USF Sun Doll and Appearance Team Auditions


Tryouts dates for 2017-2018 Squad

Although we try to accomodate everyone, there will be conflicts.  We are sorry if you have a conflict but you MUST be at tryouts Friday, Saturday and Sunday to Audition.   Thank  you for your understanding.  We cannot allow anyone to leave early for Prom or other issues that may take you away from Tryouts.  

Please download the application and the liability waiver (see the tab above)   The application has a list of items you need to bring with you! You must have Health Insurance to Audition and be a member of the team.  We need a copy of your insurance card so please come with a PAPER COPY FOR OUR FILES.

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IF you are planning on Rushing for a Sorority, you are encouraged to Rush your freshman year and audition for SunDolls your sophomore year. Once you are a SunDoll you cannot Rush in the fall because of the new initiation time commitment that is in conjunction with Football, Basketball and Competition practice.  You may however, rush in the Spring. 

Please also have a 4 - 6 8 count of dance ready. Your style.. We will put on music and allow you to dance (time constraints do not allow for you to use your own music).  We may or may not use this for a cut.  Veteran SunDolls, please come with a new 4-6 8 count of dance.  No old material is to be used. 

Academic Acceptance to USF

If you have not yet applied and been accepted to USF: 

Prospective students may easily apply on line by going to . We strongly recommend that incoming Freshmen apply no later than September/October of their senior year and.  Applying for the  summer is acceptable.  

What to do if you have applied but have not been accepted:

If you have applied but have not been accepted (either you have not gotten a response or you have been deferred to Spring) by March 1st of your senior year, we may be able to help.  We cannot help you if you have applied after Christmas and not received a response.  This will allow us to do a preliminary evaluation of your skills and confirm your academic standing and potential for acceptance. We also recommend that you regularly check your admissions status on line to be certain that they are not waiting for information from you. You may also set up an appointment with admissions counselor to review your potential.   

Appearance Team

 You must come to tryouts and be asked to participate.  These are girls that have some cheer/dance background but do not have the technique or pom skills to start on the field.  You can work your way to the field or basketball court by hard work!  You will be interviewed.  These girls must be self motivated, dedicated, have a great personality, and the drive to learn.   We will choose 4-7 annually. (see more details below)  Please follow all instructions for Friday registration and tryout clothing. 

What:  2017-2018 USF Sun Doll Auditions

Where: USF Sundome Muma Center (south side of sundome between gate A and B)

When:  Friday    Registration 5pm-6pm:  Tryouts 6pm-9pm

              Saturday 10am-5pm: One hour break for lunch (food is not provided) 

              Sunday  9am-6pm:  One hour break for lunch (foot is not provided) 

The University of South Florida Sun Doll Program is pleased to announce auditions for the 2017-2018 season will take place Friday,  through Sunday,. We are looking for approximately 18- 24 girls.  To be eligible to audition you must be a current full-time USF student with a minimum GPA of 2.0, a newly admitted transfer student, or incoming freshmen.  In all cases dancers must provide proof of enrollment and a GPA or a copy of an official letter of acceptance to USF.  If you are a transfer student, we understand you will not have an official letter of acceptance!

Sun Dolls will dance for football, men’s and women’s basketball.   You will have mandatory workouts in the strength and conditioning facility, be required to participate in appearances, and other duties set out by athletics.


Appearance Team 

For girls that may need a year of training, do not have the time commitment necessary, or want to be involved and are very spirited,  we have the option to participate in the appearance team.  You must come to tryouts!  We will have initial interviews Friday night and final interviews on Sunday.    You will be requested to come to the final interview on Sunday.  The majority of commitment is in the fall with a minimal amount in the Spring.  Outgoing spirited personalities are necessary to be involved with this team

 The majority of commitment is in the fall with a minimal amount in the Spring:  Majority of the appearance team duties include  most football and a small percentage of basketball games (the larger ones).   Duties include of recruiting, handing out posters and taking pictures during the game and handling appearances.  You will complete approximately 10-14 appearances per year.  Please follow all instructions for Friday registration and tryout clothing.

