By Adam Samson/Sports Information Director
Stephens College is beginning the school year with a new sport.
The competitive dance team kicked off its inaugural season with the University Dance Association College Spirit Camp at Missouri State University in late July.
As part of the weekend training camp, the Star dancers joined 18 other college squads from around the region to learn new routines, work on technique and receive feedback from the UDA staff.
The first-time participants wasted no time getting their feet wet and brought home some hardware in the process. Stephens earned an overall “superior” rating and trophy after several student-athletes were awarded blue ribbons for their individual evaluations.
As a team, the Stars claimed another blue ribbon and second place overall in the fight song competition. Teams participating were taught a fight song and had 24 hours to prepare a routine. NCAA Division II William Jewell College took first in the category.
On the first night of camp, Stephens received a red ribbon for its home routine evaluation. Each school brought its own routine and was evaluated based on technique, performance quality and spirit. The Stars ranked fifth overall behind the likes of nine-time national champion Central Oklahoma, Missouri State, Arkansas State and William Jewell.
“Overall, it was a great experience and the ladies got a feel for what collegiate competition is going to be like,” first-year head coach Danyale Williams said. “We received a lot of positive feedback and represented Stephens College well.”
Williams will continue to build on last week’s performances as the Stars enter their first season of varsity competition.
“With this camp under our belts, it should be a little less intimidating heading into future competitions,” Williams added. “Right now, our technical abilities are all over the place and while the showmanship is there, we have to come together and bridge that gap as a team.”
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