With a national competition on the horizon, the Blinn College cheer and dance teams are making their final preparations to bring a national title home.
Blinn cheer and dance will compete Saturday in Denton at the American Dance/Drill Team American Collegiate Championship, then perform their routine for a Brenham audience at the Blinn College Showoff at 5 p.m. Sunday.
“We’re bound and determined to win the national competition,” dance coach Sarah Barland said.
Sunday’s showoff will feature cheer and dance teams from Stephen F. Austin State University and Sam Houston State University. SFA’s dance team will kick off Sunday with a performance in the Blinn P.E. Building at 5 p.m. The cheer teams from all three schools will then perform in front of Wheeler Hall before the dance teams close out the day in the P.E. Building.
Blinn is the reigning three-time Division III champion at the Collegiate Championship. The teams will be competing against Trinity Valley, Lone Star College-Cy Fair, McLennan, Pearl River and Neosho (Kan.) County for a chance at a four-peat.
While it’s good competition, Barland said it’s a great opportunity for the teams to perform in front of thousands of fans before heading to Daytona, Fla.
“The more people we can perform in front of before Daytona, the more prepared we will be,” she said.
Barland hopes that preparation will prepare the teams for the National Cheerleaders Association/National Dance Alliance Collegiate Cheer & Dance Championships in Daytona, which begins April 7.
Last season, the cheer team was edged by national champion Valdosta (Ga.) State in the finals, 93.38-92.92.
The dance team scored 9.263 points but was barley knocked off by back-to-back national champion Ramapo, a four-year college out of New Jersey.
“To win it this year we’re going to have to go out there, make no mistakes and be mentally tough,” Barland said.
For more information on Blinn cheer and dance, visit theBlinn sports page.
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