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Auditions for the 2014-15 WCU Dance Team Set for April 26

March 21, 2014

Cullowhee, N.C. - Auditions for the 2014-15 Western Carolina University Dance Team will be held Saturday, April 26 from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm in Studio One of the Campus Recreation Center (CRC).

The tryouts are open to all returning WCU students in good academic standing, and all incoming students who have been accepted to the University for the fall of 2014. Tryouts are for a commitment for the entire 2014-15 academic year including football and both men's and women's basketball season.

Additional expectations include attendance at the 2015 Southern Conference Basketball Championships in Asheville, N.C., and participation in all mandatory fundraising activities with the squad, team building events and community service projects.

The WCU Dance Team generally practices three-times a week with additional strength and conditioning workouts twice a week. During the fall, the team has additional rehearsals with the "Pride of the Mountains" Marching Band, as well as working with the Catamount Cheerleaders and "Purple Thunder" drum line on a special routine for basketball season.

The typical season for the WCU Dance Team runs from early-August with participation in the National Dance Association (NDA) camp through April.

Requirements for tryout/team include: - Leaps (both directions), switch leap, and leap in second - Double turns (both directions) - Triple turn - Turns in second combination (two 8 counts) - Toe touch and other jumps - Choreography (learn a short dance - jazz, pom and/or hip hop) - Timed mile run (under 9 minutes)

Participants in the tryouts are asked to please wear athletic, dance attire that will allow you to perform your best. Be prepared to run by bringing running shoes, as well as all other dance shoes you may need to perform jazz, hip hop and pom routines. For current students, CatCards are required to gain access to the CRC. If you do not have a CatCard, please let the front desk staff know.

Tryout registration and assumption of risk forms are required and will be available on-site for the audition. If you are under the age of 18, please E-mail Jessica Graning at prior to the tryout to complete the assumption of risk form with parent/guardian signature.

For more information on the WCU Dance Team and its 2014-15 auditions please contact either Jessica Graning ( or Shauna Sage (