LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Although a Lufkin woman didn't win the fan vote to attend the 2015 Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader training camp, she plans to continue to pursue her dream of a career in professional dance.
"Although I wasn't selected for the 2015 DCC training camp, my experience is amazing," Khalyn Cole said in a phone interview with East Texas News. "I want to thank everyone for the support. I was a great feeling to know that my hometown was behind me."
Cole, a 2012 graduate of Lufkin High School who was the first black captain of the Panther Pride dance team, was a finalist in a competition to attend the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders training camp. She is currently finishing up her third year as a dancer for the University of North Texas.
"My dreams of pursuing a professional dance career will not stop here," Cole said. "I would like to congratulate all of the girls advancing further in their hopes of becoming a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader."
When Cole started the competition, there were somewhere between 200 to 250 women vying for a chance to attend the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader training camp. She and 50 to 60 other women were finalists in the competition.
However, according to a previous East Texas News story, Cole wasn't sure she wanted to dance when she was a child.
"She didn't want to dance," said Melinda Cole, Khalyn Cole's mother. "She would go to the classes and just cry."