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   2024 Student Choreography State Showcase

Audition Information

Welcome to the 2024 IHSDF Student Choreography State Showcase. 


The showcase will be hosted by Barrington High School this year and will be on Friday, April 5th, 2024 7pm.


This performance will showcase some of the strongest student choreography in the state and we look forward to seeing what your dancers have created. 


This year we will be hosting a video audition for all high school-affiliated dance programs and companies.  The showcase is not open to pom or dance teams.  


Audition Criteria

All pieces must be original student choreography created by a current high school student in your program.  No director or guest artist input is allowed.   


The cost of auditions is $75 per piece. If you attended the 2023 Illinois High School Dance Festival, the cost is $50 per piece. Each school can submit up to two pieces.  


Video submissions should be sent to IHSDF Student Choreography State Showcase Audition Application R


Video submissions and payment must be received by Friday, February 23rd at the latest, no exceptions.  If payment is not received by the deadline, your audition will not be viewed by the judges.  


Video auditions will be viewed and adjudicated on Saturday, March 2nd 2024. Dancers and Directors do not need to be present during the viewing.  It is a closed audition.


Video guidelines

If sharing a file from your Google Drive or other cloud service, please make sure that the video share settings are set to any one can view.


  • Open space with a solid color background

  • No indications of your school name, logo, or mascot.

  • No audience members or applause.

  • General work lighting should be used, piece begins and ends with lights on

  • No special lighting or effects are allowed.  Changes in lighting, colored lighting, or special effects are not permitted during your recording.  Not adhering to these guidelines will result in disqualification. 



  • One camera wide shot (horizontal if using a phone)

  • Camera should be close to eye level with dancers

  • No editing, zooming in/out, cross fades, or multiple camera angles can be used during your recording.

  • No one should be speaking on your video unless it is expressly in the choreography. 

  • Dancers should begin in their opening position.

  • Not adhering to these guidelines will result in disqualification. 

  • Dances should not exceed 4:00 minutes.


Additional information

  • Do not wear anything representing your school or show anything in your video representing your school

  • Dancers should be in costume with makeup & hair as you would perform it in the showcase.

  • Music and movement should be appropriate for an educational setting.

  • If you are submitting two pieces, please attach both files to the same form.`  You will not be able to fill out more than one form. Make sure that you are submitting one form with both pieces.  


Film a rehearsal and check for sound and lighting before you film your final take.

Please watch your entire video to check it before submitting it.  


Submissions will be viewed by the adjudicators in the order they were received.

Once again, the deadline for all payment and submissions is Friday, February 23rd. If your payment has not been received by the deadline. Your piece(s) will not be adjudicated. 




To provide a positive educational experience for all who audition, the following criteria will govern the selection of the Showcase dances.


Original student choreography from a current high school student, 2023-24. 

Technique of the dancers; extension, placement, control, rhythm, energy, and focus.

Presentation; dancers’ appearance, costumes, and clarity of the performance.

Quality of the choreography; development of a theme or idea, body design, combinations, floor patterns, originality, creativity, and accompaniment.


All schools that send in an audition for consideration will be notified who was selected by email on Saturday, March 2nd no later than 8:00pm.  All schools will receive the judges adjudication notes a few weeks after the audition.  

The dances selected by the adjudicators cannot be altered in any way for the performance unless the adjudicators made the suggestion about a change.    

