Dance Team Set for Trip to National Competition in Florida
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Jan. 15, 2014

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THIS WEEK (ORLANDO, FLA.)
Saturday, Jan. 18 -- at UDA College Dance Team Nationals - semifinals
Sunday, Jan. 19 -- at UDA College Dance Team Nationals - final

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The University of Michigan dance team will compete with dozens of dance teams from across the country at this weekend's (Sat-Sun., Jan. 18-19) Universal Dance Association College Dance Team Nationals at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Fla.

Michigan will perform in both the Division IA hip hop and jazz semifinals on Saturday (Jan. 18) in the J Center. If the Wolverines qualify for the finals on Sunday (Jan. 19), they will perform in the hp Field House.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Saturday Schedule
1:45 p.m. -- U-M hip hop performance
4:15 p.m. -- hip hop finalists announced
7:30 p.m. -- U-M jazz performance
9:15 p.m. -- jazz finalists announced

• The UDA College Dance Team Nationals will be streamed live on varsity.com. There is a charge of $19.99 per day for the live stream.

• Fifteen members of the 26-member dance team will perform in each routine, with 10 women performing in both.

Jazz Hip Hop
Kelsey Arnold Kristen Adamowski
Amy Domino Kelsey Arnold
Jordan Haag Kelsie Breit
Madison Haase Amy Domino
Penelope Koulos Madison Haase
Cassidy Lawlor Rachel Hofsess
Rachel Lee Dani Johnson
Julia Mazur Cassidy Lawlor
MJ Miele MJ Meile
Maycee Nicholas Maycee Nicholas
Melissa Rich Melissa Rich
Ashley Selleke Ashley Selleke
Maria Tomsovic Maria Tomsovic
Emily Trinkler Emily Trinkler
Kendal Zemmin Kendal Zemmin

• The jazz piece was choreographed by Brandon Bryant, who finished runner-up in season five of "So You Think You Can Dance." The hip-hop piece was choreographed by Oscar Hernandez, a nationally touring dancer who most recently performed with Napoleon and Tabitha (Nappytabs) in the summer of 2013.

• In 2013, Michigan finished 12th in the nation in the Division IA hip hop category.

• Michigan will compete in the Division IA category for hip hop and jazz. Division IA refers to schools that participate in FBS (Football Bowl Series).

• Each dance category has four major components on the score sheet for the judges to focus on: choreography (30 points), technique (30 points), group execution (20 points), overall effect (20 points).

• Prior to the weekend competition, the team submitted a "Spirit Tape" that demonstrated community involvement, campus involvement and spirit at athletic events. The video was compiled from events throughout the first semester including football and basketball games, events like the Army-Navy Wheelchair basketball game, and alumni tailgates. Michigan received the highest score possible on the tape, 15 out of 15.

Contact: Michael Kasiborski (mkasibor@umich.edu)

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