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CU's Buff Gold Dance Team heads to nationals
The University of Colorado's Buff Gold Dance Team heads to California this weekend to compete at the United Spirit Association Collegiate Championships.
This year, the competition is being held at the Anaheim Convention Center on February 26th and 27th. The Buff Gold Dance team will be competing in hip-hop and open jazz. This marks the first year that the team will compete in multiple categories and in hip-hop.
The Buff Gold girls have been preparing for Nationals without a coach, "We've done everything by ourselves. We've raised the money…all the time. We don't have a standout coach…we have student coaches and captains. So its that much more accomplishment that we can feel if we do well at nationals," said Co-Captain Kayla O'Gorman. The CU Buff Gold, a club dance team, is one of the only groups at the meet that does not have a coach and they are often competing against varsity level teams like the CU Express.
The dancers have been working to perfect their competition dances, having only learned the routines just before Thanksgiving. Considering all of the time taken off for Christmas break, this provides only about ten weeks to get ready for the big show.
The last week of preparation has meant long hours in the studio with emotions running high “Pretty much drilling and cleaning and wanting to rip each other’s hair out at times,” Senior Tasia Scott said. “It’s actually coming together nicely.” Scott dances and coaches for the Buff Gold team.
Over the past three years, the team has improved their scores; they hope to continue that trend this time around and have set a goal to reach the finals for the second year in a row.
For more information regarding the team and upcoming performances go to: http://www.colorado.edu/studentgroups/dance/.