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
Several clinics will be held to prepare candidates for auditions. All those planning to audition should attend at least one of these clinics but may attend all. High school students who are not yet eligible to audition are also welcome to attend. All clinics will be held at Bee Hall on the Raymond Campus and will begin at 4:00pm lasting approximately three hours. Dates for clinics are:
- Friday, February 8, 2019
- Friday, March 1, 2019
- Friday, March 29, 2019
- Friday, April 26, 2019
- Dance shorts – color of your choice
leotard or spandex top – color of your choice
- Jazz shoes, dance sneakers (split sole), or lyrical/modern footwear
- Saturday, April 6, 2019
- Saturday, May 4, 2019
At auditions candidates will be taught and judged on a dance routine, high kicks, and flexibility of splits. Various techniques will be included in the audition dance and/or you will be asked to demonstrate. These will include, but are not limited to: double pirouette, turns in second (a la seconde), straight leaps (left and right), axel jump, center leap, turning leap in second position (turning disk), surprise leap, and a calypso leap. Those selected as Hi-Steppers will be announced the day of auditions.
- Black dance shorts
- Black leotard or black spandex sleeveless top (must be form-fitting)
- Tan tights
- Jazz shoes, dance sneakers (split sole), lyrical/modern footwear