Become a Pacific Tiger Dancer!
March 28, 2007
Don't miss this exciting opportunity to perform and dazzle Pacific fans at all home men's and women's basketball games and women's volleyball matches. The Tiger Dancers are under the direction of former 49er Gold Rush Girl Jenise Fitzpatrick. The Tiger Dancers bring a tremendous amount of energy to each and every Pacific home game - be part of this experience and be a Tiger Dancer!
2007-08 Dance Team Clinic & Try-out Information
Dance Clinic - Saturday, April 14th The Pacific Tigers dance team will be holding an open clinic for individuals who are interested in learning more about the Tiger Dancers. The clinic will be held on Saturday, April 14th from 12 Noon to 2 p.m. in the Baun Fitness Center Dance Studio and will be hosted by Tiger Dancer Head Coach Jenise Fitzpatrick.
Open Tryout - Sunday, April 22nd The Tiger Dancers will holding their official tryout on Sunday, April 22nd from 11:00 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Baun Fitness Center Dance Studio. The tryout will feature guest chorography and the current Director of San Jose Saber Kittens Teri Schafer.
Candidates Trying Out Should Complete the Following Forms
What to Wear to the Tryout:
Candidates are asked to wear:
Students Who Cannot Attend Tryout
Current or new Pacific Students who are interested in becoming a Tiger Dancers but not able to attend the tryout or are out of the region can submit a Video or DVD.
If you are sending in a VHS tape or DVD, it must include the following:
You must call or e-mail Georgia Kovich-Lee in the Pacific Athletic Department at 209.946.3108 or Georgia Kovich-Lee to notify her that you will be submitting a tape.
Who are the Tiger Dancers? The Tiger Dancers perform on the sidelines during volleyball and basketball season and they are featured in halftime as well as timeout routines during basketball games. The Tiger Dancers are also an important public relations tool for the University so individuals are expected to exude a tremendous amount of enthusiasm and school spirit as they promote the Pacific athletic program.
Tiger Dancers are chosen based on dance ability, style and showmanship. Team members perform all styles of dance, for example hip hop, jazz, straight arm pom, novelty, etc. The Dance Team learns routines to music by the Pacific Pep Band and recorded music for basketball half-time performances. Squad members must also be familiar with cheerleading arm motions and be able to work with pom poms for a majority of the band dances and cheers. Tumbling is not required. Members must be fulltime undergraduate or graduate students and have a minimum 2.0 grade point average.
The dance team gives an opportunity for members interested in choreography to showcase their material at performances. Dance team members need to purchase specified dance shoes and nylons/tights for performances. All other uniform items are provided.
The Tiger Dancers also have the opportunity to mentor a number of young girls and future dancers during the Jr. Dance Clinic which is held in February. Over 70 kids from around the region have participated in this all day clinic and work directly with the members of the Tiger Dance Team.
What is the Tiger Dancers season and practice schedule? The Tiger Dancers will begin their year in late August. The team performs from September to March attending home women's volleyball, men's and women's basketball games. The season ends in March with the Big West Tournament and the Tiger Dancers will continue supporting the teams through the post-season when the Tigers advance to the NCAA or NIT tournaments. Members will also be participating in a mini-camp during the fall which includes a private dance camp. The squad practices every Monday night from 5-8 p.m. and Wednesday night from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Dance Studio on the Pacific Campus.
Head Coach Jenise Fitzpatrick: Jenise Fitzpatrick begins her third season as head coach of the Tiger Dancers and coordinator of the Jr. Tiger Dance Clinic. Jenise enjoyed a very successful career as a professional cheerleader prior to coming to Pacific. She spent five seasons a San Francisco 49ers Gold Rush Girl and was the team captain for two years. Jenise also spent two seasons with the San Jose SaberCats of the Arena Football League. Jenise also works extensively with E2K Entertainment groups and has helped choreograph a number of NFL halftime productions including the 2007 Pro Bowl in Hawai'i.
She has also served as the dance coordinator on NFL tours around the worked and has worked with Dallas Cowboys, the Atlanta Falcons, St. Louis Rams, Oakland Raiders, Miami Dolphins, Tennessee Titans and the San Diego Chargers. She was also the assistant producer for the AFC and NFC championship game halftime shows. She has been a judge at both the collegiate and high school level for the United Spirit Association for five years. Jenise also spent five seasons as head coach for both the cheer and dance programs at San Jose State University.