Mustang Mavericks Develop New Dance Team

March 31, 2009 by · Comments Off 

By Laura Vasquez

For those who enjoy country music and dancing, SMU’s first country western dancing team is being formed. The Mustang Mavericks, who are putting the team together, held the first information session Monday at the Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports.

“The team’s ultimate goal is to bring school pride,” said one of the founding members Philip Hughes.

The Idea

Aaron Rose and Hughes have country dancing experience from high school. Rose went to Lake Highlands High School and was part of the country western dance team there. Hughes, on the other hand, helped start the dance team at Pearce High School.

Hughes and Rose were accompanied by two other SMU students at the meeting: Alexandra and Haley Gatewood, two sisters who just love dancing. Although they do not have the same experience as Hughes and Rose, the sisters have learned the twisting stunts and wrap-arounds that are involved in the dancing.

The Gatewood sisters, Hughes, and Rose met each other in their residence hall and decided they would bring great school pride to SMU by starting the dance team.

The Goals

“It is the lack of school spirit that made us want to start the team,” Hughes said.

The ultimate goal, according to the first four members of the team, is to bring school spirit to SMU.

“No more wearing OU T-shirts at SMU. You have to wear SMU gear, and you have to be proud of SMU,” Alexandra said.

The team is currently not chartered by the school, but they hope to prove themselves worthy of sponsorship.

“We already have an invite to be in the homecoming parade next year,” Haley said. “We hope to dance at the opening of the new George Bush library.”

Rose said once the team gets a good reputation, then the team can score some major performance.

The Commitment

The team is expected to practice three to four times a week starting in the fall. Because of the time commitment, each new member has to pledge at least one year to the team.

“It is unfair to your dance partner and your team if you decide to leave in the middle of year,” Rose said.

Since the team is not chartered yet, everyone will be responsible for purchasing their boots and uniform.

Hughes said the girls will wear red boots, and the guys will wear either brown or black boots.

The Dance Clinic and Audition

Free dance clinics will be held at 5p.m. on April 4, 5, and 11th in Studio 2 of the Dedman Center. Paid stunt clinics will be held at 7:30p.m. on April 13 and at 6 p.m. on April 17.

There are stunts in the country western dancing routines, and the team is not responsible for any injuries. Alexandra said she will be sending out packets of information about the clinics and a liability form via e-mail. To be placed on the e-mailing list, contact Alexandra at

Auditions are 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on April 25 in Studio 2 of the Dedman Center. Hughes said there are possibilities for late auditions, if anyone cannot make the audition.

“We want to help you make the team because we want a team,” Haley said.

The next information session is at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 31 in Classroom 2 of the Dedman Center. Hughes said it is not necessary to be at the meeting to audition.

For more information about the team visit the Mustang Mavericks Facebook page.