Want to be involved at UST and continue your dance career in college? The University of St. Thomas Dance Team will hold tryouts for determined, hard-working and loyal individuals. Auditions will take place only in the spring; there are no fall tryouts.

Audition schedule (McCarthy Gym):

  • 6-9 p.m. Monday, April 11
  • 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, April 13
  • 6-9 p.m. Friday, April 15
  • Interviews on Saturday, April 16
  • Noon-5 p.m. Sunday, April 17

Arrive on time (early if possible) dressed in appropriate dance attire with no jewelry. Hair must be pulled away from the face.

Items required the first day of auditions:

  1. Audition fee of $25. (Returning members do not need to pay the fee). Make checks payable to UST Dance Team.
  2. Individual photo – a current head shot or full body photo – dance related or in street clothes, i.e., senior portrait.
  3. Dance résumé – list dance experience, accomplishments, full birth date and contact information (phone and mail).

Team members must be registered full-time students at UST for both the fall and spring semesters of the season and carry a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5. They must re-audition every season. Incoming students must be accepted as full-time students for the fall semester at UST or have an active application submitted to the Admissions Department by the first date of auditions.

Candidates who are unable to attend the live on-campus auditions may submit a video; however, live auditions are preferred. Read about video submission on the dance team website.

The team performs at all home football games, halftime at men’s and women’s basketball games, pep rallies, parades and other on-campus and university-related events.

The Tommie dancers compete throughout the year at both regional and national competitions and have appeared at various events within the community such as the Twin Cities Marathon, Minnesota Timberwolves halftime entertainment, Minnesota Vikings halftime entertainment and Minnesota Twins pre-game entertainment. The team also hosts an annual dance team competition called the “Tommie Invitational,” and teaches clinics with high school dance teams around the Twin Cities.

Nationally ranked since 2004, the UST Dance Team competes in the jazz and hip-hop categories at the Universal Dance Association (UDA) National College Dance Team Championships. St. Thomas repeatedly has placed in the top two in the Open Division (DII and III), earning national champion titles in 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2011. (See Bulletin Today, Jan. 24.) The competition is held at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla., and airs throughout the year on ESPN and ESPN2.

For complete details about each day of the auditions and skills needed, visit the UST Dance Team website.