By Freja Cini, Cypress Falls HS
CYPRESS — The Kilgore College Rangerettes pride themselves as the world’s first best-known collegiate drill team, and in an effort to recruit potential new members, current Rangerettes and CFISD alumni Bailey Stark and Hannah Moss visited the Cypress Falls High School Sky Dancers on Jan. 8.
Founded in 1939, Rangerettes utilize the time during winter break each year to recruit dancers from high school across Texas. Moss and Stark, who are both Cypress Ranch High School graduates, also offered to teach the Sky Dancers a dance combination during their visit.
Sky Dancer Assistant Director Caitlin Beresford is a former Rangerette and has implemented many principles from her own experience into the program at Cypress Falls.
“The Rangerettes are known for their precision and discipline, as well as the classic red, white and blue uniform,” Beresford said. “When you explain some of the traditions to people it can sound a little crazy, but it definitely teaches you how to work hard, earn your spot when working towards anything, live in the moment without fear of the future, and appreciate what you have.”
Stark, who serves as left end lieutenant for the Rangerettes, taught the Sky Dancers a classic Rangerette dance routine, which combines the elements and the precision expected in the collegiate drill team.
“I loved every second of teaching the Cy Falls drill team,” Stark said. “In dance, it is important for you to take some time to find excitement in your passion, and I tried my best to help the drill team do just that. They were extremely hard working and receptive to what I had to share. I would love to work with these girls again as I had a blast.”
The Sky Dancers welcomed the challenge, responding with enthusiasm and a willingness to learn an advanced routine. Members said the experience helped bring drill team members out of their comfort zones, which in turn, will prepare them for future contests.
“The routine we learned was not a normal dance that we would learn in Sky Dancers,” senior Captain Isabel Figueroa said. “It was more of a disco jazz routine and super upbeat. We learned it at a faster pace than we usually learn our dances.”
In addition to teaching the routine, Moss and Stark talked to the Sky Dancers about the drill team experience at the collegiate level and the bond dance members develop during their time together.
“Working with these Rangerettes was such an honor,” senior Social Officer Michaele Brooks said. “To be a college dancer takes true discipline and hard work, so being taught by these ladies was empowering and motivating. While our team had the opportunity to dance with these two ladies, they also spoke to us about their team and everything they are involved in as a Rangerette. It was lovely to hear about their bond and motivation as a collegiate drill team and compare it to how our drill team strives to do the same.”