The Essence Dance Line combines technical, rhythmic, and dynamic dance to enhance the Clark Atlanta University Mighty Marching Panthers Band. The Dance Line performs with the band at football games, parades, exhibitions, selected University programs, and other band appearances.
Audition Elements Fundamental Assessment You will be evaluated on the fundamental movements of dance and show style band. Fundamentals include but are not limited to: struts, turns, jumps, leaps, kicks, splits, etc.
Choreography Workshop A short workshop will be conducted to teach marching, strutting, a couple stand routines and a short dance routine. These elements will be part of your final evaluation performance.
Interview A brief interview will be conducted to get to know you better.
Final Evaluation Performance You will perform the routine taught to you during the choreography workshop and a routine you've pre-prepared (see requirements for more information).
Requirements Arrival Time You should plan to arrive 15-20 minutes PRIOR TO the call time to allow time for your personal preparation, including changing clothes if needed. Auditions will begin promptly at the specified time.
Registration Fee $10.00 cash audition fee. Payable at registration. Proof of your receipt will grant entry to the audition hall.
Attire Black Bottoms (leggings, jogging pants, workout shorts, etc.) Solid white women's tank top or a solid white cotton t-shirt Dance and/or athletic shoes No jewelry (studs in your ears are accepted).
Solo Performance Piece (Optional) FOR ASSESSMENT PURPOSES ONLY Having one will not guarantee a spot on the squad. Not having one will not prevent you from being considered for a spot on the squad.
Be prepared to showcase an independently created solo performance. This performance should be no longer than 1 minute and 30 seconds long. The routine is at your discretion and your music should be prepared on a CD or your cell phone which will be connected to our audio equipment through your headphone jack (if your phone does not have a headphone jack please bring the necessary adaptor).
SPECTATORS ARE NOT ALLOWED INSIDE OF THE AUDITION PROCESS