Dance Team Auditions

The UCLA Dance Team is the officially recognized Dance Team 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 nine to fourteen members on the Dance Team. We hold high standards for our dancers: excellent technique, flexibility and tricks including triple turns, leaps, turns in second, jumps in second, switch leaps and leg hold/leg hold turns (tumbling is not required, but encouraged). The Dance Team learns more than 50 routines to music by the UCLA Bruin Marching Band and recorded music for competition routines and basketball halftime performances. Squad members must also be familiar with cheerleading arm motions and be able to work with pom poms.

Time Commitments

Spring and Summer
  • Throughout the month of May, the squad will meet 2-3 nights/week from 6-9 p.m. to work on dance technique and material for upcoming events throughout the summer and football games.
  • The team has the month of June off.
  • Workouts and practices begin July through the beginning of fall quarter.
  • The full squad is required to attend Boot Camp in August.

Rehearsals and Workouts
  • Once classes begin for fall quarter, rehearsals are held Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 6:45am-9 a.m. and Wednesday nights from 6-9 p.m. with additional rehearsals scheduled during evenings and weekends when practice space is available.
  • Monday and Thursday mornings are reserved for workouts.
  • Dance Team members are required to find an additional two times during the week to maintain their fitness.

Typically, workouts are with our trainer and include TRX. Rehearsals are with the coach and involve learning and reviewing game material.


Performances

The Dance Team performs at athletic, community outreach, campus, alumni, media and community events throughout the year:

  • All home and select away football games
  • All home and select away men’s and women’s basketball games
  • Select women’s volleyball games
  • Select gymnastics meets
  • Select Olympic sporting events including: water polo, softball, track and field, soccer.
  • Various campus events including: Bruin Day, Volunteer Day, class appearances, grand openings, recognition ceremonies
  • Various alumni events including: seasonal kick-offs, dinners, scholarship presentations.
  • Media events including: TV promotions, sponsorship promotions, commercials, photo shoots.
  • Community outreach appearances
  • Community events including: birthday parties, weddings, and bar/bat mitzvahs.

What to Expect in Clinics/Auditions day one

  • Dancers will learn an across the floor combination and perform three at a time. The judges will deliberate and semi-finalists will be announced.
  • Dancers advancing onto semi-finals will stay and are taught the Fight Song, and a Performance Routine that they will perform the following day.
  • Fight Song involves traditional Pom style dancing, straight-arm motions, and is performed with pom poms.
  • Performance Routine incorporates jazz and/or hip hop.
  • When the candidate makes it to the final round, he/she will perform both routines, and will be asked to perform any additional tricks or tumbling he/she has. This is the candidate's opportunity to demonstrate skills that are not presented in the Fight Song or Performance Routine.

What to Expect on Audition Day

Before Audition
  • Dancers arrive stretched and ready to perform the Fight Song and Performance Routine.
  • This is an opportunity for the dancers to warm up and hear the music.

Semifinal Round
  • Dancers enter in groups of 2 or 3 and will perform the fight song and performance routine.

Final Round
  • Dancers are asked to perform the Fight Song and/or the Performance Routine as a group.
  • Each candidate will participate in a group interview and deliver a personal statement (45 seconds). Two to three questions are asked during each interview.

What to Wear for Audition Day

Females:
  • Black Dance Spandex shorts, leggings, unitard or biketard
  • Black fitted dance top
  • Jazz shoes
  • Hair should be styled down and out of face - NO Ponytails
  • One pair of earrings may be worn - ALL other jewelry must be removed and tattoos must be covered
  • Stage/performance makeup
  • No ribbons or bows
  • No food or gum
  • Overall clean, mature and collegiate presentation

Males:
  • Black pants or shorts
  • Black form fitting top
  • Athletic shoes or jazz shoes
  • Hair out of face
  • No jewelry or body piercings
  • No food or gum
  • Overall clean, mature and collegiate presentation