DALLAS, Texas – 2017 Sandpoint graduate Amber Laiche will be featured on the TV show “Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team” as she competes for a spot on one of the most famous dance teams in the country.
The first episode of the 16th season of the popular series will air on CMT at 6 p.m. PST Friday. Laiche is one of 52 training camp prospects looking to earn a spot on this year’s team. The show will air every week and follow the contestants’ journeys until the final 36 spots on the list are decided.
Laiche started dancing not long after she learned to walk. At the age of 2, her parents took her to dance lessons, and at the age of 4, she started competing.
This 21-year-old has dedicated her life to dance, so when she found out that she was chosen as one of the candidates for the training camp among hundreds of candidates, she was honored. It was a feeling that words cannot describe, she said.
“It really felt like all the hard work had paid off up to that point,” Laiche said.
A member of the SHS dance team all four years of high school, Laiche served as team captain her senior year. The Bulldogs advanced to the state dance championships every year during her tenure.
Laiche was born and raised just outside of New Orleans and competed in all kinds of genres growing up; from jazz to lyrics to hip-hop. When she was 12, her family decided to move to Sandpoint. At first, the transition was difficult, Laiche said.
“It was really scary for me because dance was everything and I created such a family in my dance studio,” she said.
With fewer opportunities to compete in dance in the area, Laiche joined the Sandpoint Middle School dance team in her eighth grade year and when she reached high school, she poured all of her “passion and fire” into the SHS dance team.
But the move turned out to be a blessing in disguise. It was a turning point in her life, she said.
“I didn’t really realize that dance was something that I loved and really enjoyed until I got to Sandpoint and realized that what I knew and loved and was so comfortable with was missing,” she said. “I think that big move kind of opened my eyes to, ‘Wow, this is something I want to do for the rest of my life.'”
Laiche graduated from the University of Montana this spring with a degree in dance and was a member of the UM dance team during her time in Missoula.
During her sophomore year at UM, former Dallas Cowboys cheerleader Megan Hurley became a dance coach. While she was with the Grizzlies for just one year, she inspired Laiche to pursue his dreams.
Laiche recalls asking Hurley for advice about trying to join an NFL or NBA dance team after college, and Hurley told her to try and try out for the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders. Laiche said the support meant the world to her and that from that moment on, she was always in the back of her mind as she tried to earn a spot on the prestigious team.
“From that moment it was like, ‘Play on, let’s start preparing,'” she said. “When Megan came into my life, I was like, ‘I’m grabbing this and I’m not letting go.'”
From this January until the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders auditions in April, Laiche participated in Zoom dance classes offered by another former DCC team member. All that time she put into her craft paid off when she was selected as a candidate for training camp.
Laiche said she watched the CMT reality show growing up like every other aspiring dancer, but being a part of it never seemed like a real possibility until Hurley came into her life.
“When she came into my life, it kind of turned my head to ‘I can do this,'” she said.
Now, Laiche and the rest of the training camp candidates will be able to watch each other on TV every Friday night until the final roster is announced. Laiche said it will be strange to watch herself transform as a person on the TV screen. She added that she auditioned for the dance team alone, and the show is only part of the journey.
“Even seeing yourself for a few seconds in those previews is definitely a different feeling,” she said. “It will definitely be interesting to see myself on TV knowing the world is watching.”
Laiche enjoys performing and loves that dance allows her to express herself in a unique and fun way.
“All the people I’ve met in my life through dance have given me so much confidence,” she said, “and dance has really given me such an amazing life, so why would I ever want to stop?”
Laiche is grateful that her life’s aspirations have begun to take shape, and she wants others to know they can do the same.
“Every dream is achievable,” she said. “If that’s what you want, go ahead and I’m happy to make my little town proud.”
We have NO special height and weight requirements. Are there age requirements? You must be at least 18 years old by the time of the preliminary audition.
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