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Tryout Information

Tryouts for the 2018-2019 Rockettes Drill Team will be held during the week of April 2 - April 6, 2018. There will be a 3 day after school clinic Monday - Wednesday where the Rockette hopefuls will learn a routine consisting of a jazz style dance with a series of high kicks. On Thursday, there will be a "mock" tryout. This will be a practice tryout for the hopefuls to get a feeling of what the actual tryout will be like the next day. Friday will be the actual tryout day. The hopefuls will arrive dressed in appropriate attire desired by the director, stretch as a group, and have the opportunity to run through the dance before the judges arrive.

Judges for tryouts are hired by the director and have no affiliation with the team in any way. They are a neutral party that observes the hopefuls trying out and will score them based off of a series of criteria. The drill team director does not sway the judges in their decision of the team. The director does not score or select any members of the team. She is there to observe along with one member of the high school administration.

Criteria for Tryouts:

  • Right and left splits
  • Double pirouette on the right
  • Single pirouette on the left
  • Chaîné
  • Right Jeté
  • Calypso
  • Tilt Kick or Tilt Jump
  • High Kicks (with correct technique)
  • Exceptional endurance
  • Coordination
  • Rhythm - keeping time with the music while dancing
  • Projection - Keeping a smile while dancing
  • Posture and Confidence
  • Other possible technical requirements:
    • Axel turn
    • Tuck jump
    • Coupé turn
    • Sou de basque
    • Arabesque
    • Pique turn

Rockette hopefuls must attend all 4 days of the workshop (April 2-5) to be eligible to tryout on Friday (April 6) for the team.

There will be a mandatory tryout meeting on Monday, March 19, 2018 for all of those wishing to try out (new hopefuls and returning members) with at least one partent present. If you cannot attend the meeting on Monday, March 19, 2018 you will need to schedule another day to meet with Coach Gundersen before tryouts start.

We wish the best of luck to all that tryout for the Rockettes Drill Team!


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