The Kilgore College Rangerettes will officially kick off the organization’s 75th Anniversary Friday with the announcement of new freshman members.
There are 84 “Hopefuls” participating in pre-training this week at the college with the announcement of the 75th Line set for 10 a.m. July 18 behind closed doors in Dodson Auditorium.
Pre-training will take place from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through Wednesday in the Deana Bolton-Covin Rangerette Gymnasium.
“Pre-training events during the week are open to the public,” said Shelley Wayne, assistant director. “Girls trying out will learn various routines during the week such as kick, jazz and studio combinations.”
Trying out for Rangerette this week are 84 women. The Rangerettes are returning 36 sophomores to the line.
There is not a set number of how many women will make the team, but there are typically 72 to 74 total members.
Tryouts are set for 8 a.m. Thursday where the girls will try out in groups of four. Tryouts are closed to the public.
The new Rangerettes will be chosen by outside judges, director Dana Blair and Wayne.
A reception for all new Rangerettes and parents will follow tryouts at 11 a.m. in the Deana Bolton-Covin Rangerette Gymnasium.
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, entertained millions and spurred a multi-billion-dollar dance/drill team industry worldwide.