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Hallsville drill team to host winter show this weekend

By Bridget Ortigo
Feb. 16, 2017 at 4 a.m.

The Hallsville High School Bobcat Belles drill team rehearses Monday for their winter show, "Saved by the Belles."

HALLSVILLE - The Hallsville High School Bobcat Belles drill team is taking a trip back to the 1990s this weekend for their winter show, "Saved by the Belles."

Zack Morris, played by Tyler Lohr, will serve as the show's host as the Belles take audience members back to the time of Backstreet Boys, Celine Dion, X-Files and Jurassic Park.

"Our senior members this year were the last babies born in the 90s so every routine ties back into the 90s somehow either by music, a TV show, a movie or pop culture from that era," Hallsville High School Bobcat Belles Director Kathryn Calaway said Monday.

Fifty-four Belles, including the team's 17 seniors, will be dancing in this year's show that is set for 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday at the Hallsville Junior High School auditorium.

Tickets are $10 and both showings are currently sold out but Calaway said often, people will sell back unused tickets before the event. She said those still looking for tickets can come the night of the show and check with the ticket booth.

This year's performance will include 15 routines from the Belles, as well as additional performances from the Bobcat Belles Dance Company members in kindergarten through eighth grades.

Dance styles performed will include jazz, pom, hip-hop, contemporary, military, tap, novelty and the Belles' traditional kick routine of "Friends" for the show's finale.

The Hallsville High School drumline, majorettes and flag teams will also make appearances.

"This year's team is a really motivated group who want to do well and really want to dance, which makes our job so much easier," Calaway said.

Belles Assistant Director Mandy Jenkins said next up for the Belles is contest season.

"We have the Lewisville contest on March 4 and Galveston on March 25 and 26," she said.

The Belles have won national grand champions for the past three contest seasons at Showtime International.

For information about the Belles, visit their website.

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