The Dancing Thunder

2016-17 Marshall University Dan 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 Tryout

Marshall University will conduct tryouts for the 2016-2017 Marshall University Dance Team. The 2016-2017 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, April 22nd 5-10pm
Saturday, April 23rd 10am-1pm Interview times; April 23rd 2:30-9pm
Sunday, April 24th List posted by 9am; 9:30am-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.

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:

Required Skills: If the skills are not technically executed, the candidate will be excused from the tryout. Double Turn, Splits (right, left, center), Calypso, Three Jete, Center Leap

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 atmost 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, technique, strength of movements, and knowledge of routine.

Scored Skills: Triple Turn, Fouette Combination, Tilt Leap, Chaine Open, Toe Touch, Ring Jump Both Sides, Leg Hold/Turning Leg Hold

Optional Skills: One may be performed for up to 5 bonus points. Quad Turn (4)Fouette Combo, Handspring, Back/Front Walkover, Ariel, Switch Leap. 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

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.

Please contact Sarah Davenport with questions or concerns regarding tryouts or MUDT at