You may not be required to have both splits to make the team. But if the girl who is trying out next to you does, you will wish you did! Every day you should walk, run or bike for 20 – 30 minutes. After an aerobic workout your body will be hot and your muscles will be loose. Then stretch and exercise for 30 minutes. This should include crunches, pushups, lunges, straddle stretch, runner stretch, half splits and full splits. Hold each stretch for 20 -30 seconds and do not bounce! Exercise some more and then repeat your stretch.
Find a professional teacher who can help you gain the technique you need in pirouettes, kicks and leaps. Our studio offers classes and camps throughout the year geared to helping teens achieve these goals. We also offer a Kick Company which is a training ground for dancers preparing to audition for their high school dance team.
3. Befriend other Dancers
Dancing is a great way to make life-long friendships. Working with other dancers who will also be trying out is a great way to make sure that you know your routine and combos well when the big day comes. After the tryout clinic each day try to get together with one or two of your fellow dancers to review what you have learned. Remember that these dancers are like you in an important way: they love to dance!
4. Dress For Success
You are dancing. Dress like a dancer. Whether or not you are required to wear dancewear for your rehearsal, you should do it! Find a nice black leotard that has a high neckline. Wear dance shorts or pants that fit you well. Learn to put your hair up in a neat ponytail or bun. Use bobby pins, barrettes, head bands, gel or hairspray to help it stay up and away from your face. Your jazz shoes should fit your feet snugly without a lot of extra space in the toes. Put a little makeup on and do not forget your deodorant! For the tryouts remember to wear long black socks under your jazz pants. The extra bit of effort it takes to be ready for rehearsals and tryouts will help you feel more confident and prepared.
5. Get your Head in the Game
The biggest challenge to a young dancer is not the many difficult steps that you will be asked to perform. It is having the confidence to face the task before her. Realize that many girls are trying out and whether or not you are chosen is not up to you. All you can do is do your very best. Set your goals before you arrive at tryout camp. Work your hardest to meet those goals but do not allow yourself to fret if you do not have them. If you can show the judges that you love to dance by the huge smile on your face and the way you stand up straight and tall then you will make a great impression on them. A dancer with confidence conveys to the observer that she will continue to work and improve. She will not be her worst enemy. She will succeed even if that means trying again and again.
Good Luck to all of the young ladies trying out for the HiSteppers. You have worked hard and your dedication is evident in your dancing and the way you carry yourselves now.
Smile Big and Enjoy the Journey!!