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Poms Dance Team


The Poms Dance Team believes in the impact of dance through choreography used as a form of worship and promotion of school spirit. The team seeks to develop a community of gifted dancer who strive for spiritual and physical growth.


Abby Woelfel (’15, Adams) established the Poms Team in January 2013. At the time, the university had a rule that restricted students from dancing. Being a dancer all of her life, Abby wanted to continue dancing in college. She saw a need to promote school spirit, and decided to create a dance team. After holding the first auditions in March 2013, Abby selected 7 other women to be on the Poms Team.

In September 2013, the Original 8 did their first performance in Turner Stadium. Since then, the Poms Team has grown to 13 women and has performed in multiple venues including Odle Arena and Rediger Auditorium. The team has also been invited to perform at Airband and Nostalgia Night.

Before her graduation, Abby named Leslie Clouse (’18) as the new Coach. While Leslie studied abroad, Courtney Spoutz (’18) led the team and since has become Assistant Coach. Leslie changed the name to Poms Dance Team to emphasize the teams’ focus of dance. Both Coaches, along with the leadership team, created a handbook for the team for dancers to understand the history, requirements, and expectations of the team. Leslie and Courtney are now training Jessica Pyle (’20) to assume the position as Coach after their graduation.

What’s Required?

Skill Requirements
  • Basic Dance Knowledge
  • Flexibility
  • Leaps
  • Kicks
  • Double Pirouette
  • Sharp Execution
  • Hard Worker
  • Good Character
Time Requirement

The team practices 3 afternoons each week. In addition, the team performs at some of the home Football, Basketball (Men’s and Women’s), and Soccer (Men’s and Women’s) games. Dancers are given the performance schedule weeks in advance and are asked to communicate any conflicts 2 weeks prior to the performance.

**Team members pay a $25 due per semester to be on the team. Please contact the Coach or Advisor for more information on investment.


Each Spring, the Poms Dance Team holds auditions for new members. Click here for an application. Please contact either our Coach or Advisor for further details about auditions.

During the summer, the team holds video auditions for incoming first-year students. Please contact the Coach or Advisor for more information regarding video auditions.


Coach: Leslie Clouse (leslie_clouse@taylor.edu)