In a normal world, it would be hard to associate pom with Marietta High School, considering the school doesn’t have a pom squad.

In a normal world, it would be hard to associate pom with Marietta High School, considering the school doesn’t have a pom squad.

But for Marietta’s Bailey Hallum, she’s made sure the two have always been in perfect rhythm together.

After standing out as a member of the Lady Indians varsity cheer team during her high school days, Hallum took a giant step forward and managed to become a member of the Northeastern University Pom Squad from 2016-18. 

While many would consider this to be quite the surprise given the obvious, the transition was as easy as breathing for Hallum. 

“I’ve been dancing since I was five years old,” Hallum said. “Since I was fairly shy, dance was always the one area where I could come out of my shell and express myself. Dance allows me to let go of the daily struggles I face and is a great stress reliever. I’ve met so many of my best friends through dance and it’s molded me into the woman I am today.”

“I was extremely nervous trying out for the NSU pom team since I’d never actually be on one in high school,” Hallum added. “But I had been on the Marietta cheer team, and been dancing at the On Your Toes Dance Academy in Ardmore since I was five, so I knew I had some good experience in other aspects. My biggest thing was I took advantage of the time we had learning the combination and technique. I wasn’t afraid to ask the coach questions, and I always made sure to have a smile on my face and be as enthusiastic as possible. Even if I was unsure of the moves or messed up on something, I never showed it on my face.” 

As fate would have it, Hallum’s previous experience combined with her hard work proved to be more than enough to earn her a place on the squad.

The experience Hallum said was one she will never forget.

“The best part of being on the squad was the atmosphere without a doubt,” she said. “It’s so much different than performing at a high school game, and definitely more nerve racking. But the energy from the fans and the sheer size of the gym or the field made me feel I was apart of something much bigger and very special. Those things alone made performing that much more special and allowed me to really grow as a person and a dancer.”

While Hallum still continues to dance, she’s also busy doing other things these days, like obtaining her masters degree in speech pathology. 

With a graduation of 2021 set as her target for completion, Hallum plans to use her education to help others grow in their confidence as it pertains to speaking.

“I want to help others find their voice and gain confidence in their speaking abilities,” Hallum said. “The plan is to work either in a hospital or a school as a speech therapist.”

Hallum also had advice for those who might be in a situation like hers who are contemplating trying out for a pom squad even if their respective high school might not have one. 

“I’d tell anyone who is thinking about trying out for a dance team in college to just go for it,” she said. “It might be scary, and you may have doubts about being able to perform at a high level, but all you need to succeed is hard work and confidence.” 

“As dancers, so many of us are unable to continue our passion when we leave our home studios after high school,” Hallum added. “College offers so many opportunities to keep learning and growing in dance. Whether it’s a pom squad or a student dance organization, don’t be afraid to keep pursuing what you love.”