Sophisticats dance team will begin its second year on campus with open auditions Oct. 24 and 25.
The team was founded last year by Dani Burrell, junior advertising and public relations major from Dallas, Ashley Edge, sophomore math education major from Alvord, and Samone Smith, sophomore Bible and political science major from Indianapolis.
Smith said women interested in auditioning for the team don’t need to be advanced-level dancers, and all levels of experience are welcome.
“One of our goals is to make the game fun and pump people up and make them want to be a Wildcat,” Smith said. “Sophisticats is about bridging all different styles of dance together. It is a diverse team and a place to be creative.”
Sophisticats offers the women of ACU a unique opportunity.
“Our dance team is a place where you can be yourself because everyone is different,” Edge said. “We all bring different qualities to the team.”
Edge said Sophisticats is a work in progress but has a great amount of potential because it’s different from other dance groups on campus.
Burrell said the team is looking for women who not only love to perform but are in good standing with the university and exemplify what it means to be a part of Sophisticats.
In addition to dancers, the team is looking for individuals interested in handling administrative responsibilities.
As Sophisticats continues to establish itself as a performing group, Edge said she hopes the group will become a lasting part of campus entertainment. For example, the team this year plans to perform during half-time shows at ACU sporting events.
“As the years go by, the dance team will get better and better and will become a tradition that ACU will hold forever,” Edge said.