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) Be an EIU Dancer club member.
2) Previous member of a recognized & 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 students, 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 auditions 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 tryouts for our choreographers. Due to the commitments we have in the fall when school starts we find that having this audition allows our groups the ability to choreograph and plan out most of our dances over the summer. Also it gives 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 to 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 schedule
2) Printable version of online registration form (filled out)
3) Picture of dancer
2014 Spring Auditions
Spring Auditions: January 25, 2014 -- 12:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m.
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. Warm-ups, Original piece, Routine 1 and Routine 2.
During warm ups all candidates will participate in, basic loco-motor movements across the floor, such as jazz walk, kick sequence, chasse, and leap combinations. This part of the auditions ensures that everyone is ready for the day and it gives participants a glimpse 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 candidate will choreograph a one-minute piece that they will perform for the judges. This piece will be judged 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 it as part of the company but could be invited into a single spring performance piece.
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 certain 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 on 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.
Required Attire: Dance shoes, shorts or pants, appropriate undergarments for support and coverage - Absolutely NO TANK or CAMI tops.
Hair: Out of face, neat, controlled, professional for the dance.
Jewelry: NO JEWELRY ANYWHERE - this includes ALL PIERCINGS.
- 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 rehearsal are usually held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7 pm to10 pm exact time dependent on routine
Company Members will also have technique class on Monday’s 3 pm – 5 pm
Performance Team Members rehearsals will also be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7pm to 10 pm exact time dependent on routine
Performance Team members will also have technique class on Wednesday’s from 3 pm- 5 pm