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Saturday, January 30, 2010

UNI Dance Team Wins National Title

CEDAR FALLS --- The University of Northern Iowa dance team captured a national championship at the 2010 Universal Dance Association (UDA) National Championships in Orlando, Fla.
The dance team received first place in the Pom division, marking the first time in school history that the UNI dance team has claimed a national title.

The squad also took eighth place in the Jazz division.

The dance team arrived in Orlando on Jan. 14. After practices on Thursday night and Friday morning, they performed in the Jazz semi-finals on Saturday and advanced to the finals. They performed in both the Jazz division and Pom division finals on Jan. 17, coming away with the school's first title.

Dance team adviser is Jessica Fuller.

"The UNI Dance Team has progressively been making a name for themselves not only at the university but in the nation. Their hard work, dedication, and passion for dance have gotten them to where they deserve, which is winning the national title," she said.

The significance of winning a national championship was not lost on the team members. Holli Rutherford, a senior, said, "At the moment they announced our name as national champions it was the most amazing feeling. There are not words to express how happy and how proud I was to be a part of history. My senior year as a UNI dancer could not have had a better ending. I will forever be proud of the hard work that our team put into making our dream come true."

Division I Pom - 1st Place
Division I Jazz - 8th Place

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