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The Strutters Represent Texas State in Florida

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By Mikayla Anding
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The Texas State University Strutters visited Florida to perform at Disney World for its 50th anniversary and the Sunbelt Conference Championships to support our bobcats the week of Feb. 27. 

The Strutters have been known to travel the world for performances. Just two years ago, the Strutters opened the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York. Last year, the team was unable to travel due to COVID-19, but this 100-women team was back on an airplane this year to perform in two different events in Florida. 

The Strutters arrived in Orlando on Feb. 27 to perform in Disney World the next day. The stage they performed on was set in Disney Springs. The team performed a half-hour show that consisted of many different routines and a variety of dance genres. They obtained a large crowd of Disney World guests and families. 

Strutters Head Chaplain Nevada Torres said she enjoyed the opportunity to perform during the 50th anniversary of Disney World with the team.

“I loved being able to represent Texas State well and proudly, even though we were so far away from the university,” Torres said. “Mostly, I just loved being around the team and sharing such special and sacred memories with everyone.”

While the Strutters were there primarily to perform, they were also able to spend time in the Disney parks for the three days they were in Orlando. 

“My favorite part was sharing my excitement about Disney movies with my best friends,” said third year Strutter and Assistant Pom Leader Ashley Mann. “Performing there was a good and fun experience.” 

Four girls in front of Pandora in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. From left to right: a Caucasian girl with long red hair with a black tennis skirt and tank top on and her body is facing right, a Caucasian strawberry blonde girl wearing a black tank top and black leggings and her body is facing right, a Caucasian girl with brown curly hair wearing red and gold mickey ears, a teal shirt with a black athletic jacket, and burgundy leggings, her body facing left, a Caucasian girl with red hair in a bun wearing a green tank top and jean shorts, body facing left. They are all facing their heads to the camera and smiling. Behind them are large stones and vines with greenery, made to imitate the world of Pandora from the movie Avatar.
Ashley Mann with three of her friends in Animal Kingdom of Disney World, in front of the land inspired by Avatar, Pandora.

The next stop of the Strutters’ trip was Pensacola, which they traveled to by bus on March 1st. There, the Strutters performed their team routine on March 2nd at one of the women’s basketball games in the Sunbelt Conference Championship. The Strutters had the chance to cheer on the Bobcats away from home and perform at halftime, in front of basketball fans from around the nation including Texas State President Denise Trauth and Athletics Director Don Corryel. 

A few members of the Strutters Pom Squad also had the opportunity to cheer for the Bobcats from the sidelines throughout the Sunbelt Conference Championships. Strutter Lieutenant Sarah Smith was one of the six Pom Squad members chosen to dance on the sidelines and during timeouts for the championship games. 

“Being able to cheer with Pom in Pensacola was an amazing experience I will never forget,” Smith said. “I love being able to cheer on the Bobcats everywhere I go!”

At Pensacola, the Strutters had some free time together after their performance until they left the morning of March 5th. There, Strutters spent time on the beach, went to local restaurants, and had opportunities to bond with their teammates. 

“My favorite part about Pensacola was getting to hang out on the beach with all of my friends,” said Strutter Head Captain Abby Cartwright. “We got to relax and have a good time as teammates which doesn’t happen very often!” 

Three young Caucasian women together facing the camera and smiling. From left to right: a girl with brown curly hair wearing an orange, half-sleeve flowy dress, a girl with dark brown hair wearing a brown dress that ends above her knees, and a girl with blonde hair wearing a white, sleeveless dress that ends around her knees. They are all standing in sand, in front of the sea and a sunset.
Strutters Head Captain Abby Cartwright (middle) with her fellow captains on the beach in Pensacola.

The Strutters had a successful trip and two very successful performances, then came back to San Marcos on March 5th to go right into another performance at Texas State on March 6th. Their next performance is their annual Spring Spectacular. To buy tickets, visit here. To learn more about the Strutters and see more of their trip experiences, follow their Instagram @txststrutters. 

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