Watch the Winning Routines from the 2013 NDA Collegiate Dance Team Championship!
Members of the Penn State Lionettes hug on the beach after their first-place win. (via the National Dance Alliance Facebook page)
A big congratulations to all the teams that competed last weekend at the 2013 National Dance Alliance Collegiate Dance Team Championship! The competition was fierce—we were glued to our computers, frantically refreshing the results and video pages all day long. So, without further ado, your winners*:
Division IA Dance
1. Penn State University, 9.738
2. University of Louisville, 9.653
3. Iowa State University, 9.622
Division I Dance
1. Towson University, 9.625
2. Stephen F Austin University, 9.398
3. Sacred Heart University, 9.367
Division IA Open Dance
1. Brigham Young University, 9.805
2. Purdue University, 9.650
3. Texas Tech University, 9.595
Division I Open Dance
1. Sam Houston State University, 9.678
2. Utah Valley University, 9.603
3. Villanova University, 9.560
Division IA Hip Hop
1. Brigham Young University, 9.811
2. University of Missouri, 9.467
3. University of South Carolina, 9.230
Division I Hip Hop
1. Stephen F Austin University, 9.822
2. Villanova University, 9.504
3. Utah Valley University, 9.385
What do you think? Do you have a favorite routine? Tell us in the comments below!
*We haven't listed all of the divisions here—just Division IA and Division I. Click here to watch all the teams who competed!
Much of Janelle Ginestra's career has been about helping others shine. She's dedicated herself to supporting and cheerleading her partner, WilldaBeast Adams; the emerging talents in their dance company, ImmaBEAST; and the countless dancers she inspires at master classes and conventions. Her YouTube channel has become a launching pad for young talents like "Fraternal Twins" Larsen Thompson and Taylor Hatala, thanks to viral videos featuring Ginestra's creative vision.
But Ginestra's a skyrocketing success in her own right—an in-demand choreographer, a social media influencer, and a dance entrepreneur, building a legacy one eight-count at a time. It's time for her turn in the spotlight. And she's more than ready. "I want to be a legend in whatever I do," she says. We'd argue that she already is.
If you've ever seen a Janelle Ginestra class video, you know how lit her combos are. What you don't see in those clips is how devoted Ginestra is to her students. We went behind the scenes at one of her sold-out IMMA SPACE classes to see Ginestra in her element, mentoring some of L.A.'s most talented dancers. It was an inspiration feedback loop.
All photos by Joe Toreno.
In our "Dear Katie" series, former NYCB soloist Kathryn Morgan answers your pressing dance questions. Have something you want to ask Katie? Email email@example.com for a chance to be featured!
I love ballet, and I've been told that I have a lot of potential. I can see myself dancing professionally one day. But I'm also working toward my black belt in karate—and I'm passionate about that, too. How can I keep up my technique while also making time for the other things I love? Is that even possible?
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