The CMU Dance Team is an exciting and competitive collegiate dance squad that performs at Central Michigan University athletic events, pep rallies, university and community events, as well as at a number of special events such as parades and campus functions. Members on our dance team have a diverse background. Some members have been trained in dance, competitive cheerleading, gymnastics, kickline, pom and drill team. This diversity makes it a great team, drawing on each member's strengths to succeed. The members of the team are well respected on campus as student-athletes striving to support the CMU athletics program.
CMU Dance Team Tryout Information
To audition for the CMU Dance Team, you must be a full-time student at Central Michigan University, or a transfer student who has already registered for fall semester and has been assigned a student ID number. Incoming freshmen are also able to audition; however they must supply proof of admission on the Saturday morning of tryout.
The required forms are the CMU Dance Team Application and the Medical Release Form and Waiver. You must have these forms turned in before you may participate in tryout. The forms are available for print on our web page.
The Audition Process
Tryout dates for 2012 are Saturday, April 13 and Sunday, April 14 in Rose 127. An optional clinic will be held from 7-9 p.m. on Friday, April 12, also in Rose 127. Here is an estimated timeline of the tryout days:
8:00 a.m.: introductions and check in
8:30 a.m.: warm-up
9:00-10:30 a.m.: Learn 1st routine and review
10:30-11:00 a.m.: Short Break
11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.: Learn CMU Fight Song and 2nd Routine
2:00-4:00 p.m.: Review routines and technique
8:00-11:00 a.m.: Interviews
11:00 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.: Review routines and skills
12:30-1:00 p.m.: Break
1:00 p.m.: Final Auditions begin
Video Submission option
If and only if you are a competing dancer who
can provide proof of studio or team obligation the dates of tryout, you
can submit a video for your audition. Acceptable proof of obligation
will be accepted in letter form signed by instructor or coach with
specific call times and dates including instructor or coach contact
information. Required elements for video submission: 30 sections of a
jazz routine, 30 seconds of a pom routine, 30 seconds of hip hop
routine, 4 eight-counts of technical skills and a brief spoken
introduction of yourself. In addition to submitting TWO copies of your
video on a DVD format, you must include a completed application, a head
shot and three reference sources. References can be personal and
professional. All video submissions must be postmarked by April 5,
2013. Any submissions received that are postmarked after April 5, 2013
will not be considered.
Mail complete audition packet to:
CMU Dance Team
Mt. Pleasant, MI
Attn: Amy Bunting
Re: Auditions 2013
Any audition submitted via mail will be considered and scored separately before the actual tryout. Each audition (video and live) will be compared and the team will be announced on Sunday afternoon, April 14, 2013.
Live Audition Components:
All people trying out for the 2013-2014 CMU Dance Team will be required to perform four eight-counts of your best technical skills. This will take place during the actual tryout after you perform the CMU choreographed routines. You will be judged on difficulty and execution.
Your Own Routine/Skills Set
You do not need to choreograph a routine. If you want to prepare a series and rehearse it for your technical elements section it is strongly encouraged.
Picking The Team
Our judges come from dance backgrounds and a history with CMU. There is no set number for who is picked for the team. This is based on where there is a natural break in the scores. Those who make the team are chosen by the Head Coach based on potential, attitude, past experiences, interaction with others, as well as judges' scores.
With the exception of the newly elected team captains, all current members will be trying out again.
Please wear comfortable dance attire that allows you move freely. Dance shoes are recommended. You MUST wear form-fitting clothing for the actual tryout portions, so judges can see body lines, positioning, and movement.
There is a non refundable tryout application fee of $20. Checks can be made out to Central Michigan University Dance Team.
Please address any questions to Head Coach, Amy Bunting at (989) 400-7451 or firstname.lastname@example.org@hotmail.com>