One thing I haven’t gotten around to mentioning from the Draft Day Party at FedExField was the official debut of the 2010 Washington Redskins Cheerleaders. This was the first time the newest cheerleaders would be performing with the squad, so I caught up with Marisa, the former Redskins Ambassador I wrote about at the final cheerleader auditions, to see how it felt to her debut with the squad.
“It took a while to sink in,” she said, “but now that we’re in the uniforms and performing for people and seeing the fans, it feels a little more real. As rookies, we’re still learning a lot, but it’s so much fun.”
She says the veterans haven’t gotten into any serious hazing yet, but she’s expecting at least a bit. “They did pull a few jokes today,” she acknowledged, “just keeping us on our toes.”
I had been impressed with the amount of work that went into audition prep, but the onstage debut means that the workload has, if anything, increased.
“We had about two to three practices a week leading up to this, and we learned the famous initiation rock routine, which was a lot of work but also a lot of fun.”
After the Draft Day Party, the squad’s attention turns to the photo shoot for the annual calendar. “I’m very excited for that,” Marisa said. “It’s a great opportunity and a lot of fun to bond, and also a chance to produce a great calendar.”
First time in uniform also means first time in front of the assembled Redskins fans, which Marisa was also excited about. “The fans are a lot of fun,” she said. “I got to meet a lot of them when I was with the Ambassadors, but just to see them all in one place out here was really something. It’s all been just great. With all the new things happening, we’re just excited for the new season.”
More pictures of the 2010 Redskins Cheerleaders after the jump, courtesy of team photog Ned Dishman.
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