Tryouts for the 2018-2019 Eaglettes

Tryouts for the 2018-2019 Eaglettes will be April 24th-Aprils 27th

Click here for the Tryout Packet.  Tryout packets are also available in the front office of Olathe North.

Click here for the Fight Song Routine and Music.

Tuesday, April 24th
4:00-6:00
Olathe North Aux Gym
Tryout Clinic

Wednesday, April 25th
4:00-6:00
Olathe North Aux Gym
Tryout Clinic

Thursday, April 26th
4:00-?
Olathe North Aux Gym
Mock Tryouts

Friday, April 27th
4:00-?
Olathe North Aux Gym
Tryouts

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40 Responses to “Tryouts”


  1. 1 carrie
    December 14, 2009 at 6:53 am

    do you have to do fortes for tryouts?

  2. 2 Sara Heptig
    January 12, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    For tryouts, you will be taught a turn combination. The combination typically ends with fouettes. If you cannot do fouettes, do not worry. You would be able to do a pirouette instead. We are strong believers in solid technique. We would rather see a strong double pirouette over a sloppy triple pirouette. We believe in quality vs. quantity. Hope that helps. If you have any more questions, do not hesitate to ask. We are in the process of putting together our tryout packet and will upload it as soon as it is finished! Thanks so much!

  3. 3 Taylor
    February 7, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    If we can’t do the splits, will we not make the team?

    • 4 Sara Heptig
      February 7, 2010 at 4:48 pm

      Both right and left legs splits are required for tryouts. There are multiple things that are looked at for tryouts. Not being able to do the splits does not mean that you will not make the team. You may be weak in your flexibility (splits) but strong in other areas. Just do the best you can and that is all we ask. We do have a little over a month until tryouts. I would suggest stretching every morning and every night between now and tryouts. Doing so will help to increase your flexibility which will help to improve your tryout score. Hope that helps. If you have any more questions, do not hesitate to ask. Thanks so much. Good luck.

  4. 6 Taylor
    February 10, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    I thought of 1 more guestion…..when the judges are chosing who makes the team, since all of the teams will be combined as one, will they have a certain amount of 9th graders that make the team, a certain amount of 10th,11th and 12th. Because wouldnt we be dancing aganist the 12th graders? Sorry I was kinda confused on that. Thanks, Taylor :)

    • 7 Sara Heptig
      February 10, 2010 at 3:46 pm

      There is not a specific number of any grade level. We will go with the natural break in numbers. Once we find the natural break, the ones that are above the break / score, that will be the 2010-2011 team. Does that make sense? If not, please let me know! :)

  5. 8 Katelynn
    February 10, 2010 at 11:57 pm

    Will you need to be able to do double right and left pirouettes ?

    • 9 Sara Heptig
      February 11, 2010 at 10:25 pm

      We focus mainly on right doubles and triples, but the team will always work on both sides throughout the year. :) We are definitely a right dominant team! :)

  6. 10 Taylor
    February 11, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    Yes that makes a lot more sense! Thank You:)

  7. 11 Katelynn
    February 11, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    what types of leaps will most likely be used ?

    • 12 Sara Heptig
      February 11, 2010 at 10:28 pm

      There will be leaps in the routine and there will be a separate leap combination. Some things that might be used…
      -Grand jete (regular split leap)
      -Center leap
      -Turning center leap
      -Turning attitude leap
      -Reverse leap
      -Tilt leaps
      -Directional leap (in bewteen a regular leap and reverse leap)
      Hope that helps! Let me know if you have any more questions! :)

  8. 13 sydney owings
    March 21, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    how long are the rutains we will do for tryouts

  9. 14 ciera
    November 17, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    I just wanted to know that for the parent meeting what would the parents have to be there for? can a older sister come if there 18 or over?

    • 15 Sara Heptig
      November 17, 2010 at 11:15 pm

      Hello there! IOur preference is for your parents / guardians to be there. If your parents / guardians cannot attend, it would be just fine if your sister came in their place! Thanks for checking! Hope that helps! Let me know if you have any more questions! :)

  10. 16 ciera
    November 19, 2010 at 5:32 pm

    if we go to santa fe trail and we wanna tryout and we make the team how would we know

  11. 18 sendy
    January 4, 2011 at 12:07 am

    In order to tryout do you have to already be on a drill team in middle school?

