The Texas State Strutters dazzled audiences for the first time in 1960. Today, the Strutters are one of the university’s longest-running and proudest traditions. They hold the distinction of being the first dance team organized on any major university campus in Texas and have become known internationally for their showmanship and sharp performances.
For more than half a century, the Strutters have fascinated audiences. They have performed at two U.S. presidential inaugurations, participated in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and appeared on television and in five feature films. During summer 2008, the Strutters performed on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent.”
They have kicked their way through more than 26 countries on four continents and were the first U.S. dance team to perform in the People’s Republic of China. The Strutters have also delighted crowds at Houston Oilers, Dallas Cowboys and San Antonio Spurs games, as well as car races and rodeos throughout the country.
A photograph of the 1962 Strutters, decked out in the team’s original uniforms that featured top hats and cowboy boots, hung on walls across the country when it was included in Mobil Oil’s calendar for that year, and the 1976 Strutters were selected to represent America’s Bicentennial in a national television commercial for Coca-Cola.
More than 3,000 dancers now call themselves Strutter alumnae.