Five hundred women attend the 2014-2015 season auditions.
55 high caliber girls make it through to the finals, worrying some of the veterans.
As training camp begins with 43 ladies, the pressure starts to build. Kelli's passion is infectious and intimidating in the first meeting as she sets the expectations very high. Seven girls will be cut to make a squad of 36. The new girls are starting to adjust their lives for the rigors to come. Courtney starts a new job and becomes roommates with Erica. Deep anticipation becomes a reality with the first rehearsal. The pace is a bit overwhelming for some with the thought of looming cuts. Kelli and Judy get a first glimpse of who is going to struggle. Melissa Rycroft makes a surprise appearance at a DCC dance clinic and tells the new girls she will be their mentor this year.
Kelli Finglass, the DCC director, has a mandate to have a squad of 36, making this a super competitive year. New to the mix of judges this year are two celebrities -- former DCC and Dancing With the Stars winner Melissa Rycroft and platinum-selling country music recording artist Neil McCoy. With 55 high caliber new girls making it to finals, it's intimidating for the 30 veterans as they must fight to keep their place on the team. Unfortunately for a few vets, it's the end of the line. For the super talented 43 who make training camp, the exhilaration is short lived as the reality of the most demanding dance audition in professional sports becomes real.
The girls are given a cheerleader makeover.
The candidates start their sixth week of training camp and some of them don't look like a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader.