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2023-2024 Cal Poly Dance Team Auditions

 If you have a strong dance background and a passion for performing, teamwork, and promoting school spirit, then you are in the right place! The Cal Poly Dance Team performs at all Cal Poly Football and Basketball home games and travels to a few away games. We compete at USA Nationals in Anaheim each year in the D1 Jazz division and Game Day division! 


We are looking for a group of dancers who have solid technique, are versatile, have strong performance ability, and dance well together as a team!

Auditions for the 2023-2024 season will be held
May 19-20, 2023.

 More information is provided below.


Virtual Prep Clinic

Our prep clinic is optional with a $25 fee, but highly recommended. Unlike auditions, this is the time when we can offer feedback and constructive criticism to help with technique and performance. We will work on some technique and skills that we look for in addition to original routines in every style that we require to help participants get a better feel of our collegiate style. We will provide the scoring rubric used for auditions and go over audition tips provided by our veterans.

What is included?

- 4 short routines in Jazz, Pom, Contemporary, & Hip Hop

- 1 Cheer

- 1 Turn Combo

- Audition Tips and Advice from Veterans

- Audition Scoring Rubric


April 21st : Registration Closes*

April 23rd : Video Material Sent out

April 28th : Participant provides video link for review

May 1st : Feedback received via email by Judges

*Participants must register to participate. 


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Audition Timeline & Info

MAY 18th: Registration Closes

MAY 19th: Learn Audition Material

  • 6:30 PM Sign in

  • 7:00 PM Warm up

  • 10:00 PM end of night one

MAY 2oth: In Person Audition

  • 8:30 AM Sign in

  • 9:00 AM Audition Begins

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Check out the CPDT Information Packet below for more information:


Audition Information : What to expect!

Auditions are ran and judged by our captains and coach. We are looking for strong technical dancers with high performance ability that will fit our team! We do not have a set number of members for the team, however in past seasons it has been between 18 - 22. On Friday night, May 19th, you can anticipate a group warm up followed by the teaching of audition material. You will not be judged Friday night and are encouraged to come wearing comfortable gear, hair, and makeup, ready to learn! Saturday morning will begin with a group warm-up, followed by judged across the floor sets. Auditionees will learn & perform a sideline cheer, along with the materials learned the night before. The auditionee should also expect a small, casual interview! Cut(s) will be made throughout the day until we arrive at our final team! We encourage members who are trying out to come with a collegiate look and "Game Day Ready" hair and makeup. 

Expected Technique: (both sides)

  • Kicks and tilts

  • Leg holds

  • Leg turns (front and tilt)

  • Triple pirouettes and as many as you can do

  • Turns in second

  • Leaps (front, side, reverse, switch, calypso, & turning disk)

  • Any tricks that you would like to show (ex. aerials, head springs, front walkovers, etc.)

What to wear to auditions:

  • "Game Day Ready" hair & make-up!

  • Form fitting and appropriate dance clothes, leggings, shorts, tank top, etc.

  • Feel free to wear bralettes, sports bras, old dance costume tops, etc. if you're comfortable doing so

  • Jazz shoes or half soles and tennis shoes for hip hop

  • Hair should be down & styled (ponytail ok during technique assessments)

  • Above all, make sure you feel confident in your presentation! It will show in your audition! 


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