Cheerleading Coaching Staff

Daneen Kovar


Head Dance and Cheer Coach

Hometown: Seward, Neb.
Alma Mater: University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Daneen Kovar enters her fourth year as head coach for the Concordia University dance and cheer teams in 2014-15. She also serves as Concordia’s Athletics Business Coordinator. 

Kovar received a B.F.A in Dance from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) and was the recipient of the William and Anne Porter Award for Creativity in Dance in 1999. She has been dancing professionally since 1998 and has studied under many great teachers and choreographers such as: Michael Simms, Lisa Fusillo, Lynne Nevin, Charlotte Adams, Julie Kane, Kelly Holcombe and Ann Shea. 

While studying at UNL, Kovar was invited by the Tennessee Arts Commission to take part in a project developing a documentary based on the Orange Grove Dancers of Chattanooga and has since continued to travel to Chattanooga to work with the dancers. 

In Nebraska, Kovar was a member of the Angels Company and one of the original members of the Family Project Dancers, inspired by David Dorfman. In addition to coaching the Concordia Dance Team and Cheerleaders, she is currently in her 15th year of teaching jazz and tap at Shelly’s School of Dance in Seward.

Kovar also earned the Academic Honors Award during her time at UNL. During her free time, Daneen enjoys traveling and spending time with her family.

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Sara Halvorsen


Graduate Assistant Dance and Cheer Coach

Hometown: Beatrice, Neb.
Alma Mater: Peru State College

Sara Halvorsen is in her first season as graduate assistant coach for Concordia University’s dance and cheer programs.

A native of Beatrice, Neb., Halvorsen cheered at Peru State College for two years (flyer, backbase, sidebase). She also co-founded the Bobcat dance team, which was a member of for one year. Halvorsen was twice named an NAIA All-American.

Halvorsen graduated with honors from Peru State, earning a bachelor’s in psychology. She was named to the Dean’s List three times and received the Nebraska State College Board of Trustee’s Scholarship.

Sara spent four years teaching dance classes. She also has more than 12 years of competitive dance experience.

She is pursuing her master’s in human services with an emphasis in leadership and management from Concordia.

Sara lives in Seward with her husband Wade, who is currently a graduate assistant coach for the Bulldog football team.

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