The Ottawa REDBLACKS Cheer and Dance teams are preparing for our 10th season of CFL football in the Nation’s Capital!

If you have a background in cheerleading, dance or gymnastics and would love to cheer or dance on the REDBLACKS this season, we would LOVE to have you on our team!


redblacks cheerleaders running onto the field


The Ottawa REDBLACKS Cheerleading & Dance Team are managed by Lisa Aucoin. Team members will cheer/dance at all home football games. In addition to games, they are required to attend weekly practices from April-November, participate in cheer/dance team training weekend, attend Grey Cup Cheer Extravaganza, take part in community, charity & corporate events, and participate in team fundraisers and team/league events.



Must be at least 18 years of age at the time of the REDBLACKS’ 1st home pre-season game, May 25, 2024.

Must be a high school graduate.

If selected, must reside in the National Capital Region and have reliable means of transportation. If you reside outside the National Capital Region, you must show an enhanced ability to travel and meet all team events.

Must be able to attend all practices, rehearsals and other related activities.

All candidates must be eligible for membership with Cheer Canada. Successful team candidates will be required to provide a completed background check.



We have put together a combination of both virtual & live audition events.
This year we will select 14 dancers and 16 cheerleaders for our program. Our season runs from April to November and our practices take place Monday evenings from 8 pm to 11 pm.
This season we are hosting elective Prep Clinics. Anyone interested in auditioning for one of our teams that meets the age requirements may participate.


Prep Clinics

Mondays February 12, 19, 26 and March 4, from 9 pm to 10:30 pm.
$80.00 plus HST for all 4 classes or $30.00 plus HST for each class (only classes 1-3 can be booked individually).
Location: TBD.

*After registration, please send the payment to
**Participation in Prep Clinics is elective & not required to participate in auditions.


Registration will be accepted until March 5.
A $25.00 plus HST registration fee is due upon registration. All candidates must pre-register.

Registrations closed


MARCH 4 – 13
Zoom Interviews

Each candidate will sign up for a one-hour time slot.

MARCH 16 & 17
Live Auditions

Cheer Session: 10 am – 1 pm.
Dance Session: 2 pm – 5 pm.
Location: Place D’Orleans.
All candidates must pre-register.



It is required for all candidates to pre-register online! Here is what you will need for your registration:

Your professional and cheerleading/dance resume.

A cover letter outlining why you would like to be selected as a member of the Ottawa REDBLACKS Cheer & Dance Team.

A Printed Headshot (bring to the audition).

$25.00 Registration Fee (non-refundable).

Your audition fee must be paid via our electronic software program. This must be done before your arrival for the live audition (March 16 and 17). Cash payments are not accepted.

Video Tryout: In very limited circumstances we MAY accept a Video Tryout for those who are unable to attend our onsite auditions. Please email if you are interested in this option.

Prep Clinics: This series of classes are taught by current coaches and former Ottawa REDBLACKS Cheer & Dance Team Members. Each class will focus on cheers, Chants, Sidelines Dances, Motion Technique, Showmanship & Performance. Each week will have a new mini routine: Pom, Hip Hop, Rock, Country and week 4 will have a mock audition. Please note that participation in Prep Clinics is elective & not required to participate in auditions.


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