Cheerleading Head Coach: Tori Ung
Email: uakroncheer@gmail.com

Dance Coach: Lauren Hesley
Email: uakrondance@gmail.com

 

Dance Team

The University of Akron Dance Team is comprised of 16 dancers who perform at every home game for football and men's and women's basketball. As a part of Zips' Athletics, the dance team is here to promote school spirit and school pride. As student-athletes, the first responsibility is the success of each dancer in her academic career. The second responsibility is to improve and develop each student-athlete as a dancer and a responsible, mature adult.

Our purpose is to provide exceptional entertainment at each home game and lead the crowd in cheers. We are to raise the level of fan support and lead in a positive way for all of our Zips' athletics teams.

We also serve as public relations ambassadors of intercollegiate athletics and the University of Akron. Our responsibility is to hold ourselves to the highest standard and uphold the goals and ideals of the University.

Fall 2016-17 Cheer Team Tryouts

Day 1 Tryout: Tuesday, August 30, 2016 | 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Day 2 Tryout: Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016 | 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Final Cut: Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016 | 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Location: Central Hower High School on UA Campus
Check out: https://www.facebook.com/UAkronCheer for details

 

Fall 2016 Tryout Information


What to Bring or Prepare for Tryouts:

√ All athletes must be 18 years of age to fill out paperwork. Athletes under age of 18, please email: uakroncheer@gmail.com
for consent forms to be completed by legal guardian.

√ Bring insurance card / insurance information
√ Learn the UA Fight Song posted on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UAkronCheer

 

What to Wear both days:

  • Females
    • Black Sports Bra
    • Black Shorts
    • Cheer Shoes
    • Hair half up-half down with a White Bow, preferably curled
    • Game Day Ready Makeup
    • No jewelry
  • Males
    • Black Shirt
    • Black Shorts
    • Athletic Shoes
    • Clean Cut appearance - interview ready
    • No jewelry

Requirements:

  • Females 
    • Strength and Endurance - We will test physical strength and endurance during tryouts. Ensure that you are in your optimal health and can perform the preferred cheerleading skills both fresh and fatigued!
    • Standing Tumbling: Standing Tuck (preferred), Standing BHS Tuck
    • Running Tumbling: Best Tumbling Pass
    • Coed: Toss Chair, Hands, Extension, Liberty
    • All-Girl:  Stunting experince, any position
    • Strong Motion Technique & Crowd Leading Skills
    • Fit Athletic Appearance
  • Males 
    • Strength and Endurance - We will test physical strength and endurance during tryouts. Ensure that you are in your optimal health and can perform the preferred cheerleading skills both fresh and fatigued!
    • Tumbling:  Best Standing/Running Pass
    • Toss Chair
    • Toss Hands - Extension
    • Toss Hands - Liberty
    • Strong Crowd Leading Skills
    • Fit Athletic Appearance


Dance Team Tryouts

Saturday, April 23, 2016 | 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Sunday, April 24, 2016 | 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Registration begins at 9 a.m.
James A. Rhodes Arena

 

Dance Team Tryout Form
Medical Release Form

 

What to Expect:
We are looking for well-rounded dancers who can perform all three styles of dance, including jazz, hip hop, and pom. During auditions, dancers will be scored on technique and individual style as well as appearance and crowd appeal. As a member of the spirit team, dancers should be able to engage with a crowd and be approachable with a positive attitude. As a member of the spirit team, dancers should be a respectable and upstanding representation of the University

What to Bring:

  • Dance Audition Form
  • Medical Release Form
  • 5x7 Headshot
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • Proof of admittance to The University of Akron
  • 90 second solo of a style of your choice
  • Music on an iPod
  • $25 audition fee (cash only please)
  • Nice outfit for interviews (second day only)

What to Wear:

  • Dance style crop top
  • Blck shorts
  • Jazz Shoes & Tennis Shoes
  • Hip hop style pants
  • Hair curled
  • Makeup game day ready
  • Tights

Requirements:

  • Triple/quad
  • fouette a la second
  • calypso
  • Right, Left and Center Leaps (switch leaps are a plus)
  • Any Hip Hop Skills are a plus (Head springs, kip ups, aerials)
  • Pom Motion Strength
  • Crowd Appeal

General Information:
Auditions are closed to the public. All judges are experienced and professional dancers from around the area. If you make the team, please note that we be practicing and competing of winter break. Member may be given only 4-5 days for break. Also summer workouts and practice and camp will be mandatory.

** All forms located above.
**Can't attend? Video auditions are allowed on a case by case basis. Email uakrondance@gmail.com

 

Pre-Audition Clinics^
Sunday, April 10, 2016 | Noon to 3 p.m.
Sunday, April 17, 2016 | Noon to 3 p.m.
Central Hower High School
$15 each (cash only)


^ Open to high school juniors, seniors, and current UA students