The Copperas Cove Junior High School Starlettes danced to the tune of the hit 1970s television show, “I Dream of Jeannie,” and brought home top honors as Best Novelty Dance at the Showtime International Fiesta Texas Drill Team Contest in San Antonio. The seventh- and eighth-graders also won a Sweepstakes Award, Judges Award for jazz, and Best Runner-up Pom Routine.

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SAN ANTONIO — Michael Jackson may be singing about being “Bad,” in his iconic No. 1 hit, but the Copperas Cove Starlettes dance team was anything but that according to the judges at the Showtime International Fiesta Texas Drill Team Contest in San Antonio.

Coaches Kerry Cryer and Kate Kearny said the team worked hard all year to bring home a sweepstakes award, judges award for jazz, best novelty dance, and best runner-up pom routine.

“I came up with the choreography from past dances I’ve done and past moves I’ve learned, along with other dances I’ve watched recently,” Kearney said. “Mrs. Cryer and I came up with an ‘I Dream of Jeannie’ routine because the high school has done one in the past. The pom routine was from the camp they attended over the summer while ‘Bad,’ their jazz dance, was selected by Mrs. Cryer who wanted a Michael Jackson dance and I chose the song.”

Kearny said it took the Starlettes only about a month to learn the dance routines for both “I Dream of Jeannie” and “Bad.”

“I would teach about 10 8 counts of choreography and then we would practice what was learned and then learn more the next week,” Kearney said. “They practiced one day a week for two hours until about February and then practices happened twice a week.”

Starlette Isabella Garrett said the closeness of the team attributed to its success.

“Everyone bonded during this trip, so that was really nice,” the eighth-grader said. “We practiced hard to make sure everyone had their steps down correctly. That’s why we did so well at the competition.”

About 35 teams competed in the last competition of the year for the Starlettes who will not see their next contest until February at Ellison High School.

Starlette Harley Brunson said the San Antonio contest was a great end to this year and has set them up for success for the coming year.

“We had such a good time. I am really happy that we got three plaques and a trophy,” the seventh-grader said. “I will always remember this competition in San Antonio.”

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