|Thursday, January 24, 2013|
ODU Dynasty Dance Team Places Eighth at Nationals
The Old Dominion Dynasty Dance Team placed eighth in the nation last weekend in the Universal Dance Association (UDA) Collegiate Dance Championship, held in Orlando, Fla., at Disney's ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex (see photo below).
The UDA Collegiate Dance Championship is the premier dance championship for Division IA, Division I and Division II college dance teams across the nation and internationally.
The ODU dance squad advanced to the 2013 finals in the jazz division on Saturday evening, marking the first time in school history the team had advanced to the final round. The eighth-place finish ranked ODU among the top 10 schools in the nation, including national champion California State-Fullerton, Hofstra, Southeastern Louisiana University, University of Northern Iowa, University of Delaware, North Dakota State University, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Missouri State University, University of California-Santa Barbara and Long Beach State University.
In order to qualify and participate, several prerequisites must be met by each team competing. Each team must either attend a UDA Camp held at various universities and colleges across the country, or host a private camp at their school. In addition, each team must submit a safety tape, to ensure that all dance tricks and lifts are considered safe and legal, and a "spirit tape," which ultimately reflects 15 percent of each team's competition score. The spirit tape, judged prior to the competition, consists of community and campus involvement activities, halftime entertainment footage and spirit-raising techniques during game day situations.
The Dynasty Dance Team received a perfect score of 15 for its spirit tape submission. The dance team finished 17th in the national competition in 2012.
Dawn Adams Baidoo is ODU's spirit director.