Blinn Treasures Dance Team 2014 & 2015 NDA Division III National Champions. 2016, 2017, & 2019 Pom Division II National Champions. 2018 Junior College Dance Team Performance National Champion. 2019 Dance Team Performance Open National Champion.
Blinn College Dance Tryouts for the 2019-20 season
Tryout Clinics - April 13, 2019 or April 27, 2019 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Participants must attend one of the above dates to be able to come to final tryout unless you received a fast pass in the Fall. Video auditions can take the place of one of the clinics, but must be submitted by April 27, 2019. Please visit the video tryout requirements here to see what all must be turned in.
Final Tryouts - May 4, 2019 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m .
Team will be announced at 1 p.m. and a team meeting will follow, lasting one hour.
Coach Sarah Barland Flisowski
Sarah Barland Flisowski is in her ninth year here as Blinn College spirit coordinator and head dance coach. The Blinn College Dance Team has won numerous ADTS Collegiate Champions and has won 5 national titles at NDA College Nationals.
Barland Flisowski 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 master’s in physical education from Prairie View A&M University. Barland Flisowski then started her teaching career at Mesquite ISD, where she taught for 2 years at Berry Middle school. She 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 18-year staff member with American Dance and Drill Team School where she has been the ADTS Novelty Staff Captain and Social Officer Coordinator. Sarah has traveled to Florida as a member of ESP Productions, which is the halftime production company of the amazing Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl 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. Sarah and her husband, Dax Flisowski, make their home here in Brenham with their daughter Kate.
Coach Michael Brewster
Michael Brewster is in his fourth year as the head cheer coach and sixth season with the Blinn Spirit Program.
Brewster has been involved in cheerleading for more than 11 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.
In 2018, Blinn cheer made history as the first team to win five national championships in Small Coed Division II after placing first at the NCA Championships in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. The cheerleaders finished fourth at the NCA Championships in 2012 and second place in 2013.
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, 24 athletic scholarships will be given each season.
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.
- Completed MEDICAL RELEASE FORM and email coach Sarah Barland Flisowski answering the seven questions below.
- Completed BREAK IN ENROLLMENT FORM if not coming to Blinn College directly from high school.
- One head-to-toe color photo and one head shot of recruit. Do not have special pictures taken for packet, a snap shot is fine. Pictures will not be returned.
- One letter of recommendation from current or most recent cheer/dance advisor and one letter of recommendation from a school official.
- Copies of unofficial high school transcripts from incoming freshman and college transcripts from transfer or current Blinn students.
- A $30 processing fee. Only cash or money orders made out to Blinn College will be accepted.
- Permanent address
- Date of birth
- Intended major and current grade point average
- Current dance team
- Coach's name, email address and phone number