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The Raiders are searching for enthusiastic and talented candidates for their renowned public relations and entertainment team - The Raiderettes. Become a part of the prestigious Raiders by auditioning for the 2019 Raiderettes Professional Cheerleading Squad.

Raiderette practices will be held in Oakland, CA for the 2019 football season. If selected to be a team member, your duties as a Raiderette will require you to attend all home games which may require traveling, as well as appearances throughout the Bay Area and Las Vegas. You may call 510-864-5000 with any questions pertaining to auditions.

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Preliminary Audition Date: Saturday, May 4, 2019
Registration Deadline Date: Wednesday, May 1, 2019 by 5:00PM
Location: The Hilton Oakland Airport Hotel on Hegenberger Road, Oakland CA
Audition Information

Dates, Times & Location

  • Preliminary Audition: Saturday, May 4, 2019
  • Location: The Hilton Oakland Airport Hotel on Hegenberger Road, Oakland CA.
  • Check-in will begin at 8:00AM, immediately followed by a photo period.
  • Candidates will introduce themselves to judges and perform a 30 second freestyle dance to upbeat music provided by the judges.
  • Recommended attire for preliminaries is athletic attire, appropriate workout outfit, or dance attire.
  • Candidates moving on to Semi-Finals will be announced at approximately 1:30PM.
  • Auditions are closed to the general public.

  • Semi-Finals: Saturday, May 4, 2019 will begin at approximately 3:00PM
  • Location: The Hilton Oakland Airport Hotel on Hegenberger Road, Oakland CA.
  • Semi-finalists are advised to stay on-site between Preliminaries and Semi-Finals.
  • Immediately following the announcement of semi-finalists, candidates will be taught a short dance combination that they will later perform in front of the judges.
  • Finalists will be announced at approximately 6:00PM.

  • Final audition week: Wednesday, May 8, 2019 and Saturday, May 11, 2019
  • Exact location will be provided to Finalists.
  • Wednesday from 6:15PM-8:30PM finalists will learn choreography for the routine to be performed on Saturday.
  • Returning 2018 Raiderettes are not guaranteed a spot on the 2019 team and will join the rest of the finalists on Wednesday to learn the finals routine.
  • On Saturday check-in will begin at 8:00 AM, followed by an individual interview, photo and individual dance performance of the finals routine.
  • You will be assigned a NEW finalist number. If you are late, you could miss your audition group if you have a low number.
  • Recommended attire for the finals interview is cocktail or business attire.
  • Recommended attire for the dance routine is athletic attire, appropriate workout outfit, or dance attire.
  • Auditions are closed to the general public.
  • Team members will be conditionally announced at the conclusion of final auditions.
  • Please arrive wearing your cocktail or business attire. Once you have completed the interview portion you may change from your interview attire to your dance attire for the dance portion of the finals.

Basic Eligibility

  • You must be 18 years of age or older by the date of preliminary auditions.
  • You must be available to attend all home games, special appearances throughout the season, and all team practices. Practices are three times a week and begin immediately following final auditions:
Tuesday 6:30PM-9:30PM
Wednesday 6:30PM-9:30PM
Saturday 7:30AM-10:30AM
  • You must be able to attend a full day Mini Camp on Saturday, May 18th.
  • You may not cheer for The Raiders and another professional or college team.


  • Auditions include an evaluation of dance ability, professional appearance, and public speaking. Be prepared to share your enthusiasm and showcase your personality.
  • Dance experience is not necessary, but preferred. A basic knowledge of dance will be beneficial as terms such as pirouette, chassé, passé etc. are used frequently throughout practices. Various styles of dance are used by the Raiderettes.


  • A panel of judges will select the 2019 Raiderette squad.
  • Judging is based on poise, personality, appearance, talent, and dance ability.


  • Perform before sold-out home game crowds.
  • Opportunities for exposure through various media, corporate, community and charity events.
  • Opportunities to travel abroad.
  • Represent the iconic Raiders brand.


  • Employment as a Raiderette is part-time, less than 30 hours per week. Raiderettes are paid minimum wage for all game days, appearances, and events as well as any applicable overtime.
  • You must pre-register for participation in the audition process.
Audition Information FAQ

Q: The description says athletic attire but I see photos including cocktail and business attire - which is expected?

Athletic attire, workout outfit, or dance attire is acceptable for any dance portion of auditions. Cocktail or business attire is expected for the finals photo and interview.

Q: I am being dropped off, can my driver wait in the building or in the parking lot?

It is necessary to have reliable transportation for this position. Guests will not be permitted to wait in the building or parking lot.

Q: Is there a fee for parking?

Parking at the Hilton will be validated. There is no fee to park at Just Dance Ballroom.

Q: Where do I submit my headshot? Should I bring one with me to auditions?

A headshot is not necessary. A photograph will be taken of you at auditions.

Q: Will food and water be available to me during the audition?

Light snacks and water will be provided. You may bring your own snacks if you deem necessary.

Q: Can I bring a make-up artist or hair stylist with me in to the building?

Only those auditioning will be permitted in to the building. All hair styling and make-up should be completed prior to arrival.

Q: Do the Raiderettes offer prep classes for auditions?

The Raiders/Raiderettes do not host any prep classes.

Q: Where will the Raiders play home games for the 2019 season?

The Raiders home field for the 2019 season has not yet been announced. If home games require the team to travel outside of the Bay Area, the organization would arrange airfare and any necessary hotel accommodations for each game. If the team were to play home games in the Bay Area, ground transportation would be arranged for each game.

Q: Where will the Raiderettes practice for the 2019 season?

Raiderette practices will be held in the Bay Area for the entire season. Specific locations have not been confirmed, but practices will be split between Alameda, Oakland, and San Leandro.

Registration deadline: Wednesday, May 1, 2019 by 5:00PM
Complete the application thoroughly. You must register here in order to participate in the audition process. If you would like to include a resume you may do so with your completed application. You will receive an email with further information in the days leading up to auditions. In the meantime, you may call 510-864-5000 with any questions. Be sure to whitelist to prevent any applicable email from diverting to your spam folder.




Have you ever been a member of another professional cheerleading squad?
Do you speak another language?
Will you be willing to maintain the physical fitness, appearance and image that will be required of you as a Raiderette Cheerleader?
Will transportation be available to you at all times for games, practices, meetings and appearances?
Are you subject to any employment of independent contractor agreement that would prevent you from being able to work as a Raiderette?
Are you available for all practices Tuesday and Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings?
Are you available for practices and home games scheduled during holidays?
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Thank you for registering for the 2019 Raiderette Auditions. You will receive an email with further details upon the close of registration.