Tryout Practice – at Lincoln Elementary

  • Monday, March 22nd from 430 to 630
  • Wednesday, March 24th from 400 to 600

Tryout Audition – at Cedar Falls High School

  • Saturday, March 27th starting at 8:30am

Practice Videos and Music HERE.

Frequently Asked Questions

What do I need to bring to tryouts?

For tryout practice, bring a water bottle and wear clothes you can move in. If you have jazz shoes, please bring those. If you don’t, that’s fine. Tennis shoes will work as well.

You will need to wear a mask.

What skills will be included in the tryout routines?

  • Toe touch jump
  • High Kick (right leg)
  • Double pirouette
  • Whack-back
  • Backbend
  • Headspring (or forward roll for those who do not have a headspring yet)

What about other skills?

We might have an opportunity for you to show certain skills at the end of tryouts. However, these skills will not figure into your final score.

What kind of dance experience do I need to make the team?

While dance experience is not required, it absolutely helps. Most of our team members have at least some studio experience. However, we have had team members in previous years with little to no formal dance training.

Pom Dance style experience is not required, we will teach you how to execute this style of dance.

How many people will you take on the team?

We do not have a set minimum or maximum. Typically, the team is comprised of 20 to 25 dancers between JV & Varsity. We take Cedar Falls Freshmen (Peet and Holmes), Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors.

How do tryouts work?

You’ll join us to learn the tryout choreography on Monday. We’ll review the choreography and skills on Wednesday. On the Saturday of tryouts, you’ll perform the choreography and skills in pairs for judges and coaches. Our judges will score your performance which will factor into your tryout evaluation. Our tryouts may include a callback at the end, so stick around.

What is the time committment?

Dance Team is a big time commitment as we perform throughout the year for special events, football games, competitions, and basketball games. Our season begins after tryouts (late March) and ends mid-February. Please check out our practice calendar here.

What is the difference between JV and Varsity?

Varsity competes at the ISDTA State Dance Competition in December, as well as performs at Varsity Football and Basketball games. Varsity requires a greater time commitment and skill level. Most of our Varsity members are upperclassmen. However, freshmen and sophomores can make the Varsity team. Varsity attends camp in the summer (July 15, 16 and 17).

JV is designed to focus on fundamental skill-building. The JV team may compete at regional competitions, performs at Sophomore Football and Basketball games, and community performances. Varsity attends camp in the summer (July 15, 16 and 17).

What if I have a question not included here?

Email Coach Alyssa at