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Performing Team Auditions 2024-25

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Beginning, intermediate, and advanced dancers in grades 4-12 are invited to audition for a Performing Team! Auditions will be held in-person at the studio (if you are unable to attend in person, you may submit a video of you dancing 90 seconds/each of Cha Cha and Waltz to katie@pacificballroom.org and make note of it in the comments section of this form – please also see the video tips in the FAQ below).

Each intermediate/advanced performing team member also needs to register for an international academy class. Registration for Academy classes, Stars teams/classes, and beginning level teams are now open. You can also find registration links and a description of all PBD teams/classes online here: https://pacificballroom.org. If you need help with registration or have questions about registration, please contact MJ at secretary@pacificballroom.org.

Round 1 (Academy Round) for all ages (Preteen, Junior & Youth) will be held Wednesday June 19th (Junior & Youth) and Thursday June 20th (Preteen) – each dancer will be asked to dance Waltz & Cha Cha. You may dance with a partner of your choice. If you do not have a partner, there will be volunteers available to partner with or you may dance by yourself.

Round 2 (Choreography Round) will be held on Thursday June 20th or Friday June 21st (Youth Grades 10-12) and Friday June 21st (Junior Grades 7-9) who are called back for another round of consideration for the more advanced teams.

New this season we are offering a Cabaret Performing Team for dancers grades 9-12. They will dance in both concerts and compete in Idaho in April at the Extreme competition. You must have taken the cabaret class previously or be enrolled next season to audition for this new team. The audition for this team will be Friday June 21st from 11:30am-1:30pm and will be a group class.

Register for the audition today (Step 1 Button). You will have the option of registering additional children at the end of the registration form. Please complete a registration form for all dancers by June 18th or register in person at the studio on Wednesday, June 19th. Then select an audition time slot (Step 2 Button). Please arrive at least 30 minutes before your time slot so that you can checkin and receive your number. We can’t wait to see you in the studio!

If you have any questions please contact us at katie@pacificballroom.org.

Audition Schedule

Wednesday June 19th
• 4-6:00pm Junior Round 1 Audition
• 6:30-9:00pm Youth Round 1 Audition
• Approx 10:30pm Junior & Youth Callbacks posted online

Thursday June 20th 
• 4:30-6:00pm Preteen Round 1 Audition & Group Class
• 6:30-10:00pm Youth A/B1 Callback Round 2 Audition

Friday June 21st
• 9-10:30am Youth B1/B2 Callback Round 2 Audition
• 11:30am-1:30pm Cabaret Team Audition

• 2-5:00pm Junior Round 2 Audition

Monday June 24th
Post Audition Results

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a partner to audition?

It is recommended that you select a partner to dance with during your audition, but it is not required. We will have some volunteers available who can partner with you for your audition. If you feel more comfortable dancing by yourself, that will be allowed as well.

How do I sign up for a time to audition?

Step 1: fill out the Registration Form HERE. Step 2: select a time slot to audition HERE. Then you are ready to go, show up be ready to dance for the first round of auditions, which will be held at the studio on Wednesday June 19th and Thursday June 20th.

What if I can't attend the audition in-person or I will be out of town? Can I still audition? (VIDEO TIPS INCLUDED)

For Round 1 – if you are unable to attend the audition in person, please submit a video of you dancing 90 seconds of Waltz and Cha Cha to Katie Mecham by June 18th to katie@pacificballroom.org.  The coaches will score this video.

VIDEO TIPS:
• Please be sure that your entire body is in the video frame so that we can see your technique.
• Please do not have a coach or parent count you in. We would like to see your ability to find the rhythm.
CHA CHA MUSIC: Here is a cha cha song that you may use for your filming: CLICK HERE
WALTZ MUSIC:
Here is a waltz song that you may use for your filming: CLICK HERE

For Round 2 (Junior & Youth Callbacks) – if you are unable to attend this round as well, your Waltz and Cha Cha video will be scored again.

What if I have never danced before and I don't know any Waltz or Cha Cha?

We will be having a free workshop on Saturday (6/8) from 5-6:00pm where a basic Waltz and Cha Cha routine will be taught.

What is the audition process?

For Round 1 – your syllabus audition consists of dancing a waltz and cha cha for about 90 seconds each. There will be a panel of coaches that give scores on your dancing for each dance. Those scores are then tabulated and a callback list is generated for the Youth and Junior age categories. There is only one round for the Preteen age group, which consists of a group class and syllabus dances.

