January 15, 2015
LIBERTY, Mo. – The Stephens College competitive dance team kicked off the 2014-15 competition season this past weekend in Liberty, Mo. at the William Jewell College Dance Challenge. 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 last minute.
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, which is set to start at 7 p.m.
August 4, 2014
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Stephens College competitive dance team kicked off its inaugural 2014-15 campaign with the University Dance Association (UDA) College Spirit Camp at Missouri State University, July 25-27. 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.”
To check out the roster for the 2014-15 season, click here.