Cheer Team Tryouts | Dance Team Tryouts | Tryout by DVD | Requirements


The UC Davis Spirit Squad's Cheer and Dance Teams are integral parts of the Athletics Department. The squad's main priorities are to support the Athletic Departments and the UC Davis student body through performances at athletic and community events. UC Davis Cheer and Dance Teams are currently non-scholarship students.

To participate in the clinics & auditions please complete & bring with you the Liability Waiver & Candidate Application. 
Download the 2014-15,  Liability Waiver 
Download the 2014-15,  Application


2014-2015 UC Davis Cheer Team Tryout Clinics

Sunday, May 11, 2014
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Friday, May 16, 2014

All UC Davis Cheer Team clinics and the tryout will be held in Lower Hickey Gym, Gymnastics Room from 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.

Tryout Clinics are STRONGLY encouraged for those wanting to make the UC Davis Cheer Team. 
During the Tryout Clinics individuals will learn a cheer, one sideline, the UC Davis fight song, three jumps and any standing/running tumbling.

***TUMBLING REQUIREMENT***: Individuals must have a minimum Standing Back Handspring or must be working on a Standing Back Handspring with a light spot to be considered for the team.

If you are unable to attend the Cheer Tryout Clinics and Tryouts you can audition by DVD. Tryout by DVD requirements are listed below.

2014-2015 UC Davis Cheer Team Tryouts
Date: Saturday, May 17, 2014
Time: 10 a.m.
Doors open at 9:30 a.m. for registration
Location: Lower Hickey Gym, Gymnastics Room
Please wear:
- Shorts (blue or black)
- Tank or fitted shirt (white)
- Bow in hair
- Cheer/tennis Shoes
- Performance makeup

At auditions individuals will be judged on material learned at the Cheer Team Tryout Clinics. The stunt portion of the tryout will be held after all individual tryouts are completed.


2014-2015 UC Davis Dance Team Clinics
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Thursday, May 1, 2014
Monday, May 5th, 2014 
Wednesday, May 7 2014 

All UC Davis Dance Team clinics and the tryout will be held in Upper Hickey Gym, Main Gym. All clinics will be from 7 - 10 p.m.

Tryout Clinics are STRONGLY encouraged for those wanting to make the UC Davis Dance Team. 

During the Tryout Clinics individuals will learn the UC Davis fight song, hip hop and jazz combinations as well an audition routine. Tryout Clinics will also cover basic across the floor progressions.

If you are unable to attend the Dance Team Tryout Clinics and Tryouts you can audition by DVD. Tryout by DVD requirements are listed below.

2014-2015 UC Davis Dance Team Tryouts
Date: Saturday, May 10, 2014 
Time: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Doors open at 8:30 a.m. for registration
Location Upper Hickey Gym, Main Gym 

Please wear:
- Shorts/ dance pants / leggings
- Tank or fitted shirt
- Hair pulled back
- Performance makeup 

At auditions individuals will be judged on material learned at the Tryout Clinics as well as across the floor technique and execution of routine and "Fight Song," learned at the Tryout Clinic. There will also be a short interview with the judges that will be added to an individual's score.


- Acceptance to the University of California, Davis
- Must have previous cheer, dance, and /or gymnastics team experience
- Tumbling is highly encouraged for Cheer Team

- Team members must carry a full course load and maintain a 2.0 GPA
- Positive Attitude 
- Commitment and Dedication to the University and your team
- Cheer Team ONLY: 
Standing Back Handspring

For potential members who do not live within driving distance of UC Davis to attend Cheer or Dance Teams Tryout Clinics and Auditions, we offer the option to submit a DVD video of your skills. Please specify on your submission which team (Cheer or Dance) you are trying out for. Please demonstrate the following skills and/or techniques in your audition DVD.

- DVD tryout submission for Dance Team must be postmarked by: Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

- DVD tryout submission for Cheer Team must be postmarked by: Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

You will receive a confirmation email when your DVD is received.

Cheer Team EntryDance Team Entry
- A cheer for your school - Performing general jazz technique
- Any sideline (repeated no more than 3 times) - Triple pirouettes
- A fight song/dance - Leg holds
- Any 3 jumps - A la secondes/fouettes

- Any standing/running tumbling skills.
***Must perform a minimum Standing Back Handspring***

- Leaps - develope, center & switch
- If flyer, please include the following stunts:
Any 5 stunts starting from a Liberity or higher skilled with a dismount consisting of a full-down or more.
- Special tricks or techniques
 - If base, any 5 stunts consisting of a Liberity or higher skilled stunt.  - Two 1-minute routines (one jazz and one hip hop)

For cheer team entries please make sure to highlight yourself in your video to ensure accurate judging. (ie. differentiate the your shirt color from the rest of the stunt group)

Please send Tryout DVD to...

UC Davis Spirit Squad Advisor
Intercollegiate Athletics - 264 Hickey Gym
One Shields Ave.
Davis, CA 95616

UC Davis Cheer Coach: TBA
UC Davis Spirit Squad Advisor: 


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