March 5, 2014

Islanders Spirit Teams Update

TARYN LOVATO SECURES DANCE CAREER

Senior captain Taryn Lovato has secured a dance career with the Universal Dance Association. After passing the interviewing process, Lovato will now train in Cincinnati or Phoenix at the end of May, before traveling to instruct high school and collegiate dance camps all over the Southern regions. 

"To me it's like a good closing segway to my collegiate dance career and opening my professional career," Lovato said. "I feel so close and familiar with the UDA staff and their style. They have shaped me the past four years."

During the tryout process, Lovato learned chorography, taught chorography, passed a skills test and the interview process to secure a spot on the staff.

"It's been a great four years dancing for the Islanders and now I'm excited for the new adventure and opportunities ahead of me," Lovato added. "It's nice knowing that when we get back from nationals in mid April that I have a job waiting on me. It will be a great transition and I'm really looking forward to it."

CHEER TEAM WINS CO-ED INTERMEDIATE DIVISION I TITLE

The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi Cheer Team made history when they traveled to Denton, Texas to compete in the Spirit Celebration Collegiate Nationals at the University of North Texas on Feb. 23. It marked the first time that an Islanders cheer squad competed in a collegiate competition.

The squad won the Co-Ed Intermediate Division I title for their Michael Jackson remix. CheerLive.net interviewed Evan Braeuler and Sarah Vasquez at the competition.

"Evan and Sarah did a great recruitment speech about our university," Islanders Head Stunt and Tumbling Coach Kate Calderone said. "It was really good for our program to get out there. We had girls coming up to us wanting information on our team. It was a big deal for us to show people that we are competing."

The Islanders competed against Sam Houston State Co-Ed, Sam Houston State All Girl, Navarro College, UTPA, Blinn College and UT Arlington in the Division I Intermediate Co-Ed.

ISLANDERS SET TO HOST COASTAL BEND CHEER & DANCE CHALLENGE SATURDAY

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The Islanders will be hosting their 2nd annual Coastal Bend Cheer and Dance Challenge on Saturday, March 8, 2014 at the Dugan Wellness Center. The competition is open to ages three through 20 years old. Last year 300 participants competed with 67 routines.

There will be four dance categories: team, officer, solo and duets & ensembles as well as four cheer categories: all girl, co-ed, individual, and partner/group stunt. As part of the solo/individual competition, high school seniors are encouraged to compete for up to a $300 scholarship to Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi as part of the Islanders Spirit Teams by performing an individual routine. Critique sheets will be issued. Solos will be judged on showmanship, originality, difficulty, technique, appearance, style, memory and flexibility.

Deadline for receiving entry, contest fees, and names of solos, ensembles, and officers is two weeks before the contest. Spectator tickets for the competition are available at the door of the competition site and tickets cover all day. Cost of entrance is $8 for adults and $5 for children. Two years and under will get in free. There will be a concession stand available for the teams and spectators.

The awards ceremony is set for 3:30 p.m.

For more information contact Head Coach Melanie Lowry at (361) 825-3417 or melanie.lowry@tamucc.edu.

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