Sader Belles excited for the new year of opportunities

By Shelby Davison

The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor Sader Belles Dance Team has action-packed plans for the upcoming 2021-2022 school year. More opportunities have opened up for the Sader Belles as the team continues to grow and succeed, especially with pandemic restrictions loosening. Dancers are set to perform at football games, basketball games, the homecoming pep rally, and the American Dance and Drill Team (ADTS) contest. The dancers are ready to support and cheer on their fellow Crusaders.

“I am excited for the multiple performance opportunities since we did not get that many last year,” Director Christy Hawkins said.  She hopes to see more growth in the team’s popularity and to have more chances for the team to spread their school spirit and love for dance. She is also hoping for another National Championship this coming March at ADTS.

The Sader Belles are two-time national champions for the ADTS. The team also hopes for an opportunity to move on to a larger national competition out of state called the National Dance Association (NDA) contest.

“I believe we impact people on campus in many ways,”  Co-captain Sydnee Cassidy said. “At sporting events, we obviously help keep spirits high and just genuinely make the games even more fun than they already are. In other ways, we help out other organizations. We help move in freshman during welcome week, some of the team members help choreograph for the men and women’s pageants that our campus hosts, and other things of that nature,” Cassidy said.

Co-captains of the Sader Belles for 2021-22 are at left: Sydnee Cassidy, and right: Sophie Brown. Courtesy Photo

Cassidy said that she is most excited for “a normal football season,” and for everyone to experience that.

“The new girls from last year did not get to experience it so I’m really happy that they finally get to have a true Cru football experience, as well as our new members,” Cassidy said.

New Sader Belles members for Fall 2021 are: all the 2021-22 new members, L-R: Rikkia Nichole, Emily Epps, Emily Crocker, and Isabella Pena. Courtesy Photo

New member Bella Pena said that she is more than happy that she has joined the group.

“Sader Belles has been my safe zone where I can relax from schoolwork and dance with the teammates who are nothing but talented, nice, and welcoming,” Pena said. “From the start, they were sweet and inclusive and made me feel like I belonged. We work together and not against each other and we just have fun most of the time but still get our dances locked down perfectly. It’s a neat organization to be a part of and I hope I get to stay all four years here,” Pena said. She also said that the team works to represent the university.

The Sader Belles, Fall 2021. Pictured are: last row left to right Mac Cherry, Berkley Martinson, Emma Sturdivant, Isabel Magallon, Kenzi Wing, and Madeline Soto; the second row left to right are Laura Wilkinson, Lauren Carrenza, Sophie Brown, Baylee Dufour, and Hannah King; the first row left to right are Amelia Hendricks, Shelby Davison, and Sydnee Cassidy.
Courtesy Photo

“The girls are very mature and are determined to keep a poised and respectful representation of the team,” she said.

The team welcomes anyone to join. More information can be found on the team’s social media accounts on Facebook and Instagram. Also, information on dates for football games, basketball games, and the homecoming pep rally can be found on the University’s website umhb.edu.

The Sader Belles performed at half time at the game between UMHB and Louisiana College at Crusader Stadium on Saturday, March 20, 2021. Courtesy Photo

Author: The Bells Staff

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