Spring 2015 Audition Information

**IMPORTANT: Everyone MUST fill out and turn in the following forms by March 15th, 2015, with the non-refundable tryout application fee:

Tryout Application
Pre-Participation Physical Exam by Medical Provider
Tryout Physical History
Waiver of Medical Liability
Sickle Cell form

$15 non-refundable tryout application fee

Copy of Insurance Card

Who can audition at Spring 2015 auditions?

To audition for the MSU Dance Team in the Spring, you must be a current full-time student at Michigan State or be accepted to Michigan State for Fall 2015. You must have a cumulative GPA of at least a 2.0.

Are there any required forms?

Yes. Everyone MUST fill out and turn in the following by March 15, 2015 for Spring 2015 auditions:
Tryout Application
Pre-Participation Physical Exam by Medical Provider
Tryout Physical History
Waiver of Medical Liability
Sickle Cell form

$15 non-refundable tryout application fee
Incoming freshman- submit verification of enrollment/acceptance into MSU for Fall 2014

When are auditions?

Spring audition schedule (updated 3/2/15): (subject to change if needed)
Alternative First Cut Audition- Thursday, April 16, 2015
*Please email msuspirit@ath.msu.edu to request this date*
Tentative schedule
5:30pm- Registration and warm up
6:00pm- Learn material for first cut audition
7:00pm- Questions on material
7:30pm- Judging begins
First cuts posted when finished judging
10:00pm- Learn Fight Song for those who make it thorugh to Final Auditions

Primary First Cut Audition- Saturday, April 18, 2015
Location on campus to be announced
Tentative schedule
3:00pm- Registration and warm up
3:30pm- Learn material for first cut audition
4:30pm- Questions on material
5:00pm- Judging begins
First cuts posted when finished judging
8:00pm- Learn Fight Song for thsoe who make it through to Final Auditions

Final Audition- Sunday, April 19, 2015- Final audition is by invite only
Tentative schedule
8:00am- Interviews start in 3rd floor conference room. Dress is business casual.
10:30am- Warm up and review starts
10:45am- Review of Routine/Fight Song
11:30am- Judging begins

What technical elements are required?

The tentative requirements for 2015-2016 are a triple pirouette, right and left leap, leap in second, switch leap, switch open leap, calypso leap, leg hold (to show your flexibility), and a fouette'/ turns in 2nd combination. All of the requirements will be demonstrated at tryouts and any questions can be answered there or at any of our technique clinics.

Who picks the team?

Several judges, all with extensive dance background, are brought in to judge auditions. The judges are not informed of who was on the team previously. There is no set number for who is picked to go on to final auditions, it is merely done where there is a natural break in the scores. Those picked for the final team are done so by the Spirit Coordinator and Assistant Dance Team Coach based on potential, attitude, past experiences, interaction with others, as well as judges scores.

Does the past year's team have to re-tryout?

Yes, but those members that have been on the Team the previous year, will automatically make it through the first round audition.

Are there height and/or weight requirements?

Absolutely not. The MSU Dance Team does not discriminate against any height, weight, gender, race, religion, etc.

What should I wear to auditions?

Please wear comfortable dance attire that allows you move freely. Tennis shoes are acceptable for first cuts, but for second cuts dance shoes are recommended. You MUST wear form-fitting clothing for the actual tryout portions, so judges can see body lines, positioning, and movement.

Is there a cost?

Yes, there is a non-refundable tryout appilcation fee of $15. Please send a check, made out to MSU Dance Team with your Tryout Application and Pre-Participation Physical Exam packet, no later than March 15, 2015 for Spring auditions.

Where are auditions held?

Location will be announced as soon as it is confirmed.


Downloadable Forms:

Tryout Application
Pre-Participation Physical Exam packet*
Sickle Cell Waiver of Trait Testing Form

* Packet includes: Tryout application, Pre-Participation Physical Exam, Tryout Physical History form, Waiver of Medical Liability form, and Sickle Cell form information.

Make checks payable to:
MSU Dance Team

Fax forms to MSU Dance Team at 517-432-7948 or 517-432-1047

Drop off/mail forms to the following address no later than:

March 15, 2015 Spring Auditions

MSU Dance Team Auditions
Jenison Field House
223 Kalamazoo Street, Room 248
East Lansing, MI 48824

MSU Cheerleading/Dance Team
Jenison Field House
223 Kalamazoo Street, Room 248
Phone: (517) 432-1263 Fax: (517) 432-1047
E-mail: msuspirit@ath.msu.edu