2021-2022 Royal Pride Tryout Information

2021-2022 Virtual Tryout Meeting Video

During these unprecedented times, we must be flexible and do business in ways we may not usually do. Our district, and the state, is ensuring the safety of our students by providing educational opportunities in person while limiting on campus guests.  In keeping with that practice, we will be having our Drill Team Meeting virtually and our Team Auditions in person. Tryouts will be completely closed. Meaning, that only students are allowed in the building. 

Eligibility for 2021-2022 Tryouts:

  • In order to tryout for drill team at Grand Oaks High School, a candidate must:

    • Live in the Grand Oaks High School official boundary as established by CISD during the time of tryouts, or have been accepted as a transfer to GOHS.

    • Be an incoming 9th-12th grader

    • Have an overall semester average of 70 or higher with no more than one F for the semester. You must have also passed all classes the preceding grading period according to UIL eligibility. (Pre AP-65 or higher. AP-50 or higher)

    • May not have been academically ineligible for any two (2) nine-weeks grading periods prior to tryouts.

    • Be in good standing with the assistant principal’s office. There must be no recurring behavior problems.

    • Students must have an attendance record that complies with the District attendance policy.

    • Student must have no more than 1 team dismissal or resignation on file.

    • Student must attend the in-person tryout clinic prior to tryouts

    • Students must provide their own transportation home from the tryout clinic. No buses are provided.

    • If a candidate is injured prior to the tryout date, he/she must submit a release form from the trainer, or medical doctor, in order to participate in tryouts. 

    • You must have a 2020-2021 Physical on file with CISD prior to the trout clinic on April 27th. These looked different than normal because of COVID. Essentially if you were cleared to participate in any athletic team/group including the York Jr. High Orange Pride Drill Team, you are cleared and good to go for tryouts. If you are new to CISD please let me know. 

    • IF you make the team, you will need a 2021-2022 Physical on file when leaving for Summer May 26th. Anyone without a physical on file by May 26th will not be allowed to participate in camp/summer practices until their are cleared by CISD.

*If a parent is uncomfortable with their child attending the in-person tryout clinic and tryout, they should email Jessica Hardesty at for instructions on how to proceed. Any online applicant will learn the tryout video off of a pre-recorded video that will be posted April 27th and must turn in their submission video by April 30th at 12:00 PM. It is expected that 2021-2022 Team Members be in-person learners for the 2021-2022 school year. 




  • Learn, practice, and perfect your tryout routine at the Tryout Clinic. Video's and Music Links will not go live until April 27th at 4:00 PM.

  • CLICK HERE for the Team Tryout Routine Part 1 with counts (Split & Jazz Section)

  • CLICK HERE for the Team Tryout Routine Part 2 with counts (Kick Section)

  • CLICK HERE for the Team Tryout Routine with music as viewed from the back

  • CLICK HERE for the Team Tryout Routine with music as viewed from the front

  • CLICK HERE for the Dance Officer & Elite Tryout Routine with counts as viewed from the back

  • CLICK HERE for the Dance Officer & Elite Tryout Routine with music as viewed from the front

  • CLICK BELOW for the Dance Officer & Elite Tryout Song


  • Please wear all black form-fitting dance attire and appropriate dance shoes. Examples include a black leotard & black leggings, or a black racer back tank top & black leggings. Undergarments, tops, midriffs, and bottoms should not show.

  • Hair should be slicked back into a low ponytail with a middle part. Makeup should be performance style makeup with red lipstick. *We will be posting tutorials on our team Instagram page. 

  • The tryout will have three judges.

  • Selection will be based on dance technique (coordination, style and grace), high kick technique (flexibility, height, extension, strength and endurance), projection, memory, splits, and overall execution.

  • The directors will be able to advocate for dancers.

  • After the judges have watched and scored all candidates, they will submit their scores to the tabulator. The three judges scores will be calculated together. The natural break in scores will determine the candidates selected for Varsity and Junior Varsity.

  • The results of the auditions will be posted on the team website by May 1st to ensure that time is given for the judges to assess each candidate, for directors to appropriately advocate for candidates, and for calculations to occur.

  • All decisions of the judges are FINAL. Following tryouts, any candidate who does not make the team who wishes to review their scores, must make an appointment with the administrator and/or director. You have one week from tryouts to take care of this. 

​We are truly thrilled that you are interested in joining our organization and wish you the best of luck! If there are any questions please do not hesitate to contact your school’s dance director. Happy dancing!
Jessica Hardesty-

Hannah Gassett-

Quick Reference Important Dates
April 6th-Virtual Tryout Meeting & Applications posted

April 26th- 3:00 PM-Application Deadline

April 27th-29th Tryout Clinic at GOHS 4:30-7:00 PM
April 30th Tryouts at GOHS & Judge Deliberations

May 1st - Announcement of the 2021-2022 Varsity and Junior Varsity Teams, Dance Officers, Social Officers and Elite Team Members. 

Team Tryouts Quick Links:

Team Tryout Routine & Music (Not Live until April 27th)

Dance Officer Tryouts Quick Links:

Dance Officer Tryout Routine & Music (Not Live until April 27th)

Social Officer Tryouts Quick Links:

Elite Team Tryouts Quick Links: