Bearden’s dance team returns to UDA Nationals this week, where they will be defending a national title in pom and top five finish in jazz.
This year, the team will also compete in an all new category called “Game Day.” This category allows dance teams to showcase the routines that they perform on Bearden’s own sidelines. The category contains the school’s fight-song, a sideline cheer and a half time routine.
Senior Chloe Anders is especially excited for the opportunity to compete in the new category and show the nation what it means to be a Bearden Bulldog.
“It’s exciting because we’ll get to bring something we do every Friday night at Bearden on the road with us,” Anders said.
This year, the dance team has overcome many challenges and feel as though it has left them prepared to endure nationals.
“I am really proud of how far the team has come this season,” senior Sydney Schriver shared. “Everyone has really stepped into the role of a good teammate, and we have all really had each other’s backs.”
Added Anders: “Our work ethic has come a long way since the beginning of the season. We’ve been especially challenged because last season we won the national title, and this season we have just wanted to live up to that.”
The Lady Bulldogs have practiced for many hard hours and days in preparation for this weekend’s competition. The team aspect has been vital to this season’s success so far.
“This year coming back as reigning champions, we have had to work harder together as a team than any other year,” Schriver said. “We want to do well, but most importantly we want to do it for each other.”
Bearden already defended its state title in November, when the Lady Bulldogs claimed their sixth straight state title in jazz.
“As a senior, it has been an extremely emotional season with all of the ups and downs, but I could not be more proud of my team,” Schriver said. “I am excited to see what the coming days have in store for us and to see our hard work pay off.”
Both Anders and Schriver have competed for Bearden for the past three years and look to conclude their final season with success.
“I am most excited to soak in every minute of my final year as a Bulldog,” Anders said. “Being a senior has been so important to me because I have been able to be a role model that the rest of the team looks to.”
The team will leave Wednesday night for Orlando where they will compete. The performance schedule will be available on the UDA Varsity website as well as a live stream.