2019-20 Tryouts

Join us for an exciting new season!

About the Team

The Highland High School Sapphires Dance Team in Highland, Indiana is comprised of dancers grade 9-12. They perform at community events and parades, school pep rallies, home football and basketball games and dance competitions. The Sapphires also represent Highland High School at other school and community events throughout the year as well as volunteer opportunities. Learn more about the team and characteristics of a Sapphire here.


Tryout Information


  • Approximately 4-6 eight-counts of each pom jazz and hip hop dance styles.
  • 2 eight-counts for candidate to choreograph themselves to display additional strengths and skills.
  • You will be evaluated on: rhythm, timing, precision, strength, technique, form, performance, showmanship, memory, appearance and team potential.


  • A variety of dance skills will be included in the tryout routine in order to review your technique, skill level and ability to perform them within a routine setting.
  • In addition to skills in the routine, candidates will be asked to execute a variety of turns, leaps, jumps and extensions on the evaluation day.
  • You will be evaluated on skill level, technical execution, and performance.
  • These skills will be taught and technique reviewed at the optional Technique Clinic held the week prior to tryouts.
  • Skills you will be evaluated on will include: kicks, double turn, right/left/center(a la seconde) leaps, toe touch(straddle jump) and right/left/center splits
  • Bonus skills include: triple turn, turns in second (a la seconde turn), calypso leaps, switch leaps, leg hold turns, various turns, leaps and extensions as well as tumbling skills


  • Note: clean and presentable attire and hair throughout the tryout week is noted.
  • Form fitting but modest attire for comfortable stretching while staying covered (no bare midriffs)
  • Jazz shoes are preferred (dance or athletic shoes are acceptable)
  • Hair cleanly pulled out of face (Buns are suggested. Bangs do not need to be pulled back)
  • No Jewelry

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can tryout for the Sapphires Dance Team?

Any current or 2019 incoming Highland H.S. student meeting the tryout requirements (Highland HS Student for 2019-20 school year, GPA of 2.0 and higher and valid annual physical) is eligible. Please apply by clicking at the top of the page.

Note: You must have a valid physical to participate in the tryouts. If you got a physical for STOH the current year it’s valid through May 31, 2019. If you have a current physical on file at the middle school, please get a copy from the middle school main office. To participate after June 1, 2019, you will need a new physical dated AFTER 04/01/18.
NOTE: A complete physical is 3 entire pages:  history, doctor page and consent page w/insurance info

About how many people tryout each year?

Typically, between 25-35 dancers audition.

How many dancers are accepted on the team?

Sapphires typically have one dance team. The team size depends on tryout attendance, talent and character of dancers.

Where are tryouts held?

Tryouts details can be found in the Tryout Package at the top of this page. Participants will check in each day of tryouts and get a tryout number.

Are tryouts open to the public?

Tryouts and the Tryout Evaluation day is closed.

What type of Dance Team and how many are accepted on the team?

Sapphires typically will have one dance team and performs several dance styles depending on event. Styles can range from hip hop, jazz, pom, and contemporary lyrical. All of our squad members are technically trained in all genres. Number of squad members varies depending on audition scores & squad needs.

Who coaches the Sapphires Dance Team?

The Sapphires head coach is Jillian Dudek and assistant coach is Rebekah Thompson.

What are practices and the schedule like?

Practices are held two to three days a week for a total of 5-8 hours beginning May 2018-March 2019. This includes technique/skills classes. Additional practices may be held if further preparation is required for a performance or competition. In addition to these scheduled practices, the team may work out in the weight room over the summer. During the summer break, competition and football game choreography will be learned, dancers will attend a team/leadership intensive and a local private camp. Practices will likely be scheduled during holiday breaks. Exact schedules are to be determined and given with plenty of notice and consideration of your family vacations, etc.

What does it cost to be on the Highland High School Sapphires Dance Team?

The projected costs are currently being compiled to be shared at the call out meeting. Fundraisers will be available to raise both team and individual funds. Dance Team members may be given opportunities to fundraise for additional items needed throughout the year as well.

Have more Q's?

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