2017 SAU Dance Team
2017 SAU Dance Team
Dance - Sun, Mar. 12, 2017

After coming off back-to-back National Championships, the St. Ambrose Dance team was hoping for a three peat. Unfortunately, the Bees finished fourth overall in the March 10-11 NAIA Cheer and Dance National Championships held in Oklahoma City, Okla.

The Bees were in seventh place after prelims and had to make up a huge gap in finals to hope for another national championship. This was a position historically SAU had not been in in the past. 

"We were shocked and taken back on our placing, but going into finals every girl knew what it was going to take to finish in the top spot. Having a seventh-place finish going into finals is not where you want to be to compete for a championship," coach Danelle Langeneckert stated. 

With 25 percent of the team's score counting in prelims meant that a big score was going to be needed in finals to make up the difference. The Bees were sixth to perform in finals and knew other strong teams were still to follow. At the conclusion of finals the SAU Dance team scored the second highest points of all teams.

"The girls' performance wasn't perfect, but definitely a very strong routine that gave them the second-highest score in finals over all teams and just four points behind the overall leader," Langeneckert said. "However, the finals score only accounted for 75 percent of the overall score. Although we finished second in finals, the prelim score was just too low to help our overall score move into to the top two spots. 

"I can't tell you how proud I was of this year's team and their performance," Langeneckert continued. "The girls faced so much adversity and setbacks this year from multiple injuries, loss of dancers, and reworking of routines but they never waivered. I asked a lot from the team this year and the level of commitment and hard work came through at finals when their back was against the wall. The SAU dance team showed what determination and a strong work ethic is able to produce. This team overcame great odds and still showed ability to perform greatness."