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University of Kansas Interview with Michelle Heffner Hayes, Ph.D.

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The University Dance Company performs a dress rehearsal for their spring concert at the Lawrence Arts Center. Natali Diaz, McNair scholar is one of the senior performers, and choreographed the “House of Blues” feature. The entree production was overseen by Dr. Michelle Heffner Hayes, professor and chair of the Department of Dance.

The Department of Dance at the University of Kansas (“KU”) provides conservatory-level technical training in a rich liberal arts environment. They immerse students in professional development experiences from the moment they enter the program, through guest artist residencies and courses in career development or video and website design for dance. Dancers at the University of Kansas receive integrated training in ballet, modern/contemporary and jazz dance, as well as flamenco, classical Indian, African, and musical theatre dance. They encourage each student to find his or her individual way to make a life in dance.

According to Michelle Heffner Hayes, PhD, Professor and Chair of the Department of Dance, their integrated training model distinguishes KU from other dance programs. Most students come to KU with more training in one area or another; their goal is to prepare dancers to move across genres. Also, their focus on career development is (more…)

West Chester University Dance Team Interview

WCUDTWest Chester University Dance Team, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is a group of driven and hard working individuals who are committed to success. They push themselves each season to do even better than the last. They are not only teammates, but by the end of the season consider each other as family.

Their program is entirely student-run which means they do not have a coach. The dance team has elections for student officers at the end of each year for the upcoming season in the positions of two Co-Captains, Treasurer and Secretary. It is up to the captains to oversee practices, organize events and appearances throughout the season, and obtain choreographers for their nationals routines. The West Chester University Dance Team is a sports club that performs at the men’s basketball games, homecoming and various other campus events.  It is also up to the team to create their own choreography for certain West Chester Universityperformance opportunities.

Even though their season has just begun, in this short amount of time they have set the standards much higher than years prior. They have accomplished things that they have never done before as a program. This summer they attended UDA dance camp at the University of Scranton alongside (more…)

Berwick College Dance Academy Interview with Melissa Quenette

RehearsalMelissa Quenette, Director of Dance at Berwick College Dance Academy, in Berwick, Victoria, Australia! It is kind of cool to get to hear from a school from “Down Under.”

Melissa describes The Berwick College Dance Academy (BCDA) as a program offered to accelerate dance students within their secondary school. Unlike the colleges in the United States whose students have completed 13 years of school and range in age from approximately 18 to 24 years of age, Berwick College is a co-educational, public school for years 7 to 12. The college has approximately 1500 students and caters to a wide variety of students with its many pathways and programs, including VCE and VCAL. At present, they are running the dance course in Year 7 and Year 8 and will increase that to Year 9 in 2016. The academy allows dance students who have an interest in dance and the performing arts to learn about their passion while concurrently completing their secondary education. BCDA provides a fun, safe learning environment where they encourage their students to work hard and to keep pursuing their dreams and aspirations.

In Melissa’s opinion, is different from other dance schools because the BCDA allows students to add what is often (more…)

Top 50 College Dance Teams (1-25)

This list of top college dance teams is meant to highlight some of the awesome dance teams throughout the United States, and in no way is meant to be a comprehensive list.  We here at BDancewear.com think that if you are dance at the elite level that is college dance you are doing something amazing and deserve recognition!  This is a small list of some of the dance teams that we think are going above and beyond.  However if your studio isn’t on this list and you think it should be, feel free to leave a comment or email Brittany@BDancewear.com and we would love to write an article about your dance team.

  1. University of Tennessee Dance Team
    The spirit programs, consisting of the mascot, cheer and dance teams, at the University of Tennessee continue to be among the most recognized and nationally ranked teams in the nation. They are afforded the opportunity to demonstrate their superior skills at football, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, volleyball, baseball, softball, soccer, and rowing, as well as in national competition with UCA and UDA as seen on ESPN. The University of Tennessee was named the UDA National Champs in 2007, 2008, 2009. Their dance team is one of the three spirit programs. (more…)

Top 50 College Dance Teams (26-50)

This list of top college dance teams is meant to highlight some of the awesome dance teams throughout the United States, and in no way is meant to be a comprehensive list.  We here at BDancewear.com think that if you are dance at the elite level that is college dance you are doing something amazing and deserve recognition!  This is a small list of some of the dance teams that we think are going above and beyond.  However if your studio isn’t on this list and you think it should be, feel free to leave a comment or email Brittany@BDancewear.com and we would love to write an article about your dance team.

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  1. University of Rhode Island
    The Ramettes are the official dance team of the URI Athletic Department. As one of the University’s Spirit Groups, the Ramettes’ primary role is to offer spirit and entertainment at the Men’s and Women’s Basketball games each season. They are the featured halftime entertainment and also perform short routines to keep the Rhody fans involved throughout the entire game. Performing dances to everything from Katy Perry to Lady Gaga, the Ramettes are a dynamic and versatile group of URI’s best dancers. They are a long-standing tradition at the (more…)

Gordon College

We have not yet had the opportunity to interview the Gordon College Dance Team, if you are associated with the Gordon College Dance Team please have someone from the team email us at Brittany@BDancewear.com to set up an interview (only takes a few minutes and it’s free).

