The Strutters of Texas State University have long been associated with pageantry and excellence in performance for Texas State intercollegiate athletics. Since their inception in 1960, the Strutters boast over 3000 alumnae who have helped to make the organization what it is today.
The organization was founded by Mrs. Barbara Guinn Tidwell, renowned as a legend in drill team history. Mrs. Tidwell served as director/choreographer for 37-years. The second director/ choreographer and former Strutter captain is Ms. Susan Angell-Gonzalez who is recognized as one of the leading authorities in the field of drill and precision dance. Ms. Angell-Gonzalez served as director/choreographer for 16 years. The current director/ choreographer is former Strutter and Texas State Dance Faculty, Mrs. Tammy Fife. The Strutters organization is considered one of the premier dance teams in America.
This organization is unique in that it was the first precision dance team formed at a four-year university and is currently the largest in the nation. For 54 years, Strutters have served as ambassadors for Texas State University on state, national and international levels with performances in 26 countries spanning 4 continents.
Aside from dance, the organization takes pride in helping young women develop communication skills, character and confidence. While hosting annual camps and competitions, Strutters serve as role models to thousands of high school dance team members across Texas.
In 1998 “Strutters Always” became an official Texas State University alumnae chapter. Goals of “Strutters Always” include communicating with alumnae and friends and supporting the Strutters Organization. The Board of Directors assists with alumni reunions and Strutters special events. 1
Texas State Strutters' audition in Episode 306 consisted of dancing to "September". Although Sharon Osbourne voted "No", Piers Morgan and David Hasselhoff both voted "Yes", sending the group to the Vegas Round.
Texas State Strutters was one of the Variety Acts in the Vegas Round. It was sorted into the "Dance" category. The group's performance in Episode 308 was not fully televised, but it consisted of performing. Texas State Strutters' audition was strong enough for the judges to include it in the Top 60 shortlist and to later send it to the Top 40 Quarterfinals in Episode 309.
The Texas State Strutters' Part 3 Quarterfinals performance in Episode 312 consisted of dancing as a group to Earth, Wind & Fire's "Boogie Wonderland." Piers Morgan, Sharon Osbourne, and David Hasselhoff all buzzed the act. Piers admitted that he was bored with the performance. Sharon felt they weren't entertaining enough for Vegas. David felt the choreography was out of sync, but praised them for doing their best. Texas State Strutters did not receive enough votes to be sent to the Semifinals, eliminating the group from the competition in Episode 313 instead of Jonathan Burkin.