Dancing Flames News: National Update, Audition Information

Members of the Dancing Flames pose with the 2010 UDA national hip hop runner-up trophy in January.

Members of the Dancing Flames pose with the 2010 UDA national hip hop runner-up trophy in January.

March 24, 2010

CHICAGO- The 2009-10 season was one to remember for the UIC Dancing Flames, and auditions for next year's dance team will take place this spring to make the 2010-11 campaign even more memorable.

The Dancing Flames, coached by Toya Ambrose, placed second in the Division I hip hop competition at the 2010 UDA National Dance Team Championship in Orlando this past January.

The team also advanced to the Division I jazz competition finals, placing 12th in the country.

"Our goals were to make top 3 in hip hop and make it to finals in jazz," says Ambrose. "We accomplished that, plus more. I couldn't be more proud of my girls."

In hip hop, the Dancing Flames were ranked third after the semifinals behind the Horizon League rival Milwaukee and defending champion Delaware. The girls gave what Ambrose called "the performance of their lives" in the final round and moved up to the runner-up slot.

In jazz, the Dancing Flames were the 13th and final team to qualify into the final round of competition. The team moved up to 12th after the last showing.

"Our goal was to move up from the final slot, and we did just that," said Ambrose.

The Dancing Flames' 2010 Nationals performances can be viewed here courtesy of

The UIC Dancing Flames program has a rich history of success, winning the 2007 UDA National Championship in Division I Hip Hop and a national title in 1996, among many accomplishments over the years.

Now the UIC Dancing Flames are holding auditions for the 2010-11 season as Ambrose and her team prepare to add to the outstanding tradition of the team.

The UIC Dancing Flames perform at all home men's basketball games, compete in the UDA College Dance National Championship at Disney World, attend camp in Milwaukee, perform at UIC campus events, host a city-wide dance showcase called Dance.Live, hold dance camps for kids, donate and support charities, and much more.

Below is the information for those interested in auditioning for the Dancing Flames:

DATE: Sunday, March 28
TIME: 9-3 p.m.
PLACE: UIC Physical Education Building, lower level dance studio
COST: $20.00
This clinic will give you all the information you need to know about being on a college team. You will learn samples of competition material (hip hop and jazz), and review the technical skills needed to be on the team. You will be able to chat with present and former members, as well as the head coach.
*this clinic is not mandatory to audition, but it will help you*

DATES: Every Tuesday in April
TIME: 6-8:30 p.m.
PLACE: UIC Physical Education Building, lower level dance studio
COST: Free
These classes will alternate in style from hip hop to jazz/contemporary. Come prepared for both!
*these classes are not mandatory to audition, but they will help you understand the dance styles needed to make the team*

DATES: Saturday, May 1st and 2nd
TIME: 9-4 p.m.
PLACE: UIC Physical Education Building, lower level dance studio
COST: $20.00
The audition will consist of learning material and performing in small groups. You will review and execute technical skills such as double/triple pirouettes, leaps/jumps, leg extensions. There will be an interview conducted throughout the day. Finally, you will be asked to perform a solo dance of your choice at the end of the day. Do what you do best! Be prepared to dance both days, but there is a chance that the team may be selected on Saturday, depending upon the number of dancers.

Email Coach Toya Ambrose at to register for the clinic, classes, or audition. If you cannot make it to the actual audition, please email Coach Ambrose to set up a private audition.

The UIC Physical Education Building is located at 901 W. Roosevelt Road on UIC's South Campus.

Fans can listen to podcasts featuring exclusive interviews with UIC head coaches, staff and student-athletes for free on iTunes by searching "UIC Flames."

Fans wishing to learn more about affordable and flexible UIC ticket plans are encouraged to call 312-413-UIC1 or visit and click on the "Tickets" tab on the Flames home page.