Dance team auditions are only once a year in May. The dates for the 2020 – 2021 season will be announced in the Spring. The audition process consists of learning 3 different routines, demonstrating a variety of technical elements, showcasing your personal improv style and completing a team packet which includes: dance team application, and other various documents. Three outside adjudicators will judge the audition and final results are posted within 2-5 days of tryouts. Stay tuned for more details as the date approaches!
The dance team practices in the mezzanine at the school Mon/Tues/Thurs 2:00-5:00pm . There are also weekend practices in the summer months, winter months (in preparation for competition season) and during competition season which runs from January to April.
The dance team performs at a majority of the school functions such as rallies, varsity football games & select basketball games. The dancers also perform in a Winter Showcase (December) and Spring Showcase (April) in the Carpenter Theatre located on the Westlake High School Campus.
A majority of the dance team year is centered around competition season. For more information on competition dates and locations see the competition page.
Yes, dance team is a graded class which starts and ends in accordance to the dance season : July -May. Dancers are not guaranteed an “A” in class but have the opportunity to earn three points per day in the following categories: Punctuality, Preparedness and Participation.
To best prepare for dance team auditions the coaches recommend training in as much ballet as possible. Ballet is the foundation of dance and the team requires the proper execution of many technical elements which can be perfected and practiced in ballet class. WHS Dance team also performs a variety of styles, such as Hip Hop, Jazz, and Contemporary. Dancers are suggested to train in multiple styles to become a versatile as possible.
Please attend our Interested Dancer/Parent Meeting. Our meeting for the 2020 – 2021 season will be announced at a later date. The meeting is typically held in the WHS Library. Team composition, audition information and much much more will be shared.
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