All candidates must be accepted to Prairie View A&M prior to the audition. If a candidate has not applied, they should do so immediately. Applications can be completed online at http://www.pvamu.edu/admissions/undergraduate/ Note that candidates’ admission to Prairie View A&M University will be verified prior to the audition. A candidate who is a current University student must have an overall GPA of 2.0 or greater. All candidates should be aware that Mini Camp will be held June 2019. All parts of Mini camp are mandatory should a candidate be chosen as part of the 2019-2020 Twirling Thunder.
Auditions will be held April 13th and 14th, 2019 at the Band Hall on the Prairie View A&M University campus. Results will be posted within 24 hours of the actual auditions. Any questions or concerns about the audition and/or clinic dates, times, or procedures should be directed to
*Students auditioning should bring a sack lunch or healthy snacks Sunday to eat while waiting their turn to audition.
The auditions will be organized and scored in the following sections:
Basic Skills and Travel Technique
Demonstrated in small groups (see “Basics and Travel” below)
Candidates will be taught a brief routine at the audition, which will be performed in small groups. Candidates will be judged on their ability to learn choreography quickly, ability to memorize/retain, overall ability to perform in a group, technique and execution, and overall performance and showmanship.
Candidates ability to perform while attending to the details of the stands that are thrown.
Basics and Travel:
Basic technique and travel fundamentals will be demonstrated in brief combinations consisting of the elements listed below. Candidates will be judged on overall skill proficiency, execution, and body placement/control.
*NOTE: Fundamentals videos are being updated and should be available by March 1st.
Drop Spins, Double Time, Cones, Singles, 45 Toss, Flat Toss
Travel: Toe-Down Marching, 90’s, Jazz Runs
Stands: Swamp, Neck
Audition attire is as follows: black leotards or form fitted shirt (style optional), black pants and jazz shoes or dance sneakers. No boots or character shoes may be worn. “Hot shorts,” not Soffle shorts or any other athletic shorts, may be worn during the individual routine portion of the auditions only. They may not be worn at any other time before or after the individual routine performance.
Hair, make-up, and accessories should be worn as the candidate feels is most appropriate for a performance with the Twirling Thunder
For the Audition Clinic (Saturday), candidates should wear appropriate, comfortable clothing and suitable footwear (e.g. jazz shoes, dance sneakers, tennis shoes).
Will be provided.
In order to participate in the 2019 auditions, candidates complete the online application and submit a $25 application fee. The link to pay the fee is located at the end of the application.