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Spirit Squad

Squad Benefits

  • Programming to prepare you for future career opportunities — marketing, nutrition, media relations, resume development, self-defense, public speaking, etc.
  • We are sponsored by Under Armour, and all Squad members receive warm-ups, workout gear, shoes, duffle bags and backpacks.
  • Strength training to help meet the demands that your body will face throughout the year.
  • Travel to away PAC-12 football games, Bowl games, and post-season men’s and women’s basketball tournaments.
  • Complimentary tickets to home football, basketball and Olympic sports.
  • Complimentary tanning and more through our generous sponsors.
  • Front row seats for all the UCLA athletic events that you cheer for — you are on the field at the Rose Bowl and on the court in legendary Pauley Pavilion.
  • Performing in front of a crowd of thousands demonstrating your support for Bruin spirit.

Preparatory Audition Clinic

Virtual prep clinics for our Cheer Squad and Dance Team are coming soon! Our first clinics will take place on Wednesday, April 28 at 6 pm PDT.

Registration is free and will open on April 1. We look forward to seeing you there!

If you have questions for our Coaches or would like to receive 1:1 feedback (in advance of the Audition process), please email us at spiritsquad@ucla.edu.

Mascot Info Session

Interested in being a Mascot at UCLA? Attend our first info session on Tuesday, April 27 at 5 pm PDT.

Register for our info session here.

Audition Application

Auditions for the 2021-22 Squad will take place after the PAC-12 Conference and local health officials confirm the role of collegiate spirit squads for the 2021 football season.

Squad choreography is available on our YouTube channel for those who want to practice in advance of the Audition process.

For questions, please email spiritsquad@ucla.edu.

Audition Overview

Qualifications

  • Proof of admission into UCLA (Visit Admissions Process and Deadline .)
  • Current UCLA student, have an cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above.
  • Current UCLA student, not on disciplinary probation.
  • Sufficient physical fitness, strength, and athletic skills to perform the activities described below.
  • Candidates who are chosen for the Spirit Squad must maintain their dance, stunt and tumbling skills throughout the summer and the entire season.
  • Health/hospitalization insurance in an amount comparable to the minimum coverage offered through the University’s student insurance program.

Video Audition

It is recommended that you make every effort to attend auditions. Video auditions will be accepted for all applicants who cannot travel to campus.

FAQ

  • Do you offer scholarships or out-of-state tuition waivers?
    At this time, we have limited scholarship opportunities for the UCLA Spirit Squad. Unfortunately, we do not provide out-of-state tuition waivers. However, UCLA has multiple scholarships, grants and loan opportunities through the Financial Aid office.
  • Does the program compete at nationals?
    The UCLA Spirit Squad does not currently compete in the USA College Nationals process.
  • Do I need an invitation to attend auditions?
    You do not need an invitation to attend auditions.
  • Can I tryout for multiple squads?
    If more than one squad interests you, you are welcome to audition for multiple teams. You will be encouraged to attend all of the clinics leading up to auditions. Following your final audition, you will be asked to list your squad preference — should you make more than one team.
  • Is there a height and weight requirement?
    No, we do not maintain a height and weight requirement. We do require that all potential members maintain the appropriate physique in order to participate in the required activity.
  • Do I need to have a physical completed by a physician?
    No, you do not need to have a physical completed for the audition process. Should you be chosen for the squad, you will be required to have a physical completed by mid-August.
  • Do I need to audition again if I’m a returning member?
    Yes, potential returning members must audition each year and are not guaranteed a spot on the team.
  • Are auditions open to the public?
    No, auditions are closed to the general public.
  • How many people audition each year?
    The number of individuals that audition varies from year to year. On average we have:
    For Cheer Squad: Male 10-20, Female 20-40; For Dance Team: 50-80; For Mascots: 5-10.

More questions? Ask a question.

