|Denver Broncos Cheerleaders|
The Broncos Cheerleaders performing at Camp Fallujah in 2006
The Denver Broncos Cheerleaders are the official cheerleading squad of the Denver Broncos. In addition to performing on game days, the Denver Broncos Cheerleaders annually commit close to 1,000 hours to various charities and events in Denver and the state of Colorado.
The squad's origins came as the Bronkettes, which was a squad consisting of girls. In 1971, the all-adult squad debuted as the Bronco Belles and became the Pony Express in 1977. The group eventually disbanded in 1985. The Broncos brought the team back in 1993 after a 17-year absence and are proud of the work the team does both on the field and more importantly in the community.
The Broncos Cheerleaders have 26 members who are selected during open auditions held each spring. Auditions focus primarily on dance ability; however, appearance, personal accomplishments and community involvement are also contributing factors.
Known for their distinctive western uniforms, the Cheerleaders wear long leather chaps and jackets in the fall months, skiwear for cold games and a more traditional cheerleading leather skirt and vest in the summer months. The three uniform changes give the group flexibility with the rapidly changing Colorado weather.
The Denver Broncos Cheerleaders host a Junior program known as the Junior Denver Broncos Cheerleaders (JDBC) which gives young women ages six to fourteen an opportunity to perform alongside the cheerleaders during pregame and halftime shows on game day.
Since 2008, the Dare to Cheer program, in partnership with the Global Down Syndrome Foundation, has reached out to young women with disabilities to share the joy of Broncos football with them. The Dare to Cheer program was integrated into the JDBC program starting in 2013, giving these women additional opportunities to perform with the Denver Broncos Cheerleaders on game day.
While the JDBC and Dare to Cheer programs require no tryouts and are tailored to young women of all ability levels, the Denver Broncos All Stars is a competitive dance team aimed at young girls who want to take their performance ability to the next level. In addition to training regularly with instructors who are current/alumni Denver Broncos Cheerleaders, the All Star program also focuses on charity work, teambuilding and achievement. From 2003 to 2015, members of the Denver Broncos Cheerleaders have toured military bases in Egypt, Cuba, Iraq, Afghanistan, Italy, Guam, Hawaii, Kwajalein, Japan and Australia performing their 90-minute show to boost the troops’ morale and thank them for their service to our country. In 2015, the Denver Broncos Cheerleaders were selected to represent the United States in the Cathay Pacific International Chinese New Year Night Parade in Hong Kong.