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The Dancing Thunder

2016-17 Marshall University Dance Team

Elizabeth Allenger
Kayla Barnett
Autumn Booton
Kristin Boyd
Kristen Gwynn
Anna Marsh
Mikaila McGinnis
Alexandria Moore
Hannah Price
Jennifer Reuther
Ayanna Wynn

Coach - Laura Ptakowski (

Marshall University Dance Team

The Marshall University Dance team dances on the sidelines at home football, volleyball, and basketball games, make public appearances at community events, and performs at numerous pep rallies and campus events throughout the year.

MUDT consists of a group of energetic young women who enjoy generating school spirit, love dancing, and entertaining fans. The dance team performs at timeouts and halftime with a variety of styles including jazz and pom.

Marshall University Dance Team Tryout

Marshall University will conduct tryouts for the 2017-2018 Marshall University Dance Team. The 2017-2018 MUDT will perform at athletic events as well as other university functions. Please read the following information for expectations and tryout information.

Tryout Dates and Times

Friday, May 5th 6-10pm

Saturday, May 6th 2pm-5pm Interview times; 5-10pm tryouts

Sunday, May 7th List posted by 9am; 10am-1pm Practice

This will be conducted in the Henderson Center Main Gym.

** Coming soon- Watch for open gym dates and example tryout video!

Dress Requirements:

Please do not wear clothing from any other university, studio, or high school programs. Other than Marshall related apparel, your practice clothes should be completely neutral of any school or studio affiliation. Also, please do not wear any past MUDT gear to ensure neutrality for all trying out. No jewelry permitted other than studded earrings. All tattoos need to be covered.

Tryout: Fitted tanks in solid green, black, or white. Spandex shorts or leggings in solid green, black, or white. Over-all game day appearance is expected at all times since an appearance score based on collegiate image will be recorded each day of tryouts. Game day appearance- appropriate hair, full/natural makeup, and covered tattoos.

Interview:Business interview attire required for all participants. An appropriate length skirt, dress pants, and nice shirt are all appropriate. A suit is not required.

Skill Requirements:

The minimum required skills to be a member of the Marshall University Dance Team includes the following:

  • Sharp pom motions with proper placement
  • Double Pirouette right and left
  • Splits (right, left, center)
  • Calypso (chaine jete)
  • Leaps
  • Center Leap
  • fouettes Turns
  • Switch Leaps
  • Toe Touch
  • Jazz Style
  • a la seconde turns

Interview: A five minute slot will be allotted for each individual in front of a panel of judges.Questions are prepared to get to know the participant better, assess strengths and weaknesses, and general Marshall University knowledge.

Sideline Dance: This will be taught the first day of tryouts. It is a dance that will be performed at most sporting events. It will be judged based upon facial expression, control and coordination, technique, strength of movements, knowledge of routine, and crowd appeal.

Jazz Dance: This will be an eight 8-count dance focused on facial expression, control and coordination, style, technique, strength of movements, and knowledge of routine.

Scored Skills: Triple Pirouette, A la seconde turn Combination, Tilt Leap, Chaine Open or circle disk, Toe Touch, Ring Jump Both Sides, Leg Catch/Turning Leg Catch, 2 fouett├ęs turns into a pirouette, 2 a la seconde turns into a pirouette

Optional Skills: One may be performed for up to 5 bonus points. Quad Pirouette (4) A la seconde turn Combo with multiple turns, Handspring, Back/Front Walkover, Ariel, Switch open. Other skills may be considered for bonus, but must be approved by judges.

Overall Effect:

Image of a college dancer, well-groomed/physical appearance, and crowd appeal. No visible tattoos of any sort.

Check List for Tryouts:

Copy of current physical form (up to 1 year old)

Enrollment/acceptance letter to Marshall University

Current students: Proof of cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher

Tryout Application Form (copies will be provided the day of tryouts)

Tryout Fee: A $25 tryout fee must be submitted during tryout registration. If one does not make it past the required skills portion, the $25 may be refunded at that time.

SCHEDULE: MUDT practices three times a week for two or more hours during football and basketball season. Practice will begin with a week long preparation camp in the summer and runs until the middle of the spring semester.

Please contact Laura Ptakowski with questions or concerns regarding tryouts or MUDT at