The University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s official dance team, Louisiana Ragin’ Jazz, and cheerleading squad, the Ragin’ Cajun Cheerleaders, have a significant role in Louisiana athletics and are part of the campus spirit program.
A few academic requirements of eligibility to be a Ragin’ Cajun Jazz member are that each team member must be a full-time student in the fall and spring semesters (minimum of 12 hours each semester), maintain high academic amd social standards and have at least a 2.0 GPA for the current semester.
Tryout technique requirements for the dance squad require the ability to properly perform a pirouette (triple and quad), variety of leaps (grand jetes, straddles, switch leaps, turning disc, calypso, etc.), a la seconde turns (and fouette turns), pique and chaine turns, grand battements and fan kicks and tilts. Though this does not guarantee a spot on the team, it is required to know.
This dance team consists of 19 dancers who promote Louisiana’s football, men’s and women’s basketball, baseball, volleyball and soccer teams from home and away. Not only do these women and men dance at sporting events, but they also perform at pep rallies, parades and other university events throughout Acadiana. As committed members of the team, these college students dedicate around 20 hours per week practicing and performing from June to May.
Every year, the Ragin’ Jazz team performs in Orlando, Florida, for the UDA Collegiate National Championship. For the 2020 competition, the Cajuns placed 10th in the nation in the Division IA Hip Hop Category.
This season, one member of the Ragin’ Cajun Jazz team was chosen each month based on their hard work, performance and attitude to be the MVP of the squad. Ally Bordelon for August, Angelle Martin for September, Keke Williams for October, Lauren Landry for November, Lauryn Menard for December and Victoria Richard for January were all chosen to represent the team.
Though this squads’ passion is showing their love for spirit and dance, they also come together in community service, public appearances and charitable events. The team appears at the Games of Acadiana Survivors Walk, The Big Event, Kids Day at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and the New Orleans Bowl Parade.
Sharing a huge part of this spirit are the Ragin’ Cajun Cheerleaders, who also represent Louisiana Athletics in football, men and women’s basketball, baseball and volleyball.
The University of Louisiana Ragin' Cajun cheerleaders are a coed squad, meaning that it is composed of collegiate men and women.
Tryout judgements are made based upon a person’s ability to tumble (running and standing), stunt, yell the fight song and cheers (taught at tryout) and cheer with crowd-leading ability. Their physical fitness and appearance also are highly considered when choosing athletes for this team.
Louisiana Cheer represents the University at football bowl games, post-season basketball tournaments and non-athletic functions including Alumni events, student orientation days, and youth cheer clinics.
Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns Cheerleading competes annually in Orlando, Florida, in hopes to reach their goal of national champions. In 2020 the team finished 14th in the nation in the Division IA Co-Ed.