February 15, 2009
Rachel Trujillo pumps up fans as a dancer for the Colorado Eagles hockey team. Her outgoing, energetic and friendly attitude makes her the perfect Eagles Chick.
Eagles Chicks can be seen dancing throughout the arena, giving away prizes and doing promotions at every Colorado Eagles home game. From performing at corporate events to running camps for young women who participate in the Eagles Chicks junior program, these ladies are helping out and having fun.
“The best thing about being a dancer for the Eagles is getting to dance in front of an amazing crowd with other beautiful girls who have the same passion that I do and having the opportunity to stay involved in the community,” Trujillo says.
In high school, Trujillo was passionate about gymnastics and dance and wanted to continue doing what she loved in college. After finding out about the dance team try outs, Trujillo knew it was an easy decision to make.
Trujillo started dancing for the Eagles Chicks her freshmen year of college and is going on her fourth year. But not everyone can make the grueling try out process, which takes place during the first week of September.
“It is a day-long process, full of learning dances, across the floor routines as well as an interview. There are normally anywhere between three and five cuts. It is very competitive. Many girls come to try out but every year only around 12 to 14 girls will be selected for the final team,” say Trujillo.
The real work starts if you make it through try outs. Being a full-time CSU student, majoring in health and exercise science with a concentration in health promotions, and an Eagles dancer, leaves Trujillo with a lot on her plate.
“We practice twice a week for three hours and we can have up to three games a week. So some weeks we can have five days or more of Eagles dancing in that specific week,” says Trujillo. “I don’t really have a whole lot of extra time. If I do, I usually take that time to rest and relax before another busy week starts.”
Photo to right: Trujillo is second from the left in the front row. Credit: Pioneer Press.
After graduation, Trujillo plans to work with children suffering from obesity in weight management programs and teach people how to live a healthier lifestyle.
Contact: Anh Ha
Phone: (970) 491-4161