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Tryouts

Tryout Practice – at Lincoln Elementary

  • Monday, 4/8 from 4:30 to 6:30 pm
  • Wednesday, 4/10 from 3:30 to 5:30 pm

Tryout Audition – at CFHS Gym

  • Saturday, April 13th, starting at 10 am
  • Warmup begins at 9:30 am

Frequently Asked Questions

What do I need to bring to tryouts?

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

What skills will be included in the tryout routines?

Team Skills

Varsity:

  • Triple Pirouette
  • Parallel Toe Touch Jump
  • Headspring
  • Kip Up
  • 3 turns in second, into a double
  • Triple coupe
  • 1 handed cartwheel

Junior Varsity:

  • Double Pirouette
  • Toe Touch Jump
  • Forward somersault

How do tryouts work?

You will try out with a partner, two at a time, for a panel of judges. If you are auditioning for our JV team only, you will perform the Pom and Hip Hop routines. If you are interested in auditioning for the Varsity competitive team, you will learn a 3rd routine on Wednesday, April 10th.

Example Audition for someone trying out for JV ONLY.

  • Pom performance
  • Hip Hop performance

Example Audition for someone trying out for Varsity.

  • Pom performance
  • Hip Hop performance
  • Varsity Skills routine performance

If you are eligible for Captain or a solo, you may be asked to do additional tryout activities to help us determine those positions. Results will be posted online.

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

Most of our team members have significant dance studio experience. Varsity dancers typically have significant competitive dance experience.

How many people will you take on the team?

We have 20 to 24 team members between JV & Varsity. We take Cedar Falls Freshmen (Peet and Holmes), Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors.

Typically, Varsity will have 12-14 members, and JV varies from year to year.

What is the time commitment?

Dance Team is a big commitment as we perform yearly for special events, football games, competitions, and basketball games. Please check out our practice calendar here.

Where does the team compete and perform?

Varsity will compete at the ISDTA State Dance Competition in December and perform at Varsity Football and Basketball games.
We attend camp in the summer (mid-July). In addition, we perform at community events throughout the year.

JV will compete at various regional events and perform at Football games.
We attend camp in the summer (mid-July). In addition, we perform at community events throughout the year.

Does everyone try out, even returning team members?

Yes, everyone is required to try out every year – even returning team members. No spot is guaranteed, and there have been multiple instances where someone on Varsity the previous season was not chosen for a Varsity spot.

I’m only interested in Varsity, so what do I need to learn?

All dancers auditioning need to learn the Pom and Hip Hop routine. These routines will be used to place dancers on the two teams. If you want to be considered for Varsity, you also need to learn a 3rd routine, which is skills-focused. This 3rd routine will include skills such as a triple pirouette, turns in 2nd, standing aerial, kip up, headspring, and various elite skills.

I’m only interested in JV, so what do I need to learn?

All dancers auditioning need to learn the Pom and Hip Hop routine. If you are only interested in the JV team, you only need to learn these two routines. The Pom and Hip Hop may include skills such as a double pirouette, toe touch jump, and forward somersault.

What if I have a question not included here?

Email Coach Alyssa at coach@cedarfallsdance.com