The University of New Brunswick’s Dance
Team has proven it has all the right moves. Ten members of the UNB Fredericton Varsity Reds
club sport team recently competed at CheerExpo in Halifax, a national
cheerleading competition with a dance-focused division.
They won 1st place in the
jazz category and 2nd place in hip-hop. Both wins have secured the
UNB team a spot at the international competition, Dance Worlds, which takes
place in Florida in April.
“This is the first year the UNB Dance
Team has competed outside of this university,” said Ashley Thompson, team
president. “I knew we had a lot of potential, so I decided to bring the team to
CheerExpo. We gave it our best shot and it really paid off.”
The United States All Star Federation
(USASF) and International All Star Federation (IASF) only host two competitions
a year – The Cheerleading Worlds and The Dance Worlds. Cheer and dance teams from
all over the world will compete.
Thompson said the UNB team did
fundraising throughout the year that will cover some of the costs associated
with competing in Dance Worlds, but it still needs support.
“We’re working at the Willie O’Ree Place
canteen and will have a table set up outside of Sobeys over Easter weekend,
Saturday, April 7,” Thompson said. “If people would like to come out and
support the UNB Dance Team, we’d appreciate the help. We’d love the chance to
show the world all the talent that comes out of UNB.”
The UNB Dance Team hosted the first
Atlantic Collegiate Dance Competition for university-level dance teams and
clubs from Atlantic Canada in February. To check out their photos, visit: