Traditions

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 gwdance@gwu.edu.

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.

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Tryouts

Fall Tryouts for the 2017-2018 First Ladies Dance Team will be held on Thursday, September 7, and are open to all current GW Students in good academic standing. For the latest information on times and location please visit our Facebook Page!

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

Dancers can pre-register for tryouts by filling out our online registration form.

Tryout Process and Schedule
Registration will begin at 5:30pm. Please arrive early to give yourself time to stretch and warm up. Tryouts will consist of a brief warm up followed by a short technique session. Dancers will then learn a jazz routine to perform in small groups.

Dancers will also be asked to demonstrate the following skills:
- Double/triple pirouette
- Second Turns (a la second/fuetes)
- Front Leap
- Calypso
- One special skill of your choice

The final selected team will be announced that evening!

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

Please email gwdance@gwu.edu with any questions! If you are interested in trying out but are unable to attend, please email Coach Kate Southall at gwdance@gwu.edu.

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