The 2012 Seagals squad was announced earlier this month after enduring the rigorous audition process that began in April. The Seagals auditions are open to anyone over 18 years old and although formal dance experience is not required, many of the contestants have years of experience in dance, ballet, gymnastics or cheerleading. Seagals director/choreographer Sherri Thompson has been with the squad an incredible 31 years, since she began her career as a Seagal in 1981 before becoming the choreographer in ’84 and the director in ’87. Needless to say, Sherri has extensive knowledge about the Seahawks and Seagals and her passion for the team is evidenced in the high standards that both the ladies who audition and who are accepted to the squad are held to. This year’s final audition took place at Century Link Field’s West Club Lounge with a live webcast hosted by Tony Ventrella and Sheila Stampatacos to give fans up to the minute updates as the squad members were announced.
Typically 24-32 ladies are chosen from the audition group for the final squad but this year is unique because an additional two were chosen in the finals, bringing the total to 34 for the 2012 season. The number of contestants chosen each year depends mainly on the talent Sherri Thompson sees in the group; the final number is not decided until the last cut based on dance ability, showmanship and physical appearance. It appears that Thompson had some tough judging choices to make this year and fans should expect some spectacular shows from the Gals as they make appearances at all Seahawks home games and numerous community events in the state and around the world.
The audition process is only the beginning for Seagals who are selected to the team; once on the squad the Seagals will learn over 30 dances throughout the year as well as participate in nearly 300 public appearances to promote community partnerships and the Seahawks. Recently the former Seagals squad participated in the Seahawks 12k run, greeting runners and signing autographs for fans participating in the fundraising event hosted by the Seahawks. In addition to local charity events, the Seagals will travel abroad with other NFL cheerleaders visiting military troops and bases to bring a little bit of home to our soldiers. At home, the Seagals host the annual Jr. Seagals program, which is a series of youth cheer clinics designed to promote dance skills and self-esteem in the young girls who participate in the program.
A huge congratulations to all of the Seagals who made it on to the 2012 squad, this is no small commitment and fans are sure to enjoy what the team has in store for this year. No announcement has been made yet about what the Seagals uniforms will look like, though fans should expect an all new design featuring the Seahawks new colors, logo and patterns.
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