ABOUT SJCCA DANCE

The SJCCA dance department at RJ Murray Middle School has been successful in training dancers and instilling a lifelong passion for the art form for over 20 years. Our goal in the dance program is to expose students of all levels to many styles of dance by ways of technique, terminology, history, and choreography. Students will explore the foundations of many genres of dance throughout the entire school year including ballet, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, hip hop and modern. Dance students will get the opportunity to perform in front of live audiences during annual performances as well as create their own work and take classes and workshops with guest artists. The dance program strives to build every dancer’s confidence and harness their full potential as athletes and artists. We are proud to celebrate the success of so many SJCCA alumni becoming professionals in the arts community.

SJCCA DANCE AUDITION INFORMATION

Dance auditions will be in the format of a typical dance class. Dancers of all experience levels are invited and encouraged to attend. Please arrive by the start time and plan to stay for the entire time block

Beginner dancers (Any student with no prior experience): Please wear dance or athletic clothing that allows you to easily move and stretch. The audition will consist of a warm up, across the floor exercises and a short dance combination. Students will be assessed on their ability to follow rhythms and movement sequences.

Intermediate dancers (1 to 2 years prior dance experience): Please wear dance or athletic clothing that allows you to easily move and stretch. Jazz or ballet shoes are recommended. The audition will consist of a warm up, across the floor exercises and a short dance combination. Students will be assessed on their current level of dance technique, flexibility and ability to pick up choreography.

Advanced dancers (Minimum three years experience): Female dancers- Please wear a black leotard, pink tights and bring both ballet and jazz shoes. Male dancers- Please wear black shorts or pants and a solid colored t-shirt and bring both ballet and jazz shoes. The audition will consist of a ballet warm up, across the floor jazz technique and learning a short piece of choreography. Students will be assessed on their current level of technique, flexibility and ability to pick up advanced choreography.