America's Team introduced the high energy hip-hop dance team, break crew and drum corps in 2009 when they moved into Jerry Jones' $1.2 billion palace in Arlington. The Rhythm & Blue Dancers, conceptualized by Dallas Cowboys Executive Vice President of Brand Management Charlotte Anderson, is the first of its kind in the NFL.
Over 65 ladies auditioned for the team. Dancers traveled to DFW from Florida, Tennessee, Oklahoma and even Osaka, Japan for the chance to be a part of the innovative team that entertains the plazas before each game and performs during the games from their elevated platforms in the west end zone. The DC R&B Dancers audition process officially began on April 13th at Valley Ranch and consisted of three rounds; preliminaries, semi-finals and finals, which were held on April 25th at the Draft Day Party at Cowboys Stadium.
Following a month-long training camp with 22 finalists, the final roster was selected. The 2013-14 squad consists of nine veterans and eight rookies with dance experience including the world-famous Kilgore Rangerettes, dance teams at Florida State University, Clemson and SMU, the CHL's Allen American Ice Angels and the NFL's Seattle Seahawks.
The 2013-14 Dallas Cowboys Rhythm & Blue Dancers are Mateya Jackson, Kara Robinson, Christen Ancona, Stevee Lynch, Amy Yowell, Arianna Thompson, Jessica Stewart, Jessica Teague, Kendra Dorsey, Melody Woodard, Miranda Jones, Sammi Paradice, Antonese Curry, Brittany Robinson, Britanni Richards, Maya Robinson and Danielle Theiss.
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