2010 Dance Team SelectedThe dance team from the University of Minnesota – Minneapolis has been selected as the 2010 Team USA Dance Team. The team will represent the United States at the 2010 International Cheer Union (ICU) World Championship this April 22-23 in Orlando, Florida at the Walt Disney World® Resorts.
Approximately 60 nations are expected to compete at the ICU in cheerleading and dance in a variety of categories. The dance team portion of the event will include three categories, Pom (Freestyle Cheer Dance), Jazz and Hip Hop.
The ICU World Championship is the largest international cheerleading and dance team competition in the world. The ICU is now comprised of more than 80 member countries fielding a national cheer or dance team.
USA Cheer is the governing body for sport cheering in the United States, and Team USA Dance and Team USA Cheer are the representative National dance and cheer teams. Last year’s teams won a combined six gold medals.
The University of Minnesota dance team is coached by Amber Jackson, who has much experience with international dance teams. Last spring, the coach took her team to perform in China where they were chosen for a television program in the region of Changsha.
“The University of Minnesota, Minneapolis dance team was the best overall choice to represent the long tradition of team dance in America,” says Dani Rein, Director of Team USA Dance. “The UM team is well known for their strong technique in jazz and pom, and we know they will impress the many different nations competing in their categories.