Westernette Danceline

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Who We Are

The Westernettes Danceline is the Division I collegiate dance team for Western Illinois University. During the fall, we are part of the Marching Leathernecks. We perform at all home football games and with the marching band in parades, half-time shows, side-lines, and the Marching Band Classic. During the winter months, we are part of the WIU Pep Band and perform at all home men’s and women’s basketball games. Many times this includes travel and performance at the nationally televised Summit League Basketball Tournament in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. We are a group of students who love to dance and our spirit and enthusiasm shine through in everything we do.

Our Leadership

  • 2013-2014 Graduate Advisor: Christina Cray
  • 2013-2014 Co-Captains: Hannah Beasley and Sarah English

Try-out Information

Try-out Information for 2014: TBA (please contact Christina Cray for further information: cm-cray@wiu.edu)

We hold try-outs for both football season and basketball season together in one shot. You can try-out for one team or both. Try-outs are a two day process and you must be in attendance for both days in order to try-out. There will be absolutely NO exceptions to this.

Interested candidates will learn the routine on the first day. The routines will be taught by our current co-captains and will incorporate the various types of dance that we utilize, which will include pom, jazz, and hip-hop along with a possible variety of other styles. The captains will also teach you the appropriate fundamentals upon which you will be critiqued on the following day during your tryout.

On the second day, dancers will perform the routines learned in small groups for a panel of judges and showcase dance fundamentals individually. All students must try-out each year, regardless of prior danceline involvement.

In order to try-out for the danceline, you must either be in academic good-standing with the University or you must be a newly admitted student.

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