POSTED: Thursday, July 12, 2012 - 9:00pm
UPDATED: Thursday, July 12, 2012 - 9:14pm
The Kilgore College Rangerettes will announce new freshman members on Friday, July 20, after a week of pre-training and tryouts next week.
The new Rangerettes will be chosen by outside judges, director Dana Blair and assistant director Shelley Wayne.
The Rangerettes are returning 35 sophomores to the line.
All freshman hopefuls will attend a tea at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, July 15, on the second floor of the McLaurin Administration Building. The tea is open to the media.
Pre-training will take place from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Wednesday, in the Deana Bolton-Covin Rangerette Gymnasium.
"Pre-training events during the week are open to the public," Wayne said. "Girls trying out will learn various routines during the week such as kick, jazz and studio combinations."
Rangerette tryouts will be held beginning at 8 a.m. on Thursday morning where the girls will tryout in groups of four.
The official tryout is closed to the public.
The Rangerette freshmen will be announced at a closed meeting 10 a.m. Friday, July 20, in Dodson Auditorium on the Kilgore campus.
A reception for all new Rangerettes and parents will follow 11 a.m. in the Devall Student Center.
The Rangerettes were the first of their kind when they began in 1940 as a vision of the late Gussie Nell Davis. The organization created a unique combination of dance moves and precision drills that quickly earned them the reputation not only as the originators of dance/drill teams, but as the best in the world.
Known for their high kicks and the jump splits, the organization has traveled around the world and entertained millions.