Cheerleaders

MVC FAQ

REQUIREMENTS

 Q: What are the requirements to be a MVC?

 A: You must be 18 years of age.  You must be a high school graduate as of June for the year you are auditioning. You must be a full time college student or have another part-time or full-time job.  We understand that some students will not start their first semester of college until the fall of the upcoming season.

 Q: Do you consider being an MVC a full time job?

 A: No, this is a part-time job.  Most of the Minnesota Vikings Cheerleaders are also full-time college students or have another career.

 Q: Are there any age requirements?

 A: You must be 18 years of age by the Open Audition.   Ages of cheerleaders have recently ranged from 18-34.  There is no “maximum” age limit. The average team member’s age is typically 24 years old.

 Q: Are there any height or weight requirements? 

 A: No.  We require that cheerleaders must be in good health, look well-proportioned in dancewear and can meet the demands of the MVC uniform.  There are no specific height or weight requirements.

AUDITION SPECIFICS

 Q: If I am currently a high school senior, but will not graduate until June of this year, can I still audition?

 A: Yes, if you meet the age requirements and will be attending college or working full time in the fall.

 Q: Are you required to have any cheer or dance experience to audition?

 A: No, it is not required, though most candidates typically have some performance experience.

 Q: Will I keep the same audition number throughout the process?

 A: No.  We will adjust numbers for each phase of competition.  Thank you for cooperating.

 Q: Do I have to be 18 to attend the audition workshop or prep classes?

 A: No.  You must have a parent/guardian to sign your release/waiver, if you are under 18 years of age, although the workshop and classes will be closed to the public.  Minimum age is 16 years of age for the workshop and prep classes.

 Q: How many people audition each year?

 A: The number of applicants varies from season to season.  We usually host about 150 candidates at Open Auditions.  Do not worry about numbers though!   Be confident and go for it!  We want to see YOU this year at tryouts!!  Attending the prep classes and/or workshops will help you feel more confident!

 Q: What should I wear to auditions?

 A: Don’t worry too much about your attire – just show up!  But if you want to plan ahead, you should know that required attire for training camp is a crop top and hot pants or trunks in Vikings colors.  You could consider wearing this same option at Open Auditions.  The Line Up, our official costume sponsor, offers form fitting specialized dance attire in Vikings colors and in many one of a kind options at their Eden Prairie showroom and at their online store - www.thelineup.net.  Make an appointment today!  Dance shoes and skin tone tights (non-shimmer) are suggested, but not required.  Wear what makes you feel confident, it just needs to be form fitting.  Any color attire is fine for Open Auditions.  Come dressed to perform, as there are no changing rooms available for use.  You may want to bring a warm up jacket/pants to wear in between audition segments to keep warm.

 *** Note: We will have sample items available from The Line Up at our workshop for purchase.  Save yourself the trip and do your tryout apparel shopping at the Tryout Workshop!

Click here to download a coupon from The Line Up.

Q: What should I bring with me to auditions?

 A: Bring a water bottle and a lunch/snack for the long day.  You will also need a non-returnable recent photograph of yourself to be used for identification, a performing resume,  the non-refundable application processing fee of $25 (cash or check made payable to Minnesota Vikings) and a photo ID.  You may wish to bring some personal items such as make-up and extra nylons – just in case.  It could be, and hopefully will be, a long day for you!

 Q: Will you have any of the supplies for auditions at your workshop?

 A: Yes, we will plan to have tights, earrings, tryout apparel and more for purchase during the tryout workshop.  First come, first serve.

 Q: If I do not advance to the final auditions or training camp will my application be kept on file?

 A: No.  Each person must re-apply and audition from year to year.  Also, no photos will be returned, so don’t use a photo you cannot “part” with!

 Q: If I am not selected as a training camp finalist, or if I am not selected for the team, may I call the MVC office to receive the judge’s comments/scores?

 A: No.  The judge’s sheets are not kept on file and comments about your audition are not available.  The judge’s decision is final and confidential.  Thank you for understanding.   The waiver you sign will acknowledge you understand this and release rights to any feedback. 

 Q: How can I best prepare to audition if I want to become a MVC?

 A: Dance!!!  Call your local dance studio and take class.  Attend our optional Tryout Workshop and prep classes, led by the MVC coaching staff and alumni MVC, to learn more about the Minnesota Vikings Cheerleaders program.  Other suggestions include: work on your flexibility, take workout classes or do workout videos (these help build stamina and increase your speed for learning choreography.)  Visit www.vikings.com and get caught up on the Vikings team information and activities.  Attend a game during the season to watch the MVC in action or follow the team on their social media platforms to stay connected with the MVC.

 Q: How many spots will be available on the team?

 A: The number of team members varies from year to year, but is approximately 35.  All returning veteran team members must still go through the audition process, except for the very first round at Open Auditions.  Our Pro Bowl representative or incoming team captains may be waived from the audition process.  This varies from year to year.

 Q: Is it ok to audition if I have a tattoo or body piercing?

 A: YES!  We will require them to be covered or removed during public appearances/games during the season though. 

 Q: How do I get to Winter Park, the team training facility?

 A: 9520 Viking Dr. Eden Prairie, MN 55344 – try MapQuest or Google maps for other options.  ***NOTE***This may vary due to current road construction, so follow signage!

 From the South: Take 494 to 169, go North on 169 to the next exit, which is Valley View Rd., exit and go Left. Take your first Left at the stop light on Washington Ave. Take Washington Ave. all the way down and Winter Park will be on your right hand side.

