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