McALESTER — Most dancers go into their first McAlester pom tryout with some nervousness. McAlester senior Cambrea Lott first tried out as an eighth-grade student at Frink-Chambers, and she had just two classmates trying out with her.
Four years later, Lott’s a captain.
“It was really overwhelming and really nerve-wracking,” Lott said of that first tryout Friday. “I knew those girls from dance, but I never really hung out with them. They were welcoming and everything. It’s just, they were very intimidating.”
Lott said she’s been interested in McAlester pom since about the first grade. A student at Pam’s Academy of Dance, Lott participated in the All-Star pom youth squad, attended pom clinics, went to sendoffs and watched the Lady Buffs dance at football games.
Lott started dancing when she was 5.
“I remember my first dance recital, actually,” Lott said. “I remember being on stage and wearing, now I look at it and it’s the most hideous pink costume.”
Lott said that first recital was a jazz dance recital. Lott still takes two classes at Pam’s while teaching a third, and though she said she’s been exposed to as many as eight different styles of dance, jazz remains her favorite.
“I think it’s the most entertaining, and I feel like you can put a lot of personality into jazz,” Lott said.
“You can tell stories best in dance, especially. You can always tell a story with words, but I think you can really make someone feel a story when you dance it.”
As a four-year Lady Buff, Lott’s story is one of success. She helped the Lady Buffs win a state title her freshman year, repeat as state champions and reach the finals at Nationals her sophomore year, became a junior co-captain last year and then a senior captain this year.