By Adam Samson/Sports Information Director
MARYVILLE, Mo. – On Wednesday, the Stephens College competitive dance team wrapped up its first National Dance Alliance (NDA) camp, held on the campus of Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville.
Similar to last summer when the Starlets earned several awards and honors at the Universal Dance Association (UDA) camp in Springfield, the group of returning and incoming Starlets once again made a name for themselves at the camp. In total, 16 dance squads and 26 cheerleading squads from across the region were present at the NDA/NCA camp.
“We definitely made a strong impression as a smaller team against larger NCAA Division I schools such as Iowa State, Kansas State, Nebraska-Omaha and even DII Truman State,” head competitive dance coach Danyale Williams said. “Our girls work so hard and really stood out.”
The Starlets started off the event with a bang, earning the Spirit Stick, which was awarded by the camp staff on the first night. In addition, two Stephens student-athletes were singled out by the staff for their outstanding sportsmanship – Catherine Hake and Destiney Lockhart.
As a team, the Starlets received an overall Superior rating in the performance portion of the camp and also earned a partially-paid bid to the NCA & NDA Collegiate Cheer & Dance Championship. The NCA/NDA Championship is annually held in Daytona Beach, Fla., and nationally televised.
To cap things off, three dancers were nominated for the NDA All-American award and it was veteran dancer Destiney Lockhart who came away with the prestigious honor.
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