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    Clinic
  • Qualifications
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      Tryout Clinic

    If you are planning on trying out for the dance team we strongly recommend that you attend this clinic. This is a great opportunity to work on technique, skills, and to ask any questions you may have. The turn sequences that will be asked of you from tryouts will be taught at the clinic and any skill that is in the tryout routine will be gone over. The clinic is typically held one week before tryouts.

    Release Form
    Will be available closer to the tryout date

     

     Clinic Includes:
    1) Warm up
    2) Across the floor
    3) Turn combinations
    4) Hip Hop Tricks

     

      Qualifications

    All squad members must be selected through an official dance team tryout process. Taking only correspondence or extension classes do not qualify a person as a student. The squad size ranges from 10 to 18, depending on what the talent pool is during the selection process.

    All squad members must tryout out each year. Student wishing to tryout for the squad must:

    • Be an enrolled UWM student or admitted to UWM
    • Be available for the entire term (April to April)
    • Must be available to attend summer camp (Early August)
      Procedures

    Tryouts consist of two parts: Preliminaries and Finals. Preliminaries will be on a Saturday and Finals that following Sunday. The tryouts process are closed to the public.

    Candidates may submit a video in lieu of attending the tryout. To qualify the coach must be notified in advance.

    Please see Video Entry Procedures for more information.

    Preliminaries:
      Please mail in your application in early to ensure a prompt start! You can pre-register by mailing in the application and a check made out to the "Panther Dance Team." A confirmation email will be sent once the registration is received. Please mail your registration a minimum a week in advance in order for us to receive it in time.

    Please wear a solid black fitted tank top, fitted short sleeved top, sports bra, or leotard with a solid black booty short so that judges can see all your movement. Also please wear nude jazz or half jazz shoes. Make yourself presentable with your hair pulled back cleanly and neatly out of your face in a bun and put on performance-ready makeup (lipstick, eye shadow, blush).

    Bring along with you (if you haven't mailed in already):

    • Proof of Admission - Copy of acceptance letter or student ID
    • Dance Team Application
    • A Recent Non-Returnable Photograph
    • Tryout Fee
    Application
    Download PDF

    Candidates will learn the fight song routine (traditional pom) and a short jazz routine. At the end of preliminaries each candidate will audition in groups of 3-4. They will be evaluated on the jazz routine and select skills for self-confidence, technique, endurance, and dance skill. After all candidates are evaluated the finalists will be announced at the end of the day.


      Skills For Prelims Are:
    • Toe Touch
    • Fouettes (2 eight counts)
    • Left Double Pirouette
    • Right Triple Pirouette

     




      Schedule:
      Check in and Warm-up (on your own)
      Learn fight song routine and then tryout routine
      There will not be a lunch break, so bring your own snacks
      Preliminary cuts (in groups)
      Announce finalists







     

     
    Finals:
     

    Please wear a solid black fitted tank top, fitted short sleeved top, sports bra, or leotard with a solid black booty short so that judges can see all your movement. Also please wear nude jazz or half jazz shoes. Make yourself presentable with your hair pulled back cleanly and neatly out of your face in a bun and put on performance-ready makeup (lipstick, eye shadow, blush).

    Candidates will audition in groups of 2-3. Each will be evaluated on the skills, fight song, and tryout routines learned at preliminaries. Dancers are scored in rhythm, showmanship, skills, memory, endurance, and dance technique. The new members will be announced after all candidates are evaluated.

      Skills For Finals Are:
    • Toe Touch
    • Fouettes (2 eight counts)
    • Left & Right Split Leaps
    • High Kicks (1 eight count, facing the side)
    • Left & Right Center Leaps
    • Left & Right Calypso
    • Left & Right
      Double and Triple Pirouettes
    • Left & Right
      Front Leg Hold
      (facing the side)
    • Jazz Skill Of Choice (ex: needle turn, turn combo, aerial, etc.)
    • Hip Hop Skill Of Choice (ex: kip, tumbling, headspring, etc.)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

      Schedule:   Final cuts (skills, fight song routine, tryout routine)
      There will not be a lunch break, so bring your own snacks
      Short meeting afterwards for new members
       
     
    Music
    Will be available closer to the tryout date