Virginia Dance Team

Virginia Dance Team

About Us
The Virginia Dance Team is comprised of 15 dancers with backgrounds in jazz, ballet, hip-hop, cheerleading, and even gymnastics. The team cheers and dances along the sidelines of all home football games and performs halftime routines at home men’s basketball games. The majority of the routines the team performs are jazz and pom. Members of the team dedicate time to the community, making appearances at other University-sponsored activities and events in Charlottesville. The team also conducts summer camps throughout Virginia and hosts a dance clinic for high school dancers during the winter. The team proudly supports UVA athletics teams by bringing spirit and enthusiasm to games and special events. Follow the Virginia Dance Team on Instagram at VirginiaDanceTeam!

Tryout Information 

Tryout Dates and Location

The Virginia Dance Team will be accepting video submissions in lieu of in-person tryouts for the 2020 – 2021 season.
The video tryout process will begin on Tuesday, April 14 and all materials and videos will be due by Sunday, May 3 at noon. Specific material and routines to learn will be sent out to all registered candidates. Judging will take place and an announcement will be made via e-mail within one week of the deadline.
All video submissions, tryout paperwork, (including a copy of your insurance card and a current physical) and a $30 fee must be submitted by May 3. To register for video tryouts and to receive complete instructions and required materials, or to ask any questions, please e-mail Coach Rachel Southall at

Contact Us
Please contact Head Spirit Teams Coach Kelley Haney at

Download Tryout Forms (PDF)

Tryout Q&A

Question: What should I wear? Answer: Most dancers wear shorts and crop tops/sports bras with jazz shoes or tennis shoes. Hair and makeup should be “gameday ready.”
Question: I can’t make tryouts. Can I send a video? Answer: We do not accept video auditions, but on-site tryouts on an alternative date may be an option. Email Coach Katie to schedule.
Question: How can I stay up-to-date on tryout information, tips for tryouts, etc? Answer: Follow us on instagram, @virginiadanceteam.

The Virginia Dance Team practices between two and two-and-a-half hours three times a week. During the fall and spring semesters, the team also holds two mandatory team conditioning workouts each week. Additional practices are scheduled during the summer to prepare for football season. Members of the Virginia Dance Team may be involved in other organizations offered at the University as long as their committed to the Virginia Dance Team is not impacted.

Book Stipend
Members of the Virginia Dance receive a book stipend during the fall and spring semesters. The amount varies depending upon the number of years a student has been a member of the team. Scholarships are not offered to members of the Virginia Dance Team.

Summer Camps
Learn great new skills and choreography from the Virginia Dance Team! In one of four day camps, members of the team will visit your school to help improved basic dance technique and teach various halftime routines of your choice, including: pom, kick, jazz, or hip-hop. Schedule your camp today!


  • 1 day: $60/participant
  • 2 days: $125/participant
  • 3 days: $150/participant
  • 4 days: $185/participant

Contact Us
Please contact Head Spirit Teams Coach Kelley Haney at