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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.)

2017 Auditions

Coquette auditions are held on Saturday, April 22.
Register for an audition here.

Frequently Asked Questions

Katilyn Giddens

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, TN.

Amy Harrington

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.

Mikaela Rae

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