Dance Takes 3rd in NAIA Small Dance
The Crimson Wave dance team finished their season in Daytona beach, Florida this weekend at the National Dance Association (NDA) Collegiate Nationals where they competed against hundreds of college dance teams across the nation. This year’s competition was the largest collegiate cheer and dance national in the world.
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.
Dance Heads to NDA Nationals
The Crimson Wave dance team will be heading down to Daytona Beach, Florida on Wednesday April 9th to compete in the National Dance Alliance Collegiate Competition. This will be the dance teams 3rd time heading down to the largest Collegiate Dance National. There are over 300 collegiate cheer and dance teams that participate in this event. The dance team earned a Silver Bid to this competition when the team participated in NDA 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!”
Dance Earns Silver Bid to Nationals at Camp
The Crimson Wave Dance Team attended for the first time since becoming a program NDA/NCA College Summer Camp at the University of Louisville. Attending the NDA Summer Camp not only gives the team time to focus on the new skills but the opportunity to receive a bid to NDA/NCA College Nationals in April.
The Crimson Wave were the only NAIA school in attendance requiring the team to compete against NCAA Division I, II and III schools. This made for a high level of competition the Crimson Wave had not seen in the past resulting in a tough fighting Crimson Wave squad.
The Crimson Wave pushed hard through the competition practicing till the early morning hours each day. The hard work of the girls paid off when they received third place in the Team Dance Division III. Their hard work paid off minutes later when the team was awarded the Most Improved Dance Team award for the camp earning them a Silver Bid to the NDA Collegiate Nationals in April. The team was nominated for this award among thirteen other dance programs.
“The dance team is extremely excited for this opportunity to compete again at the Collegiate Nationals in Daytona Beach, Florida in April. We have a long season ahead and this was just a start of what we will become during the season. I am truly proud of what the team accomplished at the camp in Louisville, Ky. They proved to me that they have become a dominating force in the NAIA and we are only improving every time we step onto the floor.” Said Head Coach Stephanie Prill