70 Years of Tradition
Since 1949, the Hinds Hi-Steppers have held a history of excellence serving as one of the oldest precision dance lines in the nation. They have performed for audiences across the United States, Canada, and Europe. No group in the U.S. has received more invitations to nationally televised bowl games, professional football games, or national parades than the Hi-Steppers. The Hi-Steppers are still a favorite today as they perform with the Eagle Marching Band at football games, exhibitions, parades, and community and charitable events. Known as Mississippi’s Goodwill Ambassadors, the dancers have given their time and energy to many worthy causes.
History of the Hi-Steppers
Find out more about the history of the Hi-Steppers and our longtime former director Mrs. Anna Bee. A pictorial history can be found on the Mississippi Digital Library website and by visiting Anna Cowden Bee Hall on the Raymond Campus.
Application, Clinics & Audition
The following dates have been scheduled for clinics and auditions for the Hi-Steppers. All clinics and auditions will be held in Bee Hall on the Raymond Campus.
- Open Clinic
- Saturday, February 1, 2020, 9am – 12pm
- Saturday, March 28, 2020, 8:30am – 12pm
- Must attend Clinic on Friday, March 27, 2020, 4pm – 7pm
- Saturday, April 25, 2020, 8:30am – 12pm
- Must attend Clinic on Friday, April 24, 2020, 4pm – 7pm
In order to audition, candidates must attend the clinic the day before. At the clinic, candidates will learn a short dance routine, a high kick combination, and work on marching and dance technique. At auditions the next day, candidates will be judged on the dance, high kicks, flexibility of splits, marching, and turns and leaps.
Those selected as Hi-Steppers are usually announced on the day of auditions; however, the team may not be announced until both auditions have been completed.
- Black dance shorts
- Black leotard or black spandex sleeveless top (must be form-fitting)
- Tan tights
- Jazz shoes, dance sneakers (split sole), or aerobic type sneakers