Student Choreography State Showcase History

2024- Hosted at Barrington High School

  1. "Alien Superstar" - Barrington High School

  2. "Time to Leave" - John Hersey High School

  3. "The Journey" - Buffalo Grove High School

  4. "The Truth Within" - Highland Park High School

  5. "All for Us" - Southland College Prep High School

  6. "Broken Trust" - Downers Grove North High School

  7. "Chikini With a Little Twist" - Elk Grove High School

  8. "Vienna" - Prospect High School

  9. "Defining Our Destiny" - Whitney Young Magnet High School

  10. "Transcend" - Rolling Meadow High School

  11. "Evolution Orange" - Niles West High School

  12. "Get Your Finger Out of My Face" - New Trier High School

  13. "Recollection" - Carmel Catholic High School

  14. "The Influence" - Kenwood Academy High School 

2023- Evanston Township High School
1."Kenchella" - Kenwood Academy

2. "My Way" - Prospect High School

3. "Insanity" - Buffalo Grove High School

4. "Wistful Moment" - Adlai E. Stevenson High School

5. "Transcend" - Niles West High School

6. "Her" - John Hersey High School

7. "Get it Together" - Whitney Young Magnet High School

8. "Hollow' - Rolling Meadows High School

9. "Is This Enough" - Barrington High School

10. "Loss of Sight" - Riverside Brookfield High School

11. "In Liminality" - Highland Park High School

2022 - Riverside Brookfield High School

  1. "Point of View" - Riverside Brookfield High School

  2. "Burn "- Maine West High School

  3. "To Descend" - John Hersey High School

  4. "Together As One" - Highland Park High School

  5. "The Divided" - Niles North High School

  6. "Slow Down" - Carmel Catholic High School

  7. "Outre Lux" - Prospect High School

  8. "Metro" - Buffalo Grove High School

  9. "Make Me Feel" - Barrington  High School

  10. "To Envy the Quiet" - Adlai E. Stevenson High School

  11. "Be Free" - Kenwood Academy

  12. "Insidious" - Rolling Meadows High School

2021 - *Open Submissions and Virtual Performance

  1. "Bones" - Evanston Township High School

  2. "Deviation" - Rolling Meadows High School

  3. "If God Spoke" - Whitney Young Magnet High School

  4. "Let the Damage Grow" - Adlai E. Stevenson High School

  5. "Leaving My Love Behind" - Elk Grove High School

  6. "Fleeting Love" - Wheeling High School

  7. "Seek and Find" - Carmel Catholic High School

  8. "Wandering Child" - Naperville Central High School

  9. "Backlit" - Niles North High School

  10. "Next to You" - Buffalo Grove High School

  11. "Fool" - Kenwood Academy High School

  12. "Recondite" - Prospect High School

  13. "Trip" - John Hersey High School

  14. "Heartbreak" - Maine West High School

2020 - *No live performance due to Festival and Showcase cancellation

  1. "Subway Song" - John Hersey High School

  2. "Someone to You" - Evanston Township High School

  3. "River Runs" - Glenbrook North High School

  4. "Alone Together" - Prospect High School

  5. "Dissent" - Rolling Meadows High School

  6. "The Games" - Riverside Brookfield High School

  7. "All That Jazz" - Maine West High School

  8. "Fever Dream" - Niles North High School

  9. "I'm Sorry" - Buffalo Grove High School

  10. "Nobody Told Me" - Lyons Township High School

  11. "Someone in the Crowd" - Elk Grove High School

  12. "The Final Goodbye" - Barrington High School

  13. "Bury My Innocence" - Highland Park High School

2019 - Curie Metropolitan High School

  1. "Nascar Race" - Naperville Central High School

  2. "Mind Full" - John Hersey High School

  3. "Low Light" - Wheeling High School

  4. "To You From Me" - Buffalo Grove High School

  5. "Indecisive" - Niles North High School

  6. "No Justice, No Peace" - Elk Grove High School

  7. "Winter" - Maine West High School

  8. "They Were Wrong" - Evanston Township High School

  9. "True Colors" - Barrington High School

  10. "This Place is a Shelter" - Prospect High School

  11. "She Is" - Whitney Young Magnet High School

2018 - Evanston Township High School

  1. "The Light that Never Fails" - Glenbrook North High School

  2. "You'll Find a Way" - Kenwood Academy

  3. "You and Her" - Highland Park High School

  4. "The Aftermath" - Rolling Meadows High School

  5. "Look Up" - Riverside Brookfield High School

  6. "Vibezzz" - Nicholas Senn High School

  7. "Crafted Precisely" - Lyons Township High School

  8. "Transportin" - Naperville Central High School

  9. "If I Stay" - Maine West High School

  10. "Straight Masterpiece" - Evanston Township High School

  11. "Dare to Dream" - Wheeling High School

  12. "For Lola" - Prospect High School

  13. "Hype! TH3 FINAL3" - Niles North High School

2017 - Maine West High School 

  1. "Light Refused to Go" - Lyons Township High School​

  2. "Painted Distortion" - Leyden High School

  3. "Radiance" - Prospect High School

  4. "Not Yet a Man" - Whitney Young Magnet High School

  5. "Hype! Part II" - Niles North High School 

  6. "Stomp In the Swamp" - Maine West High School

  7. "Drifting" - Riverside Brookfield High School

  8. "Multistage" - Evanston Township High School

  9. "This Bitter Earth" - John Hersey High School

  10. "Luster" - Buffalo Grove High School

  11. "Apple Butter" - Nicholas Senn High School

  12. "Mahima" - Rolling Meadows High School

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