Collegiate Dance Teams
Dancing on a Collegiate Dance Team is both challenging and rewarding. The college dance team experience is unlike dancing at the high school level in so many ways. Members of Collegiate Dance Teams are highly trained and skilled athletes – seriously dedicated athletes. For dancers who wish to continue dancing after high school, it is important to focus on training early and consistently.
The recruitment process for a college dance team can be intimidating. Some college dance teams will have over 200 dancers trying out to make the team. Many dancers with talent won’t dance in college because there are so many dancers that want to. To be offered a spot on a collegiate dance team, you will be asked to show specific turns, leaps, and jumps. Versatility and showmanship are key skills that every dance team member must possess.
PREPARE EARLY FOR SUCCESS
Now is the time to take those dance classes that stretch your abilities. Focus on learning the styles that will best help you in your tryouts. While Jazz enables you to boost your precision and showmanship, Ballet helps you with technique, balance and poise. Most teams also require proficiency in Hip Hop and Acrobatics. Honing your skills now is your best bet for making it to the dance team of your dreams later.
College dance teams can also differ from one another based on what type of team they are. The two main types of college dance teams are performance teams and competitive teams. Instead of competing at the national or regional level, performance teams dance at games and attend public relations events for the university. These teams are often classified as clubs, but you still must audition or get recruited to be part of that college dance team.
Competitive teams dance at sporting events too, but they also compete at the regional and national levels. Most college dance teams that are competitive compete at either the NDA Nationals or the UDA nationals. Regardless of the type of team, the challenge of getting on a college dance team is totally worthwhile.
If you're interested in pursuing dance at the collegiate level, we encourage you to reach out to us. We can help you create a plan that will help you achieve your goal.