MKHS DANCE TEAM AUDITIONS

GENERAL INFORMATION

The MKHS Dance Team is a high school dance performance team sanctioned by Mark Keppel High School (Alhambra, California). All dancers on the team must also be current, incoming, or transfer students who will be attending Mark Keppel High School. Students may also be on independent study through Alhambra Unified School District. Auditions are held only once per year (in April). Students who successfully make it through auditions will be enrolled in either Dance Company or Honors Dance Company in the Fall as part of their regular academic schedule. Students receive credit towards satisfying their P.E. requirement and/or A-G “F” fine art credit for UC/CSU. Additionally, Honors Dance Company students also receive an additional GPA point on their academic transcript (Placement in honors is dependent on performance at auditions).

DANCE TEAM (DIAMOND ELITE) 
Dance Team students who successfully make it through auditions and also successfully meet Honors Dance Company audition requirements. These dancers have demonstrated mastery of a double pirouette and are also cast in at least 2 competition routines based on their scores during auditions. Required to attend rehearsals 4-5 days per week during off season (summer and 1st semester). However, these dancers must cast for any additional competition routines in which they wish to perform, as well as attend all required competition routine rehearsals during competition season (2nd semester).

DANCE TEAM (PLATINUM) 
Dance Team students who successfully make it through auditions. These dancers may or may not have successfully met Honors Dance Company audition requirements. These dancers are also cast in at least 1 competition routine based on their scores during auditions. Required to attend rehearsals 2-5 days per week during off season (summer and 1st semester). However, these dancers must cast for any additional competition routines in which they wish to perform, as well as attend all required competition routine rehearsals during competition season (2nd semester).

DANCE TEAM (GOLD) – HIP HOP ONLY – 
Dance Team students who successfully make it through auditions and specialize in hip hop dance styles. Only required to attend rehearsals 2-3 days per week during off-season (summer and 1st semester). However, these dancers must cast for every competition routine in which they wish to perform, and must attend all required competition routine rehearsals during competition season (2nd semester).

AUDITIONS FOR STUDENTS TRANSFERRING TO MKHS (TO JOIN DANCE TEAM)

Dancers wishing to transfer to Mark Keppel High School to be a part of the Dance Team must submit video auditions by email or through instagram (@mkhsdance). Transfer students from other school zones and districts outside of AUSD must be entering grades 10,11, or 12 in the Fall semester. Transfer students who successfully earn spots on Dance Team will be notified within 2 weeks of submitting their audition video (see attached flyer for submission instructions). Such candidates will be enrolled in Honors Dance Company for their Fall academic schedule. It is recommended that accepted transfer students initiate the interdistrict permit application in their home school district as soon as they are notified of acceptance into our Honors Dance Company program. Our experience is that most school districts who do not offer a weighted “A-G” Honors dance course will generally approve the permit request. However, Mark Keppel High School will not accept any students who are not successfully admitted into the Dance Team through the video audition process. All video auditions are reviewed by the MKHS Dance Arts Department within 2 weeks of submission.

VIDEO AUDITION SUBMISSION DEADLINE: APRIL 1, 2019

AUDITIONS FOR CURRENT MKHS STUDENTS & INCOMING 9TH GRADERS

Students currently enrolled at MKHS or who are current 8th graders at an MKHS feeder elementary school must attend our required audition workshop in Spring (You are not allowed to submit video auditions). Applicants will learn a dance routine consisting of hip hop and jazz dance styles, in addition to demonstrating splits and performing a contempporary improv dance for our panel of judges. All applicants are notified of their results the following week. Student academic schedules will be adjusted as needed so that you can receive academic credit.

SPRING AUDITION ORIENTATION & WORKSHOP (MANDATORY)

Orientation Meeting (MKHS Dance Studio):
Monday, April 8, 2019 @3:30-6PM

Practice Workshops (MKHS Dance Studio):
April 9-11, 2019 @3:30-6PM

Final Auditions (MKHS Dance Studio):
Friday, April 12, 2019 @3PM-6PM

PLEASE NOTE: WE DO NOT HOLD FALL AUDITIONS FOR DANCE TEAM! YOU MUST AUDITION IN SPRING… NO EXCEPTIONS!

RECOMMENDED SKILLS

The MKHS Dance Team is a highly athletic and technique-based performance group within the MKHS Dance Company. Students are encouraged to master a variety of dance elements & gymnastic skills prior to auditioning to ensure a better chance of being accepted into the Dance Team. During your audition, please make sure to demonstrate any valuable skills such as those listed below. Proficiency in some or all of the following skills is highly encouraged, but not required:

DANCE SKILLS
  • Pirouette (at least a double if performed cleanly)
  • Grand Jete (Split Leap)
  • Calypso Leap
  • A la Second Turns
  • Fouette Turns
  • Leg Hold Turns
  • Pique Turns
  • Chaines Turns
  • Grand Battement (standalone high kick, and also in kickline)
GYMNASTICS SKILLS
  • Walkover (Front or Back)
  • Cartwheel
  • Kip Up
  • Headspring
  • Standing Back Tuck
  • Running Front Tuck
  • Back Handspring
  • Front Handspring
  • Aerial (Side or Front)
  • Butterfly Twist
  • Flare
  • Toe Touch (Russian Jump)
  • Any Other Related Advanced Gymnastics or B-Boy Tricks