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- University of Rhode Island
The Ramettes are the official dance team of the URI Athletic Department. As one of the University’s Spirit Groups, the Ramettes’ primary role is to offer spirit and entertainment at the Men’s and Women’s Basketball games each season. They are the featured halftime entertainment and also perform short routines to keep the Rhody fans involved throughout the entire game. Performing dances to everything from Katy Perry to Lady Gaga, the Ramettes are a dynamic and versatile group of URI’s best dancers. They are a long-standing tradition at the University of Rhode Island, with the first Ramettes squad created in the 1960’s; however, they were revived in the late 1990’s with a new image that mirrors many of today’s collegiate dance teams. They are noted for their high-energy dances that include jazz, hip-hop, pom and contemporary styles. In addition to performing at the Men’s and Women’s Basketball games, the Ramettes also perform at University events like Midnight Madness, Rhody Rally, and Homecoming. The Ramettes participate in UDA training on an annual basis, where they fine-tune technique, take master classes, and receive evaluation on numerous routines that they learn during the pre-season camp. The Ramettes practice two to three times per week.
- Sacred Heart University
As one of their Sports Clubs, The Sacred Heart University Dance Team is a team that strives for excellence in all they They perform at all home football and men’s and women’s basketball games as well as compete on the national and local level. The team, founded in 1994, consists of women with varying backgrounds and trainings from ballet to hip hop, gymnastics to jazz and all others in between. The Sacred Heart University Dance Team prides itself on learning from each other and unity among its team members. Each dancer is an integral part of the team and has the opportunity to showcase their talents through choreography which then may be taught to the team and performed. A crowd favorite, Sacred Heart University Dance is often asked to perform at campus events such as open houses, spring weekend and other local or community events.
- Missouri State University
The Missouri State Sugar Bears is the official dance team of Missouri State University. The team has been ranked top three in the nation by Universal Dance Association, and received a paid bid to the 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007 and 2006 UDA College National Championships. Each January, the team travels to Orlando, Florida to compete for the national championship. The Sugar Bears have placed in the top ten in the nation for the past 12 years. The Sugar Bears placed 7th in Division 1 Dance and 9th in Division 1 Hip Hop at the 2015 UCA/UDA College Cheerleading and Dance Team National Championships in Orlando, Florida. The Sugar Bears attend UDA College Camp each summer. They won 1st place in the home routine competition, and took home the “Most Collegiate” award. In addition to performing at all home football and basketball games, the squad practices an average of 10 hours per week and works to fundraise the dollars necessary to cover the cost of the competition and other squad benefits. The Sugar Bears have the opportunity to travel to UDA Nationals in Orlando, to the Missouri Valley Conference Tournaments, some away football games, and some post season basketball tournament games.
- University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
The Panther Dance Team is the official dance team at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee and is a registered student organization at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM). Formerly called the Pom Pom Girls, the dance team has been active on campus since 1963. The team performs choreographed routines which integrate jazz, hip-hop, and traditional pom moves at soccer, volleyball, and basketball games and selected community appearances. The primary mission of the dance team is to support the athletic teams, assist the cheerleading squad in motivating the crowd, entertain the audience at games and other school functions, as well as promote overall school spirit. The dance team also represents the university in dance competitions and exhibitions. Every year the team represents the University at the Universal Dance Association college nationals held around the middle of January in Orlando, Florida. A secondary mission of the team is to foster a sense of community spirit and cooperation through appropriate appearances throughout the Milwaukee community. Part of the dance team’s responsibilities will be to perform and/or make appearances at community events. Once the team accepts a community appearance, the function becomes as important as an athletic event and should be treated as such.
