Emily Clark, Hollie Olson and Mackenzie Whitmyer performed at the Liberty Bowl.

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‘Three Amigos’ perform at Liberty Bowl

Published 7:18pm Sunday, January 13, 2013

From a private pom camp, football performances to a fall pom clinic, the highlight so far for three members of Southwest Michigan’s Extreme Pom Team, would be their half-time performance at the AutoZone Liberty Bowl in Memphis, Tenn., in the fall.

The  Extreme Pom Team was invited to perform at the Liberty Bowl in the fall.

Emily Clark, Hollie Olson and Mackenzie Whitmyer started learning choreography in November in preparation for the New Year’s Eve performance.

The girls traveled to Memphis on Dec. 28.

The experience began with rehearsals with the nationally renowned, Emmy Award-winning choreographer of all “High School Musical” movies, Bonnie Story.

Emily, Hollie and Mackenzie not only showed great technique during rehearsals, they were selected to be featured in the front row.

Prior to the game on Monday, the girls performed Sunday in the Beale Street parade in celebration of the next day’s bowl game.

Monday was show time.  Emily, Hollie and Mackenzie — known as the Three Amigos while they were in Memphis —  performed along with dozens of other dancers, hundreds of high school marching band members and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame legends The Temptations, capped off with a New Year’s Eve party.

“The girls were very excited.  What a fun time for them” said Shelly Clark.  “(The halftime organizers) were very organized, extremely nice and helpful. Bonnie Story was great.”

“(This was a) great end to 2012,”  Emily said.

“This second season of the Extreme Pom Team has been great,” Kimberly Martz, director of the team, said. “The girls not only gained education through camp, competitions and performances, but they have educated and entertained the Southwest Michigan community in return. Thank you to all the 2012-2013 sponsors, especially St. Denys Foundation, for making these opportunities possible for the talented ladies of Extreme.”

Extreme Pom Team is now starting its high school basketball halftime performances with stops at Lake Michigan Catholic, Cassopolis and Dowagiac.

The team has also been asked back to dance at a University of Notre Dame women’s basketball game.

They will be performing at half-time Tuesday at the game against conference rivals Georgetown.

The Extreme Pom Team travels in March to the University of Michigan to compete against other area pom and dance teams. Members also look forward to hosting their spring pom team clinic, open to all girls grades 1-12. Tryouts for  2013-2014 begin in April.

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