Starting high school or college and want to get involved in your school? Then dance team might be the perfect answer, but what is dance team? MTD has made a list of common questions asked about dance team.
How would you define dance team?
Dance team is a style of dance that encompasses other styles of dance including: pom, kick, jazz, lyrical, and hip-hop. It focuses on the perfection of routines based on technique and unison.
How does it differ from studio dance?
Dance team is different from studio dance in that artistry is second in nature to unison. Plus you get to dance with people from various studios. While studio dance has a variety of tempos and beats, dance team is upbeat and fast-tempo. So get ready to have your heart racing.
What is the time commitment?
The time commitment varies depending on the team you are a part of. Some high school teams may meet for as few as three hours a week, while competitive collegiate teams function more like a full time job. From rehearsals, to competitions, to game day performances, to team bonding, you are sure to be busy.
What expenses are there?
Like time commitment, cost varies depending on the team. Before joining a team the estimated cost should be given to you. You will usually be responsible for the cost of makeup and hair products. The booster club for many schools will cover other expenses, however, some teams have to pay for everything from costumes to transportation. So, check with a coach or an alumni dance team member to find out your financial responsibilities.
What are the benefits of dance team?
Dance team is a wonderful opportunity to continue doing something you love and to meet new people at the same time. It will help you develop new skills and strength that can be translated into other genres. Teamwork will have a new definition. You will be a role model to future members and younger member. There will be performance opportunities unlike any other. Plus you will be united with a great group of people for the rest of your life.
How do I get involved?
Most dance teams require an audition either in person or through video. To find out more about this process get in touch with the coach, a member, or the school. Most dance teams hold their auditions in the spring of the year, but some schools hold auditions for each season (i.e. fall season, winter season).