Shockwave Dance Team Auditions
Thank you for your interest in the Tulane Shockwave Danceteam tryouts! Below is all the information you will need for tryouts as well as a few FAQs.
Auditionees are required to have the following materials for auditions:
- a headshot
- dance resumé
- Demonstrations of dance skills including: double and/or triple pirouette, right and left jete, right and left high front kicks, right and left splits.
- If auditioning by video, prepared choreographed dance as shown here and here. Music used for the audition is an .MP3 download here.
For the demonstration of dance skills and choreographed dance, auditionees should wear a black sports bra, black dance shorts with tights, and tan jazz shoes. Auditionees should also have their hair and make-up styled as they would wear for a performance.
There are three ways to submit Shockwave auditions:
Demonstration of choreographed dance routine and dance skills should be put onto either a stand-alone DVD or a data DVD. Mail submissions to:
Tulane University Marching Band
102 Dixon Hall
New Orleans, LA 70118
Deadline for receipt of mail submissions is Friday April 17th, 2015.
Email all audition materials to Ashley Iserman. Demonstration of skills and choreographed dance routine can be submitted via a public or private online video link.
Deadline for receipt of online submissions is Friday April 17th, 2015.
Auditonees should bring all materials with them to the live audition and be dressed in performance wear ready to perform the required skills and dance routine.
The Live Audition will be held on Sunday April 19th, 2015 from 10:00am to 1:00pm at the Devlin Fieldhouse.
Who is the Tulane Shockwave Dance Team?
The Shockwave Dance Team is an All-American collegiate dance team that represents Tulane University. They dance on the sidelines at all home Tulane football games and perform pre-game and halftime shows with the TUMB. They also perform in Mardi Gras parades in the spring, as well as all men's and women's home basketball games and select volleyball and baseball games each year. The majority of the routines Shockwave perform are hip hop, pom, and jazz.
When are Shockwave rehearsals?
Shockwave practices two to two and half hours 2-3 days a week plus gym training sessions each week during the fall and spring semesters. Currently practices are held every Monday and Wednesday from 8-10 pm with Friday evenings being open for extra rehearsals if needed. Members of the Shockwave can be involved in organizations on Tulane's campus, as long as they realize the time commitment involved with being on Shockwave.
Do Shockwave members have to purchase any uniform pieces?
All performance uniforms are property of Tulane University and the TUMB. At the end of each year members will be required to return all uniform pieces in the condition they were given in. Sports bras, tights, shoes, and earrings will be determined according to club budget what the member will have to purchase.
What is the audition process like?
- Auditions are closed to the public (this includes your family and friends)
- The audition dance will be performed in front of a panel of judges.
- All candidates will be judged in the areas listed below:
- Appearance - pay special attention to hair and makeup. Judges will also be looking for a toned physique.
- Dance execution and ability - the judges will be looking for precision, coordination, and timing
- Technique - judges will be looking for proper execution of all technique
- Poise and Projection
I do not have a professional headshot for tryouts.
This is ok! Judges just need a current picture of you for the final selection process. Any picture will do.
Are males allowed to audition?
Absolutely! We encourage any males interested in being a part of Shockwave to audition.
What is considered performance hair and makeup?
Shockwave performs at most games with their hair down and styled. Here is an example look of what we would like for our audition look:
Is being a member of Shockwave Danceteam exciting?
Of course! You will meet many new students you may not have known before. You will gain confidence and self-pride. Opportunities will arise that you may normally not come into contact with such as performance opportunities, networking, etc. You will be cheering for your school, the very BEST, Tulane University!
If you have ANY other questions or comments feel free to email Ashley Iserman.
We look forward to auditions and cannot wait to see you! Roll Wave!