Cheer Squad Audition

Composition and Techniques

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. We have a team of up to 20 members which may perform as a coed style base or an all-girl style base and/or a flyer. Squad members perform skills including collegiate level stunts, baskets and pyramids. We require a standing back handspring, standing tuck and a minimum of a standing back handspring series for running tumbling. Standing back handspring to tuck is preferred. The Cheer Squad performs to music by the UCLA Bruin Marching Band and recorded music during football and basketball games.

Time Commitments

Spring and Summer

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

Rehearsals

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

Performances

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.
  • Various alumni events including: seasonal kick-offs, dinners and scholarship presentations.
  • Media events including: TV promotions, sponsorship promotions, commercials and photo shoots.
  • Community outreach appearances
  • Community events including: birthday parties, weddings and bar/bat mitzvahs.

What to Expect in Clinics

Candidates are encouraged to attend the tryout clinic(s). They will practice stunting and tumbling and will learn the Fight Song choreography.

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.

What to Wear for Audition Clinics and Audition Day

Females:

  • 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

Males:

  • 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 haircut
  • No jewelry or body piercings, and tattoos must be covered
  • No food or gum
  • Overall clean, mature and collegiate presentation

Dance Team Audition

Composition and Techniques

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. 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 football and basketball timeout performances. Squad members must also be familiar with cheerleading arm motions and be able to work with poms.

Time Commitments

Spring and Summer

  • Throughout the month of May, the squad will meet 2-3 nights per week from 6-9 p.m. to work on dance technique and material for upcoming events and football games.
  • The team has the month of July off.
  • The full squad is required to attend Training 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.
  • Dance Team members are required to find an additional two times during the week to maintain their individual workouts.

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, beginning in Spring Quarter immediately following auditions. The team 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, 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 those students advancing to Day Two will be announced.
  • Dancers advancing to Day Two will stay and learn the Fight Song and a Performance Routine that they will perform the following day.
  • The Fight Song involves traditional Pom style dancing, straight-arm motions, and is performed with poms.
  • The Performance Routine incorporates jazz and/or hip hop.
  • On Day Two, each candidate 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 Two

Before the Audition

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

Semifinal Round

  • Dancers enter in groups of 2 or 3 and 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 Clinics and Day

Females:

  • Black Dance Spandex shorts, leggings, unitard or biketard
  • Black fitted dance top
  • Jazz shoes
  • Hair should be styled down and out of the candidate's 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, and tattoos must be covered
  • No food or gum
  • Overall clean, mature and collegiate presentation

Mascot Audition

Techniques

UCLA’s mascots (Joe and Josie Bruin) perform at football games, basketball games and select Olympic sports throughout the season. They also make appearances at special on and off-campus events. The top 5 to 8 individuals (male and female) are selected. Returning members must audition each year and are not guaranteed a spot on the team. Mascots must have enthusiasm and coordination to excel as Joe or Josie Bruin. In addition, they must understand the timing of sports so as to effectively follow cheers and make an impact on the crowd.

Time Commitments

Spring and Summer
Mascots will meet during spring quarter to review goals and expectations for the year and will have July off.

Performances

  • All home and select away football games
  • All home and select away men’s and women’s basketball games
  • Select women’s and men’s volleyball games
  • All home gymnastics meets
  • Community outreach appearances
  • Select Olympic sporting events including: baseball, water polo, softball, and soccer.
  • Various campus events including: 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 events including: birthday parties, weddings and bar/bat mitzvahs.

What to Expect in Clinics

Candidates will practice responding to game situations. They will also have the opportunity to put on the mascot costumes in order to learn dance moves, poses, arm motions, and game-specific reactions.

What to Expect on Audition Day

Candidates will perform in the Mascot costume with improvisations to music and game situations.

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

  • Blue and/or Gold
  • Shirt or tank top
  • Black athletic shorts or leggings
  • Short, white ankle socks
  • White, athletic shoes -- shoelaces tucked in
  • Hair tied back for females, clean haircut for males
  • No jewelry or body piercings, and tattoos must be covered
  • No food or gum
  • Overall clean, mature and collegiate presentation