Orange Pride Dance Team - Tryouts and Workouts

Important Dates:

Important Dates: A recruiting workday will be provided for those who are interested in coming to workout/practice with the squad. All workdays and try-outs will be held at the AB III.




Orange Pride Dance Team Try-Outs

Spring 2014 Try-outs: Location AB III

May 9, 6pm to 9pm

May 10, 9am to 12pm

* Summer tryouts: AB III

*June 14, 2014 9:00 am - 2pm :Location ABIII


Common Try-Out Questions:

What are the recommended skills?



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

Triple Pirouettes
Right and Left leap
Leap in Second
Switch Leap
Turning Switch Leap
Calypso Leap
Leg Hold (demonstrating flexibility)

What should I wear?



Candidates should determine tryout attire but should come prepared to dance in a half top at some point in the try-out process. Bring both jazz shoes and tennis shoes. There will be an area provided for you to dress and/or do your hair

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 made the team?



The final results will be announced at the conclusion of the tryouts. There is no set number of candidates that will make the team.


Can my family and friends watch the tryout?



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

Requirements for Try-outs



• 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.
*You will be receiving a confirmation letter after your application is processed.
• An application form and current transcript or copy of letter of acceptance at SHSU must be turned in with a twenty dollar application fee.

How will tryouts work?



Summer Try-out Date

*June 14, 2014 9:00 am - 2pm :Location ABIII

Summer try-outs will be used if not all positions are filled in the Spring. 


Check-in Turn in applications, sign liability release forms
Information session Question & Answers
Technique Round Turns and leaps
Technique Cut  
Try-out routine taught Short stylized jazz routine
Try-out Candidates go in groups of three to perform the tryout routine and any skills the judge asks to see.
Final Cut

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