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The Best College Dance Teams

Updated June 19, 2019 643 votes 115 voters 3.0k views25 items

List RulesVote up the college teams that do the best job on the dance floor.

Cheerleaders may be the first spirit group you picture at a college game but, for some colleges and universities, it's the dance team that takes the gold. Although cheer and dance teams can have elaborate choreography, it is the dance squads that bring flags and other props into their already highly skilled technical performances. The best college dance teams excel in jazz, hip hop, lyrical, and pom spirit routines.

US college dance teams are a year-round sport, with each squad performing pre-game, at halftime, and even on the sidelines of each season's sport. Along with other spirit squads, college dance teams help keep student spirits high so they can cheer their teams to victory.

Check out some amazing performances by the best collegiate dance teams in the country. Members practice 20 maybe even 30 hours a week, and not only perform at games, but also compete in national competitions like the UDA College Nationals. Which are the best college teams? Make your voice heard and vote for your favorites.

  • University of Minnesota1

    University of Minnesota

    Minneapolis, Minnesota

    School typeLand-grant university, Flagship university, Public university

    Prominent DepartmentsAmerican studies

    ColorsGold, Maroon

    MascotUniversity of Minnesota Goldy Gopher

    Team name: University of Minnesota Dance Team

    The University of Minnesota Twin Cities is a public research university located in Minneapolis...  more
  • Ohio State University2

    Ohio State University

    Columbus, Ohio

    School typeLand-grant university, Public university

    ColorsGrey, Scarlet

    MascotOhio State University Brutus Buckeye

    Team name: Ohio State University Dance Team

    The Ohio State University, commonly referred to as Ohio State or OSU, is a public research...  more
  • University of Nevada, Las Vegas3

    School typeLand-grant university, Public university

    ColorsGrey, Scarlet

    MascotUniversity of Nevada, Las Vegas Hey Reb!

    Team name: UNLV Rebel Girls

    University of Nevada-Las Vegas is a public research university located in the Las Vegas suburb...  more
  • University of Tennessee4

    University of Tennessee

    Knoxville, Tennessee

    School typeLand-grant university, Public university

    ColorsOrange, White

    MascotUniversity of Tennessee Smokey IX

    Team name: University of Tennessee Dance Team

    The University of Tennessee is a public sun-grant and land-grant university headquartered in...  more
  • University of Kentucky5

    University of Kentucky

    Lexington, Kentucky

    School typePublic school, Land-grant university, Public university

    ColorsWhite, Blue

    MascotUniversity of Kentucky Wildcat

    Team name: University of Kentucky Dance Team

    The University of Kentucky is a public co-educational university in Lexington, Kentucky....  more
  • San Diego State University6

    San Diego State University

    San Diego, California

    School typePublic school, Public university

    ColorsBlack, Scarlet

    MascotSan Diego State University Aztec Warrior, San Diego State University Monty - Montezuma

    Team name: SDSU Dance Team

    San Diego State University is a public research university in San Diego, and is the largest...  more
  • University of Memphis7

    University of Memphis

    Memphis, Tennessee

    School typePublic school

    ColorsGrey, Blue

    MascotUniversity of Memphis TOM III, University of Memphis Pouncer

    Team name: University of Memphis Pom Squad

    The University of Memphis, also called the U of M, is an American public research university...  more
  • University of Iowa8

    University of Iowa

    Iowa City, Iowa

    School typePublic university

    Prominent DepartmentsHistory

    ColorsBlack, Gold

    MascotUniversity of Iowa Herky the Hawk

    Team name: Iowa Dance Team

    The University of Iowa is a flagship public research university in Iowa City, Iowa. Founded in...  more
  • University of Cincinnati9

    University of Cincinnati

    Cincinnati, Ohio

    Prominent DepartmentsChemistry

    ColorsBlack, Red

    MascotUniversity of Cincinnati The Bearcat

    Team name: UC Dance Team

    The University of Cincinnati is a comprehensive public research university in Cincinnati, in...  more
  • Saint Johns University10

    Saint Johns University

    Collegeville, Minnesota

    Team name: St. John's Dance Team

  • Michigan State University11

    Michigan State University

    East Lansing, Michigan

    School typeLand-grant university, Flagship university, University, Public university

