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Pom Squad Auditions

The Texas Tech Pom Squad is comprised of elite level and talented dancers.

The Pom Squad performs at all football games, women's home volleyball games, and men's and women's home basketball games. In addition, the Pom Squad has the opportunity to travel to post season football bowl games, Big 12 tournament basketball games, and NCAA/NIT basketball tournament games. The squad also represents Texas Tech at many university and community events throughout the year. The Pom Squad will also have opportunity to represent Texas Tech at NDA College Nationals.

Auditions are closed to public.

General Audition Requirements
  • Freshmen/Transfer Students - Accepted to TTU for Fall 2014
  • Current TTU students:
    • Enrolled full time (Undergraduate: 12 hours, Graduate: 9 hours)
    • Cumulative & Current GPA of 2.0 or above
  • Current Health Insurance (a copy of insurance card must be sent in with application)
  • Pay Application Fee ($50 - nonrefundable)
    • Paid at Door for Live Auditions or mail in prior to Auditions.
  • Extensive Studio/Dance Training is a prerequisite.
  • One Personal Letter stating why you want to be a part of the Texas Tech Pom Squad & what you feel you bring to our team.
  • Are not allowed to participate in Fall Greek Recruitment. (Schedule Conflicts)
  • Attend tryouts or Submit Video* by deadline
    *Video Auditions will only be accepted if the candidate has met with our coaching staff prior to submitting a video. Please contact Coach Harold for more information.
audition application

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The audition application is an online form. Please click link below to complete application. Your Acceptance Letter or Transcript and copy of health insurance card can be uploaded within form. If unable to upload, you can mail documents prior to tryouts or bring with you. A completed application will be required before you're able to participate in auditions.

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Pom Squad Expectations

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Mailing Address for application fee and required documents:
Texas Tech Pom Squad | Box 45014 | Lubbock, TX 79409

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Audition Attire
Audition Attire
Black Hot Shorts
Solid Black Sports Bra
(small logos are acceptable, no embellishments)
No Embellishments on top or bottoms allowed
Hair Down and Fixed
(*UPDATE: bangs do NOT need to be pulled back)
Full Performance Make-Up
(this includes a nice shade of Red Lipstick and lip liner)
Jazz Shoes
(can not dance bare foot, color of shoe does not matter)
Nail Polish should be clear, French or American manicured
No Jewelry allowed, except for rhinestone earrings

 

Audition Schedule*
DATE TIME EVENT LOCATION
Friday, May 2 5:00 pm Video Auditions Deadline Spirit Program Office
025 SUB
6:00 pm Audition Open Gym Practice United Spirit Arena
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Saturday, May 3 12:00 pm Prelim Audition Check In/Warm-Up United Spirit Arena
  12:30 pm Mandatory Information Meeting United Spirit Arena
  1:00 pm Preliminary Auditions Begin United Spirit Arena
  1:00 pm - 3:00 pm Fight Song/Audition Dance Evaluations United Spirit Arena
  3:30 am - 6:30 pm Individual Technique Evaluations United Spirit Arena
  ~7:00 pm Finalists Posted Online & Social Media
Sunday, May 4 8:00 am FINAL Audition Check-In/Warm-Up United Spirit Arena
  8:15 am Final Auditions Begin United Spirit Arena
  8:15 am Finalists Improv Round 1 United Spirit Arena
  9:30 am Finalists Improv Round 2 United Spirit Arena
  10:45 am Fight Song/Dance Review Evaluations United Spirit Arena
  11:15 am Individual Interviews United Spirit Arena
  ~2:00 pm 2014-15 Squad Announced Online & Social Media
  ~2:30-3:30 pm Mandatory Informational Meeting for NEW Squad  

*Schedule Subject to change. Updates will be posted here and on Tech Pom Facebook & Twitter page.

Audition Elements
  • Audition Routine (Preliminary Round)
    • Approximately 6 eight-counts of jazz & 6 eight-counts of hip hop
    • A variety of skills will be included in the combination in order to review your technique, skill level, and ability to perform the skills within a routine setting.
    • Taught via private YouTube link.  Will be mailed out one week prior to auditions.  Reviewed at open gym practice.
  • Spirit & Motion Technique (Preliminary Round)
    • Looking for sharp motions and ability to lead the crowd.
    • Fight Song & Sideline Chant (taught via YouTube Link)
  • Individual Technique (Preliminary Round)
    • Each candidate will be asked to execute a variety of turns, leaps, jumps, and extensions.
    • You will be evaluated on skill level, technical execution, and performance.
  • Across the Floor Improvisation (Final Round)
    • All finalists will be asked to perform 2 rounds of across the floor improvisation. 
    • Each round will be approximately 2-eight counts in length.
    • This should highlight any skills that the candidate has not gotten the chance to perform during the preliminary round.
    • Should include a combination of appropriate dance movement & technical skills.
  • Individual Interview (Final Round)
    • 3 minute personal interview with judges.
Audition Format
  • Texas Tech Fight Song & Chant (Day 1)
    • Each candidate will be scored on pom technique, performance, and projection. (Learned prior to auditions)
  • Jazz & Hip Hop Combination (Day 1)
    • Each candidate will be scored on technique, performance, and memory. (Learned prior to auditions)
  • Individual Technique (Day 1)
    • Triple Pirouette: Parallel passé & must be to the right.
    • Triple Coupe Turn: Turned out & must be to the right.
    • A la seconde Turns: Minimum 2 eight-count turn combination of your choice & must be to the right.
    • Leg Turn: Can be front, side, or back & on either side
    • Center Leap: You may prep however you’d like. This can be on either side.
    • Calypsos: You will need to prep with at least one chaines turn before this leap. This must be to the right.
    • Switch Variation: May choose any type of switch leap & can be performed on either side. (Ex. Switch-Tilt, Switch-Reverse-Jete, Switch-Leap, Switch-Center, Etc.)
    • Leg Extension: Should show optimal flexibility.  Can be performed on either leg. (Ex. Penche, Tilt Extension, Side Extension, Back Extension, etc.)
    • Hip Hop Skill:  Must show strength, control, and/or flexibility. Scored on execution & degree of difficulty.  (i.e. forward roll, backward roll, headstand, kip up, headspring, freeze, stall, etc.)
  • Across the Floor Improvisation (Day 2)
    • This section will be done with all candidates in the room.  We will play music and each candidate will need to go across the floor showing any skills that they would like the judges to see.  We ask that each candidate use at least 2 full eight-counts, and no more than 3 full-eight counts. All technical skills should be connected with appropriate dance movement.
  • Individual Interview (Day 2)
    • You will be interviewed by the panel of judges.  These questions can vary from candidate to candidate.
  • mailing address

    Texas Tech Pom Squad
    Center for Campus Life
    201 Student Union - 15th & Akron
    Box 45014
    Lubbock, TX 79409

     

Have Questions? Answers are here!

 



2014 Audition Dates

Friday, May 2
6:00-9:00 PM
Open Gym Practice
United Spirit Arena

Saturday, May 3
Preliminary Auditions
Check in at 12:00 noon
United Spirit Arena

Sunday, May 4
Final Auditions
Finalist Only
Check in at 8:00 AM
United Spirit Arena

Frequently Asked Questions

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Erin Harold
Pom Squad Coach
erin.harold@ttu.edu

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