Southeast Sundancers Win Paid Bid to National Competition

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Aug. 14, 2006 – The Southeast Missouri State University Sundancers won the Division I college dance team competition at the National Dance Alliance (NDA) collegiate dance team camp Aug. 8-11 at Kansas State University, earning them a bid to compete in the NDA Collegiate Dance Team National competition next spring.

The national competition is scheduled for April 4-8 in Daytona Beach, Fla., and the finals will be broadcast by CBS Sports.

In addition to winning the Division I competition, the Southeast Dance Team was awarded the Best Overall Team Trophy.  To win this honor, the Southeast dancers competed against Division I, Division II and Division IA schools. Outstanding dance teams from Kansas State University, Wichita State University, Iowa State University, University of Nebraska-Omaha and the University of Wyoming were among the teams competing for the award.  The award includes a paid bid to the National Collegiate Dance Team competition.

Brook Rieger, Sundancer captain from DeSoto, Mo., was named an NDA All-American.  Only seven dancers at the camp received this coveted award.

The Southeast Dance Team is coached by Danielle Alspaugh, a former Sundancer and dance team captain. 

“We have some of the best dancers in the nation on our team at Southeast,” she said. “I am proud of the hard work they have invested this summer representing Southeast at camp and practicing for games and events.  The team is eager to start performing and cheering for Southeast athletic teams.  We have started this year off with a bang.” 

By winning a paid bid to the national competition, the Sundancers will have their room and competition registration fees waived.  The team will continue to participate in fund raisers throughout the school year to cover other expenses such as transportation, choreography and costumes. 

The Southeast Dance team will be celebrating its 35-year anniversary this year. 

“This was a timely award for us.  I am sure all of the Sundancer alumni would be proud of this group’s accomplishment,” Alspaugh said.

During the NDA camp at Kansas State, the Southeast dance team attended classes on dance technique and learned a variety of dance routines including lyrical, pom, jazz and hip-hop styles. The camp concluded with a competition for the best dance team in each school division.