To jump start the spring semester, the Desert Vista dance program will be hosting auditions for students interested in being involved with the program.

The auditions are to place each student in the seven different dance classes offering an intermediate and advance level.

Currently, the Desert Vista dance program overseas more than 200 dancers.

Desert Vista Dance Booster President Linda McCurley said they are expecting more than 200 students to audition for spots in the classes, and that each student who auditions will be placed in a class.

The dance class provides students at Desert Vista to earn elective credit, and is a substitution for physical education class.

Dancers will be taught three different dance routines consisting of an across-the-floor routine, a hip-hop dance number and a jazz-type number.

“It’s not an audition where you don’t make the DV dance, it’s an audition where you get to be put in a class,” McCurley said.

Auditions are held for every student interested in being a part of the school’s dance program, where newcomers and returning dancers must be present during audition dates.

McCurley said auditions are during the beginning of the year for eighth-graders to be able to add it to their school schedule when they begin picking what classes they would like to sign up for during their freshmen year.

The dance classes also are providing students with different genres of dance in order for students to not become complacent with their dancing.

“A lot of them want to move up to the next level, so they will all audition,” she added. “In the intermediate classes they do a lot where they learn different styles of dance.”

Students will be asked to come on Wednesday and Thursday, Jan. 8 and 9, to learn the three different routines, and on Friday eighth-graders will be asked to come in to do their dance routines.

Saturday’s group clinic is a chance for each student to do their routines in groups, with each student working in groups of three.

The dance clinics will be at Desert Vista’s dance room, 16440 S. 32nd St., Jan. 8-10 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. and Saturday’s, Jan. 11 group clinic will take place at 9 a.m.

For additional information about the auditions, contact McCurley at

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