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.
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2018-19 UC Davis Cheer Team Tryout Clinics

Tuesday, May 15
Thursday, May 17
Friday, May 18

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 19, 2016
Time: 10 a.m.
Doors open at 9 a.m. for registration
Please contact Coach Vanessa Kitley "Coach K" 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: "Coach K" 

Video Requirements:
- Cheer
- Dance/Fight Song
- Jumps (three different jumps)
- Tumbling (standing and running)



2018-2019 UC Davis Dance Team Clinics

Sunday, April 29th 7-10pm

Tuesday, May 1st 7-10pm

Location: 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.

2018-2019 UC Davis Dance Team Tryouts

Date: Saturday, May 5th, 2018

Time: 11 a.m.
Location: Hickey Dance Room, subject to change
Doors open at 10:30 a.m. for registration and stretching

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) and a $10 audition fee on audition day. If you are unable to attend the Dance Team Tryout Clinics and Tryouts you can audition by video submission. Video 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!



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 by creating a private YouTube video and emailing the link to: or
- For the Dance Team submission, please upload the video by Friday, May 4th 11:59 p.m. You will receive a confirmation email when your YouTube video is received.

Dance Team Entry:

- Performing general jazz technique

- Triple pirouettes

- Kicks: right, left, tilt

- A la secondes/fouettes/second turns: two eight counts

- Leaps: right, left, center, turning leap

- Special tricks/technique

- One-minute jazz routine

- One-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: