Dancing on a high school, college, or professional dance team is fun, rewarding, and undoubtedly exciting. But being a member of a dance team is probably totally different from anything you’ve ever done. Here are a few things to know about being a valuable member of a dance team.
1. There’s no “i” in team. You may be the shining star at your studio, but on a dance team, it’s about being a cohesive unit—not about standing out. No one cares if you can kick higher than all the other girls—all that matters is that you’re all kicking at the same height, in unison.
2. You may get to choreograph! At the college level especially, dance team members are often put in charge, as everything from officers (president, secretary, treasurer, etc.) to choreographers. So if you’ve ever wanted to try your hand at move-making, this could be your shot!
3. You can still be super competitive. For dancers with a competition background, joining a collegiate dance team is a great way to keep that competitive mojo flowing. Competitions like UDA and NDA are stacked with college-level competition. (Think Bring It On for dancers. Seriously.)
4. You can go pro! A great way to keep dancing while in college or grad school is to audition for a professional dance team! It’s a part-time gig, so you can go to school during the day and then dance on the sidelines for major NBA or NFL teams. Talk about a sweet side hustle!
5. You’ll probably make some best friends. A team of 20 or so like-minded ladies who all love high-kicking, smiling, and kicking butt? Where do we sign up?!
6. The crowd support is unmatched. You thought the applause was loud at your local year-end recital? Try performing for thousands of fans at Madison Square Garden in New York City. You’ll dance at center court with 360-degree support and fans screaming like crazy. How’s that for an adrenaline rush?
Need further convincing? Check out a few of these awesome dance teams in action…