The University of Michigan Pompon team is a student organization utilizing the traditional Mid American style of pompon. The team competes in several collegiate competitions each season, while also performing at on-campus events such as Varsity Men’s Soccer Games, Varsity Women’s Basketball games, and more. The team works together to create visually attractive and creative routines, while focusing on kicks, jumps, form, and overall execution.
Outside of performances and competition, the team engages in local philanthropy events, including the JDRF “One” Walk to Cure Diabetes, The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, and Dance Marathon.
Michigan Pompon strives to provide an artistic and athletic outlet for student athletes at the University of Michigan. This organization strives to entertain and build community recognition through performances at competitions and participation in campus events while building teamwork, responsibility, and providing a supportive athletic and academic environment.
Katie Slovan, Coach/Program Director
Slovan’s experience in dance and pompon has spanned the last 20+ years, with her involvement in the pompon world beginning in 1999. Katie was captain of her high school team, a member of Mid American Pompon’s All Star Team, and a member of the first-ever collegiate pompon team at Michigan State University. Besides being a performer herself, Katie spent several years working at the Mid American Pompon Studio, where she conducted day camps and eventually became Director of Day Camps and Special programs. Before coaching, Katie was hired to judge various tryouts and competitions, including MAPP’s High Kick, Regional, and States Competition.
Shannon Barrett, Assistant Coach
We are so excited to welcome Shannon as our new assistant coach! Shannon began studying dance at a very young age and has worked as a dance and cheer coach, dance instructor, choreographer and competition judge in the metro Detroit area for more than 13 years. Shannon entered the pompon world as a member of her high school’s Varsity Pom Team, and she later went on to coach the JV pom teams at Crestwood High School and Cabrini High School. In addition to her passion for pom and dance, Shannon loves animals and is a full-time groomer in Novi. She has also been on the board of directors for New Beginnings Animal Rescue for the past 2 years.