Sugar Bears Accomplishments & FAQ
The Missouri State Sugar Bears have been ranked top three in the nation by Universal Dance Association, and received a paid bid to the 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007 & 2006 UDA College National Championships. Each January, the team travels to Orlando, Florida to compete for the national championship. The Sugar Bears have placed in the top ten in the nation for the past 12 years. The Sugar Bears placed 6th in Division 1 Hip Hop at the 2016 UCA/UDA College Cheerleading and Dance Team National Championships in Orlando, Florida. In 2015, the Sugar Bears earned 1st place in home routine and took home the "Most Collegiate" award at UDA College Camp each summer.
In addition to performing at all home football and basketball games, the squad practices an average of 10 hours per week and works to fundraise the money necessary to cover the cost of the competition and other squad benefits.
The Sugar Bears have the opportunity to travel to UDA Nationals in Orlando, to the Missouri Valley Conference Tournaments, some away football games, and some post season basketball tournament games.
Sugar Bears Dance Team - 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 2017. 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 2016 are Monday through Friday from 1:00-3:00pm and for Spring 2017 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 SusanBrown@missouristate.edu 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 2016-2017 season, Sugar Bears will need to purchase specific tan & black jazz shoes, Sugar Bears jacket, 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 and a hip hop combo will be taught at the tryout clinics, and will be evaluated at auditions. 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 calendar photo shoot June 23 & 24 2016, the MarooNation Ball on June 25, team practices on June 25, 26 & 27, and Sugar Bears High School Dance Camp on June 28 & 29. 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.