Competing in small Jazz and small pom, captains Madyson Marcolina ’16 and Eva Chaffin ’16 lead the Heritage Liberty Belles as they prepare for Nationals in late January.
Competition season started out at Legacy High School on November 7 for the USA Regionals where the Belles took first in Jazz and fifth in poms. UDA Regionals at the National Western Stockshow took place on November 14 and the Belles took first in Jazz and seventh in poms. Continental League then came to Heritage on November 18 and the Belles took fifth in poms. On November 21 the NDA Regionals took place at Chaparral High School, the Belles took first in Jazz and second in poms. Taking 7th at the CHSAA State Spirit Championships, the Belles performed a strong routine in the Jazz portion on December 12 at the Denver Coliseum.
“This year our strongest points are that we are close as a team, we are all friends and we like to dance together,” says Marcolina. “It’s not really a clique so we can work well together.”
Tryouts took place in early April in practice began immediately after to begin learning routines and conditioning for camp in June and July. The Belles practice five days a week and perform at all home football and boys basketball games.
“We have been focusing on taking our score sheets and really tackling the constructive criticism of the judges in specific areas,” says Head Coach Julie Cantwell.