TJC Apache Belles shine in 2021 spring show, ‘Where There is Light’ | TJC

TJC Apache Belles shine in 2021 spring show, ‘Where There is Light’

The Apache Belles last performed for a live TJC audience in October 2019, but that all changes this weekend as they take the stage for their 2021 spring show, “Where There is Light."

“Our spring show is the culmination of a year and a half of hard work and many prayers,” said Apache Belles Director Jasilyn Schaefer. “It exudes hope and the promise of life going on, and every person associated with the show has given their all to make this special performance happen in our new Rogers Palmer Performing Arts Center.”

Show times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, March 25-27, and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, March 27 and 28, in Wise Auditorium, located inside the new Rogers Palmer Performing Arts Center on the TJC main campus.

All seats are $15, and tickets are available at

Due to TJC health and safety guidelines related to COVID-19, audience capacity is limited per show and face coverings must be worn indoors.

“The Apache Belles did not travel during their spring break but instead stayed on the TJC campus — in daily rehearsals and staying healthy for this show,” Schaefer said. “Following the spring show, the team will switch gears for TJC football season, which was postponed from the fall. Our first home game is scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday, April 2, in Rose Stadium.”

“Where There is Light” showcases the versatility and talent of the entire Apache Belles team, with dance numbers including tap, jazz, clogging, lyrical, musical theater and much more. 

Artistic director and choreographer is Christy Evans. Schaefer and Evans are both former Apache Belles themselves.

Introducing the 2020-21 team
Apache Belle officers include head dance captain Katy McMichael of Weatherford and dance captains, Avery Davis, Deer Park; Gabi Mantecon, Denton; Thelma Medrano, League City; and Grace Soules, Hallsville.

Sophomores: Shirlye Bañuelos, Garland; Megan Chambliss, Joshua; Gaby Contreras- Fort Worth; Landry Fowler, Arp; Charliesia Gill, Houston; McKinley Gregg, Kilgore; April Johnson, Joshua; Misty Jones, Tyler; Jordyn Kerr, Denton; Ashley Sims, Marshall; Kendal Smith, Burleson; Meagan Smith, Hallsville; Julianna Tamayo, Jacksonville; Emmalie Thompson, Victoria; Samantha Tolentino, Abilene; Chloe Walker, Waco; Beatrice White, Belton; and Olivia Wright, Denton.

Freshmen: Savanna Boe, Burleson; Reagan Brown, Arlington; Cydney Cassidy, Montgomery; Keslie Cook, Lindale; Brie Cross, Richardson; Ariel Dagnino, Euless; Alaina Gunn, Frisco; Bricky Guiffre, Azle; Cassidy Henderson, Lantana; Ashley Jeffrey, Rockwall; Amirah Kern, Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Cassie Linthicum, Fort Worth; Lily Miller, Midlothian; Haley Neely, Waxahachie; Natalie Minyard, Graham; MaKenna Ross, Longview; and Joselyn Saenz, Alvin.

Belle Guards are: Caden Crawford, Tyler, Cristopher Reyes, Jacksonville; and John Wofford, Rusk.

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