I stood there in a sea of beautiful women wearing sparkles and pink lip stick. Would I be next? Am I what they are looking for...and then it happened. When I heard “number 2” called in April of 2008, my life changed. Starting dance at the age of 4 in a small coastal town in California, I had no idea what my future held. As I gleefully ran up to grab my brand new set of Sea Gal signature fire pom poms from our director Sherri Thompson signaling that I had made the team, a rush of excitement ran over me.
Dancing on the sidelines of game day was a given, but growing into a better refined version of myself was a surprise that I did not see coming. Sea Gals are much more than pretty faces and talented dancers ~ Emily Post would be proud of a program that turns the girl next door into a poised and polished young lady while still keeping her individual charm.
Sea Gals do over 300 appearances in the community every year. This enables them to become more confident public speakers as they polish their socializing skills. Immediately following auditions every year, is the Sea Gal orientation. Sea Gal Binders are passed out jam-packed with everything and anything one needs to know about being a part of this team. There is even a section on how to give a correct hand shake! From hospital visits to spread cheer and hope, to engaging guests to raise money at auctions, to having lunch with a soldier who is half way around the world from his home ~ Sea Gals know just the right etiquette to make each appearance personalized and memorable.
During my third year on the team, our director decided I needed a "new look." I have to admit, when she told me to cut my long curly hair to my shoulders and also change the color, I had to keep my composure. I had always had long hair and the thought of chopping it all off and getting a different highlight structure was really scary. Yet, I trusted her opinion and as a result I cannot believe how much I love being a sassy short-haired girl! Sherri’s knack for seeing the “better picture" of her girls is amazing and has made many of us look in the mirror afterwards and say, “thank you!”
Not only do our uniforms sparkle when we walk into a room or dance out onto the field, but our inner confidence molded by our program shines just as bright. Sea Gals shape girls into leaders that command attention while still remaining as approachable as the girl next door. When girls make the team, they are getting much more than just a set of poms and the chance to dance all year at the Seahawk games. They are truly set up for success and are molded into powerful, confident, and poised young women. Comparable to a charm or finishing school with poms, SeaGals helps girls become the best version of themselves. I know the Sea Gal experience has changed my life in so many positive ways. When you see me on game day, you now have a better insight as to why my smile is always ear to ear ~ I truly am having the best time of my life!