Highland Belles Have a New Director: She’s From Walter Kelly’s Former School

Posted by    |    May 5th, 2011 at 9:58 am

Coincidence? You tell me. This is from the I-don’t-report-the-news-I-just-cut-and-paste-it file:

Shannon Harty Carlton was named Highland Park High School’s Belles Director May 5.

Ms. Harty Carlton brings nine years of experience as a high school dance and drill team director to Highland Park ISD. She comes to HPISD from Richardson ISD, where she served as director of the Desperados Country and Western Performance team at Richardson High School and as director of the Highlandette Drill team at Lake Highlands High School. She also directed the Hyline dance team at Westlake High School in Eanes ISD. As a college student, she was captain and sergeant of the legendary Kilgore College Rangerettes.

“Shannon has a history of excellence in leading dance and drill teams, beginning with her days a Rangerette and extending through her experience as the director of some of the top high school programs in Texas,” HPHS Principal Walter Kelly said. “She has consistently demonstrated the ability to combine the traditions of an existing program with the key elements of unity and teamwork among the ranks.”

Ms. Harty Carlton is also a staff member at Encore Creative Productions, where she works annually on the Choreography & Pageantry Teams for the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic pregame and halftime performances. Over the years, she has supervised and assisted in the performances of thousands of young dancers in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade in New York. Her high school dancers have appeared in the St. Patrick’s Parade in Dublin, Ireland, aboard the USS Missouri in Honolulu, and most recently, at Super Bowl XLV in Cowboys Stadium.

“I look forward to actively participating in the environment of excellence that is synonymous with HPISD,” Ms. Harty Carlton said. ”It is with great respect that I join the Highland Belles organization and the strong legacy of women who have come before me. I am eagerly anticipating the opportunity to develop a relationship with each of the talented young ladies in the program.”

She earned her associate’s degree from Kilgore College and her bachelor’s degree from Sam Houston State University.

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