AU Senior Becomes Indianapolis Colts Cheerleader
At just three years old, Katie Lawrence fell in love with dance, and it became a huge part of her life. Her fourth grade teacher happened to be an Indianapolis Colts cheerleader and grew to be an inspiration and role model to Lawrence. Soon after seeing the impact the cheerleaders have on the community in Indiana, it became a dream she was determined to achieve. In 2015, as a college freshman, she tried out and did not make the team. Now, three years later, she is a Colts cheerleader.
Katie Lawrence grew up in Greenfield, Ind., and is an Anderson University senior majoring dance business, with the goal of ultimately combining her two passions by opening a dance studio. She is active in the dance program and involved in the social/service club Camarada on campus.
Lawrence chose to continue her education at AU because it is one of few colleges to offer a dance business major. Along with the academic program, the small Christian community provides a place for students to grow in their faith and small class sizes allow for one-on-one instruction from professors.
“At larger schools, it is easy to get lost in a large class,” said Lawrence. “Here, I am able to build relationships with my professors, and they truly care about my education and success.”
The dance program, her professors, and choreographers at AU all played significant roles in preparing Lawrence to be a Colts cheerleader. Not only has she improved as a dancer, but she has also learned to “grab and growl.” This philosophy has had a huge impact on the way she pursued her dream.
As Lawrence explained, “grab and growl” means: “When you see something you want, you take it and run with it. You go all in, and you have to be confident in it. So, that’s what I did.”
The Colts cheerleading audition process began with a series of preparation classes months before actual auditions. Lawrence described tryouts as a “grueling and intense process.” The preliminary round consisted of contestants learning a dance and performing it. Afterward, cuts were made, and 50 finalists were chosen.
Final auditions began April 7 and continued through April 15. Throughout the week, interviews, practices, football and Colts knowledge tests, and fitness and health tests were conducted. At the end of the week, she participated in a showcase for the public in Indianapolis.
Ultimately, 26 women were chosen, and on April 15, Katie Lawrence achieved her dream of becoming a Colts cheerleader. Her senior year will be very busy, but with the help of three different calendars and great time management skills, there is no doubt she will be successful.
Be looking out for AU student and Colts Cheerleader Katie Lawrence on the field at Lucas Oil Stadium this coming football season.
Kylie Osborne is a junior from Redkey, IN, majoring in public relations and journalism, writing on behalf of Anderson University Office of Communication and Marketing.
Anderson University is a private, liberal arts institution in Anderson, Indiana with a mission to educate students for lives of faith and service in the church and society. Anderson University is recognized among top colleges by U.S. News and World Report, Colleges of Distinction, and The Princeton Review. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, the university now offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, music education, and theology.
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