You may have seen me on Monday Night Football last fall, cheering and waving pom-poms. The camera only caught me for a few seconds at a time, but grabbing even that sliver of the spotlight took a hell of a lot of ambition on my part—not to mention blood, sweat, and tears. Growing up, I'd taught myself how to dance in my bedroom, and I eventually shimmied my way into teach- ing a hip-hop class at a gym. One day, a student who was a cheerleader for the local NFL team told me I should audition for the squad. Despite my doubts, I aced the first round, which was to freestyle dance to hip-hop. After two weeks of performing in a bikini, being interviewed at length, undergoing a public-speaking evaluation, and taking a football- knowledge exam, a battery of drug tests, and a physical, I made the cut.
Leave it to those lewd Brits to have more cheerleaders at their Olympics than any other Games in recent years. Where do these cheerleaders even come from? All of the cheerleaders are participating purely on a volunteer basis.
Cheerleaders and Instagram are a pairing destined to be as much a success as Apple and smartphones or Beyonce and Jay-Z, as the photo-sharing app is the ideal forum for these bouncy babes to share their images with the waiting world. In fact, these ladies' social media fame is such they even have a new millennial term for the phenomenon-- "Cheerlebrities"--an obvious compounding of "cheerleaders" and "celebrity. For male fans who love checking out cheerleaders during a dull game, fortunately the majority of NFL teams have cheer squads shaking their pom-poms, as well as other "assets".