- Judith Jamison
The Sophisticated Ladies are the auxiliary dance team for the Tennessee State University Aristocrat of Bands. Known for their beauty, style, and grace on and off the field, the Sophisticated Ladies pride themselves on passion, dedication, and heart for their university, community, and the artistry of HBCU dance. Envisioned and designed to be the upper echelon of dance teams, the Sophisticated Ladies brings sass and sophisticated flavor to the stands and a bold, jazzy flair to the field.
Today, the Sophisticated Ladies are comprised of well-rounded, student dancers trained in ballet, jazz, contemporary, and other dance genres. Members maintain a 2.8 GPA or higher and, are committed to serving the Nashville community through outreach initiatives. Bonded together through their love and respect for dance, the Sophisticated Ladies are proud of the rich legacy that continues to generate productive doctors, lawyers, teachers, entertainers, counselors, scientists, and community leaders who DANCE…Forever Sophisticated.
Sophisticated Ladies Coordinator and Choreographer
Auditions are open to incoming freshman and current TSU students that will be enrolled in Fall classes directly following Spring Auditions. Auditions take place in 2 rounds.
Round 1: Preliminaries are virtual. Applicants will submit an online application that will include: Headshot, Full body picture (front and side facing), 2 Letters of Recommendation (1 dance and 1 academic), 60-90 second dance video, and 60 second introduction video.
Round 2: Finals are in person and invitation only. After review of your online application, Coach Melaneice will review and select dancers to attend finals. Students who attend finals will learn a 60 second field show dance, 2 stand dances, learn and execute 1 technique combination, and interview in business professional attire. The new team will be selected at the end of the 2-3 day audition process.
The Sophisticated Ladies are well-rounded dancers trained in multiple genres of dance. Majorette experience is not required, however dance training and technical foundations are highly preferred. Please be sure to watch field show routines within the last 3 years to see what skills we showcase on the field. Preferred Technical Skills are:
The Sophisticated Ladies believe that academics come first. While there isn’t a GPA requirement to auditions, however all members must maintain a 2.8 cumulative GPA.
The Sophisticated Ladies has several out-of-pocket expenses that each member is responsible for i.e. shoes, boots, warm-up, shorts, shirts, bag, sweatshirts, hair, makeup, etc. These payments are due at the beginning of the season to cover all team apparel. Upkeep of apparel, nails, and hair is required.
Yes! There is no limit to the number of times you can try out for our team.
There is not a set number of dancers, however, spots on the team are limited and based on the number of returning members and overall talent level during the audition process. The team usually ranges between 10 - 14 dancers.