Our dance team
program began in 1987 and placed second in the nation at the (2000) UDA
Nationals held at the Walt Disney World Sports Complex in Orlando, Fla.
The UT Dance Team is committed to presenting quality dance performances
showcasing a variety of styles, from pom to funk to jazz.
Our training program includes cardiovascular, strength and dance technique
classes. Performance avenues include home football games, men's home basketball
games, pep rallies and the UDA national competition.
One purpose of the
tryout is to select a group who possess the best mastery of pom, jazz,
ballet and skills. A second purpose is to determine the best representatives
for the University of Tennessee. During the tryouts, a panel of coaches
and specialists in the field of jazz and ballet will make cuts until the
final team is selected. The coaching staff strongly encourages a basic
understanding of ballet and jazz technique. This will include proper body
alignment and basic movement vocabulary in ballet and jazz.
The format of the tryout covers three mandatory days of clinic, where
skills and routines are taught. The routines will begin with basics and
advance into lengthy combinations as the weekend progresses.
2005 Spirit Squad Tryout Information
Skills - advanced execution of kicks, split leaps, triple/quadruple
pirouettes, switch leaps, fouettes and flexibility (splits, etc).
|Clothing is to
be dark, solid colors for tryouts. No loose-fitting clothes allowed
during the tryout weekend, including boot-cut dance pants. Crop tops
are mandatory. Shoes are a personal preference, remember a variety
of dance styles will be introduced during the weekend. Knee pads are
suggested. Do not wear jewelry!