 From the North: Get to 169 and head south. If you get to 494 – you have gone too far! Take the Valley View Rd. exit (just before 494) and go right, take your first left onto Washington Ave. Take Washington Ave. all the way down and Winter Park will be on your right hand side.

 Parking is in the ramp for the blue glass building on the East side of Washington Ave.  - Olympic Place parking ramp.  Use caution when crossing the street to enter Winter Park.

Q: Are the Tryout Workshop or Prep Classes required to audition? 

 A: No.  The tryout workshop and prep classes are optional, but if you are available and can make it we suggest you attend to feel most prepared.  We provide excellent preparation details for the upcoming audition.  Evaluations from past participants reveal they feel much more confident when they attend.  Material is taught by the MVC Coaches, staff, alumni and sponsors.

 Q: Are all portions of the audition process required?

 A: Yes.  Your attendance is mandatory for fair scoring and consideration.  Following selection at Open Auditions, the mandatory sessions will include all training camp dates, an interview, the team test, the semi-final pageant and final auditions.

 Q: What should I expect during the Open Auditions?

 A: You will arrive on time to registration, where you will turn in your performing resume, fill out an application, turn in your recent photo and application fee, sign a release/waiver agreement, have your photo ID checked and be assigned an audition number.  You will have time to warm up/stretch and you may be asked to perform a warm-up of skills across the floor. You will learn the first routine and then be assigned an audition group of approximately 4 or 5 people.  You will be allowed a short time to practice in your small group and then you will begin performing for the judges in your small groups.  There will be a multi-step elimination process.  This same format is basically repeated until the judges are able to narrow the candidates down to approximately 65 finalists.  If you can tumble, you will be given an opportunity to demonstrate this during the second round of auditions, but is an optional skill only.  Plan to stay ALL day!  You will NOT need to prepare your own choreography for Open Auditions.  Those selected to move onto the training camp will be announced at the end of the day.  Open Auditions, Interviews, Team testing and Training Camp are closed to the public.  Training Camp candidates will rehearse and be interviewed and take a team test, with a possible round of elimination taking place later in Training Camp.  Reminder to pack a water bottle, warm up clothes, snacks, touch up products/tools, etc. as it can be a long and exciting day! 

Q: What will the judges look for at Open Auditions?

 A: “The Whole Package”

- Personal Appearance (physical fitness level, poise, confidence, orderly and polished presentation, etc.)

 - Dance Ability (flexibility, versatile performer, crowd-pleasing, grace, style, strength, routine confidence, technique, etc.)

 - Showmanship (smile, eye contact, projection of positive support for the team, positive body language, posture, etc.)

 - Personality (bright, outgoing, enthusiastic, professional, mature, responsible, a “team player”, a strong desire to support the Vikings and the MVC, willing to accept and show improvements on constructive criticism, availability in schedule to meet team demands, etc.)

 - Enthusiasm (energy, hardworking, goal oriented, improvement focused, driven, exciting to be around, etc.)

 ***The judges will be looking for potential, not necessarily perfection!

 Q: How should I wear my hair to auditions?

 A: We are proud to be sponsored by Spalon Montage Salon and Spas.  This is not required, but you might consider making an appointment for a consultation with one of their trained experts before auditions.  They can make suggestions on how to style and wear your hair and/or make-up.  Their staff helps to make the MVC beautiful!  Spalon has locations around the metro area to serve you.  Search online for the one closest to you at www.spalon.com.   Basically, we are looking for a hair style that is complimentary, has NFL glamour and can “dance” well.  Remember, if selected to the team, we will work to “establish your look” with the professionals!

 Q: How should I wear my make-up for auditions?

 A: Color Science Mineral Cosmetics are our choice for make-up!  These products stay on flawlessly, even when you start to sweat!  The colors are beautiful and great for your skin.  You can find these products online, at Expressions MD and at other fine retailers.  Visit www.expressionsmd.com to get more details.  The main thing is to wear your make-up in a manner that is flattering to your natural features, makes you feel confident and will stay in place for the long day at Open Auditions.  More suggestions will be offered at our Tryout Workshop.

TIPS

 Q:  Are there any beauty “secrets” I should know about?

A: We visit Expressions MD Medical Spa throughout the season for products and services that help keep the team looking amazing.  They offer everything from micro-dermabrasion facials to laser peels and chemical peels to facials and waxing.  They carry only the best in skin care product and are offer  the most advanced options in other medical spa treatments. Visit their website at www.expressionsmd.com or make an appointment today.  Make-up and a smile always look best on a face with great skin!

Q:  Who do the team members use to get their healthy glow?

A:  Palm Beach Tan is our preferred provider for all of our tanning needs.  Offering the latest and greatest in spray tan options and equipment for tanning beds.  Choose your level of spray tan, the type of tanning that works best for your skin or allow one of their trained professionals to develop a plan for you.  Visit www.palmbeachtan.com  for the location closest to you.

Q:  Does my head shot turned in at Open Auditions need to meet any requirements? 

A:  This photo need not be a professional photo, it is used for identifying applicants quickly for the judges during deliberations.  You can make a professional photo shoot appointment if that will make you feel most confident to turn in your best image.  Our calendar photographer is Jen at Momento Images .  The goal of the photo should be that it looks like you now and is large enough that we can see you clearly.  Remember, you will not get this photo back.