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Audition Information

When:

Saturday, April 14th 2018 9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday; please arrive at this time to register and warm up to be ready to dance at 9:00 a.m. Lunch will be on your own, so please bring money (we can help to provide transportation from other veteran members if needed). We also accept video auditions. Please click the video audition information.

Where:

Auditions will be held in Horrabin Gym on Western Illinois University's Campus

What to wear:

Solid black fitted shirt or tank (Small logos are acceted)

Black spandex shorts (Males: please wear solid black shorts), dance shoes, hair pulled back and off the face (Poms will be provided).

What to expect:

Come prepared with a 30 second- 1 minute routine of your strongest style of dance (Hip-Hop, Pom, or Jazz)

Come ready to learn a jazz/hip-hop/pom combination as well as jazz technique.

Technical Skills and Requirements:

The following skills will be asked of you during the tryout process. Note, we may ask you to perform a skill even if it is not listed:


Required Skills:

  • Pirouettes (At least a double)
  • Side Leap
  • Calypso
  • Tilt Jump
  • Toe Touch
  • Turns in second
  • Split Leap
  • Splits

Bonus Skills: (Recommended but not required)

  • Illusions/ Turning disc
  • Leg hold turns
  • Panchee/ arabesque rolls
  • Headstands/ Headsprings
  • Stalls Freezes
  • Kip ups
  • Tumbling
  • Other High Level Technical Skill

Dancers will warm up and review material before individual interviews. Dancers may also learn a sideline to perform with the audition combinations.

Tryout Format & Skill Sections:

Please note that the tryout schedule and set up is subject to change by the coaching staff and may be hanged based on the number of people trying out and the skill level of those trying out.


Registration - Saturday April 14 - 8:30am - 9:00am

  • All Participants will need to register during this time. Those who do not register during this time will not be allowed to tryout.

Preliminary Session - Saturday, April 14 - 9:00am - 12:00pm

  • This section will involve stretching, a technique demonstration and will involve teaching all three sections of the tryout dance (pom, jazz, and hip hop.)

Final Session - Saturday, April 14 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm

  • During this session we will have a chance to review all three sections of dance that were taught in the first session. We will be paying special attention to your ability to handle criticism and apply critiques given by our staff. We will also give you time to work on your technical skills (turns, leaps, tumbling, hip hop skills, etc…) Please use the time wisely here if there are any skills that you wish to show in your personal tryout.

Tryout Session - Saturday, April 14 - 3:00pm - Final Group is finished.

  • You will perform the three dance sections taught during tryouts during this time. You will perform for the judges and you will get a chance to show your technical skills along with your solo routine. Tryouts are closed to the public and you will tryout in groups of two or three that will be chosen by the staff. After you have finished with your live tryout you will go through a short interview process. Once that interview process is complete, your tryout is finished. You should stick around as the list will be posted about an hour after the tryout is completed. For those that make the team, you will have a short team meeting with your new teammates! GOOD LUCK!