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J-Settes Audition Process

Prancing J-Settes Audition Process

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The audition process for the Prancing J-Settes is not an instructive process, rather it is an elimination process. The band staff (including the Prancing J-Sette Director), therefore is not obligated to train nor instruct unsuccessful prospective dancers. The process is designed to expeditiously select the best dance line from scores of prospective dancers as measured by the Interview Component, Stage Presence Component, Agility/Individual Dance Component, and the Group Dance Component of the audition process as outlined below:


I.  Interview Component

The purpose of the Interview Component is to determine the suitability of a prospective dancer concerning anything in their backgrounds or moral turpitude(s) that may reflect negatively on the University, Band, and the Prancing J-Settes.

Please note: Prospective Dancers failing the Interview Component will not be allowed to proceed to the Stage Presence Component.


II.  Stage Presence Component

The judges utilize the holistic approach to determine the suitability of the prospective dancer during the stage presence process. This holistic approach is based on the judges knowledge and experience in dance as related to the marching band. Although, the judges are utilizing the holistic approach, the judges’ decisions will be guided by the following interrelated factors:

  • Poise and Grace
  • Posture
  • Attention/Command Position– The ability to stand at attention in a commanding manner, which includes, alignment and erectness of the body, the chin up, shoulders back, head up, while maintaining a pleasant smile.
  • Walk– The judges will evaluate the fluidity and smoothness of the stride, military bearing (a dignified manner), and the erectness of the body. These characteristics are essential when executing a forward march with the marching band. Also, these characteristics are equally as essential to maintaining the uniformity of appearance of the dance line.
  • General Physical Fitness- Initially physical fitness will be determined by visual observation and face validity. It cannot be overly emphasized that prospective J-Settes must be physically fit and  look physically fit as determined by the judges.

Please note: Prospective Dancers failing the Stage Presence Component will not be allowed to proceed to the Agility Test/Dance Component.


III.  Agility Test/Dance Component

Prospective dancers with one or more years of experience as a member of the Jackson State University “Sonic Boom of the South’s” Prancing J-Settes are exempt from this phase of the audition process. However, they must participate and pass the following components:  Interview Component, Stage Presence Component, and the Group Dance Component.


The agility test determines the prospective dancers’ ability to execute skill movements required in a dance routine. The skill movements include: left split, right split, forward roll, backwards roll, left kick, right kick, round off, cartwheel, toe touch, and back bend. Other factors include coordination, flexibility and spatial relationship.


The purpose of the individual dance is to determine if the prospective dancer has a sense of rhythm, time and coordination with music. Also, the prospective dancer is evaluated to the extent in which they incorporate the required skill movements within their dance routine. The importance of skill movements in dance routines cannot be overly emphasized. To a larger extent, during this phase of the audition process, the individual dance is secondary to the agility test (Dance skill movements). This stands to reason, since the dancers will be performing as a group, not as individuals.

Please note: Prospective Dancers failing the Agility Test and Dance Component will not be allowed to proceed to the Group Dance Component.


IVGroup Dance Component

The group dance determines the prospective J-Sette’s ability to execute a fundamental J-Sette dance routine within the dynamics of a group (Usually in groups of threes). All prospective J-Settes  are required to perform the same dance routine.  The evaluator will employ a dichotomous scale (passed or failed) to determine whether the prospective J-Sette passes or fails the audition.


  • Round One- During the first round, all evaluators must be in concordance that the prospective J-Sette passed the audition. In this round, the prospective J-Sette must execute the group dance with 95 to 100 percent accuracy.
  • Round Two- During the second round, the prospective J-Sette cannot receive more than one dissenting vote. In Round Two, the prospective J-Sette must execute the group dance with 85 to 94 percent accuracy.
  • Round Three- If there are six or more evaluators, during the third round, the prospective J-Sette can pass the audition with two dissenting votes. However, if there are less than six evaluators, the prospective J-Sette can only receive one negative vote. In Round Three, the prospective J-Sette must execute the group dance with 75 to 84 percent accuracy.


Note: This is the final phase of the Audition Process for the Prancing J-Settes. All judges decisions are final.