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Tryouts

Tenative Audition Dates: April 13-14, 2019

Auditions will be held at the JMU Convocation Center:

JMU Convocation Center
895 University Blvd.
Harrisonburg, VA 22807

    • Check in begins at 9:30AM
    • First round auditions will run from 10:00AM - 2:00PM
      • First cuts will be made at 2:00PM
    • Final round auditions will run from 4:30PM - 8:00PM

Registration will be available in January 2019

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/switch arabesque
    • side leap
    • toe touch
    • jazz style
    • hip hop style
    • contemporary style
    • a la seconde turns
    • circle disk
    • strong performance impression

If you are unable to attend the in-person tryouts, you may send in a VIDEO AUDITION!
If you are sending in a video audition, we recommend including the following:

    • sharp pom motions with proper placement
    • triple/quad pirouette
    • fouette turns
    • switch leap/switch open/switch tilt/switch arabesque
    • side leap
    • toe touch
    • a la seconde turns
    • circle disk
    • leg extensions
    • 30 second Jazz Routine
    • 30 second Contemporary Routine
    • 30 second Hip Hop Routine
    • 30 second Pom Routine
    • strong performance impression

For questions regarding this event, please contact the team leadership at officialjmudukettes@gmail.com.

Dukette For A Day 2018

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Dance and perform at halftime with the JMU Dukettes!

 

SCHEDULE

CLINIC: 10:00AM - 12:00PM (Check in at 9:30AM)

LOCATION: T.B.D.

***BREAK: At 12:00PM, we will dismiss from our clinic and LUNCH WILL BE ON YOUR OWN***

PERFORMANCE: Convocation Center - JMU Women's Basketball Game vs UNCW - 2:00PM

(All times subject to change)

CLINIC & PERFORMANCE

The Dukette for a Day program is open to dancers ages Pre-K through 8th Grade.  Dancers are divided into three different groups for the clinic: Beginner, Intermediate, or Advanced.  The halftime performance will showcase all groups individually and combined!  The clinic will be closed to parents/the public, so please plan accordingly.  We will open the doors at 11:45AM to showcase our routines for friends and families of the dancers.  Dancers will perform at halftime at the 2pm Women's Basketball game against UNCW.

CHECK-IN

$40 donations are suggested at check-in. Donations includes the dance clinic and the dancer’s admission to the game. "Dukette for a Day" performance t-shirts will be available for $15 at Check-In. **These are different from previous years**

GAME DETAILS

Please arrive at the Convocation Center for the game at 1:15PM. 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

PLEASE NOTE

We are discouraging high school students (specifically juniors and seniors) or those interested in auditioning for the Dukettes in April from attending Dukette for a Day.  This year we will be offering an Audition Prep-Clinic (February 23) aimed at preparing interested dancers for any potential collegiate dance team audition.  Registration for that event will be open soon.

For questions regarding this event please contact the Dukettes at  officialjmudukettes@gmail.com or visit their info page at https://jmudukettes.weebly.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 contact the Dukettes Leadership team at officialjmudukettes@gmail.com
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