Ask anyone of the more than 7,600 people that leave the sold-out Siegel Center, after yet another Rams victory, about the best part of the game day experience and the “VCU Gold Rush Dance Team” is guaranteed to be one of the most popular answers.
Behind the direction of Vicki Wells, the VCU Gold Rush Dance Team has become widely known as one of the top squads on the East Coast and continually wows crowds at VCU basketball games.
About the Team:
The VCU Gold Rush Dance Team consists of 22-26 talented dancers all from various performance backgrounds. Some have a technical ballet, tap, and jazz background, while others strictly come from various cheer and competitive squads. All ladies are required to practice three nights per week and attend all VCU men’s and select women's basketball home games, in addition to some community appearances.
Auditions for the 2017-2018 VCU Gold Rush Dance Team will be held on Saturday, September 9 from 9AM-6PM and Sunday, September 10 from 10AM-5PM in the Siegel Center Auxiliary Gym. Participants are expected to attend both days of auditions. All VCU students may try out regardless of their level (i.e. undergraduate, graduate). Each participant must bring a 5x7 headshot print-out on the first day of auditions. *Photos will not be returned*
For more information, please click the link and join the Facebook event. Participants are required to attend both days of auditions. Tryout attire includes a mid-drift barring top or sports bra, dance shorts, and dance shoes or sneakers for support (tights optional). Hair should be worn down along with makeup that accentuates your features. Please review the Frequently Asked Questions for more information on attire and what to expect. For additional inquires, please message the VCU Gold Rush Dancers Facebook Page or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you'd like to make a donation to the dance team, please visit the link below and select 'Dance Team' from the drop down menu.
Vicki Lynn Wells
With over 25 years of dance and cheer experience, Vicki Wells is the Director for the VCU Dance Team.
Former associations include the National Champion Q94 Rockers Competition Team, the Rhythm and Cheer All-Stars dance and cheer program in Northern Virginia, the USA Spirit Station All-Stars, and various other squads up and down the east coast. In addition, she is a former staff member/instructor for the National Cheerleaders Association, the Eastern Cheer and Dance Association and the All-American Pro Bowl Selection Committee.
Vicki was also a member and officer for the Washington Redskins’ Cheerleaders as well as part of their traveling show troupe. Performing most recently for the inaugural season of the IBL’s Richmond Rhythm professional basketball team and serving as their coach and choreographer.
Currently in addition to working with the VCU Dance Team, Vicki is a judge for cheer and dance competitions on the local, regional and national levels. She still performs today for both charity and corporate events in the community.