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Rangerettes begin tryouts

The Kilgore College Rangerettes will announce new freshman members Friday, July 22, after a week of pre-training and tryouts.
The new Rangerettes will be chosen by outside judges, director Dana Blair and assistant director Shelley Wayne. The Rangerettes are returning 36 sophomores to the line.
“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.”
Pre-training will take place from 9 a.m. – 9:30 p.m., Monday through Wednesday, with breaks for lunch and dinner.
The week will also consist of a model night on Monday and a talent night on Tuesday where Rangerette hopefuls will compete in events, judged by outside judges. Model and talent nights are closed to the public.
Outside judges are also hired for the official Rangerette tryouts on Thursday morning where the girls will try out in groups of four beginning at 8 a.m. The official tryout is also closed to the public.
“We have outside judges for the tryouts on Friday morning, but they are different than the judges for model and talent nights,” Wayne said. “Though we have judges hired, Mrs. Blair and I have the final say.”
The Rangerette freshmen will be announced at a closed meeting 10 a.m. Friday, July 22, 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.

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