The Emerald Belles were named National Champions at the MA National Drill Team Competition. The event was held March 21-22 at the Fort Worth Convention Center. The team won first place overall in their division which earned them their title along with National Championship jackets (see first video posted below). The Belles also took first place in High Kick and Lyrical, and second place in Jazz. A video from the High Kick performance during the competition is the second featured video posted below.
“This is the first time for the Belles to go to a national competition and I’m so proud of their accomplishments,” said Melissa Page, Emerald Belle Director.
The Belle officers won the highest awards at the competition. Receiving first place in all three of their dances and first place overall. The officers were also awarded National Champions and will receive rings.
In the Solo category, out of over 480 entries, four of the Belles placed in the finals. In the 11/12 division Lacey Munoz won second place and Anna Grace Pruitt took fifth place. In the 9/10 division Jessica Bowman was awarded eighth place and Claire Berutti ninth place. In the Duet category Peyton Faltys and Claire Berutti took third place.
Jessica Stephenson, Brooke Davis, Samantha Koszarek, Cayla Contardi, Abby Keyes, Berkley McFarlin, Tatum Wallace, Morgan Wilson, Aspen Reid, Emily Collins, Christina Wettig, Sophia Parrish, Tiffany Springer, and Ryleigh Malloy entered as a Large Ensemble and won first place overall and named National Champions in the category.
For more information about the MA National Dance Championship, click here.
The Emerald Belles dance/drill team includes Carroll ISD students in grades 9-12. More information about the team can be read on the Emerald Belles website.