Cheerleaders for professional sports teams are often dancers with backgrounds in ballet, jazz, modern, hip-hop and tap. After beating out dozens of other dancers for the job, they have a chance to show off the athletic and dancing skills they have honed for years. But they quickly learn that performing at sporting events is only a small part of their job description. They are also required to fulfill what often is the unsavory side of the job: interacting with fans at games and other promotional events, where groping and sexual harassment are common. In interviews with dozens of current and former cheerleaders — most from the N. But you definitely experience that when you encounter people who have been drinking beer.
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Professional cheerleaders are expected to make appearances at everything from tailgate parties to suites to help promote their teams, but they are being offered little protection when it comes to sexual harassment from fans. A number of cheerleaders have opened up about how the requirement to interact with fans at games and promotional events often leads to unwanted groping and offensive sexual remarks. Part of the job? Professional cheerleaders file photo of Washington Redskins cheerleaders have opened up about being sexually harassed by fans.
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Few look it: most are lithe and fit from a lifetime of exercise. Now they are buzzing around a banquet hall set up in a club-seating deck on the upper level of Nissan Stadium in Nashville, home of the Tennessee Titans. There are nearly former N. There are sparkles on dresses, sparkles on earrings, sparkles on stilettos. The ex-cheerleaders have been drawn here by their shared past—a collective nostalgia for their days on the sidelines, their moment in the spotlight. But despite their giddiness at being re-united, they know there is no escaping the present. Over the past year , the N.
Current and former cheerleaders in the NFL and NBA have revealed how they were required to interact with supporters at events and parties, where they were repeatedly the subject of unwanted sexual comments. One former cheerleader for the Dallas Cowboys - who was forced to sign a nondisclosure agreement - recalled an incident when her squad walked past a group of Philadelphia Eagles fans. She told the New York Times : "We were walking by, waving and smiling, and one guy caught my eye. It comes with it.