Hofstra’s ten-time national champion Cheer team and its four-time national champion Dance team will take their pride to Orlando for the 2017 Universal Cheerleaders Association and Universal Dance Association College National Championship.
The Hofstra community will say their goodbyes and wish the teams luck at send-offs on Wednesday, Jan. 11 at 7 p.m. in the Physical Education Building on the North campus. The competition will take place January 13-15 in Orlando, FL. Fans can tune in to the action on www.varsity.com.
“We’re competing as an all-girl team this year, which will be a different dynamic for all,” said Christine A. Farina, Head Coach for Hofstra Cheer. “We’re hoping to make our Pride family proud this weekend. Every huddle ends with “Family” on three because that’s what this program has always been about.”
Cheer and Dance brought home the gold in several categories in 2016, including a tenth national championship for the Hofstra Cheer team. This year, Cheer will compete in the Division I All Girl category, and Dance in Division I Pom and Division I Jazz.
“We have been preparing our Jazz and Pom routines for months and are confident with what we’re bringing down to the competition,” said Kelly Olsen-Leon, Head Coach for Hofstra’s Dance Team. “After winning our first National title in the Pom division last year, and then being named the US National Team and bringing home a World gold medal, the pressure is on to have another successful year. Our motto this year follows from last year’s “Whatever it Takes,” and is now “Whatever it Takes. Twice as Hard.”