Bombers’ cheerleaders go co-ed

Members of the Blue Lightning Dance Team performs during a CFL game against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats...

Members of the Blue Lightning Dance Team performs during a CFL game against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in Winnipeg Friday August 26, 2011. (Brian Donogh/QMI AGENCY

Jim Bender, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:31 PM ET

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers' Blue Lightning Dance team is undergoing a transformation to a co-ed and stunt team for the 2012 season, the CFL club announced Tuesday.

The new team will incorporate a high level of athletic stunts into the routines to complement the on-field dancers.

The Bombers have hired coaches who are currently working with the University of Manitoba Bisons cheer team. They bring with them a number of years of experience in co-ed stunting at a national level. They have also produced teams that have travelled and performed throughout North America.

"The current team has always been highly entertaining for fans and this change inevitably will bring in a different level of athleticism and added entertainment value to game days," said a team release.

Tryouts for the 2012 team will take place at the McPhillips Station Casino in the Upper Deck Sports Bar on April 22. Registration will begin at noon and participants must be 18 years old to try out. Tryouts will be open to the public. However, everyone must be at least 18 to attend.


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