With the San Francisco 49ers season right around the corner, the much anticipated Gold Rush Cheerleaders squad will finally be complete. The four phase process first began with preliminary auditions, including crowd appeal, dance ability, showmanship, and individual applications, that took place at Maples Pavilion, on April 6.
The preliminaries was the first wave of cuts as over 400 contestants were given the heart breaking news. With final auditions set to take place on Thursday, April 11 from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm at the Santa Clara Convention Center, the remaining 73 finalists will be vying for a spot on the team, as their are only 32 spots available.
We had the great opportunity to catch up with Gold Rush finalist Alyssa Mascardo. A local girl, born and raised in San Jose, California, Alyssa has had a passion for dancing since she was 5 years old. Alyssa was a standout dancer on her high school dance team, “Independance” at Independence High School, while eventually pursuing her dancing career as a San Jose Saber Kitten, from 2011-2012. Gaining inspiration from both her parents, Alyssa has been fortunate enough to live her dream. Below is an exclusive interview, courtesy of NINERFANS.COM.
Why do you think you would be a good cheerleader?
I’m a huge 49ers fan as I’m also a season ticketholder, and I want to be a part of the game day experience.
What could you bring to the Gold Rush squad?
My knowledge and love for football.
What is your favorite part about dancing?
My favorite part is expressing my emotions through dancing, and the excitement of the game brings me high energy.
What is your favorite color?
My favorite color is Pink.
What ethnicity are you?
I am Filipina.
Who is your favorite football team?
The one and only San Francisco 49ers!
Who is your favorite football player? And why?
Vernon Davis is my favorite player because he is the ultimate team player and embraces the community.
Besides dancing, what do you like to do in your spare time?
In my spare time I like to workout at the gym and hang out with my friends and family. Also I enjoy traveling the world and going on cruises.
What’s your favorite TV Show?
Once Upon A Time and The Walking Dead.
How did you become a 49ers fan?
I grew up a 49ers fan as my father was a photographer for the team since the 90’s.
If you were an animal what would you be?
I would be a cheetah because they are fast and fierce, and have fashionable skin.
If you want to support Alyssa please come out to the Santa Clara Convention Center on Thursday April 11 at 6:30 p.m. and purchase your tickets here.