The extra curriculars at Pirtle Elementary School in Belton, Texas are on a whole other level for the Killeen-Temple area. What started as a small school dance club within the Belton Independent School District has now turned into a record setting and dominating dance team. The accomplishments speak for their self, and the victory parade shows no signs of coming to a halt at the station anytime soon.

When did Pirtle Elementary School get a dance squad?

Just 5 short years ago the idea was floated around of beginning a school dance team. There were barely a handful of kids involved, and probably very difficult to predict what was going to blossom over the next half decade.

Who can join the dance team?

The team has been open to anyone that is interested. No auditions or fees are necessary. The current team of 90 active members is backed up by 32 more students on a wait list. The only cost is for performance costumes, and . If a member can't afford the cost, then the team sponsors find a way.

Why is the program free?

According to this article with KWTX, educator Amy Martinson founded the team, and is their director. Matinson said, "I wanted to start the dance team here at Pirtle Elementary because of my love of dance."

The team is led by a total of 6 volunteer teachers, and the daughter of an educator. The season is finished for the year, but in the recent Ascension Dance Competition at Lake Belton High School, they received 9 awards including Superior Performance, Best in Class, and Judge’s Choice.

The team will be open to Pirtle Elementary students to register again at the beginning of the next school year.

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Beneath the placid waters of Belton Lake lay the bones of two towns where people you know may have grown up. When Belton Dam was constructed in the mid-1900's, the towns were emptied for the sake of "water and progress", as one Bland resident panned.

These images, courtesy of the Bell County Museum in Belton, give a glimpse into the lives of the people who called the Cowhouse Valley home before it became Belton Lake.

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This spacious 3 bedroom, 5 bath home in Belton has 5,580 square feet, but the star of the show is the incredible piece of land that comes with it.

The property includes over 300 acres and is listed at $25,000,000. Let's explore the house, pool, and all the great places you can throw a party without leaving your home!

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