Campus, community ambassadors
The Dance Team's high energy, precise pirouettes and sparkly poms are hard to miss at UNI football and basketball games. Their Panther spirit is contagious, and their commitment to being university ambassadors comes from the heart.
UNI's Dance Team represents the university on the field, on the court and in the community. Dance Team tryouts are this weekend and are open to current UNI students as well as high school students who will be Panthers this fall.
"Game day is our job, but our main focus is representing the university on and off campus," said Megan Wolcott, who is in her third year advising the 15-member dance team. "I've seen such growth in the members both as people and as dancers. They've gained maturity through their experiences on this team."
When they're not cheering and performing on the field or court, the women can be found chatting with faculty and students at the UNI president's picnic each fall, meeting prospective students and their parents at UNI Up-Close events sponsored by the Office of Admissions, and attending other UNI campus events throughout the year.
"We also participate in golf outings, parades throughout the state, choreography clinics for high school dance teams, and dance clinics for Girl Scouts and the Boys & Girls Club," said team member Allie Holton. "This gives people a chance to see another side of us outside of games."
Team members practice five days a week, hit the gym two days a week and take ballet classes one day a week. During football season, they practice with the Panther Marching Band the day before the game.
Each January, the Dance Team participates in the pom and jazz categories at the UDA College Dance Team National Championship Florida. In 2010 and 2011, they brought home first-place honors.