In the meantime here is some quick insights about this Gordon College Dance Team from their website.

 

Gordon CollegeGordon College’s mission is to contribute to the growth and enrichment of students who dance and/or support Gordon Athletics, and to increase community awareness of Gordon College. The Gordon College Dance Team is an established, high-quality performing athletic team that has grown steadily since its inception in 2001. The GCDT began less formally as a student organization in 2001 and performed at several Gordon Basketball games. In 2002, a club was formally created through the Gordon College Student Association. Attending its first regional Universal Dance Association (UDA) competition in 2007, the team has gone on to compete in UDA and other regional competitions at least once per season, qualifying for the UDA College Nationals in 2009. Since its inception in 2001, the team has had a growing impact on the Gordon community. The team’s increased level of performance and (more…)

Hip Hop University of Oregon

We have not yet had the opportunity to interview the Hip Hop University of Oregon Dance Team, if you are associated with the Hip Hop University of Oregon Dance Team please have someone from the team email us at Brittany@BDancewear.com to set up an interview (only takes a few minutes and it’s free).

In the meantime here is some quick insights about this Hip Hop University of Oregon Dance Team from their website.

 

Hip Hop University of OregonThe University of Oregon Dance Team performs at all home Duck Football Games at Autzen in the Moshofsky Center. The University of Oregon Dance Team performs at every home football game in the Moshofsky Center at Autzen Stadium, multiple men’s and women’s basketball games, hockey, pep rallies, and many community service events. They team is has the benefit of professional choreography from UDA and NDA National Title Winning Choreographers. The University of Oregon Dance Team competes at a collegiate level at USA Championships and UDA Northwest Championships. The University of Oregon Dance Team won 3rd Place at USA National Championships in 4-year Open Division in 2015. Over the last 10 years the University of Oregon Dance team has placed at USA, NDA and UDA Nationals in Open Dance and Hip-Hop. (more…)

West Chester University

We have not yet had the opportunity to interview the West Chester University Dance Team, if you are associated with the West Chester University Dance Team please have someone from the team email us at Brittany@BDancewear.com to set up an interview (only takes a few minutes and it’s free).

In the meantime here is some quick insights about this West Chester University Dance Team from their website.

 

West Chester UniversityThe West Chester University Dance Team is a spirit and social organization that strives to showcase the talents of the members of the team. They practice, perform, and compete to entertain audiences and promote West Chester University pride. he Dance Team perform at the Men’s Basketball Games and other sporting events, the Homecoming Parade as well as community events both on and off campus. They annually compete at the Battle of the Northeast Regional Competition and the Universal Dance Association College Nationals Competition. At the 2015 UDA National Competition, they placed 6th in Pom and 7th in Hip Hop overall in the Nation! They are able to bring recognition to West Chester through their success in competitions and various college dance team events. The Dance Team is primarily a student run dance organization that performs at (more…)

Arizona State University

We have not yet had the opportunity to interview the Arizona State University Dance Team, if you are associated with the Arizona State University Dance Team please have someone from the team email us at Brittany@BDancewear.com to set up an interview (only takes a few minutes and it’s free).

In the meantime here is some quick insights about this Arizona State University Dance Team from their website.

 

Arizona State UniversityArizona State University in Tempe, Arizona, has more than one dance team. The most well known and visible team is the Dancing Devils. The Dancing Devils sport club is the dance team that performs at football games and the men’s and women’s basketball games. They also perform at various Arizona State University and Tempe community events. Another dance team is the Devil DanceSport is an official Sun Devil Sports and SORC club at Arizona State University. The Devil DanceSport represents Arizona State University in ballroom dance competitions and events, both on-campus and off-campus. This year the Devil DanceSport hosts their eighth annual Devil DanceSport Invitational! Last year, their competition saw over 170 competitors, from 15 schools and five states register for nearly 1,000 entries. Due to this popularity, the Devil DanceSport Invitational has become the largest (more…)

University of Rhode Island

We have not yet had the opportunity to interview the University of Rhode Island Dance Team, if you are associated with the University of Rhode Island Dance Team please have someone from the team email us at Brittany@BDancewear.com to set up an interview (only takes a few minutes and it’s free).

In the meantime here is some quick insights about this University of Rhode Island Dance Team from their website.

 

University of Rhode IslandThe Ramettes are the official dance team of the URI Athletic Department. As one of the University’s Spirit Groups, the Ramettes’ primary role is to offer spirit and entertainment at the Men’s and Women’s Basketball games each season. They are the featured halftime entertainment and also perform short routines to keep the Rhody fans involved throughout the entire game. Performing dances to everything from Katy Perry to Lady Gaga, the Ramettes are a dynamic and versatile group of URI’s best dancers. They are a long-standing tradition at the University of Rhode Island, with the first Ramettes squad created in the 1960’s; however, they were revived in the late 1990’s with a new image that mirrors many of today’s collegiate dance teams. They are noted for their high-energy dances that include jazz, hip-hop, pom (more…)