Five hundred candidates with dreams of making the 2011-2012 DCC team arrive before sunrise for the preliminaries including several familiar faces cut in training camp last year. For DCC Director Kelli McGonagill Finglass, DCC Choreographer Judy Trammell, and Executive VP Dallas Cowboys Charlotte Jones Anderson, these auditions are extremely important because they have an unprecedented number of slots to fill. Fifteen girls retired from last year's squad leaving only 18 DCC veterans committed to returning this year. After the grueling preliminary auditions, 122 young ladies are invited to compete at semifinals the following weekend. At semis, the candidates struggle to learn a powerful DCC dance routine and the signature DCC kick line routine. The auditions come to an end with 69 girls invited to Finals auditions - now they are one step closer to Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders Training Camp.