UDA Staff

What’s UDA staff all about?

For over 40 years, UDA has delivered a dynamic summer curriculum with top-notch staff to motivate, inspire and energize your team. Every year brings new routines, sidelines for games, evaluations, awards, fun activities and so much more. Join us this summer as we empower your team to reach new heights and lead more effectively at school and in the community. The show must go on, so snag your spot front and center with UDA this summer! 

  • The UDA Staff are not only great role models but also incredible dancers, skilled at breaking down choreography for every level and learning style. 
  • The 300+ talented and educated UDA Staff are hand-selected from the nation’s top university dance programs and undergo extensive training from UDA prior to each summer camp season. 
  • At UDA Camp your team will receive one on one technique instruction and private coaching from our UDA Instructors. 
  • UDA has trained over 1.2 million dancers since 1980! 

Scroll down to find out how you can apply to be a part of the UDA Staff Family!

UDA Staff Toolbox

UDA Staff Toolbox

About Being a UDA Staff Member

UDA Staff Credentials

UDA is committed to creating a safe and positive environment for its participants’ physical, emotional and social development, and promoting an environment free from abuse and misconduct.

All of our UDA Instructors complete the following certifications:

  • Background Check
  • Heads Up Concussion Training
  • Athlete Safety and Wellness Program – must pass a 25 question, scenario-based test on the maltreatment of children and understanding mandatory reporting requirements
  • Good Moral Character Affidavit
  • Comprehensive Staff Training Program
  • Fingerprinting – as required by state law and camp requirements
  • COVID-19 Safety & Preparedness Training – educated on specific local guidelines prior to every camp

About UDA Staff

Being a member of UDA’s instructional staff is a great way to stay involved in dance all year long!  This is a summer job like no other as we combine dancing, teaching, and traveling into a one-of-a-kind employment opportunity.  The UDA Staff is comprised of young men and women possessing character and empathy, teamwork and leadership skills, and of course, talent!   Find your place alongside the best dancers in the dance team industry as you share your passion with hundreds of participants and coaches all summer long.

Role of the UDA Instructor –

  • First and foremost, you’ll be teaching!  This includes breaking down and demonstrating routine choreography, teaching technical skills of all levels, and leading seminars on various topics.
  • You will also get to work one on one with athletes to help them master new skills and prepare for evaluations.
  • Every instructor also serves as a Team Leader to their assigned teams to help promote leadership and to make camp fun, exciting, and memorable!

Job Training – All instructors will be fully trained on how to teach camp prior to the summer.  Whether virtually or in-person, you will have the chance to meet fellow staff members as you learn our curriculum, practice skills and perfect material.

Types of Camp – Most instructors teach a variety of UDA Summer Camps. They include overnight camps, home camps, resort camps, convention camps and clinics. Overnight camps are held at university campuses or hotels, while home camps are held at schools. Although the focus is mostly on high school athletes, participants can range in age from elementary/youth up through college!

Additional Opportunities – While primarily a summer camp role, this position also brings opportunities to work throughout the year, including local competitions, National Championships, Special Event Parades, tryouts and clinics.

  • Check out our staff video above for more reasons to be a part of our incredible staff!

Employment at UDA

Here’s a look at what you can expect to gain from a position with UDA:

Improved Dance and Instruction Abilities

  • Learn to pick up new choreography quickly and perfect breaking down and cueing routines through extensive training.
  • Become a more versatile dancer by developing proficiency in a variety of styles.
  • Gain in-depth knowledge of progression in technical skills through instruction, demonstration, and repetition.
  • Develop strong trouble shooting skills as you work with teams of all ability levels

The Perks

  • Additional year-round employment opportunities like weekend clinics, camps, and competitions.
  • Summer Camp instructors become eligible to work special events like half-time shows, parades and national championships, many at Walt Disney World Resort!
  • Networking!  Gain experience for future job opportunities in the dance industry (apparel sales, marketing, event production) and various fields of education
  • Work alongside some of the top dancers in the country from many different universities.

Transferable Work Experience:

In addition to staying active, meeting fellow dancers from across the country and, of course, having fun, you will also gain valuable work experience that can impact your future educational and employment endeavors.

  • Public speaking – Feel your confidence grow as you lead teams through the daily camp curriculum.
  • Interpersonal skills – Every camp is your chance to be a part of, or even manage, a team of fellow instructors.
  • Leadership and managerial skills – Become a pro at facilitating ice breakers and team-building exercises.
  • Time management skills – Perfect your attention to detail as you work with teams to achieve their goals.
  • Problem-solving skills – Learn to think on your feet and create adaptable plans. Every camp is different!
  • Customer service skills – Resolve yourself to exceeding every customer’s expectations.

