Sapphires Dance Team

Sapphire dance team

The Sapphires perform at all home football and basketball games and do many campus and community appearances. The Sapphires promote school spirit and unify students, alumni, and fans in support of UNK. They serve as ambassadors for the university at campus and community events, while entertaining and motivating audiences.

Tryouts for the Sapphires Dance Team are held every year for all potential dance team members. Tryouts for the 2018-2019 squad will be held April 2018. Visit the tryout page below for additional information.

2017-2018 Sapphires Dance Team


Abbie Graham



Kelsey Hassenstab



Jordyn Grabowski


Emily C

Emily Christman



Alex Alber



Allison Bauer



Jenny Sindt



Kylee Krauss


Sarah B

Sarah Berke


Emily H

Emily Harders



Sara McCarty


Kids Camp 2018: Information

The University of Nebraska at Kearney Cheer & Dance Kids Clinic will take place on Saturday, February 17, 2018 beginning at 11:00 am in the Hyper Gym of the Health and Sports Center.

The campers will stay with the UNK Spirit Squad until they perform at halftime of the 2:00 p.m. Women's Basketball game, located at the Health and Sports Center. Cost to participate is $30.00 and includes a camp t-shirt, pizza lunch, and two parent tickets to the Loper basketball games that day.

To register for this event, please click the following link: 2018 UNK Cheer & Dance Kids Camp

If you have questions, please contact Laura Matthies at (308) 865-8523 or

Sapphires Dance Team Tryouts

Friday, May 11, 2018
Health & Sports Center | University of Nebraska at Kearney
Applications are due to Laura Matthies by 5:00 pm on Monday, April 23, 2018

Tryouts are mandatory for anyone who is considering being a part of the University of Nebraska at Kearney Sapphires Dance Team for the 2018-2019 academic year. If you are unable to attend the tryout date please contact Laura Matthies at your earliest convenience. Please carefully read the important information located below.

WHO: Any full-time student at the University of Nebraska at Kearney for the 2018-2019 academic year.

WHERE: Health & Sports Center Arena, located on the University of Nebraska at Kearney campus.

WHEN: Friday, May 11, 2018. Each applicant will sign-up for an interview time. Interviews will take place prior to tryouts.


  • All day event. Starting with morning interview.

  • Turns:

    • Double Pirouette

    • Triple Pirouette

    • Fouettes

    • A La Secondes

  • Jumps:

    • Toe Touch

    • Leap Combination

    • Calypso

  • Other:

    • Kick Sequence

    • Splits

    • Self-Choreographed Dance (30 seconds; please provide own music)

    • Learned Dance


Please note that being a member of the Sapphires Dance Team at UNK requires a significant time commitment. Our office encourages strong campus involvement from all members, but please be aware that there are certain campus activities that overlap practice and performance times.


  • Women should wear a form fitting black top, fitted dance shorts, capris, or pants, and jazz shoes. No University logos or identifying parts. No jewelry except for one set of studded earrings.

  • Note that these requirements are for safety reasons, and also note that a small part of your score in finals is "Overall Image," so make‐up and hair should be game day ready.

  • Please dress in business attire for the interview.

To submit your tryout application, please click on this link to fill out the form.

Contact Us

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Sapphires Dance Team or would like to schedule a meeting with the Spirit Squad Advisor, please contact:

Laura M

Laura Matthies

Phone: (308) 865-8523

Mailing Address:

Office of Student Engagement
University of Nebraska at Kearney
1013 West 27th Street
Kearney, NE 68849-5310