Dance Team to Debut UDA Nationals Routines for U-M Community

Dec. 26, 2013

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan dance team and head coach Valerie Stead Potsos announced today (Thursday, Dec. 26) that the team will debut two new routines during its national championship preview on Saturday, Jan. 11, at Cliff Keen Arena. The "Friends and Family Sendoff" performance will begin at 2 p.m., and admission is free.

The dance team will perform both its jazz routine and hip-hop routine that it is preparing for the Universal Dance Association College Dance Team National Championships on Jan. 18-19 in Orlando, Fla. There will also be select performances from the first semester and video highlights from the team's performances during football season.

"This is a wonderful opportunity for our university and community to see the Michigan dance team in a different light," said Stead Potsos. "We are proud of the energy and spirit we bring to athletics events and are privileged to do so. When we perform on the national stage, the talents of the women on our team can truly shine through. We are excited to showcase these new routines ahead of UDA nationals choreographed by nationally renown choreographers."

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

The "Friends and Family Sendoff" gives the dance team an opportunity to perfect elements of synchronization, showmanship and technical execution of skills in front of a crowd and in a setting similar to UDA nationals. Following the performance, there will be an autograph session, photo opportunities, and giveaways of the dance team poster.

Contact: Michael Kasiborski