Football season is so close that many would swear they can already hear the whistle blowing and see the glow of the stadium lights. 

Aside from fans, coaches and players gearing up for the season ahead, the Waxahachie ISD Dance/Drill Team Programs are readying for the fall’s halftime shows. 

All five teams have completed their camp! The Charmers have learned seven routines, 15 stand routines, pre-game and have had several workshops about self-image, social media, community service, dance technique and college dance team visitors. 

In addition to the routines, the dancers will also begin perfecting their kicks, stretching, dance technique and building team chemistry. The hours of work, sweat and tears the dancers have put in over the course of camp will build the foundation of quality halftime entertainment this football season. 

The Waxahachie ISD Dance/Drill Teams held a showcase Aug. 1 to highlight what they learned during their summer camp for family and friends and to also premier what they have begun working on.

Our summer activities also included our hosting a Power-Barre camp July 18-19 that had more than 200 dancers attend. Red Oak High School Hawkettes, Midlothian Heritage Belles, Midlothian Heritage Rubies, Midlothian Walnut Grove Wildcat Dancers, Cedar Hill Highsteppers, Cedar Hill Sweethearts, Duncanville High Hats and Granbury Stowaways joined the five Waxahachie ISD Dance/Drill Teams here at Waxahachie High School.

And below is a list of the many awards the Charmers, Maidens and Chey-Annes received during their recent choreography camp with American Dance/Drill Team School.

Charmers:

All American Kick Company

• Keziah Hanna

• Ke’Myria Anderson

• Ellinor Bearden

• Alexis Willis

• Kiya Green

• Lexie Burchfield

• Haley Neeley

• Tai’Keiya Granger

• Paris Hendricks

Miss High Kick

• Alexis Willis

Gussie Nell Davis Dancer of the Week

• Bayleigh Zeis

• Shanyia Johnson

• Katie Mesinger

Spirit of ADTS

• Hannah Ridgway

• Cecilia Montelongo

• Sadi O’Barr

ADTS Pizzazz

• Emma Moses

• Haleigh Ruiz

• Emma Davis

All American Honorable Mention

• Alicia Lacy

• Raena Stitt

• Desiree Davis

• Keziah Hanna

• Tai’Keiya Granger

• Emma Moses

• Victoria Borders

All American

• Ke’Myria Anderson

• Somer Clark

• Viridiana Gonzalez

• Kiya Green

• Alexis Willis

• Ellinor Bearden

• Haley Neeley

• Paris Hendricks

• Lexie Burchfield

All American Dance Company

• Haley Neeley

• Ke’Myria Anderson

• Kiya Green

Outstanding Performer

• Haley Neeley

CC & Company

• Alexis Willis

• Ellinor Bearden

• Emma Moses

• Haley Neeley

• Ke’Myria Anderson

• Keziah Hanna

• Kiya Green

• Lexie Burchfield

• Paris Hendricks

• Victoria Borders

• Viridiana Gonzalez

Showstoppers

• Alexis Willis

• Desiree Davis

• Elaina Garcia

• Ellinor Bearden

• Haley Neeley

• Ke’Myria Anderson

• Keziah Hanna

• Kiya Green

• Somer Clark

• Victoria Borders

• Viridiana Gonzalez

Kick Company

• Alexis Willis

• Ellinor Bearden

• Haley Neeley

• Ke’Myria Anderson

• Keziah Hanna

• Kiya Green

• Lexie Burchfield

• Paris Hendricks

• TaiKeiya Granger

• Viridiana Gonzalez

Maidens:

Jr. All American and Honorable Mention

• Mackenzie Mills

• Chantelle Lemons

• Sieana Coger

• Cemireauh Cumby

Spirit of ADTS

• Clarissa Valles

• Amy Ceron

• Tracy Jordan

Gussie Nell Davis Dancers of the Week

• Zaley Dumcum

• Preston Call

• Celeste Rivera

Pizzazz Award

• McKenna Stracener

• Hannah Foster

• Sieana Coger

Outstanding Performer

• Mackenzie Mills

Coleman Junior High Chey-Annes:

Outstanding Performer

• Maddie Dunn 

All American Dance Company

• Maddie Dunn

• Cidney Velazquez 

Junior All American

• Maddie Dunn

• Cidney Velazquez

• Saniyah Cobb 

Junior All American Honorable Mention

• Tara Rasor

• Addison Waishes

• Abby Fewin

• Alexis Pruitt

• Chelsea Penny

Pizzazz Award

• Abby Fewin

• Saniyah Cobb

Spirit of ADTS

• Cidney Velazquez

• Jakayla Jones

Gussie Nell Davis Award

• Maddie Dunn

• Odessa Lindsey

All American Kick Company

• Saniyah Cobb

• Cidney Velazquez

• Maddie Dunn

• Tara Rasor 

Finley Junior High Chey-Annes:

All American Kick Company

• Sam Hale

• Reagan Neveri

• Ka’Miyah Henderson

2019-2020 Miss High Kick

• Sam Hale

Gussie Nell Davis Award

• Brooklyn Grimes

• Avery Newsom

Pizzazz Award

• Reagan Neveri

• Ka’Mayiah Henderson

Spirit of ADTS

• Jakera Steele

• Alexis Gonzalez

Honorable Mention

• Janiyah Martinez

• Emalie Cruz

Jr. All American

• Jakera Steele

• Ka’Mayiah Henderson

• Avery Newsom

• Sam Hale

• Reagan Neveri

All American

• Reagan Neveri

• Sam Hale

Outstanding Performer

• Sam Hale

Howard Junior High Chey-Annes:

Kick Company

• Kyla Bullocks

• Kylee Ranton

• Amyah Willis

• I’yanah Willis

Gussie Nell Davis Dancer of the Week

• Lindsey Wakefield

• Rebecca Martin

Spirit of ADTS

• Deya Blake

• Kylee Ranton

Pizzazz Award

• Bailey Hopkins

• Lauryen Seay

Honorable Mention

• Bailey Hopkins

• Amyah Willis

All American

• Brianna Lacy

• I’yanah Willis

• Emma Carpenter

• Deya Blake

• Kyla Bullocks

• Lauryen Seay

Dance Company

• Emma Carpenter

• Brianna Lacy

Outstanding Performer

• Brianna Lacy

Erica Pointer-Wilcox is the Cherokee Charmers director. Visit the team website at www.whscharmers.org. Follow the Charmers on Instagram at @whscherokeecharmers and on Twitter at @whscharmers, and like their WHS Cherokee Charmers page on Facebook.

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