Once a Bando, Always a Bando

The Directors

Director Jacklyn Simone

Director Jacklyn Simone

Bandolera Mission Statement

Let the first act of ever morning be to make the following resolve for the day: To have a positive attitude, maintain a high level of discipline, work hard and remain dedicated. We want to show respect for each individual. Our goals are to remain emotional strong, responsible, and encouraging to others. Finally, with friendships and faith in our team, we will strive for ultimate success.

Assistant Director Jillian Kurt

Assistant Director Jillian Kurt

Jillian Kurt of Plano, TX.

Jillian started dancing at the age of 7 at Toby’s School of Dance in Richardson, TX where she trained in ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, modern, and hip-hop. She was introduced to the drill team world her sophomore year of high school when she was selected to be the Captain of the Williams High School Chey-Anne’s for the 2006-2007 school year. She fell in love with high kicks and sequined hats, so she continued her drill team career as a Golden Girl at Plano East Senior High School for both her junior and senior year. While on Golden Girls, Jillian was a member of the elite dance squad, Gold Dust, for both years, and was selected to be the Captain of the Golden Girls 2008-2009. After high school, Jillian became a member of the World Famous Kilgore College Rangerettes from 2009-2011. She was a committee leader both years during Rangerettes. Once her two years as a Rangerette came to an end, Jillian transferred to Texas Tech University where she earned a Bachelor’s of Arts & Sciences in Communication Studies, Dance, and Exercise & Sport Sciences. While at Tech, Jillian was a member of the elite dance group, University Dance Company, as well as a member of the Dance Honor’s Society, Chi Tau Epsilon and the fraternity, Zeta Tau Alpha. Jillian is thrilled to share her love and passion for dance as the Assistant Director of the Berkner Bandoleras!