Bellarmine Dance Announces Fall Tryouts, Accepting Video Auditions

Bellarmine Dance Announces Fall Tryouts, Accepting Video Auditions

Bellarmine University Athletics

Looking to join Bellarmine’s national-winning dance team? There are two ways prospective athletes can still audition for the 2016-2017 Bellarnine Dance Team:

1) Video Audition – Prospective athletes can submit a video audition. Video submissions due Wednesday, August 31.

OR

2) On Campus in person clinic/audition to be held Thursday, September 1. – Prospective athletes can come to an in person clinic, with the tryout to immediately follow.

Dancers interested in trying out should contact Coach Erin Thompson at ethompson@bellarmine.edu.

Video Audition Details – Due 8/31
If you choose to submit a video, the audition video should highlight your strengths as a dancer.  You can mail in a DVD, or post an “Unlisted” video on YouTube.

Tips on what to include on the video: In general, college dance team audition videos most often include the following –

  • Technical skills: Most dancers submit the following to highlight their jazz, pom and hip hop technique. If you have a skill, it’s typically best to include it on the video.
    • Jazz/Pom: Toe touch, double and triple turns, second turns, leaps, tilt kicks, splits, etc.
    • Hip Hop: Stalls, kips, head springs, head stands, tumbling skills, etc.
  • Solo: It is good to include a solo on an audition video because it is your chance to highlight your strengths as a dancer. TIP: It may be best to avoid styles the team doesn’t do, such as tap or modern. Select a style the team does (pom, jazz or hip hop). Also, consider the length of the solo. Most judges should be able to judge you with a minute to a minute and a half routine.
  • Bellarmine Fight Song: Performing the Bellarmine Fight Song is a required portion of tryouts. If you choose not to include it on your video, you will need to come to campus at an alternate time to perform it for judges. You will not receive a spot on the team until that portion of your audition is judged.  Contact the coaching staff for links to learn the Fight Song off of.
  • Jazz Routine: Dancers will be sent a short Jazz segment to learn. Performing the Jazz piece is a required portion of tryouts. If you choose not to include it on your video, you will need to come to campus at an alternate time to perform it for judges. You will not receive a spot on the team until that portion of your audition is judged.  Contact the coaching staff for links to learn the routine off of.

On Campus in person clinic/audition Thursday, Sept 1
If you prefer, you may come to an in person clinic instead of submitting a video.
Clinic to be held from 6pm-8:30pm
Tryout to being at 8:30pm
Dancers will be sent the Fight Song, which is a short Pom routine, to learn in advance of the clinic. The clinic will review technique as well as the Fight Song. Those trying out will also be taught a short Jazz routine

To tryout, dancers will:

  1. Perform the jazz routine taught at the clinic
  2. Perform the Fight Song (Pom dittie)
  3. Perform select technical elements: These items will be taught and reviewed during the clinic:
    • Jazz technique: toe touch, leap from either side, a second leap, and double turns. You will have the opportunity to showcase more technique as each dancer will also be asked to perform a turn and a leap (or combination) of her choice.
    • Hip Hop technique: Dancers will have an opportunity to showcase hip hop technique such as handstands, headstands, stalls and kips. These are not required to make the team but do help with scoring.
  4. Perform a Solo: Pick out your own music and choreograph an 8-10 eight-count routine that is either pom, jazz or hip hop styles. (No longer than 1 minute). Do not perform any elements you do not feel comfortable with. Do what showcases your talent. Be very energetic and have fun! Bring your music on a digital device that can be hooked up to our speaker (phone, etc). Solos will be judged on appearance, technique, skills, degree of difficulty and showmanship.

For more information and required paperwork, click here.