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2015 tryouts

Want to become an Apache Belle?

Do you have questions about becoming an Apache Belle? Visit our Tryout Frequently Asked Questions (Tryout FAQs).

last dance, spring showIf you know that you are interested in auditioning for the Apache Belles, complete the application linked below.  Also, download and review the recruitment packet

Currently, there are two audition sessions available - April 18-19, 2015 and June 27-28, 2015. Click here to view the schedule. Include two photos of yourself with one of those being a leotard or swimsuit.  Also, include three references from individuals who have taught you in high school.

NOTE: If you audition in April and don't make the team, you are not permitted to audition again in June. You have to wait a full year to audition again.

Apache Belle Tryout Clinics

Apache Belle Candidates will learn across the floor and center combinations in the dance styles performed by the Apache Belles: Jazz, Contemporary, Hip Hop and High Kick. Instructors will be current and former Apache Belles who will provide valuable feedback to candidates to best prepare them for Apache Belle Auditions.

Registration for this event is $30 in advanced and $40 at the door. Limited space available so reserve your spot early click here for ticket purchases.  

  • North Texas- Saturday, June 13, 2015 at 12:00 PM
  • Houston- Saturday, June 13, 2015 at 12:00 PM
  • FAQs

    Who participate in the clinic?
     Dancers must be female and high school age (9th grade and up) and interested in learning more about the Apache Belles experience!
     Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
     Any questions can be referred to Suzy Simpson, suzysimpson@yahoo.com
    Can my mom watch?
     No spectators will be allowed in the dance studio, although depending on the location, there may be an observation window.
    What is the refund policy?
     Sorry, no refunds.


General Audition Requirements

Submit application either online through the Tryouts link or by bringing completed application on the day of auditions

  • Two photographs either attached to the online application on brought the morning of auditions- one in a swimsuit or leotard and the other is a picture of your choice.
  • Three letters of recommendation.  One must be from your current drill/ dance team director and/ or studio instructor.

*There is NO audition fee.

Apache Belle Application
  1. Click here to complete the application online.
  2. For printable document click HERE.  If you plan to mail please allow two weeks for completed application to make it to Apache Belle office.  Mail to:
    TJC-Apache Belles
    P. O. Box 9020

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Audition Attire


Saturday
  • Black Hot Shorts
  • Colored Sports bra 
  • Hair down and fixed, but it must not interfere with your dancing (bangs do not have to be pulled back). 
  • Performance Makeup with Red Lipstick
  • Dance tights
  • Nude Jazz Shoes
  • Nail Polish must only be clear or french manicure.
  • No Jewelry allowed except for rhinestone earrings.

Sunday
  • Black Hot Shorts
  • Black Sports bra (may have small emblem)- no embellishments
  • Black Sports bra (may have small emblem)- no embellishments
  • Hair down and fixed to best accentuate your face, but not take away or be a distraction from your dance ability.
  • Performance Makeup with Red Lipstick
  • Dance Tights
  • Nude Jazz Shoes
  • No Jewelry allowed except for rhinestone earrings.

Audition Elements and Schedule

Individual Technical Preliminary Round

  • Each candidate will be asked to execute a variety of turns, leaps, jumps and extensions put into various combinations that will be executed across the floor.
  • You will be evaluated on skill level, technical execution and performance

*Once Preliminary Round is complete there will be a period of deliberation and then preliminary cuts will be announced.

Those that make it through the preliminary round will then learn a high kick combination. Kick technique is expected to be in keeping with Apache Belle standards- kicks should be aimed towards the nose, hitting the face, no hunching or "goosing" the neck forward. Keeping an upright and projected upper body at all times. Toes of kicking foot should be pointed at ALL TIMES!

Following the kick routine there will be a hip hop combination, a contemporary combination and a jazz combinations. Following a lunch break candidates will return for more work on memory, a walk through of audition process for Sunday and a Q&A with one of this years officers. During this time each candidate will meet with the directors for an individual interview.


Sunday

  • Each candidate will be asked to execute a variety of turns, leaps, jumps and extensions put into various combinations that will be executed across the floor.
  • You will be evaluated on skill level, technical execution and performance

*Once Preliminary Round is complete there will be a period of deliberation and then preliminary cuts will be announced.

Those that make it through the preliminary round will then learn a high kick combination. Kick technique is expected to be in keeping with Apache Belle standards- kicks should be aimed towards the nose, hitting the face, no hunching or "goosing" the neck forward. Keeping an upright and projected upper body at all times. Toes of kicking foot should be pointed at ALL TIMES!

Following the kick routine there will be a hip hop combination, a contemporary combination and a jazz combinations. Following a lunch break candidates will return for more work on memory, a walk through of audition process for Sunday and a Q&A with one of this years officers. During this time each candidate will meet with the directors for an individual interview.


Tyler Junior College Admission

TJC Academic Scholarships
Each Apache Belle is encouraged to apply for academic scholarships with TJC.  To increase your chances of receiving an academic scholarship, please click here and fill out and submit the required information as soon as possible.

College Application
Please begin the application process now if you plan to audition for the Apache Belles.  You can do this online by going to TJC's Online Application.