Game day is exciting and fun for everyone but for the Sea Gals it is also an early morning start and a long day filled with hard work.
The week leading up to a game is usually two nights of hard review and setting the final lines. If a Sea Gal is unable to perform in the game there are many changes that must be made in the lines, formations, roll off numbers, etc.
|Game Day Preparation |
Like the Seahawks, the Sea Gals also have gameday rituals to get them prepared to perform for the 12th MAN.
The pre-game dance, quarter change dances and two minute warnings are preset and rehearsed, however all sideline dances are random and without warning. Sea Gals must memorize and recognize the song, the intro, the dance, and the ending of about 15 songs each game. I construct a “game list” which lists out all performances, the random song list, report time, practice schedule, pre-game working assignments and attire for that game.
The Sea Gals report to the Sea Gals locker room at CenturyLink Field four hours before the game. They have a few minutes to drop everything in their dressing area and head out to the field for squad stretches. We spend about thirty minutes on sideline walkthrough within the individual squads (there are four squads, one in each corner). Next we review the pregame dance, this dance is the Sea Gals entrance onto the field and it means kickoff is near!
After rehearsing pregame we move onto the feature dances (the bigger dances performed in the end zones). We usually finish up the field rehearsal in about two hours and just in time to get off the field before gates open.
Sea Gals head into the locker room and get ready to go to work. We have two makeup artists and two hair stylists (Gene Juarez Advanced Training Salon) who quickly go to work on the gals. Within an hour or less the Sea Gals are in uniform with every lash and hair in place! Now it is time to head out and meet the greatest fans in the NFL.
The Sea Gals are paired up to work seven locations in the stadium as they greet fans, sell and sign calendars. Naturally they have police escorts with them. The remainder of the team prepares to perform for the fans that are enjoying the huge tailgate festivities, Touchdown City, in the CenturyLink Field Event Center. This performance is on the main stage about one hour before kickoff.
The Sea Gals must be back in the locker room thirty minutes before kickoff for a final touch up and a last minute stretch. The squad lines up and we check for every string, hair, and the most important lip color before heading out to the Northeast tunnel where the Sea Gals make their first appearance of the game. This is the moment we have been preparing for since mid-May. Go Sea Gals!
-Sherri Thompson, Sea Gal Director
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