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2021-2022 Dance Team

About the Team

The NMU Dance Team is made up of dedicated and talented dancers who represent the University in a positive and spirited manner. Members on our team have diverse dance backgrounds and we draw on each other's strengths to succeed as a team. NMUDT dancers serve as NMU ambassadors on campus and in the community. We perform at home football, volleyball, and basketball games, as well as various University events. The NMU Dance Team competes at the collegiate level at competitions located throughout the Midwest.

Contact

President
Skylar Taavola
nmuwildcatdanceteam@gmail.com

Details

Dues
Dues are $250/year - Dues are used to help cover team costs such as performance wear and apparel.

Participants Must Supply
Team members are required to purchase a Fall and Winter Student Rec Pass. Team members will also be required to buy specific tights, shoes and additional items.

Travel
The NMU Dance Team does not perform at away games, but is occasionally asked to perform in the community and may make trips to other events. In the past, the team has competed at the Ashwaubenon Invitational in Green Bay, WI and at the DX Americup in Minneapolis, MN.

Tryouts

Tryouts for the NMU Dance Team 2020-2021 season will be held on Saturday, April 4 from 10am-3pm and Sunday, April 4 from 10am-2pm in the PEIF Dance Studio.

You must attend both days of tryouts.  Tryouts will not be held in the fall.  Please come prepared for tryouts by reviewing the information in the 2020-2021 Tryout Information Packet and filling out the forms at the end of the packet.  If you are unable to attend tryouts (due to high school prom, sport conflicts, travel distance, etc) a video tryout option is available.  Please contact us at nmuwildcatdanceteam@gmail.com to request a video tryout or with any questions.

Follow the NMU Dance Team on Facebook and Twitter for updates throughout the season!

​​​​​​​Additional Requirements

At tryouts, dancers should be prepared to demonstrate a variety of skills as shown in our Technique Video. All technique and choreography will be reviewed and taught at the audition - it is not necessary to prepare your own material. Team members are held to high technical and performance standards; focus will be placed on technical competency and ability to quickly learn and perform choreography.

Technical Skills Required for Tryouts: NMU Dance Team Tryout Technique Video

  • Sunday 7:00 - 10:00 p.m. (Dance Studio)
  • Tuesday 8:00 - 11:00 p.m. (Dance Studio, depending upon availability)
  • Thursday 6:00 - 8:00 a.m. (Dance Studio)
  • Two individual workouts/week (done outside of practice)

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Dancers

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Skylar Taavola

Skylar Taavola

Senior Management of Health and Fitness

  • Experience: 18 years
  • Hometown: Negaunee, MI
  • Favorite NMUDT Memory: Choreographing and competing our Jazz routine for UDA Nationals in Disney 2020.
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Thailey Leak

Thailey Leak

Junior Neuroscience (Pre-Med)

  • Experience: 14 years
  • Hometown: Janesville, WI
  • Favorite NMUDT Memory: Competing at UDA Disney Nationals in Orlando my freshman year.
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Rose Goltz

Rose Goltz

Sophomore Biology with Physiology Concentration

  • Experience: 14 years of dance 
  • Hometown: Blanchard, MI
  • Favorite NMUDT Memory: Performing at the homecoming football game.
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Sylvia Gravel

Sylvia Gravel

Junior Dance

  • Experience: 12
  • Hometown: Ypsilanti, MI
  • Favorite NMUDT Memory: Watching the team learn and dance my choreography at camp this year!
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Eden Langlois

Eden Langlois

Senior Elementary Education & Social Studies

  • Experience: 19
  • Hometown: Marquette, Mi
  • Favorite NMUDT Memory: Going to the all-night party in Disney World after the UDA competition.
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Christina Ferrera

Christina Ferrera

Junior Biology with Physiology Concentration

  • Experience: 17
  • Hometown: Rochester, MI
  • Favorite NMUDT Memory: Going to Orlando, Florida to compete at UDA nationals.
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Paige Myers

Paige Myers

Sophomore Biology with Zoology Concentration

  • Experience: 14 years
  • Hometown: Shepherd, MI
  • Favorite NMUDT Memory: Performing at the North Coast Dance Festival after not getting to perform all year.
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Madison Tasson

Madison Tasson

Junior Clinical Health Science with Radiography Concentration

  • Experience: 16 years
  • Hometown: Marquette, MI
  • Favorite NMUDT Memory: Competing at UDA my freshman year!
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Kylie L’Huillier

Kylie L’Huillier

Junior Social Studies Secondary Education

  • Experience: 17
  • Hometown: Marquette, MI
  • Favorite NMUDT Memory: Decorating our golf cart for the homecoming parade.
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Ciara Witkowski

Ciara Witkowski

Sophomore Multimedia Journalism

  • Experience: 17 years
  • Hometown: Shelby Township, MI
  • Favorite NMUDT Memory: Performing at my very first football game!
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Isabella Bekkala

Isabella Bekkala

Sophomore Nursing

  • Experience: 6 years 
  • Hometown: Delano, MN
  • Favorite NMUDT Memory: Performing at halftime during homecoming.
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Josie Taylor

Josie Taylor

Freshman Nursing

  • Experience: 15 years
  • Hometown: White Bear Lake, MN
  • Favorite NMUDT Memory: Performing at the homecoming parade and football game!
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Kendalyn Persons

Kendalyn Persons

Freshman Biology with Zoology Concentration

  • Experience: 6 years
  • Hometown: Morley, MI
  • Favorite NMUDT Memory: Performing in front of a live audience as a group at the co-lab.
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Emma Sweet

Emma Sweet

Freshman Anthropology with Archeology Concentration

  • Experience: 7 years
  • Hometown: Wales, WI 
  • Favorite NMUDT Memory: Performing at the homecoming football game.