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Dancing Towards the Season

January 14, 2007

Albany -- The South Georgia Wildcats will have open try-outs next Saturday for players who think they've got what it takes to make the team.

The Wildcats dance team held its try-outs this weekend, and they even had some help from the big leagues.

Dancers looking to make the Wildcats dance team were quickly taught a routine, evaluated on their dance moves, and even interviewed by the judges to see if the hopefuls would be good representatives for the team at community events.

Try-out participant Cat Sellers says, "My interview was great. My interview was wonderful. I love to talk."

Fellow dancer Shay Grimes adds, "It was kind of fast paced, but we got it."

The South Georgia Lady Cats dance team had a good turnout at this years try-outs, but coach and choreographer Tracey Rutledge says it did cause some problems.

"I believe we had about thirty girls AND guys show up," says Rutledge, "so we're going to have to change our name from the Lady Cats."

Rutledge had some help on the judges panel this year, with Falcons cheerleader Nikky Williams making the trip to Albany from Atlanta.

"She's great," says Rutledge. "Nikki came down here to help me out, and she judged with us too."

Grimes has never seen the Wildcats play in person, but is hoping to be dancing on the field this year.

"I watched a couple on-line," says Grimes, "and it seemed really fast paced.  I was like 'Hey, I can still dance from cheerleading,' so I figured I'd try it."

Sellers came up short in her attempt to make the team last year, and is looking for a different result this time around.

Sellers says, "I hope I make it. I think I'd be an asset to the team, definitely."

"Overall it went well," says Grimes.  "We're just going to have to wait and see. But I feel pretty good."

The team will consist of ten to fifteen members, but the dancers will have to wait for the results this year, as they won't be posted until Tuesday on the Wildcats website.

The Wildcats play their first game of the season March 31st.

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