Sundancers Finish Ninth in National Collegiate Dance Competition

Photo of the Southeast Sundancers

The Southeast Sundancers finished ninth at the Collegiate Cheer and Dance competition April 5-6 in Daytona Beach, Fla.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

April 19, 2007 – The Southeast Sundancers finished ninth at the Collegiate Cheer and Dance competition April 5-6 in Daytona Beach, Fla.

The NCA/NDA competition is the largest college cheer and dance team competition in the country with 196 college teams and approximately 4,000 athletes competing for national recognition.

This is the fifth time in the last 10 years the dance team from Southeast has finished among the top 10 in the nation. The Southeast team earned a bid to compete in the competition last August while attending an NCA/NDA cheer and dance camp in Kansas. While in Daytona, they qualified for the final round of competition by placing in the top 10 scores of the preliminary round of competition on April 5.

Other teams qualifying for the final round of competition were Harvard University, Western Kentucky University, Sacred Heart University, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, George Washington University, Wichita State University, Utah Valley State University, Charlotte 49ers, Stephen F. Austin State University, Idaho State University and Towson University. The final round of competition was held April 6 in an outdoor theatre on Daytona Beach. A broadcast of the finals will air later this month on FOX.

Dance teams are required to perform 30 seconds of three different styles of dance within a two-minute and 15-second competitive routine. Jazz, hip hop, and pom technical skills and choreography with the highest level of difficulty must be included in their performance. The Sundancers excelled in the jazz portion of their routine when the entire team performed a series of turns in unison on one leg with their other leg extended straight out to the side as they turned.

There are 12 Sundancers under the direction of Danielle Alspaugh who is in her third season coaching the dance team. Alspaugh and assistant coach, Darcy Morgan, are both alumnae of the team.