WHO CAN AUDITION TO BE AN APACHE BELLE?
Dancers who have just graduated high school and those just finishing their first year in college may audition to be an Apache Belle. Apache Belles are between the ages of 17-21.
DO ALL TEAM MEMBERS RECEIVE SCHOLARSHIPS?
Yes, each Apache Belle (both Freshmen AND Sophomores) receive a performance grant that can be used towards tuition, fees or housing.
WHERE ARE AUDITIONS HELD?
Apache Belle auditions are held each year in the Ornelas Health and Physical Education (OHPE) building on the campus of TJC. You can find this facility through the campus map at www.tjc.edu
ARE APACHE BELLE AUDITIONS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC?
No. All portions of the Apache Belle audition process are closed to the general public.
IS THERE A SET NUMBER OF FRESHMEN APACHE BELLES EACH YEAR?
No. There is not a set number of slots open each year. The number that makes the line varies each year depending on the candidates and their abilities and skill level.
IS THERE A HEIGHT OR WEIGHT REQUIREMENT?
No. The Apache Belles do not have a certain height or weight requirements for team members. We do ask that all team members be physically fit and maintain the ability to participate in all appearances and performances throughout the year.
IS THERE A SAMPLE PRACTICE AND PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE?
In the Fall, the Apache Belles perform at all home and some away football games as well as local community events and some out of town events. Practices occur every morning beginning at 7:30 a.m. and extending to 9:40 a.m. or 9:50 a.m. depending on the day. Additionally, during the Fall semester, all Apache Belles attend a dance technique class on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:40-1:55 p.m. And on Tuesdays, only, the Apache Belles then have a more in-depth field rehearsal from 3-5pm. There are also line meetings and pep rallies so the schedule is very busy.
During the Spring semester, the Apache Belles perform at all home basketball games, prepare for their performance travel show and their annual Spring Show. They also make numerous appearances throughout the community while meeting with and conducting technique workshops for future Apache Belle candidates.
During the summer the Apache Belles have two weeks of camp (one in July and one in August) during which they learn a large portion of their performance material.
DO APACHE BELLES RECEIVE CLASS CREDIT FOR REHEARSAL TIME?
Yes, Apache Belles receive Kinesiology credit for both their morning and afternoon rehearsal time.