The Humble WildCatdets recently performed a dance routine with Kingwood Park during halftime at the football game between the Wildcats and Panthers. It marked the first time two schools had crossed over and performed a routine together in Humble ISD. “It was probably the coolest performance we’ve had so far. It was awesome to see the team unity across the board and we got a lot of fan support on both sides of it,” second year Director Sandi Dunn stated. Both of the schools are hoping to make this an annual tradition.
The competition part of the year for the Wildcatdets will not begin until football season has concluded. “They’ll learn their routines, practice, and tryout for them and January — we’ll hit the ground running,” Dunn said. They plan on competing in at least three different competitions though it is to be decided later on which ones to do. The Wildcatdets usually compete and do well in crowd pleasers having performed well at Goose Creek last year. There is a Pearland Crowd Pleasers competition they have their eye on this year.
Humble recently held a cheer clinic in which the Cheerleaders and the Wildcatdets that taught girls ages 5-12 cheers to be performed with the cheerleaders and a halftime performance with the Wildcatdets to be performed as part of the halftime entertainment at a football game. “It’s a way of promoting our program to the little ones,” Dunn said. “It also helps promote school spirit. We’re trying to restore the traditions of the Humble Wildcatdets.” With the combination of the cheerleaders and Wildcatdets, Humble received a good turnout.
In December, the Wildcatdets are hosting their own competition as part of their efforts towards fundraising. The money they raise will be from a combination of an admission fee, plus concession profits, and it will be held all over Humble High School. They’ve also sold candy and held car washes to raise money for the school and program. In the spring they will focus on community service efforts.
To get ready for football the girls returned July 29th and had a 4-day camp to learn their football routines. After the camp they went back to 3 hour-a-day practices. “They’re exhausted by the time school starts,” Dunn admitted. Alexia Dixon serves as the Colonel for the Humble Wildcatdets and then there are three officers: Lieutenants Janai Colvin, Sierra Simmons, Ariel McCray.
Director Sandi Dunn attended Northbrook High School in Spring Branch ISD and Texas State University in San Marcos, TX where she majored in Dance. In college she danced for the Texas State Strutters which was the dance performance for the University.
Written by: Mark M. Johnson