Established in 1956, the Southerners and the Marching Ballerinas are perhaps Jacksonville State University's most widely recognized ambassadors. Nearly 400 members strong, they are nationally known and have a style that has earned them invitations to march in many venues, including the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Comprised of students from all over the country, the Southerners perform for thousands each season, sending chills up the spine and tears down the face with standards like Stars Fell on Alabama and Salvation. The Marching Ballerinas set the standard for collegiate dancelines decades ago and are still going strong. They are known for their precision kicks, "santa suits" and red-tasseled boots, and bring the crowd to their feet on the home field when they perform a perennial favorite, The Quilting Party.