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For Incoming Freshmen and Transfer Students Only

Due to the policies of the University of Wisconsin Sports Medicine Department, incoming freshmen and transfer students are not invited to attend the campus audition. One must be a full time student at the time of the auditions in order to participate and be covered by our liability and insurance policies. However, you are welcome to audition by video. The details of the video are listed below. Your video should include the following:

  • A short introduction including your name, where you are from, your dance experience, your proposed major, etc.
  • Required Skills (please film in this order):
  • Toe Touch (Russian)
  • Double, Triple and Quad Pirouettes to the Right and Left sides
  • Fouettes/A la second turns
  • High Kicks (Please show from the side so height of kicks can be seen. You should not be facing the camera.)
  • Splits (Right, Left, Center)
  • Heel stretch – hold with one or two hands (Right & Left, shown from the front and side)
  • Split and Switch leaps on right and left sides
  • Calypso
  • Side leap
  • Penché – hold for 8 counts
  • You may include any other skills if you wish
  • Routines:
  • JAZZ: One-minute routine of your own choreography or something you have done with your team. Please, no camp routines.
  • POM: One-minute routine of your own choreography or something you have done with your team. Please, no camp routines.
  • HIP HOP/FUNK: 30-45 seconds of hip hop choreography

Please choose from the following two options. You may choose one or BOTH.

*A one-minute JAZZ, POM and HIP HOP routine of your own choreography or something you have done with your team.

AND/OR

*HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!! You have the option to learn 30-45 seconds of the Wisconsin Dance Team's choreography to use for your JAZZ, POM and HIP HOP tryout. We will send you a short instructional DVD and a CD with the song selections. To request this DVD, please send a brief letter including your name, mailing address and $10.00 to:

UW Dance Team
Attn: Josette Scheer
1440 Monroe Street
Madison, WI 53711

(Checks made payable to: UW Athletics - Spirit Squad)

Note: We encourage you to learn our choreography but it is not required. If you feel you are stronger in a different style of jazz, please do not hesitate to include BOTH in your tryout video.

The UW Dance Team does both pom and jazz styles so it is helpful to show both, however, if you do not have experience in one of these areas, please let us know on the video (this will not affect your audition status).

The video does not have to be done by a professional. The use of graphics and "snapshot" video pictures is not necessary. All you need is "a video camera, your living room, and you". Please put your name, address and phone number on the tape itself (not the cover). Your tapes will not be returned to you, but will be kept on file in the UW Spirit Squad Office for future reference.

In addition to the tape, please include the following:

  • A recommendation letter from your current coach or dance instructor
  • A copy of your admission letter from the University
  • Completed application form (PDF)

All tapes are due by April 1, 2014. Late tapes will not be accepted. If you do not make the 2014-2015 team, a critique sheet will be sent to you so you will know what you can improve on for the next year's audition. If you have questions, please feel free to call the Spirit Squad office at (608) 262-6703. You can also e-mail questions to jrs@athletics.wisc.edu.

We will only accept DVDs.

Please send DVDs to:
UW Dance Team
Attn: Josette Scheer
1440 Monroe Street
Madison, WI 53711

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