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Dance Team

Dance Team Tryouts

The Central Dance Team will hold open tryouts on Sunday, April 19th, at the Kuyper Fieldhouse. Check-in will begin at 8:30 a.m. with practice beginning at 9 a.m. There will be a lunch break before tryouts starting at 1 p.m. Following tryouts there will be a mandatory team meeting for those who made the squad.

For those with scheduling conflicts, video submissions will be accepted April 4-18. Contact head coach Lexi Hanna and assistant coach Kirstie Overton for further instructions.


Register for Tryouts


Summer Camp — Saturday, June 20

Need a routine for camp? Want a routine for homecoming? These dances are GREAT for pep rallies, football games, basketball games and more!

Want your new team to bond? Does your team want to try something new? Central College wants to help promote Dance in the state of Iowa. Want to think about dancing in college? Come see what it’s all about!

This clinic has routines for beginning teams to experienced teams.

We will show you skills to have a proper toe touch—make your kicks higher— technique needed for turns and leaps—the attitude needed to make great routines from pom to lyrical. Send your whole team to learn the same routine or break them into groups to learn them all. The choice is yours!

Coach’s Registration   Dancer/Team Registration



8:30-9 a.m. Check-In at P.H. Kuyper Gymnasium
9 a.m.-Noon Morning Session

  • Advanced Pom
  • Beginner Hip Hop
  • High Kick
  • Jazz
Noon-1 p.m. Lunch Break
Bring a sack lunch or enjoy one of the many places in Pella.
1-4 p.m.  Afternoon Session

  • Beginner Pom
  • Lyrical
  • Intermediate/Advanced Hip Hop
  • Beginner/Intermediate Turn Technique

Camp Fees

Video is allowed—Bring your cameras to record the instructor as she teaches to take back with you.

Start off the 2020-2021 dance season with a fun and bonding experience for your team!

For additional information, contact dance team coach Lexi Hanna at 712-898-2744 or

Coach’s Registration   Dancer/Team Registration


Meet the Coach

Alexis Hanna

Lexi Hanna

Dance Team Coach



How often do you practice and for how long?

The team practices four times a week for two hours.

What are the expectations for being on this team?

These are all required:

Are practices mandatory?

All practices are mandatory. Being on the team is a full-time commitment.

Where do you perform?

We perform at all home football games. We also perform during halftime at selected home basketball games.

Where do you compete?

Do you accept video tryouts?

We would prefer to see all potential team members in person but if the tryout dates conflict with prior commitments, we do allow a video tryout. Contact coach Lexi Hanna for all the necessary elements to be included in the video, as well as a deadline.

What do I need to wear to tryouts?

We ask that everyone bring their own dance shoes and comfortable dance attire. We strongly suggest a sports bra/top and dance pants. We also expect everyone to look game-day ready (make-up, hair done nicely, etc.).

What elements are required for tryouts?

Everyone will be taught a dance consisting of the following elements: pom, jazz, and hip-hop. Technical skills must be performed and will either be done in a choreographed sequence or individually.

Technical elements required:

Are incoming first-year students allowed to try out?


What do I need to bring to tryouts?

You will need to bring your insurance information and records from a recent physical. If you do not show proof of insurance and a current physical form, you will not be allowed to try out.

Are there summer commitments?

Summer commitments include special appearances, fundraisers and monthly workshops to run.

How much does it cost to be on the team?

The cost to be on the team can run around $500. Most is due soon after tryouts.

Are there scholarships available?

We do not have scholarships available to squad members; however, we have numerous types of fundraising projects to help pay for certain dance team expenses.

What does Central College require academically in order to be a part of the team?

Team members must complete at least 12 credits each semester and maintain a cumulative grade-point average of 2.00 or above.

Are you a competitive or performance-based team?

We perform at games, but we also compete at the NCAA Division III Conference, state and national level.