    • 19 Sara Heptig
      January 4, 2011 at 12:27 am

      No, you do not have to already be on a dance team to try out for the Eaglettes. Let me know if you have any more questions!

  12. 20 Ashley
    February 7, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    I have a few questions..
    1) If we don’t make it on the team in our freshman year, can we still tryout in 10th grade?
    2) About how much does it cost to be on Eaglettes?
    3) How often do you have practices over the summer and will there be a consequence if we miss because of vacation?
    4) Do you have practices EVERY morning? Or just a couple times a week? What time do they usually start in the morning?

    • 21 Sara Heptig
      February 10, 2011 at 6:32 pm

      Hello there. Let me see if I can help…

      1) If we don’t make it on the team in our freshman year, can we still tryout in 10th grade?

      Most definitely! You can tryout any year (except your senior year :)

      2) About how much does it cost to be on Eaglettes?

      It is expensive to be on Eaglettes. It can range up to $800. It is the most expensive your first year, when you have everything to purchase. We do a lot of fundraisers so you do have the opportunity to raise that money.

      We also do a Nationals trip to Orlando, Florida. This trip is not required, but does cost an addition $800-$1000. Again it is not required.

      3) How often do you have practices over the summer and will there be a consequence if we miss because of vacation?

      We have practice every day the first 2 weeks after school is out followed by camp in Emporia. Aftere that, we have weekly technique sessions. People do have to miss technique because of vacations. We have optional technique sessions that they can use to make up or by taking a technique class at a dance studio. The last week of July / first week of August we have required competition practices and band camp. Once we have our tryouts we have a meeting with all new members and parents. At that time, if there are any conflicts, you would let me know. I will have some dates to give out at our tryout meeting on March 10th.

      4) Do you have practices EVERY morning? Or just a couple times a week? What time do they usually start in the morning?

      We do have practice every morning except Thursday. We start at 7:00 am 4 days a week. On the days that we have block schedule (which is most THursdays) we have afternoon practice from 3:30-5:30. During our busy time we have more after school / evening practices. It is early but it’s a great way to start the day! :)

      Hope that helps! Please let me know if you need anything else or have any more questions! I would be glad to help in any way I can! :)

  13. 22 Monelle
    February 15, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    I have a few questions Ms. Heptig,

    1. Can you (and do you have to) try out every year in high school?

    2. What kind of advanced moves are required in the tryouts? (e.g. double-pirouettes, fuetes, etc.)

    3. Does high school Drill team take up an elective hour?

    4. Do you have to be able to do full left and right splits to make the team?

    5. For the workshop on Sat. the 19th, would I want to choose beginner/intermediate or intermediate/advanced if I have already had experience as a member of a middle school drill team snd plan to try out for high school?

    If you can answer these questions soon, I’d be very grateful! :)

    • 23 Sara Heptig
      February 16, 2011 at 10:56 pm

      Hello there! Let me see if I can help…

      1. Can you (and do you have to) try out every year in high school?

      Everyone tries out every year. It doesn’t matter if you have or haven’t been on the team. Everyone is equal.

      2. What kind of advanced moves are required in the tryouts? (e.g. double-pirouettes, fuetes, etc.)

      It varies. Some things to expect:
      -Chaines
      -Pirouettes
      -Fouettes
      -Leaps (Regular, center, reverse, turn leap)
      -Battements and Tilts

      3. Does high school Drill team take up an elective hour?

      It does. Drill team is a PE credit. It is first hour!

      4. Do you have to be able to do full left and right splits to make the team?

      Part of the tryouts is doing your right and left leg split. They are a portion of the score. That portion does not determine if you do or do not make the team, it is just a portion of the overall score.

      5. For the workshop on Sat. the 19th, would I want to choose beginner/intermediate or intermediate/advanced if I have already had experience as a member of a middle school drill team snd plan to try out for high school?

      That is completely up to you. The int/adv would give you an idea of what to expect at tryouts. You can start out in one and if you feel you are in the wrong place, you could switch.

