The Hard Work Was Worth It

Submitted By Carla Burke

“The Hard Work Was Worth It!” This inspiring phrase was the theme for the 2017 National Dance Association (NDA) at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida March 3-4. The Johnson Jaguar Belles Drill Team and the Legacies Dance Team both took the saying to heart as they competed at the Hard Rock Amphitheater against other top dance teams from across country.

The JV Belles won first place in Pom and second in their Kick routine while the Legacies took home third in Pom and fifth in Kick. The Johnson Dance Team was well represented by these talented young ladies. They have worked hard since last August putting in numerous hours under the direction of Mrs. Trevino- Felan, Director, since Johnson’s inaugural year in 2008.

The Belles brought the National Championship Trophy home on Tuesday, March 7 with much excitement.

“It was truly an incredible weekend all the way around,” said Trevino-Felan. “The parent support was outstanding and meant the world to us! We couldn’t have done it without them and the rest of our supporters back at home. It was truly an incredible weekend all the way around. I’m blessed to lead your daughters in and out of dance and watch them grow before my eyes. Thank you parents for entrusting me to do so and for being our biggest fans.”

“I am beyond proud of everything the JV Nationals Squad has been able to accomplish this year,” added Meredith Floyd, Co-Colonel of the Belles. “We grew more as people and dancers and I could not be happier with the way things turned out. This was the best possible group of dancers to be the first JV team from Johnson to go to Nationals and I am so proud of the legacy we have left for JV teams in years to come.”

The official results from 2017 NDA are as follows: Belles – 1st Place in JV Pom (National Champions); 2nd Place in JV Kick & Superior Showmanship Award. Legacies – 3rd Place in Small Varsity Kick & Superior Showmanship Award; 5th Place in Large Varsity Pom & Superior Showmanship Award. In addition, both Johnson squads were recognized as one of the top 15 teams for Best Sportsmanship, voted by NDA Staff.