A workforce that has had its fair share of issues with cheerleaders has determined to eliminate them solely as a part of an ongoing rebranding effort.
Weeks after reaching a confidential settlement with former cheerleaders who appeared in lewd movies with out their consent, the Washington Football Team is eliminating its cheerleader program and changing it with a coed dance squad.
“The Washington Football Team will create the team’s first co-ed dance team as part of its new game day entertainment program, hiring Petra Pope as senior advisor to run it. Formerly, Pope was manager of the Laker Girls and then Knicks City Dancers,” according to the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
Pope, who indicated the membership will seemingly rent 36 dancers or extra, told ESPN the objective is to create a “more modern franchise.”
“With that comes inclusivity, diversity and in my mind, as an entertainer, athleticism,” Pope said. “My desire is to create a team that is all of that — inclusive, diverse, co-ed, athletic — to set the gold standard in the NFL. We’re looking for that super athlete that can dance, perform tricks and stunts and manipulate whatever props that will create a really great show … As we progress to a re-imagined era, the choreography will be much more athletic.”
Former cheerleaders might be welcome to audition for the brand new workforce and might be employed if they’ve a talent set that matches up with what Pope and the franchise is on the lookout for.
Washington began utilizing cheerleaders in 1962 and their squad finally grew to become often known as the First Ladies of Football. But that was lengthy earlier than present proprietor Daniel Snyder took over the workforce and allowed a number of scandals to happen on his watch.
“As we set out to modernize the Washington Football gameday, it’s important that we develop a top-notch entertainment program that keeps our fanbase excited and connected to the game and the team,” mentioned workforce president Jason Wright.
Unlike the cheerleading groups of the previous, there aren’t any plans for the dance workforce to do any calendars, Pope told USA Today.
“At this point, as we re-imagine what this looks like, that’s not in the plans,” she mentioned. “We’re going to move forward to a more modern entity, and that more than likely will not be a part of it. Right now we’re thinking modern, modern franchise. A calendar is not a part of that process.”
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