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Audition Requirements and FAQS


All applicants must be accepted to the University as stated by an official acceptance letter. All current JSU students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5.

When applying for auditions on the sign up page, all applicants must submit

  • A completed application (can be found under the ‘Prancing J-Settes’ tab)
  • (3) recommendation letters. (Recommendation letters will not be accepted by family members)
  • If incoming freshman, a legible copy of your acceptance letter from JSU.
  • If current student, a legible copy of your unofficial transcript.
  • $50.00 audition fee (collected the first day of auditions) 


Frequently Asked Questions

When are the registration deadline and audition dates?

Registration Deadline: March 20, 2019
Spring Auditions: April 5-7, 2019
Summer Auditions: July 2019 (Specific dates TBA)


Are there any height and weight requirements?

You should look well proportioned in dancewear. We DO NOT have specific height and weight requirements, however, a lean figure is demanded by our uniforms and dance style.


What should I wear to auditions?

Our auditions are an elimination process which begins with an interview. For the interview, you should wear business/business casual attire. To prepare for the stage presence component after successfully passing the interview, you should have:

  • 2-piece attire: Top: Dance/Athletic Bra Top Bottom: Dance Briefs/Shorts (No Tank Tops or Bike Shorts)
  • Shimmery Toast tights


Where can I find audition attire?

Audition attire can be found in dancewear stores, or ordered online. The audition attire can be any color of your choice.  Click here for examples.


What are the judges looking for at auditions?

Our judges will focus on the following:

  • Dance Technique
  • Stage Presence
  • Body Proportions
  • Enthusiasm
  • Poise
  • Showmanship
  • Personal Appearance
  • Figure
  • Personality
  • Energy
  • Proper Execution of Agility Movements


Where are auditions going to be?

On the campus of Jackson State University, at the Lee E. Williams Athletic and Assembly Center.


How should I wear my make-up?

Shades that complement your natural beauty.


How should I wear my hair?

In a current hairstyle that compliments your features. Make sure your hair does not hide your face and not too long that it could possibly take away from your performance. No Braids, Twists, Locs, etc!


How will I know if my application was received and accepted?

Please wait one week after the March 20, 2019 (March 25-29, 2019) deadline to receive a confirmation email. Audition communication is through e-mail only.


Can I audition via online or video?



Is housing provided during the auditions?



What do I need to bring to auditions?

  • Confirmation letter that will be sent after your application and supporting documents are received.
  • $50.00 money order made payable to JSU Bands
  • Stage Presence attire (listed above)
  • Music for Individual Dance Component on a jump drive
  • Extra attire and tights just in case
  • Personal items: make up, curling iron, etc.


What is the audition process?

Auditions are a weekend-long, multi-step elimination process that includes submission of Application (with supporting documents), Interview, Stage Presence, Agility and Individual Dance, Group Dance Instruction and Final Group Dance Auditions.

Interview (Friday):

  • Panel interview with the judges to determine the suitability of a prospective J-Sette concerning anything in their backgrounds or moral turpitude(s) that may reflect negatively on the University, Band and/or the Prancing J-Settes. Applicants will participate in an interactive interview with the judges in groups of 5-7 depending on the number of applicants present at auditions.

Stage Presence (Friday):

  • 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
    • Walk
    • 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.
    • 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.

Agility and Individual Dance (Friday):

  • The agility test determines the prospective dancers’ ability to execute skill movements required in a dance routine. The skill movements include: right kick, left kick, right split, left split, rollover, backwards rollover, backbend, toe touch, cartwheel, roundoff, pop up. Other factors include coordination, flexibility and spatial relationship.
  • Applicants will have the opportunity to perform an individual dance of at most 1 minute and 30 seconds. This will be your opportunity to impress the judges with your talent, creativity and knowledge of the Prancing J-Sette style. All applicants will be responsible for supplying their music on a jump drive at the appropriate time. Please make sure your name is visible on your jump drive. In addition, please bring a CD backup to the final audition. You may wear whatever dance attire you wish that enhances and complements your body type and performance.

Group Dance Instruction (Saturday) and Final Audition (Sunday):

  • 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 three). All prospective J-Settes are required to perform the same dance routine. The evaluator will employ a dichotomous scale (pass or fail) to determine whether the prospective J-Sette passes or fails the audition within three rounds.
    • 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.


If I have auditioned in the past, is my application still on file?

No. You must re-apply with a new application each year.


If I am not selected as a Prancing J-Sette, may I call or email to receive my judges comments?

No. The judges sheets are not kept on file and comments about your audition are not available.


Are there certain dance moves that I must be able to do at auditions?

Yes, there are 11 specific movements that are required at auditions. These movements include

  • Right Kick
  • Left Kick
  • Right Split
  • Left Split
  • Rollover
  • Backwards Rollover
  • Backbend
  • Toe Touch
  • Cartwheel
  • Roundoff
  • Pop Up


May I try out if I have a tattoo or extra piercings?

Yes, you may try out if you have a tattoo or extra piercings. Our policy is that even the smallest of tattoos or piercings may not be visible while in uniform. You MUST have an almost invisible retainer for all piercings other than in the earlobe.


Can my family watch auditions?

No. The auditions are closed to the public.


My family member traveled to auditions with me, they have no where to go. Can she/he watch auditions?

No. The auditions are closed to the public.