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SMU Mustang Mavericks prepare for new season

Country music duo Big & Rich’s song “Fake I.D.” blasted from a speaker in the mat room in the Dedman Center of Lifetime Sports. Junior Natasha Gertt clapped and stomped to the song popularized by the 2011 film “Footloose.”

SMU’s Mustang Mavericks country western dance team held the final part of its 2015 season auditions on Thursday night. Dancers learned two dance routines during two choreography sessions earlier in the week. More than 12 people tried out, including current members.

The dance team performs at on campus events and at local venues, including Billy Bob’s Texas in Fort Worth, Tex. They performed at a Dallas Mavericks game at American Airlines Center earlier in the semester.

“I love performing,” said Gertt, a 2-year team veteran. “I like the team dynamics and the challenges of coming up with new stunts and dances.”

Everyone wore white shirts. However, the men came in the traditional western look with blue jeans and big belt buckles.

Women were able to show their sassy side by dancing with their hands on their hips to Chris Cagle’s “Chicks Dig It.” First-year Ryan Cooper flipped his partner in a one-handed stunt during the routine.

“I like stunting,” said Cooper, from Frisco, Tex. “It’s challenging and looks cool with the audience.”

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