Who are the Trojan Belles? The Trojan Belles are the award-winning dance team of Anderson High School. The team is comprised of about 40 advanced dancers in their sophomore, junior, or senior year. The Trojan Belles perform a variety of routines throughout the year, covering just about every genre of dance--from traditional precision field choreography to exciting hip hop, lyrical, and jazz performance at contests and Spring Show.
How do I try out for Trojan Belles? Current 9-11 graders who are students of the Anderson High School Dance Department are eligible to try out for Belles. Tryouts will be in December, after three days of clinic.Tryout judges include a panel of three outside judges selected by the directors.
What does it take to earn a spot on the Trojan Belles? Excellent dance technique and grades, and an attendance record that indicates ability to handle the additional responsibilities of Belles.There is no set number of candidates that will make Belles each year. To help prepare, the directors recommend taking at least one dance class outside of school, stretching every day, strengthening feet, and practicing turns and kick technique.
What happens next if I make the team? If you make the Trojan Belles team, you join the "Newbie" Belles class, which is a class that each member must be enrolled in during the spring semester. Newbie Belles work during the spring semester on advanced dance technique, preparing for their role in the Spring Show, and learning several traditional Belles routines.
What are the summer commitments? The Trojan Belles have mandatory practice during the summer. Team camp for 2016 is scheduled for June 6-8, 2016. K-11 Trojan Belles Summer Dance Camp is usually scheduled mid-July and Belles return for two weeks in August, to prepare for the upcoming school year. Exact dates for these mandatory practices are announced by the Trojan Belles director prior to the tryout period in November.
What is it like to be a Trojan Belle? A lot of fun and hard work! Trojan Belles meets as a year-round, double-blocked class, which counts as a P.E. or fine arts credit. The Belles usually begin practice on school days at 7:30 a.m. and continue through the first-period class. Study hall is incorporated into the end of the double-blocked class, as academics are of the utmost importance to the Trojan Belles.
During football season, the Trojan Belles perform during the halftime show at every football game, as well as for school-wide pep rallies, and Anderson High School Spirit Fest. The Belles also perform at two basketball games. The spring brings competition season, in which Belles perform in competition with other high-school dance teams from Texas and beyond. The Trojan Belles also stage a Spring Show every year, a professional-caliber production presenting many dance pieces, both solos and group dances. Every third year, the Trojan Belles take an out-of-state trip for site-seeing and special dance classes.
Trojan Belles also have opportunities throughout the year to perform community service of many types.
What else should I know about the Belles? The Trojan Belles are a close-knit group. Girls not only become accomplished dancers, but also become close friends, while gaining qualities of leadership, participating in community service, and focusing on academic achievement. They learn values of respect, commitment, hard work, and supporting one another through it all. Find out more by asking a Trojan Belle, or contacting a director!