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.
Shannon Barrett, Coach/Program Director
Barrett’s experience in pom and dance spans 30+ years. She began studying dance shortly after she learned how to walk. Shannon entered the pompon world as a member of her high school’s Varsity Pom Team, and later went on to coach the JV pom teams at Crestwood High School and Cabrini High School. Shannon has taught dance in a studio setting, on both competitive and recreational levels for over 15 years. In addition to directing and coaching the University of Michigan’s Pompon team, she also teaches dance in the metro Detroit area and judges dance competitions all over the U.S. In addition to her passion for all things pom and dance, Shannon loves animals and is a full-time Pet Stylist that specializes in felines. She is also on the board of directors for New Beginnings Animal Rescue in Royal Oak. Shannon joined the University of Michigan Pompon team’s coaching staff in 2017.