Pioneer Pride Dance Team

Become Part of a New Tradition!

TWU Spirit Team, wearing costumes with the word 'Pioneers' in maroon satin letters across the front

The Pioneer Pride Dance Team seeks to bring school spirit to Texas Woman’s. The dance team made its debut in Fall 2017. Pioneer Pride performs at various school functions, athletic events, and community events. In 2019 the team was first runner up in Division II Open, as well as third runner up Overall in the Division II category at the ADTS Nationals at UNT in Denton. They were also awarded Academic Champions for the College Division. The team then went on to compete in Daytona Beach, FL at NDA Nationals where they placed fourth in the nation.

2020 - 2021 Roster

Deven Anderson
Daniela Archila
Brooke Ashmore (Captain)
Meredith Blattner
Caroline Cave (Captain)
Kaylyn Dovidio
Klyne Duplechian
Marlee Hrabal
Riley Johnson
Taylin Johnson
Julianna Lake
Brielle Lowe
Dallas McGlaun (Captain)
Alyssa Miller
Susan Ramos-Ruan
Allyson Rhodes
Joelene Rosas (Captain)
Sirena Ruiz
Allison Smith
Justine Spisak
Madison Treu
Alexa Vasquez
Mora Williams

Audition Information - Updated 3/18/20

Out of an abundance of caution with regard to COVID-19, the Pioneer Pride Dance Team is exploring modifications to both the schedule and format of our auditions. For the most up-to-date information, please continue to check our website.

The audition fee is now waived. (If you have already registered, we are working to get a refund sent out.) All candidates will still need to fill out the online dance team audition application in its entirety, as well as submitting the necessary documents to Athletics (both available below).

The following choreography videos will be sent out to candidates via email upon receiving their completed dance team application:

  • fight song choreography,
  • one timeout dance choreography (this can replace the “pom combo” if you’ve already submitted your application),
  • one chant (this will be the same chant if you’ve already submitted your application)

Each of these should be filmed and shared via Google Drive to spirit@twu.edu. Please save each file with your first and last name, and the title of the routine.

Additionally, one previous jazz dance performance will need to be shared with spirit@twu.edu. (Minimum time length-one minute) It is very important that you indicate which dancer you are if it is a group performance. An arrow on the video (preferred), or specific instructions of which dancer you are can be sent to the Pioneer Pride Dance Team.

The final video portion will be any technique skills you are able to provide. Turns and a toe touch are preferred. This can be via a previous performance, or if you have the option you may film them currently.

All online dance applications and materials are due April 10
All Athletics application materials are due April 16
All videos are due April 19
Team selection will be announced April 25

We appreciate your patience and flexibility. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to get in touch with the Pioneer Pride Dance Team.

How To Prepare For Auditions

Each Participant Will Need:

  • 2020 Audition Application (all materials listed below will be submitted online)

  • Updated Athletics tryout packet for 2020 (pdf) We are making the transition to Athletics and each candidate must print and sign the attached Athletics Tryout Application and submit to Kris Ring. Please do not mail or fax these forms. They must be received TWO BUSINESS DAYS PRIOR TO the auditions (April 16, 2020).
  • Liability Waiver (signed by a parent if the candidate is under 18)

  • 2 reference forms filled out online (include one from your current or most recent dance director)

  • One headshot photo (any attire) and one full body shot photo (form fitted tank or leotard and spandex shorts)

  • Copy of TWU acceptance letter (or Spring 2020 schedule/projected class schedule for current TWU students)

  • Copy of unofficial transcript

  • Preferred: Performance of the following jazz dance elements: grande jete, calypso, Russian leap, double pirouette on left/triple pirouette on right, at least four turns in second, toe touch, tilt jump

  • All dance team members will be expected to attend summer practice on campus July 17–24, 2020 and NDA camp at SMU July 24–26, 2020.

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