USF Sun Doll Auditions


Tryouts dates for 2014-2015 Squad

May 2, 3, & 4

Although we try to accomodate everyone, there will be conflicts.  We are sorry if you have a conflict but you MUST be at tryouts 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 make sure you go to the usf website to download the application and the liability waiver.  The application has a list of items you need to bring with you!

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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 because of the new initiation time commitment that is in conjunction with Football, Basketball and Competition practice.

What:  2014-2015 USF Sun Doll Auditions

Where: USF Sundome Corral 

When:  Friday – Sunday, May 2, 3, 4 2014

The University of South Florida Sun Doll Program is pleased to announce auditions for the 2014-2015 season will take place Friday, May 2 through Sunday, May 4, 2014.  Friday May 2 and Saturday May 3 will be at the Student Recreation Center (Graduation is that day so arrive early)  Sunday May 4 will be at GATE D in the SunDome. We are looking for approximately 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.  Please email me if you have been deferred.  

Sun Dolls will dance for football, volleyball, men’s and women’s basketball.  Additionally chosen girls will represent USF at NDA college nationals in April.  You will have mandatory workouts in the strength and conditioning facility, be required to participate in appearances, and other duties set out by athletics.

You will be evaluated in the following areas:  Sidelines, High Kicks, Jazz, Hip Hop, fitness and overall impression.  We will possibly have a spirit squad and a competition squad, so do not let techique keep you away. Cheerleaders are encourgaged to tryout.

Pre-Audition Clinic:   Friday May 2, 2014   6pm – 9pm:  Student Rec Center 

Registration is at 5:00

This clinic is free!

This clinic is optional, but strongly recommended.  Participants will be taught a portion of a hip hop or jazz routine that will be used for portion of the audition process.  This same routine will be taught again in its entirety the day of the preliminary round.  You must bring:  Physical, Liability (any form or note from your doctor, must be within a year of clinic) Waiver and Insurance Card. Please arrive early to register and complete paperwork. YOU MAY REGISTER FOR TRYOUTS AT CLINIC.  WITHOUT ALL PAPERWORK AND $30 CASH, YOU WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO PRE-REGISTER

Eligibility:  Dancers who are not eligible to audition are welcomed to participate in the pre-audition clinic.  This is suggested if you are trying out in the future.   

Audition:  $30 cash (please bring correct amount as we will not provide change.  Please also bring your own pen to complete paperwork)

IF you did not register Friday at the clinic:  Registration is at 9am

Saturday May 3, 10 am - complete: Student Rec Center (we will break one hour for lunch)  please do not request to leave early!

Arrive early as graduation is that day and it will be extremely hard to park

Saturday May 4, 9 am - complete:  Gate D SunDome( we will break one hour for lunch)  team meeting announcement of 2014-2015 Squad

Day 1:  Participants will be asked to strut across the floor, show personally choreographed routine (6-8 counts),  taught a pom (sidelines),  hip hop and jazz routine.  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 2:

If participants make it through day one, 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. Cuts may be made after the interview

Final Cuts:  Participants will be asked to perform in different groups to ascertain their style coordinates with returning members.  Please note that we may have a team for sidelines and a team for nationals, you may be on BOTH teams if you meet the requirements.  Depending on your skill level, your placement will be determined after auditions.

Judges will be looking for work ethic, motivation at all times.  Judges may offer critiques and/or advice throughout the weekend.  SunDolls in compass the following: Practice on Sundays 3-6, Mondays 6-9:30, Wednesdays 6-9:30, 2 workouts per week, 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. 

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 with jazz pants or boy cut shorts: spanks type (You may bedazzle your top) Dance Sneakers and/or jazz shoes.  Hair and makeup should be performance ready. 

What to bring:  Letter of acceptance or USF ID, Application form, Head Shot, Resume, Physical, Medical Waiver and Insurance Card (if you are enrolled at USF, please bring a copy of your GPA).  RETURNERS MUST bring a Headshot and application form.

Sideline-Dancers will be taught basic chants pom,(sidelines) at auditions.  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 may be placed on the competition squad only.

Hip Hop-A short hip hop routine will be taught at the pre-audition clinic.  You will be required to demonstrate this dance throughout the audition process Saturday and Sunday.  Judges may call you at anytime and decide which aspect of the audition process they would like to see you perform.   We understand that everyone master all of the skill required so we do have auditions for basketball season.

Jazz-A short jazz routine will be taught.  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, not everyone will be chosen to compete.

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)

Pre-Audition Clinic Friday 6pm–9pm  (arrive early for registration)

1.      3 hours teach fight song and a jazz or hip hop routine.    

2.      Bring:  physical, waiver and insurance card

3.      Dress;  1/2  top, boycut bloomers or jazz pants, 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 1: 10am - until (arrive early for registration) 

1.      Bring: letter of acceptance or USF ID (with copy of GPA), Application form, physical, liability waiver, insurance card, application, headshot, resume and $30 cash (correct change only) and a pen to complete all of the information needed. 

2.      Explain dress #3 above. 

3.      Hair and makeup should be performance ready, we may ask you to change this for day 2

4.      Cut one appearance cut, after strut and personal choreographed routine and possible pom.

5.      Cut 2 after hip hop and jazz

6.      Teach sidelines

Audition Day 2: 10am-until (interviews) and 1pm –until final squad:

1.      Interviews

2.      Go over time commitment and rules

3.      Balance of hip hop, jazz and sidelines

4.      Cuts

New squad post

New Squad meeting (mandatory)

Prior to auditions we ask that you please be sure that you are fully committed to the Sun Dolls.  Prior to announcing the team, there will be a meeting to discuss the time commitment and rules.  The season runs for almost the entire year.  Practices are 3 times per week plus mandatory workouts 2 days per week.  Select Sun Dolls 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 afternoon 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:

All Pro 3:  June 28, 29, 2014 (leaving Friday 27th at 1:00 (veterans and rookies whom have been hand selected for maturity)

Photo Shoot  July 12 and 13, 2014

Practice  July 7 - July 9th, 2014

NDA July 10 and 11, 2014 Home camp and bonding at the beach (great fun) July 14 and 15, 2014

Mandatory 2 day practice starts 8/18.2014.  DO NOT SCHEDULE ANY NIGHT CLASS UNLESS YOU ARE A GRADUATING SENIOR.  WE HAVE PRACTICE FROM 6-9:30 MON/WED.  WORKOUT TIMES HAVE NOT BEEN SCHEDULED AND WILL BE 2 DAYS A WEEK.  REQUESTED TIME IS MONDAYS AND WEDNESDAY EARLY AM. 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 leave.  Rookies may or may not be allowed on the spirit squad and the competition squad because of committment.  This will also be determined at a later date.   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!

Summer Commitment:


Squad Members will get a youtube code with information that must be memorized before the first practice.  You will received sidelines and may receive your camp dance (hip hip, jazz and pom).  When  you come to practice in July, you must know these routines.  Athletes have walked in and not known them and been released.


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


                               If you have questions please call 813-416-8098