Ever wonder what performing to the roar of 87,451 football fans is like? Elizabeth Griffith is a member of the Tiger Eye’s Dance Line and although she has been on the dance line for two years she still experiences butterflies before running out on the field each game day.
The Tiger Eyes Dance Line is affiliated with the Auburn Marching Band. The Tiger Eye’s include the dance line, the flag line and the majorettes. The Tiger Eye’s Dance Line wear orange outfits and carry pom-pom’s as they dance to each song the band plays.
Many months of preparation goes into perfecting the six halftime shows that the Tiger Eye’s perform along with the band. The Marching Band and the Tiger Eye’s go to band camp for 10 days and practice for 12 hours a day. They learn the different performances for the march around, pregame, half time and tiger walk.
On a typical game day the Tiger Eye’s begin practice very early in the morning. They perform during tiger walk and visit with fans and sign autographs for children. They then go into the stadium and do the march around where they perform “War Eagle” and “Glory.” After they exit the field they anxiously await their pregame performance and then it is show time.
“Nothing beats the feeling of running out onto the field with 87,000 fans screaming and cheering for you, it gives me chills every single time,” said Griffith. “After the countless months of hard preparation, that feeling makes it all worth it.”
Griffith is a junior majoring in Public Relations. She was on her high school dance team and she decided to try out for Tiger Eye’s for the 2010 football season. This is her second year on the dance line.
Griffith explains her favorite memory, “It was when we won the Iron Bowl in the 2010 season. The Alabama fans were so nasty to us the entire time we were there. When we beat them by one point it was the sweetest revenge and I know it ate every Bama fan up.”
The Tiger Eye’s traveled to the National Championship and spent many days performing various pep rallies, practicing and enjoying the once in a lifetime experience. The Tiger Eye’s perform at every home game and even get to travel to most away games.