Meet the Victoria East Golden Sabers
Oct. 6, 2011 at 5:06 a.m.
Victoria East High School Golden Saber Dance team
The Victoria East High School Golden Saber Dance team practices a kick line.
WHAT'S THE MOST REWARDING PART OF BEING A GOLDEN SABRE?
This year we've been such a close team - making a bond with a lot of the girls, a lot of friendships, and there's that trust between them. We have a tight bond, and we don't let anything break us. We stick together.
Sarah Morales, colonel
Being able to look back at the team doing so well and know that I'm a part of making that happen.
Lauren Perez, senior captain
GOLDEN SABERS LINEUP
Brianna Garcia Perez
The Victoria East High School Golden Sabers are more than a dance team, they're a sisterhood.
Even with 29 girls crammed in a dance studio for hours a week, this year's senior leaders agree their team is a drama-free zone.
"I couldn't be more proud to be a part of this organization. It doesn't just help me be a better dancer, it helps me learn respect, discipline and responsibility and to take pride in what I do," said senior Sarah Morales, the team's colonel.
That's because the Sabers stand by their motto, KIRRF: kindness, integrity, respect, responsibility and faith.
"We always are talking about being classy ladies, and creating a positive environment in our school and community," said director Misty Calvez.
Senior captain Lauren Perez said she looks forward to coming to practices because of the encouraging atmosphere.
"It sure does help the future. It helps you go through life the right way," Lauren said.
Calvez said Sarah and Lauren, the Sabers' two seniors, have the makings of good leaders because they prioritize building up the younger members of the team.
In the two years since the Golden Sabers have entertained Titan fans, Calvez said the red-sequin clad ladies have established a reputation for togetherness that only fortifies by the day.
And the team's principles permeate beyond the youngsters, too.
"I just love this team, and I have great parents," Calvez said. "It just takes all of us. It takes a village."