Texas Tech University

Pom Squad Auditions

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

The Pom Squad performs at all football games and men'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.

Live Auditions are closed to public.

Texas Tech Pom Squad

2021-2022 Auditions

Monday, March 29, 5:00 PM CST:
Qualifying Videos Due & Video Application Closes

Monday, April 1:
Qualifying Video Results Sent

Monday, April 19:
Audition Confirmation Registation Closes

Saturday, May 1 - Sunday, May 2:
Live Auditions
On Campus, for Qualifiers/Invitation Only

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Audition Application

 


 General Audition Requirements

  • Freshmen/Transfer Students - Accepted to TTU for Fall 2021
    • If you haven't been fully accepted, yet, you may still audition.
    • Students may participate in Summer Gateway.
  • 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 brought to live auditions)
  • Pay Video Submission Fee ($25 - nonrefundable)
    • Submitted with Qualifying Video (cash/check) by March 29.
    • Paid at door for Live Auditions for video bypass recipients & current TTU Pom Squad members.
    • Video Qualifiers do NOT have to pay a second fee at live 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.
  • Two dance specific references for evaluation purposes (submitted with online application).
  • Not allowed to participate in Fall Greek Recruitment. (Schedule Conflicts).
  • Completed Audition Application 

 

Audition Attire 

(Live Audition sections)

  • Black Hot Shorts
  • Solid Black Sports Bra
    (small logos are acceptable, no embellishments)
  • No Embellishments on top or bottoms allowed
  • Hair Down and Fixed
    (Bangs do NOT need to be pulled back; for technique portions, hair can be pulled back.)
  • Full Performance Make-Up
    (this includes an appropriate shade of Red Lipstick and lip liner)
  • Jazz Shoes
    (cannot 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

 

Part 1: Qualifying Videos

Note: All incoming freshmen, transfer students, and current Texas Tech students looking to audition for the team must first submit a qualifying video. Members of the 2020-2021 Texas Tech Pom Squad & 2021 Audition Video Bypass Recipients do not need to complete this step.

Monday, March 29th: Qualifying Videos Due & Video Application Closes
Thursday, April 1st: Qualifying Video Results Sent
Monday, April 19th: Audition Confirmation Registration Closes

Video Requirements:

  • Short 30 second introduction of yourself and why you are auditioning.
  • Quint (5) Pirouette: Parallel passé & 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.
  • Toe Touch
  • 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: Headspring & Kip-up (can include optional skills as well)
  • Side Aerial: Right & Left (can include front aerial if you can do it)
  • Right, Left, Center Splits
  • 60 second solo—Any Genre

Include with video submission:

  • Audition fee $25 (Cash or Check). Non-Refundable. Make checks payable to TTU Pom.
  • Completed Online Application by March 29.

Please submit your qualifying video and required documents to:

Texas Tech Pom Squad
c/o: Erin Alvarado
2625 15th Street
Box 45014, 201 SUB
Lubbock, TX 79409

AND/OR Email your video link to: erin.harold@ttu.edu


 

Part 2: Live Auditions - May 1-2, 2021

Note: On Campus Live Audition is for those who have been invited to audition after completing the qualifying video process, were a member of the 2020-2021 Texas Tech Pom Squad, or received a video bypass at a clinic/intensive/online challenge.

Live Audition Format

  • Individual Interview (May 1st, Morning)
    • You will be interviewed at various locations in our facility with the judging panel as well as other professionals associated with our program. At this time we will be looking for personality traits conducive to being a successful part of our program. Attire: Business Professional
  • Texas Tech Fight Song & Chant (May 1st, Afternoon)
    • Each candidate will be scored on pom technique, performance, and projection. (Learned prior to auditions)
  • Center Combinations (May 1st, Afternoon)
    • Each candidate will be scored on technique, performance, and memory. (Learned at auditions)
  • Individual Technique Across the Floor Combinations (May 1st, Afternoon) May include:
    • Quint (5) Pirouette: Parallel passé & 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
    • Ballet: Center barre, petit allegro, grand allegro
    • 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.
    • Toe Touch
    • 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. headstand, kip up, headspring, rubber band, hopping handstand, etc.)
    • Side Aerial: Can be on either side. If you cannot do this skill, you will be asked to do your most advanced cartwheel (example: butterfly).
    • Right, Left, Center Splits
  • Across the Floor Improvisation (May 2nd, Morning)
    • 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.
  • Conditioning Evaluation (May 2nd, Morning)
    • This section will be done with all remaining finalists in the room. We will give you an upper body, lower body, abdominal, and cardiovascular circuit on the spot. At this time we will be looking for mental toughness, physical fitness, will power, and preparation.
  • Potential Callbacks (May 2nd, Morning)
    • This may consist of Fight Song, Audition Routines, Technique, and Interview.

2021-2022 Texas Tech Pom Squad Announcement
(May 2nd, Early Afternoon)
Mandatory team meeting following selection & announcement. 

 

Texas Tech Pom Squad COVID-19 Policies for In-Person Auditions:

  • Dancers must wear a face covering at all times.
  • Only water will be permitted into the audition.
  • All dancers will have a marked position on the floor that will be a minimum of 6 feet from next dancer.
  • Dancers will have their temperature taken at the registration table.
  • Dancers will be required to fill out a daily wellness report to allow for contact tracing.
  • Dancers will be asked to wash hands upon entry into building.
  • No outdoor footwear will be allowed into the audition room.

 

 

Erin Harold-Alvarado
Pom Squad Coach
erin.harold@ttu.edu
Mailing Address
Texas Tech Pom Squad
Attn: Erin Alvarado
2625 15th St, 201 SUB
Box 45014
Lubbock, TX 79409

 

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