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  • Under the leadership of head coach Kelsey King of Maryland Performing Arts Center, Stevenson University’s dance squad practiced vigorously for the National Cheerleaders Association and National Dance Alliance Collegiate Cheer and Dance Championships, held April 4-7 in Daytona Beach, Florida.
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    Under the leadership of head coach Kelsey King of Maryland Performing Arts Center, Stevenson University’s dance squad practiced vigorously for the National Cheerleaders Association and National Dance Alliance Collegiate Cheer and Dance Championships, held April 4-7 in Daytona Beach, Florida.

Local Coach Hopes To Break, Lock And Pop Dance Team To National Championship

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The National Cheerleaders Association and National Dance Alliance Collegiate Cheer and Dance Championships kicks off April 4 through 7 in Daytona Beach, Florida. Among the top-ranked teams is a 13-member squad from Stevenson University, coached by Kelsey King, owner of the Severna Park-based Maryland Performing Arts Center.

Days before the competition, King said, “Our Division III hip-hop routine is full of difficult stunts, tricks and choreography that we are extremely proud of. It has taken almost six months to produce this routine and rehearse it until we’re absolutely ready, with practices ranging seven-plus hours a week.”

Practices were rigorous hour-long workouts, as well as rehearsing the routine until every detail was perfected. Team members sacrificed their spring break to stay on campus and practice.

King has been the Stevenson University head coach for two years, and she said she “absolutely adores working with this team of dancers. Each one of them is a huge asset to the dance program. Together with my assistant coach, Jordan Browning, an alumna of the team herself, we feel that we have created the best product to date that will hit the nationals floor.”

Qualifying for nationals required a member of the NDA staff traveling to the university and running a weekend-long camp with the team. This included classes, learning choreography and an evaluation at the end, which earned them their bid.

“The best motivation that Jordan and I have given the team is to always work hard for each other. They care so much for their peers that they never lose sight of why the work is worth it,” said King. “They succeed as a team, not as individuals, and with that in mind, everyone does their part to be successful. We train them to be not only great dancers but great people. I believe that passion is a big driving force as well, passion for dance, for their university and for each other.”

King began her journey with Stevenson University in 2015 as the assistant coach of the dance team. After spending a year learning and growing with the program, the head coach position became available and she did not hesitate to apply.

King has been the owner and artistic director of the Maryland Performing Arts Center since 2009. “The Maryland Performing Arts Center is the premier school for arts education in Anne Arundel County,” said King. “We focus on artistic excellence while training our students to be prepared for a career in either dance, theater or vocal success. The ultimate goal is to give our students a well-rounded curriculum of classes in genres like ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, pointe, hip-hop, acting, singing and much more. Upon graduation, students are ready for auditions for university dance programs, professional shows and so on.”

While at Stevenson University, “we’ve experienced two NDA national competitions to date, and the team has been training and conditioning harder than ever to be the first team in Stevenson history to make it through to the final round of competition,” King said.

“They have a huge goal in their sights and will do everything they can to win,” King added.

Final results were not unveiled before the Severna Park Voice went to print. Stay tuned to www.severnaparkvoice.com for updates.


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