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ISU Bengal Dancers Audition Information

Auditions for the 2021-2022 Bengal Dancers will be held in person on May 7th & 8th, 2021 or through video submission. Video submissions due May 7th, 2021.   Auditions are open to all college students and all high school seniors. 

What are we looking for someone with Strong Work Ethic, Excellent Student, a Team Player- who thinks of the team before themselves, Humble, Strong Performer, Technical dancer and Proficient in Jazz, Hip Hop and Pom. 


STEP 1:                                       Right Now

ALL APPLICANTS (in person or on-line) need to click on the link to register for auditions before Thursday May 6th, 2021.

STEP 2:                                       In-Person

You will then receive the Tryout Paperwork Packet and Guidelines for the video submission to be filled out brought to the in person auditions. 

There will be several cuts during the 2 day process.  If you make it to final cut on May 8th, 2021 then you will be required to attend the team meeting that afternoon 

On-line/Video Deadline: Friday May 7th, 2021

You will then receive the Tryout Paperwork Packet and Guidelines for the video submission to be filled out & email back with the video.

**Videos will need to be uploaded to a Youtube account and playlist.  You will make this playlists “unlisted”. But copy the link and email it to me. 


Remaining dancers will be notified & sent videos to learn, record & send video link back in Youtube playlist.


STEP 3:                                       TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT

Team will be announced and we will have a mandatory (in person or virtual) team meeting to sign letter of intent.   




Contact Kolissa Manchan at (208) 282-4547 or via email at with any questions.

 Dancers at Bengal Fest

Bengal Dancer team members…

  • Dedicate approximately 20 hours a week to practice, workouts, games and public appearances
  • Must be available to report back for practice and camp mid-summer
  • Must attend a mandatory meeting after auditions
    • Must be able to pay for the year approximately $2000.00 (fundraisers available throughout the year)
  • Must be able to fundraise or pay out of pocket for expenses
  • Must be able to attend mandatory events that may take place on Sundays

Frequently Asked Questions

How many spots are available on the ISU Dance Team?

Each year, the Dance Team holds auditions for all of its members, both rookie and veteran members.

The number of members on the Idaho State University Dance Team varies year to year depending on the talent that is seen at each year's tryout; however, there are number limits in terms of policies within the national competition companies. The various Dance Associations, which host the annual College Dance Team Competitions each year, have rules on how many dancers are allowed to compete, therefore there may be alternates for competitions but those members will perform for all community events and games the rest of the year.

What kind of dance experience is needed?

You definitely need some sort of dance training whether it be by a dance studio or school dance team, but it is not necessary to have been on a certain dance team. At the audition they will learn several different styles of dance and technique across the floor, so it is beneficial for the participants to have experience in jazz, hip-hop, and pom.

What skills are needed to tryout?

  • Calypso Leap
  • Tilt jump
  • Kip up
  • Triple or Quad Pirouette
  • Leap in Second
  • Leg Extension/Tilt Hold
  • A La Seconde turns in Second with a double or more at end (minimum 2 counts of eight- can add in extra turns if can)
  • Leg hold turn
  • Toe Touch
  • Turning Disk
  • Aerial or Cartwheel
  • Any type of Switch Leap
  • Head Spring

Is there a height or weight limit?

The ISU Dance Team does not adhere to typecasting (i.e., similar heights, body types or skin tones), as each dancer is unique in their height or weight. While there is no weight requirement or weigh-in included in the training program, the Bengal Dancers are encouraged to maintain a healthy lifestyle and muscular build. The Dance Team maintains this training level by participating in weightlifting and aerobic conditioning throughout the week.

Do the selected members for the team receive any financial aid?

Yes, everyone that is eligible will receive a scholarship stipend.

To be eligible:

  • You must register for a minimum of 12 credits each semester and remain a full-time student.
  • You must successfully complete 24 credits in one academic year.
  • You must maintain a 2.0 cumulative GPA.
  • Transfer students or continuing ISU students must enter the squad with a 2.0 cumulative GPA in order to be eligible to receive a scholarship.

If you fail to meet the above requirements you will not receive a scholarship the following semester.

You may receive one academic credit per semester for Bengal Dancers. Keep in mind that if you quit or are dismissed from the squad your grade will be affected based on the point in the semester that you stopped participating. You need to complete at least 60% of the semester in order to receive a passing grade.

Out of state members will also receive Out-of-State Fee Waivers. If any girl quits or is dismissed from the team early, she will be required to pay back any financial aid.

What if a girl can’t come to the audition, can she still tryout?

Yes, although it is best to come and audition in person, we do accept a DVD or video tape for the audition. You will need to email for further instructions on what is required for the video.

When do the participants find out if they make the team?

The auditions will be on Friday night and Saturday afternoon, the new selected team will be told that day and have a mandatory meeting on the Saturday night.

Do the participants tryout alone?

No, we will have them in groups of 3 or 4 and in alphabetical or numerical order to start then as cuts are made, we may try them in different groups to see how dance styles mesh.

How many hours a week does the Dance Team practice?

Depending on the season, the time commitment varies. In August, when the team first starts practice for the upcoming season, practices average 3 to 4 hours a day 5 days a week for the first few weeks as the team prepares for their first round of competition and the upcoming football season. During the school year, the team practices on Monday, Wednesday evenings for 3 hours and on Fridays for 3 hours. The team also does morning workouts four mornings a week for an hour.

Football game days last approx. 5 hours. The season begins to overlap with basketball in late fall/early winter and the schedule varies week by week. Basketball game days last approx. 3 hours.

In addition to these practices and games, various public relations events are interspersed throughout the year.

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