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April 12, 2011

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Dance team wins NAIA NDA National Championship

Daytona Beach, Fla. — The Baker University captured the 2011 NAIA National Dance Association Small Dance National Championship on Friday.Baker-NationalsTeam

Dance members were Caitie Allison, Bailey Buchman, Gina Davidson, Genevieve Des Marteau, Alex Hess, Katie Kopy, Madison Kristoffersen, Katie Sellers, Kristina Shiddell, Alyssa Staats, Jennie Warren (alternate) and Alisa Rotman (alternate).

“I am extremely proud of the dancers,” said Lynsey Payne, Baker’s head dance coach. “We have worked really hard all year, and it has paid off greatly. This is a huge step for our program and the NAIA in moving toward varsity sport status.”

Competitive cheer and dance currently is considered an emerging sport in the NAIA. Under NAIA guidelines, competitive cheer and dance reached emerging sport status in 2009 when more than 25 institutions declared to participate as a varsity member. Under the NAIA governance structure, 50 member colleges and universities must declare in order for the sport to reach varsity status.

“We are looking forward to what the future holds for the dance program after such a successful year,” Payne said.

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