Fort Hays State University
The Fort Hays State University Tiger Debs Dance Team is made up of women who share a passion for the art of dance and the promotion of school spirit. Each member is unique - we come from different places, have different academic aspirations and varying training and experience, but we all have one thing in common: our love of dance and commitment to our team.
The Tiger Debs were founded in 1928 as a women's pep organization called the Tigerettes. In 1968 the groups name was changed to the Tiger Debs as part of the Department of Music & Theatre under the same banner as the FHSU Marching Band. In 2018 the Tiger Debs became part of the Department of Athletics under the same banner as the FHSU Cheer Team.
The Tiger Debs perform at all home football games, mens and womens basketball games, on-campus events and various community events. During football season, the team marches with and performs halftime and sideline routines with the band. During basketball season we perform sidelines at all games and half-time routines at selected games. The team also travels with the basketball teams throughout postseason. The Tiger Debs are not currently a competition team, but are hoping to compete by 2020!
Freshman Tiger Debs are paid an $800 scholarship toward their on-campus residential living. All other members of the team are paid stipends for football and basketball game performances. Each veteran dancer receives at least $800 a semester. Uniforms, warm ups, earrings & practice gear are provided by FHSU. Dancers are required to pay for summer training camps, sideline shoes, jazz shoes, tights and team sweatshirts.