The University of Maryland Dance Team is part of the excitement and tradition of Maryland athletics. The squad performs at all home football and men's basketball games, and makes appearances at select away games and other University of Maryland Athletic events. Alongside the Mighty Sound of Maryland, the girls cheer the Terrapins on to victory. LET'S GO TERPS!
ABOUT THE TEAM
The Maryland Dance Team is a performance squad established to develop dance skills and technique, entertain at University of Maryland events while developing personal and social responsibilities and leadership qualities. Each year 16-20 girls are chosen to be a part of the Maryland Dance Team for the football and basketball seasons. The team incorporates dance styles of funk, jazz, cheer dance, and poms into a yearlong experience, performing with the Mighty Sound of Maryland Marching Band.
Football Season The team performs at all home football games as well as select away football games, dancing to the music of the Mighty Sound of Maryland and cheering on the Terps. The squad also performs during every half-time show with the marching band. As a part of one of Maryland's most sacred traditions, the dancers take part in Terrapin Alley and the Maryland pre-game show. Each game the dancers unveil the Maryland state flag for all of Byrd Stadium.
Basketball Season The Maryland Dance Team dances at all Maryland men's basketball home games. During basketball season the squad incorporates a much more studio-jazz and hip-hop style of dance into routines.
Beyond Football and Basketball Members of the team are expected to make special appearances at other athletic events such as wrestling or women's basketball. Select member of the squad will be asked to appear at accepted/perspective student days, alumni events, and recruitment activities. For first-year members the season begins in early August and ends in May.
The Maryland Dance Team has performed at the Presidential Inaugural Parade, Champs Sports, Orange and Gator Bowls, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Disneyland, and University of Maryland special events.
2013-14 Maryland Dance Team Members
Jaclyn Baker - Captain
Olivia Marques - Captain
2014-2015 TRYOUT INFORMATION
Tryouts are open to all University of Maryland students, potential incoming freshman, and incoming transfer students. If you are on the waiting list as an incoming freshman or transfer student, you are welcome to tryout. Please note your status on your tryout application. Placement on the team is contingent on acceptance into the University.
Clinics: The Maryland Dance Team will hold two clinics to prepare for upcoming tryouts. The clinics are a great opportunity to learn what it takes to become a member of the team and learn skills that participants may be asked to perform during the audition. Dates and times are scheduled as follows:
Saturday, April 5th, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Saturday, April 26, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Both clinics will be held in the Band Room at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland, College Park. The cost is $15 for each session.
Audition: The Maryland Dance Team will hold tryouts for the 2014-2015 season on Sunday, May 4th from 12:00 p.m. – 7 p.m. at the Band Room at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland, College Park. The full schedule is as follows:
12:00: registration 12:30 – 2: stretch and mini-clinic 2:30: auditions and callbacks
Visit www.umddanceteam.com for more details on what to wear and bring with you. The cost to audition is $25.
University of Maryland Dance Team Staff
Coach: Ann Marie Kennedy Choreography: Tim Roberts Musical Assistance:Dr. L. Richmond Sparks and Eli Osterlow
ALUMNI DANCE TEAM
Each year the Maryland Dance Team invites the alumni back for Homecoming. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for information on any planned activities.
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