By Adam Samson/Sports Information Director
LIBERTY, Mo. – The Stephens College competitive dance team kicked off the 2014-15 competition season this past weekend at the William Jewell College Dance Challenge in Liberty, Mo. Several high schools from the region participated as well as the Starlets.
William Jewell was originally set to compete with the Starlets in the College Mix division; however, the Cardinal dance team did not have the minimum number of student-athletes to compete and dropped out at the last minute. The Starlets' performance continued as an exhibition.
Judged with the official National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) scoring rubric, the Starlets averaged a score of 80.75 out of 120 with the highest total being a 94.
Participating for the Starlets were Destiney Lockhart, Natalya McDaniel, Ta’Shayla Montgomery, Bernadette Murray, Beck Saunders and Victoria Vitale.
The Stephens squad scored well in the areas of hip-hop technique, execution and staging transitions, while receiving rave reviews for its energy in the opening, timing and synchronization and clean turns.
Next up for the Starlets is the Lindenwood University–Belleville In-Season Competition on Friday, Jan. 23. It starts at 7 p.m.
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