Tryout Information

Tryouts for the 2022-2023 Dance Team will be held in person April 28, 2023 and April 29, 2023. The option for a video submission is available with the approval from Coach Gabbie Cahill. If indeed you're approved to submit video submissions, the video submissions will be due April 29, 2023 by 5:00pm.

For all participants, there will be video tutorials of the jazz choreography, hip hop choreography, game day choreography, and dance technique. All material must be learned prior to the tryout. The video tutorials will become available on March 15, 2023. Participants will need to complete the required application process prior to receiving the video tutorials of the content needed to learn for the video submissions. Once the application process is complete, you will receive an invite to a community tryout page where you'll be able to access at the material required. Tryout clinics will be available April 15, 2023 and April 22, 2023 to review the material provided in the tutorials. 


Application Process

What you need in order to audition for the Mavettes Dance Team Program:

  • Proof of your acceptance to CMU or a transcript if you're already enrolled.
  • Proof of current GPA: currently enrolled CMU students must have a GPA of 2.8 or higher to be selected.
  • A letter of Recommendation
  • Headshot
  • Complete the terms of the policies in the tryout packet attached below. 

All the required documentation listed above should be emailed to [email protected]


Video Tutorial Information

Video Tutorial 1: Jazz Choreography
Follow the tutorial for the jazz dance choreography.

Video Tutorial 2: Hip Hop Choreography
Follow the tutorial for the hip hop choreography.

Video Tutorial 3: Game Day! Fight Song and Sidelines
Follow the tutorials for the Fight Song and sidelines taught. 

Video Tutorial 4: Dance Technique 
A video tutorial will be provided of the minimum jazz technique required to be considered and of our regular team technique. The minimum jazz technique consists of a clean double pirouette on both sides, grand jete (leaps) on the both sides, a toe touch, a double toe touch, and a kickline variation that will be provided. Although this is the minimum to be considered, our team jazz technique consists of triple pirouettes, seconde leaps, surprise leaps, pique tour variations, a la seconde tours, fouette tours, turning disks, double disks, calypsos, and more. Hip hop tricks consist of kip ups and head springs. 

Video Tutorial 5: Requirements for our 1 minute solo
Demonstrate a 1-minute solo (demonstrate your strongest skills, technique and traits)


What we are looking for to accepted as a member of the Mavettes Dance Team: 

  • Full time student of 12 credit hours or more
  • Maintain a 2.8 or higher GPA
  • Outstanding academic students 
  • Law-abiding citizen and overall outstanding person in the community
  • Commitment and loyalty: This program requires 12-20 hours per week, the Mavettes program takes priority over all including employment (2nd to academics only). 
  • Hard working and drive for success and for your future.  
  • Works well with the others on the team and demonstrates strong communication skills
  • Strong understanding jazz dance technique
  • Picks up choreography quickly and demonstrates excellent performance qualities
  • Must be able to pick up corrections and be able to adapt and fix them during the audition process
  • Appropriate social media behavior that complies with program, university, and NCAA policies 

What happens if you're accepted as a member on the Mavettes Dance Team:

  • The 2022-2023 team will be announced on this website and members will receive an acceptance letter via email on May 5, 2023.
  • All member are required to enroll in the Dance Team course, DANC 154 (freshman), 254 (sophomore), 354 (junior), and 454(senior).
  • All members will have weight training and choreography via the band app during the summer. 
  • All members must be on campus for a mandatory meeting August 2023. 
  • All members will participate in training week which takes place the week prior to the start of fall semester.
    • Training week: TBD
  • All members are responsible for paying for their Maverick Spirit Pack which includes any CMU gear: season performance top, practice wear, team shoes, additional team shirts, warm-ups, additional outdoor apparel, back packs, duffle bag, poms, and team earrings. The spirit pack is $650.00 and is charged onto your student account to be billed with your tuition. 

We do not offer any scholarships at this time for the Mavettes Dance Team.  


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