Texas Connects Us: Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders Auditions

The Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders are known around the world.

They're considered by many to be the gold standard of professional cheerleading.

It's an image not lost on 20-year-old Berkly Brown.

"I've always thought it would be an amazing experience and honor to be involved with such an amazing program," Berkly said.

Berkly, who grew up in Plano, is one of 525 women who auditioned this month to become a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader for the 2016 season.

"I've dreamed about it ever since I was a little girl," Berkly said. "So I'm going to do everything that I can in my power to make that a reality."

But the reality is only 36 women make the final team.

In the first round of auditions, they get just 90 seconds to wow the judges.

"Yeah, it's a little nerve-racking," Berkly said.

After a full day of dancing, more than 400 women were cut.

Berkly, who went to Hebron High School, moved on.

Day two brought more intense competition, and the women had to learn the Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders' signature kick line.

"Obviously we're looking for world-class performers and ambassadors for the Dallas Cowboys," added Kelli Finglass, the team's director.

Berkly didn't make the final cut.

But she is determined to live out her dream.

"I'm not going to give up," she said. "I'm going to push harder. Keep working hard and try out next year."

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