The Black Foxes Audition

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Black Foxes Audition Requirements

Auditions have been scheduled for April 6th, 2019!

Check-in/Warm-up: TBA

Location: Hobart-Taylor Black Box Theater

Registration for Audition

Fill out our online application, which can be found at Black Fox Audition Application. We are only accepting applications online. It is highly important that you read thoroughly, complete and submit this application prior to arriving for the audition.

There is a non-refundable $25 audition fee. Fee should be paid via the online payment site which is also accessible at the end of the application. At the end of the application you will be prompted to upload a copy of your payment receipt. No checks, money orders or cash will be accepted.

The FIRST ROUND will be done via video submission. This means you need to have your 1 minute 30 seconds solo recorded and uploaded to The designated Drive no later than midnight March 23rd. Once you complete the application you will be sent a link to the drive for uploading your video. We will NOT be using YouTube this year.

We will be notifying candidates if they are selected to move on to the 2nd round no later than Monday, April 1st.

If you are selected to move on to round 2, you will attend the audition IN PERSON on campus on April 6th. Round 2 is the Basic Skills round.

YOU STILL NEED TO SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION AND YOUR $25 APPLICATION FEE PRIOR TO submitting your video.

Regarding your videos here are a few DOs and DON’ts:

  • DON’T enhance your videos with filters or anything fancy.
  • DON’T splice together or edit your video. We will deduct points if we notice that you have spliced pieces of video together to make one video. You can re-record as many times as you want, but ultimately your final recording should be ONE CONTINUOUS EXECUTION of the routine and not a spliced-together video of several attempts. If you don’t understand this please ask.
  • DON’T use an old video of yourself, e.g. you at a competition or doing a field show routine with your band. Make sure that the candidate we see on the video is the candidate that would appear in person.
  • DO introduce yourself at the beginning of your video. Include your name, age, school and hometown.
  • DO make sure that your entire body can be seen for the entire 1.5 minutes of your routine. This means there needs to be proper space between the camera and you. However, DON’T have TOO much space between you and the camera such that we cannot make out what you are doing.
  • DO show us your personality and what is special about YOU! Remember, it is your time to shine and show us skills that you may not have to execute in the other audition rounds.
  • DO feel free to use themed costumes or props (if appropriate) if it enhances your overall performance.

See below for more guidelines for your solo routine.

2nd Round – What To Bring

  • A headshot photograph. Photographs will not be returned. Please note that “selfies”, and photos printed on copy paper are not suitable to be submitted as a headshot. If you have any questions or concerns about this, please contact us for guidance.
  • A copy of your most recent transcript (current Prairie View students and transfer students only). Please note that all current Prairie View student candidates must have a 2.5 GPA to audition. High school candidates must be accepted by the University before the audition date. No GPA required for high school candidates accepted into the University.
  • Bring lunch, water, and snacks in preparation for a long day.

Attire

Candidates are asked to wear the following:

  • Black sports bra or midriff dance top
  • Black Boy Shorts
  • Flesh colored (suntan, nude, etc.) dance tights
  • Black or Tan jazz shoes or Black dance sneakers. Please note, proper footwear is very important in an audition. Please NO basketball sneakers, fashion sneakers (Keds, Converse, etc.) or fashion shoes/boots. Ballet slippers are allowed if you do not own jazz shoes. It is suggested that you bring both jazz shoes and dance sneakers (if you have both) to accommodate any floor surface. We want you to feel as comfortable as possible during your audition.
  • No jewelry is permitted, except for small earring studs.
  • Please come properly made up for your audition. You should strive to look your best in regards to hair and make-up.

Auditions

Preliminary Auditions will be conducted in 4 rounds:

Round 1 –Solo Dance – Dancers will present prepared choreography showcasing their dance strengths and performance quality. Solo should be costumed and one minute and 30 seconds long.

  • Solo Guidelines
    • Please refrain from using vulgar or otherwise inappropriate music.
    • Solo routine should showcase your strengths and personality. It is your chance to show the judges your uniqueness.
    • Sometimes less is more. If a prop or theme interferes with the execution of your routine, consider eliminating the prop or changing your theme.

Round 2 – Basic Skills/Across the Floor- Dancers will need to demonstrate proper dance technique, agility, showmanship, energy and proficiency in standalone skills and moving combinations. Candidates may be asked to execute one or more of the following skills, however; please note that other dance skills may be added to the list at the time of audition.

  • Splits (right, left, center)
  • Jazz Walks
  • Chassé
  • Pas de Bourrée
  • High Kicks (Battemént)
  • Chassé Split Leap
  • Chassé Split Leap in 2nd position
  • Toe Touch Jump
  • Chainé Turn
  • Piqué Turn
  • Pas dé Bourrée, Single Pirouette
  • Pas dé Bourrée, Double Pirouette
  • Heel Stretch
  • Axle
  • Turning leap in 2nd position (Video)
  • Turning “C” Jump (Video)

Note: If you need assistance with some of the ballet terms, you can google/search for them and locate definitions, pictures and videos of the ballet moves. An excellent YouTube channel that features videos of these moves is the “Just for Kix” Youtube channel.

Round 3 – Group Dance – Dancers will be required to demonstrate proficiency in 2 phases of this round:

  • Stand Routines – Dancers will be taught short stand routines indicative of the Fox dance style. This will allow judges to see how well a candidate can perform in the expected style.
  • Short Routine – Dancers will also be taught a short routine representative of the Black Foxes field show routines that candidates will be seeing for the first time at the audition. This will allow judges to see how quickly a candidate picks up choreography and assess their ability to memorize and retain what they have learned.

Dancers will be evaluated on how they perform with group members, how quickly they pick up the material, and how well they perform the material, showmanship and poise.

Round 4 – Interview – Dancers will be asked questions by the judges to evaluate their speaking ability, poise and maturity.

There will be cuts after each round. If you are excused after a round you will not be able to remain in the audition room as the audition process is closed to ALL spectators. All audition rounds and performances will be recorded, and ALL judges decisions are FINAL.

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