Daily Archives: March 12, 2008

Competition Time

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On Sunday March 9th, the team went to Farmington, Connecticut to compete in the “Turn It Up” Regional Dance Competition.  The team participated in this competition last year as well, earning the top high score for that competition.  

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This is a picture of the 2007 Team with their Top High Score Trophy.

This year we decided to do it again because we found it was good practice to show our Nationals routine to an audience.  It was also beneficial to get feedback from dance professionals, the three judges, and then use their comments/critiques to modify our dance and make it better. 

There were three other collegiate teams at the competition this year: SUNY Brockport and two teams from Adelphi University.  Most of us really liked Brockport’s presentation.  They had heavy, black and navy eye make-up that went up to their eyebrows, with messy hair, and they wore black and blue costumes.  Their theme was called “Distortion.”   

We did well at the competition.  We earned 295 points out of a possible 300 from the judges.  We were awarded the highest award called “Platnim.”  In order to get “Platnim,” you had to earn 275 points or more (the order goes from best to worst: Platnim, High Gold, Gold, High Silver, Silver, High Bronze, Bronze).  There were just a couple of Bronzes handed out. 

20 Questions: With Katie Judge

She is our Practice Captain.  Since we do not have a coach, she is responsible for running all of our practices.  She does everything from leading warm-ups and across-the-floor, choreographing dances, and cleaning (perfecting our dances), etc. 

 Meet Katie Judge:

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1.  What is your nickname?

2.  Where is your hometown?

3.  When is your birthday?
September 18, 1987 

4.  How old were you when you started dancing?
3 years old

5.  What is your favorite style of dance?
Jazz and Modern

6.  What do you like most about being on the UMass Dance Team?
The team is like a second family because we’ve been through so much together.  Thanks girls!

7.  What awards have you won in dance?
2003 United States Dance Team, Various “Dance Masters of America” and “American Dance Awards” High Scores, and Burncoat High School Dance Team Captain

8.  What is your Major?

9.  Where is your favorite place on campus?
The Library

10.  What was the name of your old dance studio?
Diane Kelley Dance Studios

11.  What’s your favorite food? 
Spinach and artichoke dip

12.  What is your favorite television show?

13.  What is your favorite movie?
Mean Girls

14.  Who is your celebrity crush?
Justin Timberlake

15.  What are some things you cannot live without?
My family, friends, dance, and my shoes.

16.  What is your favorite holiday and why?
My favorite holiday is Christmas because my entire family gets together to celebrate. Plus my mom makes the best cookies only during this time of the year.

17.  What are your other hobbies?
Hanging out with my friends, shopping, going to the gym, and reading.

18.  How would your friends describe you?
Outgoing, loud, and fun.

19.  What is your guilty pleasure?
Text Messaging

20.  What was your favorite dance team moment?
We have quite some memorable moments, but my favorite is performing on the nationals stage. It’s where all of our hard work pays off.