- Florida Gulf Coast University
The Florida Gulf Coast University Dancing E’Gals is a sport club organization in its ninth year. The E’Gals consists of 15 to 18 dancers ranging from freshman to senior class status. The team’s main focus is to support and provide energetic performances for the Division 1 Athletic Teas and the FGCU Sport Clubs at select games. Along with practices and games, the Dancing E’Gals will be found participating in community service events all over South West Florida. In the past seasons, the Dancing E’Gals have competed in many dance competitions, such as Jump, Access Broadway, IDC, JamFest and many more. The team attended Nationals in the past in Las Vegas, Orlando, and Tampa. The Dancing E’Gals continues to grow every year. This year the team competed at UDA’s competition at Walt Disney World Orlando in January. The Dancing E’Gals placed eighth in the nation for the Division 1. The Dancing E’Gals will host a summer camp for girls between the ages of 6 to 14 which will be held on the Florida Gulf Coast University Campus. The camp will be taught by the Dancing E’Gals Team and Coaching Staff. The campers will learn the basics of dance technique, skills and many different styles of dance routines. There will be pool parties, fun contests, games and arts and crafts projects and on the final day a performance by the campers.
- University of St. Thomas
The University of St. Thomas Dance Team is an integral part of the school spirit at UST. The team performs at all home football games, halftime at men’s and women’s basketball games, pep rallies, parades and other on campus and University–related events. The Tommie Dancers compete throughout the year at both regional and national competitions and have appeared at various events within the community such as the Twin Cities Marathon, Minnesota Timberwolves halftime entertainment, Minnesota Vikings halftime entertainment and Minnesota Twins pre-game entertainment. Annually, the team also hosts a dance team competition called the “Tommie Invitational,” and teaches clinics with high school dance teams around the Twin Cities. Nationally ranked since 2004, the UST Dance Team competes in the jazz and hip-hop categories at the Universal Dance Association (UDA) National College Dance Team Championships. St. Thomas has continually placed in the top two in the Open Division (DII & III), earning national champion titles in 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015. The competition is held at Walt Disney World in Orlando Florida. The Tommies earned their first back-to-back title in the open division Hip Hop category and 2nd place in the open Jazz Category at the 2015 UDA College Dance Team Championships in Orlando, Florida. This win makes it a 6peat and ninth championship for the program.
- Springfield College
The Pride Dance Team is a competitive sport club at Springfield College that performs at home varsity football and basketball games. PDT attends at least two competitions a year including Universal Dance Association Regionals at Westfield State. PDT competes in jazz and hip-hop, and also performs pom. Practices are open to everyone in the spring after competition season is over and try-outs for new members take place every year in September. In addition, the dance team holds an annual exhibition fundraiser every February. Reach for the Stars is a fundraiser by the college dance team that displays the team’s talent and hard work and is dedicated to an amazing cause. Last December, the show and the profits went to the Jed Foundation whose mission is “to promote emotional health and prevent suicide among college and university students.”
- University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire
The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Blue Gold Dancers make up an organization designed to represent the university at competitions and perform at sporting events, particularly basketball games. The styles they specialize in are contemporary lyrical/jazz and hip hop. The Team competes against other college dance teams at local and national competitions, and they hold an annual high school dance team competition and clinic here at University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Those attending the clinic have the choice of learning a jazz, hip hop, or lyrical routine taught by members of the team. The team members are hardworking, dedicated, and talented individuals who LOVE to dance! The UWEC Dance Team also competes in various competitions throughout the season such as the St. Thomas Invitational, UDA Spirit of America, and UDA College Cheer and Dance Nationals. Then team placed very during the 2014-2015 competition season. They placed 1st in Hip Hop and in Jazz in the UWEC completion. In the UDA Spirit of America competition, they placed 4th in Jazz and 2nd in Hip Hop. Lastly, they placed 7th in the Jazz Finals and 11th in the Hip Hop Finals at the UDA Nationals is Orlando, Florida.
