LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — The Los Angeles Rams conducted preliminary cheerleading auditions Saturday at USC’s Galen Center, with approximately 400 candidates trying out.

The candidates had to learn a dance and perform the routine in front a trio of judges.

The judging was  based on physical talent, dance ability, personality, appearance and poise, according to Keely Fimbres-Bledsoe, the Rams director of special events and cheerleaders.

“We are seeking professional, glamorous, talented candidates to be part of our return to Los Angeles,” Fimbres-Bledsoe said. “Our cheerleaders will represent the Rams organization not only on the field, but also throughout the community, nationally and abroad.”

Fimbres-Bledsoe said she’s looking for accomplished dancers — not just cheerleaders.

“We’re much more of a dance team than we are traditional cheerleaders,” she said.

The Los Angeles Rams Cheerleaders were established in 1968. The cheerleaders participate in more than 1,500 hours of community service per year and squad members are featured in the annual Rams Cheerleading Swimsuit Calendar and Rams Cheer Poster, Fimbres-Bledsoe said.

The finalists will be announced at 5 p.m. Tuesday on the team’s website, TheRams.com.

They will be required to participate in a professional interview the week of April 11. Final auditions will take place April 17 at The Forum.

The 2016 Los Angeles Rams Cheerleaders will make their first public appearance April 28 at the team’s official draft party.

Saturday’s auditions were closed to the public. CBS2’s Greg Mills, however, got to attend.

Men were also encouraged to try out, but Mills reports not one did.

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