Sugar Bears Updates

MSU Football 2013


Sugar Bears Dance Team Upcoming Appearances 


Thursday, Oct 16 - Homecoming Pep Rally - 6pm, Hammons Student Center

Friday, Oct 17 - Homecoming Alumni Dinner - University Plaza Convention Center

Saturday, Oct 18 - Homecoming Parade - 9am, John Q Hammons Parkway

Saturday, Oct 18 - Homecoming Bearfest Pep Rally - approx. 1:30pm, Bearpaw at Bearfest Village

Saturday, Oct 18 - Homecoming Football - 2pm, Plaster Field

Saturday, Oct 18 - Bears on the Square - 7pm, Park Central Square



2012-2013 Sugar Bears Practice Schedule:

The Sugar Bears practice schedule is as follows:

Fall 2012:             Monday through Friday 1:00-3:00pm
Spring 2013:        Monday-Wednesday-Friday 1:00-3:00pm

Additional practices are required to prepare for nationals, and to practice with the band for football season. Plan your class schedule accordingly.


Frequently Asked Questions:

How many dancers are selected for the MSU Sugar Bears Dance Team?

Sixteen dancers are selected for the MSU Sugar Bears Dance Team each year.

What are the academic requirements to be a Sugar Bear?

To tryout for the Missouri State Sugar  Bears, you must either be a student at Missouri State University, or have an acceptance letter from Missouri State University to attend classes for Fall 2013. You must have a minimum G.P.A. of 2.0. Members of the Sugar Bears Dance Team must be full time students at Missouri State University, and maintain a 2.0 G.P.A. to remain eligible.

How often do the Sugar Bears practice?

The Sugar Bears have some summer practice and camp requirements. They average five 2-hour practices each week during football and basketball seasons, with additional practices for Nationals.  Practice times for the Fall 2014 are Monday through Friday from 1:00-3:00pm and for Spring 2015 practices are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 1:00-3:00pm, with additional practices prior to Nationals.  Practice schedule may vary, and all practices are mandatory.

Can I tryout for Sugar Bears without attending the tryouts (for example: by sending in a video)?

Tryout participants are required to attend the tryout and at least one tryout clinic. If you have a conflict with the audition dates, please contact Sugar Bears Coach, Susan Brown, at to discuss your conflict situation.


What expenses do Sugar Bears have?

Although the expenses will vary from year to year, the University has taken care of many expenses in the past, such as camp fees, camp wear, uniforms,  poms, and most Nationals expenses.  For the 2014-2015 season, Sugar Bears will need to purchase specific tan & black jazz shoes, Sugar Bears jacket, tights, briefs, nationals warm-ups and nationals choreography fees. Those items are all specific and will be purchased through the squad. Additional expenses may also include nationals costumes and airfare to nationals.

What skills are required for tryouts?

Attending one of the mandatory tryout clinics will help you to become familiar with the style of dance, method of teaching, and types of skills that will be required for tryouts. We will go over various leaps, turns, and other skills that could be included in the tryout material. Fight Song will be taught at the tryout clinics, and all finalists will be evaluated on this fight song. We will also be available to answer questions at the end of each clinic.

In addition to games, performances, and practices, what other time requirements are involved with Sugar Bears?

The Sugar Bears have a team practice/calendar photo shoot June 19 & 20, 2014. They attend camp and pre-camp practice in Springfield in July 19-27, 2014. Sugar Bears are required report to campus to attend practices the week before Fall Semester begins, as well as practicing and cheering at games scheduled during Thanksgiving, Fall, Winter, and Spring Breaks. They participate in producing and selling Sugar Bears calendars,  hosting a high school dance team competition, reading to local elementary children, and participating in events for charitable organizations and community service. Additional practices and performances may also be required.