njahts 2017The Lawrence Tech Dance Team is composed of eight to ten dancers who cheer and perform at different events around the school and community. The LTU dance team program is a student activity. As a student activity, its first and foremost responsibility to the student is to support and not to compromise the student's academic career. Secondly, the program should aid in developing the student participant into a responsible, mature and independent adult. Specifically, the program is a means of improving the student's mental and physical well-being.

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Purpose:

The primary purpose of the dancer is to be a member of the team, which has as its goal the support of intercollegiate athletics and LTU. That support is directed into three major areas, as follows:

1. Entertain the crowd and cheer on our LTU Blue Devils

2. To participate in the athletic activity known as dance by performing jumps, leaps, turns and dance movements; to perfect this athletic activity for keeping the crowd attention/direction focused on the field/floor where the intercollegiate activity is taking place, and for entertainment and competitive purposes; and

3. To serve as public relations ambassadors of intercollegiate athletics and Lawrence Tech University; to uphold, reflect and project the goals and ideals of the University; to appear at University activities, functions and programs, at charitable and public causes (not commercial/business purposes) to promote intercollegiate athletics and the University.

Incentives:
All dance team members will be eligible to receive an academic scholarship as long as she maintains her academic and team expectations. You will become an ambassador for Lawrence Technological University.

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Audition Information

Online Registration Due by: April 10 All Paperwork Due by: April 17 
Audition Fee ($20) Due: April 17 (Can be paid prior in room C404)
Copy of Insurance, Student ID, Tryout Release, Waiver of Liability, and Proof of Physical Due: April 17

Requirements to Audition:
1. You must be enrolled, accepted or deferred as a full time student at Lawrence Tech University for Fall 2017
2. Current cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better.
3. Must maintain enrollment for the entire duration of the season (Fall and Spring).
4. Be in good academic and disciplinary standing with University.
5. $20 Try-out fee and ALL paperwork is due at the first clinic

Proper Attire for Auditions:
• Tank, leotard, or sports bra
• Dance Pants/Leggings/Shorts (Form Fitting)
• Sweats (For Hip-Hop Only)
• Dance Shoes or Socks
• Sneakers for Hip-Hop
• Business Professional Attire for Interviews

What will candidates learn at Auditions:
• Fight Song
• Jazz Routine
• Hip-Hop Routine
• Sidelines

Dance Elements:
Required
- Split Leap (Grande Jete) (right and left)
- Single/Double Pirouettes (Turns)
- Leap in Second (Center Leap)
- Tilt Jump
- Kicks (Side/Front/Tilt)
- Chaines Turns
- Toe Touch

Recommended
- Turns in Second
- Turning Centers (Disk Turns)
- Side Tilts (No Hands)
- Double Turn into Leap

What you will be judged on:
• Enthusiasm
• Ability to catch on to routines
• Crowd Appeal
• Ability to take constructive Criticism


Dance Team Coach
Lauren Allen - ltudanceteam@ltu.edu

Lauren-Allen-Profile.jpgLauren B. Allen was born and raised in Metro Detroit and is a graduate of Marygrove College in Detroit, MI with a Bachelors of Fine Arts concentrating in Dance Performance. Lauren has been dancing for over 20 years, beginning her training at Encore Dance Academy under the teachings of Jennifer Rickard, Kristen Quesada, Nicole Hopkins, Tracy Pearson and Stephanie Kohnen.

Lauren has studied Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Modern, Lyrical, Musical Theater, Pointe, Gymnastics, African, and Contemporary dance styles and has won many petite through teen dance competition titles. She has danced for both the Detroit Pistons Dance Team Automotion and the Detroit Tigers Energy Squad. During the summer of 2012 Lauren had the opportunity to travel to LA and train with top choreographers for 3 months. 

Lauren has also been involved in the Miss America Organization for the past 8 years competing 6 of them. She has won many Awards throughout the Miss America Organization including-Miss Congeniality, Talent and Miss Lighthouse Coast 2013.


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