The Baker small dance team placed second, earning an automatic bid to the NAIA Invitational, which will be held in conjunction with the National Cheer Association (NCA) / National Dance Alliance (NDA) National Cheer and Dance championships on April 6-10, in Daytona Beach, Fla.
Baker’s mascot WoWzer also placed second in its respective category, also earning an automatic bid to the NAIA Invitational.
Currently, competitive cheer and dance is 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 varsity.
The NAIA could conduct its first national championship in competitive cheer and dance as early as the spring of 2012. Competitive cheer and dance, under the NAIA governance structure, reached championship sport status when more than 50 member colleges and universities declared to participate during the 2010-11 academic year.
The spirit squad will also be hosting its annual Youth Cheer and Dance Clinic on February 19, 2011 during the women's and men's basketball games against Missouri Valley College. Click here to view full information