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Tryouts

Auditions will be held at Harrisonburg High School (in the main gym) on the following dates:

Harrisonburg High School
1001 Garbers Church Rd. Harrisonburg, VA

Saturday, April 22, 2017 (Check in begins at 12:30 PM; Auditions will run from 1:00PM - 7:00PM)
Sunday, April 23, 2017 (Check in begins at 8:15AM; Auditions will run from 8:30AM - 2:00PM)

To Register for 2017 Dukette Auditions Click Here

The minimum required skills to be a member of the JMU Dukettes include the following:

  • sharp pom motions with proper placement
  • triple/quad pirouette
  • fouette turns
  • switch leap/switch open/switch tilt
  • side leap
  • toe touch
  • jazz style
  • hip hop style
  • contemporary style
  • a la seconde turns
  • circle disk
  • strong performance impression

For questions regarding this event, please contact Julia Urban at jurban@augusta.k12.va.us

Dukette For A Day 2017

Sunday, February 26, 2017

CLINIC: 11:00AM-2:00PM (Check-In at 10:30AM)

LOCATION: Harrisonburg High School (1001 Garbers Church Rd, Harrisonburg, VA)

PERFORMANCE: Convocation Center - 5:00PM JMU vs. William & Mary Women’s Basketball Game

***BREAK: At 2pm, we will dismiss from our clinic and LUNCH WILL BE ON YOUR OWN***

CLINIC & PERFORMANCE:

*The "Dukette for a Day" program is open to dancers ages 4 – 18.

*We will divide the dancers into three different groups for the clinic: Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced. The halftime performance will showcase all three groups individually and combined!

*The clinic will be closed to parents/the public, so please plan accordingly. We will open the doors at 1:45pm to showcase our routines for the friends and families of the dancers!

CHECK-IN:

$20 donations are suggested at check-in. Registration includes the dance clinic and the dancer’s admission to the game. "Dukette for a Day" performance t-shirts will be available for $10 at Check-In.

(If you do not plan to purchase a t-shirt for the performance, please wear purple)

GAME DETAILS:

Please arrive at the Convocation Center for the game at 3:45PM. Park in General Parking and enter through the D Doors. Tickets will be available at this entrance. Please tell the ticket office you are here for "Dukette for a Day" to receive the discounted rate. Dancers will meet Dukettes upon arrival and sit with the team on the court throughout the game.

Click here to Register

Click here to download the Itinerary

For questions regarding this event please contact the Dukettes at jmudanceteam@gmail.com

About the Dukettes

The James Madison University Dukettes are the official dance team of James Madison University. These dancers are some of the most talented at JMU, and in the United States. The Dukettes are a fast-paced organization, who are model representatives of the values of JMU, and are ambassadors to the school as a whole.The season for a Dukette begins with summer practices in July and August, where they go through a rigorous preparation for the season and camp. The team attends National Dance Alliance's (NDA) Collegiate Dance Team camp in August, where they learn routines and participate in team bonding exercises. The Dukettes also partake in The Marching Royal Dukes' Band Camp, which takes place the week before the start of classes.During the regular season, the Dukettes practice Monday through Thursday for 2 hours each day, and on the Fridays of home games with the band during football season. The team performs during halftime with Virginia's Finest at every home football game. They also perform at every home basketball game, make other appearances, and travel with the Marching Royal Dukes throughout the fall season. These performances include community, university, national, and international events.The essence of the Dukette season is nationals, where they travel to Daytona Beach, Florida to participate in NDA's National Collegiate Dance Championships. Currently, the Dukettes are ranked 1st in the Nation. While the commitment is a big one, being a part of the JMU Dukettes is an unforgettable and rewarding experience.


  • TRYOUTS: Auditions take place in mid to late April to determine who will be on the team.
  • SCHEDULE: The Dukettes practice every day for two hours or more during football and basketball seasons (with the occasional "work out days"). Practices start in July, and run through spring semester until the national competition.
  • CONTACT: Please feel free to follow the "JMU Dukettes" FacebookTwitter, and Instagram for updates. Or email JMU Dukettes Coach, Julia Urban at jurban@augusta.k12.va.us
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