CNBC said the Eagles had one of the NFL's 10 best squads. Rookie Amanda Rose McGrath was featured in the Jan/Feb 2013 issue of Maxim as one of the "Hottest NFL Cheerleaders."

Casey Baldwin took part in an NFL Tour of China early this month, and eight Eagles cheerleaders spent Super Bowl Sunday promoting the NFL in Quebec City and Montreal.

The 2013 cheerleading calendar app - successor to the NFL's first the season before - is available on iTunes and Google Play.

Contact staff writer Peter Mucha at 215-854-4342 or pmucha@phillynews.com.

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