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UDA nationals: the “Dance Superbowl”

Lola Sens
UDA stands for Universal Dance Association and the competition takes place in Orlando, Florida.
The University of Minnesota hits their first formation at UDA nationals. (Photo used with permission from Zayda Pekula)

Two weekends ago, dance teams from all around the world competed at UDA nationals, located at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.

UDA nationals weekend is one of the most popular weekends of the dance community. Fans live stream or even travel to Orlando, FL to watch the big competition. 

College teams prepare for this weekend by having many months of heavy practice. The teams compete in three divisions: Division 1A, Division 1, and Open. Teams who are typically from out of the United States do not compete, they just perform in the exhibition category.


The results from UDA national championships


D1A Jazz

  1. Ohio State University 
  2. University of Minnesota 
  3. Louisiana State University 
  4. University of Tennessee 
  5. University of Michigan 
  6. Texas Tech University 
  7. Florida State University 
  8. University of Alabama 
  9. UCF 
  10. Rutgers 
  11. Washington State 


D1A Hip-Hop

  1. Louisiana State University
  2. UNLV 
  3. University of Memphis 
  4. San Diego State University 
  5. UCF 
  6. University of Cincinnati 
  7. Florida State 
  8. University of Michigan 
  9. Washington State 


  D1A Pom

The D1A teams attend awards to hear their final placements. (Photo used with permission from Zayda Pekula)
  1. University of Minnesota 
  2. Ohio State University
  3. Pennsylvania State-University Park
  4. Texas Tech University
  5. University of Tennessee
  6. University of Cincinnati
  7. University of Memphis
  8. University of Iowa


D1 Jazz

  1. Call State University Fullerton
  2. Hofstra University
  3. Utah Valley University
  4. University of Saint Thomas
  5. University of Delaware
  6. Grand Canyon University
  7. UC Santa Barbara
  8. University of Nebraska Omaha
  9. Southern Louisiana University
  10. College of Charleston


D1 Hip-Hop

  1. University of Delaware
  2. Utah Valley University
  3. St John’s University
  4. Grand Canyon University
  5. University of Saint Thomas
  6. Saint Joseph’s University
  7. College of Charleston
  8. Lindenwood University
  9. Northern Arizona University


D1 Pom

  1. Hofstra University
  2. UC Santa Barbara
  3. Cal State University Fullerton
  4. Quinnipiac University
  5. Saint Joseph’s University
  6. South Dakota State University
  7. University of Northern Iowa
  8. North Dakota State University
  9. Cornell University
  10. University of Nebraska Omaha
  11. Central Connecticut State University


Open Pom

  1. MN State University Mankato
  2. Endicott College
  3. University of Minnesota Duluth
  4. Orange Coast College
  5. St Cloud State University
  6. Northwest Missouri State University
  7. College of St Benedict
  8. College of New Jersey
  9. St Joseph’s University New York
  10. University of Central Missouri
  11. Adelphi University


Open Jazz

  1. MN State University Mankato
  2. University of Minnesota Duluth
  3. Orange Coast College
  4. St Cloud State University
  5. Stockton University
  6. Endicott College 
  7. College of St Benedict
  8. Northwest Missouri State University
  9. Adelphi University
  10. The College of New Jersey
  11. University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
  12. University of Puerto Rico RAo Piedras
  13. St Joseph’s University New York
  14. Rowan University


Open Hip-Hop

  1. Northwest Community College
  2. West Chester University
  3. University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire
  4. Stockton University
  5. Rowan University
  6. University of Puerto Rico RAo Piedras
  7. Worcester State University
  8. University of Scranton


Minnesota is one of the biggest states for dance, and their outstanding teams really show it’s success. For example, The University of Minnesota Dance Team just won their 22nd national championship in the 1A division. 

Congratulations to all Sartell Alumni who competed this past weekend!

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