Austin College’s Aussie Dance Team will hold its annual Spring Show April 26-28 in Ida Green Theatre of Ida Green Communication Center. The Friday and Saturday performances of “Making HERstory” will be at 7 p.m., and the Sunday performance will be at 2 p.m. Tickets are $4 to the public and $2 with a valid Austin College ID and may be purchased at the door.
The show, which focuses on female empowerment, includes eight dances and an intermission. The show helps to offset costs for costumes and props for the group’s performances throughout the year.
The Aussies perform at numerous events, including football and basketball games, as well as Opening of School, Homecoming and Family Weekend, and numerous service events.
The dance team, established in 1995, chose the Aussie name in support of the Austin College Kangaroo mascot and the kangaroo’s native habitat. One goal of the team is to promote the spirit at Austin College athletics events—and beyond. The troupe often hosts a clinic for children also.
The team is led by captain Alexandra Baker-Livingston, a junior from Richardson, Texas; and lieutenants junior Rayanne Seymour of Stafford, Texas; and sophomore Amy Sierra of Carrollton, Texas.
Other team members follow:
Alex Fry, a sophomore from McKinney, Texas;
Lilly Garza, a freshman from San Antonio, Texas;
Carolina Gil, a junior from Dallas, Texas;
Bella MacMiller, a sophomore from Dallas, Texas;
Allie Martinez, a freshman from Anna, Texas;
Sushma Pai, a freshman from McKinney, Texas;
Allie Straeck, a freshman from Allen, Texas;
Kayla Ruiz, a freshman from Pharr, Texas; and
Sylvia Sit, a freshman from Austin, Texas.
Austin College, a private national liberal arts college located north of Dallas in Sherman, Texas, has earned a reputation for excellence in academic preparation, international study, pre-professional foundations, leadership development, committed faculty, and hands-on, adventurous learning opportunities.One of 40 schools profiled in Loren Pope’s influential book Colleges That Change Lives, Austin College boasts a welcoming community that embraces diversity and individuality, with 46 percent of students identifying as persons of color. The residential student body of approximately 1,300 students and more than 100 expert faculty members allow a 13:1 student-faculty ratio and personalized attention. This year, the campus recognizes 100 years of co-education and has had several opportunities to recognize the history of women and accomplishments of current alumnae. Austin College is related by covenant to the Presbyterian Church (USA) and cultivates an inclusive atmosphere that supports students’ faith journeys regardless of religious tradition. Founded in 1849, the College is the oldest institution of higher education in Texas operating under original name and charter.