MEMPHIS, Tenn., April 29, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Varsity Spirit – the global leader in cheerleading, dance team and band apparel, camps and competitions, and a division of Varsity Brands, the market leader in team sports, school spirit and achievement recognition – is pleased to announce that the University of South Florida, Western Kentucky University, and University of Memphischeerleading teams, and The Ohio State Universityand University of Memphisdance teams, among others, secured first place finishes at the 2021 UCA & UDA College Cheerleading and Dance Team National Championship, respectively. The elite competition, produced by the Universal Cheerleaders Association and Universal Dance Association, took place on April 27-28 in Orlando, Florida.
This week, college cheerleading and dance teams traveled from across the U.S. to compete at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in hopes of winning a national title. As the health and safety of the athletes, coaches, employees, families, and fans remains a top priority, the event (usually held in January) was conducted in a modified format following the guidelines of the CDC, state and local authorities and Varsity Spirit’s Health and Safety team. The in-person event hosted nearly 60 teams in the cheerleading divisions and 30 teams in the dance team divisions. The event also hosted 45 teams in the virtual cheerleading divisions and 35 teams in the virtual dance divisions. Cheerleading teams are judged on their stunting and tumbling skills, crowd-leading ability, and overall performance, while the dance competition is judged on choreography, technique, execution, and overall effect. The College Game Day divisions, which offer cheer and dance teams the chance to recreate their performances from the sidelines are the newest divisions and have greatly expanded since they debuted in 2018.
“For over four decades, the nation’s top college cheerleading and dance teams have come to compete at the UCA & UDA College Cheerleading and Dance Team National Championship and represent their universities. After last year’s championship, these athletes experienced a monumental shift in the way they raise spirit, lead a crowd and support their university’s athletics,” said Bill Seely, President of Varsity Spirit. “They have had to redefine new