MGCCC Perkette Dance Team to hold auditions

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Perkette Dance Team will hold auditions on Monday, May 22, 2017, from 1-5 p.m., in the Malone Hall Dance Studio.  All squad members must try out each year.

Since 1952, the Perkettes have performed at athletic events and other functions at Gulf Coast. Sixty-five years later, the college’s elite dance group is a must-see fixture at Gulf Coast football games, at parades and other on- and off-campus events.

Those selected for the 2017-2018 dance team must commit to participating in all practices and conditioning during the year, summer practices and camps, and attend all pep rallies, games, alumni and community events, MGCCC spirit events, and community service.  Some required events may occur after the season ends.

Audition participants must be able to perform the following: Perkette jazz march, high kicks, double/triple pirouette, Fouette’ turns, splits and right/left leaps.  Attire for the audition should include black dance shorts, crop top, and jazz shoes or dance sneakers.  (Judges will evaluate bodylines and motions; loose clothing is a hindrance and disadvantage. Therefore, participants should not wear T-shirts, baggy pants and/or sweats.)

Members auditioning for team captain should prepare a 45-second to one-minute personal (original) choreography routine.

For more information about registration and auditions, visit  For all other information, contact Stacy Fore at 601-928-6369 or

Kathy McAdams is an award-winning journalist who has worked at weekly newspapers in Mississippi and the Press-Register in Mobile, Ala. A native of Gulfport, McAdams attended Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, William Carey University, the University of South Alabama and The University of Southern Mississippi. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications and journalism and a master's degree in education and English. She has worked at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College since 2005.