Orange Pride Dance Team - Tryouts and Workouts




Spring Tryout:  May 13-14, 2016 *Must attend BOTH days*

Summer Tryout:  June 11, 2016 *One-day Tryout*


 GPAC (Gaertner Performing Art Center)

Address : corner of 17th street and Ron Randleman Blvd. 815 17th Street Huntsville Tx 77340

Top floor in dance rooms.

  Spring Tryout

  Approx. Times:

Friday, May 13th: 3pm to approx. 9pm

Saturday, May 14th:  9am until the final cut is made

  Summer Tryout

  Approx. Times:

Saturday, June 11th: 9am to approx. 3pm


$25 per tryout (not per day)

It is highly recommended to attend the Spring Tryout for placement on the team.  Summer Tryouts are used to full any positions not filled during the Spring Tryout.  Candidates not selected at the Spring Tryouts may also attend the Summer Tryouts.  Candidates are also encouraged not to wait for Summer Tryouts if possible in the event that all positions are filled during the Spring Tryout.



  • New students must be admitted to Sam Houston State University for the upcoming Fall Semester in order to tryout.  Students cannot be admitted on any type of probation.
  • Sam Houston State University students must have a 2.2 cumulative grade point average and be in good standing with the university.  Students cannot be on any form of academic and/or disciplinary probation.
  • An application form and current transcript or copy of a letter of acceptance into SHSU must be turned in along with the $25 application fee.
  • Candidates need to bring a copy of their insurance to the audition.
  • Returning members of the team must have left the team in good standing the previous year.







What are the recommended skills?

There are no skills required for selection on the Orange Pride Dance Team, but dancers need to have a solid technical background and show an understanding of collegiate-level execution.  Different combinations with a variety of leaps, turns, and extensions will be taught throughout the tryout.  Candidates will also be asked to show several 8-counts of choice across the floor and are encouraged to show skills that highlight their strengths and would be an asset for a collegiate team.  Showing the ability to take corrections and the desire to improve and work hard may also be considered by the coach during the selection process.

The following skills are not a comprehensive list for try-outs but can be used as a guide for the types of skills typically being evaluated: 

  • Triple/Quad Pirouettes (executed in a variety of positions such as passe, coupe, attitude, and pencil)
  • Leaps on the Right, Left, and in Second
  • A Variety of Switch leaps (e.g. Switch Arabesque, Switch Tilt, Switch Center)
  • Turning Leaps (Calypso, Turning Disc, and Variations of Both)
  • Kicks, Leg holds, Turning Leg Holds and Extensions
  • Fouette Combinations with a variety of arm and leg placements

What should I wear?

Candidates may arrive, warm up, and learn material in comfortable/loose fitting clothing, but will be required to tryout in a crop top or sports bra and spandex or fitted shorts.  Tops and shorts may have colors or be decorated/rhinestoned, but dancers are encouraged to avoid busy patterns and text of any kind.  Bring both jazz shoes and tennis shoes.  Candidates are expected to look polished and game day ready.  There will be an area provided for you to dress and fix hair and makeup.

**Returning members may not wear anything denoting past membership on the team or as part of SHSU Spirit Programs, including during registration or warm up.**

If I mess up, can I do the routine again?

It is completely at the discretion of the judges if a candidate will be given more than one opportunity to perform the routine. Usually a candidate is given a second opportunity if she does not execute enough of the routine for them to determine a score.

Will you narrow down the pool during the tryout?

Yes, after all the candidates have performed the routine there will be an initial cut. Tryouts will then continue with a second phase of performances.

When will we find out who has been selected for the team?

The final results will be announced at the conclusion of the tryouts. There is not a predetermined number of candidates that will be selected, but the team usually consists of around 30 dancers. 

Can my family and friends watch the tryout? 

Guests are welcome while the tryout material is being taught, however, the actual tryout is not open to the public.