University of Miami Spirit Squad Cheerleaders & Sunsations Dance

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 UCA College Championship.

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Competition

The Conference Championships 2021

For the first time ever, eleven schools in the ACC organized a cheer and dance championship. Our University of Miami Cheer team and the Sunsations dance team competed in both the Fight Song Divisions and Performance Divisions.

UM Cheer took 2nd place in the Performance Division and 3rd place in the Fight Song Division.

UCA College Nationals 2022

In January 2022, the UM cheerleading program represented the University at UCA College Nationals in Orlando, FL, placing 12th in the D1A Game Day Division. The team had zero deductions.

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Try Outs

ALL GIRL AND COED CHEERLEADING OPEN PRACTICE DATES & TRYOUTS: 

Tryouts will be held on Sunday, April 24th from 3:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. and Monday, April 25th from 6:00 p.m. till finish at the Hecht Athletic Center (5821 San Amaro Dr, Coral Gables, FL 33146). Registration will begin promptly at 3:00 p.m. on the 25th.

ALL STUDENTS MUST PRE-REGISTER BY emailing smas@miami.edu.

Female candidates are to wear form-fitting, midriff bearing cheer attire, “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 Practice on March 28th, 2022 on the Intramural Fields.

Cheerleaders have access to tutors, trainers and medical staff 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 2022 and Spring 2023 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

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Prospective Cheerleader Information

Cheerleader & Sunsation Action Photos

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For more information regarding the University of Miami’s Spirit program please contact:

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

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.

More Information

Competition

The Conference Championships 2021

For the first time ever, eleven schools in the ACC organized a cheer and dance championship. Our University of Miami Cheer team and the Sunsations dance team competed in both the Fight Song Divisions and Performance Divisions.

Sunsations Dance Team took 2nd place in the Performance Division for their Jazz routine and 4th place in the Fight Song Division. 

UDA College Nationals 2022

In January 2022, the UM Sunsations represented the University at UDA College Nationals in Orlando, FL in both the D1A Jazz and D1A HipHop Divisions.

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Auditions

SUNSATIONS AUDITION DATES: 

Auditions for the 2022-2023 Sunsations Dance Team will be held on Saturday, April 23rd from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Sunday, April 24th from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. at the Hecht Athletic Center (5821 San Amaro Drive Coral Gables, FL 33146) You must attend both days and registration begins promptly at 10:00 a.m. on the 23rd.

ALL STUDENTS MUST PRE-REGISTER BY emailing smas@miami.edu.

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.

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 (kicks, pirouettes, fouettés, 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  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 2022 and Spring 2023 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.

Pre-Register Here

Links

Links

Prospective Sunsation Dance Team Information

Cheerleader & Sunsation Action Photos

Follow on Instagram

For more information regarding the University of Miami’s Spirit program please contact:

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

MEET THE COACHES

Stephanie Mas, Spirit Coordinator & Sunsations Dance Team Head Coach | Since 2014

Stephanie has completed 8 seasons as the University of Miami Sunsations head coach, and 3 as Spirit Program Coordinator.

Under her direction, the Sunsations competed for the first time ever at UDA College Nationals in Orlando, FL in 2020. In 2021, both the Sunsations and UM Cheerleaders competed virtually in UCA/UDA College Nationals, and the first ever ACC Conference Championships for Cheer and Dance. In 2022, for the first time in program history, both the Sunsations and Cheerleaders competed in person at UCA/UDA representing the University of Miami on a national scale, starting a tradition and leaving a legacy for the University of Miami Spirit Program.

She received her B.A. in Dance from the prestigious program at Point Park University, graduating Magna Cum Laude, with a minor in Photography.

She spent her summers training at The Ailey School, as well as at Point Park University’s International Summer Dance. She also studied at Studio Harmonic in Paris, France. Upon graduation, she moved to New York City where she was signed to, leading talent agency, McDonald/Selznick Associates (MSA).

Throughout her career she has had the honor to work with musical artists, and can be seen in commercials, television shows and several feature films. She has taught all over South Florida, and was previously the director of South Miami Middle’s Magnet Dance program.

She is now the Director of Digital Media and Marketing for Marcus Entertainment, a Marcus Lemonis company.

Ashleigh Honig, Assistant Coach Sunsations Dance Team | Since 2019

Ashleigh earned a B.A. in Advertising Management, Marketing and Sports Administration from the University of Miami in 2017. Ashleigh was a member of the Sunsations from 2014-2017 and a captain her junior and senior year. She currently works at A-Rod Corp as Director of Media and Partnerships where she manages digital media planning and creative along with partnerships for Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez.