- West Chester University
The West Chester University Dance Team is a spirit and social organization that strives to showcase the talents of the members of the team. They practice, perform, and compete to entertain audiences and promote West Chester University pride. he Dance Team perform at the Men’s Basketball Games and other sporting events, the Homecoming Parade as well as community events both on and off campus. They annually compete at the Battle of the Northeast Regional Competition and the Universal Dance Association College Nationals Competition. At the 2015 UDA National Competition, they placed 6th in Pom and 7th in Hip Hop overall in the Nation! They are able to bring recognition to West Chester through their success in competitions and various college dance team events. The Dance Team is primarily a student run dance organization that performs at the men’s basketball games, homecoming and various other campus events. They are currently nationally ranked and compete at UDA College National Dance Championship in Orlando, Florida each year. The team can have a maximum of 22 members. The dance team meets three times a week with extra practices required for competitions and games. Furthermore, Fundraising is a very important aspect of our team and will also require some extra time.
- Fairfield University
The Fairfield University Dance Team combined with the Cheerleading Squad, Pep Band, and Mascot make up the Fairfield University Spirit Squad. The Fairfield University Dance Team’s primary function is to effectively execute a school spirit program that supports the athletic teams, entertains, and promotes the school itself. The team consists of select Fairfield University students who perform at the men’s and women’s basketball games, and provide performances upon request at special Fairfield University events and community functions. The Fairfield University Dance Team performs both at the 2,500 seat Alumni Hall and at their off- campus home, the Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport. The team also travels to postseason tournaments such as the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC), the NCAA Championships and the National Invitational Tournament (NIT) at the discretion of athletics. Members of the Fairfield Dance Team are required to fulfill their responsibilities as a representative of Fairfield University. Practices begin in early September and are complete by the first week of April. Dancers must be willing to give up certain days of their Fall, Spring, Winter, and Holiday breaks to cover events scheduled by the coaching staff. Events include but are not limited to Men’s and Women’s Basketball, Alumni Association Events and Pep Rallies, Community Service Activities, and Athletic Department Events.
- Worcester Polytechnic Institute
The Worcester Polytechnic Institute has two dance teams. The first is the typical dance team that performs at athletic events and the second team is a Ballroom Dance Team that competes as a team. The Worcester Polytechnic Institute Rockets Dance Team performs during halftime for basketball games and for various events on campus as well as competitions during the year. The rockets consist of several lovely ladies and one sole male dancer. In addition to performing at games, they also hold their annual showcase at the end of the school year that benefits the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and the Celiac Disease Foundation (CDF). The JDRF was chosen as their coach has a history of the disease in her family. The CDF was chosen as a charity to benefit because it typically affects most of the same age group as those in college and one of the team members has celiac disease herself. In addition to their annual recital, they raise money for the JDRH and CDF by selling tickets to fill Alden Memorial and organizing a bake sale. The Rockets also invited local studios to dance with them in their showcase. The group spends the entire year meeting multiple times a week and practicing various dances choreographed by members themselves.
WPI’s second dance team is a Ballroom Dance Team that offers many opportunities for dancing at their weekly lessons, social dance trips, and competitions. In addition to their weekly lessons where they invite dancers to socialize, practice, and warm-up before the evening’s lesson starts, they often make trips, as a team, to other colleges and studios for social dances. This is a great way to meet other dancers and practice all they have learned. They are also very active on the competition scene, and many of their members choose to follow a more competitive track. They compete at approximately 12 major competitions throughout the year.
- St. Cloud State University
The St. Cloud State University Dance Team is comprised of full-time students, who have a history of dance experience and are looking to continue dancing at a collegiate level. These dancers bring pride and spirit to the St. Cloud State campus. The team consists of 20 dancers who perform at multiple local shows, campus sporting events, and the UDA National Cheer and Dance Championship in Orlando, Florida. The team performs and competes in both jazz and pom routines. The team performed well in 2014 – 2015. At the Spirit of America, they placed 2nd in the pom competition and placed 4th in the jazz competition. At the UDA Nationals, they placed 3rd in the pom competition and placed 11th in the jazz competition.