      I hope that helps! Let me know if you have any more questions! :)

  14. 24 Ashley
    February 22, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    If I turn in my packet how will I get the password to see the routine? And will we be learning 1 routine online? Or both?

    • 25 Sara Heptig
      February 22, 2011 at 11:12 pm

      Hi Ashley. Once you have turned in your packet, the password will be e-mailed to you. If you do not have access to e-mail, be sure to indicate on your tryout packet. There is just 1 routine to learn online. The other routine will be taught at the clinics. Hope that helps. Let me know if you have any more questions! Thanks so much!

  15. 26 sydney
    March 20, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    which would be better for the clince days and tryouts jazz pants or hot shorts?

  16. 28 Morgan
    February 7, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    Hi,
    If we are planning on trying out for Junior Varsity,do they have differnent routines at try outs then varsity?
    Thanks,
    Morgan

    • 29 Sara Heptig
      February 7, 2012 at 8:17 pm

      Hi Morgan! You actually do not try out specifically for Varsity or Junior Varsity, so everyone will learn the same routines. Hope that helps! Let me know if you have any more questions! Have a great day! :)

  17. 30 Morgan
    February 8, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    thanks! and you too! :)

  18. 31 felisha
    October 18, 2012 at 11:31 am

    if i want to try out for next years eaglettes 2013-2014, when will those try outs be ??

    • 32 Sara Heptig
      October 21, 2012 at 5:52 pm

      Hi there! Tryouts clinics are March 26th and 27th. Mock tryouts are are on Thursday, March 28th. The actual tryouts are on Friday, March 29th. We will have a tryout prep clinic on Saturday, February 9th. Tryout packets should be available at the end of January / beginning of February! Hope that helps! Let me know if you have any more questions! :)

  19. 33 Kavya
    February 21, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    Hi Mrs.Heptig,
    My jete isn’t all the way up in a split i can do my split on the ground. Will this affect my score? Is there anyway i can get my jete higher in a split?
    Also do i need to be able to do a toe touch and a double pirouette?
    Thank You ,
    Kavya

    • 34 Sara Heptig
      February 24, 2013 at 5:57 pm

      Hi Kavya. Thanks so much for your questions. There are 2 areas to work on to improve your jetes…flexibility and leg strength. For flexibility, I would recommend working on your oversplits. If you have something that you can prop your leg up with. We are lucky to have mats that we use. You could stack blankets or pillows, etc. We do the that for 1 minute and then slide out to regular splits for 1 minute. Then we also do splits against the wall, where you are doing a needle up against the wall, trying to get your hands as close to the wall as possible. We do this for 1 minute as well. Repeat on both sides. If you do these exercises daily, you will see your flexibility improve. Not only is it important to have flexibility, it’s important to have leg strength. Any type of plyometric exercise you can do would be helpful. We like to do them non stop for 30 seconds, break, and then start another. We do plie jumps straight up and down and side to side, tuck jumps, jumps in first, second, fifth, tire jumps, etc. Any type of leg strengthening will work as well, lunges, squats, etc. Having power in your legs will get your leaps higher which will give you more time to stretch your legs! Hopefully that makes sense and that helps! :)

      As for toe touch and pirouettes, I would suggest working on both! :)

      Let m eknow if you have any more questions! Thanks again!

  20. 35 Kavya
    February 27, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    I had one more question,
    i wasn’t sure what the different was between varsity and junior varsity and how you would make either of the teams.
    thank you!

  21. 36 Kristin Sumter
    December 15, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    I was wondering that approximate cost to join dance team and will it all have to be paid at once? Thanks!

    • 37 Sara Heptig
      February 5, 2014 at 9:41 pm

      Hello there! Thank you so much for you question. The first year is the most expensive. It can be close to $800. It is not all due at once. There is a big chunk due at the beginning of June. We do lots of individual fundraisers to help with the cost. Does that help? We will go over this and some other important details at our tryout informational meeting on March 13th. Please let me know if you have any more questions! :)

  22. 38 Crystal Schock
    February 10, 2014 at 11:10 pm

    How many pirouettes do we do on the tryouts?


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