Join the Famed Marching Ballerinas


Each spring, dozens of young women try out for the South's most beloved college dance line, the JSU Marching Ballerinas. Candidates are made up of high school seniors, JSU students, transferring college students and returning Marching Ballerinas. 

The audition season will begin with an interest meeting on March 10, 7 p.m., at McCluer Chapel, where potential and returning Ballerinas will receive information about the Marching Ballerina organization, the upcoming season and the audition process. This is a great time to see what being a Ballerina is all about and ask questions. Attendance is not mandatory, however, those who cannot attend should contact Noelle Stovall at for an audition packet and detailed audition information.

Optional prep clinics will be held March 18, 7-9 p.m., and March 21, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Audition weekend will be held April 4-5, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. All potential Ballerinas must be accepted to or attending JSU by the first day of auditions.

During the clinic weekend, participants will learn two audition routines - a traditional and modern dance. The Ballerinas' traditional or kickline style dates back more than 50 years and is modeled after the Radio City Rockettes. The modern selection is a jazz dance ranging in styles depending on the year and the season's show theme.

At the end of the second clinic day, candidates will participate in first cut auditions. The Ballerina leadership decides first cuts and will invite approximately 50 candidates to final auditions on April 11. With the direction of a panel of highly qualified judges, the Marching Ballerinas will be chosen and posted after final auditions in a "boot" for all to see!

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