Dance Team Recruiting Information

Future Buckeyes,

Thank you for your interest in The Ohio State University and our Dance Team! We are looking for confident, talented, and passionate dancers to be a part of The Ohio State University Dance Team. Members of the team are responsible for representing The Ohio State University in the classroom, on the field, and on stage at the national level. Being a member of the dance team comes with many exciting opportunities, but it is also a major commitment and requires an extraordinary work ethic. Please be sure to thoroughly review the website and the time commitment required to familiarize yourself with our program.

We are in our sixth year operating with a recruiting-based model for team selection, and want to ensure that you have the most up to date information on how this process works. Please reference the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) below for more information. If you are serious about attending Ohio State and being on the 2024-2025 OSUDT, please fill out the recruiting questionnaire to be considered. If you have any additional questions, please reach out to Assistant Coach, Katie Devine at

We understand that your decision on where to attend college is very important and are thrilled you are interested in Ohio State! We are excited to get to know you and watch you dance. We look forward to meeting you soon.

Go Bucks!

Melissa McGhee
Head Coach, The Ohio State University Dance Team

Dance Team FAQ

Prospective dancers should complete these few steps to be considered:

  • STEP 1: Complete a recruiting questionnaire and upload YouTube videos to allow the coaching staff to get to know you as a person and a dancer! We will actively be reviewing these submissions. We review these submissions on a rolling basis.
  • STEP 2: Meet us in person (where possible)! We love to meet dancers on campus at our clinics or at recruiting events nationally. We have a few different types of clinics throughout the year. Check out our Camps & Clinics page for more information!
  • STEP 3: Follow us on social media! We post all up to date information regarding on-campus clinics as well as national competitions, combines and events that we will be attending here.

General Timeline: 

  • Freshmen: Prospective Dancer attends clinics and/or national events/combines
  • Sophomore / Junior Year: Prospective Dancer emails coaching staff with program interest! Relevant updates (such as competition videos or notice of trips to campus) are welcome.
  • January 1 of Junior Year – September 1 of Senior Year: Prospective Dancer records skills video and completes recruiting questionnaire
  • Senior Year, Fall: Prospective Dancer applies to The Ohio State University
  • Senior Year, Winter / Spring: Coaching staff extends offers for positions on The Ohio State University Dance Team
  • Senior Year, Spring: The Ohio State University Dance Team Roster Announcement

2024-2025 OSUDT Recruiting Timeline:
Please note that the below timeline is for all incoming transfer students (planning to start at Ohio State during Fall 2024 semester) and 2024 High School Graduates.

  • Summer 2023: Meet us at recruiting events
    • May 20-21: Tribe 99 Expo/Combine – Nashville, TN
    • TBA: OSUDT Summer Camps – Columbus, OH
    • TBA Locations/Dates: UDA Combine
  • Fall 2023: Attend our Fall Clinic and Senior Showcase – Columbus, OH (exact date TBA)
  • September 1,  2023: Recommended deadline to submit recruiting questionnaire 
    • Note: Should you need an extension or have an extenuating circumstance, please reach out to Katie Devine at to discuss. We are more than happy to make accommodations to ensure everyone that wants to submit a video is able to.
  • September 1, 2023 – Spring, 2024: Coaching staff evaluation period
  • Spring, 2024: 2024-2025 OSUDT Roster spots are finalized (target of finalizing by April 1, 2024)

2024 High School Graduates & Transfer Students: January 1, 2023 – September 1,  2023

  • Note: Should you need an extension or have an extenuating circumstance, please reach out to Katie Devine at to discuss. We are more than happy to make accommodations to ensure everyone that wants to submit a video is able to.

2024 High School Graduates: Recommended timeline to submit recruiting video is between January 1, 2023 and September 1, 2023

There is an opportunity to upload TWO videos on the recruiting questionnaire.

Video #1: Required
This video has four segments, please submit them in this order: 1. Introduction 2. Required Technical Elements (filmed consecutively) 3. Optional Technical Elements 4. Combinations 

  • Attire: 
    • Female dancers: black tank top or sports bra / black leggings or shorts
    • Male dancers: all black
  • SEGMENT 1: Introduction (No more than 2-3 minutes in length)
    • Name
    • Headshot
    • Hometown
    • Answer the below questions:
      • Why do you want to attend The Ohio State University?
      • Why would you like to be a part of the dance team? 
      • Why would you be an ideal candidate?
      • What do you want to pursue academically? 
  • SEGMENT 2: Required Technique — Please film each technical skill consecutively. If you would like perform a skill a second time, that is permitted. This is the only portion that needs to be submitted in one take.
    • Pirouettes 
      • Quad / Quint+ on right (Required) 
      • Triple+ on left (Required)
    • Second Turns 
      • Video with Counts: click HERE
      • Video with Music: click HERE
      • Turn Combo should be done to a song ~140 BPM
        • “Womanizer” – Brittany Spears
        • “Viva la Vida” – Coldplay
        • “Beat It” – Michael Jackson
    • Leaps / Jumps: 
      • Open center
      • Any switch leap of choice
      • Double toe touch
    • Flexibility:
      • Standing tilt
      • Any leg hold/turn (double preferred)
    • Acro (only submit if skill is mastered):
      • Front or Back Walkover
      • Aerial Cartwheel (right and/or left)
  • SEGMENT 3: Optional Technique (No more than 1-2 minutes in length) — This segment can be edited. Below is a list of suggested items to include. 
    • Pirouettes
      • Dancer’s choice combination (incorporating a combination of a variety of pirouette elements including but not limited to attitudes, pencils, coupes, etc. utilizing unique arm placement)
    • Second Turns
      • Dancer’s choice combination (at least three counts of eight, should an advanced combination that includes changing spots, floats, or other pirouette elements)
    • Leaps / Jumps
      • Calypso
    • Flexibility
      • Scorpion
      • Penche
      • Additional rotating flexibility skills 
    • Acrobatic Skills: 
      • Twisting aerial
      • Front Aerial 
    • Any other skills or unique elements that you would like to showcase
  • SEGMENT 4: Combinations
    • 1 minute jazz or contemporary routine or combo that demonstrates style and technical abilities
    • 30 second pom combo
    • 30 second hip hop combo

Video #2: Optional

  • This video can be a solo or other footage of your choice! 

General Note: These videos do not need to be professionally edited, but do need to be PUBLIC or UNLISTED YouTube Links in order for our coaching staff to be able to view them (please test your link before including it on the questionnaire).

The coaching staff will be reviewing the questionnaires on a rolling, bi-weekly basis and will take the necessary time to evaluate all relevant information before reaching out with next steps. The staff will reach out to those dancers who best fit our program to engage on a rolling basis, and all questionnaires will receive a response.

Though there is no requirement to attend a clinic to be on the team, it is strongly recommended. While we do understand that scheduling issues at times can prohibit dancers from attending, it is important to prioritize. Making the trip to campus for a clinic or a visit demonstrates an initial level of commitment and interest that we are looking for.

It is important to note that all dancers will need to be able to speak to their cumulative GPA, standardized test scores and class rank. This field must be completed on the questionnaire for the application to be reviewed holistically. Admission into the University (Main Campus – Columbus) is required in order to be on the team.

Besides a strong technical background and a mature quality of movement, we look for well rounded individuals. We search for those who are able to conduct themselves professionally (our dancers frequently engage in conversations with many alumni, university employees, donors, and fans) and have strong academic success! Our team culture and familial atmosphere are vital to the team’s success, therefore a team oriented individual is also important.

We believe the more exposure the better! We strongly recommend coming to a clinic and reaching out via email as it is a great way to meet the staff while also getting to dance with both other prospective dancers and current members of the team. Another way to connect is at the Tribe 99 and/or UDA College Combines. Finally, our staff travels to most major national competitions and often meets with dancers on site, when permitted by University guidelines.

The most important thing to make sure you do is communicate! Meet and stay connected to the coaching staff and continue to update us on the application process. If you are serious about coming to Ohio State, share that with us! We highly value transparency and communication both in the recruiting process and on our team.

Potentially! Similar to how we held interviews during our in-person, formal tryouts, there may be an interview requirement as the recruitment process proceeds. More info will be provided to those dancers that will need to fulfill this requirement when the time comes.

We are looking for someone who knows and can speak to your character, not your dance ability. The letter should offer a perspective of who you are as a person and offer supporting examples. Though that might be a dance teacher, it could also be a school teacher, a boss, or another individual that knows you very well. We do ask that your letter is written by an adult that is not related to you. The person that writes your letter of recommendation can also be a person that you use as a reference.

Ohio State Dance Team Recruiting Questionnaire - 2024-2025 OSUDT

Explain your interest in the University and Dance Team in a short paragraph.

Academic Information

Transfer Information


Dance Information

Required elements
Solo or additional footage
Click or drag a file to this area to upload.
upload below or send directly to Katie Devine (