FOXBOROUGH — The New England Patriots cheerleaders will hold open auditions for the 2017 squad on Saturday, March 4, inside the Pieri Gymnasium at Dean College in Franklin, according to a press release.
Registration begins at 9:30 a.m., with the day concluding at 7 p.m., for those advancing past all rounds of the preliminary tryout.
From a biochemical research associate and an electrical engineer to a nursing assistant, financial planner and middle school teacher, last year’s team was comprised of a spirited group hailing from a number of exciting and eclectic backgrounds, the release said.
Approximately 28 members will make up the 2017 squad. All women 18 years or older are invited to audition.
Aspiring members must first complete an online application via the Gillette Stadium website. On the day of the auditions, candidates will be taught choreographed dance routines and will be given an opportunity to perform a freestyle combination. At the end of the preliminary rounds, judges will narrow the field to 40-50 women.
The group will be invited to the final round of auditions Saturday, March 18. A more detailed description of the audition process can be found at www.patriots.com/cheerleaders.
In addition to performing at all Patriots home games in front of nearly 70,000 fans, those selected will have the opportunity to participate in various community-involvement experiences, and are requested to attend a minimum of two rehearsals per week.
Members of the squad will also be able to take part in a number of travel opportunities including a trip to the Dominican Republic in June for their annual calendar and video shoot. Since Sept. 11, 2001, cheerleaders have visited deployed military troops in more than 25 countries and performed in over two dozen combat areas.
Most recently, during the team’s trip to Houston for Super Bowl LI, cheerleaders appeared on nationally-televised programs such as “Good Morning America,” ESPN’s “First Take” and “Inside Edition.” The squad has also been featured in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition, Maxim and Muscle and Fitness Hers.