Category Archives: Nationals

The Exhibition!

After a year of preparation, our annual national competition is only a couple of days away! Extremely ecstatic and full of nerves, we’ve worked harder than ever this semester and are ready to take home the trophy. Before we board the plane and fly off to Daytona Beach, FL, we still have one more performance, “The Exhibition.”  The Exhibition, better known as our Friends and Family event, is a chance for us to show off our hard work and perform our full nationals routine for those who won’t be with us in Florida. This event is not only for us but also for the UMass cheerleaders, as they will also be competing in Florida.

When: Sunday, April 5th 2009, 5pm-7pm

Where: The Curry Hicks Cage at UMass Amherst (Campus Map)

Photo: UMass Dance Team and UMass Cheerleaders in Daytona Beach, FL last year.

It will be an event you won’t want to miss!

We Are Back!

We are back with the start of spring semester and also with our countdown to NDA nationals in Daytona FL.! With a new coach, new choreographers, new attitudes and a new year, you can say we are a new team. Ready and willing to work harder than ever, we are going for the gold!

Our next local performance is Wednesday, February 4th at the home UMass Men’s Basketball Game. Come out and support us!

NDA Nationals 2008

Here are some pictures from Nationals (April 8-14, 2008)! Enjoy!

team in warm ups
The 2007-2008 team

Mass spirit
Katie and Loren

maroon group
Danielle, Kelly, Trish, Tracy, and Chelsea

Let’s Go Umass
Ashley and Jessica

A banner at the competition

team dinner
Team Dinner

captains 07-08
Captains: Whitney, Katie, Caitlyn

group with Christie
Jessica, Ashley, Katie, Caitlyn, Caitlin, Christie (alum), Loren, Dominique

Seniors: Christine and Whitney

Kelly, Chelsea, Stephanie

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