Monthly Archives: January 2008

We’re Back!

The team is back from Winter Break!

We kicked off the semester by having a choreographer come teach us the routine we will be performing at Nationals this April. Now, not only is our music mix awesome, but the dance makes it even better! A BIG “thank you” goes out to our choreographer for creating and giving us such a strong dance. She did a great job and we are really excited to share it with an audience. It is packed with tricks and moves that match the theme of our dance really well.

Unfortunately,we won’t be unveiling our routine for a couple more weeks, since we need time to practice it and get it together. But we will be featuring the dance during a basketball half-time, or at least a segment of it during a time-out sometime soon. So stay tuned to find out when you can get a sneak peek!

New tops

Here, is a picture of the team (in our new uniforms! yay!) at our first basketball game since being back, UMass vs. Xavier on Sunday January 27th.

It was a big game and UMass basketball fans were there to show their support. Over 8,000 fans attended the game, making it the best turn out for this season so far. Although UMass ended up losing the game, they kept the game close up until the last few minutes.

During our first time-out, the team did a jazz dance to “Candyman” by Christina Aguilera (you can view this dance on the webpage called “Dance Videos.” Just a note, the video skips the beginning of the dance and it is shot from the side of the court).

In the second half, we did a hip-hop dance to “Low” by Flo Rida and T-Pain.

This is a picture of the team, but Chelsea is missing. And Jackie is now studying abroad in Austrailia! Miss you already, Jackie!

Some of the girls dancing on the side of the basketball court

Some of the girls posing before the game.

Prepping for Daytona Officially Begins

Fall semester has come and gone! The team danced and cheered at the home football games, performed at Midnight Madness, taught the morale dance at the Greek life event, UDance, and took to the court at the home basketball games. So what’s next for the team?

Picture: The UMass Dance Team and the UMass Cheerleaders at the Minutemen’s last home football game of the 2007 Season.

Now, we are gearing up for the NDA (National Dance Alliance) National Competition in Daytona, Florida in April. Every year, it is the team’s goal to make it to Nationals. It is what drives us to work hard at practice and it is the reason why we participate in many fundraisers. Fortunately, our hard work continues to pay off, as year after year we are qualified by the NDA judges to compete at Nationals. This year is slightly different because we did not have to mail in an audition tape, but instead competed at the NDA/NCA Camp this past summer. There, we not only earned a spot, but we won a partial bid (some money to go to Nationals).

Winter break is almost over and we are excited to get back to campus and get to work. We have already picked a theme for our dance routine. The music mix is almost at its final cut and the costumes are under way. Also, our choreographer is arriving in a couple of weeks to teach us the routine. Everyone is anxious to meet our new, guest choreographer, who is currently a New York Knicks City Dancer, and see what choreography she has come up with. We are also looking forward to working with some of our UMass Dance Team Alumni who have offered to help us perfect our dance.

Picture: Here is the team performing on the Nationals Stage last year (the team is in the middle of a turning combination). Although, teams may be qualified to compete at Nationals, not every team makes it to the Finals Stage, the Daytona Bandshell. The first round of the competition, “Preliminaries”, takes place in an auditorium, and “Finals”, takes place at the Bandshell. Finals is reserved for the top 10 or 11 teams in each division. The competition is tight and we have not always made it to Finals. It is our team goal to make it to Nationals, make it to the Bandshell, and to place well.


Picture: The Awards Ceremony