4.4.12 | Spirit Squad
Baker dance team set to defend 2011 title in Daytona Beach
BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – After winning the 2011 NAIA/NDA Small Dance National Crown in last year, the Baker University spirit squad enters the 2012 competition with similar expectations.
Coming off a first place finish in the hip-hop category and second place finish in small dance at the 2012 Heart of America Athletic Conference Spirit Squad Competition, the team believes it is yet again primed to make a run at the 2012 NAIA/NDA National Championships.
“I think these girls expect to go down there and compete for the title," said Baker dance coach Lynsey Payne.
2.17.12 | Spirit Squad
Spirit Squad set for HAAC competition Feb. 18
OLATHE, Kan. – The Baker University spirit squad travels to Olathe, Kan., on Saturday, Feb. 18 for the annual Heart of America Athletic Conference Spirit Squad Competition.
The squad will be competing in cheer, small dance, and two mascot routines. Last season Baker finished in second place.
“We are hoping to improve on our second place finish last year,” said head dance coach Lynsey Payne. “We have a hip-hop routine for the small dance competition and I am very confident we can bring home the HAAC banner.”
10.28.11 | Kids Clinic
Spirit Squad set to host cheer and dance clinic on Senior Day
BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – The Baker University spirit squad will be hosting a youth cheer and dance clinic for third-fifth graders.
The clinic will begin at 9 a.m. in the Mabee Gymnasium, with a performance at Liston Stadium during the Senior Day football game to follow.
4.8.11 | Spirit Squad
Baker small dance team wins 2011 NAIA NDA National Championship
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – While it may be an emerging varsity sport in the NAIA, the Baker University small dance team took one huge step forward on Friday afternoon winning the 2011 NAIA NDA Small Dance National Championship.
The Wildcats finished ahead of HAAC rival Benedictine College and Concordia College (Neb.)
“I am extremely proud of the dancers,” said head dance coach Lynsey Payne. “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 towards varsity sport status.”
4.6.11 | Spirit Squad
Baker dance team headed to NCA/NDA College Nationals
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The Baker University small dance team will be performing at the NCA/NDA Collegiate Cheer and Dance Championship. This year’s event will be held at The Band Shell/Ocean Center/Peabody Auditorium in Daytona Beach, Florida April 7-10.
The team automatically qualified for the event after taking second-place in the Heart of America Athletic Conference Championships. Cheer and Dance remains an emerging sport in the NAIA, but head dance coach Lynsey Payne knows this competition could mean big things in the long run.
2.23.11 | Spirit Squad
Spirit Squad sets record for participants in Kids Clinic
BALDWIN CITY, Kan. - The Baker University Spirit Squad held its third annual Kid’s Clinic on Saturday, February 19th with a record 26 participants.
The participants consisted of children ages four through eleven years old.
In addition to performing their cheer and dance routines at the Baker University women’s basketball game against Missouri Valley, the participants received a t-shirt, poms, face tattoos and a BU silly band. “Everyone had a great time and the halftime show was great,” said head dance coach Lynsey Payne.
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2.14.11 | Cheer and Dance
Baker dance team qualifies for first ever NAIA Invitational appearance
The Lady Cats‘ placed second in the small dance category
CANTON, Mo. – The Baker University dance team took second place this past weekend at the inaugural NAIA/Heart of America Athletic Conference Cheer and Dance Competition held at Joe Charles Field House on the campus of Culver-Stockton College.
8.5.10 | Spirit Squad
Baker spirit squad takes home camp honors
LAWRENCE, Kan. – The Baker spirit squad traveled to Lawrence, Kansas, to participate in the annual UCA/UCD dance camp held on the University of Kansas campus July 27-29th.
Both teams recorded a strong showing, earning a broze bid to the national competition set to be held in Daytona, Fla., during the month of April.
Dance team camptain Katie Kopy was named an UCD All-American for her performance throughout the week.
Both coach Payne and coach Webb were very pleased with their teams performances. "We look forward to the 2010-11 season, I think both teams are really beginning to show just what kind of potential we might have heading into nationals," said Payne. "I can't wait for our student-athletes to get back on campus so we can start our practices for the upcoming fall season."