The Strutters of Texas State University have long been associated with pageantry and excellence in performance for Texas State intercollegiate athletics. Since their inception in 1960, the Strutters boast over 3000 alumnae who have helped to make the organization what it is today.

This exceptional organization was founded by Mrs. Barbara Guinn Tidwell, renowned as a legend in drill team history. Mrs. Tidwell served as director/choreographer for 37-years. The second director/choreographer and former Strutter captain is Ms. Susan Angell-Gonzalez who is recognized as one of the leading authorities in the field of drill and precision dance. Ms. Angell-Gonzalez served as director/choreographer for 16 years. The current director/choreographer is former Strutter and Texas State Dance Faculty, Mrs. Tammy Fife. The Strutters organization is considered one of the premier dance teams in America.

This organization is unique in that it was the FIRST precision dance team formed at a four-year university and is currently the largest in the nation. For 54-years Strutters have served as ambassadors for Texas State University on state, national and international levels with performances in 26 countries spanning 4 continents.


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One of the most impressive honors was their selection as the first U.S. dance team to perform in the People’s Republic of China. Other highlights include: two Presidential Inaugural Parades, numerous NFL & NBA halftime performances, the nationally televised Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®, MTV’s Total Request Live, a national television commercial for Coca-Cola, appearances in five movies, and “America’s Got Talent.”

Aside from excellence in dance, the organization takes pride in helping young women develop communication skills, character and confidence. While hosting annual camps and competitions, Strutters serve as exemplary role models to thousands of high school dance team members across Texas.

In 1998 “Strutters Always” became an official Texas State University alumnae chapter. Goals of “Strutters Always” include communicating with alumnae and friends and supporting the Strutters Organization. The Board of Directors assists with alumni reunions and Strutters special events.


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