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WCU Dance Team Announces Gold Squad; Tryouts for Purple Squad Aug. 25-26

April 5, 2006

Cullowhee, N.C. - As a part of its annual open tryouts, the Western Carolina University Dance team has announced its 2006-07 Gold Squad members. Also, the WCU Dance Team has announced an additional open tryout for the Purple Squad, set for August 25-26.

The WCU Dance Team Gold Squad will perform pre-game and on the sidelines for all Catamount home football games this fall at E.J. Whitmire Stadium/Bob Waters' Field as well as at all Catamount men's home basketball games in the Ramsey Center.

The Gold Squad will also attend the National Dance Association (NDA) Camp, August 3-6, at the University of Louisville in Kentucky.

"First of all, thank you to everyone who participated in our tryout and congratulations to the women who were selected for the Gold Squad. We are excited to get the New Year under way," said head coach Teresa Crum.

Below is a listing of the 2006-07 WCU Dance Team Gold Squad members:

     Shannon Brindley       Senior        Captain
     Kimberly Baker         Senior        Choreography Team
     Laura Beth Gibson      Senior        Co-Captain
     Kristen Redmond        Senior
     Heather Mathews        Junior
     Ashley Smith           Junior
     Melissa Athorn         Sophomore
     Brittany Inskeep       Sophomore     Choreography Team
     Melanie Jones          Sophomore
     Kaitlyn Moore          Sophomore
     Stephanie Moore        Sophomore     Lead Choreographer
     Whitney Sutton         Sophomore
     Kendall Winslow        Sophomore
     Katie Brothers         Freshman
     Kacie Mabry            Freshman
     Jessica Vidal          Freshman

WCU Dance Team to Hold Purple Team Tryouts, Aug. 25-26

Western Carolina and the WCU Dance Team are adding a second squad to the line up for the 2006-07 athletic seasons. In addition to the Gold Squad, the Purple Squad will hit campus this fall and there are still vacancies. Crum and the squad will be looking to fill those vacancies as soon as students arrive back to campus in the fall with open tryouts set for Friday, August 25 and Saturday, August 26.

The Purple Squad will work in conjunction with the Gold Squad during Catamount football season, performing on the sidelines during all home contests at Whitmire this fall. The Purple Squad will also perform during home Lady Catamount women's basketball games in Ramsey.

The WCU Dance Team was founded in 1995 by Mrs. Donna Bucker. The team has helped provide school spirit and entertainment at Catamount sporting events, as well as at the annual Southern Conference basketball tournaments. It has also provided many students, who have a dance background, with an opportunity to continue to grow as dancers and performers.

The schedule for the open tryouts for the WCU Purple Squad will be Friday, August 25, 2006 from 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm and Saturday, August 26, 2006 from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm. The location for open tryouts has yet to be determined.

Those interested in participating in the Purple Squad tryouts will need to be able to perform a toe touch, double turns on both sides, high kicks on both sides, leaps both sides, switch leaps both sides, center leaps both sides and front leaps both sides. The tryout will also included a sideline routine and 4-8 counts of a hip hop and a technical routine that will be taught for auditions on Friday night.

For more information on the Purple Squad tryout, please contact head coach Teresa Crum at (828) 227-2460 or via E-mail at