Lionettes Named 2014 NDA Collegiate Dance Champions

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Lionettes defeat fourteen teams for national title


Lionettes defeat fourteen teams for national title

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., April 13, 2014 - The Penn State Lionettes dance team earned its third consecutive NDA Collegiate Dance Championship on Friday in Daytona Beach, Florida. Fourteen teams competed in Division I-A.

      Edged by University of Louisiana in the preliminaries, Penn State secured a spot in Friday’s national competition. The Lionettes trailed just eight one-hundredths of a point behind The Ragin' Jazz Dance Team.

      The Lionettes finished strong with a score of 9.61 to secure the national title. The University of Lousiville and Virginia Tech followed with scores of 9.55 and 9.41 respectively.

      Captains Sara Leary, Alexa Schear, Danielle Galipo and Becca Roderick led this year’s dance team while Sue Sherburne serves as the team’s Advisor. Sherburne is also the Assistant Director at the Morgan Academic Center.

      “The girls and I are excited to bring another national title back to Penn State, Sheburne said. “I am so proud of the girls for their dedication and effort to achieve this goal. We appreciate the incredible support we receive from the Penn State community and are happy to be able to give Penn Staters something more to cheer about.”

      Each team is judged on technical skill in pom, hip-hop and jazz dance styles. Eleven dance divisions and almost 7,000 students competed in the competition. 

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