April 15, 2014

Islanders Dance Crowned Challenge Cup Champions, 11th in Division I

CORPUS CHRISTI – The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi Islanders Dance Team recorded their highest score in program history to win the Challenge Cup at the 2014 National Dance Alliance (NDA) Collegiate National Championships held on Thursday, April 10 and Friday, April 11 in Daytona Beach, Fla. The squad earned the title with a program-best 9.313 score out of 11 teams.     

"I think the girls overcame an amazing amount of obstacles with injuries and illnesses," Head Coach Melanie Lowry said. "I'm very proud of them achieving first place in the Challenge Cup, especially after having to adjust to all the choreography changes. It was the best dance competition performance I have ever seen from an Islanders Dance Team."

The squad earned a final score of 9.100 for their high-energy contemporary jazz routine that featured choreography that the Islanders said was outside of their comfort zone and nothing like they had performed before. The "take over" themed routine secured 11th place in Division I Open, just .74 points out of first place winner Utah Valley University. 

The NDA National Championships are the largest championships in the world for collegiate dance teams. The event hosted 28 divisions and a combined 304 cheer and dance teams.   

Fans have the opportunity to watch part of the Islanders performance from the preliminary round HERE under the Open Dance tab. 

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