May 5, 2011
The Texas Tech Spirit Program has named the 16-member pom squad for the 2011-2012 season.
A total of 74 dancers completed the preliminary audition process, with 32 named as finalists for the 16 available slots.
Named for next year’s squad are:
Front Row (L-R): Vela, Rettig, Bertrand, Busch, Midkiff, Ratliff, Brossman.
Back Row (L-R): Buckner, Lanford, Schneider, Choi, McBride, Steinbauer, Mohler, Metter, Stecklein.
Bruce Bills, the team’s coach, said the preliminary auditions consisted of a dance and fight song routine taught from a DVD mailed out one week prior to auditions. Also included in prelims was an across-the-floor exercise, where dance skills were judged on execution and flexibility.
For finals the dancers performed the audition dance as well as a quick routine that they had 15 minutes to learn then perform. Following the dance audition each dancer had an interview with a panel of judges.
“In June we will have a week of practices where the squad will begin setting formations and cleaning all traditional dance routines performed at appearances and games,” Bills said. “In July the squad will have a week of choreography practices where they learn new routines taught by our choreographer with focus on dance technique.”
Cathey Brown, a former Texas Tech Pom member, will serve as technical dance advisor.
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