About the First Ladies

The GW First Ladies Dance Team consists of 16 members with dance backgrounds in everything from hip-hop to classical ballet. The team performs at all Men's and Women's home basketball games, travels with the teams during March Madness, and participates in community and campus-wide events to promote school spirit. Tryouts are held twice a year (April and September) for all GW students. The team practices at least three times a week (Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday), and performs mostly pom and jazz routines. For more information about the First Ladies Dance team, email Coach Kate Southall at

If you'd like to donate a gift to the First Ladies Dance Team, please visit the Buff & Blue Fund and select "Athletics Spirit Program" from the drop down.

Interested in trying out? Fill out our interest form and we'll circle back with all you need to know!





Abbie Wade


Bolton, MA

Anna Kaji


Tallahassee, FL

Bronwen Pelish


Penfield, NY

Hannah Schwartz


St. Louis, MO

Imani Cleamons


Manhattan Beach, CA

Jackie Rauchenberger


Hauppauge, NY

Jordann Smith-Kingston


York, PA

Katherine Cooper


Cherokee, NC

Kendall Wheeler


Beaumont, TX

Khalia Lynch


Fayetteville, NC

Marissa Mamone


Pittsburgh, PA

Mika Takahashi


Hudson, OH

Morgan Null


Pittsburgh, PA

Olivia Elder


Houston, TX

Tori Endow



Zozzie Lucas


Friendswood, TX

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Tryouts for the 2018-2019 First Ladies Dance Team are a two day process and will be held on Saturday, April 21 and Sunday, April 22 from 10:00am-2:00pm. Tryouts are open to all incoming freshmen, current GW Students, and transfer students in good academic standing.

All individuals trying out must provide the following documents*:

- A copy of the front and back of your insurance card

- Doctor's note clearing you to participate in physical activity

*If you are under the age of 18, please email to receive a copy of the required waiver form.

Tryout Process and Schedule

Day 1: Saturday, April 21 10:00am-2:00pm in LERNER HEALTH AND WELLNESS CENTER

  • Registration will begin 15 minutes before the scheduled tryout. 
  • Tryouts will consist of a brief warm up followed by short technique session
  • Dancers will then learn two short routines: Jazz & Pom

Attire for Day 1

  • Athletic tank and and tight fitting bottoms
  • Jazz booties or sneakers: no bare feet!
  • Performance ready, game day hair and make up

Day 1 Location: Lerner Health and Wellness Center at 2301 G St NW, Washington, DC 20052

Day 2: Sunday, April 22 10:00am-2:00pm in CHARLES E SMITH CENTER

  • Dancers will perform the jazz and pom routines learned on Day 1 in small groups in front of a panel of judges

Dancers will also be asked to demonstrate the following skills:

  • Double/triple pirouette
  • Front or second leap
  • Calypso or circle disc
  • One "special skill" of your choice

Attire for Day 2

  • Sports bra or bra top and tight fitting bottoms
  • Jazz shoes or sneakers - No bare feet!
  • Performance ready, game-day hair and make up
  • No jewelry (except small stud earrings)


Location for Day 2: Charles E Smith Center at 600 22nd St NW, Washington, DC 20052

The 2018-2019 team will be announced at the end of Day 2!

If you are interested in joining the team but are unable to attend tryouts in person, please email Coach Kate Southall at for information about a video audition.