Tryouts

Practices:
Wednesday, March 11th from 330 to 530 at Lincoln Elementary
Wednesday, March 25th from 330 to 530 at Lincoln Elementary
Tryouts:
Saturday, March 28th starting at 9 am at Cedar Falls High School


Please review our practice and performance calendar:
Varsity: https://www.cedarfallsdance.com/varsity-calendar/
Junior Varsity: https://www.cedarfallsdance.com/jv-calendar/
Dance Team is a major commitment. Please be sure you are able to attend all practices and performances before committing to the team.


Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Who can try out?
A: Any student who will be grade 9th-12th for the upcoming school year. You must be a Cedar Falls student at CFHS, Holmes or Peet and in good academic standing.

Q: How do tryouts work?
A: Tryouts will start on Saturday, March 28th at 9 am. Doors will open at 8 am for warm-up. You’ll try out in pairs, performing a pom routine and hip hop routine for 3 outside judges. Each judge provides an independent score for your pom routine and hip hop routine. That score is averaged and then used to decide who is chosen for the team. After your tryout in pairs, stick around because we do a call-back for those we are considering for Varsity, Solos, or All-State Dance.

We’ll post on our website who was chosen by 5 pm that day.

Q: What is the difference between Varsity and JV?
A: JV performs at Sophomore Football halftimes and Basketball halftimes. The JV Team also performs during the Varsity Football Pre-Game activities with the Varsity team. The JV team competes at 1 Regional Competition throughout the year and attends camp with Varsity in the summer.
The Varsity team performs at Varsity Football and Basketball games throughout the season and competes at the State Dance Competition in December. The Varsity team attends camp in the summer.

Q: How long is the season?
A: Our season kicks off in May for rookie members and technique building. Varsity and JV practice 2-3 times per week in June – February.

Q: Who makes Varsity?
A: 9th-12th graders are eligible for Varsity. Typically, we have 16-18 dancers on Varsity – usually upperclassmen. We have had Freshmen, however, we rarely take more than 2 Freshmen on Varsity. Varsity is an advanced team with a significant time commitment. It is very difficult to make Varsity your first year, and most dancers spend 1-2 years on JV before moving up to Varsity.

Q: What should I do if I can’t make it to tryouts?
A: We will do a video tryout at the practice on Wednesday (March 25th) before tryouts. A coach must video your audition, you may not submit additional videos. To be fair to everyone else, you will get one chance to complete your audition. Make sure you let a coach know that you will be doing a video audition. A word of caution – it is much more difficult to make the team on a video audition as it’s difficult for judges to see your facial expressions and truly judge your audition.

Q: What should I do if I have more questions?
A: Email Coach Nolte at coach@cedarfallsdance.com, or ask a current CF Dance Member.