Friday, February 20, 2009
Michael, our good friend from Germany, tells us what he's been up to lately:
More of Michael's photos here.
[Cheerleaders in Europe]
Top coaches and choreographers from UDA in Association with the ELITE Cheerleading trained 130 European dancers last weekend in Berlin. The Camp was leaded by Liz Rifino. Liz is well known from the ICU Coaches Conference 2008. The participants come from Austria, Croatia, Germany and Slovenia. The girls learned skills and new choreography over two days.
I met some good all friends again - like a little NFL Europa revival. I know Tanja Tanja Straub as cheerleader of the former Rhein Fire Pyromaniacs - forevermore Pyromaniacs, here is the evidence:
Tanja is now Vice President and head of Public Relations of the new CCVD (Cheerleading & Cheerdance Association Germany). She leads very successful her cheer dance team the Magic Paws in Herten.
Stefanie Ader (right), the coach of Berlin Dance Team (former Berlin Thunder Dance Team) was there with her girls too.
The Berlin Thunderbirds supported the Dance Camp participants. Steffy and Caroline also their Thunderbirds Staff made very good meals for us in the breaks and they helped us to turn off the lights in the sports hall as we wanted to sleep there ; )
I was very impressed from the Dance Camp as well from the choreographers Liz, Dani and Missy. The participants learned new skills new dance techniques, new innovative routines very fast. The warm-up program was very professional also the cheer mix. Between the programs they made little competitions "Simon says...", dance battles and so on.
At the end all teams received a UDA certificate.
The Universal Dance Association was founded in 1980 as Universal Dance Camps. It was started as a need for educational training for what were then called drill teams. UDA actually started calling them dance teams to better promote the activity. Jeff Webb and Kris Shepherd started UDA to provide high quality educational training for college and high school dancers through summer camps and clinics on college campuses. From the beginning, UDA focused on the highest standards-the finest instructors, the best choreographers and the most exciting and innovative routines anywhere!
Summer camps were established nationwide featuring private coaching that allowed every team a one-on-one relationship with the UDA Staff. While the emphasis on team growth and improvement is always a constant at UDA camps, the staff also seek to make the camp fun and productive! Teams are taught routines, proper technique, conditioning and much more. Only at UDA do you get the complete package!
UDAs goal is to inspire leadership among today's dance teams. All of UDAs material and programs are centrally focused on the traditional role of dance teams. UDA believes that the primary purpose of a dancer is to support athletic programs and to provide entertainment to the crowd before and during games. Dancers play an instrumental role in raising, leading and maintaining school spirit in and around their communities. In short, they are leaders in building general morale at their schools!
* Lightnings event managers Berlin Thunderbirds
* Dance Deluxe and Delight TSV Rudow
* Royal Fighters von der Poelchau Oberschule
* Berlin Dance Team (ehemals Berlin Thunder)
* Lucky Charms vom SC Eichwalde 2000
* Sachsen Cheers vom SC DHfK Leipzig
* Blue Lightnings der Duisburg Dockers
* Unique Cheerleader aus Hamburg Harburg
* Milleniumsdancer Austira
* Cheerleading Sveza Slovenije
* Dance Club Noa
Elizabeth "Liz" Blacher Rifino is Director of V!ROC Dance
# Competition Consulting for 8 College National Championship title holders including University of Minnesota (2002-present), St. Thomas University (2006-present) Hawaii Pacific University (2006-present) and Rutgers University (1996-1999)
# Worked with several nationally ranked College and High School Dance Teams across the country including St Johns University (2007-present), Eden Prairie HS (2004-present) and Don Bosco Prep (1996-present)
# Dance instructor, choreographer and consultant for various international teams throughout Chile, Germany, Australia, Finland, China and Japan
# Choreographer and director of UDA Special Events including the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Paris and London New Year's Day Parades
# Director of Choreography for UDA's High School and College Programs
# Trained extensively in ballet, jazz, hip hop, lyrical, theatre dance and pom
# Graduate, Former Captain/Choreographer/Competition Coach for Rutgers University New Brunsqick, NJ
# Lives in Piscataway, NJ
# Style: Consulting, Cleaning, Technique, Jazz, Pom, Hip Hop, Cheer Dance
Dani Rein is UDA State Director for Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Texas. Dani can help you throughout your entire season in numerous ways. Here are just a few of the many things that Dani can do for you:
-Help you set up judges for your teams tryouts
-Help you choose the best summer camp for your team
-Register your team for camp
-Register your team for any regional competition
-Update your invoices/registrations if you have changes
-Provide the tools you need to start, build, and maintain a successful dance team program at your school or in your community.
Although Dani is new to this position, she is no stranger to dance or to UDA.
# Former head coach/choreographer for the Hawaii Pacific University Dance Team, leading the team to two national titles
# Former member of the Hawaii Pacific University Dance Team, earning a national title in 2004
# Two-time national champion and former captain of the Orange Costa College Dance Team in Coasta Mesa, California
# Nine year Head Instructor for UDA
# Choreographer and National Dance Team Championship judge for UDA
# Has choreographer for numerous nationally-ranked high school and college dance teams, including Carlsbad High School in Carlsbad, California, St. Johns University in New York, George Washington University in Washington, D.C., Highlands Ranch High School in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, Millard North High School in Omaha Nebraska, Oviedo High School in Oviedo, Florida, and St. Andrews Priory in Honolulu, Hawaii
# Has danced for R&B artist Usher and in the major motion picture The Hot Chick
# Graduate of Hawaii Pacific University with a BA in advertising
# 2nd year choreographer for V!ROC Dance
# Lives in Los Angeles, CA
# Style: Jazz, Pom, Hip Hop, Lyrical, "Cheer" Dance, Technique, and Cleaning
Melissa "Missy" Bienvenu
# Graduate of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and former member of the nationally ranked Ragin Jazz Dance Team
# Former member of the 13-time National Champion St. Thomas More High School Sparklers
# Current coach of the St. Thomas More High School Sparklers
# 18 years of studio training and experience, including extensive Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, and Hip Hop training
# UDA veteran instructor and choreographer
# Current dance studio choreographer and instructor, specializing in technical training and the advancement of dance skills
# Choreographer for V! ROC Dance
# Lives in Lafayette, Louisiana
# Style: Powerful, Technical, and Clean Collegiate Dance
More of Michael's photos here.
[Cheerleaders in Europe]