- Riverside City College
Riverside City College Dance Department is a comprehensive dance program offering a wide range of dance technique and academic classes for the beginning dancer as well as the dance transfer student. The Dance Department at Riverside City College continues its long standing tradition of presenting engaging and entertaining dance to Riverside and surrounding communities: Kinnetic Conversations, the annual Fall faculty concert, presents new work by faculty and guest choreographers, and Celebrate Dance, the annual Spring concert, focuses on the creative and fresh ideas of student choreographers. The RCC Dance Department also features a complete Pilaftes program located in the Eleanor Crabtree Pilates Studio on the City Campus, and a newly created Certification program for Pilates Instructors. The Dance Program at Riverside City College offers student dancers performing and choreographic opportunities throughout the year. Guest choreographers and master classes give RCC dancers a chance to experience a variety of dance genres and styles. The program also offers a full schedule of technique classes in the areas of modern, jazz, ballet and tap, as well as choreography and dance performance for the serious dance transfer student as well as the general student population. Technique and performance based classes are housed in the Huntley Gym Dance Studio and Pilates Building on the City campus.
Founded in 2005, the UConn Kickline Team is a University of Connecticut Dance Team and Club Sports Organization. The Kickline Team encompasses many styles of dance including jazz, hip-hop, pom and sequences of high-kicks. The high-kick style of dance may be seen as similar to that of the Radio City Rockettes. Throughout the year, the team performs at basketball games and volleyball games. One of the Kickline Team’s biggest commitments is to the UConn Homecoming Celebrations. During the week they take part in the banner competition, the annual parade and float building competition, pageant and alma mater sing as well as the most prized event, the Lip Sync Competition. Towards the end of the semester they begin their basketball and volleyball game performances and then in the Spring, the team begins its Competition Season. They usually participate in two to three competitions, including Central Connecticut State University Devil’s Dare Competition, Westfield State’s Cheer and Dance Challenge sponsored by UDA, and the Nassau Community College Scholastic Kickline Competition. Throughout the year the UConn Kickline Team takes part in many recreational activities. Team dinners allow for a night out on the town as well as a great chance to bond. Every year they have a Holiday Dinner as well as their annual end of the season team dinner. They attend many on campus activities together such as UConn Football Games. The team works hard but most importantly it’s about having fun!! Additionally, each year the UConn Kickline Team performs at the Mansfield Senior Center. The elderly patients love their kickline routines and the team loves performing for them!
- Southern Connecticut State University
The Southern Connecticut State University Dance Team was formed in 2005. Comprised of talented and dedicated dancers, the team performs at various sports games in addition to competing at regional and national level college dance competitions. The Southern Connecticut State University dancers prioritize school spirit and make appearances and perform at many other university events. The team also values the importance of charity and are involved in events such as Relay for Life and Adopt-a-Family. The Dance Team is a Club Sports organization which is a competitive, recreational program designed to be an athletic alternative that bridges the gap between existing intramural and intercollegiate programs. Club Sports are open to all full-time under graduate students.
- Emmanuel College
The Emmanuel College Dance Team is one of the school’s three Spirit teams – dance, cheer and mascot. The Dance Team performs at all home men’s and women’s basketball games and participates in various competitions. The dancers are part of the heart and soul of the athletic community, as they foster College pride and encourage fans. In addition to performing at the home basketball games, the Saints also perform at other major events on campus, including Midnight Madness, Open Mic Night, E.C.D.T Dance Showcase, and Mr. Emmanuel. The team consistently volunteers and performs each year at the Boston Breast Cancer Walk for the American Cancer Society’s “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” on the Charles River Esplanade. As representatives of Emmanuel College which is a Christian college, the dancers aspire to ignite the fire of G0d through various forms of dance. They minister to the student body, church congregations, street outreaches and other dance projects. The dancer’s Their goals are to: (1) demonstrate that God and His people are not bound to one worship style, (2) revive the worship expression of “Karar” demonstrated throughout the Bible, and (3) allow God’s freedom and their passion to be portrayed through dance.
