BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – With a total score of 56.42, the Concordia University dance team placed seventh among the 10 teams at the NAIA Northwest Dance Regional hosted by Baker University in Baldwin City, Kan., on Friday (Feb. 24).
Head coach Mandi Maser’s dance squad also placed seventh at the GPAC Cheer and Dance Championships. At the regional meet, the Bulldogs topped Doane, one of six GPAC schools to compete in the dance competition.
The top three finishers in both the regional dance and cheer meets earned automatic bids to the national championships. Midland won the dance competition while MidAmerica Nazarene University (Kan.) took first in cheer. The 2017 season marks the first year that NAIA will sponsor an official dance and cheer national championship. The NAIA is the only athletics association to offer national championships in these sports.
Friday marked the end of the competition season for Bulldog dance. The team has also appeared regularly throughout this winter at Concordia basketball games. Maser’s dance squad also challenged two conference opponents in duals this season. After dropping a 75.7 – 74 decision versus Hastings on Jan. 25, Concordia defeated Doane, 74.7 – 70.2 on Feb. 8.