If you love to dance, consider trying out for our team!
HARD WORK, LOVING WHAT YOU DO, AND GREAT FRIENDSHIPS
During tryouts, you will perform the tryout dance for the judges. You will also show the judges a double pirouette, a calypso, a split leap, and a turn and leap of your choice. If you don't know what these things are, you can search for them on Youtube (there are tons of great instructional videos for dance skills). Wear shorts, a t-shirt, and jazz shoes (if you have them) to the learning clinics. For tryouts, you must wear dark (black or dark blue) shorts, a white t-shirt (no writing on either shirt or shorts) and jazz shoes (or other dance shoes if you don't have jazz shoes... tennis shoes work too).
Try not to be nervous. Just do your best. Even if you make a mistake, keep smiling and dance with confidence. Showmanship is a huge part of dancing for a crowd! Remember, every single judge scoring you on tryout day has been in your shoes. The judges can totally relate to tryout jitters, and they are routing for you to do you BEST!
All dance team members must attend summer choreography days. These dates will be listed in your tryout packet.
Dance team members are responsible for costume fees, summer clinic fee, shoes, poms, team-ware, and other personal items. Our dance team performs at most home girls' basketball games and all home boys' games. We compete with the Illinois Drill Team Association and have qualified for STATE Competition four of the last five years, most recently coming in second in State for Kick category.
We perform several different types of dance including jazz, kick, hip-hop, pom, and lyrical. Mandatory practices are held from 3:00-5:00 on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. There is also a possibility of some Saturday practices and morning/before school practices.
As set forth by the District #69 Board of Education, students may only participate in ONE sport per season. For that reason, any girl who becomes a dance team member may not tryout for, or participate in, girls' basketball, softball, volleyball, or cheer-leading. You would be eligible to do cross country and track.
All dance team members must meet weekly academic eligibility requirements as stated in the student handbook. In addition, if a dance team member is excused from PE for any medical reason, she is not allowed to practice or perform. If a team member is absent from school, she is unable to perform the day of the absence.
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