Cheer Team Tryouts | Dance Team Tryouts | Tryout by Video |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 2016-17, Liability Waiver
Download the 2016-17, Application


2017-18 UC Davis Cheer Team Tryout Clinics

Tuesday, May 16th 
Thursday, May 18th 
Friday, May 19th

All UC Davis Cheer Team open gyms and clinics will be held in Lower Hickey Gym, Gymnastics Room from 7 - 10 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.

2016-17 UC Davis Cheer Team Tryouts

Date: Saturday, May 20, 2016

Time: 10 a.m.

Doors open at 9 a.m. for registration

Please contact with any questions. 

  Video tryout submission for Cheer Team must be submitted in the following fashion:

  A) Create a private You Tube video and email the link to: 

  B) Mail a DVD to the following address:
       UC Davis Cheer Team
       264 Hickey Gym
       One Shields Ave
       Davis, CA 95616


UC Davis Cheer Team:


2017-2018 UC Davis Dance Team Clinics

Wednesday, May 31st 7-10pm

Thursday, June 1st 7-10pm

Hickey Dance Room - subject to change

At least one Tryout Clinic is STRONGLY encouraged for those wanting to make the UC Davis Dance Team.

During the Tryout Clinics individuals will learn a UC Davis fight song, a jazz combination, and expected across the floor technique. A hip hop routine will be learned the day of auditions. 

On audition day individuals will be judged on material learned at the Tryout Clinics- execution of the jazz routine, hip hop routine, and UCD fight song, as well as across the floor technique. There will also be a short interview with the judges that will be added to an individual's score.

2017-2018 UC Davis Dance Team Tryouts
Date: Saturday, June 3rd, 2017
Time: 12 p.m.

Location: Hickey Dance Room, subject to change

Doors open at 11:30 a.m. for registration and stretching

Captains will begin teaching around 12:15

Please wear:
- Shorts or leggings
- Fitted shirt
- Hair pulled back out of face
- Performance makeup

- Jazz shoes

Please bring your application, found linked above on this page on audition day.

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

Please contact if you have any questions about the team or the audition process. You can also follow our social media pages for updates on auditions and for an insight on our team!

Instagram, Facebook, Twitter: UC Davis Dance Team



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 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 video.

- Video tryout submission for Cheer or Dance Team must be submitted in the following fashion:

  A) Create a private YouTube video and email the link to:

  B) Mail a DVD (Tuesday, May 30, 2017 for dance) to the following address:

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

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

Dance Team Entry:

-Performing general jazz technique

-Triple pirouettes

-Kicks- right, left, tilt

-A la secondes/fouettes/second turns- 2 eight counts

-Leaps- right, left, center, turning leap

-Special tricks/technique

-1 minute jazz routine

-1 minute hip hop routine

-Briefly introduce yourself to the judges: state your name, year in school, and why you would like to be a part of the UC Davis Dance Team.


UC Davis Dance Team Captains: