ROAR auditions held at EverBank Field

Hundreds of women hope to get callback


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Auditions to be a Jacksonville Jaguar cheerleader were held at EverBank Field Saturday.

The ROAR is a vital part of the Jaguars' entertainment during all home games with their high energy and dance routines.

Narrowing down the field to the final 32 is a difficult task for judges.

"The most important thing is to have energy. That smile, that enthusiasm. You can have performers who are technically strong but not comfortable engaging the crowd and smiling and bringing in that viewer. So we look for that 'it factor' of the smile and basically want to get up and dance with them," said Christy Stechman Zynda, senior manager of cheerleading, promotions and programs.

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Veteran ROAR members say the auditions are the most difficult hurdle to becoming a Jaguars cheerleader.

"I would say the finals and the talent portion. Having to come up with your own dance and display. Your own character is the most challenging. She wants to see everyone's personality. You have to find your inner self," said ROAR member Tatum.

"The most challenging part is the auditions. It's nerve-racking. You see so many pretty girls with good bodies and can dance. You have to go out there and be confident," said ROAR member Cynthia.

Veteran members say it's a thrill to perform on gameday. The trip to London is also an added perk.

"I've been on the team three years and have been to London four or five times, and I'm a college student. What college student gets to go to London that many times," said ROAR member Kariana.

The ladies who will be invited back for the finals next Saturday will have to perform the choreographed routine for the judges.