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The Best College Dance Teams

Updated June 19, 2019 801 votes 164 voters 5.3k 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.

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    Minneapolis, Minnesota
    69
    45

    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 and St. Paul, Minnesota. The Minneapolis and St. Paul campuses are approximately 5 miles apart, and the...  more
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    Columbus, Ohio
    42
    32

    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 university in Columbus, Ohio. Founded in 1870, as a land-grant university and ninth university in Ohio with...  more
  • 3
    Knoxville, Tennessee
    42
    33

    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 Knoxville, Tennessee, United States. Founded in 1794, two years before Tennessee entered the Union as the...  more
  • 4
    Iowa City, Iowa
    19
    18

    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 1847, Iowa is the oldest university in the state, and it is considered a Public Ivy. The University of...  more
  • 5
    19
    20

    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 of Paradise, Nevada, USA. The 358-acre campus is located approximately 1.5-mile east of the Las Vegas...  more
  • 6
    Lexington, Kentucky
    20
    25

    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. Founded in 1865 by John Bowman as the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Kentucky, the university is one...  more
  • 7
    San Diego, California
    13
    14

    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 and oldest higher education institution in San Diego County. Founded in 1897 as San Diego Normal School, it...  more
  • 8
    Memphis, Tennessee
    12
    17

    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 located in the Normal Station neighborhood of Memphis, Tennessee. Founded in 1912, the university has an...  more
  • 9
    Cincinnati, Ohio
    12
    20

    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 the U.S. state of Ohio, and a part of the University System of Ohio. Founded in 1819 as Cincinnati...  more
  • 10
    11
    18

    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 university located in Cookeville, Tennessee, US, a city approximately 70 miles east of Nashville. It was...  more
  • 11

    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, research university located in Lafayette, in the U.S. state of Louisiana. It has the largest enrollment within...  more
  • 12
    Norman, Oklahoma
    10
    19

    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, Oklahoma. Founded in 1890, it had existed in Oklahoma Territory near Indian Territory for 17 years before...  more
  • 13
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    5
    13

    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 university in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. The University was founded in 1884 by Russell Conwell....  more
  • 14

    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 of Alabama. Developed from an academic extension center established in 1936, the institution became an...  more
  • 15
    Phoenix, Arizona
    8
    17

    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, Arizona, United States. GCU was founded in 1949 as a non-profit liberal arts college, and was purchased by...  more
  • 16
    Ruston, Louisiana
    8
    17

    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 coeducational public research university in Ruston, Louisiana, United States. Louisiana Tech is designated as a...  more
  • 17
    East Lansing, Michigan
    8
    17

    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, United States. MSU was founded in 1855 and became the nation's first land-grant institution under the...  more
  • 18
    Albuquerque, New Mexico
    5
    14

    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 Mexico. It is New Mexico's flagship research institution, the largest post-secondary institution in the state...  more
  • 19
    Collegeville, Minnesota
    6
    17

    Team name: St. John's Dance Team

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    Morehead, Kentucky
    3
    13

    School typePublic school, Public university

    ColorsBlue, Gold

    MascotBeaker

    Team name: Morehead State University Dance Team

    Morehead State University is a public, co-educational university located in Morehead, Kentucky, United States, in the foothills of the Daniel Boone National Forest in Rowan County, midway between...  more
  • 21
    Springfield, Missouri
    3
    14

    ColorsWhite, Maroon

    MascotMissouri State University Boomer the Bear

    Team name: Sugar Bears

    Missouri State University is a public university located in Springfield, Missouri, United States and was founded in 1906. It is the state's second largest university, with an official enrollment of...  more
  • 22
    New Britain, Connecticut
    3
    17

    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 Britain, Connecticut. Founded in 1849 as Connecticut Normal School, CCSU is Connecticut's oldest publicly...  more
  • 23
    Fort Collins, Colorado
    4
    14

    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. state of Colorado. The university is the state's land grant university, and the flagship university of...  more
  • 24

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

    ColorsBlack, Crimson

    MascotDurango

    Team name: University of Nebraska Omaha Dance Team

    The University of Nebraska Omaha is a four-year state university located in Omaha, Nebraska. Founded in 1908 as Omaha University, the institution became the public Municipal University of Omaha in...  more
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    Pullman, Washington
    2
    13

    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 the Palouse region of the northwest United States. Founded 125 years ago in 1890, WSU is the state's only...  more