Barbe dancers to perform for nation at Sugar Bowl

By By Ashley Withers / American Press

The Barbe High School Bluebelles dance team has been selected to join dance, cheer and drill teams from across the country

in the halftime show finale at the 2013 Allstate Sugar Bowl in New Orleans.

This experience will mark the third time the Bluebelles have danced on a national stage.

“We actually got contacted by

WorldStrides Heritage Performance programs. I don’t know how they heard

about us, but they asked

us to send in an audition tape to perform in the Sugar Bowl. We

sent in the audition tape of our team performing and we were

accepted,” Deidra Fitzgerald, the Bluebelles faculty sponsor,

said. “We’ve been going ever since.”

The Bluebelles performed at the 2009 Sugar Bowl and the 2012 BCS Championship.

Fitzgerald said it is up to each group of senior team members to decide if they wanted to participate in one of the national

halftime shows.

“BCS was so much fun that we wanted to do the Sugar Bowl this year. We’re hoping to have the same good experience,” said Madison

Claudel, Bluebelles captain.

“We’ll get to watch the game this year, too. Last year we were right there, but couldn’t watch the game,” said Caitlyn Labiche,

a Barbe senior and Bluebelles co-captain.

Participation in last year’s BCS Championship was optional, but this year the entire team will participate.

Co-captain Shyrece Celestine said she can’t wait to perform on a national stage for the first time.

“I’m excited to go,” she said. “It’s going to be really cool to have the whole group there.”

The captains said they aren’t concerned about performing in front of the 75,000 fans at the Sugar Bowl.

“I’m actually less nervous than at football games here because you don’t know anyone out there,” Claudel said.

“And you’re more excited than nervous,” Labiche added.

The team is also excited about getting to work with Dee Caspary, a choreographer from the TV show “So You Think You Can Dance.”

Caspary will be choreographing the halftime show routine and will also lead a workshop for the various teams.

“I’m excited to learn from a professional. It’s so different from what we learn here,” Celestine said. “Plus, he’s a famous


The Bluebelles will learn the halftime show routine in early December and will head to New Orleans on Dec. 30.

“I much prefer this over competition. It’s less stressful,” Fitzgerald said.

“We’re just dancing together and having fun.”