Virginia Dance Team

Virginia Dance Team

About Us
The 2022-23 Virginia Dance Team is comprised of 13 dancers with backgrounds in jazz, ballet, hip-hop, cheerleading, and even gymnastics. The team cheers and dances on 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!


2022-2023 Tryout Information
Friday, April 21:  6 – 8:30 p.m. John Paul Jones Arena
Saturday, April 22:  9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. John Paul Jones Arena
Sunday, April 23:  8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. John Paul Jones Arena

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

Please email Emily Keenan at with questions regarding tryout paperwork  and application.

  • Skills (choose your strong side):
    • Double or triple turn
    • Side lead
    • Circle disk
    • Fouette
    • Special skill of your choosing

Please contact UVA Spirit Coordinator Kelley Haney at with additional questions.

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 Emily Keenan to schedule: .

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 Clinics
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 clinic today!


  • 1 day: $75/participant
  • 2 days: $125/participant
  • 3 days: $175/participant
  • 4 days: $200/participant

Contact Us
Please contact UVA Spirit Coordinator Kelley Haney at