Denise’s Dance Academy Travel Team Tryouts


Our Travel Teams are a specifically selected group of dancers who will be required to travel out of town for one regional competition, attend three in town regional competitions and one out of town national’s competition.

Please READ over carefully………..these teams are highly selective and while we always encourage our dancers who have the confidence and meet the criteria for auditions like this, we want to remind you that these teams most often consist of dancers who exceed the amount of experience listed.

ENROLL IN THESE TRYOUTS TODAY!  You will NOT receive the tryout videos sent out on JUNE 1, 2024 if you are not officially enrolled in these tryouts.  There is not an extra fee for tryouts – this is included in your audition fee for teams.  You will need to enroll in each style that you are interested in trying out – the times listed on the enrollment page are NOT accurate – times will be set later and sent out.  Plan for these to take place during the morning/afternoon hours of June 15, 2024.  Choose Tryout season and scroll to the month of June.  Here is the link to enroll:



If you are interested in auditioning for our Travel Teams – Guest Choreography pieces for next season -below is some information regarding the tryout process. Please make sure to note the prerequisites for each style before your dancer auditions. Only dancers who meet the eligibility requirements will be allowed to audition this season. We also will be taking into consideration 2023-2024 technique attendance, work ethic, class/competition attendance and respectfulness into account when placing these teams.

Travel Team Information – please read to the end

Dancers who are eligible to audition for these pieces MUST meet the following criteria below prior to auditions on June 15th.  (ages are as of 8/1/2024).  For our travel teams we bring in 4 different choreographers for our pieces in the styles of jazz character, hip hop, contemporary, and tap.  Dancers who meet the requirements can try out for any styles they qualify for. These travel team dancers compete at the highest level of competition so we have strict criteria for the audition and selection process. The dancers who would like to be considered for our level 7-9 Travel Teams in lyrical and jazz need to audition for these during the July summer session in the lyrical and/or jazz classes

  • All Dancers must have a minimum of 2 years of technical ballet class experience
  • Tap – open to ages 12 and over with 3 years of tap competition team experience
  • Hip Hop – open to dancers ages 10 and over with at least two years Hip Hop Competition Team experience
  • Contemporary – open to dancers ages 10 and over with at least one year of Contemporary Team experience
  • Jazz Character – open to ages 12 and over with 3 years of jazz competition team experience
  • Regional Teams Experience does NOT count towards the requirements.
  • Mandatory Events for Travel Teams: Dancers are required to perform at our Showcase in January/February, compete at 1 out of town regional competition, 3 local regional competitions, and 1 out of town national competition (extra weekend rehearsals may be added in as needed) NEW THIS YEAR: DANCERS WILL BE PERFORMING AT THE ONE DANCE SHOWCASE ON DECEMBER 6TH AND/OR 7TH. (THIS WILL BE FOR THE GUEST CHOREOGRAPHED PIECES ONLY)
  • Dancers will be required to take a cardio/conditioning class or flexibility class in addition to one leaps/turns class and 2 hours of ballet each week.
  • There is an extra choreography fee for each routine that you are selected to be a part of.  This is in addition to regular tuition fees, costumes, and competition entry fees.  Cost has not yet been determined – last year the range was $275-$300.  Fees will be set prior to tryouts.   Dancers are also required to purchase a Travel Teams t-shirt –  those run $25 -30. We will use the same shirts as the 2024-2025 season.
  • Selection criteria includes judged audition results, respectfulness, work ethic, commitment, ballet and leaps/turns attendance, master class fulfillment, and attendance/performance in teams this past year.  These are highly selective teams and require a lot of dedication and work! Dancers currently on Travel Teams may not make one or more travel teams if these requirements are not met.  If you are a new dancer to the studio, you will not be deducted for not having some of the above criteria.


Our Audition Process:

  • Dancers interested in each style need to sign up on the audition tab of the website in order to know how many dancers we have interested in each style. Dancers will also get the audition videos only if they are signed up.
  • Videos of the tryout routines will be available via a link that will be sent out June 1st, 2024.  Dancers will be able to learn the tryout routines at their own pace during that week.
  • Tuesday, June 11th and Thursday, June 13th – we will have a rehearsal time open for each style of dance. Alumni/teachers/choreographers may be there to help guide the dancers with the dance and/or answer any questions they may have about the videos/specific moves. It would be most beneficial if dancers arrive knowing the dances. Dancers are not required to attend – but it would be very helpful if they have questions or want to review with teachers and other dancers.  Times for each group will be determined and sent out via email to those enrolled.  This will be approximately 1:30-3:30 pm.
  • Saturday,  June 15th– Auditions for all styles will take place during the afternoon/early evening – more specific times will be set and sent out.
  • Final decisions will be sent out on July 2ndDancers will have until July 16th to accept or decline their placements on their chosen teams.


Our Choreography Dates and Payment Due Dates:

  • Contemporary Choreography Weekend w/ Kari Herman: August 16th-18th (fees due August 2nd)
  • Hip Hop Choreography Night for Teen Large Group w/ Andie Stitt: September 3rd (fees due August 20th)
  • Jazz Character Line Choreography Weekend w/ Matt Brekke: September 7th-8th (fees duet August 24th)
  • Jazz Character Teen Group, Tap, Hip Hop Line Choreography weekend w/ Sheraton and Dustin Phillips: September 20th-22nd (fees due September 6th)


If you have any questions – you can contact Miss Jeni ([email protected]) or Miss Denise.