Marching Magic Belles

Members of the Magic Belles dance team from Belton High School march in a Fourth of July parade in Belton.

The Magic Belles are looking at a rosy start to 2019 as they prepare for a nationally televised New Year’s Day performance.

The Belton High School dance team is invited to perform as part of the opening and closing dance numbers in the Tournament of Roses Parade, which will be held Jan. 1 in Pasadena, Calif.

Director Rachel Hill said the team is very excited to be a part of the famous Rose Bowl parade.

“We’ve been invited before, but … we’ve never gotten to go, as far as funding,” Hill said. “So this is super exciting that it’s all going to work out this year.”

The Magic Belles Booster Club has a number of fundraising events planned to make it possible for the team to travel to Pasadena, including a Breakfast with the Princesses at 9:30 a.m. Oct. 13 at North Belton Middle School. Details on fundraising events will be posted on the Boosters’ Facebook page.

“We are in the process of just generating local support,” Magic Belles parent Kim Moore said. “Some girls have parents that have the ability to kind of supplement (travel expenses) fairly easily, but some kids don’t.”

Hill said she is hopeful the team will have the travel funding it needs by December, although she can’t say at this point how much will be needed, because money from previous fundraisers is still coming in.

“The community’s been very supportive and excited for our girls to go,” Hill said.

The team previously won the 2018 Medium Team National Championship at ADTS Nationals in March at the University of North Texas. The team, led by Hill and Marla Moore, has 40 members who audition every year.

The Magic Belles will leave Dec. 28 for California, allowing a very short time to rehearse their parts in the opening and closing production numbers.

“The choreography is going to be taught to us when we get there,” Hill said. “That’s why they only invite elite groups that they think can handle it.”

Hill said the team is used to working long hours to learn its dance numbers.

The trip should be a good occasion for the dancers to bond and make good memories, she said.

“We’re just really excited for the opportunity and the team building that’s going to go with this,” Hill said.