By Giuliano Djen
The Cal Poly Pomona Broncettes Dance Team held auditions on Thursday for students wishing to join the team.
Throughout a lengthy audition, the girls had to show off what they knew to the judges in the Kellogg Gym Aerobics Room.
“We’re looking for everything, of course it’s a dance team, and we’re looking for strong technical abilities, also potential that goes beyond their previous training. We want to see if we’re able to work with them and if they have the drive to be on the team,” said Madison Lynch, a fourth-year psychology student and CPP Broncettes vice president.
Every individual had to read and fill out a questionnaire that covered everything from grade point average to what activities she was involved with on campus. Auditions began with a group stretch..
“Their GPA has to be up, because it’s more of an extracurricular activity that they can do when they are not in school, so we want them to have that high GPA in order to continue performing,” said Karina Gigliotti, a sponsored programs associate at the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.
Some of the candidates, including Rebecca Baldwin, a third-year accounting student, were returning members to the dance team.
“I’ve been doing it for a few years, or at least one year, and I’m coming back, so this will be my fourth year on the team,” said Baldwin.
Dancers were expected to appear ready to audition.
The judging panel featured graduating seniors, a guest judge and the CPP Broncettes president and vice president.
The audition incorporated different rounds. The first round required the dancers to do “across the floor” dance moves, and then the judges decided who would stay and who would go after the round ended.
The second round featured a test on how well the dancers could remember dance steps in a short amount of time.
“The second part was basically them learning the routine and then doing it as partners. Once they got to that part, the third section was learning the routine and stepping out of the room,” said Gigliotti.
Two at a time, behind closed doors, the candidates were evaluated based on the dance routines.
According to Gigliotti, the dancers completed the routine twice in the closed room: the first time the judges focused on one dancer and the second time on the other.
The tryouts ended at 10 p.m. and the candidates were notified of the judge’s decisions on Friday.
Miranda Holguin / The Poly Post
Broncettes dance team auditions
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