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August 9th, 2008
Strutters advance to semis on national television

From Texas State University

SAN MARCOS – The Texas State Strutters succeeded again Thursday, advancing through NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” Las Vegas callbacks and on to semi-final competition in Los Angeles.

With the progression, the world-renowned dance team will now perform weekly on live television, where the American viewing audience will have a chance to vote for its favorite acts. The reality series will conclude with a live finale, where the winning performance will be awarded a $1 million prize.

Unlike the previous two seasons of NBC’s America’s Got Talent, season three contests advance weekly by judges and audience votes. Votes can be cast online on the America’s Got Talent website.

NBC’s America’s Got Talent is a weekly reality show that features singers, dancers, comedians, contortionists, impressionists, jugglers, magicians and ventriloquists all performing for audience and judges votes to move on to the next round.

Jerry Springer is the host, with David Hasselhoff, Piers Morgan and Sharon Osbourne presiding as the celebrity judges.

The Strutters of Texas State University have long been associated with pageantry and excellence in performance for Texas State intercollegiate athletics. Founded in 1960, the Strutters boast thousands of alumnae, who have helped to make the organization what it is today. 

This organization is unique in that it was the first precision dance team formed at a four-year university. For 49 years, Strutters have served as ambassadors for Texas State University on state, national and international levels. The Strutters have proudly carried the name of Texas State with performances in 22 countries spanning four continents. 

One of the most impressive honors was their selection as the first U.S. dance team to perform in the People’s Republic of China.  Other highlights include: two Presidential inaugural parades, numerous NFL & NBA halftime performances, the nationally televised Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, MTV’s Total Request Live, a national television commercial for Coca-Cola and five movie appearances.

Aside from excellence in dance, the organization takes pride in helping young women develop communication skills, character and confidence. While hosting annual camps and competitions, Strutters serve as exemplary role models for thousands of high school dance team members across Texas and in Hawaii.

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