HOT JUDGE SUNDAY — In a dream come true, I was a Judge for the UCLA Dance Team Auditions on Sunday, and it was smokin’ hot! Unfortunately, I am not allowed to post photos or discuss the process — However, I was NOT a Judge for the CHEER SQUAD Auditions, so you still get a taste of some of the cream-of-the-crop fresh newcomers that will grace the Bruin sidelines for the year to come
OH. MY. GOD. Someone pinch me. Am I dreaming, or did I just participate in the legendary selection process for the incomparable UCLA Spirit Squad? After 40 years of admiring the beauty and grace of the Bruin Cheerleaders, and often wondering how in the hell the powers that be continuously attract and choose such stunning, talented, smart, and sweet students to represent my alma mater, I finally got to be a part of it. And, I am just as impressed and amazed now as I ever was.
I’d love to tell you all the details and behind-the-scenes goings-on that lead to such dazzling results, but I signed a non-disclosure agreement that forbids me from sharing anything. And since I was on the floor with the candidates, I was barred from taking any photos. Not even the “Skittles Shot” of the whole group before the contest starts, where the rainbow of bright-colored outfits tantalizes your vision. I’m sorry, but it was WORTH that sacrifice, just so I could participate, and have a voice in the vaunted selection process. All I WILL say is that the Judges’ Panel is fully stocked with renowned experts, and that whole process is as professional and unbiased as you can possibly imagine. Therefore, it is no surprise that the Squad ultimately selected is unparalleled anywhere in the whole Nation. And the other thing I’d like to share is this: I felt like this “job” making these rating decisions was the most important thing I have ever done, because of the long-lasting, ultra-serious ramifications. Welcome to Judgment Day!
The process was extra-crucial this year, because the Spirit Squad loses several all-stars, who either graduated, or decided to “retire” in order to concentrate on study, or other endeavors, more intently. The Dance Team (and I personally) will truly miss Kate, Lizzi, Nicolette, Maya, Tiana, and Natasha, and the Cheer Squad (and I) will never forget Kirsten, Sarah, Erica, Melissa, and Dana. I can’t begin to tell you how sweet and charming they are. Some of my best friends ever from the Squad are included in this departing group, and I sincerely hope they will stay in touch with me, and with the Program.
So your question now, is how did we do at replacing these exiting heroines? The answer is an unequivocal Read the rest of this entry »