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Cheerleaders and Sunsations Dance Team

Unfortunately due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we will not be hosting in-person clinics and open practices for our Sunsations dance team and All-girl & Co-ed cheer teams. We hope everyone remains healthy and safe! Please check in to our Instagram accounts (@um_sunsations & @u_cheer) for future updates regarding virtual clinics and tryouts.

Cheerleaders

The University of Miami has a long tradition of cheerleading since its founding in 1925. With five National Championships in football, and countless Bowl and NCAA Basketball Tournament appearances, the spirit program has been a vital part of the athletic programs at UM.

The cheerleading program at Miami consists of two teams, the coed team with 12- 15 members and the all-girl team which is made up of 15- 18 females. The teams cheer on the sidelines at football games and men’s and women’s basketball games, as well as volleyball games. Cheerleaders may also travel to away football games and post-season play, for both football and basketball. The University of Miami Cheer teams will be competing this year at the virtual UCA College Championship.

Follow Cheer on Instagram: @u_cheer

Sunsations Dance Team

The University of Miami Dance Team, the Sunsations, is the official dance team of the Miami Hurricanes and serve as representatives for the University at various athletic and community events. The Miami Hurricanes Dance Team consists of 18-20 talented dancers who perform on the sidelines at all home football and basketball games and are featured in timeouts as well as during half-time performances. The Sunsations compete at the UDA College Championship in both the Jazz & Hip-Hop categories.

Follow the Sunsations on Instagram: @um_sunsations

Follow our Spirit Program on Facebook & Twitter: @CanesSpirit

2021 – 2022 Team Tryout Information

SUNSATIONS AUDITION DATES: 

Auditions for the 2021-2022 Sunsations Dance Team will be held on Saturday, April 24th from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Sunday, April 25th from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. at the Hecht Athletic Center (5821 San Amaro Drive Coral Gables, FL 33146) FOR CURRENT UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI STUDENTS ONLY. You must attend both days and registration begins promptly at 9:30 a.m. on the 24th.

Applicants must submit the completed audition application (provided at auditions) along with a printed 8 x10 headshot.  Audition attire should include form-fitting, midriff bearing top and athletic shorts, with full hair and make-up.

NEW/INCOMING STUDENTS will have to complete our virtual audition packet. Please email smas@miami.edu to attain this information.

Evaluations will be based on a pom, hip- hop, jazz and a contemporary routine (all taught at auditions) as well as across the floor work looking for attitude, projections, extension, and overall impression, along with any additional dance technique (high kicks, pirouettes, split leaps, etc.). We recommend you bring all necessary shoes for all styles of dance as well as pack a snack, as both days can be long. Rookies or first year members will have to perform a 1- minute solo in their desired style. Please e-mail music to smas@miami.edu prior to audition date.

As the University of Miami Dance Team, the Sunsations are treated as student-athletes at the University with access to tutors, trainers and medical staff as well as are awarded a stipend each semester and early registration for classes.  Additionally, members receive all Adidas sponsored athletic apparel and uniforms. No scholarships are offered.

All candidates must be full-time students at the University of Miami or have been accepted and plan to attend UM for the fall 2021 and spring 2022 semesters. Candidates will need to submit their C-number at registration.

Video tryouts will be accepted only under special circumstances.

For more information please contact Stephanie Mas at smas@miami.edu.

ALL GIRL AND COED CHEERLEADING OPEN PRACTICE DATES & TRYOUTS: 

Tryouts will be held on Sunday, April 25th from 3:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. and Monday, April 26th from 6:30 p.m. till finish at the Hecht Athletic Center (5821 San Amaro Dr, Coral Gables, FL 33146) FOR CURRENT UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI STUDENTS ONLY. Registration will begin promptly at 3:00 p.m. on the 25th.

NEW/INCOMING STUDENTS will have to complete our virtual audition packet. Please email smas@miami.edu to attain this information.

Female candidates are to wear form-fitting, midriff bearing cheer attire and “game day” hair (ponytails are prohibited) and makeup. Candidates should show how they would prepare themselves for a game.

Females will be evaluated on a cheer, dance, standing and running tumbling, and stunt technique. All cheers and dances will be taught at tryouts. Tumbling requirement includes standing tucks, standing-back handspring, round-off back handspring series, and round-off back handspring back.

For male candidates, no formal cheerleading experience is required. If interested, please attend our Open Practices.

Cheerleaders are treated as student-athletes at the University with access to tutors, trainers and medical staff as well as are awarded a stipend each semester and early registration for classes.  Additionally members receive all sponsored athletic apparel and uniforms.  No scholarships are offered.

All candidates must be full-time students at the University of Miami or have been accepted and plan to attend UM for the fall 2021 and spring 2022 semesters. Candidates will need to submit their C-number at registration.

Video tryouts will be accepted only under special circumstances. For more information please contact Stephanie Mas at smas@miami.edu

More Information

For more information regarding the University of Miami’s Cheerleaders or Sunsations Dance Team, please contact:

Stephanie Mas
Cheer and Dance Team Coordinator
smas@miami.edu

Links:

Click here for information on our Hurricanes Junior Cheerleaders program.

Team Photos