June 19, 1961

The team’s musical director, Del Courtney, announced a partnership with the Oakland Ballet Company to find 100 women to form a dance troupe to be known as the “Raiderettes.” Though there had been cheerleaders performing at the halftime of games last season, this year Courtney wanted, in his words, “a program that is as smooth, precise, and imaginative as a TV musical spectacular or a Broadway show.”

The company’s choreographer, Raoul Pause, would be in charge of developing routines, fashion designer Don Ransom would come up with the costumes, and former AAU baton-twirling national champion Diane Shelton, current head of the cheerleading troupe, would assist Pause in his work.

Hayward Daily Review

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