"We have several goals for the camp," said Tammie Newman, the director of CSRA Showgirls, the dance team of the Augusta Colts. "Of course, we want to have fun but we also wanted to teach them dances, chants, cheers and jumps. We also wanted to give the girls the opportunity to interact with us."
More than 35 girls ages 5 to 11 attended the dance camp Saturday at the Family Y Wilson Branch.
The campers learned a variety of routines throughout the day and rehearsed one they will perform Saturday during halftime of the Colts game against the Mississippi Mudcats at James Brown Arena. The CSRA Showgirls will perform with them.
"That will give them a chance to show their parents and their family that they didn't just go to camp and had fun but that they really learned something," Ms. Newman said. "It's also a way to show them that they, too, can perform in front of crowds."
Keri Fallaw, 10, is looking forward to the performance.
"I learned a lot, and I think it's cool we get to perform with them," she said. "I used to be a cheerleader, so I love performing."
Jada Diggs' favorite part of the camp was a surprise visit by Rusty, the Augusta Colts' mascot.
"I was just talking to my friend and saying that it would be cool if Rusty came, and then he showed up," said the 8-year-old. "I was surprised."
This is the second year the CSRA Showgirls have held the camp.
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