By Mary Cunningham

The Eagles are inviting applicants to “compete from home” via a virtual, open-call audition. The Eagles are asking online applicants to learn a 30-second dance routine, then upload it to a club web site by April 30. Similar to the Colts, the Eagles will go completely virtual, including final live interviews conducted online, according to Jen Kavanagh, the team’s senior vice president of media and marketing.

“Everybody has the basic tools to participate. Your camera phone, or Skype, or Zoom, or whatever it is. We all have those tools,” Kavanagh said.

The Eagles cheerleader squad makes over 350 community appearances per season. Unlike other clubs, the Eagles are automatically extending the contract of 30 cheerleaders from the 2019 season who want to return. That leaves seven roster slots to fill.

Said Kavanagh: “Under normal circumstances, the entire team auditions every year. But these are unusual circumstances. So we felt like it was the right move.”

The Eagles’ auditions are also open to men and women. Last season, Kyle Tanguay became the Eagles’ first male cheerleader in 35 years. He recently appeared on ABC’s “American Idol.”

“We expect we’ll have other men audition too – which is great,” Kavanagh said.

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