Colorguard is a competitive dance theater using props along with dance as a visual expression of the music performed by either a live marching band or pre-recorded. Colorguard is an athletic art form that mixes modern dance and ballet and uses traditional props including rifles, flags and sabres. The Colorguard competes as part of The Puma Regiment from July through November, using choreography and equipment to enhance the visual impact of the field production. The Colorguard is judged both as part of the overall visual appeal of the show as well as in their own category. From January through April, the color guard competes in Winterguard, a colorguard activity performed indoors to recorded music, usually in a gym or arena. The winterguard unit performs using dance, acrobatic features, and props including flags, rifles, and sabres. Guard members toss, spin, and do much more with their equipment, which is constantly changing throughout their show.