Monday, April 11, 2011

Denver Broncos Cheerleaders select 2011-2012 squad

While players strike, the ladies clock in
April 10, 2011
Credit:Matt Farley

The Denver Broncos Cheerleaders settled on their official squad for the 2011 season Sunday night, well before the NFL even decided if this season will even be played.

Weeks of training, testing and choreography came down to a couple hours of routines staged at Pinnacle Events Center. The huge judging panel was nearly as numerous as the 26-woman squad they picked, but their job still seemed to be a tough one. Ten of the finalists not quite polished (or old) enough to make the Broncos squad were snapped up for the Denver Outlaws dance team.

From tap-dancing to acrobatics, the 60 finalists showed a wide variety of talents and plenty of hard-won skill and pure drive. Now all we need to do is find the NFL some labor negotiators who share those traits. — Matt Farley, Metromix

97 photos from the finals are here.