The GK ELITES is a community of athletes from the United States and around the world who are passionate about cheerleading and apparel. GK has a longstanding legacy of athleticism and beautiful designs that came to life on stages across the world.

For the ELITES third season, we’re looking for another amazing group of athletes to represent us in their communities, schools, gyms, and at competitions.

A changing world calls for creative measures! We are thrilled to announce a new ELITES casting call experience that allows us to safely host events across the country.

How to Apply – You Have OPTIONS!

  1. Casting Calls: Attend one of the GK-hosted Casting Calls and submit your online application once you receive your professional photos from Center Stage Photography.
  2. Photoshoot Roadshow: Attend one of the Photoshoot Roadshow stops and submit your online application after you receive your professional photos from Center Stage Photography. 
  3. Online Application: Submit an online application with your own photos! You do not need to attend an in-person event to be considered! This year, we will have an opportunity for athletes to interview via video call. 

This season, every applicant is required to fill out an online application. See below to learn about the two different types of physical events we are hosting this summer and our new online application opportunities. 

Find the online application here.


Our In-Person Events for Summer 2020

Casting Calls

The Casting Calls in Chicago and Pennsylvania will operate like our previous casting calls with a professional photoshoot opportunity, our GK All Star store, and an interview with a member of the GK staff – all with new social distancing measures put in place. 

You must sign-up for a photography time slot beforehand. Due to restrictions, once you select a timeslot, it is highly unlikely that you will be able to change it. The cost for the photoshoot and your choice of three edited images is $55. 

The sign-up link for in-person casting calls are available below.  

Casting Call Dates:

August 16th, 2020 – Oak Brook Illinois

August 29th-30th, 2020 – Reading, Pennsylvania

Photoshoot Roadshow

Our NEW event type is our photoshoot roadshow, which includes a quick, individualized, professional photoshoot experience with Center Stage Photography. These events include ONLY the photoshoot portion of our casting calls for those who want to include professional photos in their online application and for their personal use. 

You must sign-up for a photography time slot beforehand. Due to restrictions, once you select a timeslot, it is highly unlikely that you will be able to change it. The cost for the photoshoot and your choice of three edited images is $55. 

Photoshoot Roadshow Dates:

August 23rd – Edmond, Oklahoma

Please do NOT contact the program listed above with questions. Only contact GK All Star and Center Stage Photos

August 31st – Pensacola, Florida

Please do NOT contact the program listed above with questions. Only contact GK All Star and Center Stage Photos

September 1st – Atlanta, Georgia

Please do NOT contact the program listed above with questions. Only contact GK All Star and Center Stage Photos

September 2nd – Knoxville, Tennessee

Please do NOT contact the program listed above with questions. Only contact GK All Star and Center Stage Photos

September 4th – San Diego, California

Please do NOT contact the program listed above with questions. Only contact GK All Star and Center Stage Photos

September 5th – Anaheim, California

Please do NOT contact the program listed above with questions. Only contact GK All Star and Center Stage Photos

September 6th – Las Vegas, Nevada 

Please do NOT contact the program listed above with questions. Only contact GK All Star and Center Stage Photos


Our Online Application Opportunities for Summer 2020

We understand that it might be hard to travel right now, so we enhanced our online application opportunities. If you are unable to attend one of the casting calls, you can request to do a video call interview with a member of the GK staff. The video call interview is optional. 

Find the online application here.

We will have more information about video interviews soon. 


Shop for NEW, Customized GK All Star Apparel 

Launching soon! We created a brand new way for you to shop for customized GK All Star apparel. Our new tool on GKElite.com allows you to create customized apparel with different embellishment designs like the GK logo, CHEER, a sun, rainbow, and more available in Swarovski Crystals, Spanglez, and our new metallic nailheads.  Pick your favorite style(s), embellishments designs, embellishment type, and color to create your own customized apparel.


