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!

2021-2022 Tryout Information

Tryout Dates and Location

First Round Video Tryout – June 15, 2021 (video tryout & paperwork due)

Paperwork Packet: Must include all of the following:

  • Dance Team Application
  • Medical ID form
  • Physician’s Affirmation of Physical Fitness
  • Sickle Cell form or waiver
  • Xeroxed copy of Insurance Card
  • $30 tryout fee

For the address to send paperwork to, please email Head Coach and Spirit Coordinator Kelley Haney at klc4z@virginia.edu.

In-Person Tryouts

  • July 30, 2021 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Slaughter Rec Center
  • July 31, 2021 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Slaughter Rec Center
  • August 1, 2021 12 p.m. warm up, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Slaughter Rec Center (Tryouts/New Team Meeting)

The Dance Team will be finalized during the in-person tryout weekend. Video tryouts will not be accepted (for the in-person tryouts). Tryouts are closed to friends and family.

Tryout Information

A link will be sent to you by May 15 with tryout material for you to learn and perform on the video entry. Please make sure your video includes the following in order:

  • Name & Year you will be at UVA this fall
  • Where you are from
  • Why you want to be a member of the Virginia Dance Team (please keep it short)
  • Skills (choose your strong side):
    • Double or triple turn
    • Side lead
    • Circle disk
    • Fouette
    • Special skill of your choosing
    • Band dittie
    • Jazz dance

Please contact Kelley Haney for the address to send tryout form, dance application and tryout fee to: klc4z@virginia.edu (Cash or check made out to Virginia Dance Team)

Please contact UVA Spirit Coordinator, Kelley Haney at klc4z@virginia.edu with any questions.

2021-2022 Dance Application Form

2021-2022 Dance Tryout Form

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.

Practices
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!

Rates:

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

Contact Us
Please contact UVA Spirit Coordinator Kelley Haney at klc4z@virginia.edu.