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Ohio State Dance Team Tryouts

Arrow 2015-2016 Ohio State Dance Team Tryout Information Packet

Please bring following items filled out and turned in to the coaches on the first day of tryouts to be eligible to participate:

  • Prospective Dancer Information Sheet (Page 5)
  • Typed Dance Resume
  • Photo (5X7) – headshot preferred. Photos will NOT be returned.
  • COPY of letter of admittance to the University (incoming freshmen) OR COPY of advising report & Fall Semester 2015 Schedule (current students)
  • Signed and Completed Medical Release Form (Page 6)
  • Signed and Completed Athletic Participation Form completely filled out (Page 7).

All items must be placed in order and paper clipped. Please be prepared to turn these in upon arrival.

2015-2016 Tryout Schedule

THURSDAY- May 7th (6:00 PM Registration, 6:30 PM-9:00 PM @ Sullivant Hall-Studio 290 (1813 N High St))

  • Sign in / participation clearance by OSU administration.
  • Warm-up / Technique demonstration / Perform 4 counts of 8 individual combination
  • First cuts will be made by coaching staff & alumni dancers
  • Learn the Fight Song / Game Day Clinic
  • Sign up for interviews.
FRIDAY- May 8th (2:00 PM @ Sullivant Hall-Studio 290, 7:00 PM Interviews Begin @ St. John Arena)
  • 2:00 PM Sign in
  • Warm Up
  • Across the floor technique
  • Learn Jazz Combo
  • 7:00 PM Interviews begin with alumni & coaching staff (exact time according to your sign up)
SATURDAY- May 9th (8:30 AM - 5:00 PM @ St. John Arena)
  • 7:30 AM Sign in / Warm Up (on your own)
  • 8:00 AM Perform jazz combo and technical elements that will be adjudicated
  • 9:30 AM Learn short combo and perform in groups
  • 11:00 AM Lunch (Please note lunch will not be provided)
  • 2:00 PM Fight Song evaluation
  • 4:00 PM 2015-2016 OSUDT Announced
  • 4:30 PM 2015-2016 OSUDT Meeting

All dancers attending the 2015-2016 Ohio State University Dance Team Tryouts are expected to complete the sessions as required in their entirety. It is also expected that dancers who tryout are fully committed to attending The Ohio State University-Main Campus for the 2015 Fall Semester. Note: You may still tryout if admitted to a branch campus and will be considered in final team selection.

APPEARANCE: Please be aware this is an important part of the selection process. You should be "game ready" at all times throughout the weekend. This includes hair pulled away from your face and make up. It is very important that you remember you are trying out for a very high profile position representing The Ohio State University and should dress accordingly. DO NOT wear anything during the selection that features another school or university and all tattoos should be covered.

WHAT TO WEAR: On Thursday and Friday you may wear color of your choice, but your outfit should be form-fitting and allow the judges to see your lines. Dancers are not permitted to wear anything branded with Ohio State or OSU Dance. On Saturday you must wear a solid black leotard/tank top and black jazz pants/shorts. Interview attire is business casual.


  • Pirouettes (quad+, coupe, combinations of pirouettes)
  • Second Turns (at least two counts of eight / changing spots / pirouette elements within, combo to be taught at tryouts)
  • Leaps: Tilt, Open center, switch tilt, switch arabesque, calypso, C-jump
  • Jumps: toe touch, herky, hurdler, and chanie toe touch
  • Flexibility: standing tilt, leg hold/turn, needle, scorpion
  • Acrobatic Skills: Front/Back Walkover, Aerial Cartwheel
Note: The above skills are desired, not required, elements.

INDIVIDUAL COMBINATION: Dancers are required to choreograph a 4-count of eight combination that emphasizes their strengths and highlights their skills/style. All dancers will perform their combination on the first day and music will be provided. The song choice will be a popular song of a consistent tempo. Judges will be evaluating the candidate on the difficulty and uniqueness of the skills included as well as individual style demonstrated.

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