After winning their fifth straight state title in November, Bearden’s dance team will look to top off their successful season with a UDA national title this weekend in Orlando.
Last year, Bearden placed third in the nation for their large varsity pom routine, but with a faster, more complex routine this year, they hope they can win it all.
“We would really like to win pom,” sophomore Lauren Hall said. “Last year our dance in pom was a lot different. … This year, it’s a lot faster, and our difficulty has gone up a lot.”
Coach Hannah Keathley believes that this year’s team has worked extremely hard to get where they are. She thinks that a new workout routine has helped improve the team’s strength.
“This team has been working hard every day to prepare for nationals this year,” Coach Keathley said. “The one thing that we did this year was a workout called Orange Theory, which has really helped with our strength.
“I feel like the main thing that will be different this year at nationals than before is how prepared the team is.”
Last year, Bearden matched their best ever finish in large varsity pom when they finished third, so a second place or above finish would be their best finish ever.
Although the team is focused primarily on winning in pom, they also will look to improve their jazz routine finish.
“Last year, we didn’t make finals in jazz,” Hall said. “So this year we would like to make finals in jazz, possibly even top five.”
Bearden will start competing on Saturday morning with their pom routine at 7:55, and the competition will continue through Sunday.
Coach Keathley is confident in her team, and she believes that every team has an equal chance of taking home a title.
“Every champion is someone who refuses to give up, so it’s anyone’s ball game at nationals,” Coach Keathley said. “We can’t wait to represent Bearden High School the best way we can.”