The University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point is fortunate
enough to have an athletic program that annually competes at a high level
across the board. From volleyball to basketball, baseball to track, each team
continually builds upon the tradition of excellence that began decades ago.
The dance team is no different. Each year you see the
girls showcase their routine during halftime of Pointer football and basketball
games. That’s just the tune up.
Besides performing in front of the home crowd, the UWSP
Dance team has competed twice this season; at the Universal Dance Association
competition in Milwaukee and at the Ashwaubenon Invite, taking first place in
“All of the competitions were wonderful experiences and
have really helped us grow as a team,” said third year dancer Molly Farley.
Building a relationship as a team was a high priority
coming into the season.
“This year could have been seen as a building year,
since we took on 8 new members with only 7 returning members. Most years, the
team only takes about 4 new girls and usually has about 10 or 12 returning
girls, so it’s easy to see that our ratio was a bit skewed,” said Farley.
With over half of the team comprised of first year
dancers, growing pains are almost a certainty. But this team has been able to
come together and perform at the level UWSP is accustomed to.
“It’s amazing to see the progress everyone is going
through throughout the year, and we are only pushing ourselves to improve upon
what we are now,” said third year dancer and team captain, Tianna Hamland.
Last Saturday, the girls performed at the State High
School Dance Championships in La Crosse. While collegiate teams are not judged
and scored on their routine, the teams do consider State to be an important
“It is an opportunity for collegiate teams to showcase
their individual styles and recruit dancers for upcoming years. I myself
remember watching UW-Stevens Point in high school at state and dreaming to have
the opportunity to be on a team as powerful as they were,” said senior Kirsten
The state competition is also the final step for teams
before competing in Nationals. The Dance Xtreme AmeriCup National Competition
is held annually in Minneapolis, Minn. This year the Pointers will compete
against teams from across the nation in two categories; pom and jazz.
“We consider ourselves to be very fortunate to be able
to compete at the national level. This team has created a name for ourselves
and the expectations seem to get higher every year,” said Phillips.
The National competition is a three day event, starting
February 22nd and ending the 24th. The Pointers look to continue the success
they have achieved all season and bring a little more hardware back to school.
“Last year we took first in our Open division, second
in our pom division and second in our Jazz Division. The team is working really
hard to keep our national standings and bring UWSP more trophies home,” said
Phillips said this team strives every year to fill the
footsteps of the dancers that came before them. With so much youth and talent,
the legacy appears to be in good hands.