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How to beat the cheerleading and dance tests!

When was the last time you tried out for a team and failed? Did you leave that day feeling disappointed wondering where you went wrong? Or did you walk away thinking you just didn’t have what it takes? Either way, you’re in luck. There is a real way to pass the tests that many people are unaware of. However, before we get too far ahead of ourselves, let’s start with the basics.

In this article we are going to talk about the natural break. There are actually three categories of test scores. These are the top level scores (basically the participants who have been part of the team), the lower level scores (participants who are eliminated in the first round), and finally the natural break scores (participants who are among the highest and lowest scores). Essentially, we can call the participants in the natural rest category the maybes. Why do we say that; because they are about to make the team.

So what does all this mean to you? Depending on what stage of the test you got to, you can tell where you sat. If they let you go in the first round of testing (lower scores); You are at a stage where you need to strengthen your skills. From this stage on, you really need to shoot to get into the natural break at a minimum. Don’t worry, you can be ahead of the game if you want to. Try writing down the skills you were asked to perform and go to a local gym or studio to work on these skills. Or as a cheaper alternative, you can always try to find a friend to teach you too. Either way, you need to work on your skills and get into that natural break.

For those of you in the natural rest category (or later rounds in testing), you’re in the most competitive spot. You are literally fighting for a spot that ten or more contestants are also fighting for. What this means to you is that you need to find a way to outperform your competition. And how to do it couldn’t be simpler. Earn more points than your competition. Participants who are successful at the natural break can literally do so for one point.

So how do you get those extra points? That is always the million dollar question; however, the answer is simpler than you ever thought. But, to show you how easy it really is, let me ask you a question. What testing area did you focus on the most? For cheerleaders, their focus generally falls into a few categories: stunting, flipping, or cheer. But nine times out of ten, most cheerleaders fall victim to too much focus on stunting. As for the dancers, they again fall into some of the same problems as the cheerleaders, whether it’s choreography or a certain skill set.

What is happening to us is one of the most common misconceptions about testing. Most test takers believe that the judges are more concerned with one aspect of the test than with all areas as a whole. Unfortunately, this is not true. While certain areas of the tests may contain more points than others, that does not rule out all other points. The problem starts when you see the actual score sheets behind the evaluation. Stunting, choreography, skills, flips, playfulness, etc. usually only make up a small part of the overall score. Sometimes these only make up 30 percent or less of the overall score.

You have now forgotten about 70 percent of your test. And I’m sure a lot of you thought, I’m good at the other parts, so why not focus on the main areas? What you have done is eliminate the possibility of extra points in each category. Remember, we said that natural break winners can literally win by one point. Well, if you had focused on a points battle, you would have been the one in the winning seat.

What you have to do is maximize the points across the board. Really focus on getting every point out of what you excel at. Don’t leave anything on the table. In the areas where you are weak, get as many points as you can. Sometimes this means leaving the higher skills alone and performing the skills you can do at your highest level. A drop or wobble at a higher skill level can drop points much more than leading at a lower skill.

Follow the above and your next test could be the one you’ve been looking for.

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