Other Performance Programs
The Texas State Spirit Program (cheerleaders and mascots) serves as an ambassador for the university and is at the forefront of spirit building, particularly at Bobcat athletic events. Selected members from the all-women, coed and mascot squads often get the opportunity to represent Texas State beyond the borders of San Marcos by traveling to away athletic events or providing spirit at university-sponsored functions.
The spirit program competes in the Universal Cheerleading Association’s College Cheerleading National Championships every January at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. The program won the 2000, 2003 and 2006 All-Women National Championships and the 2006 United Spirit Association College Mascot National Championship in Las Vegas. The All-Girl team also took Gold at the 2015 and 2016 World University Championships in the All-Girl College Division.
Texas State Strutters
The Strutters, the first precision dance team formed at a four-year university, has performed in 26 countries on four continents since its inception in 1960. Today, it is the largest group of its kind in the country.
The Strutters were the first U.S. dance team to perform in the People’s Republic of China. Other highlights include presidential inaugural parades, numerous NFL and NBA halftime performances, the nationally televised Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, a national television commercial for Coca-Cola and appearances in several movies. The Strutters also represented Texas State and San Marcos on the NBC program “America’s Got Talent,” outperforming hundreds of acts to reach the live semifinal round of the competition.
The Strutters have incorporated a Division I-style Pom Squad that performs on the sidelines of football and basketball games.
The Strutters Holiday Spectacular and Strutters Spring Spectacular showcase the teams’ talents in all styles of dance. The organization takes pride in helping young women develop communication skills, character and confidence.
In 1998, Strutters Always became the organization’s official alumni chapter. Goals of Strutters Always include communicating with alumni and friends and supporting the Strutters. The board of directors assists with alumni reunions and Strutters special events.