  Field Team

You will be evaluated in the following areas:  Sidelines (pom)  High Kicks, Jazz, Hip Hop, fitness and overall impression.  Football sidelines are pom only so we encourage cheerleaders whom do not have the skills to participate in our cheer programs to tryout.  

Friday:  , 2017 6:00pm – 9:00pm:  SunDome Corral Gate D (there are only 4 gates so follow alphabetically, gate D is by the rec center on the north side by the ticket booth) 

Registration is at 5:00-6:00 (if you come in at 6:00 you will miss warmups) 

Audition:  $40 cash (please bring correct amount as we will not provide change). Most important, we need a paper copy of your insurance card.

Saturday:  , 2017, 10 am - complete: SunDome Corral Gate D (we will break one hour for lunch 12-1:  Lunch is not provided)  please do not request to leave early!

Sunday:  , 2017 9 am - complete:   SunDome Corral Gate D( we will break one hour for lunch 12-1)  Announcement of 2016-2017 Squad and team meeting immediate following.

Day 1: Participants will be taught a hip hop, jazz and pom routine (many people get concerned at this point)  We just want to see your skills and what you are your strong points.   Appearance participants will be interviewed.  If requested you will be asked to return Sunday for Final interviews. 

Day 2:  Participants will be asked to strut across the floor, show personally choreographed routine (4-6 8  counts),  show the pom (sidelines),  hip hop and jazz routine you learned Friday.  Memory is part of the cut.  You are given the routines Friday night.  Practice is essential to overcome nerves.    Cuts will be made throughout the day.  

Judges will score individuals on their appearance, performance and technique.  The personally choreographed routine will be to music that we chose.

Day 3: 

If participants make it through day two, there will be given an interview time the following morning from 9 – 12.  You are required to dress professionally (business casual). Interview scores are based on ability to appearance, communication skills, enthusiasm, and a team oriented attitude. 

Final Selection:  Participants will be asked to perform in different groups to ascertain their style coordinates with returning members. 

Judges will be looking for work ethic, motivation at all times.  Judges may offer critiques and/or advice throughout the weekend.  SunDolls week look like the following: Practice on  Mondays 6-9, Wednesdays 6-9, 2 workouts per week, (tuesday/thursday afternoons) appearances and Games:  Average time per week for any Spirit Squad member is 20-25 hours.  If you must work or rush your rookie year, you should re-evaluate your decision to tryout as the time commitment is extensive.

The Sun Doll squad will be posted approximately one hour after the final decisions are made.  Please be patient as it may take some time for the judges to deliberate.

What to Wear to Auditions:   1/2 top boy cut shorts: spanks type (You may bedazzle your top) Dance Sneakers and/or jazz shoes.  Hair and makeup should be performance ready. You should look as if you are going to a performance!

What to bring (also on the application sheet)

1) Application Form (download on the forms tab:  Vets must complete also)

2) Acceptance Letter or USF ID:  Please know your ID # as you will log into the computer when you register. 

3) Medical Waiver (download on the forms tab:  Vets must complete also)

4) Head Shot

5)  A paper copy of your health Insurance (we need a copy for your files:  Vet must complete) 

6)  Physical:  This must be within one year of tryouts.  We just need a letter or form from your doctor that you have been checked out and are physically able to try out (vets do not need this)

7) Resume and recommendations

8)  Pre-tryout form (you will complete this at registration) 

Anyone without health insurance  will not be allowed to audition. 

Sideline- A short sideline (pom) will be taught on Friday.  You  will be asked to execute these skills in a mock game setting.  Judges will be evaluating your motions, cleanliness, energy, crowd appeal and crowd leading ability.  Strong motion and motion placement are essential, you are a studio dancer and do not have strong sideline skill you should take a couple of motion classes at a local all star gym. 