- Gordon College
Gordon College’s mission is to contribute to the growth and enrichment of students who dance and/or support Gordon Athletics, and to increase community awareness of Gordon College. The Gordon College Dance Team is an established, high-quality performing athletic team that has grown steadily since its inception in 2001. The GCDT began less formally as a student organization in 2001 and performed at several Gordon Basketball games. In 2002, a club was formally created through the Gordon College Student Association. Attending its first regional Universal Dance Association (UDA) competition in 2007, the team has gone on to compete in UDA and other regional competitions at least once per season, qualifying for the UDA College Nationals in 2009. Since its inception in 2001, the team has had a growing impact on the Gordon community. The team’s increased level of performance and participation has helped the program earn the respect and appreciation of the Gordon community. As it continues to improve and expand to the next level competition and performance, it seeks to increase its connections to the College and the breadth of its support. The team seeks to be an ever-expanding vibrant asset to the College and Gordon Athletics. Its style is primarily hip-hop, both traditional and street, combined with jazz and contemporary techniques.
- Pacific University
The Pacific University Dance Team is an integral part of school spirit at Pacific University. The team performs at home football games, men’s and women’s basketball games and other on-campus and university related events. The Pacific University Dance Team also competes at regional dance competitions and, in the near future, hopes to be able to attend UDA nationals. Team members are required to be full-time Pacific University students during the Fall, Winter and Spring semesters and carry a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0. The full dance team season begins at the end of August and runs through March. Auditions are held yearly in April and the prospective dancers need certain basic dance skills and will also be judged on attitude, ability to learn, enthusiasm, projection and overall performance. The dance program at Pacific University combines practical experience with rigorous academics. The program provides opportunities to perform, choreograph and study dance’s history and a cross-cultural perspective, all of which integrate theory and practice. Students graduating with dance training go on to work in a variety of fields.
- Hip Hop University of Oregon
The University of Oregon Dance Team performs at all home Duck Football Games at Autzen in the Moshofsky Center. The University of Oregon Dance Team performs at every home football game in the Moshofsky Center at Autzen Stadium, multiple men’s and women’s basketball games, hockey, pep rallies, and many community service events. They team is has the benefit of professional choreography from UDA and NDA National Title Winning Choreographers. The University of Oregon Dance Team competes at a collegiate level at USA Championships and UDA Northwest Championships. The University of Oregon Dance Team won 3rd Place at USA National Championships in 4-year Open Division in 2015. Over the last 10 years the University of Oregon Dance team has placed at USA, NDA and UDA Nationals in Open Dance and Hip-Hop. The University of Oregon Dance Team is part of the Club Sports Program at the University of Oregon. The Dance Team’s Fall term consists of refining their technique, learning both Jazz and Hip Hop Nationals routines, as well as other routines for their fall performances. During the Winter Term, the University of Oregon Dance Team’s primary focus is preparing for Nationals. They have competed at USA Championships, UDA Northwest Championships and NDA Nationals. They also perform at local dance competitions in Oregon during the winter term, as they prepare to compete.
- Suffolk County Community College
The Suffolk County Community College’s Dance Team can be seen supporting Suffolk County Community College’s Men’s and Women’s Basketball. The team also participates in many charitable events. As student-athletes, Suffolk Dancers must balance school and an active dance schedule. Dancers must be full-time students and must maintain a 2.0 grade point average and they should have dance performance experience and possess strong jazz and hip hop skills.
- Robert Morris University
The main purp0se of the Robert Morris University’s Dance Team is to promote school spirit. Each Fall semester, the Robert Morris University Dance Team performs at all home football games, as well as High School Band Festivals, pep rallies, parades and special events. During the Spring semester, the team supports Men and Women’s Basketball and other athletic competitions. Try-outs are conducted for both the Fall and Spring teams. The Robert Morris University Dance Team promotes Colonial pride at every home basketball and football game, and other campus events. Go Colonials!!
