JOIN THE TEAM

Future Huskies!
Thank you for your interest in the University of Washington and UW Spirit Program.  Tryouts for the 2022-23 season will be held in-person on  April 8th (5pm - 10pm) and 9th (9am - 5pm) for cheer and dance and May 18 & 19 for mascots. Tryout registration is due Monday, March 21 for cheer and dance and May 16th for mascots. Please read the tryout information below and register for the team you are trying out for.  Please note that the first round of dance and mascot team tryouts will be by video.

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CHEER TEAM

The cheer team consists of 10-12 stunt partners performing single-base stunts, tumbling, sideline cheers and dances.  The cheer team cheers for football, volleyball, women’s basketball and men’s basketball as well as participates in other athletic events and community activities each year.  The cheer team competes at UCA Nationals in the D1A GameDay and D1A coed divisions. This season we are looking to add 6-8 flyers and 6-8 bases to the cheer team.

 

Tryout Requirements - Tryouts will be help April 8th and 9th.   (Vaccination or negative COVID test required)

  1. Submit tryout registration by Monday, March 21

  2. Submit letter of recommendation with registration form.

  3. Submit Medical forms with registration form.  Medical forms can be found here

  4. Tumbling (Each athlete will perform a standing tumbling and running tumbling element)

    • Standing Tumbling (on dead mat):

      • Standing back tuck (required)

      • Standing back handspring back tuck (preferred)

      • Elite standing tumbling passes 2 back handsprings to tuck/layout/full (preferred)

  5. Stunting (Each athlete will perform their two best stunts, one stunt will need to be a toss extension. The second stunt should be an elite stunt of your choice.

  6. ​Fight Song (taught at tryouts)

  7. Sideline Chant (taught at tryouts)

  8. The team will be announced on April 9th following tryouts

Clinics and Open Gyms - Marv Harshman Court (Vaccination or Negative COVID Test required)

Clinics:

Sunday, February 27th (10am - 2pm) Register Here

Sunday, April 3rd (10am - 2pm) Register Here

Open Gyms - (Vaccination or Negative COVID Test required + tryout paperwork must be turned in)

Tuesday, March 29 - 6pm - 8pm

Thursday, March 31 - 6pm - 8pm

Tuesday, April 5 - 6pm - 8pm

Thursday, April 7 - 6pm - 8pm

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DANCE TEAM

The dance team consists of 24 dancers. The dance team cheers for football, volleyball, women’s basketball and men’s basketball as well as participates in other athletic events and community activities each year.  The dance team competes at UDA Nationals in the D1A GameDay and D1A hip hop and D1A jazz divisions. This season we are looking to add 6-8 dancers to the dance team.

Round 1 – Video + Registration is due Monday, March 21. 

Submit video with tryout application. Please make sure this video is no longer than 6-8 minutes in length 

  1. Submit registration and video tryout by Monday, March 21

  2. Submit letter of recommendation with registration by Monday, March 21

  3. Submit Medical forms with registration form.  Medical forms can be found here

  4. Introduction: Your name, class standing for 2022-23, why you would like to be a part of the Dance Team, and your area of interest academically

  5. Skills:

    • Triple/Quad/Quint Pirouette in parallel passé position on the right

    • Minimum of 3 eight-count turns a la seconde on the right (1 combination of straight seconds, 1 elite turn combination of your choice)

    • Toe touch

    • Switch leap on either side (ex. switch tilt, switch center, switch arabesque)

    • Aerial (right, left, or front)

    • Calypso (right and left)

    • Leg extensions (tilt extension, side extension, penché, needle/scorpion)

    • Leg hold turns (right or left)

    • Center leaps (right or left)

    • Headspring

    • Kip up

    • 1 minute solo in any style (must exhibit your strengths in technique as a dancer)

Dance Finals – In person April 8th and April 9th (Vaccination or negative COVID test required)

Day 1 - Dancers will learn

  • UW Fight Song (taught at tryouts)

  • Jazz Combo (30sec)

  • Hip Hop Combo

  • Pom Sideline

 

Day 2 - Dancers will perform

  • UW Fight Song

  • Jazz Combo

  • Hip Hop Combo

  • Pom Sideline

  • 1 minute solo (costume optional)

The team will be announced on April 9th following tryouts

Clinics and Open Gyms - Marv Harshman Court (Vaccination or Negative COVID Test required)

Clinics:

Sunday, February 27th (10am - 2pm) Register Here

Sunday, April 3rd (10am - 2pm) Register Here

Open Gyms - (Vaccination or Negative COVID Test required + tryout paperwork must be turned in)

Tuesday, March 29 - 6pm - 8pm

Thursday, March 31 - 6pm - 8pm

Tuesday, April 5 - 6pm - 8pm

Thursday, April 7 - 6pm - 8pm

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MASCOT

The Harry the Husky mascot team consists of 5 mascots.  Harry the Husky performs at football, volleyball, women’s basketball and men’s basketball as well as participates in other athletic events and community activities each year.  Harry the Husky competes at UCA Nationals in the D1A Mascot division. This season we are looking to add 2-3 mascots.

Round 1 – Video + Registration is due Monday, May 16. 

Submit video with tryout application. Please make sure this video is no longer than 3-5 minutes in length 

  1. Submit registration and video tryout by Monday, May 16

  2. Submit letter of recommendation with registration by Monday, May 16

  3. Submit Medical forms with registration form.  Medical forms can be found here

  4. Introduction: Your name, class standing for 2022-23, why you would like to be a part of the Mascot program, and your area of interest academically

  5. Skills:

  • Two :30 second TikTok videos that could be used for Harry's TikTok account​

Mascot Finals – In person May 18 & 19 (Vaccination or negative COVID test required)

  • Interview

  • Game day situations in-suit 

    • Dance​

    • Prop usage

    • Crowd Engagement

  • 90 sec skit to your own music/audio track.  Bring props to use for your skit