McKendree Announces New Competitive Dance Team

Tryouts for McKDT and PomCats March 19, 21, 22

(LEBANON, Ill., March 5, 2015) — McKendree University announces tryouts for the new McKendree University Competitive Dance Team (McKDT).

McKDT provides an opportunity for high school dancers to continue their passion for the sport, while using their dance technique and abilities to compete and perform on a collegiate level. The team will perform at select community and game performances, compete at the local and national level, and attend a summer camp in August, a weekly technique class and weekly practices. Participation during some holidays and school breaks is required.

Students must be able to commit approximately 15 to 20 hours per week while maintaining the university’s grade eligibility requirement. Scholarships will be offered.

Dance team members are required to have previous experience and the following skills: jazz, hip hop, and pom technique; and various turns and leaps with an emphasis on performance and movement quality.

Becky Morgan, of Troy, Ill., has been hired to coach the new McKDT. She encourages dancers to “become a part of McKendree’s newest program, continue your love for dance and competition, and be a part of a dedicated and performance-driven team.”

The PomCats, McKendree’s non-competitive dance team, performs with the Marching Bearcat Band and at basketball games. Tryouts are being held for both teams, however a student can participate only on one or the other.

Tryouts, all of which are mandatory, will be held in the gymnasium on Thursday, March 19 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, March 21 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and Sunday, March 22 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The gym is inside the Melvin Price Convocation Center on Alton Street.