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.
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: Saturday, March 25th - 9am-4pm in Tootell Dance Studio... Cost: $25
Auditions: Saturday, April 22 (4pm-7pm) / Sunday, April 23 (4pm-7pm) - Both days in Tootell West... Cost: $30
If you cannot attend the audition weekend, you must contact Spirit Squad Coordinator Ray Lyons for approval of a video tryout. Requests will be accepted on a case-by-case basis. Those who try out via video must still submit the $30 tryout fee. To arrange a video tryout, contact Ray Lyons at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
Coordinator, Spirit Squads