5-Time National Champions

The Washburn University Dancing Blues are an integral part of Washburn spirit. Serving as the university dance team, the Dancing Blues perform at all home football games, select women’s and men’s basketball games, appear at university and alumni events, and compete at the national level.

The Dancing Blues are five-time American Dance and Drill Team National Champions with titles in 2013, 2015, 2017, 2018 and 2019. This year the Dancing Blues plan to attend the DTU College Classic Invitational in Orlando, FL in April of 2022.

Currently, the Dancing Blues have 14 members representing 10 major areas of study. The 2021-2022 Dancing Blues captains are Jalyn Porter, senior, and Jenna Smithson, junior. Co-Captains are Jacee Barnes, junior, and Abby Gaschen, junior.

A dancing blue member smiles while performing


Tryouts for the 2022-2023 Dancing Blues will be held on Saturday, April 30th and all Washburn University students in good standing are eligible to try out. To find more information about tryouts and to register, please use the links below. 

Successful members will receive a scholarship for their commitment to the Dancing Blues. Tryout Clinics will be held on February 20th and March 20th. Click the link below to get registered and to see all clinic details.

High school and college age dancers are all welcome to attend to learn more about the team and how tryouts will be held. All updates about the Clinics and Tryouts will be posted on the Dancing Blues Social Media Pages.

Be sure to check in regularly and follow the Dancing Blues to stay up to date! Feel free to contact coach Michaela Trobough with any questions.

A dancing blue smiles and cheers while on the sidelines of a football game.
The Dancing Blues team throw their pom-poms in the air
A dancer smiles while stretching out during a performance on the football field.
A group of dancing blues smile and pose for a group photo outside.
A line of dancing blues smile and wave at the crowd in the stands.
A dancing blue smiles and holds both poms in the air while cheering for the team.
A group of dancing blues smile and pose for a photo in the lights of the football field.
A dancer smiles and waves to the crowd during a football game.


It shall be the mission of the Washburn University Dancing Blues to work as a team to deliver the best possible performances and be the best possible representatives of Washburn. We will recognize organization, punctuality, professionalism, hard work and respect as important keys to achieving success. We will come together as a team to achieve a level of physical fitness that will enhance our performance. We will strive to be positive role models at all times and remember that we are representatives of a larger organization. Our choreography will be thoughtful and challenging, while still keeping our audience in mind. We will make an honest effort as a team to maintain our commitment to improvement while still having fun!

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