Ping Pings

2017 - 2018 Ping Pings Tryout Information

Click Here Tryout Form, form is due Wednesday, April 26, 2017, 3:00pm.

Clinic: Monday, May 1st -Wednesday 3rd: 6:30-7:45am, Sapulpa Old HS Gym

Review/Tryout: Wednesday, May 3rd, 3:15-3:30pm Review, 3:30pm Tryouts begin, Jr High Gym       

·         Attire: Candidates should wear a solid color leotard or tank with black dance bottoms (booty shorts are acceptable ONLY with tights). Dancers will need proper dance shoes, jazz shoes preferred. Hair must be up and out of the face at all times.

·         Tryouts are closed, which means only candidates & judges will be allowed in the gym for performances.

·         Judges: Coach V will serve as a judge at tryouts alongside two out of town dance educators. Both women are officers for OSDTDA, our State Dance Team Competition. All judges are highly qualified and their decisions will be final.

Selection of the 2017-2018 Team: Scores from the three judges will be totaled. There is no set number of dancers we are looking for, but will look at dancers who can successfully demonstrate the skills and routine taught at clinics. Tryout Scoring is:

20 pts Appearance & Attitude

60 pts Technical ability:

Kicks (flexibility & control)

Turns (various pirouettes & fouetté a la seconde)

Leaps/Jumps (flexibility, height, control, lines)

20 pts Performance (projection, memory & stage presence)

100 pts total

We will also consider the student's attendance eligibility, GPA, and teacher recommendations.

Required Skills




Pirouette(may be in passé, coupé, or pencil)






Side leap



Tilt Kicks & Jumps



Toe Touch & double pom jump combos



Calypso (with and without arch)






Leg holds & leg grab turns



Hitch Kicks



High Kicks(leg should kick to within inches of dancer’s own nose)



Jump Split



A la seconde turns (turns in 2nd)

(3 and double, 3 and double & changing spots)




Parent Commitment

As a Ping Parent your main responsibilities are to attend once a month required Parent Meetings where Coach presents important information about the month or upcoming events. You are not required, but highly encouraged, to become active in the Booster Club. Sapulpa is a wonderful school, but unfortunately they cannot afford to fully fund our program. All uniforms, competition and travel fees, and choreography fees are paid for independently by the parents. The Boosters are a parent run organization takes care of all fundraising for the team- each Ping has an individual account under the Boosters, so your payments will all be through our parent treasurer. Missing payment deadlines will result in your child missing performances, and potential demerits.

Communication with Coach is largely through email, so it is important that you maintain and check the email account given to me. Additionally, I expect that you will support the rules and expectations outlined for your child in the Ping Constitution.

All team members are expected to participate in both the "spirit squad" events such as football & basketball games as well as the competitions. We try out for every halftime performance and competitive routine- not all team members will make every performance. At first it may seem unfair, but we have a reputation for excellence which is taken very seriously. The team will definitely attend a Nationals, but location and time will be determined by the new coach. 

Ping Commitment

All Pings are required to be enrolled in at least one dance class outside of school. Studios in town are: Art in Motion, Ovations, Patti Parrish School of Dance or Inspire Arts in Glenpool. It in preferred that this be a technique class with an emphasis on technique and not competitive choreography.  

Ping is first hour of the school day, however we usually start practice between 6:30-7:00am. You will be required to perform at:

·         Home & Away Football Games (Friday/Thursday nights Sept- Nov)

·         Fall Mini-Clinic one week night for football season

·         TSF Comptetition (Halloween weekend)

·         OSDTDA State competition (December)

·         Home Basketball Games (Friday/Tuesday nights Jan- Feb)

·         Spring Mini-Clinic one week night

·         Sapulpa Dance Collective (spring)

·         Nationals (March)

·         Spring Show (April)

·         We often have extra required fundraisers, team bonding events, competitions, or volunteer opportunities on the weekends or in the evening.

The Ping-Ping Constitution is taken very seriously and the demerit policy is enforced. This keeps our organization's reputation at the highest level both in the Sapulpa community and at the completions we attend. Read the Constitution carefully to make sure that you are willing to uphold the grades, attendance, appearance, behavior, and dance ability required to be a Sapulpa Ping-Ping. 

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