Meet the Cuero Trotters
By BY KAYLA BELL - KBELL@VICAD.COM
Sept. 22, 2011 at 4:22 a.m.
Updated Sept. 23, 2011 at 4:23 a.m.
WHAT'S THE MOST REWARDING PART OF BEING A CUERO TROTTER?
"The most rewarding part would have to be when people in the community come up and tell us how much we've changed and how great we're doing - and all the little kids who look up to us."
Ashley Helweg, senior, Captain
"It's when you walk out and you finally get to perform that dance you've been working on, whether it be for weeks for pep rallies or months for contests - the feeling you get when all your hard work finally pays off."
Dani Golibart, junior, Lieutenant
"Being able to do the things we can do and be proud of it. I know there are people who talk down on us, but it's exciting to know we can do the things they say we can't do."
Erica Alaniz, sophomore, Social Officer
CUERO TROTTERS DANCE TEAM
Ashley Helweg, senior, captain
Dani Golibart, junior, lieutenant
Erica Alaniz, sophomore, social officer
Michaela Bateman, sophomore, social officer
Cori Fisseler, junior
Kaitlyn Owens, junior
Alyse Arguellez, sophomore
Bethanie Rogers, freshman
Miriam DeClements, freshman
Kelsie Crawley, freshman
Bailee Klett, freshman
The Cuero Trotters Dance Team seems to have twirled itself a fresh reputation and split open a new avenue for school pride.
"They have lots of students excited to watch them at pep rallies now," their director, Brittany McGrew said. "Most have never danced in their lives. They've seen the girls improve."
About half of the 11-member Trotters team is new this year, McGrew said.
But so is their coach, who attributes the team's improvement in part to implementing the first year of 7 a.m. practices.
"I promise it will pay off," she said she told her groggy dancers the first few weeks of school.
The high schoolers, though, wouldn't mind spending that extra time together. McGrew said she's never seen a team of girls who got along so well.
"They have such big hearts, and they practice so much," she said. "They are such a good group of girls."
The camaraderie and confidence on the dance floor is a win-win for Cuero High School, McGrew said.
"They hear the compliments," she said. "When the girls get excited, the school gets excited."
The Trotters' assistant director is Chad Baros.