Belles win State Championship

The Varsity Belles team celebrates after their victory at this year’s state competition at the Denver Coliseum.

The Varsity Belles team celebrates after their victory at this year’s state competition at the Denver Coliseum.

“A Little Party Never Killed Nobody,” and the Heritage Liberty Belles will certainly be celebrating after their 5A state championship win in the Jazz category.

“Our routine was inspired by the party scene in Baz Luhrmann’s movie ‘The Great Gastby’ starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Our song is a mix including ‘A Little Party Never Killed Nobody’ by Fergie and ‘Bang Bang’ by Will.I.Am. We have had fun with the music, the costumes, dancing the Charleston and calling each other ‘Old Sport.’ We all love Jay Gatsby!” says head coach Julie Cantwell.

The Belles started off their competition on Friday, December 6 against eighteen other teams in the 5A division before making it to finals. Competitors included Legend, Chaparral, Columbine, Douglas County, Castle View, Highlands Ranch and Cherokee Trail. Each team is evaluated on a one hundred point scale. Out of the division, four teams were chosen to move onto finals: Heritage, with a score of 91.33, Rock Canyon, with a score of 90.67, Ponderosa, with a score of 90.50,  and Golden High School, with a score of 90.33. They were evaluated in five different categories: Dance Technique, Choreography, Execution, Showmanship and Overall Effect.

 The girls performed again for the final round,this time against only the top four teams. They improved their score to 93.33, pulling ahead of second place Ponderosa, who scored 93.19.

 Under the supervision of Cantwell and Assistant Coach Rachael Davis, Anna Gerze ‘14, Megan McLeod ‘14 and Colby Suta ‘14 are the captains of the team and led them to their triumphant victory at state.

  “When we heard that we won we were all crying and speechless. It was the best feeling!” says Suta.

 The girls are now looking forward to their national competition in February of 2014 in Orlando, Florida.

 “Now that we’re State Champions, our next move is to work towards Nationals and make it to finals,” comments Suta.

 But the road to state was not easy. The team had to overcome much adversity before achieving this dream.

“One of the biggest factors was overcoming disappointment at past competitions not placing as high as we would have liked. We didn’t get discouraged and stayed focused on our common goal of winning state! We came together as a team and had great energy. All of our hard work and focus paid off on Friday night when we won state,” comments Kennady Simpson ’15, a member of the team.

The girls will perform their state-winning  routine for the school at the Winter Pep Assembly in January.


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