Written by Tracy Burton, Dance Head Coach
Louisville - The Alma College dance team earned its second consecutive Gold Bid to the National Dance Association (NDA) National Competition on Tuesday (July 30) at the NDA College Camp at the University of Louisville, qualifying them for the National Championship in Daytona Beach, Fla. in April 2020. The Scots scored 62 points over three competitions, placing them third overall out of 15 teams; the top four teams earned Gold Bids to the National Championship. The Scots were awarded Most Collegiate by the staff for the first time in program history.
"Each year at camp they raise the bar," said Head Coach Tracy Burton. "To be named Most Collegiate is an honor that I am most proud of. This team is made up of good people who genuinely care about each other and our program. The gold bid is a huge accomplishment and sets the tone for the rest of our competitive season. We are all beaming with pride."
Alma finished first in the Team Dance competition, earning 15 points and beating out Lawrence Technological University. Team Dance is a routine containing jazz, pom and hip-hop to show the versatility of the dancers. This routine is learned, customized and competed in less than 48 hours. The Scots earned 10 points for being voted on by the staff as the Most Collegiate team. They accumulated the remaining 37 points by being voted among the best all-around team by the NDA staff and other college teams attending camp.
Senior captain Jocelyn Sweeney (Highland, Mich. / Saint Catherine of Siena) was nominated and named All-American for the third consecutive year. Senior Kaylynn Tocco (Brighton, Mich. / Brighton) was named All-American for the second time, and sophomore Alexis Abu-Joudeh (New Baltimore, Mich. / Anchor Bay) was named All-American for the first time. Sara Scott (Canyon Lake, Calif. / Temescal Canyon) was also nominated by the NDA staff for All-American status. This is the third year in a row at least two Alma athletes were named an All-American and the first time three were named.
"This year is the first season we will have seniors who have been with our program for four years," said Burton. "Our seniors, Jocelyn Sweeney, Rebecca Gieleghem, Kaylynn Tocco and Jordan Gasby started this program with me in 2016 and we have more than surpassed our original goals. They have set the foundation for our program and I am so proud of them. It's going to be an emotional year with these special women. A successful camp was just the beginning."
NDA BIDS DISTRIBUTION:
69 points, Gold Bid - West Virginia University (D1A)
65 points, Gold Bid - University of Louisville (D1A)
62 points, Gold Bid - Alma College (D3)
43 points, Gold Bid - Loyola University (D1)
29 points, Silver Bid - Bellarmine University (D2)
24 points, Silver Bid - East Carolina University (D1A)
23 points, Silver Bid - Davenport University (D2)
21 points, Silver Bid - Western Michigan University (D1A)
Most Improved, Silver Bid - Eastern Kentucky University (D1)
Bronze Bid - Saginaw Valley State University (D2)
Bronze Bid - Southern Illinois University (D1)
Bronze Bid - Miami University-Oxford (D1A)
Bronze Bid - Lawrence Technological University (NAIA)
Bronze Bid - Purdue University Northwest (D2)