Hi-Steppers, Dazzlers Tryouts Q&A

With Tracy Neef, Hi-Stepper Director

What are tryouts going to look like this year?

We are looking at a hybrid model where students can work in person the week of the clinic and then submit videos at the end of the week.

How do you pick who makes the team?

We evaluate dance technique and performance skills.

What are things you look for in a person when recruiting people for Hi-Steppers?

We want individuals who are passionate about dance and want to be a part of a spirit group to encourage other groups on campus.

What else does the team do besides dance?

In a non-COVID year, the Hi-Steppers volunteer to hold doors at the elem. schools, perform at local nursing homes, raise funds to donate to local charities, act as mentors to younger dancers, exemplify the character traits of discipline, spirit, and teamwork in our community.

How would you summarize what Hi-Steppers is?

Hi-Steppers is a group of dancers who work to promote spirit at DSHS, support and encourage sports teams, and work together as a team to perform many styles of dance at a variety of events throughout the year.


With Christen Manning, Dazzlers Director

What are tryouts going to look like this year? 

This year will be a hybrid audition. We will have online video submissions and an in-person/online clinic. More details to come at the Feb. 16th audition Zoom meeting.

How do you pick who makes the team?

We pick students who meet the dance criteria (required leaps, turns and skills), and we look for dancers who have energy and stage presence.

What are things you look for in a person when recruiting people for Dazzlers?

I look for dancers who perform like no one is watching, commit to the movement, and attach all the skills we present to them. The skills I look for include, headstands, 180 degree Split leaps, Russian leaps, Double turns, Both right/left splits!

What else does the team do besides dance?   

We do philanthropic events (like our canned food drive), visit the middle schools, and help promote school spirit.

What do you like about directing the Dazzlers?

I LOVE working with my Dazzlers. These girls brighten my day (every day!!!). This team works so incredibly hard and always takes on my challenging dance routines with a smile on their face. This year is our first line of Officers, and they have worked closely with me to grow our team and challenge ourselves to be the very best. I could not be more proud of them


By Abby Hernandez, staff writer

Featured photo by Teagan Krewson

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