The University of St. Thomas Dance Team is an integral part of school spirit at UST. The team performs at all home football games, halftime at men's and women's basketball games, pep rallies, parades and other on-campus and University-related events. We believe in hard work, human dignity and the transformative power of purple. All for the common good.
The Tommie Dancers compete at the national level and have appeared at various events within the community such as the Twin Cities Marathon, Minnesota Timberwolves halftime entertainment, Minnesota Vikings halftime entertainment, Minnesota Twins pre-game entertainment and the Unified Dance Marathon. Annually, the team also hosts a dance team competition called the "Tommie Invitational," and teaches clinics with high school dance teams around the Twin Cities.
Nationally-ranked since 2004, the UST Dance Team competes in the jazz and hip-hop categories at the Universal Dance Association (UDA) National College Dance Team Championships. St. Thomas has continually placed in the top two in the Open Division (DII & III), earning national champion titles in 2006, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. The competition is held at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida and airs throughout the year on ESPN.
Check out the following links for the latest news on the UST Dance Team!
University of St. Thomas Newsroom Article 1/20/17: click HERE
University of St. Thomas Newsroom Article 1/19/16: click HERE
The Line Up Blog- Customer Spotlight 2/2/16: click HERE
Tommie Media 1/22/15: Dance Team Wins Hip Hop National Title, 2nd in Jazz
Tommie Media 12/23/14: Tommies Try for 9th National Championship
Locker Room Video Interview 10/10/14: The Locker Room with Alysia Ulfers
St. Thomas Newsroom 1/22/14: St. Thomas Dance Team Wins National Titles in Two Categories
Tommie Media 1/17/14: Tommie Dance View for 7th National Title
St. Thomas Newsroom/St Thomas Magazine 5/8/13: "They Know They Can Dance"
St Thomas Newsroom 1/20/13: Nationals
Tommie Media 1/25/13: Nationals
Tommie Media 1/24/12: Nationals
Tommie Media Video Interview 2/3/11: Nationals
The Bulletin 1/24/11: Nationals
The Bulletin 1/25/10: Nationals
The Bulletin 8/17/09: Camp
The Bulletin 11/11/09: Nationals Qualification
Tommie Media 11/20/09: Nationals Qualification
Alysia has been coaching the Tommie Dance Team since 2004 and has been a part of all 11 national championship titles. She is a former NBA Dancer and is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she was a captain of the UW Dance Team. Alysia was the Director of Dance for Team USA from 2014-2016 and helped the US National Dance Team win 6 gold medals and 1 silver at the ICU World Championships. She is a former UDA Head Instructor, choreographer and national and international judge.
Julia has been coaching since the 2015-2016 season and was a member of the UST Dance Team from 2010-2015 and was a captain her last two seasons. As a Tommie Dancer, she helped lead the team to a total of 6 national titles- winning every year she was on the team- and was voted "Rookie of the Year" in 2011 and MVP 2014 and 2015. Julia grew up dancing at Larkin Dance Studio in Maplewood, MN and has also been an instructor at Flips Gymnastics where she competed as a level 9 gymnast. She is originally from White Bear Lake, MN and a 2015 UST graduate.