Application and Tryout Information

Applications are now being received for the summer of 2021! 

Click HERE to submit your preliminary application, including your short video introduction. *Remember you must be turning 18 years old by May 31, 2021 in order to apply*

Application Deadline: February 15th

Tryout Video Submissions: Your video tryout will consist of evaluations on routine, technical skills, and teaching ability. Required material will be provided to all applicants after application deadline.

Results:  Positions will be offered based primarily on the video submissions.  In other situations, if circumstances allow, applicants may be asked to attend an in-person evaluation and/or interview.  Additional one-on-one or group interviews may be conducted virtually as well before final decisions are made.

Questions?: For any questions regarding staff employment, please email Ginger Hauser at ghauser@varsity.com

 

FAQ’S

  • What is the time commitment like?……
    Time commitment and accountability are huge requirements for this job. It is a full-time summer commitment spanning from late May/early June through the end of August. If you are unavailable at any time during the summer, it is your responsibility to make your Staffing Director/State Director aware. Once your contract is signed, you are required to fulfill your entire schedule of camps that you are assigned to. You will be teaching from a minimum of 8 to 12 hours a day when at camp. You will be on your feet performing skills and interacting with teams for most of the camp.
  • Will I stay in my area or be away from home?
    Both! You may be working a camp close to home for a week then in a different area the next. Traveling from camp to camp is another aspect and privilege of this job. Sometimes, the distance between camps can vary, so always be prepared to travel outside your area. There will be occasions where you might have to travel and stay by yourself in a hotel, therefore feeling comfortable on your own is a must. Traveling is a privilege of this job, and you will find that some of your lifelong friends will be made through visiting new areas of the country!
  • What will I be doing as an instructor?
    How much do I get paid?
    The UDA pay scale is based on experience in performing and teaching and will be set once you are hired. Once at camp, all lodging and meals will be paid for by UDA. On top of your base pay you will receive non-taxed expense money per camp for travel and additional meals. If you are asked to travel a longer distance and you go beyond the fixed amount, you will be reimbursed through an expense report. If you are scheduled for a Day Camp or a Home Camp, you will be housed in a hotel and given more expense money since you will be on your own for more meals. You will be trained on all of these procedures prior to your first camp.
  • How much will I be working?
    Instructors are scheduled according to seniority, availability and need of the camp. Normally, first-year UDA Instructors work anywhere from 4-8 camps. Keep in mind, this number can vary either direction based on your performance, willingness to be flexible, and location. If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact your Staffing Director.

UDA Social Staff

Alexis Pender

Midwest

Alexis Pender

Midwest

Follow Alexis's Summer Adventures: @uda_alexis
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Kayla Drow

Midwest

Kayla Drow

Midwest

Follow Kayla's Summer Adventures: @udakayla
Favorite Thing About Staff: Having the opportunity to meet so many new athletes all summer and traveling while doing my favorite thing, dance! I also love sharing my passion for dance!
Fun Fact: I love to bake and cook in my free time!

Ramsi Rodriguez

MidSouth

Ramsi Rodriguez

MidSouth

Follow Ramsi's Summer Adventures: @udaramsi
Favorite Thing About Staff: Getting to share my passion for dance with others who love it just as much!!
Fun Fact: I was born on Thanksgiving!!

Peyton Kuykendall

Southwest

Peyton Kuykendall

Southwest

Follow Peyton's Summer Adventures: @udapeyton
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Taylor Shupe

Midwest

Taylor Shupe

Midwest

Follow Taylor's Summer Adventures: @uda_tay_
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Morgan Dubley

Midwest

Morgan Dubley

Midwest

Follow Morgan's Summer Adventures: @uda_morgan
Favorite Thing About Staff: Getting to meet so many new people and forming relationships with tons of campers and other staff members!
Fun Fact: My favorite animal is a giraffe!

Keely Flis

Midwest

Keely Flis

Midwest

Follow Keely's Summer Adventures: @udakeely
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Meredith Muller

Southeast

Meredith Muller

Southeast

Follow Meredith's Summer Adventures: @uda_meredith
Favorite Thing About Staff: Getting to meet new people and traveling to new places while doing my absolute favorite thing, teaching dance!
Fun Fact : I started dancing when I was 3!

