Baker small dance team claims second national championship
Daytona Beach, Fla. – The Baker University small dance team claimed its second consecutive National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics/National Dance Alliance Small Dance National Championship during the weekend in Daytona Beach, Fla.
Baker scored 8.300 to edge runner-up Wayland Baptist University (Texas), which finished second at 8.204. Midland University (Neb.) placed third at 8.196 and Benedictine College was fourth at 8.177.
Baker team members were Sarah Pembrook, senior; Danielle Small, senior; Kristina Shiddell, junior; Bailey Buchman, junior; Katie Butler, junior; Maddison Kristoffersen, sophomore; Alyssa Staats, sophomore; Amanda Seeley, freshman; London Wise, freshman; and Brittney Gapter, freshman.
Out of the four finalists, Baker was also named the top squad for innovative choreography. For the first time, Baker also competed in the hip-hop category against NCAA Division II and III schools, junior colleges as well as other NAIA schools. The Wildcats placed 11th in that category.
“I’m very proud of the all the hard work the girls put in leading up to competition,” said Lynsey Payne, head dance coach. “The competition has grown a lot in the past year and the level of talent has gone up significantly in the NAIA Small Dance category. For us to win two years in a row is such an accomplishment.
Baker University is committed to assuring student learning, and developing confident, competent and responsible contributors to society.