UMHB’s dance team, The Sader Belles, won the Division II national title at the 2019 American Dance and Drill Team (ADTS) Collegiate Championship on Saturday, March 23. The women traveled to the University of North Texas in Denton for the competition, where they performed in the jazz and pom categories.
Coach Christy Hawkins, who has coached the team for five years, is proud that the women were able to overcome several hardships and find victory in the championship.
“We had some injuries, some illnesses…one girl performed with a sprained ankle,” Hawkins said. One woman tore ligaments in her ankle in February, requiring the team to readjust the routine. Despite these challenges, the women fought hard and won first place with their pom routine, which was set to a remix of Aretha Franklin’s “Respect.” This helped them secure the overall national championship.
UMHB competed in Division II with several larger schools such as Tarleton State University and Dallas Baptist University.
They brought two routines to the competition, making Hawkins proud. “We took two dances, which is huge,” she said.
In addition to performing at competitions, The Sader Belles perform at football, volleyball and basketball games, as well as events in the community.
Tryouts for the 2019-2020 team will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 13 in the Mabee- Farris Recreation Gym in Mayborn Campus Center. Applicants must learn a 30-second routine before the tryouts and be prepared to perform it during the auditions. This video can be found on the Sader Belle Facebook and YouTube pages. On the day of the tryouts, this routine will be added to new choreography.
Applicants must bring a typed Sader Belle application, a photo copy of their UMHB acceptance letter, a photo of themselves in all-black dance wear and two letters of recommendation to the tryouts.
To learn more about the Sader Belles and to learn more about tryouts, visit go.umhb. edu/students/rec/sader-belles or follow UMHB Saderbelles on Facebook.