Jade Long

MidSouth

Jade Long

MidSouth

Follow Jade's Summer Adventures: @uda_jade
Favorite Thing About Staff: Making connections with campers and watch how they grow throughout the week
Fun Fact: I can quote every word to the movie Tangled

Harley Southmayd

MidSouth

Harley Southmayd

MidSouth

Follow Harley's Summer Adventures: @uda_harley
Favorite Thing About Staff: Traveling to new places, working with so many dancers and being able to impact their lives in a positive way, and creating memories with my fellow UDA staff members that will last a lifetime!
Fun Fact: I was named after the Harley Davidson motorcycle!

Najah Brown

West

Najah Brown

West

Follow Najahs Summer Adventures: @udanajah
Favorite Thing About Staff: Traveling with my best friends all while meeting and connecting with so many passionate and talented dancers and coaches.
Fun Fact: I taught six UDA camps in Germany!

Brooklyn Wattenbarger

Central

Brooklyn Wattenbarger

Central

Follow Brooklyn's Summer Adventures: @udabrooklynn
Favorite Thing About Staff: I love that this job surrounds me with so many people who love and find so much joy in dancing. It inspires me!
Fun Fact: My favorite food is cereal! Any kind, any time.

Megan Broomfield

Central

Megan Broomfield

Central

Follow Megan's Summer Adventures: @udameganb
Favorite Thing About Staff: Watching the progression of dancers from the first day of camp to the last.
Fun Fact: My birthday is on Halloween!

Brittany Bell

Central

Brittany Bell

Central

Follow Brittany's Summer Adventures: @uda_brittany
Favorite Thing About Staff: All of the incredible dancers I meet!
Fun Fact: I am 6 feet tall!

Jenna LaSala

Northeast

Jenna LaSala

Northeast

Follow Jenna's Summer Adventures: @udajenna
Favorite Thing About Staff: Meeting such talented staffers & campers from all around the country!
Fun Fact: I work in NYC!

Sydney Mora

Southwest

Sydney Mora

Southwest

Follow Sydney's Summer Adventures: @udasydney
Favorite Thing About Staff: Making lifelong friends on staff!
Fun Fact: I'm a total musical theatre nerd!

Emily Cook

Northeast

Emily Cook

Northeast

Follow Emily's Summer Adventures: @uda_emily
Favorite Thing About Staff: Having the opportunity to make new friends and build relationships with dancers from around the country!
Fun Fact: I can do 55 consecutive turns in second!

Haley Kramer

Midsouth

Haley Kramer

Midsouth

Follow Haley's Summer Adventures: @uda_haley
Favorite Thing About Staff: Meeting teams and watching them grow from the start of camp till the end of camp!
Fun Fact: I'm obsessed with musicals!

Kaitlyn Seiler

Southwest

Kaitlyn Seiler

Southwest

Follow Kaitlyn's Summer Adventures: @uda_kaitlyns
Favorite Thing About Staff: Making the best memories with campers and fellow staff.
Fun Fact: I have lived in 7 different states!

Megan Wolter

Midwest

Megan Wolter

Midwest

Follow Megan's Summer Adventures: @udameganw
Favorite Thing About Staff: Being able to connect with so many awesome people that share the same passion for dance!
Fun Fact: I am obsessed with board games!

Macy Behrens

Great Plains

Macy Behrens

Great Plains

Follow Macy's Summer Adventures: @udamacy
Favorite Thing About Staff: The amazing group of people and getting to share my passion for dance with others!
Fun Fact: I am studying graphic design

Megan Schnepel

Great Plains

Megan Schnepel

Great Plains

Follow Megan's Summer Adventures: @udamegs
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Molly Nystedt

Midwest

Molly Nystedt

Midwest

Follow Molly's Summer Adventures: @uda_molly
Favorite Thing About Staff: Getting to know so many amazing people from all over the country!
Fun Fact: I have been a lifeguard for 4 years!

McKenna Jones

MidWest

McKenna Jones

MidWest

Follow McKenna's Summer Adventures: @udamckenna
Favorite Thing About Staff: Being able to have an impact on so many dancers and doing so with great friends!
Fun Fact: My given first name at birth is Mc. So my legal name is Mc Kenna Marie Jones.

Francesca Decaro

Northeast

Francesca Decaro

Northeast

Follow Francesca's Summer Adventures: @uda_francesca
Favorite Thing About Staff: Having the opportunity to meet so many co-workers from around the nation and building connections with teams and coaches!
Fun Fact: My favorite food is peanut butter!

Nelson Mejia

Northeast

Nelson Mejia

Northeast

Follow Nelson's Summer Adventures: @udanelson
Favorite Thing About Staff: The awesome people I get to work with!!
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