Hip Hop-A short hip hop routine will be taught on Friday.  You will be required to demonstrate this dance throughout the audition process.  Judges may call you at anytime and decide which aspect of the audition process they would like to see you perform.   Hip hop is performed at basketball.  If you do not dance hip hop, you will be taught during the practice year. 

Jazz-A short jazz routine will be taught on Friday.   You will be required to demonstrate this dance.  Technical aspects in this routine my involve, jumps, leaps, turns, kicks, fouette’s and tumbling (optional) throughout the audition process Saturday and Sunday.  Judges may call you at anytime to decide which aspect of the audition process they would like to see you perform. IF you are a cheerleader, do not be discouraged by turns and fouette’s. We are looking for great pom motions, showmanship and that collegiate look for football.

Strut- You will be asked to move across the floor.  Judges will be looking for appearance, attitude, posture, projection, extension, flexibility, overall impression.  

High Kick- You will be asked to perform basic high kicks to determine flexibility, precision and high

TRYOUT Schedule (subject to change)

       Audition Day 1: Friday 6pm–9pm REGISTRATION AT 5:00

1.      3 hours teach pom, jazz and hip hop routine (interviews with appearance team) 

2.     Bring:  Bring all items (with the exception of pre audition rules) You will not be allowed to tryout without all items.  Also, please read the time commitment below so you understand before attending tryouts.

3.      Dress;  1/2  top, boycut bloomers or spanx, dance sneakers or jazz shoes.  You should have full make up and hair, so your first impression is positive. Look at pictures of the SunDolls to determine the collegiate look we are searching for. 

Audition Day 2: 10am - until 

1.      Strut across the floor

2.      Individual choreography

3.    Kicks

4.      Pom


1.      Jazz

2.   Hip Hop

3.     Pom

4.     Kicks

Audition Day 3: 9am-until (interviews) and 1pm –until final squad:

1.      Interviews  9-noon

2.      Hip hop, jazz, pom and kicks:  You will be mixed with vets to see how you fit in the current group

3.   Pick field team and appearance team

New Squad meeting (mandatory)


Prior to auditions we ask that you please be sure that you are fully committed to the Sun Dolls.   The season runs for almost the entire year.  Practices are 2 times per week plus mandatory workouts 2 days per week.  Select Sun Dolls may travel to away football games, a bowl game, and conference basketball tournaments.  You will have to attend events Thanksgiving, Christmas and Spring Break.  Athletic events are mandatory.  In addition to practices and games, there are mandatory workouts 2 days per week, appearances and various fundraising events.  While being a USF Sun Doll is extremely rewarding, it is a serious responsibility.  Please do not audition if you cannot commit fully to the entire season.  Practice Schedule is Sunday and Monday Wednesday.  YOU MAY NOT SCHEDULE NIGHT CLASSES AND IT IS SUGGESTED YOU TAKE YOUR LIGHT LOAD DURING THE FALL.  Please note that if you must work and want to be in a sorority, you will not have time for SunDolls.  You will be interviewed for your committment.


Summer Commitment: 2016-2017 squad

Photo Shoot  June 12, 2016

Home Camp June 13-16, 2016

All Pro:  June 17-19, 2016

2 aday's :  August 15-21, 2016 

Mandatory 2 day practice starts Mid August .  DO NOT SCHEDULE ANY NIGHT CLASS UNLESS YOU ARE A GRADUATING SENIOR and it is the only class available.    WE HAVE PRACTICE FROM 6-9 SUN/ MON/WED.  WORKOUT TIMES HAVE NOT BEEN SCHEDULED AND WILL BE 2 DAYS A WEEK.  It is suggested if you make the squad to take a light load in the fall.  We are busy every day in the month of November.  You will get a small Christmas break and no Thanksgiving break.   If you have intentions of only being a part of the spirit squad for football and not baskketball, please do not tryout.  This is a annual commitment!


Squad Members will get a youtube code with information that must be learned before the first August practice.  


I look forward to meeting you.  If you have any questions please address to:  Lori Moses