Middle School and Junior Team
2021-2022 Dance Auditions
The Ensworth After-School Dance Teams are year-round performance groups for students who wish to train in a more advanced environment working towards dance performance and competition. The teams perform at various school events throughout the school year, such as football and basketball halftimes, school assemblies, regional dance competitions and our annual spring concert. Dance styles include jazz, hip hop, pom, and lyrical.
Junior Dance Team - For rising 4th and 5th grade students
Middle School Team - For rising 6th, 7th and 8th grade students
Both teams are leveled out into two groups as determined at the time of their audition. These groups perform within their team separately as well as together over the course of the season (August-May).
*Auditions are open to currently enrolled Ensworth students and dancers who have had previous experience in dance performance/competition or at least 2 years of training.
Audition Process and Dates
This year we will offer in-person auditions. Students must pre-register to secure their intent to audition. The audition process will include movement across the floor and a short jazz/hip hop combo that will be performed in small groups at the end. Students may come to both or just one of the audition dates for their age group. All try-outs will take place at the HIGH SCHOOL CAMPUS.
Attire: Please wear all black. Top: Dance/athletic fitted top. Bottom: black fitted dance shorts or leggings. Jazz shoes are preferred. Hair: Hair should be styled neatly and pulled away from the face.
Junior Team Try-Outs - Wednesday, May 19th (4:00pm-5:30pm) and/or Friday, May 21st (3:00pm-4:30pm )
Middle School Team Try-Outs - Saturday, May 22nd (10:00am-12:00pm) and/or Tuesday, May 25th (6:00pm-7:30pm)
Below is a list of skills frequently used in dance team choreography for your reference, though not all skills are required. Students will be able to showcase any other additional dance skills during their audition window.
EXAMPLES of Technical Skills: grand jetés, leap in second, toe touch, sissone, firebird, single/double/triple turns, a la seconde turns, calypso, leg holds, kicks, splits.
A la seconde combination: A series of 4 a la seconde turns into a double.
Hip Hop Tricks: Kip Up, Headspring
Tumbling (standing skills or passes)