Kilgore Rangerettes head to DC

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Posted by Ellen Krafve - email

The Kilgore College Rangerettes are becoming a part of history. They will perform at one of many inaugural balls for President-elect Barack Obama's historic inauguration in Washington DC. KLTV caught up with the Rangerettes before they hit the road.

They're the most well known East Texas steppers around.

"With their famous white hats, boots, and beautiful smiles, the Kilgore Rangerettes, are getting ready to kick up their heels at the "Back Tie and Boots inaugural ball.

"We've been practicing every day since just running our routines over and over again," said a Kilgore Rangerette.

Lauren Gilber and Emma Dutton are two of seventy-one Rangerettes headed to DC.

"All of my history teachers are jealous that I get to go," laughed Lieutenant Rangerette, Emma Dutton, a sophomore.

"I don't think the nerves have kicked in yet," laughed Rangerette Lauren Giblera, a sophomore. "They will once we get there but it's just fun right now."

"Mrs. we just started screaming and hugging each other!" said Dutton.

Since then the Rangerettes have been tirelessly practicing four dances that consist of jazz, pom, skirt, and of course those high step kicks.

"All of our dances are to fun Texas songs like 'Boogie Back to Texas', 'That's Right, You're not from Texas' and ending with our favorite 'Deep in the Heart of Texas',"said Rangerette Director Dana Blair.

And this is not the first time Rangerettes have performed in a presidential inauguration. They've helped welcome presidents in 1953, 2001, and 2005.

"I know it's going to be something that when I grow up and look back on, that I got to experience first hand in person." said Dutton. "We're just so honored to be able to go on this trip and represent East Texas!"

The Rangerettes will perform their "Texas Show" at the Gaylord National Resort on inauguration eve, Monday night. More than ten-thousand tickets have been reserved for the ball.