EL SEGUNDO, CA-Sweat. Movement. Precision. Execution. Class. Becoming a Los Angeles Charger Girl can be hard work. It’s also a rewarding experience for those who have gone through the rigors of trying to establish themselves in the world of dance through professional sports.
From the audition process, all the way through the conclusion of the Chargers season, the women trying out to be part of the Charger Girls unit must be on top of things. For the 28 women eventually chosen every year to be awarded that opportunity, their National Football League season officially begins when they are selected among the annual trek of several hundred people vying for those small number of slots.
That was the case when a large throng of women, well-equipped in their dance attire, traveled to Bay Club South Bay in El Segundo to try to showcase their stuff during the Charger Girls yearly tryout. Some participants have been persistent in their quest to become a Charger Girl.
Persistence is nothing new for Andrea Lynem. She’s used to it. A former member of the Los Angeles Clippers Spirit dance team, Lynem had to go the extra mile of auditioning several times before landing a coveted spot of being on an NBA dance team. If the three times a charm magic worked on Lynem’s behalf to get that Clippers Spirit gig, she is banking on those odds working in her favor when it comes to attempting to make the final cut for the Charger Girls team.
This would be her third time trying out to become a Charger Girl, she said.
“I really want to be part of the Los Angeles Chargers,” Lynem said. “I wanted to come last year, but I was giving birth to my son, so I promised myself that I was going to come out this year. It definitely takes a lot of persistence and a lot of practice and a lot of preparation. The competition is fierce. There are a lot of pretty girls here. There’s a lot of amazing competition. I’m just really excited.”
That enthusiasm didn’t just come from those hoping to make the first round of cuts. It also came from Charger Girls alumni like Jenny, who talked about how nervous she was when she went out for the dance team. Jenny said she was pretty much out of her wits when she first auditioned for a spot on the renowned dance squad.
“I was terrified,” said Jenny, who first tried out to become a Charger Girl eight years ago when the team was in San Diego. “Even though I’m here telling all the girls not to be nervous, you can’t help it. I remember my first time. Everybody was telling me don’t be nervous. I was terrified, so I know what the girls are going through.
“I know what it feels like to be in their shoes, but I want them to know no matter what happens today, just have the most fun out of this day. The worst that can happen is that you can have the best day, make some new friends, and you have another Sunday. So, enjoy the day and the experience you get from this day (because) it is worth more than the nerves you hold onto.”
Alexis Evans tried her best to shield the nerves she had by taking into account that she went through this process a year ago. Going through that experience allowed her to be more confident in herself, Evans said.
“It’s different,” Evans said. “It’s very different from last year. I feel more confident in myself than last year. It’s really been my dream ever since I was little. So I think last year, trying it and getting really far all the way to the end, really gave me the driving force to come back again this year. I’m really trying to make it.”
Evans made it all the way to the final round last year. The disappointment of not making the Charger Girls team last year gave her more motivation to try again, she said.
“It was tough, it was really tough,” Evans said. “After getting over the one day of tears, I was totally fine, and I was ready to come back stronger this year and learn from it.”