- North Park University
The North Park University’s Dance Team performs at men’s and women’s soccer games, football games, and men’s and women’s basketball games. The dance team also enjoys competing throughout the region during the fall and spring seasons. Women and men in these three groups bolster the University’s team spirit at athletic competitions and perform at community events and competitions throughout the year. These teams have full use of North Park’s state-of-the-art Helwig Recreation Center. The North Park University Dance Team competes in various local and national competitions. They have placed very high in the TDC Midwest Collegiate Championship, the Kick It! Challenge, and the UDA Midwest Collegiate Championships.
- Truman State University
The Truman State University Showgirls Dance Team is an elite group of 15 girls whose responsibilities include providing spirit, support and entertainment at home athletic events. The Showgirls season runs from the end of August until the end of April with required summer practices prior to the UDA Camp. During football season, the Showgirls work closely with the Truman State Marching Band to perform sideline routines throughout the game as well as a featured half-time performance. These routines incorporate pom style choreography with a mix of kicks and jazz to create visual entertainment for the stadium crowd. Basketball season brings performances at both Men’s and Women’s basketball games. The Showgirls perform sideline routines with the basketball jazz band as well as a halftime routine at each game. The Showgirl Dance Team placed 1st at the January 2015 Chicagoland UDA in the Open Jazz Division. In addition to their performance during home games, the Showgirls participate in homecoming performances (pep rally), T-Soda, Oktoberfest, Special Olympics, Lip-Sync, and other requested appearances. Also, the Showgirls help fundraise in a number of ways. They host a Kid’s Clinic where they teach children who sign up to participate in a dance and a cheer and then perform at the half time of a basketball game. They also work the annual Kraft fair to fundraise and help out the community. Additionally, they sell a calendar composed of pictures of their team and other athletic teams.
- Carthage College
The Carthage College Spirit Team has an outstanding tradition of promoting school spirit and supporting Carthage athletic teams. The Spirit Team includes both the Red Hots Dance Team and the Torchie Mascot Team. Members of the Red Hots Dance Team are talented in various styles of dance including jazz, hip hop, and poms. The dancers are dedicated, hard working, and fun loving. The Red Hots perform at all home football and basketball games, as well as special events. In 2009, the team began competing and has since won several UDA regional titles in jazz and pom. Under the direction of Coach Amy Carter, the Dance Team was combined with the Cheerleading Team and the Torchie Mascot Team to form the Carthage College Spirit Team in 2001 and in 2002 the Dance Team was coined the Carthage College “Red Hots.” The Dance Team first competed at the UPA Americup National Dance Competition in Minneapolis in 2009 and the Dance Team took 5th place in the Jazz Division. In 2010, The Dance Team and Mascot Team performed at the Division III NCAA Sweet Sixteen Tournament, cheering on the Red Men Basketball Team. Then in 2011, the Dance Team first competed at the UDA Chicagoland Dance Competition at the University of Illinois at Chicago and took 1st place in the Jazz Division.
- University of Wisconsin – Stout
The Blue Devil Dance Tea is the official dance team of the University of Wisconsin in Stout, Wisconsin. The Blue Devil Dance Team is a group of 20 to 26 beautiful and talented young ladies. Their dancers can be found performing at University of Wisconsin in Stout home football games, home men’s and women’s basketball games, appearing at various other athletic events, community events and competitions. Being a Blue Devil Dancer is a very large commitment and following academic studies, it should be a top priority for each individual participating. Representing the University and supporting the Athletics Department is the team’s main focus, but because of its competitive nature, there is a lot of work that goes into it. In order compete with some of the top collegiate dance teams in the country, a strong technical dance background is required. Each dancer must also be in great physical shape, typically a result of regular cardio and strength training exercises. To enforce all of this, the Blue Devil Dance Team practices three to four times a week, with additional weight training and Cardio workouts twice a week. The Blue Devil season usually starts in early August and ends upon tryouts for the next year, usually in April.