The Cougarettes are an audition only team. In order to be considered for the team, those auditioning must be accepted as students at Brigham Young University, must be experienced dancers, and must learn and perform the audition material provided. The dancers are required to have knowledge and practical abilities in ballet, modern, and jazz techniques. Each year over 100 dancers audition for the team of 16 to 18 dancers.
The Cougarettes were originally established in 1946. In 1998, "Dance Spirit" magazine named the Cougarettes as one of the top 25 collegiate dance teams in the nation, and in the year 2000, they Cougarettes began performing with the Cheer Squad at sporting competitions in halftime performances. The squad has won 10 national championships. They also won first prize in the New Prague Dance Festival in 2012.