TOWSON, Md. (April 6, 2007)-- The Towson University Dance Team won the
2007 National Dance Alliance (NDA) Collegiate National Championship, Division I title and the National Grand Champion title on Friday, April 6 in Daytona Beach, Fla. This marks the ninth consecutive year TU has taken home first prize in the competition, which took place at Florida’s Peabody Auditorium and at the Daytona Beach Bandshell.
"We’re extremely excited and proud to represent Towson University once again at the National Championships," dance team coach Tom Casella said. "The team spirit and cooperation of this group of young women makes them champions no matter what.”
The hyper-paced bump and grind precision dances are a combination of hip-hop, jazz, funk and pom routines. The Towson University Dance Team was the top seed going into the competition, winning the Division I competition beating Harvard, Xavier, George Washington and Wichita State. Teams from Japan, Canada and 78 colleges from the United States participated in the championships. Teams are invited to attend the championships based on participation at cheerleading and dance camps, as well as video qualifications from colleges and universities across the United States and select countries.
The TU Dance Team performs throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region and at Towson University Athletic Department competitions and numerous community events. The team consists of 27 members and is coached by Towson University Professor of Theatre Arts Tom Cascella.
The National Cheerleading Association (NCA) and the National Dance Alliance (NDA) Collegiate National Championship is the world’s largest collegiate cheerleading and dance competition and attracts more than 6,000 cheerleaders, dancers, mascots and spectators annually. NCA/NDA, the largest privately held cheerleading and dance organization in the world hold events for more than 180,000 cheerleaders and dancers around the world.