May 08, 2012
Stan Grossfeld/Globe Staff
Being a Patriots cheerleader might look glamorous, but the
process of becoming one is not. In fact, it's an arduous path.
Cheerleaders go through extensive tryouts that include
challenging runs to the top of Gillette Stadium.
Patriots cheerleading director Tracy Sormanti, right, demands
discipline from the women she appoints to the squad.
Kristine Resendes was one of 43 finalists who participated in
the team's boot camp in March.
Pilates instructor Nikki Kirsch helped Amanda Gaudette with
her form during the boot camp.
Jennifer Guidry tried out to become one of the cheerleaders,
who must retire after a maximum of three years.
A Patriots cheerleader "can’t just be pretty," says Sormanti.
"She can’t just be talented, can’t just be smart, but she has to
be all of the above."
Athena Lazo, a veteran attending her third boot camp, says the
process can be grueling. “It’s way harder this year than I
Retired cheerleaders such as Kelsey Fournier attended the boot
camp to help the new hopefuls.
Fellow retiree Amanda Riddle, foreground, led a drill during
The hopefuls did jumping jacks on the bridge outside at
Gillette Stadium during their tryouts.
Sormanti demands pushups at every level as the cheerleaders
run up and down Gillette Stadium.
The boot camp entails dance choreography, public speaking
training, endurance videos, and about 200 high-leg kicks.