Ravens Rule the Skies: The Baltimore Ravens Cheerleaders

The Baltimore Ravens cheerleaders are the exception in a sport known mostly for fabulous faces and sizzling dance performances. Most NFL cheerleading squads can better be described as dance teams. No teams in the NFL fielding professional cheerleaders fly like the Ravens … leaving little doubt which one squad rules the skies above football.

Baltimore Ravens cheerleader Angel stands in front of participants during the cheerleaders tryout clinic at the Ravens training facility in Owings Mills, Maryland in February. (Larry Downing/Reuters)

Hopefuls line up to check in during the first day of tryouts for the squad in March. (Larry Downing/Reuters)

A participant checks in, and cheerleaders coach Tina Galdieri looks over applications during the first day of tryouts. (Jason Reed/Reuters)

A cheerleader performs as judges watch during tryouts in March. (Larry Downing/Reuters)

Hopefuls wait for their chance to perform, and a judge makes notes during March tryouts. (Jason Reed/Reuters)

Baltimore Ravens cheerleader hopefuls walk past the judges after performing during tryouts. (Larry Downing/Reuters)

Judges discuss possible picks during the March tryouts. (Jason Reed/Reuters)

A disappointed contestant cries after being eliminated from consideration in March. (Larry Downing/Reuters)

Ravens cheerleader contestants warm up before performing during an event called “Making the Cut,” held to select the final Baltimore Ravens cheerleaders in Baltimore on March 26. (Molly Riley/Reuters)

Cheerleader hopefuls perform during “Making the Cut.” (Larry Downing/Reuters)

Fans watch as Baltimore Ravens cheerleaders perform during “Making the Cut.” (Larry Downing/Reuters)

The Baltimore Ravens 2011 cheerleader squad pose for a group photo after the final team was chosen at “Making the Cut.” (Jason Reed/Reuters)

Ravens cheerleaders work out with dance coach Karen Kreitzer during their training camp at Deep Creek, Maryland in May. (Larry Downing/Reuters)

The cheerleaders work out during cheerleader training camp. (Jason Reed/Reuters)

Baltimore Ravens male cheerleader Harry struggles during a stunt during practice at Deep Creek. (Jason Reed/Reuters)

A cheerleader falls during a stunt at cheerleader training camp at Deep Creek. (Jason Reed/Reuters)

Baltimore Ravens cheerleaders perform stunts during cheerleader training camp at Deep Creek, Maryland on May 20. (Jason Reed/Reuters)

Ravens cheerleader Jaime flies in the air during stunt practice at cheerleader training camp at Deep Creek. (Jason Reed/Reuters)

Ravens cheerleaders prep in their locker room prior to a game. (Larry Downing/Reuters)

Male and female cheerleaders chat in the locker room prior to a game in Baltimore. (Larry Downing/Reuters)

Ravens cheerleaders join in prayer before a game. (Larry Downing/Reuters)

Cheerleaders take the field for a game in Baltimore. (Larry Downing/Reuters)

The cheerleaders perform at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. (Jason Reed/Reuters)

The Baltimore Ravens 2011 cheerleaders run onto the field during a game at M&T Bank Stadium. (Larry Downing/Reuters)

The cheerleaders perform a stunt during a Ravens game in Baltimore. (Larry Downing/Reuters)

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