HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Former University of Hawaii Rainbow Warrior Dancer, Simone Culwell, became a 2015 Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader (DCC). DCC tryouts were held in Arlington, Texas at the AT&T Stadium in May.
Culwell competed with hundreds of girls to claim one of the 36 spots on the team. The audition process included a round of freestyle dance, choreography learning, an interview, and a personal dance solo. After making the initial tryouts, Culwell endured 8 weeks of training camp, where final cuts were made and the DCC team was announced.
"When the team was announced, I was a mess. I broke down crying and felt a huge sense of relief that the uncertainty was over," said Culwell. "After two months of training camp, I think we were all ready to just have an answer and know who did and did not make the team. I was so happy that all of my hard work paid off and was in shock that I actually accomplished a long-term dream of mine," she continued.
Simone is originally from Austin, Texas and graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 2015. She is grateful for those who supported her throughout the DCC auditions.
"What kept me the most motivated was my friends and family. Towards the end of camp I thought I was going to get cut and was losing faith in myself, said Culwell. "Luckily, my best friend in Hawaii, Kehau Kimokeo, reminded me to not let myself be mentally defeated and to keep fighting! That was just the push I needed to fight until the end and make the team. I am so thankful that all of my friends and family supported me and kept me going through the process," she continued.
Viewers can watch "Making the Team" on Country Music Television (CMT) to follow Simone Culwell's journey in becoming a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader.