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The music stops for this year’s dance team

Submitted by Clayborn Waters on April 18, 2014 – 10:25 amNo Comment

 

The UALR Dance Team recently completed the 2013-2014 season. As a non-competitive squad in the Sun Belt Conference, the team participates in several athletic events, volunteers for community service opportunities and performs cheer routines and dances at UALR basketball games every year.

Head Coach Sara Beth Wyatt has had up to 12 dancers on the squad each year. “Twelve dancers are allowed every year for the Sun Belt Conference and NCAA tournaments,” Wyatt said. “This was our fifth consecutive season.”

This year, the dance team consisted of 10 members including: Alexandra Hutchins, Britney Johnson, Caitlin Yarberry, Elizabeth Chandler, Hannah Milligan, Jordan Benedict, Katie Vanpool, Morgan Priddy, Taylor Puckett, and Tessa Rusher. Every summer Wyatt hosts a dance team tryout for all UALR students. The current dance members also have to try out for the squad again.  Practice frequency varies between the first weeks and the regular season, but the team practices more as the season gets underway.

Coach Wyatt expressed that being with the dance members showed how the team is capable of growing every year. All of the dance routines are the same every year and they are performed at each home game during basketball season. “They have to do a six to eight dance routines,” Wyatt said. “UALR Prep Time, a half-time dance, two dances per song, one or two country routines and a Dallas Cowboy-style routine.”

Tryouts for the 2014-2015 season will be held at the Jack Stephens Center at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 29. The tryouts should last until 6 p.m. and new members will have their first meeting an hour after the end of tryouts. The dance team will be announced at the conclusion of the tryout process. The team will require all dancers to perform six basic dance skills and six advanced dance skills.

Dancers are required to wear a stylish, embellished top, dance shorts, tights and jazz shoes. They must also wear game-day make up and their hair down with rhinestone earrings.

Applications can be returned to Coach Wyatt’s email at sewyatt@ualr.edu.

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