Fans of Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team on CMT often get to know a lot of the cheerleaders pretty well via their time on the show, following them from season to season in some cases. One of those cheerleaders, fondly known to many fans as “Curly,” is the DCC social media sweetheart of the week.
Courtney Cook is a favorite of fans, who may have seen her as an underdog when she made the squad last season, having been cut along the way once before, and not necessarily having that traditional DCC "look," with her refuses-to-be-tamed curly 'do. In a DCC blog earlier this year, she talked about how people often just don’t “get” what you think you’re doing when you decide to audition for the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders:
For those girls auditioning, I sympathize with your emotions leading up to this weekend. For months, you prepare and try to gather all the knowledge you can on what it takes to be a DCC. Your friends don't understand why you are trading social time for workouts and skipping your favorite treats. Trying to focus at work or school gets hard, distracted by deciding what colors to use for your audition outfit or a cute new move for your freestyle. You are trying your best to achieve the "DCC Look" with hair appointments, new make-up, manicures, teeth whitening and spray tans. While managing the fitness and beauty part of auditions, you spend even more time in front of the mirror watching yourself dance to different songs to prepare for freestyle.
Sometimes, Courtney explained, the lack of enthusiasm and understanding she got from friends and family made it especially hard for her to keep her own confidence and excitement level up, and to keep believing that what she was doing was not only a good thing, it was an attainable thing:
Many people were shocked I was really going for this farfetched dream that I had talked about for years. Sharing my plans came with question after question about auditions from my friends and family. The DCC audition process is somewhat complicated and confusing to others. … This created a fine line for me, trying to have confidence in myself and think positive, while I could only hope for the best.
Try, Try Again
Still categorized as a “rookie” DCC when she encouraged DCC wannabes in May 2012, Courtney told candidates who really have the dream in their heart to keep trying as she did:
Having gone through DCC prelims and semis twice, my advice would be to not compare yourself, but BE YOURSELF! To all you girls out there coming out to give it another shot, and those that might not make it this first time, being a DCC is an enormous opportunity that is preceded with gigantic effort. If your heart is in it, don't give up!
Courtney didn’t give up, and this week she is the DCC social media sweetheart; with hard work and perseverance, dreams do come true.
Fans—and DCC wannabes of the future—can read more about Courtney’s journey from Utah to Dallas Cowboys Stadium in her blog, “Yay for May!” on the official Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders website.
Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team airs on CMT on Friday nights at 9/8c.
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