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Time to dance: WHS 58th Charmer line is ready to take the field

Staff Writer
Waxahachie Daily Light
The 2020-2021 Cherokee Charmers show off in their new COVID face wear. But underneath those masks, are the girls' signature red lips that outline their beautiful smiles.

By Patty Hullett

Daily Light correspondent

Football season may look a little different this year, but everyone involved is primed for flexibility and commitment to make sure the 2020-2021 Waxahachie Indians and all the other integral components of the spectacle known as the sport of football are ready, willing, and raring to go.

That means the players are working hard at practice, the band is fine-tuning for another winning marching season, the cheerleaders are energized to pump-up the anxious fans into a frenzy, and the 58th line of the Cherokee Charmers dance and drill team is ready to strut onto the field for the inaugural game scheduled for Friday, Sept. 25.

In fact, many folks already smell their favorite sport in the air. They may already swear that they can hear the referee’s whistle blowing and see the glow of the stadium lights, like a beacon in the night. So, all the football participants – fans, coaches, and players are gearing up for the season ahead, and not to be overlooked are the Waxahachie ISD Dance/Drill Team programs, as these young ladies are preparing for another year of stellar halftime shows.

According to the Cherokee Charmers Director, Erica Pointer-Wilcox, all five of her teams have recently finished out their summer camp.

“I am very proud to announce that the Charmers have learned 7 routines, 15 stand routines, pre-game presentations, and have completed several workshops about self-image, social media, community service, dance technique, and college dance team visitors,” Wilcox said. “In addition to the routines, the dancers will also begin perfecting their kicks, stretching, dance technique, and building team chemistry that will assist them all season long. The hours of work, sweat, and tears that the dancers have put in over the course of their camp, will build the foundation of their quality halftime entertainment this football season.“

The following is a list of awards the Charmers received during their choreography camp with American Dance/Drill Team School:

All American: Lexie Burchfield, Cecilia Montelongo, Ellinor Bearden, Somer Clark, Victoria Borders and Keziah Hanna.

AA Honorable Mention: Maddie Dunn, Hayleigh Ruiz, Emma Moses, Hannah Ridgeway, Lavendar Patterson, Mackenzie Mills, Cidney Velazquez, Elaina Garcia and Kendalyn Harrison.

GND of the Week: Maddie Dunn, Cecilia Montelongo, Hannah Ridgway and Cidney Velazquez.

Spirit of ADTS: Bayleigh Zeis, Taylor Lister, Jakera Steele and Elaina Garcia.

Miss High Kick: Keziah Hanna.

Outstanding Performer: Ellinor Bearden.

AA Dance Company: Somer Clark, Ellinor Bearden, Keziah Hanna and Victoria Borders.

Pizzazz of the Week: Kendalyn Harrison, Avianna Castillo, Sieana Coger and Chantelle Lemons.