Blinn College Treasures Dance Team
Blinn Treasures Dance Team 2014 NDA National Champions
Tryout Dates Updated
Mandatory tryouts for the Blinn College Treasures Dance Team have changed to April 26, 2014 from 2-5 p.m. All potential members must attend in order to be considered for the 2014-15 dance team.
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Saturday, April 26, 2-5 p.m. (mandatory try-out clinic)
Friday, May 2, 5-7 p.m. (tryout)
Saturday, May 3, 9 a.m.-noon (final tryout)
Sarah Barland - Coach
Sarah Barland is in her fourth year here as Blinn College spirit coordinator and head dance coach. The Blinn College Dance Team is the three-time ADTS Collegiate Champions and for the past two years it has received second place at NDA College Nationals.
Barland is a former member of the Blinn College Treasures Dance Team and a graduate of Southwest Texas State University -- now Texas State University -- in San Marcos with a degree in exercise sports science and minor in political science. She also just earned her masters in physical education from Prairie View A&M University. Barland then started her teaching career at Mesquite ISD, where she taught for 2 years at Berry Middle school. She then went on to Carrollton Farmers Branch ISD to become the director of the award-winning RL Turner Lionettes. She was the director of the Lionettes for seven years before coming back to Blinn as the coach of the Blinn College Treasures Dance and Cheer Teams. Sarah is also a 10-year staff member with American Dance and Drill Team School. She has been the ADTS Novelty Staff Captain and Social Officer Coordinator now for the past six years. Sarah has traveled to Florida as a member of ESP Productions, which is the halftime production company of the amazing Capital One Football game.
The move to Brenham is a great one that puts her closer to her family. Her sister, Alice Henrichsen, with husband Eric and nephew Brady are all in the Houston area and parents Mary Sue Carter and Ken Barland still live in the Golden Triangle. Sarah is a graduate of Orangefield High School, member and three-year officer of the Orangefield High School dance team, and All-American Dance team member her senior year. Her hobbies include taking dance classes, triathlons, reading and watching college football.
Michael Brewster - Coach
Michael Brewster is in his first year as the head cheer coach and third season with the Blinn Spirit Program. Brewster has been involved in cheerleading for more than 10 years as a participant, coach and choreographer. A graduate of Hawaii Pacific University with a degree in business management, Brewster was a part of three NCA Collegiate National Championships during his time there, including the captain of the 2006 team.
During his time with the Blinn Cheer Team, the cheerleaders finished fourth at the NCA Championships and in 2012 and second place in 2013. The 2012-13 squad made school history by posting the top score in its division before deductions.
A native of Tampa, Fla., Brewster grew up doing everything but
cheerleading as he won national titles in both roller speed skating
and roller hockey. He attended Charleston Southern University on a
football scholarship before having his career cut short by a knee
injury during his freshman year.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How many Dance Team members does Blinn have?
Blinn will have between 20 to 26 dance team members.
Where will tryouts be held?
Heineke Gym on the Brenham campus.
What athletic events does the dance team dance at?
The Blinn Treasures dance team performs at all home football games, select away football games, men’s and women’s home basketball games and women’s home volleyball matches.
How often does the dance team practice?
Practices are held five days a week with additional weight training and cardio conditioning occurring two times per week.
Are try-outs open to the public?
No. Try-outs are closed to the public.
How are Blinn Treasures selected?
Dancers are selected based on their ability to represent Blinn College as well as their ability to perform required technical skills.
What are tryouts like?
We will have two open try-outs and a closed final try-out. You may attend just one or both open try-outs. The final try-out will be by invitation only. The final team selections will be made at the end of the final try-out.
What are required skills?
Skills required as a dance team member are:
Double/Triple turns on both sides, axel turns and fouette turns.
Leaps, switch leaps, center leaps, and tilt jumps on both sides.
Any advanced skills across the floor.
Is there a weight or height limit?
There is not a weight or height limit, but all potential members must maintain the appropriate fit and toned physique in order to participate in the required movement.
Do Blinn Treasures dance team members receive scholarships?
Yes. Every member of the dance team will receive some form of scholarship ranging from room and board, full tuition and fees, ½ tuition and fees or use of books.
MAKING THE TEAM
The Blinn Dance Team will host a number of tryout sessions each spring to assess the skills, abilities and potential of interested and qualified candidates for the dance team and positions.
Tryout sessions are intended to be low stress events. For that reason they are conducted in a practice-like environment during which the level of each candidate’s skills and talents, and their ability to work with current and prospective team members, will be evaluated. A short interview with the candidate may be conducted at anytime during the sessions.
We will have two open try-outs and a closed final try-out. You may attend just one or both open try-outs. The final try-out will be by invitation only. The final team selections will be made after the final tryout. Tryouts will be held in the Heineke Gym on the Brenham campus. To schedule dates to attend, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, April 26, 2-5 p.m. (try-out clinic)
Friday, May 2, 5-7 p.m. (try-out)
Saturday, May 3, 9 a.m.-noon (final try-out)
Come ready to tryout. Candidates should wear a flattering/supportive bright color sports bra and black hot shorts of their choice. Bring both jazz shoes and tennis shoes. There will be an area for you to freshen up.
Incoming freshmen must have already applied to Blinn College in order to try-out. Students cannot be admitted on any type of probation.