USD Spirit Team Tryouts to be held May 3
The USD Spirit Team will hold tryouts May 3 in the Sports Center Gym

April 28, 2014

Do you have school spirit? Love to dance? Love to cheer? Come join the Torero Spirit Team! Cheer for our Torero champions, and dance at Torero football and basketball games! Get involved in the USD student community and the surrounding San Diego community. This is your chance to become a member of one of the most well respected dance and cheer teams in the West Coast Conference.

Tryouts for the 2014-2015 Torero Spirit Team will be held on Saturday, May 3, 2014

Please email all questions to

Date: Saturday, May 3, 2014
Time: 8:30am doors & registration open
Where: Sports Center Gym (East Entrance behind the pool)

We are excited to announce an exciting change to our program for the upcoming 2014-2015 school year. The Spirit Team will be providing an opportunity for more students to become involved and spreading school spirit! 

In previous years, we have had all members under one performance team, which was a combined cheer and dance team. For the upcoming school year we will be providing separate performance groups for both Cheer and Dance, both of which will be held and encompassed under Department of Athletics as the University of San Diego Spirit Team!

The dance and cheer programs will work together and be THE unified front of spirit on campus, known as the University of San Diego Spirit Team!

Love to cheer? Love to dance? With the new Spirit Team program there is a place for everyone to share their talent and spirit! 

Both the Dance and Cheer team will Cheer for our Torero champions, and dance at Torero football basketball, and volleyball games! Both teams share the same responsibilities while supporting our athletic teams.  Both teams cheer for football, women's volleyball, men's basketball, and women's basketball.  In addition to supporting other athletic teams, the USD cheer and dance team members also have the opportunity to compete on the national level as determined each year.



Get involved in the USD student community and the surrounding San Diego community. This is your chance to become a member of one of the most well respected dance and cheer teams in the West Coast Conference.

Tryouts will be held for BOTH Cheer and Dance programs under the USD Spirit Team on Saturday, May 3rd in the USD Sports Center Gym

Below is information related to tryouts for both Cheer and Dance!

What to wear (Both Cheer and Dance):
• All black dance/cheer attire.

        - Dance - Jazz pants/shorts, form fitting, appropriate tops. Tennis shoes and jazz shoes 

        - Cheer: Shorts, Form Fitting, Appropriate tops, Tennis shoes 

• Hair should be down and make-up should be done as if you were at a performance.
• No jewelry or visible body piercings/tattoos.

What to bring:
- Completed tryout application/liability waiver (forms available online)
- Headshot to attach to Tryout Application
- $500 cash/ check made payable to USD Athletics for uniforms if you make the team
- Water bottle
- Snacks
- Towel

Tryout Process
• All necessary forms and application will be available online PRIOR to tryouts, as well as at the JCP on the day of tryouts to complete. We highly encourage all those auditioning to complete the forms PRIOR to your arrival. Please also attach a headshot photo to your application.


• You will be taught a 4 eight count hip hop/jazz combo routine 

• Technique across the floor (jazz) (including turns, leaps, and kicks)

• You will also learn a chant and demonstrate rallying/spirit ability.

• Tumbling is not a tryout requirement; however, anyone who tumbles will have the opportunity to showcase their abilities. Mats will not be available. Please, no tumbling, unless you have prior experience.

* All participants auditioning for the dance team must be able to complete a clean double turn during the technique portion of auditions. We also look for proper extensions technique (leaps, kicks)


• You will learn a cheer/chant and demonstrate rallying/spirit ability.

• You will be taught a 4 eight count hip-hop oriented sideline dance, 

• Demonstrate a jump of your choice (connect to standing tumbling if you can)

• Tumbling is not a tryout requirement; however, anyone who tumbles will have the opportunity to showcase their abilities. Mats will not be available. Please, no tumbling, unless you have prior experience.

Judging Criteria

Voice Quality: voice tone, projection, ability to lead a crowd 
Showmanship: Enthusiasm, sharp/clean motions, crowd appeal 
Coordination: ability to perform skills exactly as taught 
Appearance: personal grooming, neatness 

Judging is based on a selection system. The judges and coach will make the choices and cuts on that day. This helps to expedite the process.

• All Individuals auditioning (both cheer and dance) will be interviewed prior to the final cuts.

• Once the interviews have concluded, we will hold the final cut. We will deliberate for approximately an hour, then announce the 2014-2015 University of San Diego Spirit Team members (both cheer and dance).
• Once the team has been announced, we will have a team meeting and introduction. Please bring a checkbook, as we will be collecting uniform money at that time.
• Each team member will be fitted for uniforms at this time.

Tryout Requirements:
* You must provide a copy of your acceptance letter, by the end of June, if you are an incoming freshman or transfer.

Video Applicants:
Due to the format change of the program, no video auditions will be accepted for the 2014-2015 year. If you are unable to attend tryouts on the specified date, please respond to this email for further instructions regarding Fall 2014 tryouts (tentatively September 2014).

Tryout requirements are subject to change. 


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