The 18-member 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.
Coquette Instructional Clinic
Saturday, April 15, 2017
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Copenhaver Band Hall (324 Sumter St.)
Coquette auditions are held on Saturday, April 22.
Register for an audition here.
Frequently Asked Questions
Captain Katilyn Giddens
Katilyn Giddens began dancing at age five, and it has been a huge part of her life
ever since. She 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.
Giddens 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.” Giddens is a senior majoring in nursing and is from Elizabethton,
Co-Captain Amy Harrington
Amy Harrington began dancing at the age of three and is now entering her third season
as a member of the Coquettes. Throughout her years of training, she danced competitively
and studied a variety of dance disciplines with a predominant background in classical
ballet. She enjoys being part of the Coquettes for many reasons, but mainly because
from daily rehearsals to performing at Gamecock football games, it allows her to share
both her love for dance and the University of South Carolina. She is thrilled to continue
dancing as a Coquette during her senior year at USC, and looks forward to another
incredible season with the entire Carolina Marching Band. Harrington is a senior biochemistry
and molecular biology major from Columbia, SC.
Co-Captain Mikaela Rea
Mikaela Rea has been dancing since she was three years old, and it quickly became
her passion. She danced at Eddie Mabry Talent in Fort Mill, SC, for her entire dance
career and was a student assistant at the studio for classes and taught some classes.
Rea performed many times in Charlotte, NC, including performing for the Singing Christmas
Tree, the Charlotte Civic Orchestra, performing in the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
and filming a commercial for the Democratic National Convention. She was on her high
school dance team and served as captain during her senior year when the team traveled
to Orlando, FL, to compete in the National Dance Team Championship among the top ranking
teams in the United States. In addition to dance, she did competitive gymnastics for
many years. This is Rea’s second season with the Carolina Coquettes, and to Mikaela,
there is nothing more exciting than dancing in Williams-Brice Stadium on Saturdays
in South Carolina with the Mighty Sound of the Southeast. She is a sophomore majoring
in experimental psychology, from Ft. Mill, SC.
2016-2017 Carolina Coquettes
Margaret Bates - Freshman, Greensboro, NC
Lillian Frampton - Sophomore, Mt. Pleasant, SC
Katilyn Giddens - Senior, Elizabethton, TN
Amy Harrington - Senior, Columbia, SC
Brianna Harris - Sophomore, Columbia, SC
McKenna Hofmann - Sophomore, Haddonfield, NJ
Adriana Ivkovic - Sophomore, Westlake, OH
Mary James - Freshman, Spartanburg, SC
Hannah Moore - Sophomore, York, SC
Makenzie Myers - Sophomore, Carrollton, VA
Alexis Narry - Sophomore, Charleston, SC
Amanda Pridgeon - Senior, Charlotte, NC
Mikaela Rea - Sophomore, Fort Mill, SC
Delanie Sawyer - Sophomore, Andover, MA
Shaylyn Simmons - Freshman, Woodruff, SC
Jonathan Smith - Junior, Columbia, SC
Meghan Sonatore - Sophomore, Columbia, SC
Mackenzie Williams - Sophomore, Burke, VA
Questions about the Carolina Coquettes? Call the USC Band Office, (803) 777-4278 or email email@example.com.