ranking this week. The UT dance team recently turned in an energetic, aggressive
jazz qualifying routine to the Universal Dance Association and it earned
an expense paid bid to the Collegiate National Dance Competition to be held
in Orlando, Fla., on Jan. 8-10.
Each year over 75 Division I-A teams submit a two-minute, unedited dance
routine in hopes of qualifying for the national competition. This year the
Dance Team's hard work and determination secured a third place preliminary
ranking. This means the dance team will forgo the semifinal round and enter
directly into the final competition.
"Our dance team has placed, top ten, in the finals competition in
seven of the last eight years," said Kim Patterson, head coach. "But
they have never qualified this high in the preliminary competition. This
is a huge statement to the rest of the country about the strength of our
dancers and the UT dance program."
The dance team spends up to 10 hours a week rehearsing for appearances
at each of the home football and basketball games. The dance team also is
scheduled for up to 10 additional appearances each semester. These time
constraints will only increase now that the dance team has something to
"We're all so excited," said Allison Lacy, co-captain. "After
all the countless hours of practice, it feels great to finally be recognized
as one of the best dance teams in the country. We're looking forward to
making that a reality."
The Collegiate National Dance Competition will be aired on ESPN in the
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