    ColorsWhite, Green

    MascotMichigan State University Sparty

    Team name: Michigan State Dance Team

    Michigan State University is a public research university located in East Lansing, Michigan,...  more
  • University of Louisiana at Lafayette12

    School typeMixed-sex education, Public university

    ColorsWhite, Vermilion

    MascotUniversity of Louisiana at Lafayette Cayenne

    Team name: Ragin' Jazz

    The University of Louisiana at Lafayette, or UL Lafayette, is a coeducational, public,...  more
  • Grand Canyon University13

    Grand Canyon University

    Phoenix, Arizona

    School typeChristian school, Private university, For-profit education

    ColorsWhite, Purple

    MascotThunder the Antelope

    Team name: Grand Canyon University Lopes

    Grand Canyon University is a private, for-profit Christian university located in Phoenix,...  more
  • University of Oklahoma14

    University of Oklahoma

    Norman, Oklahoma

    School typePublic university

    ColorsCream, Crimson

    MascotUniversity of Oklahoma Sooner Schooner, University of Oklahoma Boomer and Sooner

    Team name: OU Elite Dance Team

    The University of Oklahoma is a coeducational public research university located in Norman,...  more
  • Tennessee Technological University15

    School typePublic university

    ColorsPurple, Gold

    MascotGolden Eagles

    Team name: The Tennessee Tech Dance Team

    Tennessee Technological University, popularly known as Tennessee Tech, is an accredited public...  more
  • Louisiana Tech University16

    Louisiana Tech University

    Ruston, Louisiana

    School typeLand-grant university, Mixed-sex education, Public university

    ColorsReflex Blue, Red

    MascotLouisiana Tech University Tech XX

    Team name: Regal Blues

    Louisiana Tech University, colloquially referred to as Louisiana Tech or La. Tech, is a...  more
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham17

    School typePublic university

    ColorsWhite, Gold, Green

    MascotUniversity of Alabama at Birmingham Blaze the Dragon

    Team name: Golden Girls

    The University of Alabama at Birmingham is a public university in Birmingham in the U.S. state...  more
  • University of New Mexico18

    University of New Mexico

    Albuquerque, New Mexico

    School typePublic school, University, Public university

    ColorsCherry Red, Silver

    MascotUniversity of New Mexico Lobo

    Team name: Lobo Spirit Squad

    The University of New Mexico is a public research university located in Albuquerque, New...  more
  • Washington State University19

    Washington State University

    Pullman, Washington

    School typeLand-grant university, Public university

    Prominent DepartmentsOenology

    ColorsGrey, Black, Crimson

    MascotWashington State University Butch T. Cougar

    Team name: Crimson Girls

    Washington State University is a public research university based in Pullman, Washington, in...  more
  • Temple University20

    Temple University

    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    School typePublic school

    ColorsCherry, White

    MascotTemple University Hooter the Owl, Temple University Stella

    Team name: Diamond Gems

    Temple University, commonly referred to as Temple, is a comprehensive public research...  more
  • Morehead State University21

    Morehead State University

    Morehead, Kentucky

    School typePublic school, Public university

    ColorsBlue, Gold


    Team name: Morehead State University Dance Team

    Morehead State University is a public, co-educational university located in Morehead,...  more
  • Colorado State University22

    Colorado State University

    Fort Collins, Colorado

    School typeLand-grant university, Public university

    ColorsDark green, Gold

    MascotColorado State University CAM the Ram

    Team name: Golden Poms

    Colorado State University is a public research university located in Fort Collins, in the U.S....  more
  • University of Nebraska at Omaha23

    School typePublic school, Land-grant university, University, Public university

    ColorsBlack, Crimson


    Team name: University of Nebraska Omaha Dance Team

    The University of Nebraska Omaha is a four-year state university located in Omaha, Nebraska....  more
  • Missouri State University24

    Missouri State University

    Springfield, Missouri

    ColorsWhite, Maroon

    MascotMissouri State University Boomer the Bear

    Team name: Sugar Bears

    Missouri State University is a public university located in Springfield, Missouri, United...  more
  • Central Connecticut State University25

    Central Connecticut State University

    New Britain, Connecticut

    School typePublic school, Public university

    ColorsWhite, Blue

    MascotBlue Devil

    Team name: CCSU Dance Team

    Central Connecticut State University is a regional, comprehensive public university in New...  more