Daniel Chapman, Head Cheer Coach | Since 2018

Born and raised in Miami, Daniel began his cheerleading career at Miami Killian Senior High School in 2009 where he cheered until he graduated in 2012. Additionally, he trained at Top Gun All-Stars in Miami where he coached a stunting camp and competed with their Coed Level 3 and Senior Level 2 teams in 2012, winning the Universal Cheerleaders Association (UCA) National Championship with Senior Level 2.

While a student at the University of Miami, Daniel was on the coed cheerleading team from 2013 to 2015. He graduated from the University of Miami in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in economics and business technology.

Nicole Ferrarini, Assistant Cheer Coach All Girl Cheer | Since 2018

Nicole is from Orlando, Florida where she grew up a gymnast and began her cheerleading career at Bishop Moore Catholic High School in 2007. She participated on the game day varsity team as well as the competition team where they competed in the FHSAA inaugural competitive cheerleading state championship. BMHS placed 2nd and subsequently became back-to-back State Champions her final two years in 2009 & 2010. Nicole competed on University Cheer Force Level 5 Allstar Team while coaching tumbling classes at ASE Allstars from 2007-2010.

While an Architecture student at the University of Miami, Nicole was on the All- Girl cheerleading team for four years and captain for her Senior year in 2014. She graduated from the University of Miami in 2016 with a Bachelor of Architecture and a Masters of Real Estate Development + Urbanism.

Aisha Davis, Assistant Cheer Coach | Since 2021

Aisha (Asia) has 23 years of Cheer & Dance Entertainment experience coaching within the collegiate, all-star and school markets. She specializes in skills/technique coaching and choreography. She is also a former professional dancer/cheerleader, World Champion, International Judge, and for the past 13 years has coached and choreographed for teams in the, N.B.A., M.L.B. and A.F.L.

Craig Mackson, Assistant Cheer Coach | Since 2021

Craig grew up in a small town outside of Cleveland, Ohio and went to school at the University of Cincinnati where he graduated with his BS in Electrical Engineering and MBA. Craig was on the large coed cheer team for the University of Cincinnati where he competed at UCA in the D1A division three times and placed fifth his senior year. Craig moved to Miami to help develop his father’s company after living in the Pacific Northwest for three years. Currently, Craig lives in North Miami with his fiancé and cat where they are enjoying the beach and sunshine year round. Craig likes to ride his road bike up and down the coast of Florida and play the drums in his free time.

Jessica Hurwitch, Volunteer Coach UCheer | Since 2013

A double Cane UCheer Alumna, Jessica joined the coaching staff back in 2013 and brings over 20 combined years of cheer and coaching experience to the University of Miami Spirit Squads.

Jessica is currently a practicing CPA and earned her Bachelor of Business Administration and Masters in Accounting from Miami Herbert Business School. She was named a 2020 Brickell Magazine “Go Getter” for accomplishments in her career and continued dedication to the University.

Jessica cheered both for Coconut Creek High School Athletics and competitively at several local programs before joining the University of Miami Cheer Program in 2004. She was a member of the All-Girl team through 2008 and was also a UCA staff member in 2005. During her tenure as a University of Miami Cheerleader the school competed at UCA Nationals and placed in the Top 10 in 2007. She is the definition of bleeding orange and green and will always be an advocate for the USpirit Program.

Beverly Hew, Volunteer Coach UCheer | Since 2005

Beverly joined the coaching staff in 2005 and brings 20+ combined years of cheer and coaching experience to the University of Miami Spirit Squads.

Beverly is from Miami and attended Westwood Christian School where she cheered while also competing for Hurricane All-stars. After high school, she attended the University of Miami where she cheered on both the All girl and Coed cheer teams while working on a Bachelors of Science in Health Studies. While at UM, she competed at UCA College Cheerleading Championships, served as captain of the Co-Ed team, and cheered on the Miami Hurricanes to their 2001 National Championship at the Rose Bowl!

Beverly has been instrumental in growing the Spirit Program into what it is today. She started her career at the University in 2005 as the All- Girl Coach, when the program functioned as three separate teams. She continued the team’s tradition of competing at UCA College Nationals through 2009 and then took over the Co-Ed team in 2010 unifying both cheer teams under one coaching staff. Beverly continued to grow in her role in the Athletic department and in 2013 was promoted to Head Spirit Coordinator assuming responsibility of the Sunsations Dance Team and finally streamlining the management of all three spirit squads under one leadership umbrella for the first time in University history. Beverly served as Head Spirit Coordinator through 2018 and still remains on staff supporting the program she evolved throughout her impactful tenure.