GOING ABROAD

Colts cheerleaders auditioned for the 12 spots available on an Armed Forces Entertainment Tour. Those selected will travel around the Meditteranean performing in a variety show.

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They have cheered at their last game of the season and cheerleader auditions will be held in May, but the current group of Colts cheerleaders are far from done. On April 9th they will leave for a 20-day tour to perform in an Armed Forces Entertainment (AFE) variety show.

The troop will visit four countries during their trip. They will perform four shows in Eqypt, two in Turkey, one in Greece, and two in Italy.

"It's a good opportunity for the Colts organization to pay back the troops for their service," said Cheerleader Coordinator Theresa Pottratz.

Before they leave the shows acts must be decided. Twenty girls were hoping to be able to make the trip to the Meditteranean, but there were only 12 spots.

The hour long variety show will feature far more than just dancing. At the auditions each girl did a short performance of her choosing.

"They can dance or do another talent that they may not use as a Colts cheerleader," added Pottratz.

Pottratz wasn't quite sure what to expect out of the auditions.

"They may surprise me. Last time we had a baton thrower, with flaming batons."

"Everyone did great," said cheerleader Holly B. after auditions had ended.

"I'm amazed at how talented our squad is!"

Performances offered something for everyone and left a lot for the judges to consider. Acts ranged from singing and ballet to tumbling and comedy routines.

The last time the Colts cheerleaders went abroad was two years ago when they did an AFE tour in Japan.

"This trip is something that we have wanted to start doing again," said Pottratz.

"It's a really good opportunity for the girls for the travel experience and to thank those serving us abroad."

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