Cheer Squad Auditions

The UCLA Cheer Squad is the officially recognized cheer squad for the university. The team performs and travels to support the UCLA Athletic Department throughout the season. Returning members must audition each year and are not guaranteed a spot on the team.

Composition and Techniques

There are six to ten male and female couples on the Cheer Squad. All female members are flyers.

Squad members perform co-ed stunts including the basics with chairs, walk into hands and toss to hands, working toward extensions, liberties and cupies. The squad builds pyramids including 2-2-1, high splits and table top. The squad also executes baskets including toe touch, back tuck, full-twisting layouts and X-out.

There is no minimum tumbling requirement. Squad members are expected to work towards standing back tucks, standing back handsprings and tumbling passes including back handsprings, tucks, lay-outs and full-twisting layouts.

Motion Technique and Dance
Squad members perform with the UCLA Bruin Marching Band. Females perform dance routines and males are more focused on arm motions.

Time Commitments

Spring and Summer
  • Throughout spring quarter, the squad will meet two to three nights/week for practice. Squad will work on partner stunting, tumbling and material for upcoming events throughout the summer and football games.
  • The squad has the month of July off.
  • The full squad is required to attend Skills Training Camp in August.

  • Once classes begin for fall quarter, practices are held three to four days/week.
  • Squad members are required to find an additional two times during the week to maintain their individual workout from the personal trainer.
  • Typically, workouts with our trainer include TRX and cardio. Rehearsals are with the coach and involve learning and reviewing game material.


The Cheer Squad performs at athletic, community outreach, campus, alumni, media and community events throughout the year beginning in Spring Quarter immediately following auditions. The squad performs at:

  • All home and select away football games
  • All home and select away men’s and women’s basketball games
  • Various campus events including: Bruin Day, Volunteer Day, class appearances, grand openings and recognition ceremonies.
  • Community outreach appearances including: nonprofit and charity events, elementary and middle school appearances.
  • Various alumni events including: seasonal kick-offs, dinners and scholarship presentations.
  • Media events including: TV promotions, sponsorship promotions, commercials and photo shoots.
  • Community events including: birthday parties, weddings and bar/bat mitzvahs.

What to Expect in Clinics

Auditions will take place during the clinic process. Candidates are encouraged to attend the tryout clinic(s). There will be a panel of professional judges who are currently in the cheer and dance industry, to evaluate talent and potential in stunting and tumbling.

What to Expect on Audition Day

  • Female/Male couples perform the Fight Song taught at the clinics.
  • Candidates have the option of doing running tumbling for their entrance and/or running in and performing standing tumbling.
  • Candidates will complete two series of partner stunting including 2 stunts in each sequence.
  • Candidates will complete a simulation of a game day scenario including a basic single stunt with a dismount.
  • For female candidates, a series of kicks - 5 kicks on each side.
  • Each candidate will participate in a group interview and deliver a personal statement (45 seconds). Two to three questions are asked during each interview.

*The 2020 audition process will be conducted virtually, therefore the audition elements above will be modified.

What to Wear for Audition Clinics and Audition Day

  • Sports bra
  • Spandex shorts
  • White, athletic shoes-shoelaces tucked in-appropriate for stunting (shoes will not be worn during the gymnastics portion of the audition)
  • Hair should be out of the candidate's face, but not in a ponytail
  • Stage/game-ready/TV-ready make-up
  • Appropriate bras or sport bras and bloomers/briefs
  • No jewelry or body piercings, and tattoos must be covered
  • No ribbons/bows
  • No food or gum
  • Overall clean, mature and collegiate presentation

  • Blue or black shorts
  • Clean T-shirt
  • Small, ankle socks
  • White, athletic shoes--shoelaces tucked in (shoes will not be worn during the gymnastics portion of the audition)
  • Short, clean hair cut
  • No jewelry or body piercings, and tattoos must be covered
  • No food or gum
  • Overall clean, mature and collegiate presentation