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Those planning to tryout for Highland Belles are referred to as Belle Hopefuls.

Highland Belles are selected once per year at a tryout traditionally held the week after Thanksgiving.

There is no predetermined number of Highland Belles. Judges do not choose new members based on the number of graduating seniors. Rather, the judges make their final selection based on the individual candidate’s ability.


Tryouts are open to Highland Park High School freshmen, sophomore and junior girls. Participation in the Belles Prep A Dance Class is recommended, but not required.


Becoming a Belle (Freshman & Parents)

September 18 @ 5pm

Learning Theater

Mandatory Candidate & Parent Meeting

October 25 @ 5-6:30pm

Learning Theater

Tryout Clinics

November 27 – November 29 @ 6:30-7:45am

November 30 @ 4-5pm


Mock Tryouts

November 30 @ 5:30-7pm


Highland Belle Tryouts for 2023-2024

December 2 @ 7am-7pm


If tryouts need to be rescheduled due to football playoffs, the back up date will be Friday, December 1 @ 3:30 pm

Mastery of the following skills is suggested when auditioning for Belles and absolutely necessary after becoming a Belle. All of these skills will be incorporated into one of the three try-out routines.

*additional skills may be added at the discretion of the director



Switch Leap




Double Pirouette

Triple Pirouette

Toe Touch


During tryout clinics, candidates will learn the kick, jazz, and pom routines to be performed for the judging panel. Candidates are evaluated during the week on their flexibility and their skill performance.

On the day of tryouts, the girls perform their kick, jazz, and pom routines for a panel of judges in small groups.


All current belles and hopefuls have tryouts during this time.


The new team is announced immediately after the judges’ decision.

Area dance studios offer a variety of classes for dancers wishing to further their training in preparation for Belle tryouts.
The Belles Director does not endorse any particular studio over another; however candidates are encouraged to participate in advanced training at the studio level.
Candidates should communicate often with their studio instructor to ensure the best possible use of the studio as a supplement to Highland Belles.

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