The Ramettes

Mission Statement:
URI Spirit Program is committed to providing a dynamic and positive environment for young woman to pursue all aspects of excellence. This includes character, self discipline, commitment and leadership. We believe in education through sport, practicality and promoting community and pride in the University of Rhode Island.

Team Information:
The Ramettes are official dance team of the URI Athletic Department. As one of the University's Spirit Groups, the Ramettes' primary role is to offer spirit and entertainment at the Men's and Women's Basketball games each season. They are the featured halftime entertainment and also perform short routines to keep the Rhody fans involved throughout the entire game. Performing dances to everything from Katy Perry to Lady Gaga, the Ramettes are a dynamic and versatile group of URI's best dancers.

They are a long-standing tradition at the University of Rhode Island, with the first Ramettes squad created in the 1960's; however, they have been revived in the late 1990's with a new image that mirrors many of today's collegiate dance teams. They are noted for their high-energy dances that include jazz, hip-hop, pom and contemporary styles.

In addition to performing at the Men's and Women's Basketball games, the Ramettes also perform at University events like Midnight Madness, Rhody Rally, and Homecoming. The Ramettes participate in UDA training on an annual basis, where they fine-tune technique, take master classes, and receive evaluation on numerous routines that they learn during the pre-season camp. The Ramettes practice 2 to 3 times per week.  

Pre-Audition Clinic

This clinic is recommended for anyone interested in auditioning for a dance team, regardless of the school. Technique, skill work and choreography will be included in the day. BONUS! All attendees will learn a small part of the tryout material!

Advanced registration costs $30 and must be paid by March 22.
Participants may also pay at the door on the 28th, however day-of registration is $35 and must by paid in cash.

Advanced payments should be made out to "URI Cheerleading" and mailed to:
Ray Lyons, URI Spirit Groups Coordinator
50 Ocean Village Court
Wakefield, RI 02879 

Audition Information:
Tryouts for the 2015-16 school year are scheduled for Saturday, April 18th and Sunday, April 19th from 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. in Keaney Gymnasium. This audition is open to everyone and will be the only audition for the 2015-16 school year. A $30, non refundable audition fee (cash only) must be paid when registering the first night of auditions. 

If unable to attend audition weekend, DVDs will be accepted on a case-by-case basis. DVDs being submitted in lieu of a tryout must include the $30 tryout fee and be received no later than April 10th. DVD and payment should be mailed to address listed for pre-tryout clinic.

Clothing/Appearance
All clothing is to be dark, solid colors for auditions. No loose-fitting clothes allowed during the audition, including boot-cut dance pants. Crop tops are preferred. Shoes are a personal preference; remember a variety of dance styles will be introduced during the audition. Do NOT wear jewelry. All piercings should be removed! Hair and makeup should be game/performance ready. 

Technique Skills
Advanced execution of kicks, a variety of leaps, double and triple pirouettes, fouettes etc.
You do not need to prepare anything for the audition. Combinations and material will be taught.

Please bring water and snacks as needed.


Contact Information:

Ray Lyons 
Coordinator, Spirit Squads
401-789-1831
ray.lyons1@gmail.com