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Lobo Spirit Tryouts

47523UNM Spirit Program Tryouts 2021-22

Our priority is the safety and well-being of our student-athletes. Due to the ongoing pandemic, the first round of the 2021-2022 Spirit Program tryouts will be conducted via video submission only. All tryout applications are due Wednesday, May 5th.


Important Dates:

Application and Fee Due May 5th

Virtual Tryout Video Due May 8th

First Round Cuts Made May 15th

Final In-Person Tryout June 5th


General Information:

Only YouTube or Vimeo links will be accepted for video submissions for both cheer and dance.

All submissions must email your video links to with the subject: “Your Full Name” UNM Tryout “Cheer (coed/all girl/both)/Dance” (please only include which team you are trying out for).

Late videos will not be accepted.

You must be able to show proof of enrollment/acceptance to the University of New Mexico. Please include this attachment in video link email.

Please remember we will be looking for candidates that possess:

  • Strong leadership qualities
  • Charismatic presence/personality
  • Enthusiasm and confidence
  • Ability to engage an audience
  • Physical Fitness and athletic appearance


Important notes for Tryouts:

  • Incoming freshmen and transfer students must have completed the regular admissions application process before the posted deadlines and be accepted to UNM.
  • Candidates must be in good academic and disciplinary standing with the university.
  • Candidates must possess sufficient physical fitness and proper training to execute all required skills during the selection process.
  • Candidates must have proof of Health Insurance. (Student insurance not accepted)
  • The tryout application must be completed in its entirety and submitted by the stated due date, including the required tryout fee.


Cheer Candidates:


Please be aware that this is an important part of your tryout process.  You should appear “game ready” throughout the entire tryout video. No jewelry of any kind.

What to wear for tryouts:   Please make sure your selections are appropriate. We suggest that you wear either red, grey or white.  Wearing University of New Mexico apparel is recommended.

Ladies: Athletic shorts (preferably spandex or NikePro shorts or running type shorts), tank or sport bra and cheer shoes. Applicants must have hair pulled up, away from face. Visible tattoos should be covered.

Men: Athletic shorts, t-shirt (or tank), and athletic shoes.  Visible tattoos should be covered.

All video submissions must include these elements in the following order and must include ALL requirements to be considered.



Please open your video by stating your full name, your current school and grade, position tryout out for (cheer).  Then answer the following questions in succession. Please do not make edits between questions.  You can have someone off camera ask you the question or read them yourself before answering:

  1. Pick one word you would use to describe yourself. Why?
  2. What makes a good leader?
  3. How would your old teammates describe you?
  4. Why do you want to be a member of the UNM Spirit Program?




Sideline and fight song (provided via link after tryout application and fee has been submitted).

Please find a flat, safe and approved surface to perform close to home. Ex: grass, turf, court or flat cheer mat. No spring floor or trampoline. Demonstration of standing backhandspring and standing back tuck.

Additional Tumbling and stunts that are previously recorded and/or recorded within a COVID safe environment. Videos included from the 2019-2020 season are permitted.  Please include your best additional standing and running tumbling passes and 2-3 stunts. For the stunting portion please include a variety of skills that demonstrate your technique, current ability and potential. Videos will be judged based on difficulty, technique and execution. (It is strongly recommended that those trying out for coed include partner stunting rather than group stunting skills.)

If you are trying out for all girl and coed, you are strongly encouraged to include 2-3 stunts of both group stunting and partner stunting.

Coaches and Spirit Coordinator may contact you for an additional interview using Zoom meetings. These individual interviews would be the week of May 9-14.

Individuals will be evaluated and finalists will be announced on May 15. The final round will be conducted in-person on Saturday, June 5.


Lobo Dancer Candidates:

Auditions for the 2021-2022 Lobo Dance Team will consist of 3 different aspects: technique, choreography, and interview skills. The first round will include Game Day Experience and Technique. It is the expectation that your hair, make-up and outfit selection be just as presentable as if you were in person. An instructional video of our spirit raising techniques (fight song and band tag) will be sent out for you to learn, record, and include in your audition packet. We ask that this video be sent in no later than May 8th at 5pm for judging.

During these times, we understand that space might be limited to you. Rest assured that you will not be deducted for where your video is made, so get creative! Go outside, dance in your kitchen, etc. Please ensure that videos are high quality and that there is no extra noise in the background. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out via email to

1st Round Video Requirements:

  • Dancer Introduction

o Name, Age, City/Location, Years of Training and Where

  • Fight Song

o With and Without Music

  • Band Tag

o With Music Selection of Choice

  • Technique

o Triple or Quad Pirouette – Right & Left

o Front Leg Hold – Right & Left (for 2 eight counts)

o Side Leg Hold – Right & Left (for 2 eight counts)

o Tilt Extension – Right & Left without hands

o Toe Touch

o Firebird

o Leap Combo of choice (please include front and center leaps)

o Calypso/Chaine Jete Leap

o Turns in Second – Provide an a la seconde combo that is at least four counts of eight long. Feel free to include other variations such as changing spots, floats, front/back attitude turns, coupe turns etc.

o Hip Hop Tricks – Kip Up, Head Spring, Rubberband (only if you have them)

o Any other skills you would like us to see

After evaluating Game Day Experience and Technique, staff will notify those dancers selected to advance in the audition process. The list of candidates advancing will be posted on May 15th.  During the week of May 17th-21st, you will be expected to set up a time for a video conference with coaching staff via Zoom meeting. These interviews will last 15-20 minutes and will cover personality, speaking skills, and knowledge of the university and its athletic program. During your call you will be expected to dress in business casual and present yourself professionally. Final round will be held in person on June 5th where those selected to attend will learn contemporary and hip-hop choreography as well as be expected to showcase a 45 second solo demonstrating dancers’ best style.