Dance Team FAQs
The following are provided to assist you in learning more about the Saint Thomas Aquinas Spirits Dance Team. If you don't find the answer to your question, please contact Head Coach Tara Yantis at [email protected]
What are tryouts like?
Tryouts for our program take place in April and typically last three days. Dancers are required to audition each year. Dancers will be required to learn and perform a team dance (incorporates jazz, pom, kick, and hip hop), a kick combination, and across-the-floor technique progressions. Dancers are also required to complete a tryout application and will be asked to answer an interview question during the tryout process. The judging panel is comprised of dance professionals from a variety of backgrounds.
How should I prepare for tryouts?
While previous dance experience is not a requirement to audition for our program, most prospective dancers take studio class in preparation for our spring tryouts. Ballet, leaps/turns, hip hop and dance team prep classes are recommended for those dancers who are not already a part of a competitive studio program. We also host free prep classes each Spring in the month leading up to auditions.
Can I be involved in studio dance AND high school dance team?
Yes! Many of our dancers participate in outside studio dance at both competitive and recreational levels. These commitments should be carefully considered and balanced by each family. While there are typically some schedule conflicts between studio dance and high school dance team, Coaches make every effort to accommodate schedules with the intent of reducing stress on each dancer.
What are practices like and how often does the team practice?
We hold a regular weekly practice schedule that varies by team. Varsity practices three times a week. These practices incorporate a combination of conditioning, warm up, technique, team building, choreography instruction and cleaning. Additional practices/rehearsals are scheduled on an as-needed basis.
2022-2023 Regular Season Practice Schedule
Tuesdays 6:00-7:30am Varsity + JV
Thursdays 6:00-7:30am Varsity every week + JV every other week
Fridays 3:30-5:30pm Varsity + JV
All practices are mandatory. Please refer to the Attendance Policy for communication of any unavoidable absences.
What happens if I need to miss a practice?
Dancers who have a conflict with a practice or performance are required to send an absence request to the coach via email with as much advanced notice as possible. Please refer to the Attendance Policy for our communication process. Absences or tardiness to practices and performances earn ‘strikes’. Dancers are responsible to learn choreography and cleaning points missed before the next practice. Dancers who miss the last practice before a game performance, or the week of practices before competition or Winter Finale, will not be eligible to perform under most circumstances – this will be managed at the discretion of the coach.
Is there a Spring Show?
Our performance season concludes each year with our annual Winter Finale showcase. Typically at the end of February, this show is comprised of our award-winning routines from the year. We invite our community, family and friends to enjoy this evening of entertainment!
How much does it cost?
Costs are outlined for parents at our pre-tryout and season kick off meetings. Costs vary by tenure with the program as we make every effort to consolidate costs each year and select items that can be used for more than one season.
Does the dance team compete?
Yes! In addition to our performances throughout the year, we participate in several dance team contests per season.