Crimson Wave Athletics
Calumet College of St. Joseph
2400 New York Ave. Whiting, IN 46394
There were eighteen other college dance teams including teams in division 1, 1A, II, III, and NAIA. This camp includes a vigorous and high pressured competitive dance environment which makes the girls work together. The focus is team building and is a great way to get the ladies to come together as a group.
“The team learned a routine while attending camp that we had to compete on the third day of camp. We went out and performed this routine and earned 2nd place in Division III beating North Central College, Transylvania University, and Cumberland University. We fell just short of placing 1st right behind Davenport University,” said Coach Prill.
The end resulted in the best turn out in programs history which the girls are very proud of. Placing 2nd place earned CCSJ a Superior Ribbon and a bid to NDA College Nationals in April located in Daytona Beach, Florida. The Crimson Wave also had four girls compete on the All-American Team which was also a first in the program’s history. They just fell short of the title, but a great effort by Rebecca Pederson, Kaylee Gleason, Marshawna Kendrick, and Jessica Moore.
“This camp started this season on an amazing note. We have amazing talent, focus, and dedication from the squad this year. I believe we will have the potential to place in the Finals this year at NDA Nationals with this success we have started out this year. I cannot wait to see what this year has in store for us,” said Coach Prill.
The team arrived in Daytona Beach on Wednesday afternoon with aspirations of capitalizing on last year’s success. The ladies first performance was Thursday in the preliminary round of the NAIA Small Dance Competition where they competed against ten other NAIA institutions. The Crimson Wave earned sixth place in the preliminary competition with a overall score of 8.305. The preliminary finish gave CCSJ a spot in the Challenge Cup Division. The ladies took third place in the Challenge Cup earning a score of 8.308. This finish was the highest score in the programs history along the highest place at nationals.
The Crimson Wave ladies returned to the competition on Friday for the preliminary round of the Hip-Hop competition. CCSJ took 16th place in the Hip-Hop competition.
The Crimson Wave Dance Team is becoming a strong force in the NAIA after the success at the NDA Collegiate Nationals the past two seasons. “I am extremely proud of the girls and what they accomplished this season. Every year the dance team has improved and to see that we can keep improving is a huge accomplishment. “said Coach Stephanie Prill
The dance team will take some time off before returning to practice to prepare for the NDA College Summer Camp.
“This has been an even more successful season than years past as our talent has improved and our routines have been more complicated. We have a special theme of ‘We're Back and Better’ this year for our NAIA small dance routine that involves Jazz, Pom and Hip-Hop. We are also competing in a very character based Hip-Hop number in Division Two that involves some acting,” said Coach Prill.
Coach Prill went on to add, “We are excited to spend our last year in Daytona Beach as we will move to compete in our very own NAIA National Competition next year. We are very grateful for the opportunity to go compete and we are excited to represent CCSJ this year. The Crimson Wave dance team is looking forward in placing well and bringing home some new and shiny hardware!”