The Stony Brook University Dance Team placed fifth at the Universal Cheerleaders Association (UCA) and Universal Dance Association (UDA) College Cheerleading and Dance Team National Championships at Walt Disney World’s ESPN Wide World of Sports on January 17-18, 2015. The UCA & UDA National Championship is the most prestigious college cheerleading and dance championship in the country. The team placed fifth in the Division I “Pom” category, advancing to the finals for the first time in the history of the Stony Brook University Spirit Program.
“To place in the top five — among some of the best teams in the country in our second year on the national stage — speaks to the level of commitment by these incredibly talented student athletes,” said Sarah Harrington, Stony Brook University Dance Team Coach and Spirit Program Coordinator. “I am so proud to coach this group of dedicated women and am so excited for what the future holds for this team.”
“We are so excited to be ranked as a Top 5 dance team,” said Regina Zambrano, graduating senior and Team Captain. “To make finals at the most prestigious college dance competition in the country is something I would have never dreamed of as a freshman, nonetheless placing in the Top 5 in the country. We are honored and excited to represent Stony Brook on the national level and add to our University’s tradition of excellence.”
The Stony Brook Dance Team, which includes 13 students this year, can be seen dazzling fans on the sidelines with their elite technical level and outstanding enthusiasm for all things Seawolves. The focus of the dance team is to create the ultimate fan experience through innovative crowd involvement techniques and exciting performances in the styles of pom, jazz and hip-hop. The team works closely with the Athletic Department.
In addition to performing at all home football and basketball games, members participate in numerous events on campus and in the community. Regular season practices are held three to four times per week and include technique classes plus conditioning and strength training.