ROCKWALL, Texas — The Waxahachie drill and dance team fans that made the 54-minute trek may have gotten a taste of what they could see at Stuart B. Lumpkins Stadium during Tuesday's three-day American Dance/Drill Team School Dance and Leadership Training Camp at Hilton Bella Harbor Hotel.
The camp featured team building seminars from Group Dynamix, a physical and mental challenge course that evolved from the construction of a small indoor ropes course at the Dallas Fun & Fitness Center in 1995. They also received master classes by individuals like Kristin Sudeikis, a renowned choreographer and the sister of Saturday Night Live comedian and "Horrible Bosses" star Jason Sudeikis.
"We have already begun preparing for the season. Our season never ends. The girls are improving daily and are looking great despite it only being June," said Erica Pointer-Wilcox, the director of the Waxahachie High School Cherokee Charmers. "The Charmer officers, too, walked away with some great tools that will assist them in leading their team to a great year. The officer’s represented their team, school, and district with great pride and dignity. With the training they received in Rockwall. they have been equipped to be selfless servant leaders."
The aspect of servant leadership has been a core value for the Charmers lead woman and a point of pride for each of the lines that have fallen under her tough-but-necessary guidance. The next year's team reaped the rewards during the camp's end on Thursday after following suit and continuing the tradition.
The Charmers collected a Diamond Super Sweepstakes Award, given to teams entering in at least three categories and receiving Division I ratings — a score of 86 or higher — in each routine. Precious stones designate the three categories of sweepstakes awards:
sapphire, ruby and diamond.
Diamond is the highest and most stringent evaluation level.
They also claimed a day two Team of the Day and Gussie Nell Davis Officer of the Week Awards. Senior Captain Monica Hernandez was the camp's Outstanding Performer Recipient.
Pointer-Wilcox said, though, there is some fine-tuning that needs to be done before her team is performance-ready, their early success is a testament to both her assistant, Hernandez and the remainder of her officer team's work. She noted they've helped bridge the gap given the recent graduation of captain Ashley Bosch and lieutenants Lauren Lyle, Angela Moore, Delaney Moses and Reagan Skidmore and current Texas Wesleyan University Gold Line Dancers Dance Team member Delaney Pricer.
"We have a lot in store for this upcoming season, and we excited to display to all of our fans to see," Pointer-Wilcox said. "We will have our team camp beginning July 17 and will last for three weeks. This year will also be a competition year and we will begin preparing for it this summer."
The Charmers were led by Jessica Ramirez, because of Pointer-Wilcox's heart transplant on May 11, and their new group of officer leadership. Hernandez and seniors Brooke Amy and Rylee Johnson were selected as the team captains and lieutenants to replace those graduated from the 54th line.
"The 55th officer line was selected by an impartial panel of judges that are knowledgeable in the dance/drill team world," Pointer-Wilcox continued.
Waxahachie's premier dance and drill team also armed itself with more coaching talent after WISD approved the hire of Libby Power, a former Charmer officer and Kilgore College Rangerette, to become a geometry teacher at WHS and the Howard Junior High School Chey-Annes' director.
There will be a slew of opportunities for the Charmers to fine-tune that precision before the high school football season begins on Sept. 1. There will be a three-day Valley Officer Camp from June 13 to June 15 at Pharr-San Juan-Alamo Memorial High School and San Antonio Officer and Social Officer Camp on Aug. 5, 6 and 7 at San Antonio's Wyndham Riverwalk Hotel.
Marcus S. Marion, @MarcusMarionWNI