Friday, April 20, 2018
2017-2018 Carolina Girls Audition
Saturday, April 21, 2018 & Sunday, April 22, 2018
The pre-audition clinic is open to all high school and college students interested in the Carolina Girls Dance Team and is mandatory for dancers planning to participate in the audition on the April 21 and 22. The audition on Saturday and Sunday is only open to dancers who will be enrolled at USC or the Gamecock Gateway program in the Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 semesters.
The Carolina Girls Dance Team is a competitive team and dancers are required to have a strong technical background in order to compete with some of the top collegiate dance teams in the country. Technical skills required for the team include, but are not limited to:
- Triple/quadruple pirouette*
- Fouetté turns* (standard fouettés and sequence of variations)
- Variety of leaps* (switch leap, leap in second, reverse grand jeté, calypso/barrel, switch tilt, etc.)
- Leg extensions* (grand battements, leg holds, sustained développé, needle turns)
- Headsprings and kip-ups
* Dancers will be asked to perform these on the right and left sides.
Because the Carolina Girls perform in jazz, pom and hip-hop styles, strong technique is only the first of the criteria required to be on the team. Dancers should also be able to quickly learn and retain choreography and perform with style and energy. All three styles are very different, but are used equally both in game performances and in competition.
On the second day of the audition, finalists will be scheduled for an interview with the judges and coaching staff. The required attire for this is business casual. There will also be a segment later that afternoon where dancers will be asked to perform four 8-counts of their own choreography, showcasing their individual strengths. The choreography should be suitable for a generic, upbeat song, which will be selected by the coaching staff.
The final portion of the judging is based on image and appearance. Each Carolina Girl serves as a representative of the University of South Carolina and is constantly in the public eye. Dancers are expected to uphold a collegiate image that meets standards of physical fitness, presentation and overall impression.
No jewelry (post earrings are acceptable)
Sneakers for hip-hop (dancers may also change into leggings or sweats for this section only)
8:30 a.m. - Check-in
9:00 a.m. - Warm-up
9:30 a.m. - Technical evaluations
First Cut (results emailed over lunch break)
1:00 p.m. - Semi-finalists return and review jazz routine
1:30 p.m. - Jazz Evaluations
2:30 p.m. - Review hip-hop routine
3:00 p.m. - Hip-hop evaluations
-Dancers may leave after hip-hop-
Second Cut (results and Day 2 interview schedule emailed)
9:00 a.m. - Interviews (attire is business casual)
1:30 p.m. - Finalists return; warm-up/review fight song
2:00 p.m. - Fight song evaluations
2:30 p.m. - Individual showcase (four 8-counts of dancer's own choreography)
3:00 p.m. - Additional evaluations as needed; tabulation of final scores
4:00 p.m. - Announcement of the 2018-19 Carolina Girls
4:15 p.m. - 2018-19 Carolina Girls team meeting