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* Register your Future Griz Dancer for the 2015 Little Griz Dance Day!

2015-16 Dance Team Auditions

April 24, 2015 5:00-8:00 pm
West Auxiliary Gym, Adams Center

*All participants will learn a series of progressions, jazz dance, sideline dance and cheer

April 25, 2015 Noon
West Auxiliary Gym, Adams Center

*Dance Team auditions will begin at noon. A first round cut will be made and more material learned for the second half of tryouts

*$20.00 audition fee

*Applicants may submit an audition video if unable to attend tryouts - contact Stacey Kahler for more information.

For more information or questions please email Head Coach, Meagen Hensley at umdanceteam@gmail.com or Program Director, Stacey Kahler at Stacey.kahler@mso.umt.edu

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Benefits of being a part of the UM Spirit Squad

  • Representative of The University of Montana Athletic Department
  • One of 30 exclusive NCAA Nike Elite Division 1 Schools
  • Excellent education programs
  • Highly experienced and highly qualified coaching staff
  • $200 stipend scholarship each semester to the top 12 members of each team
  • Access to the Academic Center (to be completed Fall of 2015)
  • Access to the Spirit Squad Trainer and UM Athletics Team Physician
  • Access to certified nutritionist
  • Access to the Student-Athlete Weight Room
  • Receive upper division credit each semester (pass/no pass)
  • Receive complimentary tickets to all home football and basketball games
  • Travel to football and/or basketball games. Cheer squad travels to post-season football games and dance team travels to post-season basketball games
  • Attend UCA/UDA college camp (or private dance camp)
  • Working within your community and making a difference through community service.


2013-14 Dance Season

Thank you for your interest in the University of Montana Dance Team, home of the 1995 & 2001 FCS Football National Champions and the 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008 & 2009 National Runner-Ups!Dancing for the Grizzlies is an exciting way to make college life an unforgettable experience. It is not hard to understand why everyone gets caught up in the excitement, considering the quality of the sports programs here. The Grizzly football team has won the Big Sky Conference Championship 12 of the past 13 years and has traveled to the National Championship7 times.

We average over25,000 fans in Washington-Grizzly football stadium, thesecond-largest attendance in all of NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision! Our football attendance is first in the Big Sky Conference by a large margin. The Griz and Lady Griz basketball teams also average very high in conference attendance. The basketball teams are also very exciting to cheer for. The Lady Grizand Grizfor the Big Sky Conference title every year. The Griz basketball team won the conference tournament last year and advanced to the NCAA Tournament.The dance team was right there to cheer the team on!These programs, along with many other sports, make Grizzly Athletics #1 in the Northwest for excitement. Why wouldn't you want to take part?

As you can tell, there are some exciting possibilities for dancing at Montana. It is very rewarding, but it is also a lot of work and a big time commitment. The team consists of 12 members for the year-long dance season. We also have "red shirts" as well. The team practices together three times a week, have mandatory weight-lifting times and must attend technique classes once a week. There are many fund-raisers and appearances throughout the community also. There can be up to 4 games a week to dance at when sports overlap. The Dance Team attends all home volleyball, football and men's and women's basketball games.

Tryout requirements for dance audition:

  • Double turns (pirouette) both sides
  • Kicks - both right and left
  • Leaps - right, left and center
  • Sideline dance
  • Four sets of eight - own choreography
  • Progressions
  • Eight sets of eight - learned choreography
  • Cheer

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