The purpose of the Penn State Lionettes Dance Team is to serve as an ambassador for Penn State, model a positive image, and promote spirit at athletic and charity events.
The objectives for the Lionettes Dance Team are:
- to provide team members with the opportunity to enhance their dance technique,
- to provide a quality team experience in order to facilitate the development of usable, transferable life skills,
- to offer team members the opportunity to experience the commitment necessary to maintain a well-rounded, healthy lifestyle, and
- to offer team members the experience of serving their community so as to enhance their understanding of good citizenship.
The Penn State Lionettes Dance Team was founded over ten years ago as a kickline team. In 1995, the group became a club sport and current Dance Team Advisor Sue Sherburne joined the team in the spring of 1997. Since then, she and former Academic Advisor Don Ferrell have helped the team to gain campus-wide recognition at athletic and community events. Most notably, the two advisors helped the Lionettes to move from the stands of Beaver Stadium to the sidelines during the football game.
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Julie Berardi - Coach
As an alumni of the Penn State Lionettes Dance Team (2004-2008), Julie has worked closely with the team since receiving her diploma in Advertising/Public Relations in 2008. Julie assisted with national's choreography for the Lionettes until this past summer when she was hired as the first coach for the program. Julie started dancing at a young age and received a highly technical and ballet-centered training at Oxford Center for Dance (PA) under the direction of Dina Gazzero and at Mid-Atlantic Ballet Company (DE) under the direction of Sara Taylor Neal. Julie is also trained in jazz, contemporary, lyrical, modern, tap, pom, kick and hip-hop. In 2001, along with the Blue Lake International Ballet Ensemble, Julie toured Europe starring in an original piece by Jefferson Baum and was chosen to perform the pas de duex from Don Quixote. Since graduating from Penn State, Julie was able to turn her passion for dance into a career in choreography and coaching for dance teams and studios across the country. She has choreographed for over 35 dance teams and studios over the past five years and earned multiple titles, top 5 finishes and choreography awards. Julie is the Owner/Artistic Director at Synergy Dance, a choreography company that specializes in competition choreography for high school, college teams and studios. It gives Julie great joy to work with dancers, helping them to reach their full potential and experience success! She is so excited to return to her alma mater and hopes to bring the Penn State Lionettes Dance Team Program to the next level.
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