Front Row (l-r): Anais Phillips, Tamisha Williams, Briana Donaldson, Lauren McDougal, Jacqulyn Jackson, Nikki McDaniels.
Back Row (l-r): Amber Hall, Heather Ramoser, Lea Nelson, Marisa Ottaviano, Kamyra Deale, Lauriel Grady, Jazzalyn Gay.


As the ambassadors to the city of Atlanta, the Georgia State Cheer and Dance teams have appeared in the motion picture "The Watch" starring Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn. They appeared in the television show, "Drop Dead Rivals." In the summer of 2013, the team appeared on "Fox Sports Race Day," live from the Atlanta Motor Speedway. In the summer of 2014, the team will appear on "America's Got Talent." 

Many of our current and past cheerleaders have been members of the National Cheerleaders Association (NCA) Staff and  the Universal Cheerleaders Association (UCA) Staff, as well as gone on to be selected to cheer for The Atlanta Hawks NBA cheer and dance teams, and the Atlanta Falcons Cheerleaders. 

Pantherettes will dance at all home football games, all home men's basketball games, and selected appearances and travel games.


Tryouts for the Georgia State dance team will held May 13-15, 2016 in the GSU Sports Arena, 125 Decatur Street. Click on the link above for all detailed information.



$20 per participant

March 26 -9 a.m-Noon


OFFICIAL TRYOUTS - May 13-15, 2016 (Details will be posted in mid-April)

By May 9, submit:

GSU grade report or GSU Acceptance Letter

Complete this Spirit Application

Head Shot Photo of Yourself

$20 Application Fee

Candidates can scan/screenshot and email the documents to

Attire: Sports bras and shorts or dance pants, along with dance shoes or sneakers. Please wear GSU color for the preliminary rounds. Finalists will be required to perform a creative solo wearing a costume that matches the choreography and them of the routine.

Finalists will need to be prepared for a professional interivew in business attire with a panel of judges.

Candidates will be selected for the team based on personality, confidence, execution, jazz skills, technical skills (turns, leaps, etc.), hip hop and pom. Finalists will participate in a professional interview.

Click on the Link for the Application Form.

If you have questions, contact Spirit Coordinator Darryl Lyons at Mail address is GSU Pantherettes Auditions, Darryl Lyons, P.O. Box 3975, Atlanta, GA  30303.

BASIC AUDITION REQUIREMENTS: Strong, sharp, traditional motion techniques, double turns, jazz combinations and high kicks. The team style is a blend of traditional pom/jazz/hip hop.

Who Are The Pantherettes?

GSU offers a Pantherettes Dance team of 12 members. This team appears at all home football games at the Georgia Dome, selected away football games, select Olympic sports games/matches, all home basketball games, and some post season tournaments. The program looks to begin competing nationally in the near future. Throughout the year, all of our dance athletes will be asked to do numerous public appearances. These appearances are part of your responsibilities just as practices, games and events. At this time, there are no scholarship stipends available. All expenses of being a part of the team are covered by fundraising events and GSU Athletics.



GSU Pantherettes are a great hit at events of all kind! If you are interested in booking them for an event, click here for the Spirit Squads Request Form. For additional request, contact Spirit Coordinator Darryl Lyons 404-413-4019 or at  

There are no out of pocket expenses for Spirit athletics participation. All practice clothes, uniforms, Nike shoes, warm-up suits as well as other accessories, travel and expenses are covered by GSU athletics and through team fund-raising activites.

Other perks of being a GSU Spirit student-athlete status include early Spring registration, workouts with the strength and conditioning coach, as well as use of the GSU Sports Medicine department and staff for assitance with medical treatment.


As a GSU Spirit group member you have the following perks:

  • To be recognized and respected as a student athlete on campus, as well as the Atlanta metropolitan area.
  • Priority Registration for Spring Classes.
  • Use of the Student Athlete study center and printing.
  • Use of the GSU Sports Medicine training room and staff.
  • Workouts lead by the GSU Football Strength and Conditioning staff.
  • Free practice and performance wear including Nike Shoes, warm ups, back packs and accessories.
  • Paid travel expenses including meals and lodging.
  • Game Day meals.
  • Post season travel to the Sun Belt Tournament in New Orleans, La and NCAA Tournament destinations.
  • National competition opportunities in Daytona Beach, Florida as well as others. 

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Darryl Lyons

Head Coach- Spirit Groups

Phone: 404-413-4019