As a little girl, Faith Miller, 18, wanted to literally follow in the footsteps of big sister Grace Miller. Now she’ll be doing that, and making footsteps of her own.

As a little girl, Faith Miller, 18, wanted to literally follow in the footsteps of big sister Grace Miller. Now she’ll be doing that, and making footsteps of her own.

The 2010 St. Mary’s Colgan High School graduate has been accepted by the University of Missouri Dance Squad, known as the Golden Girls.

Grace Miller, a Golden Girl for her first two years at Mizzou, was recently accepted by the MU School of Nursing and chose not to audition for a third year on the squad.

“I saw Grace dance on stage when I was younger, and wanted to be just like her,” Miller said.

The daughters of Richard and Nancy Miller, both were longtime students in the Jody Phillips Dance Studio.

“I danced with Jody Phillips for about 13 years,” Miller said.

Those wishing to try out for the Golden Girls must first attend a class to learn the dances and the style they will need for the audition.

“There were about 80 girls on that first day, which was just for those who hadn’t been in the Golden Girls before,” Miller said. “They chose 30 of  those 80 to move on to the second day, which was intimidating because then we  were auditioning with those who had previously been Golden Girls.”

The squad is composed of 30 dancers. The lucky 30 were announced by the posting of a picture.

“It was quite a sight to see about 100 girls run up to the door to see if they were on that poster,” Miller said. “I was surprised and excited when I saw myself there.”

The entire squad performs for Mizzou football games. “They split the squad for the basketball games,” Miller said. “I’m with the 15 Golden Girls who  perform at the men’s basketball games, and the other 15 perform at the women’s games.”

She said the squad has had two practices during the summer. During the school year the Golden Girls will rehearse three times a week. Some practices are held with the Mizzou marching band.

“We’re one of the only college dance squads who still march during halftime with the band,” Miller said.

Being a Golden Girl takes a lot of time, and the dancers are really athletes in their own right. Miller has a head start on that, since she won honors in track and cross country at SMC. She was also a cheerleader, a member of the Spanish and Biology Clubs and 2009 football homecoming queen.

Miller was also senior class president, and served as mistress of ceremonies at the 2010 SMC graduation.

There was never much doubt about where she and twin brother John Miller would be going to college.

“My grandfather, father, and older brother and sister  Will and Starr all went to the University of Missouri,” she said.

Miller noted that there’s an intense rivalry between Mizzou and the University of Kansas.

“One of my best friends, Kelsey Parks, is a member of the KU dance team,” she said. “Now some of my other friends say they don’t know who they should cheer for.”

Her twin brother plans to be a business major, and she will major in broadcasting.

“I’d like to be a news anchor,” Miller said.  

“I think something along those lines would be fun.”