The St. Cloud State University Dance team took home first place and second place titles recently at the UDA dance competition held in Orlando, Florida.
The recently added title in the Game Day category would be the subject of their championship for the 2019-2020 season, which is the second national title the team has won over the past four years. This year would be the first time that the team has competed in the category and it was the only routine in which it featured all members.
The team also placed second in the open Pom and eighth in the open Jazz categories.
A celebration event was held for the dance team at the Atwood Memorial Center last week. Attendees at the event were SCSU President Robbyn Wacker, members of the dance team, coach Susan Uhrich, program adviser and Assistant Director of the Department of Campus Involvement David McCandless and many members of the university and St. Cloud community.
“It does, in fact, take hard work and consistent practice to get this good. It just does not happen automatically,” said Wacker at the event.
Throughout the academic year, the dance team not only performs during halftime at SCSU sporting events, but they also perform in community events as well.
“It was estimated that this team held at least 800 hours of practices, events, appearances and performances throughout the season,” said Wacker commemorating the amount of time the team has put in since their first official practice in August 2019.
The St. Cloud State University Dance Team participating in numerous campus and community events throughout the school year. Courtesy of the SCSU dance team YouTube channel.
Captain Michaela Keller reflects on the season that the team had and highlighted that not only are the members a part of a dedicated team, but they are a part of a family as well.
“This program isn’t only a dance team but we’re all a family,” said Keller. “Practices are when we get to be with all of our best friends and do what we love to do together to become one. Once we get into the studio, we know that we’re in a safe spot because we’re with amazing people that care about you.”
Fellow captain Angelina Borgen also mentions the amount of hard work it took for everybody to reach their common goal of winning a national championship.
“I am so proud of this team and how far we have come in the eight months we had together,” said Borgen. “I couldn’t ask for a better co-captain, coaches or teammates. Everyone this year contributed to our win and without them, we wouldn’t be standing here right now.”
One of three coaches of the dance team and SCSU student and dance team alumni Susan Uhrich mentions that one of the greatest aspects about this team is their ability to believe not only in themselves but in each other and knowing they’re representing their school and community.
“Being proud of who they are and what they represent is one of the many underlying reasons that got the team through the season. They never once took a moment for granted, they believed in each other, trusted in the process and were all in,” said Uhrich.
Uhrich goes on to say that the theme for the team this year was “All In” which certainly took hold from the title they brought back with them and the amount of hard work and dedication it took the team to get to where they are now.
An audition prep class for jazz will be held on Feb. 29. The dance team will also be leading a high school prep clinic which will feature short versions of their jazz, hip-hop, and pom routines on Mar. 28.
Official tryouts for the team will be held on April 26-27 in Halenbeck Hall.
Bethanie is a junior at St. Cloud State and is a mathematics education major with minors in mass communications and special education. This year, she is the Managing Editor for the University Chronicle, a director for in house productions at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center and a math tutor. She enjoys writing, rock concerts, and serving her community and fellow students.