All members of our Company and our Performance Team must go through an audition process each year. To audition you must fulfill one on the following :
1) Our auditions are for Club members only!
2) Been a Member on a recognized and official EIU Campus Dance group.
****It is possible to sign up for the club at auditions. To find out how to be part of the Club Click the Here.
EIU student, Incoming Freshmen, or Transfer students enrolled with 12 or more academic hours AND a cumulative grade point average of 2.00 or higher from either EIU, a transfer college, or high school. Incoming Freshmen or Transfer students are welcomed to audition and need to show proof of admittance to EIU.
To be a part of our Performance groups it will require a desire, commitment and enthusiasm for dance that goes beyond just mere interest. This is why we only Judge company members for our audition, it is our belief that if you are part of the club than you not only believe in dance but you are wiling to be apart of something bigger than yourself. These are the kind of people we want on and in our performance groups. Our performance is about the group not the individual.
We have two tryout a Year, one in the spring and one in the fall. The tryout in the spring is designed to select the core dancers that will help make up our foundation going into the new academic Year. During this spring Audition we also hold opening tryout for our choreographers. Due to the commitments we have in the fall when school start we find that having this tryout allows our groups the ability to choreograph and plan out most of our dances over the summer. Also it give participants feedback for targeted improvement for Fall.
The fall Auditions allow individuals that did not get the opportunity to join in the spring a second opportunity to audition again to show their talent and skills.
Non-refundable $10 check or money order payable EIU Dancers also Club Fees ($65) must be paid at that time. This fee covers paperwork processing, facilities, and choreographers.
You will need to complete, sign and bring with you the necessary forms to auditions along with your non-refundable $10 registration fee payment.
Necessary forms are:
1) Next Semester Scheduale
2) Printable version of online Registration Form (filled out)
3) Picture of dancer
This years dates
Spring Act II Auditions: January 15, 2013 @ 7pm in the Doudna Theatre
Spring Informational: March 29, 2013 @ 5 pm & April 15, 2013 @ 5pm
Spring Auditions: April 20, 2013 @ 12:30pm ** Pushed back a week from original date**
Registration Starts at 12:00
Fall Informational: August 27, 2013 @ 6pm
Fall Auditions: August 27, 2013 @8pm
Anyone interested in auditioning should come to the dance studio in McAfee, room 1140. Men and women are encouraged to participate. Applications can be filled out online or at the Auditions. Register here for the online form and please show up early if you will register at the auditions..
Auditions are broken up into 4 Parts. Warmups, Original piece, Routine 1 and Routine 2.
During this part all candidates will consist of warm-ups, basic loco-motor movements across the floor, such as walk, run, chasse, and leap. This part of the auditions ensures that everyone is ready for the day and it gives participants a since of what being on a performance group is all about. During this section candidates are not scored only assessed. This exercise gives the staff and volunteers an opportunity to get to know the candidates during these activities.
Phase 1: Original piece.
This is the first actual scoring part of the Auditions. During this section each candidates will choreograph a one-minute piece that they will perform for the judges. This piece will be judges on performance quality, originality, technique and energy. This audition will determine which candidates should remain club members and which ones should be considered as part of the performance groups. Also, this part of the audition allows the judges the ability to identify possible guests that might not make the it as part of the team but could be invited into a single dance.
Phase 2: Routine one (Passion):
This part of the auditions will be a routine that is taught to the candidates. The judging of this routine will be based on performance quality. Though we will judge curtain technical aspects of the routine specific attention will be given to the ability to interpret and perform the piece. Candidates that make it through this round will find a spot in our EIU Dancers Performance team.
Phase 3: Routine TWO (Technique)
This section of the Audition will focus on the technical aspect of dancing. The routine that candidates will learn will be designed to be technically challenging to see how candidates adapt. Candidates that score high enough in this category will be welcomed as part of the Company and will get to perform in our spring Concert.
- Dance shoes; Shorts or pants, appropriate undergarments for support/coverage - Absolutely NO TANK or CAMI tops;
- Hair: out of face, neat, controlled, professional for the dance;
- NO JEWELRY ANYWHERE - this includes ALL PIERCINGS---if you leave in a piercing you will be asked to leave auditions---NO EXCEPTIONS;
- Since street shoes are not allowed on the dance floor be prepared to dance barefoot or you may bring dance shoes. It will be very hot so it is recommended to bring bottled water.
- Choreography Auditions are only in the Spring Semester, to find out more about this EMAIL US.
- Practice (due to Change after auditions)
- Company Members Rehersal are usually held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at from 6 pm to10 pm
- Performance Team Members rehursals are usually held Monday & Wednesday from 6 to 8pm