 Eligibility to become an ELITE:

  • Be a cheerleader (competitive all-star, high school, middle school, recreation, Pop Warner, college, etc.) for the 2020-2021 season
  • Minimum age to apply is 6 years old as of May 1, 2020
  • There is no maximum age limit

Perks of being an ELITE:

  • Access to exclusive designs, discounts, and experiences
  • Real photoshoot opportunities for every ELITE
  • Opportunity to appear in the 2021 GK All Star catalogs, websites, and social media
  • Access to a community of athletes from across the country and world

COVID-19 Disclaimers:

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, our plans could change at any time. We will follow the guidelines set by local and state health departments, governments, and the CDC. 

In the event that GK All Star or Center Stage Photography needs to cancel any of our events, you will receive a full refund of your photoshoot costs. 

Each participant and accompanying parent/guardian will need to fill out a COVID-19 release form. Every person entering the room must be wearing a face mask at all times unless taking photos and adhere to social distancing guidelines.  We will also limit the number of people allowed in the building at one time to ensure the safety of our staff and all participants.  

We thank you in advance for your cooperation.  We can’t wait to see you!


Frequently Asked Questions:

Who is eligible to become an ELITE?

Any competitive cheerleader (male and female) who is at least 6 years old by May 1st, 2020. There is no maximum age to try out, but you must be a cheerleader for the 2020-2021 season.

What should I bring to the casting call?

A face mask! 

Please do NOT fill out your online application until after you receive your photos from the casting call. 

When you arrive, we will have you sign a release form for your photos.

Please arrive photoshoot ready, with hair and makeup done. For the photoshoot, you must be wearing GK apparel.

If you are not participating in the photoshoot, at least one of the photos you submit must be in GK apparel.

What should I expect at the casting call?

The casting call is an opportunity for us to get to know you and for you to meet our team. When you arrive, if you’re participating in the photoshoot, you will spend about 20 minutes taking photos.

After your photoshoot is complete, you will interview in a group of 3-5 people with a member of the GK All Star staff. The questions are simple and we’re just looking to get to know you a little better.

You will have the opportunity to meet other athletes there and a few special guests might be stopping by!

We will also have a popup shop and we have invited other brands to join us.

Why should I attend a casting call?

It’s beneficial to attend a casting call because we have the opportunity to put a face to the name and get to know you. And you also get a chance to meet us and get a sense of what it’s like to be an ELITE. You will also have the opportunity to meet new people and shop exclusive looks!

What should I expect at the Photoshoot Roadshow?

Arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled time slot ready to go, makeup done, hair the way you want it, and dressed in GK apparel. There will be no apparel for purchase at these events. 

You will do a photo session with Center Stage Photography and select the three images you wish for them to edit. They will return the photos to you within two weeks and you can submit your online application. 

Why should I attend the Photoshoot Roadshow? 

If you are unable to attend a Casting Call, the Photoshoot Roadshow is the next best thing! We know how important and fun it is to have a professional photoshoot experience. While we are unable to host as many normal Casting Calls as previous years, we created the Roadshow to offer an experience to as many people as possible. 

Am I required to book a photoshoot time slot?

No. You are not required to attend a Casting Call or a Photoshoot Roadshow event. You are welcome to submit an online application with your own photos.  

Due to the COVID-19 situation, we will not accept walk-ins as we have in years past. Each person who attends a physical event must sign-up beforehand and have a scheduled time. 

If you do not participate in the photoshoot, you must submit two photos with your application. At least one of the photos must be in GK apparel.

What should I wear to the casting call?

To participate in the photoshoot, you must be wearing GK apparel. You can wear any GK apparel or uniform you already own or you may purchase apparel that we have onsite. 

We have a brand new tool on GKElite.com for you to create customized apparel with different options like the GK logo, CHEER, a sun, rainbow, and the great state of Texas available in Swarovski Crystals, Spanglez, and our new nailheads.  [Add link when it becomes available] 

How will GK use my photos?

If you decide to participate in the photoshoot, your photos may be used in campaigns, on the web, on social media or elsewhere within the Elites Sportswear family of brands. We will never sell your photos to any other company or allow them to use them.

Are there age requirements?

Yes – the minimum age to become an ELITE is 6 years old as of May 1, 2020. There is no maximum age, but you must still be a cheerleader.

How long is the interview?

The interview will consist of 3-4 questions and should only take 10-15 minutes.

Have any other questions?

Shoot an email to allstarmarketing@gkallstar.com and we’ll answer any other questions you may have.