Sugar Bears Clinic and Audition Information

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2023 Spring Clinic details

Join us at our Spring 2023 clinics to as we practice collegiate level technical skills and elements as well as learn Pom and Hip Hop combinations. Each clinic will end with a Q&A session which can include any questions about auditions, being a Sugar Bear, or adjusting to life at MSU. All high school-aged dancers are welcome to attend clinics. Those auditioning for the 2023-2024 season must attend at least one clinic. You may attend both clinics (for only the 1-time fee), although the material taught is the same at both clinics. Material learned at clinics will be used on final audition weekend.

Please fill out our online clinic registration form so we know we can expect you for the clinics. However, registration is not complete until we receive your payment of $25 and medical release forms. Forms and fees are to be turned in the day of the clinic. Failure to have these items will result in not being able to participate.

If auditioning, you will find more details about try out weekend on the further down on this page. Please read through thoroughly. If you happen to still have questions about auditions, please hold them until our Q&A session at the end of clinics. If you have a question, most likely others do too, so everyone can hear the answer this way. If your question is personal and pressing, please contact Coach Dryden via email.

Clinic details

  • Clinic #1: Saturday, April 1, 2023, 2:00 to 5:30 PM
  • Clinic #2: Sunday, April 16, 2023, 2:00 to 5:30 PM
  • Location: Hammons Student Center, Missouri State University, East Court (731 E. Bear Blvd., Springfield, MO 65897)
  • Fee: $25
  • What to wear: Whatever you're comfortable dancing in! Be sure to have jazz shoes or half shoe/turners as well as tennis shoes with you. For jewelry, stud earrings only. Hair should be pulled back and out of face.
  • Not open to the public/spectators
  • What to bring:
    • Water
    • $25 (cash or check made out to “MSU” with memo line: “Sugar Bears Clinic”
    • Medical release form

2023-2024 audition information

We are so excited about your interest in the Missouri State University Sugar Bears Dance Team. The Sugar Bears are a highly visible and exciting component of the Spirit Squads at Missouri State University. We are dedicated to representing ourselves and the University in a professional, collegiate, and first class manner. The Sugar Bears enjoy the privilege of performing at major MSU sporting events, including all home football and basketball games. Sugar Bears also travel to the UDA College National Championship in January. We are looking for committed members who are elite technical dancers with great performance quality, positive attitudes, high levels of fitness, and professionalism, along with stand-out students in the classroom. A GPA of 2.0 cumulative and semester is required for participation in any of the Spirit Squads.

All dancers auditioning must attend at least one clinic. All dancers auditioning will also be presented a contract. In signing up for tryouts, you must agree to abide by the rules and regulations listed within, should you be selected as a member of the 2023-24 Sugar Bears Dance Team. Auditions are open to incoming freshman, transfer students, and current MSU students. You MUST have been accepted to MSU in order to audition prior to the audition date. Judges’ decisions are final.

Please review all of the information found in the Audition Information Packet (below) thoroughly in order to familiarize yourself with our team and its expectations. Inside the packet you will find details on both rounds of the audition process along with how to apply and what required items need to be brought with you to auditions. Be sure you read it all carefully as to not miss any details. Failure to provide all required items will result in an inability to audition.


Download Sugar Bears 2023 Audition Packet

If you have any personal or pressing questions, please contact Coach Dryden.