For Round 2 (Junior & Youth Callbacks) – if you are called back you will need to stay for the callback block assigned to your age group. During this session dancers will have the opportunity to learn new choreography in a fast paced environment (multiple dances) in a group setting. They are then asked to perform that choreography for a panel of coaches that will be scoring the session. At the end of the session, the scores are tabulated and final team lists are generated.

What should I wear for the audition (clothing, shoes, hair)?

For Round 1 – we ask that dancers wear syllabus dance attire, semi-formal attire, or come in anything that is nice and easy to dance in.

For leads: they should wear black pants or latin pants, and a button up shirt and tie. It can be any color. If they have dance shoes, they should wear them, if not, they should wear a shoe that they feel comfortable dancing in. Hair should be well groomed.

For follows: they should wear a syllabus white or black leotard and skirt, or a nice blouse/skirt or dress that can be danced in. Fishnets and/or tights may be worn. If they have dance shoes, they should wear them, if not, they should wear a shoe that they feel comfortable dancing in. Hair should be well groomed and pulled away from the face.

For Round 2 (Junior & Youth Callbacks) – if you are called back for this round, dancers should come in rehearsal attire ready to dance.

For leads: they should wear black pants or latin pants, and a dark t-shirt. All dance shoes should be brought as well if they have them.

For follows: they should wear black pants or leggings, and a black t-shirt. The shirt needs to cover their mid-section while dancing, or a leotard may be worn underneath. All dance shoes should be brought as well if they have them. Hair should be pulled back in a ponytail or bun.

Will I be the only one dancing when I audition?

For Round 1 – there will be one or two couples auditioning at a time.

For Round 2 (Junior & Youth Callbacks) – the entire group will be learning choreography at the same time. Dancers will then be called out in smaller groups to dance for the coaches.

How long is the Round 1 audition?

For preteen dancers, you will partipate in a group class and dance your waltz & cha cha. It will probably take the whole block of time, 1.5 hours.

For junior & youth, each age group has roughly a 2-hour block for auditions. You will sign up for a slot within the appropriate time block. Please arrive to your scheduled audition at least 20 minutes early to sign in.

The actual audition takes about 5 minutes. You will enter with your partner and up to one other couple. There will be a small panel of coaches in the room to observe your audition. You will then be asked to dance a waltz for about 90 seconds. When you are finished, you will have the chance to change shoes if you would like. You will then be asked to dance about 90 seconds of cha cha. If you are not auditioning with anyone else, you are free to go at that point.

What style of dances will I have to dance in the audition? Can I dance syllabus or open routines?

For Round 1 – dancers will be asked to perform a Waltz for about 90 seconds and then a Cha Cha for about 90 seconds. Dancers can dance syllabus or open waltz and cha cha, either International or American style are accepted.

For Round 2 (Junior & Youth Callbacks) – dancers will learn new choreography (could be any style) during the session that they will be asked to demonstrate during the callback round.

Do I need to stay the entire block of time for auditions?

For Round 1 – If you are auditioning at the preten age (Grades 4-6) , you will need to stay for the whole session. If you are auditioning for Junior or Youth, you do not need to stay the entire time. If you are not auditioning with anyone else, you are free to go after you have completed your audition.

For Round 2 (Junior & Youth Callbacks) – if you are called back you will need to stay for the block assigned to your age group. 

How do I know if I’ve been called back? What happens if you are called back to another round?

After Round 1, a list will be posted online Wednesday June 19th around 10:30pm for Junior & Youth dancers that should attend the callback round on Thursday June 20th (Youth A/B1) and Friday June 21st (Youth B1/B2 & Juniors).

For Round 2 please read the included instructions carefully with the callback list (Junior & Youth Callbacks) – if you are called back you will need to stay for the block assigned to your age group. During this session dancers will have the opportunity to learn new choreography in a fast paced environment (multiple dances) in a group setting. They are then asked to perform that choreography for a panel of coaches that will be scoring the session. At the end of the session, the scores are tabulated and final team lists are generated. There may also be a video element to the audition where dancers are asked to learn a sequence of choreography before the session.

When will the final results be posted?

The final team lists will be posted online on or before Monday June 24th.