Cover Photo Image
About the Dukettes

The Dukettes are the official dance team of James Madison University. These dancers are some of the most talented at JMU, and in the United States. The Dukettes are a fast-paced organization, who are model representatives of the values of JMU, and are ambassadors to the school as a whole.

The season for a Dukette begins with summer practices in July and August, where they go through a rigorous preparation for the season and camp. The team attends National Dance Alliance's (NDA) Collegiate Dance Team camp in August, where they learn routines and participate in team bonding exercises.

The Dukettes also partake in the Marching Royal Dukes' Band Camp, which takes place the week before the start of classes. During the regular season, the Dukettes practice Monday through Thursday for 2 hours each day, and on the Fridays of home games with the band during football season.

The team performs during halftime with the Marching Royal Dukes at every home football game. They also perform at every home basketball game, make other appearances, and travel with the MRDs throughout the fall season. These performances include community, university, national, and international events.The essence of the Dukette season is nationals, where they travel to Daytona Beach, Florida to participate in NDA's National Collegiate Dance Championships. 


Due to policies set forth by JMU in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, our in-person auditions previously set for April 18th are canceled.

In order to keep our current members and prospective dancers safe and healthy, we are moving to an ONLINE audition format for the 2020-21 season. Online auditions will include video submissions that will be viewed by the coaches and a judging panel. Prospective members will be asked to perform choreography, technical skills, and potentially interview with the coaching staff. 

For registration and the most up to date information regarding the Dukettes, please visit

Download the Tryout Info Packet

Dukette For A Day 2021

Spend the day dancing with the Dukettes! 

The Dukette for a Day program is open to dancers ages Pre-K through 8th Grade. Dancers will attend a short clinic and perform a routine at a basketball game!

Registration for this event will open in early 2021. We hope to see you there!

Collegiate Prep Clinic

This clinic is specifically designed for high school level dancers and those interested in auditioning for the James Madison University Dukettes or any collegiate dance team. Those in attendance will learn dance team style, skills and have an advantage by learning the JMU Fight Song which will be evaluated during our April auditions. Attendees will have an opportunity to meet the team to ask questions and participate in an optional mock audition to receive feedback from coaching staff and senior members of the Dukettes.

Registration for this event will open in early 2021. We hope to see you there!


Please feel free to follow the "JMU Dukettes" on Twitter and Instagram for additional updates. 

Or reach out to the Dukettes Coach, Taylor Kim, via email at 

Back to Top