Now the story of a dance team who started from the bottom,
And the one senior who had no choice but to kick butt at nationals,
NOW WE'RE HERE.
...Clearly I've been watching too much "Arrested Development." When I first started competing in dance, winning first place was a common thing. My studio team competed in a gym floor style competition (not the crazy Dance Mom's super intense type, that was reserved for the older girls) and we never, ever had another team in our division. At every competition we went to, we were bringing home the bacon. Our only competition was ourselves.
Until the final competition...and we took second. Looking back, we probably would have been first if I hadn't forgotten the dance and started walking to my next formation at the wrong time. How does that even happen?!
Anyway, once I got to college and started competing with dance team I realized that we would not be winning first place. In fact, we probably weren't going to place at all. Our division was filled with extremely talented teams, teams that had been around for decades when ours was just beginning.
Each year, we made it our goal to make it to finals and each year we just fell short.
Until this year.
We. Did. It.
And not only did we make it to finals, we placed ninth. We compete in Division I Open at NDA Nationals. Basically what that means is we get to compete with whatever style of dance we choose. The regular "team dance" division requires teams to perform 30 seconds each of jazz, pom, and hiphop. This year's dance was a high energy jazz to Paramore's "Misery Business."
9th out of 21 teams overall, 9th out of 12 finalists. And we're beyond thrilled.
Interested? Read more here and here.