AUDITIONS/CLINICS 2021 
 

Clinics Dates: January 30th & February 27th (ONLINE)

Q+A with Captains: March 27th (ONLINE)

Auditions: TBD (ONLINE)
 

Clinics

The IN-PERSON clinic process:

  • Meet together at the facility, team warm-up, learn Illinette choreography, Q+A session, dismissal

The ONLINE clinic process:

  • Zoom call, team warm-up, learn Illinette choreography

  • Separate date/zoom for Q+A session

What to wear:

  • Please wear whatever you feel comfortable to dance in

  • Hair can be pulled back or down

Auditions

The IN-PERSON audition process will consist of two rounds with cuts made after the conclusion of each round:

  • Round One will consist of performing an original 1-minute routine prepared by each candidate as well as technique taught in the practice audition clinics

  • Round Two will consist of a routine of pom, jazz, and hip hop taught by our captains, a Marching Technique portion, and an interview with the judging panel.

The ONLINE audition process will consist of one video submission consisting of:

  • A statement of "Why I want to be an Illinette"

  • Right side pirouette (double, triple, or quad), fouette combination of choice, right & left side leap, and right & left splits

  • An original 1-minute dance routine prepared before

  • The learned routine from a video sent out by captains 

What to wear:

  • Black sports bra and black dance shorts ––if you wish to wear tights they must match your skin tone. Please wear proper dance footwear as well.

  • Come with your hair styled, fully down or half-up.  Make-up should be “performance ready” (eyeshadow, lipstick, blush, fake eyelashes, etc.)

What to practice:

  • Be prepared to work on overall fundamentals and technique consisting of flexibility, double & triple pirouettes, leaps consisting of regular, second, and reverse, calypso/capezio, fouette turns, and various other skills

What to bring (in-person):

  • Proof of UI student status or acceptance into the University (acceptance letter or an I-card).

  • A non-returnable photo of yourself.

Please note that if you make the team and the Illinettes attend the UDA camp, attendance during the summer is mandatory. This camp is paid for by the Marching Illini & Fighting Illini Athletic Bands.

Frequently Asked Questions

What type of dancer are you looking for?

  • Currently, the Illinettes Dance Team consists of 28 hardworking, technically trained dancers. They come from all different dance backgrounds, from their high school poms teams to ballet companies. Illinettes are versatile and able to adapt to different styles. We are looking for dancers who are strong technically, have great listening abilities, are adaptable, personable, and strong. Illinettes need to be specialized in pom, jazz, and hip hop.

What is the time commitment?

  • The time commitment varies from football to basketball season. In the fall, the Illinettes rehearse with the Marching Illini and have their own additional practice times. Band rehearsal goes from Monday-Friday, typically for an hour and a half. Sectionals are usually on Monday-Wednesday, with varying times. Football games are on Saturday mornings, afternoons, and occasionally at night. A typical football game day morning consists of a 6:30 a.m. call time for morning rehearsal, a 9 a.m. lunch break, and an 11 a.m. kick-off. During basketball season the team has two to three practices a week, and no band rehearsal. Men's and women's basketball games run during the weekdays and weekends.

How involved is the Illinettes Dance Team with the Marching Illini?

  • The Illinettes Dance Team is a very important part of the Marching Illini. We perform with the band during the pregame and halftime shows, perform at tailgates & do parades, travel with the band on various trips throughout the year, and attend Band Camp at the beginning of the school year. The Illinettes are proud members of the Marching Illini because they give us such amazing opportunities & chances to perform.

Does the Illinettes Dance Team compete?

  • The Illinettes Dance Team currently does not compete at UDA Nationals or other competitions. However, we do attend UDA College Camp in the summer. Not competing gives the team a chance to explore other opportunities in the college experience & focus on being a game-day team. This decision is reevaluated every year by the team, so it can vary year by year.

Is attendance mandatory?

  • Yes. In fact, Marching Illini and Sectional time is considered a class, and members receive a grade and academic credit for it. The practices that are in place must be attended to in order to maintain the growth and integrity of our group numbers, as well as a passing grade. Extreme illnesses, death in the family, and weddings of immediate family members are excused with proper documentation. Exams, non-pressing illnesses, and homework are not excused and will result in being pulled from halftime or pregame performance.

Is there a cost to join?

  • No. The Illinettes are required to purchase personal items such as warm-ups, boots, gym shoes, etc., but are not required to pay a fee for being on the team. Uniforms and poms are paid for by the University.

Are Illinette members involved in Greek life or other activities on campus?

  • Yes. Many of our members are student leaders in various Registered Student Organizations (RSOs) and belong to Greek organizations. Illinette sectionals and Marching Illini practice always take priority, but our members learn time management skills and have been able to schedule around academics and practices.

What are the summer, fall, and winter break commitment like?

  • Over the summer weekends, the Illinettes meet three times to practice sideline routines and features for football season. All members are expected to be in attendance. Over the past two years, the Illinettes have also traveled to a 4-day UDA Dance Camp with mandatory attendance. A week before classes resume, the Illinettes join the entire Marching Illini for a week-long Band Camp. Over Thanksgiving and winter break, the Illinettes perform at football and basketball break games. Members are provided per diem for men's and women's basketball break games. All Illinette members are also expected to attend Bowl Games if the Illinois Football team qualifies.

Who runs practices and choreographs dances?

  • The team elects two captains who are in charge of all Illinette practices. Choreography made by team members & selected by the captains to be learned and performed by the team. This gives members opportunities to work on their choreography, staging, & leadership skills.

Are all academic majors accepted?

  • Yes. Our team members come from a variety of majors (engineering, dance, business, biology, etc.)

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