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Dance Ensemble Audition Information

AUDITIONS

The Hillsdale Dance Ensemble is a performance group comprised of students who are passionate about dance and want to share their love of performance. We believe that the Ensemble experience instills values such as team work, responsibility, commitment, and discipline that our students can use outside of the classroom. Our program provides provides technical training with our faculty and guest choreographers. Many of our Hillsdale Dance Ensemble alumni have gone on to college dance programs, dance teams, and professional opportunities.

The Hillsdale High School Dance Ensemble is a selective, audition-only program. We seek potential and commitment and look to foster growth in these dancers.

If you cannot attend our dates, contact Sabrina Braccini, Dance Director, at sbraccini@smuhsd.org to set up an alternate audition.

 

Link to Hillsdale Dance Ensemble Website

 

Link to Audition Form - please print and bring completed form to the audition. 

 

WHAT TO EXPECT?

Auditions will be May 15th - May 17th. Auditions will begin at 4:00 pm and end at 6:30 pm each evening. Each audition day will begin with a veteran dancer led warm up and skill assessments. We will evaluate such things as, balance, flexibility, technique, performance level and ability to pick up material quickly and accurately. All dancers (Ensemble and/or team) should be familiar with basic dance movement and vocabulary (pirouettes, plies, chaines, chasse, turns, leaps and battements).

Dancers will be taught 3 short combinations (Jazz, Contemporary, and Hip Hop). Each dancer auditioning for Ensemble will also audition for the Performance Group. Anyone who is auditioning for the Performance Group only will only be required to learn the Hip Hop choreography.

Evaluations will happen all 3 days so it is important that dancers attend all days of auditions. Depending on the amount of dancers auditioning, we may use all 3 days or may use Wednesday as a “Call Back” day.

 

WHAT TO WEAR?

All dancers who are auditioning should come dressed in Black Dance Attire and no shoes. Bring tennis shoes for the Hip Hop section. No jewelry and hair must be pulled back out of faces.

 

WHAT SHOULD I BRING?

To speed up the process, come dressed in your dance attire and print out the application (online) so your registration will be quick. Bring a picture (will not be returned) to attach to your resume. Once you hand both those forms in, you will receive a number to pin to your clothing so we can identify you easily.

 

WHAT IF I MAKE IT? WHAT NEXT?

The new 2017-18 Ensemble will meet to discuss and distribute Summer dance schedules and uniforms. Rehearsals will begin at the end of June.

 

WHAT IF I DO NOT MAKE THE ENSEMBLE?

If you do not make the ensemble this year, the hope is that you will not stop dancing and enroll in one of the 2 levels of class offered at Hillsdale. Sabrina can let you know if she feels you are ready for the intermediate class or if you should be enrolled in the 2nd year beginning course. As an intermediate student you will be considered an understudy for any and all Ensemble performances and will participate in the first Hillsdale High School Holiday Concert in December and a Fall and Spring Dance Concert. Dates TBD

 

 

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Dance students learn skills in a variety of dance styles, including ballet, contemporary, lyrical and hip hop. Dancers also learn classical technique and modern innovators of dance. 

Performance opportunities include joining Dance Ensemble and Dance Team. Auditions take place every May. 

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