The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders officially revealed their 2014 swimsuit calendar at an exclusive gathering inside the Glass Cactus nightclub at the Gaylord Texan Resort on Lake Grapevine. After the swimsuit fittings at Valley Ranch in which over 400 different swimsuits from 32 different designers were selected, the cheerleaders' 10-day swimsuit calendar shoot took place on location at the Iberostar Resort in Cozumel, Mexico.
The annual party served as a reunion of the photographers, makeup artists, hair stylists, television crew members and others involved in the production of the calendar. With Thanksgiving Day less than a week away, the big night also doubled as a holiday kick-off celebration featuring America's Sweethearts.
"We couldn't be more proud of this opportunity to 'show off' the final product of the annual DCC Swimsuit calendar and the associated television show to all of the partners who made this possible," said Kelli Finglass, Director, Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders.
Guests were given goodie bags that included calendars, and then proceeded up to the second level of the Glass Cactus, where they were greeted by this year's DCC rookies. That is where the similarity to past years ended, as this year's party had an entirely different setup. Where the cheerleaders who were featured in the calendar are usually lined up behind cocktail tables with large photos set up behind them, this year's party had the cheerleaders placed throughout the massive club's upper level with their photos hanging from the ceiling. Also, rather than being in place when the first guest arrived, the ladies were introduced and arrived about 45 minutes after the party kicked off.
"The party's new setup gave the night a new energy," according to four-year veteran DCC Nicole Bulcher. "It makes everything more interactive and since one of my favorite parts of the evening is getting to meet our sponsors, I really liked it."
The flat-screen TVs around the room were displaying the "Making the Calendar" behind-the-scenes video, which will air in December on the Cowboys affiliates, including CBS-11 in DFW. For the final hour of the party, the rookies mingled with the guests, which included VIPs and sponsors.
"This entire night is really about us getting to say thank you to our sponsors and the people who worked behind the scenes on this calendar to make it great," four-year veteran DCC Lauren Williams said. "Without their support and hard work, none of this would be possible."
With the party in full swing, I took a little break to chat with two of my favorite people, DCC alum and technical adviser Kitty Carter and the DCC official trainer Jay Johnson. Anyone who has watched the CMT show Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team is fully aware of who they are and their importance to the makeup of the squad.
In what has become an annual tradition for me at this party, I saved my visit with three-year veteran DCC Brittney Schram for the end of the night; consider it a "best-for-last" deal. As always, she was quick to praise the people behind the scenes.
"It was great to be able to celebrate the hard work of the photographers and their crews," Schram said. "Seeing the gorgeous shots strung throughout the Glass Cactus brought back all the fun memories of the calendar shoot!"
The 2014 edition marks the 36th year the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders have published a calendar. The cheerleaders now produce four formats of calendars, and the annual swimsuit issue of the Dallas Cowboys Star Magazine. The calendar is now available in stores and ShopCowboys.com.
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