CORPUS CHRISTI – The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi Dance Team carried over their success from Nationals into the Universal Dance Association (UDA) camp July 13-16 at Texas State University. The team won six awards including the Division I Home Routine Championship for the second straight year and the Most Collegiate Award.
"I went in with high expectations and they met that," Head Coach Melanie Lowry said. "It's a great feeling to win Home Routine two years in a row and I was pushing for them to win Most Collegiate and was surprised with the Program Improvement award . I have high expectations for the season and I know they will bring it. I'm excited for the year to happen."
Since the Islanders won the Home Routine Championship, the team had the opportunity to perform in front of all the UDA and all the Universal Cheer Association (UCA) teams.
The Islanders garnered the gold superior ribbon for fight song and the program fight song which was a dual competition with cheer and dance. The squad also claimed the individual superior trophy for their individual performances of three routines. The team placed in the top 10 percent of the camp and won 51 superior ribbons and eight excellent ribbons.
The squad received the Most Collegiate Award for their above and beyond sassy, classy and overall collegiate look. The Islanders wore their Adidas gear and looked the part of a collegiate dancer.
Four years ago Coach Lowry and the dance team won the Program Improvement award and once again the team successfully picked up the award for their major steps in improving as an overall team.
Dance Captain Taryn Lovato was hand selected by the judges for the second time in her career to try out for the UDA staff. She was the only Division I dancer to be selected, all the others were Division IA.
"The instructors were raving to us about how much they have seen us grow and improve over the past year," Lovato said.
The Dance Team will host dance camp July 23 and 24 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Grade 9th-12th are welcome to register. At the camp, dancers will learn three routines. The cost is $55 per person. To register contact Melanie Lowry at (361) 825-3417 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.