by Austin Lockwood
With the basketball season over, the college’s dance team, the Golden Girls, was not given much time to rest, as the team is now preparing to travel to Daytona Beach, Florida, for the National Dance Alliance Championship from April 6–8. The championship is a large-scale event located near the city’s famous oceanfront and draws hundreds of teams of all sizes from across the United States.
The team will be attending for the seventh time in its history and will be led by sixth-year coach Amy Sellers. The team missed the finals last year when they placed second in the Challenger’s Cup. That placement was good for ninth place overall in the Dance Team Performance III division.
Sellers was very confident and expressed her expectations for the team to improve on last year’s performance.
“I think all of the girls have found their role on the team. We have some great leadership on the team as well. Everybody coming together and playing those roles will definitely help us achieve our goals,” Sellers said.
The preliminary round will hold plenty of competition, with 15 teams vying for a chance to enter the finals. The college will face teams ranging from Iowa Central Community College to Shobi University, an international team from Japan.
The team will have very good chances even against such competition, as they enter the competition with three members named All-Americans. Rookie Kristina Aulick earned the honor alongside captains Alyssa Boyce and Paige Johnson. Captain Daryane Douglas received a nomination for All-American as well.
Boyce was extremely confident in the team’s abilities and showed an expectation that the team would win the competition.
“Everybody has their own specific thing that stands out and there’s no single person that stands out among the rest. They all have their amazing talents that create the team and make as awesome as we are,” Boyce said.
Preliminaries start for the Golden Girls on April 7 at 10:26 a.m. For more information, visit http://www.nda.varsity.com/College/Nationals.