MEMPHIS, Tenn., February 7, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Varsity Spirit – the global leader in cheerleading apparel, dance teams and bands, camps and competitions, and a division of Varsity Brands, the market leader in team sports, school spirit and recognition of achievement – is pleased to announce that the 2022 National Dance Team Championships took place on February 4-6, 2022at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in the Walt Disney World® Appeal.
The National Dance Team Championship, produced by Universal Dance Association, a Varsity Spirit brand, celebrated the power of school spirit, community, athleticism and talent. The event hosted over 1,000 performances in 37 states. All teams invited to perform at the championship have qualified through a Varsity Spirit Camp in 2021. School teams have been accredited in dance safety and leadership training, approved by the National Federation of School Sports (NFHS) , as well as in the areas of Ambassador, Athletics, Performance, Role Modeling, and Spirit Uplifting. The teams performed in an exclusive performance at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in the HP Field House, Visa Athletic Center or AdventHealth Arena – the first-ever building dedicated exclusively to hosting dance events and of joy.
“Each year, teams from across the country come together at the UDA National Dance Team Championship to showcase their skills and represent their schools and programs,” said Bill Seeley, President of Varsity Spirit. “These athletes have spent hundreds of hours uplifting their campuses, entertaining their crowds with games and performances. We are thrilled to be able to produce a world-class event where we can showcase their incredible talents. and reward them for their contributions to their schools and communities.”
The National Dance Team Championship was the first of its kind in 1983, created to reward dancers for their hard work and talent, and to create a venue in which they could be recognized for their talents and abilities. This championship has been featured on ESPN since 1983 and Varsity Spirit is one of ESPN’s longest running contributors. Varsity Spirit partnered with Walt Disney World® Resort in 1995 and has been creating unforgettable National Championship experiences ever since.
For more information on the National Dance Team Championship, please visit Varsity.com. Varsity Spirit broadcast the championship live on College Television, a website dedicated to exclusive live coverage and video libraries of Dance and Varsity Spirit Dance competitions. Videos of the routines are available for fans who wouldn’t otherwise be able to attend, and full results lists are available at College Television. The championship will air on ESPN2 and ESPNU beginning in the spring of 2022. Viewers can check their local listings for broadcast times.
Winners of the Super Varsity Dance Team included:
- Super Varsity Match Day: Cherry Creek High School | Greenwood Village, Colorado
Winners of the Great College Dance Team included:
- Great college hip-hop: Eisenhower High School | Shelby Township, Michigan
- Large university pompom: Millard North High School | Omaha, NE
- Great university jazz: Coral Reef High School | Miami, Florida
- Great College Kick: Southern Maine High School | Park Ridge, Ill.
- Big College Game Day: Bearden High School | Knoxville, TN
The winners of the average varsity dance team included:
- Average college hip-hop: Francis Howell High School | St. Charles, Missouri
- Medium College Pom Pom: Liberty High School | Freedom, Missouri
- Average College Jazz: St. Thomas More Catholic High School | St. Cloud, Florida
- Average varsity play day: Los Alamitos High School | Los Alamitos, California
Small Varsity Dance Team winners included:
- Little college hip-hop: Destrehan High School | Destrehan, LA
- Little university pompom: Los Alamitos High School | Los Alamitos, California
- Little college jazz: St. Brendan High School | Miami, Florida
- Little university kick: Notre Dame de Sion High School | Kansas City, Missouri
- College game day: Destrehan High School | Destrehan, LA
About the University Spirit
MemphisBased at Varsity Spirit, the engine behind cheerleading’s dynamic transformation into the high-energy sporting activity it is today, is the world’s leading source for all things spirited, including cheerleading, l dance team and the performing arts. A division of Varsity Brands, Varsity Spirit is a leader in uniform innovation, as well as educational camps, clinics and competitions, reaching more than one million athletes each year. Focused on safety, entertainment and traditional school leadership, Varsity Spirit employees have been dedicated to celebrating the spirit through its brands since 1974. For more information about Varsity Spirit or Varsity Brands, please visit varsity.com or varsitybrands.com.
About University Marks
With a mission to inspire success and create memorable experiences for young people, Varsity Brands enhances the student experience, promotes participation and celebrates achievement through three unique yet interrelated businesses: BSN SPORTS, a sports brand academic; University spirit; and herff jones, a mark of academic achievement. Together, these assets promote personal, school, and community pride through their customizable products and programs in elementary and middle schools, high schools, colleges, and universities, as well as religious organizations, professional and collegiate sports teams, and businesses. . Through its dedicated employees and independent representatives, Varsity Brands reaches its individual and institutional clientele each year through contests, camps and sales.
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