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Dance Team

Dance Team

Western Carolina University Dance Team

The WCU Dance Team is a vital part of the Catamount community. The team brings spirit and energy to the football and basketball seasons and makes special appearances at campus and community events. In addition, the team participates in a Collegiate Nationals Competition each year. Tryouts are held every April for the upcoming year.

Dance Team Tryouts

Tryouts for the 2022-2023 season will be held on Sunday, April 24th from 9:00am - 5:00pm. Tryouts will be held in the Reid gymnasium for the morning session, and in the CRC Studios for the afternoon session. To reserve a spot, email the participant's name, 920# (if current student), preferred email, and Fall 2022 class standing (Fr, So, Jr, Sr) to Michael Birch, mbirch@wcu.edu. If you cannot attend the in-person tryout, video submissions will be accepted until April 22nd. To submit a video tryout, email a video file or link to the video file to mbirch@wcu.edu. Type "Dance Team Tryout Video Submission (date of submission)" in the email subject line.

The following are minimum requirements to audition:

  • Leaps (both directions)
  • Switch leap
  • Leap in second
  • Calypso and turning disc
  • Double turns
  • Triple turns
  • Turns in second combination (two 8 counts)
  • Toe touch and other jumps
  • Choreography (learn a short dance--jazz, pom and hip hop)—choreography will be taught during auditions
  • Timed 1 mile run (under 9.5 minutes)
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