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The Carolina Coquettes dance team is an elite and integral visual component of the Carolina Band, and a prominent organization on the USC campus. Comprised of experienced dancers from across the United States, the Carolina Coquettes perform with the Carolina Band at all functions and perform in a variety of styles ranging from jazz and high kick to pom.

The Carolina Coquettes rehearse daily throughout the fall season and members are selected through a highly competitive audition process in the spring before each football season. Members participate in all rehearsals and performances and receive a scholarship for their participation in the Carolina Band.

2016 Auditions

Saturday, April 16
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Copenhaver Band Hall (324 Sumter St.)
Registration for auditions will open online here on February 22, 2016.

Participants will learn a jazz and pom routine and will need to be able to demonstrate the following technical skills: Leaps in first and second (on both sides) switch leaps, disc jump, double turn (in passé and coupe), calypso, and romberse. Optional skills: fouette turns (bent or straight), triple turns, leg hold turns, switch tilt, illusions, other turn combinations or additional skills you wish to highlight.

Prior to auditions, an audition clinic will be held on April 2, 2016 from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. The clinic is not required, but attendance is highly encouraged.

Participants should wear performance half top, jazz pants or shorts with tights, jazz shoes or non-marking tennis shoes, full hair and makeup. NO JEWELRY except post earrings are acceptable.

Frequently Asked Questions


Captain: Katilyn Giddens

Year: Junior
Major: Nursing
Hometown: Elizabethton, TN
Katilyn began dancing at age 5 and it has been a huge part of her life ever since. Katilyn attended Studio Dance in Johnson City, TN, from 2000-2013 and was a member of their competition team. During her time with Studio dance she also had the privilege of teaching dance classes and helping coach the “Juniorettes” dance team. Katilyn has been a Coquette for the last two seasons and says it is easily her favorite part of her college experience. “This team has given me a home away from home, and nothing beats the opportunity to share my passion for dancing with over 80,000 fans in Williams-Brice Stadium.”

Co-Captain: Emily MacDaniel
Year: Senior
Major: Hospitality Management
Hometown: Fort Mill, SC
Emily MacDaniel has been a part of the Coquettes for the last 3 years. She began dancing at the age of 3 and competitively dancing at the age of 7. During her dance career she has won numerous overall awards as well as being a semi-finalist for Miss Dance of America. In high school Emily was a member of the Fort Mill High School Dance team and served as co-captain her senior year. While there she helped lead the team to the national dance team championship in Orlando, Florida, placing as one of the top high school dance teams in the nation. Emily also participated in her high school concert choir where she was a part of two musicals every year, serving as a student leader her senior year. Being a part of the choir she also traveled to New York City and Hawaii for competitions and performances. Emily is grateful to have been given the opportunity to share her passion for dance during her years at the University of South Carolina and to be a part of the amazing tradition that is The Mighty Sound of the Southeast!

2015 Carolina Coquettes

Lauren Burt, senior, Summerville, SC
Samantha Charlop, sophomore, Vienna, VA
Lillian Frampton, freshman, Mt. Pleasant, SC
Katilyn Giddens, junior, Elizabethton, TN
Amy Harrington, junior, Columbia, SC
Brianna Harris, freshman, Columbia, SC
Adriana Ivkovic, freshman, Westlake, OH
Emily MacDaniel, senior, Fort Mill, SC
Hannah Moore, freshman, York, SC
Alexis Narry, freshman, Summerville, SC
Kristen Olson, senior, Martinez, GA
Kaylee Palmer, freshman, Saluda, SC
Kendyl Pennington, senior, Martinez, GA
Amanda Pridgeon, junior, Charlotte, NC
Mikaela Rea, freshman, Fort Mill, SC
Delanie Sawyer, freshman, Andover, MA
Alyssa Shillingford, senior, Sewell, NJ
Meghan Sonatore, freshman, Columbia, SC

Questions about the Carolina Coquettes? Call the USC Band Office, (803) 777-4278 or email April Kaylor.